Information and education work

Cooperation with non-governmental organisations

Young activists demonstrating at the 2004 International Conference for Renewable Energies in Bonn. Copyright: BMZDe­vel­op­ment information and edu­ca­tion work is only pos­sible thanks to the de­di­ca­tion of vo­lun­teers and full-time staff. Nu­mer­ous large and small non-gov­ern­ment­al orga­ni­sa­tions (NGOs) have val­u­able ex­pe­rience as a result of their direct, and in­ten­sive co­op­er­a­tion with civil society partners in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, and this experience can be tapped for educational purposes.

NGOs are im­por­tant partners for the BMZ's work inside Germany. The lion's share of funding for de­vel­op­ment education work goes to the projects and programmes of NGOs. A very wide range of educational offerings are funded through the "Aktionsgruppenprogramm" (Action Group Programme) and the "Förderprogramm Ent­wick­lungs­po­litische Bildung" (Promotion Programme for De­vel­op­ment Education), from small-scale evening events to major campaigns. En­gage­ment Global is the central point of contact for all schools, associations, organisations and initiatives seeking support with their de­vel­op­ment projects.

Parallel to this, the BMZ encourages the networking of state and non-state education work as well as networking among non-governmental organisations – by supporting regional conferences of de­vel­op­ment NGOs for instance, that are also attended by representatives of federal and state level governments.

For more information about the many organisations involved in de­vel­op­ment, without whose support school-based and out-of-school education work would be inconceivable, check out the website of Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Eine Welt Landesnetzwerke (German only) here.

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