Information and education work
Cooperation with federal states (Länder), and local authorities in the field of education
The German federal states (laender) and local authorities are important actors in the field of development information and education. Some states were quick to respond to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development with their own action plans. Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Hamburg, Bremen and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have pooled forces to form a North German Partnership to Support the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).
The federal states also see development-policy issues as an important part of school education and offer relevant concepts and materials, as well as in-service training for teachers. In order to mainstream the whole philosophy of sustainable development, and to get across to students the importance of the Millennium Development Goals, the BMZ and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany together drew up guidelines for the subject area of global development in 2007. Over and above this, some federal states support local and regional networks of non-governmental organisations active in development education. The state agencies for political education too provide information and organise development-related events.
Local authorities, which are closest to the people, are particularly good at raising the awareness of citizens of the need for sustainable, environmentally sound development. More than 260 twinning arrangements with local authorities in developing countries make an important contribution to Germany’s development policy. These direct contacts with the representatives of local communities, social facilities and civil society are used not only to pass on the expertise of local authorities. The direct contacts make the problems of developing countries much more tangible for the people in Germany, raising their acceptance of development cooperation.
The central institute responsible for supporting municipal level development work is the Service Agency Communities in One World, a division of Engagement Global. The Service Agency offers communities information, advice, networking and training, for instance on North-South town twinning schemes, fair procurement and municipal development cooperation.
Development Education and Awareness Raising
Strategies 188 new window, PDF 201 KB, accessible 01/2008 | pdf | 201 KB | 12 P. | accessible
Charter for the Future
ONE WORLD – Our Responsibilitynew window, PDF 4.2 MB, accessible 04/2015 | pdf | 4.2 MB | 68 P. | accessible