Mercy International Association Global Action Programme
The main goal of MIA’s global action is to develop a programme based on the grassroots stories of Mercy work throughout the world, which is firmly rooted in theological reflection for social action and which will develop policy and advocacy positions to influence change though the national and international decision making bodies, primarily the EU and the United Nations.
The Guiding principles underlying the work are as follows:
- MIA Global Action is based on the Mercy charism and theological reflection for social action. MIA’s Global Action Programme is based on reflection, analysis and action (praxis) and has a theological underpinning.
- MIA is delivering a clear message in relation to its stand for women, children, people living in poverty and for eco justice. Mercy charism involves working with poor, marginalized people addressing the underlying causes of poverty. The focus of the work is on alleviating poverty, working for justice through systemic change and promoting ecological sustainability.
- MIA Global Action emphasises compassion, respect and hospitality in its relationships. MIA is adopting a people-centered approach bringing the human stories of their work into their social analysis and advocacy. MIA Global Action emphasises interconnectedness and partnership and brings all aspects of Mercy work together.
- MIA Global Action is supporting Mercy Congregations and Institutes to work together to strengthen their common work and to do things together which they cannot do alone. They are working in partnership rather than competition with other like minded organisations, religious and lay.