Continental, Cooperation programme

Asia cooperation programme

Number: 225.1001

The cooperation programme groups together all Mission 21's projects in Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong-China and orients them towards a common objective. This enhances the impact of the individual projects. By donating to the cooperation programme, you will make it possible for your donation to go to those projects where money is most urgently needed. This avoids over- or under-financing.

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Background information

Democratisation is currently experiencing setbacks in Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Local and regional conflicts are erupting. The causes are structural violence and injustice in various forms: poverty and extremely unequal distribution of material goods, discrimination against women, ethnic and religious minorities, as well as corruption and abuse of power. These circumstances also entail the restriction or denial of fundamental rights such as the rights to education, healthcare and the free practice of religion.

Mission 21 advocates the advancement of women and focuses on interfaith collaboration and credible institutions. Three examples. In the transnational project "Help for women and children affected by violence", affected women and children are supported and protected. Activities include support in cases of domestic violence, women's shelters, schools for migrant children in Sabah (Malaysia), counselling and support for Indonesian migrant women workers, and training scholarships for girls who are threatened with marriage in childhood. In the project "Income for Women", more than 500 women earn additional income with braiding, textile and food products, which makes it easier for their children to attend school and provides them with security in emergencies. For every franc that flows into the project, the women earn more than two francs in income. In inter-religious peace work in Indonesia, young adults prevent increasing intolerance and radicalisation and advocate for peaceful coexistence in youth camps, schools, universities as well as in public campaigns and in the social media.

Programme Objectives

Structural and physical violence and related restrictions on fundamental rights weaken communities and prevent women in particular from realising their potential. Measures in the core areas of education, peace promotion and income generation strengthen women and their communities in overcoming conflicts, violence and injustice and thus contribute to a more humane life. Associated with this is a social change that emanates from partner organisations, their networks and the people in their environment. People are empowered to improve their living conditions, to resist injustice and to make changes for peaceful coexistence and sustainable development.


Projects in Indonesia and Malaysia

► Empowering grass-roots communities (Indonesia)

► Generating income for women's crafts (Indonesia)

► Interfaith collaboration for justice and peace (Indonesia)

► Support for women and children subject to violence (Indonesia and Malaysia)

► Education for disadvantaged children and youth (Indonesia and Malaysia)

► Fighting corruption by good governance (Indonesia and Malaysia)

► Leaders for an open-minded society (Malaysia)


Projects in Hongkong

► Social justice for women migrant and industrial workers

► University formation for a China in transformation


Projects in China

► Developing leaders for a China in transformation


On site

Since 2012, Joyce Manarisip from Indonesia has been the coordinator of the cooperation programme. With two employees in Jakarta, she supports the implementation of the programme on site, accompanies our partner organisations and promotes mutual collaboration.


The Theologian TobiasBrandner has lived with his family in Hong Kong since 1996. He works as Associate Professor of Theology at the Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and on a part-time basis as prison chaplain.


Since 1999, DanielGloor has been a lecturer at the Sabah Theological Seminary (STS) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. From 2009 to 2013 he lecturered at Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana (UBL) in Costa Rica. Since 2013 he teaches again at the STS.


Ueli Knecht travels regularly to Borneo as a consultant for income generation projects. He was stationed in Borneo from 2009 to 2012 as an ecumenical worker and is very knowledgeable of the situation there.


PEP programme assignments

Under Mission 21's PEP! programme, young professionals from Switzerland regularly support project work in Hong Kong.