Portrait

    Mission 21 is a worldwide community of partner churches and partner organisations in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Together we have been committed for over 200 years to a life in dignity for all people on the basis of the Christian faith. We provide sustainable development cooperation as well as humanitarian action. In this way, we contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
    We are engaged in peacebuilding, education, health, food sovereignty and economic empowerment in around 100 projects in 20 countries. We are particularly committed to good governance and to gender justice.
    We offer intercultural exchange programmes, promote interreligious cooperation and understanding of global contexts.
    Mission 21 is supported by people like you, by the Swiss Protestant Reformed Church (EKS) and by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Mission 21 is recognised as a non-profit organisation and certified by ZEWO (the Swiss organisation for transparency in charitable foundations) and EduQua (the Swiss quality label for further education institutions).

    Our Fields of Activities and Themes

    Our understanding of "Mission" is rooted in the belief that all people are created to be different, but with the same value and dignity. This means that all human beings – regardless of their ethnicity, gender, religion or geographical origins – should be able to partake equally of what the Bible calls "abundant life for all" (John 10:10).

    We build our work on this conviction: in the Fields of Activities, International Learning Community and International Development Cooperation.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do you have questions about the financing of our work, our understanding of mission or our global commitment? We have compiled the most frequently asked questions for you. ► FAQs

    International Learing Community

    As an international learning community, we create spaces for intercultural exchange and interreligious cooperation and promote understanding for global connections. In Switzerland, Mission 21 carries out educational work and contributes to interreligious understanding.

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    International development cooperation

    We align our work with the UN Sustainable Development Goals ("Agenda 2030"). Specifically, we are guided by the SDG 16+ goal: building peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Our many years of experience in intercultural and interreligious peacebuilding and our focus on the interplay between religion and development are particularly relevant here.

     


    Our thematic fields

    Education

    Education enables people to shape their own lives and shoulder responsibilities in society. We promote literacy in our partner countries: projects on basic education in reading, writing and mathematics. We support vocational training and adult education. We foster self-confidence among people in marginalised groups of the population so that they can stand up for themselves and claim their right to live in dignity.

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    Healthcare

    More than one billion people across the globe have no guaranteed access to medical care. Mission 21 helps people in remote and rural regions to obtain medical care. We support projects that promote sexual and reproductive health for vulnerable groups of the population. We are committed to the fight against HIV and to combating discrimination against people living with HIV.

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    Peacebuilding

    Tensions and violence are on the increase in many of our partner countries. We work as equals with people on the ground to resolve conflicts and counteract structural violence by peaceful means. We oppose violence against women and children. Religious or ethnic aspects often play a key part in conflicts. In these situations, Mission 21 contributes its expertise in interfaith and intercultural peacebuilding.

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    Food sovereignty

    The right to food is a fundamental human right. Although sufficient food is produced to meet global needs, about 870 million people are starving and another billion are chronically malnourished. Mission 21 supports projects aimed at enabling disadvantaged people – especially small farmers and their families – to benefit from healthy nutrition and to lead their lives in dignity.

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    Annual Report and Financial Report

    The Annual Report provides information about Mission 21's work and our principles, and it shows how we put those principles into practice during the year under review. It includes the annual financial statement together with details about the origin and use of funds. The main donor groups are mentioned by name. The Report also includes information about the mission organisation's structure and governing bodies, together with a brief portrait of Mission 21. The Annual Report is published every June to coincide with Mission 21's international Mission Synod.

    ► Download the 2020 Annual Report (PDF)

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    2019 Financial Report

    ► 2019 Financial Report in German (PDF)