MISEREOR produces a range of publications on its focal topics each year. Here you will find these documents for your information and use.

We hope you enjoy reading the publications!

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.




Peace and Conflict Transformation

We are crying for our land

Stories from the Panguna Listening Project

From 1989 to 2001, Bougainville experienced a violent conflict directly connected to the Panguna Mine. The Panguna Listening Project (PLP) is an initiative of the Catholic Diocese of Bougainville seeking to make the voices of the people heard in the Panguna mine affected areas.


Climate Change & Energy

Climate-Responsive Construction

Policy Document

The world population is growing. More and more people need housing and infrastructure for a good life. New settlements and rappidly growing cities further increase this need. At present about 3.5 billion people live in cities. The United Nations predicts that by 2050 this figure will rise to about six billion. The informal settlements that currently house almost one billion people could thus acquire an additional one to two billion inhabitants. Cities in Asia and Africa are expected to experience the biggest increase.

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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.


Empowerment and participation

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.


Shaping Economic Processes

Case Report

The safety business: TüV SüD ’s role in the Brumadinho dam failure in Brazil

At least 272 people were killed on 25 January 2019 when the B1 dam near Brumadinho (Brazil), broke at the Córrego do Feij?o iron ore mine. Twenty-one of the dead were never found. The toxic sludge destroyed buildings,and polluted fertile soil and large sections of the Paraopeba River, which supplies the region’s drinking water.


Extractive Industries

Deep Seabed Mining


Treasure chest or another Pandora's box? In focus: the Pacific. Published 2016.


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.


Food Security and Agriculture

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.


Towards a Peaceful Coexistance between Herders and Farmers in Nigeria – Conclusions drawn from the field


For years Nigeria has been repeatedly shaken by bloody clashes between pastoralists and settled farming communities, the so-called "Farmer-Herder" conflicts. Especially in the preelection campaign year 2018, for the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for February, 2019, violent clashes in Nigeria increased. The "Farmer-Herder" conflicts in particular, however, were politically captured by the parties, politicians and other actors in society, including church representatives. Shepherds were stigmatized and the conflicts classified as religiously motivated. Criminal acts of people disguised as herdsmen contributed the rest. The stigmatization of herders was and is fuelled by media coverage and social media. An objective public debate on how to resolve these conflicts and on adapted models of animal husbandry is hardly possible. There is a lack of studies that include all parties involved and shed light on the background and causes. Field studies financed by MISEREOR in 2016-17, aiming to examine the concrete conflicts in Nigeria in 13 zones more closely, have been summarized in the brochure.

The full studies can be downloaded here as follows:

Mission 1 to the Middle Belt of Nigeria
Mission 2 to the South West of Nigeria
Mission 3 to Nassawara and Benue States of Nigeria
Mission 4 to Katsina and Sokoto States of Nigeria
Mission 5 to the South-West of Nigeria
Working Paper on Fencing farmers land
Working Paper on Ranching