Verband Entwicklungspolitik und Humanitare Hilfe e.V. (VENRO)
VENRO is the umbrella organisation of development non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany. The organisation was founded in 1995 and consists of around 120 organisations. Their backgrounds lie in independent and church-related development co-operation, humanitarian aid as well as development education, public relations and advocacy.
VENRO is a member of the European umbrella organisation CONCORD.
VENRO’s central goal is to construct a just globalisation, with a special emphasis on eradicating global poverty. The organisation is committed to implementing human rights and conserving natural resources.
VENRO represents the interests of NGOs vis-à-vis the federal government. The organisation represents the variety of development organisations and acts as a forum where positions and opinions can be developed. It engages in lobbying and watches and comments on state policies concerning developing countries. It is a sought-after dialogue partner for decision makers in politics and society.
Globally, extreme poverty affects over one billion people and poverty two billion. VENRO is committed to a development policy oriented at fighting poverty by especially protecting vulnerable groups like women, children, the elderly and disabled people.
Many factors make fighting poverty difficult. These include the spread of infectious diseases like HIV/ AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, bad governance, violent conflicts, fights over resources or climate change. VENRO deals with different challenges posed to development and together with its members tries to develop possible solutions.
Fighting poverty is one of the fields the organisation is active in, focussing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), financing development, the consequences of globalisation and gender justice, as well as on understanding the interdependence of environmental issues and poverty. It emphasises the need to reform German and European development co-operation, focuses on European development policy and humanitarian aid and engages in advocating and educating development policy in Germany.
Trade, migration and diaspora, as well as the environment and development, are other important topics for VENRO.
HOW THEY WORK
The working groups, made up of the organisation’s members, are an important part of VENRO. Here, development processes are assessed and symposia are organised.
Jointly developed positions are published, constituting the basis for the organisation’s political lobbying. To inform the public on these issues, VENRO produces publications and engages in public relations.
The organisation seeks synergies with other organisations and looks to build alliances on specific issues. It also aims at a stronger co-operation with partners from the South. VENRO coordinates the discussion on quality assurance and monitoring of results and offers training for its members.
Two underlying codes are also very important for VENRO’s work: A dedication to development-oriented public relations and VENRO’s code of conduct for transparency, leadership and control. Both these codes are binding guidelines for the work of the organisations from civil society.See more