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

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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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Europe is putting up the barricades. Is that the solution?

Earlier this year, Martin Bröckelmann-Simon, Managing Director of MISEREOR, visited Morocco and the border area close to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, which is where refugees from the Middle East and migrants from West African countries are often marooned. They want to get to Europe, where they hope to find a new life in safety and dignity. Peter Pappert spoke with Dr Bröckelmann-Simon about these hopes and the resulting challenges for Europeans and Germans.

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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

Rules of engagement between the UN and private actors

Working paper

Towards a regulatory and institutional framework


Report by MISEREOR’s Outlook Commission IV


MISEREOR is pleased to present the document which will guide our work over the next five years. For the
fourth time, the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) set up an Outlook Commission (PK IV), which, over
the course of 2016 and 2017, investigated the current context and identified the challenges facing MISEREOR over the coming years.

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Position Paper Trauma Work


Violence wounds both the body and the soul. Stable peace and long-term development are only possible when people are able to overcome their fear, their generalized mistrust, and their grief. This is where trauma work comes into play.




Dirty Profits 6 - Mining and Extractive Companies: promises and progress


Dirty Profits 6 report released by Facing Finance highlights the investments of ten European banks in ten transnational extractive companies like for example Glencore, Vale, Rio Tinto and others, variously which continually violate human rights and the environment. Violations cover contamination of land, water and air; silencing community activists using violence, threats and intimidation; labour violations and forced labour; and failure to provide the remedy communities deserve.  The Dirty Profits 6 report shows that the ten selected European banks alone provided capital of over €100 billion to these 10 extractive companies between 2010 and 2017. Most banks, particularly those that made the most capital available, are not taking strong enough action to ensure that mining and extractive companies respect human rights and environmental concerns. The authors of the report expect banks to take responsibility for human rights and environmental concerns in their decision making, e.g. by improving transparency and making public all relevant information related to engagement and by taking a proactive approach to identifying non-compliant companies.


Good energy for All!


Climate Mitigation and Justice in the energy sector. Five perspectives from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Misereor has started a dialogue process on sustainable energy, mitigation in the energy sector and energy justice with partners in 7 countries. Not only clean energy but fair and equal access to resources and energy has been a special focus. Read the key findings.

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Phase-Out 2020: Monitoring Europe’s fossil fuel subsidies


European governments and the EU are handing out more than €112 billion each year to prop up the production and consumption of fossil fuels, despite a pledge to phase out harmful subsidies out by 2020.

A new report by the Overseas Development Institute and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, where MISEREOR is a member, has for the first time gathered detailed information on the support provided to fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal from 11 European countries and the EU between 2014 and 2016. CAN Europe urges Governments to stop subsidizing fossil fuels and invest into climate friendly development.


Strengthening people-driven change processes in Asia


The following documents discuss different ways of supporting marginalised people with shaping their change processes in a self-determined manner. This document is the outcome of the ongoing learning process around ‘people-led development’ of MISEREOR, selected partner organisations and their partner communities in Asia. It looks more closely at the roles and responsibilities MISEREOR, the partner organisations and marginalised communities could play in transformation processes, and the ‘how’ of project-related, yet self-determined, change processes with people at the centre. It critically reflects on ‘project business’ and the crucial roles of change facilitators and their organisations that endeavour to ideally respond to the needs of donors without compromising the participatory and empowering potential of such processes.

Reading the electronic version of the text provides the reader with additional short texts examples, explanations and comments that are not included in the printable version.


Livelihood, Land Use and Customary Tenure in Yusomoso, Myanmar - Report of a Participatory Action Research

Publication of our partner organisation KMSS-Loikaw

This report is a result of a participatory action research (PAR) conducted by members of Yusomoso community in Kayah State/Myanmar between January and June 2016. The report documents the community’s natural resource management, customary tenure and governance system and proofs the community’s long and close relationship to and dependence on its land and resources.


Sustainable Agriculture - Key to Inclusive Rural Transformation

A Comparative Study

Based on Empirical Evidence from 20 Years of MISEREOR Partner Efforts in Uganda Uganda’s small-scale farmers could successfully intensify their agriculture, ensure their food security all year round and increase their income. A study commissioned by Misereor/KZE shows that agro-ecological methods are particularly effective to overcome rural poverty. Based on a survey conducted on a total of 714 rural households in ten districts, the study compares smallholder farmers receiving agricultural advisory services by Misereor partner organisations with reference farmers and tea out-growers. With comparable asset endowment, the smallholders practicing an agro-ecological agriculture do best by comparison.

  • Commissioned by MISEREOR/KZE

Small-scale farmer innovation


How agricultural research works together with farmers. A dossier by Misereor, Prolinnova and McKnight Foundation in collaboration with the editors of welt-sichten.




A change of course. How to build a fair future in a 1.5° world


Limiting global temperature rise as set out in the Paris Agreement can only be achieved – according to mainstream opinion – by technologies hopefully available in the future. This publication shows practical examples how we can realize a habitable world for all already today, instead of postponing the solutions to the climate crisis.