HORIZONT3000 ist eine der größten Organisationen in der nichtstaatlichen österreichischen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Unsere Arbeit unterstützt benachteilitgte Menschen im Globalen Süden bei ihrer nachhaltigen und menschengerechten Entwicklung.
Beauftragt von Basisorganisationen der katholischen EZA und unterstützt durch die Österreichische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit sind wir auf die Durchführung von Programmen und Projekten sowie die Entsendung von EZA-Fachkräften spezialisiert.
HORIZONT3000 entstand 2001 durch die Zusammenlegung von Österreichischer Entwicklungsdienst (ÖED), Institut für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (IIZ) und Kofinanzierungsstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (KFS).
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People behind HORIZONT3000
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Members and Board of Directors
The board of directors is the governing body of HORIZONT3000. It is elected by the general assembly and assembles at least four times a year. At least three and a maximum of six member organisations are represented in the board of directors. Some of the responsibilities of the board of directors are to appoint the executive board, pass resolutions on budget and the annual accounts, advise the general assembly and supervise the executive board.
The general assembly is composed of representatives of our member organisations and is committed by the statutes to convene at least once a year when called upon by the board of directors. Usually, it assembles twice a year. Some of its responsibilities include electing the board of directors, determining the membership fee, adopting the budget, approving the annual accounts, changing the statutes and resolutions regarding the vision, mission, and strategy of
Who do we work with and how?
HORIZONT3000 relies on several forms of cooperation, be it for financing, advocacy, knowledge management, or to implement projects. You can find a list of our member organisations, with which we also cooperate to co-finance projects, under Members and Management. To see our partner organisations in the regions, use our Project Map.
Apart from the contributions made by the member organisations, HORIZONT3000 is mainly financed by public co-financing.
ADC is the public development cooperation agency of Austria. Together with its partners in Africa, Asia, Central America, and East and South East Europe, it stands for reducing poverty, promoting peace and the safety of the people, and protecting natural resources.
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), is responsible for international cooperation and European development policy-making as well as making help available worldwide.
The Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) is a foundation under private law of the people and government of Liechtenstein and was founded in 1965. The organisation carries out bilateral development cooperation on behalf of the government of Liechtenstein and mainly works in rural areas, focusing on education, health, and rural development. In all its activities, special priority is given to promoting women, social justice, and environmental issues. The LED also has maintained long-term partnerships with project partners from Europe, including HORIZONT3000 in Senegal, where it works in rural development.
By supporting sustainable projects and at the same time linking them with the region of Upper Austria, development cooperation considerably improves the living conditions of selected third world countries and raises the Upper Austrian’s awareness of development cooperation and fair trade. The technical assistance programme of HORIZONT3000 receives 25,000 euros per year.
With the kind support of the City of Vienna, represented by the magistrate desk for European and international affairs, a water and sanitation project in Uganda is being supported in the context of development cooperation.
HORIZONT3000 has been successfully collaborating with many national and international foundations for many years. In future, we will continue to rely on such partnerships.
Crossing Borders – Education for Children is a registered association (NGO) that helps children from the Global South by improving their chances of education. More than 150 employees from OMICRON electronics, the main sponsor, work on a voluntary basis in their spare time to make this possible. One key task of the volunteers is to supervise the project as a mentor that does not only ensure that the right products are being selected and that the funds are being used in the best way possible but also ensures that the project experiences are documented and handed on.
The Medicor Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation based in Liechtenstein. It was established in 1995 by a private charitable initiative. The Medicor Foundation responds to the foundation supervisory authority of Liechtenstein and is a founding member of the association of non-profit foundations in Liechtenstein. We mainly work in international development cooperation. The Medicor Foundation supports selected projects in education, health, and social assistance. The goal is to directly and sustainably improve the living conditions of people in need in African, Eastern European, Latin American, and Caribbean countries.
Pontis Foundation is one of the largest charities in Slovakia. It helps companies take social responsibility for their actions (corporate philanthropy). Pontis Foundation also works in development cooperation, and together with HORIZONT3000, it is implementing the Western Balkans Project funded by SlovaAid.
Social and economic development depend on from a healthy environment, and both need networked and global engagement. As shareholders and partners of the Climate Alliance, we have been cooperating with indigenous societies in the Amazon lowlands for 15 years now.
Specialised institutions are vital in ensuring that developmental information and education has the widest spread possible. Südwind-Buchwelt is the only bookstore in Austria that specialises in development policy and is actively supported by HORIZONT3000 as its second largest shareholder.
Oikocredit refinances microfinance institutes and other social business that tend to the needs of the poor. Private investors and organisations provide the loan capital. HORIZONT3000 is one of them.
The alliance for climate justice (Allianz für Klimagerechtigkeit) is composed of more than 20 Austrian non-government organisations that work in the fields of environmental protection, development cooperation, and social and humanitarian aid. The goal of this platform is to raise awareness among opinion leaders and policymakers of the interrelationship between climate and development, climate protection, and international climate justice.
BAOBAB is a centre for global learning and communication in Austria. With its services, the non-profit association promotes the inclusion of development policy and global issues as part of the curricula in schools and extracurricular education. As this is not one of the fields of action of HORIZONT3000, we are happy to support this outstanding institution.
The KOO holds a membership at CIDSE on behalf of the Catholic organisations in Austria. In this context, HORIZONT3000 acts as a representative at the CIDSE Co-financing Forum and contributes with its co-financing expertise and experience. Forwarding the information received from Brussels and the exchange that takes place in this forum are essential contributions to expanding internal know-how.
CONCORD is the European umbrella association of developmental NGOs that represents more than 1000 organisations from all over Europe before the European Commission. HORIZONT3000 is a member of CONCORD via an EU platform and represents the EU platform in the FDR working group (Funding Group for Development and Relief).
Fair trade is an important funding and support area in development cooperation. HORIZONT3000 promotes this aspect as a member of FAIRTRADE.
This umbrella organisation represents the national and international interests of 39 Austrian non-governmental organisations that work in the fields of development cooperation, domestic developmental work, humanitarian aid, and sustainable global economic, social, and ecological development.
KOO, the department for development and mission coordination of the Austrian Episcopal Conference, promotes and coordinates worldwide developmental work of the Austrian Catholic Church. HORIZONT3000 plays an important role in ecclesiastical development cooperation.
For HORIZONT3000, the NPO Institute is an important exchange and advanced training forum for the non-profit sector. The association has been providing scientific work for non-profit organisations since 1997. We promote the active exchange of research findings and practical experiences and cover a variety of interdisciplinary topics that are relevant to the NPO. High scientific quality and intense exchange in the field are equally important to us.
The Social Responsibility Network is an information and communications hub. It helps and supports companies to plan and implement corporate social responsibility measures.
Die zivilgesellschaftliche Plattform in Österreich, die sich für die Verwirklichung der 2030 Agenda und die UN-Ziele für Nachhaltige Entwicklung einsetzt. Zwei Jahre nach der Unterzeichnung der Agenda durch Österreich stellen sich diese Organisationen gemeinsam hinter die 17 UN Ziele und deren ambitionierte Verwirklichung in Österreich. Bereits im Oktober 2017 sind über 100 Organisationen aus ganz Österreich Mitglied der Plattform.
Das International FORUM on Development Service ist ein internationales Netzwerk von Organisationen, die Fachkräfte oder Freiwillige entsenden. Mitglieder des FORUM sind sowohl staatliche als auch nichtstaatliche Organisationen. Ziele des Netzwerkes sind u.a. die Förderung von Kooperationen zwischen den Mitgliedern, die Entwicklung von beispielhaften Modellen für die Arbeitspraxis und der Informationsaustausch.
Technical assistance organisations
HORIZONT3000 has been in touch with international technical assistance organisations for many years. The goal of this constant exchange is to improve the technical assistance.
Every development starts and ends with people and thrives on good communication and dialogue. This is the key philosophy that underlies the consortium for development cooperation AGEH (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Entwicklungshilfe e.V.) As a specialist service of German Catholics for development cooperation, we procure qualified experts for development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. AGEH is a state-recognized personnel service provider, a reliable point of contact for experts, and the competent partner for more than 150 aid organisations.
As an NGO and aid organisation for technical assistance programmes (PEZA), INTERTEAM finds and deploys Swiss professionals for multi-year missions. Our approach: Efficiently and sustainable decrease poverty by exchanging professional knowledge, skills, and experiences. Capacity development is at the centre of our cooperation with our partners from the Global South. Together, we forge a solid basis and tread new paths to improve the living conditions of the local population in the long term, not by donating money but by exchanging knowledge at an equal footing.
Our ownership structure
Member Organisations and Board of Directors
Nine Catholic grassroots organisations from all over Austria sustain HORIZONT3000. These member organisations provide the capital resources, and it is their employees who fill the seats in our general assembly and board of directors.
Dreikönigsaktion, the aid organisation of Katholische Jungschar, coordinates the Austrian-wide Sternsingeraktion and also distributes the funds that were raised based on objective criteria. Promoting children and young adults, education, securing livelihood, human rights, and pastoral work: More than one million people in the poorest regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America receive direct help from about 500 projects in these regions. The Dreikönigsaktion works in close cooperation with reliable local partner organisations. In Austria, Dreikönigsaktion advocates for the shared responsibility for the world and calls for solidary action. In addition to its project work, it also is active in the areas of education, lobbying, and advocacy.
The Katholische Männerbewegung Österreichs (KMBÖ) sees itself as the hub and initiator of male engagement in Austria. Working for development cooperation has been a core component of KMBÖ’s work for over 50 years. With the “SEI SO FREI” campaign for a more just and fair world, the KMBÖ supports grassroots organisations, private and public development organisations as well as social and development cooperation entities in Africa and Latin America in their work. In promoting sustainable projects, the KMBÖ helps people in the country of the South become more Independent.
The kfb is a group of women who support each other on their path towards personal self-fulfilment and encourage each other to overcome deeply rooted role conceptions. As part of the Familienfasttag (family fast day) campaign and following the principle of global sharing, the Catholic Women’s Movement of Austria (kfbö) strives to improve the living conditions of people from the Global South, empower women, and assert human rights. At the same time, the kfbö seeks to raise awareness about development cooperation and global interrelations among the people of our country. The department for development cooperation of the kfbö is directly responsible for organising and carrying out the campaign.
The Christian foundation “Bruder und Schwester in Not” of the Innsbruck diocese was founded in 2009 as a spin-off of the “Bruder in Not” campaign that was initiated in 1961. With the funds raised by the Innsbruck diocese, “Bruder und Schwester in Not” promotes projects and programmes in Bolivia, El Salvador, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. “Bruder und Schwester in Not” does not carry out any projects itself, but works together with government-independent organisations, diocesan institutions, clerical grassroots organisations, and educational institutions. Improved life opportunities for disadvantaged people, peace, justice, and preservation of nature are the key objectives of the projects in the countries of the South. In addition to its international project work, “Bruder and Schwester in Not” has ascribed itself to the mission of raising awareness of a solidary lifestyle in Tirol.
As a relief agency of the Catholic Church, Caritas and its nine diocese organisations help the affected in multifarious ways. Independently from their social, national or religious affiliation, Caritas counsels, helps, and supports people who are dealing with difficult living conditions, illness, or disabilities after misfortune or natural catastrophes. Since need can look differently in different countries, Caritas Austria is part of the international Caritas network to be able to provide aid overseas. 162 Caritas organisations in more than 200 countries worldwide have put themselves at the service of humanity.
The Diocese of Graz-Seckau founded Welthaus, a developmental institution of the Catholic Church of Styria, in 1970. The main objective of Welthaus is to advocate for human dignity and justice worldwide. Welthaus promotes innovative and sustainable programmes that allow people to take their lives and futures into their hands. Its regional focus is on the countries of the Global South as well as in Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Development means change, not only in regions stricken by poverty but also in Austria. That’s why project work and education are closely intertwined at Welthaus.
The Department of the universal church, mission and development is the official bureau of the Archdiocese of Vienna that attends to all matters concerning the universal church, missions and development on behalf of the archbishop. Some of its tasks are: to interlink and coordinate all activities for the universal church, missions and development assistance in the Archdiocese of Vienna; to organise and support ecclesiastical development missions; to provide information on short-term and long-term volunteering opportunities, international visits and exchange programmes; to allocate the financial means provided by the Archdiocese of Vienna to partner projects in the Global South (incl. earmarked contributions by the church); to promote partnerships and the recognition of developmental work by awarding the Florian-Kuntner prize; and to support One World groups and those responsible for the universal church in the parishes.
Bruder und Schwester in Not (Brother and Sister in Need) is an organisation of the diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt that is supported by Catholic Action. We have been raising funds since 1962 for our projects. We work with all people, no matter their political, religious or ethnic background, taking the experience of our partners in Latin America, Africa, and Asia as the fundamental basis of our actions.
The Austrian Leprosy Relief Association (ALRA) was founded in 1958. We are a foundation established under church law. We see ourselves as a Catholic human rights organisation from the health care sector that is active in the field of development cooperation. As our name suggests, we have specialised in fighting exclusion processes. Even today, people still are completely excluded from society as a consequence of stigmatising illnesses. The ALRA clearly distances itself from the practice of denominating partners ailed by sickness as “leprous” or “outcasts”.
Members of the board of directors
The board of directors is the governing body of HORIZONT3000. It is elected by the general assembly and assembles at least four times a year. At least three and a maximum of six member organisations are represented in the board of directors (currently six). Some of the responsibilities of the board of directors are to appoint the executive board, pass resolutions on budget and the annual accounts, advise the general assembly and supervise the executive board.
The general assembly is composed of representatives of our member organisations and is committed by the statutes to convene at least once a year when called upon by the board of directors. Usually, it assembles twice a year. Some of its responsibilities include electing the board of directors, determining the membership fee, adopting the budget, approving the annual accounts, changing the statutes and resolutions regarding the vision, mission, and strategy of HORIZONT3000.
Our annual statement of accounts
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