Germany is home to many not-for-profit organizations (NGOs) that are making the world a better place. From medical aid to human rights advocacy, Germany’s NGOs are making an impact all over the world. Here are five of the most notable German NGOs worth learning about.
Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) is a widely respected NGO dedicated to fighting poverty and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights. Founded in 1995, DSW works with local partners in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to provide healthcare services, education on contraception and reproductive health, legal advice, support for political involvement, and training on HIV prevention. DSW has also worked with international entities such as UNFPA to fight poverty and injustice worldwide.
Médecins du Monde Deutschland e.V. (MdM / Doctors of the World) has been providing access to free medical care for refugees, migrants, homeless people, and people living in poverty since 1991. MdM operates throughout Germany through its network of volunteer doctors and nurses who provide medical treatment across various disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, dermatology, and physiotherapy. In addition to its medical aid activities, MdM also campaigns for greater access to healthcare for vulnerable groups at both national and European levels – something which it has done successfully multiple times since its establishment nearly 30 years ago.
Die rumänisch-deutschen Kinderhilfe e.V.(Romanian-German Children’s Aid Association) was founded in 1990 by German citizens of Romanian origin in an effort to combat child poverty in Romania following the fall of Communism. Since then, RGCA has provided direct material assistance such as food parcels for children and their families; built kindergartens; started a campaign against child labor; funded projects aimed at preserving traditional Romanian culture; organized sports events; supported disadvantaged children’s educational needs; and much more – all within a relatively small budget of €100000 per year!
Amnesty International Deutschland eV (AID/ Amnesty International Germany) was established as an independent organization from London-based Amnesty International UK in 1982 by activists from West Germany’s peace movement who wanted a stronger focus on human rights abuses happening behind the Iron Curtain at that time – something which Amnesty International UK had failed to do adequately due to Cold War politics getting in the way of their efforts. Since then AID has become one of the leading NGO advocates for human rights around the world – campaigning actively against torture; unfair trials; covert surveillance programs; police brutality; government censorship, etc., while also providing legal support for victims of these abuses when possible.
Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) is one of Germany’s leading development charities which aims to reduce hunger all over the globe through promoting sustainable family farming practices along with food security initiatives such as school feeding programs, etc. Bread for the World works with local partners across some 90 developing countries throughout Africa & Latin America. They have a special emphasis on those affected by climate change where it has made significant progress since its founding in 1959, including helping over 4 million farmers receive better access to crop insurance, and setting up almost 2000 community water points throughout East Africa.