What we do

    A life in dignity for all people: We base our work on this goal. We are committed to human rights and, as a mission organisation, we work for justice, religious freedom and peace as part of the Worldwide Church. A life in dignity means: a life in peace and justice with sufficient food, with access to health care and education - for all people, regardless of their gender and their ethnic, religious and cultural affiliation as well as their sexual orientation.
    International development cooperation and our international learning community are at the core of our activities. Based on this, we offer impulses, insights and educational opportunities in the topics of interreligious peacebuilding, religion and development as well as gender justice.
    Learn more from guests from our partner countries, through our international staff or through young professionals who are carrying out an assignment abroad in the PEP! programme.

    Note: You can find the latest reports on project work at the time of the Coronavirus in our News.


    Projects and partners

    We support more than 100 projects across the globe. To achieve our aims, we collaborate as equals with over 70 partner churches and partner organisations. We take on commitments in long-term development cooperation as well as humanitarian action. We advocate good governance and gender justice in all our programmes and projects.

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    Project countries

    We are actively present on several continents, specifically in 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. These are the countries where our supporting organisations have been present for many decades – in some cases for as long as 200 years. Today, we as Mission 21 work on our projects with mostly local coordinators.

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    International assignments

    Mission 21 offers thrilling opportunities for intercultural exchange and participation in the work of our local partners on the ground. These range from short assignments for young adults to long-term engagements for specialists.

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    You'll find all Mission 21's events here: symposiums and the Mission Festival, an impetus workshop for volunteers, an interfaith solidarity campaign, the Mission Synod or a presentation by a development cooperation expert, and much more besides.

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    Specialists for lectures and presentations

    Our speakers convey information about Mission 21's programme work, insights into practical involvement in projects or thrilling stories from the 200-year history of the Mission and its development cooperation work. All formats are possible, from a brief presentation to a fully designed religious service.

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    Educational courses and events

    Our diverse range of courses and events is waiting for you to discover! We will gladly visit you, or we will welcome you to meet us at the Mission House in Basel. Our educational offerings are certified with the EduQua label. As of now, Mission 21 also offers all courses online, as webinars.

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    The research archive of the Basel Mission and Mission 21 is home to valuable international historical sources on history, ethnology, anthropology, religious studies and linguistics dating from the early 19th century onwards. Our specialised academic library contains unique material on Mission, development cooperation and contextual theology.

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