In the projects Mission Alliance will strengthen local communities to be strong, adaptable and inclusive communities. People should have equal access to school and health services and with reliable opportunities for income-generating work.
As a Christian and diaconal organization, we believe it is important not only to anchor community development in development theory and practice, but also in Christian principles such as justice, human dignity and creation care. This leads us to focus on rights, participation, gender equality, disability inclusion and climate justice in the projects we support and to target poor and marginalized communities and vulnerable groups in society such as children, women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
Work and Income
We work on this in different ways. Alliance Microfinance AS (AMAS) is a limited liability company fully owned by Mission Alliance. Mission Alliance will continue to support the development of AMAS to become the leading, private impact investment company in Norway. This will be achieved through the establishment of a new investment vehicle where investors from the public and private sector will be invited, as well as through funds from divested legacy institutions in Mission Alliance.
Business for Development (BfD) will create dignified jobs and have a sustainable impact in peoples’ lives through holistic engagement in enterprises and their value chains.
Enterprise owners and related stakeholders will be empowered to create dignified jobs, increase opportunities for, and improve the standard of living of employees and their families through access to market and economic growth. The enterprises involved will be scalable
Other income generating measures
The Mission Alliance supports projects that enhance food security and income for poor families. Several of the Mission Alliance's partner countries have a very young population and generally high unemployment. In order for these countries to achieve a good development, it is crucial that youth and young adults receive employment and income. The mission alliance will give particular priority to projects and initiatives that assist youth in the transition from education to income-generating work.
Mobilizing for justice
Allies in Norway will have a solid and applicable knowledge of injustice in the world and become change agents fighting poverty and promoting justice locally and internationally. In all our efforts to create awareness on global injustice and poverty, we will inspire action and focus on how our allies in Norway can make a change. We will challenge more individuals to become our allies by inviting people to pray, donate, become sponsors or sign up as regular donors.
Mission Alliance is part of God’s Church and as such Christian churches are our natural allies. We will engage churches in community action to fight poverty, promote justice and share faith. We invite the churches to rediscover their diaconal calling, we promote unity and fellowship to all churches, and we strengthen the ability to dialogue and relate to others in civil society and the public sphere.
In the program countries as well and in the various projects Mission Alliance will build alliances and will work with international networks where we can actively participate and follow up initiatives that are relevant for our strategic assignments and our internal learning - seeking collaboration with the designated duty bearers together with our partners to guarantee project sustainability. In many cases these are the local, provincial and national governments.
Our Program Countries
Mission Alliance has an extensive diaconal work in China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador.
China is the world's most populous country and in total area, the world's third largest. The country has been ruled by the Communist Party since 1949. China is the world's second largest national economy.
China has managed to reduce the poverty rate very successfully, and the gap between poor and rich is less than before. Nevertheless, there are still major differences between east and west in China and between rural and urban areas. 3.1 % of the population are living below the national poverty line, while less than 1 % live in extreme poverty. 8.7 % of the population is malnourished. 92 % have access to safe water resources, and 72 % have access to satisfactory sanitation.
Mission Alliance started work in China in 1901, and the missionaries had to leave China in 1949 when the Communists took power. Mission Alliance projects in China target the vulnerable groups in society. 85 million people in China suffer from various kind a disability. In Yunnan Province, there are 2.88 million people with different disabilities. Mission Alliance aims to improve the living condition of disabled people through integration in education and in an integrated working life.
The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean, and it consists of about 7,641 islands . The population in the Philippines is more than 100 million people, and half the population are children and adolescents under 10 years. And many children drop out from school too early. The Philippines is also very prone to natural disasters. When a disaster strikes, vulnerable and poor people often lose their income base and all possible savings.
Mission Alliance began working in Manila in the Philippines in 1976. With funding from Norwegian donors, we supported projects within education and health services for children and youth. To day Mission Alliance today works in various projects on the island of Marinduque, in the capital Metro Manila and in the provinces, Rizal and Iloilo. The Philippines is one of the emerging markets in Asia and experience a steady economic growth. But the gap between rich and poor are still increasing.
Vietnam is a narrow country with a long coastline, located in Southeast Asia. In 1954, Vietnam was divided into North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The Vietnam War (1957 - 1975) ended with North Vietnamese victory and reunification of the country.
Vietnam was once one of the world's poorest country. Today one of the major challenges is population growth and population density. But in recent years, the country has undergone great growth and changes in the economy - from a state-controlled planning economy to a more open market economy. Increasing tourism has also provided economic growth.
Mission Alliance have been working in the Mekong delta for many years. Today climate change affects all of our work, and the negative changes affect our people's life situation so deeply. It is important to us to focus on actual knowledge and concrete measures to increase people's ability to adapt to climate change. This could be new techniques in growing vegetables that can withstand longer periods of drought or methods of growing with less water.
Read more about our work in Vietnam: http://www.nmav.org/
13.5 percent of Cambodia's population lives in extreme poverty, and according to the UN, half the population is lack of access to good education, adequate health care and other important conditions for a good life. The population of Cambodia is young. One in three is younger than 15, and only one in 20 is more than 65 years.
Cambodia faces many challenges. In rural areas, access to clean drinking water is poor. In the cities, groundwater is contaminated due to non-handling of industrial waste, garbage and sewage. Lack of education often causes people to be exploited in the textile industry, the sex industry and the construction industry. Another urgent challenge is the climate change. It leads to unpredictable rainy seasons and dry seasons.
To meet the challenges in Cambodia, Mission Alliance is working on various and wide range of projects. The work started in the countryside, but due to large migration to the cities, Mission Alliance now has several projects in the capital Phnom Penh.
Nepal is a poor country with magnificent scenery and is sandwiched between India and China. A large part of the Himalayan mountain range is located in Nepal, including the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. The country has several other peaks over 8,000 meters, and three-quarters of Nepal's total land area is mountains. The plains, lowlands and the valleys in south are mostly used for agriculture.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, and large parts of the population live exclusively on what they cultivate, and a large part of the population is malnourished. Nearly 90% of the population lives by agriculture.
On November 14, 2019, the agreement between Mission Alliance and United Mission to Nepal (UMN) was signed. Nepal is our newest partner country, and from 2020 we have started a long-term project-work in the country. United Mission to Nepal (UMN), which is our partner implementer, has a long experience of work and presence in Nepal.
Mission Alliance will support projects and programs in the northeastern part of the country. We will work with oppressed and discriminated people from low castes - and especially women. Our integrated Community Development project will involve all parts of the community so that we can gradually help people out of poverty and oppression.
Liberia is Africa's oldest republic and was founded by freed slaves from America in 1847 after their arrival onboard sailing ships back in 1822. It became known in the 1990s for its long-running, ruinous civil war. After political instability from 1980, bloody civil wars, rebellions in neighboring Sierra Leone and peace in 2003, the country is on its path of recovery. Liberia suffered from Ebola in 2014-2016 and is still characterized by poverty and hardship of living. Despite access to rich and natural resources, Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Mission Alliance started work in Liberia in 2009. The country office in the capital Monrovia is responsible for following up the partners in both Liberia and Sierra Leone. Mission Alliance supports projects within Education, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health and within projects preventing Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). In addition, we provide financial services through our regulated microfinance bank, Diaconia MDI, based in Monrovia.
Sierras Leone has many natural resources that could make the country one of Africa's richest, but civil war, unstable political governance and a major outbreak of Ebola have made this West-African country one of the world's poorest and least developed countries. More than 50 % of the population lives in absolute poverty. Like neighboring Liberia, Sierra Leone has gone through an 11 year civil war. The entire nation was affected. Especially the elders, women and children were left to themselves.
Mission Alliance started working in Sierra Leone in 2017, and the Mission Alliance Country Office in Liberia is responsible for the follow-up of the projects. Mission Alliance supports projects within Education, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health.
Brazil is South America's largest country and the fifth largest country in the world. The country is the largest economic power in South America and the ninth largest in the world. Brazil is rich in natural resources and the most important export goods are iron ore, oil, soy, sugar, meat and coffee. Despite social leveling off in the 2000s, Brazil remains one of the countries in the world with the biggest gap between rich and poor. Therefore, Mission Alliance is present in the country.
The slums in Brazil are large and heavily loaded areas. Poor children and teenagers live here in environments characterized by unemployment, broken relationships, substance abuse, violence and abuse. 26.9 % of the population of cities live in slums. Mission Alliance works in the giant city of São Paulo, in Joinville and in Rio de Janeiro.
More than 20 percent of the country's population is evangelical Christians (44 million people). The Church plays an important role, and Mission Alliance's projects are closely linked to it. The church needs a greater focus on diakonia and to become a larger and more important part of its local community. Therefore, this is an important part of Mission Alliance's work in Brazil.
Bolivia is one of South America's poorest countries despite large reserves of natural resources. Some causes of poverty are lack of access to ports, political instability and poor governance. A large part of the population are indigenous peoples who have been oppressed and discriminated against for centuries and who often live in difficult conditions. Mission Alliance works in areas where Bolivia's indigenous people live.
The Mission Alliance works for a better school and for more people to have indispensable access to clean water and to better health care. We also work with farmers organizations to improve food production through new agricultural areas and equip people for climate change.
Mission Alliance is the owner of a microfinance institution in Bolivia. Diaconia FRIF is a successful bank, allowing vulnerable and poor people to get loans, which very often leads to jobs and to better income.
Ecuador is a country in northwestern South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Ecuador has an ethnically diverse population, with most of its 17.1 million people being mestizos, followed by large minorities of European, Amerindian and African descendants. Important export articles are agriculture and oil recovery.
Mission Alliance works mainly in the poor districts of Guayaquil. It lives approx. 500,000 people here, mostly migrants from both Ecuador and neighboring countries. Those neighborhoods are often in lack of infrastructure such as roads, clean water, access to the public electricity as well as lack of health services and education.