The individual players (selection)
Senior Expert Service
The Senior Expert Service (SES) is a foundation set up by Germany's private sector. It is the leading German organisation to place retired technical and managerial staff in assignments overseas.
The SES makes it possible to harness the technical experience of individuals who have retired from professional life, and to use it for development cooperation. These SES& experts concentrate on resolving acute technical or business problems in small and medium-sized enterprises. However, its clients also include public institutions, local authorities and non-profit bodies. Through their work, local personnel can also receive training and further training.
Since it was founded in 1983, the SES has conducted nearly 30,000 assignments in 160 countries.
An SES assignment generally lasts at least three weeks, but never more than six months. The client in the counterpart country where the expert is being placed is, as a general rule, expected to pay the costs of the assignment. If this proves impossible, BMZ funds can be used to pay part of the costs. In 2012, the BMZ contributed some 6 million euros to support SES assignments.
Since 1 January 2012, funds for the Service have been transferred to SES via the non-profit-making body, Global Civic Engagement – Service point for development initiatives.