MISEREOR is the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation. For over 50 years MISEREOR has been committed to fighting poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. MISEREOR’s support is available to any human being in need – regardless of their religion, ethnicity or gender.
Changes cannot be prescribed from outside. MISEREOR therefore believes in supporting initiatives driven and owned by the poor and the disadvantaged. This is because in MISEREOR’s experience it is they themselves who possess the strength to improve their lives sustainably. We support them in their efforts in accordance with the principle of help toward self-help. On the ground, projects are run by local organisations. This ensures that the project work is geared to the needs and way of life of the people involved.
MISEREOR’s approach is to fight the causes of injustice, because it is not enough to just alleviate its impacts. For this reason, MISEREOR aims to influence public opinion and policymaking. Political education, the exchange of experiences and networking are key elements of this work. This is how MISEREOR helps enable its partners and the beneficiaries to overcome structural injustices through their own efforts, and succeed in the struggle for working and living conditions that uphold human dignity.
MISEREOR also appeals to the consciences of the powerful in Europe, and for instance stands up for fair terms of international trade. Whether communicating
face-to-face with decision-makers or speaking before committees and parliaments – wherever possible MISEREOR invites representatives from the South to articulate their concerns for themselves. MISEREOR also tries to sensitise people in Germany to the ways in which their lifestyle influences the lives of people in developing countries. Wherever possible, MISEREOR promotes living solidarity between people in the North and the South.