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.