Why this Goal?
Misean Cara recognises that its strength lies in the faith, dedication, skills and expertise of its members. The missionary approach to development is distinctive because of its longterm and committed approach. Our members “walk hand in hand” with beneficiaries; they rethink boundaries, go beyond borders and see each individual as a brother or sister, as respected, rights-holding citizens of the world, with equal, inherent human dignity.
The missionary approach to development also means ensuring participation of the marginalised; empowering people as key actors in their own development to use their voice and collective power at appropriate levels (local, national or international); and influencing the policies and practice of governments and other development stakeholders.
Misean Cara views the three perspectives of the missionary approach to development, a human rights focus, and contemporary development practice as complementary, all with the aim of alleviating poverty, respecting human dignity and realising the responsibility each of us has to the other.
To maximise the added value brought to development by the missionary approach of our members, Misean Cara will:
a) Support and enhance the quality, effectiveness and impact of the development work undertaken by members by developing organisational capacity and ensuring sustainability, whilst accompanying members throughout their journey.
b) Promote the deep-rooted and profound missionary approach to development through education, raising awareness and showcasing the added value this approach brings to contemporary development practices.
Key Priorities to Achieve Success
- Embed the accompaniment model, recognising that by journeying together all our lives are transformed.
- Further develop members’ organisational capacity to design, manage and report on development initiatives.
- Build on the richness of members’ individual initiatives to demonstrate the power of our collective impact.
- Learn from the best of what missionaries bring to development to improve practice in the wider development sector.