Projects supported by MISEREOR strengthen the self-initiative of the poor

About us

MISEREOR is right there at the side of the weak

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.

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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.

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Board of Directors

The MISEREOR Board of Directors is staffed by our Director General, Mrsg Pirmin Spiegel, our Managing Director for International Cooperation Dr. Martin Bröckelmann-Simon, and our Managing Director for Human Resources, Administration and Finance, Thomas Antkowiak.

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Lenten Campaign

MISEREOR not only supports projects in the countries of the South, it is also committed to serving the poor by acting as their voice and advocate in Germany. MISEREOR's main campaign takes place during the Lenten season. 

Find out more about our annual Lenten Campaign

Latest Publications

A successful provocation for a pluralistic global society

Briefing Paper

The encyclical Laudato Si’ – A Magna Carta of integral ecology as a reaction to humanity’s self-destructive course. This background paper explores the potential relevance within a pluralistic society of the important encyclical Laudato Si’ issued by Pope Francis in June 2015.


Special Rules Concerning Building Projects



  • Inviting tenders
  • Contract documents
  • Interim reporting
  • Alterations
  • Final reporting
  • The final Statement of Receipts and Payments

Corporate Influence on the Business and Human Rights Agenda of the United Nations

Working Paper

This working paper gives an overview of the debate from the early efforts to formulate the UN Code of Conduct to the current initiative for a binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights.