Danmission’s poverty reduction strategy addresses the root causes of poverty and seeks sustainable social change through a strengthened civil society.

The Development Goal of ‘building civil society through promoting dialogue, development and the rights of the marginalised’ guides our implementation, and Danmission reviews the results of the programme in the light of this long-term vision. Positive change and impact will be the result of two combined development objectives, expanded in two themes under each objective:

Objective 1:

Strong independent civil society able to participate in and improve governance at the local and national level

Theme I:

Building active and engaged
CSOs and empowered citizens

Theme II:

Promoting conflict resolution
and peaceful co-existence

Objective 2:

Improved living conditions for marginalised
and vulnerable groups, men, women and children in target areas

Theme III:

Access to viable productive resources
(land, forest, water, etc.)

Theme IV:

Building sustainable income-generating
opportunities for marginalised communities

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The two objectives and four themes are intricately linked. When people strive to improve their own living conditions, and do so in groups, in ways that make them confront and overcome challenges that previously seemed insurmountable, they will also start to advocate for better services, and make demands of government structures. On the other hand, their strengthened civil society organisations and their participation in governance also serve to improve those living conditions that are affected by public policy and its implementation. Gender equality is mainstreamed in all projects and activities and, in various activities, women’s poverty and rights are a particular focus.

The core of Danmission’s poverty reduction strategy

The core of Danmissions poverty reduction strategy continues to be:

  • A programmatic and human rights based approach to poverty reduction in all partner countries.
  • To strengthen Danmission’s and our partners’ expertise and practice in nexus between dialogue, peace-building and faith-based development.
  • To actively engage in and facilitate networking and strategic cooperation for maximum influence over policies and social justice.
  • Constantly follow and adjust our understanding of change, using a complexity aware approach.
  • Ensure reliable tracking of evidence of change and impact.


Transformational change

Our poverty reduction strategy is informed by a holistic approach, which requires caring for the whole person. Consequently, efforts to combat poverty should also recognize people’s spiritual or religious dimension, which holds a key to a transformational change of values and attitudes.


We consider dialogue a way in which human beings can relate to each other, find resolutions of conflicts and pave the way for positive and social change and development.

Rights based approach

Danmission works with a rights-based approach to development, addressing the structural and political dimensions of poverty in which the mobilisation of poor citizens, empowerment and advocacy are viewed as the main drivers for change. Organisationally, the Poverty Reduction Strategy is part of Danmission’s overall strategy and the Partnership Policy, and is positioned horizontally at the same organisational level as Danmission’s strategies for Church & Dialogue and Communication.

Danmission’s added value to the partnership

Danmission’s longstanding cooperation and history with partners in Asia, Africa and the Middle East enables it to promote cooperation between partners, engage in capacity building and pursue a common development agenda. Danmission is thus in a unique position to comprehensively facilitate cooperation between partners, inspire capacity building and encourage different partners to work on common topics.