Mission 21 operates internationally to bring about a fairer world. Since 1815, we have been sending out a message of hope based on the Christian faith and human rights. All over the world, we work to promote peace, improve education and healthcare, and to support agriculture and livelihood security. We focus our efforts on women and girls in particular.
In 20 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, we are involved in over 100 projects in the fields of long-term development cooperation, emergency relief and reconstruction. The United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and its 17 goals for sustainable development are guiding principles in what we do. Mission 21 promotes the growth of peaceful and inclusive communities as part of its sustainable development effort with the objective of providing access to due process and justice to all people as well as establishing effective, accountable, and comprehensive institutions at all levels.
We work jointly with over 70 partner churches and partner organisations across the globe, and we engage in professional exchange and cooperation at eye level. In Switzerland, Mission 21 carries out educational work. Our educational programs offer insights into interrelated global issues and cross-border experiences. We contribute to interfaith understanding and respect. Participants will gain inspiration that will empower and encourage them to take action in solidarity and to achieve goals of sustainable development. Young@mission21 is Mission 21's international youth movement, dedicated to cultural exchange among young adults from all over the world.
Mission 21 is a registered association whose organisational structures are based on partnership. Constituent members of Mission 21 are the four Continental Assemblies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The board has seven members and is in charge of strategic decisions. Operational management is in the hands of a four person team. Mission 21 receives support from various public and private institutions and organisations as well as from several Swiss, French, and German state churches. Mission 21 is recognised by Swiss governmental authorities as a charitable organisation and is certified by ZEWO (the Swiss organisation for transparency in charitable foundations) and EduQua (the Swiss quality label for further education institutions).
Mission 21 posts operational income of CHF 14 million. Project expenditures amount to about 78 percent of total spending. Fundraising activities and other administrative tasks in Switzerland add up to nine and 13 percent respectively. 62 percent of the operational income were donations. Two thirds of these came from cantonal churches and church congregations. The remainder came from the Swiss Government (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SADC, paid via the Brot-für-alle-foundation, Bfa) as well as from public and private institutions and organisations.
Mission 21 pursues its activities within a wide international network. In working for a world that is more just, we strive to empower marginalized and vulnerable people and we stand up for the poor and needy. Our focus on the relationship between religion and development is a hallmark of our work. We acknowledge the importance of intercultural communication and rely on the benefits of religion in achieving peace and long-term development. We are therefore a reliable partner for donors who wish to make an effective and lasting contribution to greater justice in the world.