Fields of action

  1. Cooperation
  2. Humanitarian aid
  3. Education for development, awareness raising and public advocacy
  4. Volunteer work

1. Cooperation

The Network organisation members share the conviction that it is possible to contribute to a fuller life for all men and women of our world. For this purpose, we work promoting whole development for the most disadvantaged people.

We carry out projects and development programmes in countries in the South, following certain criteria and characteristics:

  • Promote long term activities, thus generating development durable in time.
  • Develop our work with local counterparts who:
    • share with us a common development vision
    • with experience and knowledge of the area and field of work.
  • Establish equal and stable relationships with the institutions of the South, favouring mutual enrichment and exchange.
  • Promote whole personal development as the centre of activities.
  • Promote community organisation and beneficiary participation, favouring activities with participation elements.
  • Facilitate the necessary financial, technical and human support for project development.
Geographical distribution

The Xavier Network members work in more than 78 countries of 4 continents. During 2005, we carried out a total of 792 projects, for a global amount of 29.054.136 Euros, in these countries.

Geographical Region
Nº of projects
Amount
%
AFRICA
198
6.139.942
21,13%
AMERICA
318
12.439.793
42,82%
ASIA
218
9.392.684
32,33%
EUROPE AND MIDDLE EAST
58
1.081.718
3,72%
TOTAL
792
29.054.136
100,00%

Areas

We carry out international cooperation activities in the following areas:

  • Education and training: formal and non formal education, seeking to make a whole human being. An education to promote a committed and responsible citizenship. Strengthening of the education processes by teacher training, improvement in quality education programmes, education for work and technology, education infrastructures and radio based education.
  • Strengthening and empowering social groups: democratization and social participation, institutional strengthening, human rights defence and promotion, gender transversal approach, cultural identity and social infrastructures.
  • Income generation: production and commerce, micro credits and rural agricultural development.
  • Pastoral activities: Laymen training, supporting base communities and youth groups.
  • Peace and human rights: accompanying peace processes and recognition of excluded groups.
  • Health: primary health care, AIDS, health education.
Africa
America
Asia
Europa/OM
General
%
Education and training
2.706.841
9.564.192
3.599.201
502.845
16.373.478
56%
Strengthening and empowering
803.549
1.088.853
341.271
31.500
2.265.173
8%
Income generation
355.053
811.646
512.983
3.593
1.683.275
6%
Health
384.629
89.719
76.716
207.420
758.485
3%
Others
64.493
397.350
2.000
191.927
655.770
2%
Humanitarian Aid
1.825.377
487.631
4.860.513
144.433
7.317.954
25%
TOTAL
6.139.942
12.439.793
9.392.684
1.081.718
29.054.136
100,0%

2. Humanitarian aid

The Xavier Network organisations develop humanitarian aid programmes in nature’s catastrophes or war conflicts. We carry out activities if we have stable relations with organisations that work in the affected areas and will implicate themselves in emergency aid processes, rehabilitation or further development. Our work is focused on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affected zones to promote its development.

3. Education for development, awareness raising and public advocacy

The network organisations are convinced that in order to advance towards global human development, changes in the South are required, but most important is the need of transformation in our Northern societies. Analysing our world from a solidarity perspective will lead us to put ourselves in the other’s shoes, viewing the world from the most deprived, the ones who least count in decision making.

In order to promote more just and solidarity international relations, it is necessary to work for a change of conscience in the Northern societies, favouring a solidarity culture between populations. In addition, we seek to promote a greater degree of justice in political decisions.

We work for cultural and structural change promoting the capacity of critical analysis, stimulating the change of values and behaviours so that solidarity might be a criteria to take into account when it comes to decision making in the daily life and practices of political institutions.

We therefore work on the following:

  • Education campaigns, both in formal and non formal education, to promote education for development in education environments. For this purpose, we elaborate education materials, teacher training programmes and accompany processes in school centres, as for example the Youth Solidarity Network, formed and animated by Entreculturas, in different schools throughout Spain.
  • Training, analytical and thinking activities such as courses, meetings and round tables. As an example, Alboan has organised eight editions of the course “Getting Close to the South”, introducing cooperation and solidarity work from experience and personal encounter point of view.
  • Information and awareness raising activities, around fundamental issues of international solidarity. MAGIS participates in the magazine Popoli, an initiative in this field with information and analysis of different world social issues publishing.
  • Mobilisation and public advocacy campaigns, promoting responsible citizen participation in order to promote fairer international policies. As an example, ALBOAN and ENTRECULTURAS co-organise the World Education Campaign in Spain, a framework in which many students of Spanish cities have attended the national and regional parliaments to present their analysis on world education access and requiring their active commitment.
  • Studies and investigations to produce publication of information, analysis and discussion materials. Such is the case of WELWEIT, the worldwide Jesuitenmission publication.

4. Volunteer work

Volunteer work is an identity sign for network members. It is a gratuity sign, a society commitment, developing social participation. The network organisations promote the diffusion, training and accompanying of volunteers both in the awareness raising and public advocacy activities in the North as in the international cooperation framework of the South.

Local volunteers

Training and accompanying the numerous groups of local volunteers who work in the offices of Spain, Germany, Portugal and Italy. They are the main support of education activities, awareness raising proposals and advocacy campaigns in the different NGOs.

Volunteers for the South

Of short duration as is the case of Jesuitenmission and MAGIS and of long duration as is the case of LEIGOS and the international volunteer work VOLPA, ALBOAN and ENTRECULTURAS.

Through volunteers in the South, we promote experiences that change the view of the predominant reality of the North. This volunteer work is divided in three stages: initial training process, the work in an organization in the South and a “life” commitment of a will to transform reality upon finishing the experience.