Misean Cara: Who We Are
and What We Do


We are an Irish faith-based organisation established in 2004 to support the overseas development work of Irish missionaries. Our purpose has always been to enable missionaries to conduct effective development projects on behalf of the poorest and most vulnerable communities. We are a membership organisation, currently with 78 member organisations working in over 50 countries around the world.

We accompany and support our members in their work, enabling them to deliver impactful projects by providing funding, mentorship, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, shared learning and consultation. Drawing
on our extensive network of skilled members we strive to work collaboratively for greater impact. Our mission is to highlight the essential work of members, who work tirelessly to reach the furthest behind and those whose voices often are not heard.

We support our members with funding for their projects, but also with practical support to improve their organisational capacity. When development organisations run effectively, with well-trained staff and efficient systems, they are better able to deliver life-transforming projects to people in need. 

Our mission to support overseas missionary projects is driven by a vision for a world where people who are the most marginalised, excluded and underprivileged can achieve a better quality of life. Underlying all our efforts to realise this vision are six core values: Justice, Respect, Commitment, Compassion, Integrity and Trust. We see these values mirrored by the unique way that missionaries conduct development work.

The Missionary Approach to Development Interventions (MADI) reaches people in some of the hardest to reach places including conflict zones and remote rural areas, where other organisations are often unable to maintain a presence. Missionaries take a holistic approach that sees every person as a dignified human being and addresses their needs and capabilities in partnership with individuals themselves. 

A long-term dedication to the communities they live alongside and serve; a vision of a better, more equitable world for all; and a deeply personal, faith-inspired lifestyle and sense of solidarity with the poor further exemplify what makes the missionary approach unique within the wider context of international development.

Since our founding, Misean Cara has been generously supported by the Irish public through funding from Irish Aid, the Irish government’s programme for overseas development. We remain grateful for this support and partnership in our effort to help the furthest behind build a better life for themselves

Our Mission

To resource and enable missionaries to deliver effective development work with the excluded and most vulnerable

Our Vision

A better world where people who are excluded from society are empowered to achieve a better quality of life

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Justice
  • Commitment
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Trust

Photo: Richard Kawemba

Project: Inter-Congregational Sustainable Agriculture Project (ICSAP) 

Countries: Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda

ICSAP participant Kevin Achiro demonstrates her space- and water- conserving kitchen garden, that utilises hanging seedbeds made from recycled household materials (top left) to members of her agricultural training group for small-scale farmers. ICSAP is using kitchen gardens to engage 500 targeted households in further skills building in sustainable agriculture and technologies that can help to increase food and nutrition for households and contribute to greater income security. Last year, Achiro’s kitchen garden provided her with enough extra vegetables to sell for a profit of ten times her initial investment.

Members: Franciscan Brothers, Daughters of Charity, Patrician Brothers, Salesian Sisters, Irish Jesuits International, Spiritans and Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

For further information about our work or to comment on this report, please contact:

Misean Cara
4th Floor, Callaghan House,
13-16 Dame Street, Dublin 2,
D02 HX67, Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 1 405 5028
Facebook: /MiseanCaraIreland
Twitter: @miseancara

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Misean Cara gratefully acknowledges the funding support of Irish Aid.


Misean Cara has signed the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages for Non-Governmental Development Organisations.


Misean Cara has achieved the triple-lock standard of good governance & reporting standards.


Misean Cara gratefully acknowledges the funding support of GHR Foundation.


Misean Cara gratefully acknowledges the funding support of ESB Electric Aid.


Misean Cara gratefully acknowledges the funding support of Americares.

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