For Misereor, each individual project is part of a larger task. In dialogue with partners in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America joint visions and goals are developed so that social processes can be effectively supported. Misereor underpins these processes by facilitating exchange of experiences and networking, and by providing professional advisory and consultancy inputs on themes such as urban and rural development, human rights, health, peace and many more.
The partner organisations are closely accompanied by Misereor, and if required are also advised on management and organisational development issues.
The basic principles of project work
Professional support requires firm principles. This is why Misereor appraises the anticipated effects and feasibility of each potential project carefully in advance.
Interventions funded by Misereor must satisfy a number of basic conditions. They must be based on the subsidiarity principle, and must be both complementary and temporary. This means that Misereor will only provide assistance where the people and institutions on the ground have reached their own limits and thus require external support. Misereor will not permanently take on tasks that fall within the sphere of responsibility of the state; it will, however, remind governments that their actions must be pro-poor and serve the purpose of poverty reduction. And last of all the measures must be temporary. This is because the support provided should help enable the poor to lead self-determined lives, and should not create new dependencies.