Working principles

Horyzon supports programmes and projects of local and national YMCA and YWCA partner organisations and orientates its development cooperation towards long-term planning and objectives to ensure that the programmes implemented have a sustainable impact.

To this end, a three-year national programme will be developed for each country in a defined planning cycle. This sets the objectives of the programme and sets the financial framework. It is also determined to what extent the local partners are to be strengthened. In the sense of a long-term strategy, a further project phase is examined by means of evaluation.

For the projects and programs the following working principles apply:

Evaluation and Participation

Horyzon supports local initiatives of those affected and encourages their personal responsibility and self-determination. For this reason, the population takes an active role in the design and implementation of projects right from the start. sustainability


The projects financed by Horyzon should have a long-term impact and be of lasting benefit to the population. Horyzon therefore attaches great importance to the projects being integrated into the social environment. gender balance

Gender Balance

Horyzon ensures that the projects supported meet the needs of women and men and that both genders are adequately represented in the development and management of the projects.

Environmental Orientation

Horyzon attaches great importance to the integration of projects into the social and institutional environment: these include institution building, participation in policy-making, structural influencing, further training, learning and optimisation processes.

Environmental Sustainability

Horyzon takes into account the environmental aspects and effects of the projects. Appropriate priorities, awareness raising and activities will be promoted.


Synergies can be created between existing resources through organisational networks. The focus is on networking with similar initiatives, i.e. cooperation and coordination with other civil and state institutions.

How we work