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Children of the indigenous Ava Guaraní population playing in Cerrito, Paraguay. The community is one of many marginalised groups in Paraguay whose rights are frequently violated, including challenges to their landownership. Misean Cara member, the Servants of the Holy Spirit, are working with the Ava Guaraní to protect and recover their ancestral territory and help preserve their culture, through education projects that include producing learning and legal support materials in their local language. Photo credit: Francisca Garcete

Missionaries are uniquely positioned to work with the most marginalised and vulnerable people worldwide.  

In taking their inspiration from the Gospels, from Catholic Social Teaching and that of other Christian traditions, and from their individual charisms, faith-based missionary organisations have a deep understanding of those who are furthest behind in society, and of how to prioritise them in their development work.

External consultant Mike Williams has developed a framework in consultation with Misean Cara members to illustrate how the Missionary Approach to Development Interventions (MADI) Framework contributes to the UN principles of Leaving No One Behind and Reaching the Furthest Behind First. The framework and related guidance table is intended to assist missionaries in identifying and reaching the furthest behind first in their development projects. 

To read more about this cyclical six-stage, ‘6As’ process, please click here.

Relating this understanding to each of the five components of the existing MADI framework (long-term local presence; holistic approach; prophetic vision; personal witness; and crossing boundaries) helps to inform how missionaries prioritise the furthest behind in a very specific way.  If you’d like to read more on the background of the MADI framework, click here.