To ensure the quality and sustainability of Fida's development cooperation there are some important perspectives that should be integrated in to the work. In all Fida's work six themes are mainstreamed in all project activities, namely HIV/AIDS, the environment, gender equality, and people with disabilities, culture, and peace building.
What does it mean?
Mainstreaming is not a programme or a project; it refers to how a particular aspect or theme is being taken into consideration and is applied during the entire project cycle.
This means that, for example, HIV/AIDS - perspective is taken into account in project assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Thus, the specific perspective becomes an initial and 'natural' part of the decision making and actual actions.
Of all the cross-cutting issues gender perspective is especially taken into account in all project activities. The level of mainstreaming the other themes depends on the nature and objectives of each individual project.
These six cross-cutting themes are selected in order to ensure, that all development work benefits the poorest of the poor. In other words the people groups that are in either potentially or in fact being marginalized are given a voice and their rights are ensured. This way the whole community benefits from the development, not just those in leading positions.