FAR has been actively assisting the people of Sudan for many years. As one of the longest-serving international NGOs working in Sudan, FAR has a strong reputation for quality community development. The history of FAR begins in 1984 when FAR registered as an international NGO with the Sudanese Government, member agencies, World Relief United States, World Relief Canada, and Emmanuel International. SIM Canada joined this coalition soon afterwards, and FAR became a joint programme of two Canadian-based agencies: Emmanuel Relief and Rehabilitation International and SIM Canada. In the 1980s FAR was predominately focused on emergency famine relief, with extensive programs in Blue Nile and the internally displaced people camps surrounding Khartoum.
In the 1990s FAR began the transition from emergency relief to community development. At that time FAR developed key partnerships with the Sudanese government and members of the international community. FAR began to expand its development programs in the late 1990s and 2000s, reaching out to new geographic areas including the conflict and post-conflict areas of the Nuba Mountains, Upper Nile, and Darfur. FAR began to be known as an organization that worked in areas where others did not, and sought long-term development over temporary relief.
FAR has continued to grow, becoming incorporated as an independent charitable organization in 2007. SIM Canada and Emmanuel International remain key partners in FAR's work. With this change FAR created a Director position in Canada to coordinate work with donors, government officials, and the Board of Directors.
Today FAR is involved in a number of development sectors including water and sanitation, economic development, food security, peace and conflict transformation, and support for internally displaced people (IDPs). FAR receives support from many international governments and institutions including the United Nations, Canadian International Development Agency, European Commission and Dutch government, among others. FAR also partners with many organizations in the field. For more on FAR's work see What We Do.