Germany offers ‘one-stop-shop’ for civic engagement in development

On Jan. 18, Germany launched a new service point that aims to encourage its citizens, civil society groups and municipalities to be more involved in the country’s overseas development work.

Dubbed “Global Civic Engagement,” the service will be a “one-stop shop” for German citizens interested in the country’s development program. It is set to consolidate the following existing programs, among others, under one umbrella:

  • Advice Center, which caters to nongovernmental organizations engaged in development work.

  • Senior Expert Service.

  • Civil Peace Service secretariat.

  • The development volunteers service secretariat.

  • Service Agency Communities in One World.

  • ASA program, which is in charge of work and study trips.

  • School Exchange Program for Development Education.

“Our new one-stop shop for civic engagement will offer even more services to civil society and municipalities,” German State Secretary Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz said. “They will have a single point to turn to for support and advice on financial support options, as well as networking and training opportunities.”

The new service point is expected to have a staff of 145, mostly drawn from employees currently working in the existing programs and units identified. It will administer some 145 million worth of support funding for German development-related activities.

Beerfeltz said the creation of the new service point, which has its own website, is part of the government’s efforts to improve Germany’s development program.

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