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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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 Br?ckelmann-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 Br?ckelmann-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 Br?ckelmann-Simon about these hopes and the resulting challenges for Europeans and Germans.

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Latest Publications

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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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.


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