Together with our partners, Mensen met een Missie works towards sustainable human security and constructive interreligious and interethnic relations and trust in the Extreme North. Our interfaith partner network consists of 5 local organisations, all representing a different religious denomination. Additionally, we work with a youth movement. We focus on harmful narratives and conduct between the communities that lead to exclusion, mistrust and violence. Next to that, one of the key spoilers of peace is the repressive non-participatory conduct of local government officials and security actors in addressing conflict and extremism.
Mensen met een Missie and its local partners focus on:
Convictions – We focus on harmful norms and narratives that people within a group hold about ‘the other’. This includes mostly intragroup strategies. Interventions especially focus on increasing the agency of youth to actively resist harmful norms and promote alternative narratives.
Connections – We nurture positive interactions and constructive interreligious and interethnic relations. We promote dialogue between local government officials, security actors and local community representatives. Through creating spaces where people meet across divides, facilitating exchange and mutual understanding and spotlighting influential champions of peace.