About us

About us

Through our international programmes, we support initiatives developed in the South itself. To us, support means more than just helping individual partner organisations. Together, our partner organisations are stronger than individually. We organise and promote exchanges between and with our partner organisations. We do not start up our own projects, but listen to and cooperate with local organisations which we call partner organisations. Since it is the partner organisations who know the local situation best, we only support initiatives that are not only adapted to the local needs, but are also supported locally. That is the best guarantee for sustainable change. Worldwide, Broederlijk Delen supports some 190 partner organisations in 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Read our vision on partner work.

Unfortunately, projects involving people in the South are often opposed or complicated by structures that are shot through with political injustice and are often out of reach of our partners on the ground. That is why Broederlijk Delen invests in political work. We try to convince policymakers to take decisions that work against or correct injustice. Read our vision on political work.

Broederlijk Delen is also active in sensibilisation campaigns: we try to make people in Flanders aware of the plans that people in the South have to tackle their problems. We also offer educational materials for teaching. The annual Lent campaign is the culmination of our work each year.

Broederlijk Delen supports its partner organisations in different ways

With Financial support

Financial support remains necessary for many partner organisations. They need money to pay the socio-cultural workers, to maintain buildings, to purchase farming equipment. Every year they submit an application to Broederlijk Delen containing their plans and a budget. After a thorough analysis, Broederlijk Delen decides how much money is granted.

  • With support concerning content

Broederlijk Delen is more than just a money transfer to one project. Broederlijk Delen organises and stimulates the exchange of ideas and experiences between partner organisations. We offer scholarships to their collaborators and organise training sessions in the South. This strengthens their capacities.

  • With political actions

Development has a lot to do with politics as well as national and international legislation. Many of our partner organisations in the South undertake political actions in order to demand better laws for their target groups. The National Domestic Workers Movement in India for example, succeeded in obtaining a legal statute for the domestic workers. Broederlijk Delen supports the political actions of its partner organisations and regularly puts pressure on Belgian and European governments by setting up some political actions itself.

  • With temporary development workers

Broederlijk Delen has some twenty development workers and some 25 volunteers in the South. They are people who work temporarily for a partner organisation. They are by no means know-it-alls who show the local people how it’s done. On the contrary, they are committed people who use their expertise to work together with partner organisations at the partner organisation’s request. They build bridges between continents and help fight prejudices.

Revenues and expenditures

We owe it to our donors, volunteers and also of course to our partners and collaborators in the North and South to properly manage our funds. Below you can take a closer look at the finances of Broederlijk Delen.

In 2010, Broederlijk Delen had a total annual income of approximately 16.1 million euros. About half of our income (43,7%) comes from people like you: from group activities, general donations, collections in churches, contributions from schools, communities and from legacies. Thanks to these revenues, we also receive government grants for our partner organisations in the South and for our actions addressing the causes of poverty. A small percentage of our budget comes from the sale of campaign materials or from services rendered.

In 2010, the biggest part of our expenditures (about 86.8%) went directly to Broederlijk Delen’s main goal: to ensure that people in the South can realise their own plans. 73.2% of this 86.8 % goes to partner work and 13.6% goes to actions addressing international causes of poverty (sensitization and political action). The rest (13.2%) goes to supporting activities (documentation centre, transparent accountancy …).

Read here our annual report in PDF.

Broederlijk Delen believes in the following principles:

  • Development has to initiate form the people in the South. They themselves determine their own futures.
  • Development is a community issue. Not one individual but the whole community has to work together to fight poverty. Projects that are not supported by the community are not sustainable. If people work together they can achieve better results.
  • Development has to be conceived from the point of view of the poorest. They themselves can prime change.
  • Development involves all aspects of humanity. Development which only involves material things is not sustainable. It comprises all dimensions of life, spirituality included. We choose to focus on the individual in all its dimensions, starting from our Christian roots, with open windows and doors for all things that inspire and strengthen people. This also provides us with inspiration to work towards a lifestyle that gives the Earth room to breathe and the South room to grow.
  • Development requires a structural and worldwide approach. Our partner organisations don’t live on an island. Globalisation continuously shakes up the results they have achieved. That’s why our partner organisations in the South are closely involved in political actions and international lobbying

Qui sommes-nous?

Broederlijk Delen est une organisation non gouvernementale, spécialisée dans l’aide au développement. A partir de notre inspiration chrétienne, nous prenons des initiatives de manière autonome afin de combattre la pauvreté, l’injustice et la discrimination mondiale et pour mettre en place des structures politiques, sociales et économiques plus justes.

En Flandre, nous nous présentons comme un mouvement de volontaires ouvert, qui sensibilise le public sur des thèmes Nord-Sud et qui appelle a la solidarité concrète par des actions de collecte de fonds. La campagne annuelle de Carême est le point culminant de notre travail.

La plupart de nos fonds sont investis dans le Sud, ou nous soutenons des initiatives introduites par des personnes dans le Sud mêmes et qui ont pour but d’y combattre la pauvreté et l’injustice. Nous ne procurons pas que de l’aide financière, mais nous prenons garde à ce que les personnes puissent mettre à exécution leurs projets, en menant des actions contre les causes politiques internationales de la pauvreté. Nous facilitons également les contacts entre les organisations partenaires et les personnes du Nord et du Sud.
En 2011 nous soutenions 190 organisations partenaires dans 20 pays du Sud.

Les projets des populations du Sud se voient souvent contrecarrés ou compliqués par des structures d’injustice sur lesquels nos partenaires du Sud n’ont pas toujours de prise. C’est pour cette raison que Broederlijk Delen investit dans le travail politique.

Conocernos

Broederlijk Delen es una organización no gubernamental de cooperación al desarrollo. Inspirada por la doctrina cristiana toma iniciativas autónomamente para combatir, en todo el mundo, la pobreza, la injusticia y la discriminación y para generar estructuras políticas, sociales y económicas justas.

En Flandes nos presentamos como un movimiento abierto de voluntarios que sensibiliza al público en lo referente a cuestiones norte-sur y que incita a una solidaridad concreta, con acciones para recaudar fondos. La campaña anual de cuaresma es el punto cumbre en nuestro trabajo.

Nuestros recursos financieros se destinan en primer lugar al Sur, donde apoyamos las iniciativas propias de grupos de personas locales para combatir la pobreza y la injusticia. No sólo apoyamos con dinero, sino que también procuramos que las personas tengan la capacidad y la oportunidad de ejecutar sus planes, llevando a cabo acciones contra las causas políticas internacionales de la pobreza. Además facilitamos el intercambio de experiencias tanto entre las organizaciones copartes como entre los habitantes del Norte y del Sur.
En el 2011 apoyamos a 190 organizaciones copartes en 20 países en el Sur.

Los planes propios de grupos de personas en el Sur son frecuentemente obstaculizados o paralizados por sistemas injustos en los cuales nuestras organizaciones copartes en el Sur casi no tienen algún tipo de influencia. Por ello, Broederlijk Delen invierte en trabajo político.

 

Contact us

Broederlijk Delen - National Secretariat
Huidevettersstraat 165
1000 Brussels - Belgium

Tel. number +32 2 502 57 00
Fax number +32 2 502 81 01
Desk Office Africa
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Contact

Broederlijk Delen - Secrétariat national
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1000 Bruxelles

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Fax: +32 2.502.81.01
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Oficina nacional de Broederlijk Delen
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1000 Bruselas - Bélgica

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