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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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

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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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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Latest Publications

Position Paper "Rising to the challenges posed by global crisis"


MISEREOR calls for a political U-turn during the German EU Council Presidency


EU-Mercosur Agreement

Risks to Climate Protection and Human Rights

On June 28, 2019 the EU and Mercosur concluded the negotiation of the text of the Association Agreement. Besides Trade, the deal includes two additional pillars on Political Dialogue and Cooperation. However only the Trade pillar has been published raising concerns about the impacts that agreement would bear on human rights and the environment as no human rights clause or sustainability impact assessments have been made available.  


Global Sovereign Debt Monitor 2020


The global debt crisis is gripping more and more countries in the Global South. It is threatening the livelihoods of millions of people. At the same time, many over-indebted countries are suffering massively from the impacts of climate change. Bone crushing debt servicing is hampering urgently needed adaptation measures. 


Pastoral Development Orientation Framework - Focus on Ethiopia


This Orientation Framework for engaging in pastoral development, with a focus on Ethiopia, is a working document for MISEREOR and national partners. ‘Pastoral development’ is used in analogy with ‘agricultural development’ but referring to pastoral systems.


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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Short film: MISEREOR funded projects

This short film presents the benefits of project evaluations and why partners organisations should consider commissioning them locally.

It introduces examples and various partners’ experiences with such local evaluations.

Watch the film here