Founded in 1957, the association ASW supports projects in the South that are affected by hunger and poverty. At that time, the association was one of the first NGOs in Germany who denounced the inequality between rich and poor countries. This inequality, which is a global injustice, remains a scandal. The increasing wealth of the North largely promotes the social inequality with regard to the South where poverty and famine are not yet eradicated. To address this problem, the ASW was launched to support community initiatives and local organisations in order to earn their autonomy (self-management). For 50 years, through the efforts of its donors, the ASW was able to support many of the ideas and efforts of these community initiatives which, in turn, are committed to improving the living conditions of its people without waiting for government support.
The main objectives of the ASW are:
to support projects of local initiatives and organisations that have a positive local effect;
to improve the lives of people through collective initiatives;
to protect the environment;
to defend political, social and cultural human rights;
to support, strengthen and improve the situation of women.