ERIC Number: ED307189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Help for Self-Help at the Grassroots: Non-Governmental Organizations for Development Assistance in the Federal Republic of Germany.
In Press, spec iss 1988
It is estimated that there are over 10,000 non-governmental groups and initiatives in West Germany devoted to improving the quality of life of people in the developing countries. Many of these projects consist of churches helping churches, such as Misereor, the charity organization of German Catholics, or Brot fur die Welt (Bread for the World), the charity organization of the Protestant church. Initially, church funds are often used in these projects, and once an infrastructure has been developed at the project location, projects may apply for federal government funds. West Germany has granted 3.7 billion marks to such church aid organizations in the last 25 years. Political foundations that are affiliated with certain parties also contribute substantially to development initiatives, such as the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (affiliated with the Christian Democratic Union), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (affiliated with the Social Democratic Party), the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (affiliated with the Free Democratic Party), and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (affiliated with the Christian Social Union). These projects range from small business aid and assistance in developing cooperatives to adult literacy and agricultural training programs to assistance in solving local ethnic conflicts. Several private groups also participate in various development programs, and these extensively support adult education programs. Addresses for 27 organizations sponsoring aid programs are given. (PPB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Church Programs, Community Development, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Developmental Programs, Economic Development, Educational Development, Foreign Countries, International Programs, Nongovernmental Organizations, Quality of Life, Rural Development, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inter Nationes, Bonn (West Germany).
Identifiers - Location: West Germany