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What is Broederlijk Delen?

Broederlijk Delen is a Belgian organisation for development cooperation and is committed to work towards a dignified life for rural communities in Africa and Latin-America. Broederlijk Delen strives for a sustainable world without inequality. While there is enough for everyone, many people live in poverty. We believe in a solution that consists of sharing, redistributing and investing in the plans of the poorest communities in our partner countries. 

What do we do?

In our partner countries

Broederlijk Delen has a typical approach. We focus on the local population's own plans that tackle inequality. We support local organisations' initiatives to realise these plans. We don't launch projects ourselves.

Broederlijk Delen collaborates with about 140 partner organisations that focus on rural communities, women and/or youth. Our partner organisations work together with these communities in their search for solutions for a better and dignified life. 

Some of these organisations play a more supportive role, such as assisting in the improvement of sustainable agriculture techniques. Others do advocacy work on a local, national or international level in order to influence government decisions or to demand respect for farmers’, youth and women's rights. 

Rural communities often prefer to work on development according to their own characteristic method. For example, they focus on solidarity economy initiatives, agro-ecological agriculture and/or the promotion of their cultural values and identity. Broederlijk Delen chooses to support these initiatives marked by social innovation.

We are active in 13 countries: 6 in Africa, 6 in Latin-America and in Israel-Palestine. We concentrate on one or two regions in each country where we bring together several partner organisations in order to exchange experiences. Together we establish specific objectives, share knowledge and stimulate mutual cooperation and networking. We also support these organisations financially. 

In Belgium and Europe

Political work and advocacy

Political and economic decisions can have a significant impact on the development of countries and communities. Those decisions do not always favour  the interests of local communities and can lead to increasing inequality. 

Through our political work, we want to address these issues. We advocate fair global policies of the Belgian and European authorities and strengthen our demands by campaigning and informing the Belgian public. In order to increase our influence on policy making, we collaborate with our partner organisations in the South, but also with organisations and networks in Belgium and Europe. In this regard, Broederlijk Delen is a member of CIDSE, an international umbrella association of catholic organisations that demand social justice. We are also a member of 11.11.11, the umbrella organisation of Dutch-language NGOs in Belgium.     

Awareness raising and inciting to action 

We inform and raise awareness among the Belgian public on the causes of inequality and poverty. We organise campaigns together with thousands of volunteers and want to incite people to reflect on their way of living: what is the impact of my lifestyle on the planet? We opt for an alternative: “enough is good” rather than “never enough” and call for practical solidarity.

Broederlijk Delen pays close attention to the inclusion of youth by means of an extensive range of activities in schools and an annual World Camp. The yearly Lenten campaign is the culmination of our work, 40 days before Easter.

What is our focus?

In order to achieve results, we need to be coherent in our efforts. Broederlijk Delen chooses to work in rural areas. Our approach is to tackle inequality through three thematic areas:

The right to food

One in eight people suffer from malnutrition, also in the rural areas. We collaborate with local organisations to find socially and environmentally sustainable solutions to tackle the current food crisis. 

Susutainable management of natural resources

International demand for raw materials is increasing. Following this, companies expand their efforts to extract these resources and thus secure control over land and water. As a consequence,  farmers lose access to their land and water resources, even by means of violence. 

Broederlijk Delen demands that land, water and other resources are managed sustainably, with participation of the local population. 

Participation and peace

People's rights are abused in many countries as a result of armed conflicts, repressive regimes and wrongdoings of corporations. 

Broederlijk Delen stimulates people and organisations to raise their voices, stand up for their rights and to take part in the dialogue. By doing so, they can contribute to good governance. 

Contact

Broederlijk Delen
Rue des Tanneurs 165
1000 Brussel
info [at] broederlijkdelen.be

From Monday to Friday:
9 am to 5 pm