The General Assembly is MS' highest authority. All members of MS can participate in the General Assembly. Important policy initiatives are put before the General Assembly, and it is the setting for exchange of ideas in connection with the activities of the Secretariat in Denmark, the Country Offices abroad and the members of the organization. The Board is chosen by the General Assembly. MS’ secretariat is made up of 30 employees. MS’ budget for 2006 is 155.5 million DKK. Danida is the organizations main funding source. MS has over 200 partners in Africa, Central America, Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans. Our partners range from big national organizations to small community based groups, and partnerships usually stretch over a number of years and involve common goals, and mutual sharing and learning.
MS’ mission is to provide opportunities for action for people who accept shared responsibility for global sustainable development. MS promotes understanding and dialogue among people. Together with partners, we promote popular participation and democratisation in the North and the South. We endeavour to enable poor and other marginalised people to realise their vision of a dignified life. The aim is to put an end to poverty by challenging the structural causes of poverty. In our work, we focus on democracy: to ensure that poor people have influence both locally and globally. Democratic development by the people requires the possibility of participation and a common effort – not only when the votes for parliament and referenda are cast. But every day when decisions are made – regarding education, work, health and the use of public funding.
MS works by means of development assistance through partnership, youth exchange, development education, campaigns, and policy advocacy. MS has over 7000 individual members and more than 80 institutional members - and many active members' groups all over Denmark. In Denmark, MS provides information and education materials, and engages in advocacy activities on development, globalisation and third world issues. MS’ main activities take place outside Denmark, though. We have 7 country programs (Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique), a regional program in Central America, a regional training centre in Tanzania, collaborate with a youth network in the Balkans, take part in a consortium in Afghanistan, and we are starting up activities in North Africa and the Middle East. MS supports development and advocacy work based on the initiatives of local organizations, institutions and associations in the countries where we work.