How we do it
Mission East strives to reach the most vulnerable people in need of help. We go ‘the extra mile’ to reach our beneficiaries – whether they are located beyond the remotest mountain range or close to a war zone. This also means that we stay on when the world’s attention has moved on to ensure that the job is thoroughly done.
We help the underserved that others don’t reach out to, because we value the individual and aim to leave no-one behind. We strive to be as effective as possible and ensure that the neediest receive and utilise the help we provide. We empower people and communities in crisis-affected countries to lift themselves out of poverty and marginalisation.
Mission East applies the following key approaches to our programmes:
Inclusion: Inclusion means making sure no-one is left behind due to their gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, or other factors. We place great emphasis on rights-based approaches and use women’s empowerment as a key strategy in programmes to fight poverty.
Resilience: Communities struck by natural disaster not only need to recover as quickly as possible. They also need to build up capacity to respond better to any future disasters. In our work with communities in disaster prone and climate-vulnerable locations we link relief, recovery, and development to ensure resilient communities in the future.
Accountability and partnership: We have a responsibility to be transparent and accountable when working with vulnerable people and communities in need. Towards our public and private donors we have an obligation to spend the funding properly. This obligation permeates all our work.
Mission East subscribes to a range of quality and accountability commitments. They are primarily intended to support the delivery of quality aid, assistance, and services. In 2017, Mission East received the Certificate of Compliance with the Core Humanitarian Standard. This certification has so far only been awarded to a few agencies carrying out work of the highest quality. The two other core quality standards for our programmes are the Red Cross Code of Conduct and the Sphere Project standards.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals
The core principle of “leaving no-one behind” that applies to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is extremely relevant to the work of Mission East and our vision of empowering people in crisis-affected communities to lift themselves out of poverty and marginalisation. Many of the 17 SDGs are covered in our programmes. We especially focus on these goals: 1. No Poverty; 2. Zero Hunger; 5. Gender Equality; 6. Clean Water and Sanitation; 10. Reduced Inequalities; 16. Strong and inclusive institutions; and 17. Partnerships for the Goals
Mission East often cooperates with local partner organisations in the countries we work in. This form of cooperation has numerous benefits, including access to local knowledge, strengthening of civil society, and continuity.