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Annual Report - Weltfriedensdienst
Annual Report
2003
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Foreword
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Civil Peace service
Senegal / Palestine / South Africa
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Weltfriedensdienst e.V.
Geschäftsstelle
Hedemannstraße 14
10969 Berlin
Education / Small Projects
Brazil / Tanzania / Guatemala/
Palestine / Israel
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Editor
Elke Kuhne
Human Rights
Argentinia
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Photography
Front Cover: Aboubacar Souaré.
Women
South Africa
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Ecology
Zimbabwe / Guinea-Conakry
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Future Prospects
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Peace Communication
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Solidarity Partnerships
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Projects of Solidarity Partnerships
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Educational and Public Relations Work
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The Weltfriedensdienst e.V.
The WFD
Office Structure /Foundations
Cooperation Partners / Volunteers
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Financial Statements
Fundraising
Expenditure
Revenue
Balance
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Ways you can support the WFD
p. 2: A. und S. Souaré
p. 3: Britta Hüning
p. 4: Nafez Assaily
p. 4 : Lutz Taufer
p. 5: Arbeitskreis Ostafrika
p. 8: Jörg John
p. 9: Bettina Nipper
p. 10: Willi Lau
p. 20: Richeza Grundschule Brauweiler
Typesetting and Layout
Irene Päzold
Translation:
Christiane Neubert
WFD Annual Report 2003
Contents
Dear readers, dear friends
2003 will be a year which we all remember as the year of the war with Iraq. The WFD protested against this war
together with many other NGOs. More than a year after military operations were officially declared over, there is
still no telling what the political consequences may be. Every day scores of people in Iraq suffer and die. The words,
so often said, that war is not a means to solve conflict, are being proved true dramatically on a daily basis – in
Iraq and other places in the world.
Reconciliation, peace work and the securing of human rights have always been an important part of the WFD’s
work. From the many years we have spent supporting projects in the South, we know that sustainable development
without lasting peace is impossible. Peace and development cooperation are inextricably linked................................
For this reason, the civil peace service has, in the last years, been a significant instrument in the WFD’s work on
development cooperation. A third of all our project expenditure now goes to civil peace service projects. In 2003
the WFD further consolidated its work in this field. In Palestine, where violence is already part of everyday life for
children and young people, a streetwork project has been launched and in the south of Senegal, in Casamance,
the first peace committees have taken up their work and are endeavouring to reintegrate erstwhile guerrillas into
society. Creating dialogue between enemy groups or even achieving reconciliation is not an easy process and
requires staying power. There is, however, no alternative. Many other projects could be given valuable support if
sufficient funds were available.
The WFD is therefore concerned by the German government’s budget draft for 2005. Despite its promise to
continue increasing the funds for the civil peace service, the federal government, for the first time, wants to cut
them slightly. We, and other non-governmental organisations, believe that these planned saving measures are
sending the completely wrong signal.
2003 was a year of successes – some great, some small. We would like to thank our partner organisations, our
cooperation partners and, of course, our donors for these successes. Our work would not be possible without
the commitment, encouragement and support provided by the WFD’s many friends and supporters...........................
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Walter Hättig
Berlin, July 2004
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Civil Peace Service
Civil Peace Service projects help people to resolve their
conflicts without recourse to violence, talk about
injustice suffered, cope with traumatic experiences
and begin processes of reconciliation. Only in this way
can new wars and violent conflicts be prevented. The
WFD supports its partner organisations in their efforts
by providing them with specialist peace workers. Civil
Peace Service projects have now become an essential
part of our work.
Senegal
South Africa
The region of Casamance is located in the south of
Senegal. Casamance, which is virtually separated from
the rest of Senegal by the small state of Gambia, is
very rich in agricultural and mineral resources.
Nevertheless, the people in the south feel politically
dominated and economically disadvantaged by the
majority population in the north, who are culturally
and ethnically very different to them. In 1982, a number
of conflicts lead to a guerrilla war, which has been
continued by the Senegalese army and the armed independence movement despite peace negotiations
held throughout the fighting. At the beginning, the
local population strongly sympathised with the guerrilla
fighters. With time, however, this sympathy has been
lost, not least because of the many attacks on civilians.
Although the neighbouring countries have recently
become more supportive of the Senegalese government’s position, the rebels still control large sections
of the woodland on the border between Senegal and
Guinea-Bissau. The guerrillas’ economic self-interest,
the seeming lack of alternatives for simple fighters
and the division of the independence movement have
hindered the diplomatic peace process considerably.
SINANI/PSV – a Programme for Survivors of Violence –
was founded in the province of KwaZulu-Natal at the
beginning of the 90s against the background of the
everyday violence of the apartheid regime. During the
following years, the organisation developed continuous
trauma and community work with women, children and
young people. They also included local political and
traditional leaders in their work. SINANI/PSV is active
in about 20 communities in KwaZulu-Natal....................
Various publications in Zulu and English and a broad
campaign on “Respect in the Communities” also aroused
considerable attention. This helped to further familiarise
people with SINANI and to enhance the organisation’s
reputation.
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This is why the USOFERAL (“Let’s unite!”) network
was founded. The network consists of about 50 representatives of local women’s groups and traditional
female spiritual leaders, whose aim is to foster the
peace process at grass-roots level. By supporting selfhelp groups, they hope to turn the region of Enampore
into an “island of peace”. Peace committees in the
villages will facilitate and monitor the social integration
of former guerrilla fighters.
When people from Senegal’s north and south meet,
they have the opportunity to abandon their concepts
of “the enemy” and to learn about alternatives to the
culture of violence which has become apparent in
everyday life after two decades of war.
Since 2003, the Weltfriedensdienst has supported the
USOFORAL programme with the provision of a peace
worker. During the first few months of cooperation,
contact with 18 villages was intensified and a great
number of meetings with members of the women’s
groups were organised with the aim of increasing their
local peace efforts.
The WFD has supported its partner organisation since
2001. Its support focuses on research/ documentation
and public relations work. The two peace workers who
were sent to South Africa trained their local colleagues
in these fields and together they developed concepts
for the organisation’s work in the communities. Training
courses, which were important for the whole organisation, were also given. This year, the research/documentation work included the creation of community profiles
and the evaluation of SINANI’s small, income-generating
projects. Public relations work included, among other
things, the production of a video about the organisation
and the setting up of workshops for fundraising and
marketing.
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Palestine
South Africa – UMAC
This partner organisation, which was founded
as early as the 1980s, works in the provinces
of Western Cape and Eastern Cape. UMAC
– U Managing Conflict – supports the establishment of democratic structures and propagates the peaceful resolution of conflicts in
the communities.
South Africa – CVSR
The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg establishes relationships between peace organisations in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola and South
Africa. Using concrete examples, they develop
and test training material for the use of nonviolent methods of conflict management.....
Zimbabwe – Zimcet
The Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust helps
communities to establish local peace forums.
These impartial forums bring together women’s and youth representatives, influential
members of the community and members
of various political parties. In a country characterised by political violence and repression,
these types of institution are an important
step towards tackling the deeply rooted mutual mistrust which exists.
Angola – Adra
(Acção para o Desenvolvimento Rural e Ambiente)
Angola is still a country marked by civil war.
Here, political education geared towards activating people is promoting constructive
dialogue between the citizens and the state.
Furthermore, the project is also helping to
set up a network of new civil initiatives............
Guinea-Bissau – UNDEMOV
(Unión Nacional de Deficientes Motores y Víctimas de Guerra)
The project supports victims of the civil war.
It helps them to work through their traumatic
experiences together and to find a way out
of their economic deprivation by means of
self-help activities.
For years now, the situation in the Middle East has been
escalating. Israel’s military action against the Palestinian
population, the destruction of houses and the policy of
enclosure have resulted in a catastrophic economic situation and an alarming lack of social and medical support. In the old city of Hebron, which is under the administration of Israel’s armed forces, people’s willingness
to use violence is great.
Here, 500 Jewish settlers and 1,200 Israeli soldiers live
directly next to 40,000 Palestinians. The historic city
centre, once the commercial centre of Hebron, is now
a ghost town. The few Palestinian traders who still open
their shops, have to shut them again after a few hours
because there are no customers.
More and more houses are being seized for use as Israeli military bases. A large number of Palestinian families
are leaving the old city centre because they can no longer
bear the curfews and daily humiliations to which the
occupation subjects them. Hopelessness, a lack of perspectives and a constant feeling of being under threat
determine the lives of those young people who live in
the historic centre; aggression and violence within families and amongst friends is increasing.
The Library on Wheels for Non-Violence and Peace
(LOWNP) was founded in 1986 with the purpose of
supplying children from remote villages in the West
Bank with reading material and familiarising them with
the ideas of non-violence and peace. The organisation
now works in Hebron, teaching young people about
peace and democracy. The project, which began at the
end of 2003, is supported by a peace worker from the
Weltfriedensdienst. Its aim is to teach young people the
methods of non-violent conflict resolution and to enhance their knowledge of human and children’s rights. The
boys and girls are taught in such a way that they are
able to pass their knowledge on to others of the same
age. In this way, children and young people in Hebron
are learning how to deal with conflicts and violence,
whether in school, among their friends, in their families
or in confrontations with Israeli soldiers and settlers.
The streetwork approach which the project is based on,
is a totally new form of social work in Palestine.
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Other WFD Civil Peace Service
Projects
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Education
It was as early as 1948 that the right to education was laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
But even today, there are still about 125 million children and young people worldwide who do not have access to
basic education. A school education and vocational qualification are vital for the development of both the individual
and society. Vocational training enables young people to discover their strengths and to develop perspectives for
their future.
Brazil
The project is accompanied by Theatre of the Oppressed drama activities. The theatre gives young people
an opportunity to present their daily hardship in the
favelas and to tackle their difficult situation in a constructive way. The plays, which are written by the young
people themselves, are staged in São Gonçalo’s neighbourhoods, and the audience, the public and local
politicians discuss them. This method of interactive
theatre, which involves the audience in the action on
stage, gives people an opportunity to give voice to
their problems. This is often the first step towards
joining forces and working together to remedy the
appalling conditions in the favelas.
Tanzania
The vast majority of the Tanzanian population live from
agriculture, with coffee having played a predominant
role for many years. However, the surplus of coffee on
the world market has dramatically worsened the coffeegrowers’ situation. Children and young people in
particular, desperately need vocational training to open
up perspectives for them outside agriculture............
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The foundation of the Leguruki Vocational Training
School in northern Tanzania was initiated by a German
pastor in the 70s. The Weltfriedensdienst is supporting
a four-year project with the purpose of strengthening
the vocational training school in close cooperation with
the Meru diocese, which is responsible for the school,
the school management staff and the Aktionskreis
Ostafrika (AKO – East Africa Working Group) in the
German town of Ulm. The support focuses on financial
aid to improve the infrastructure and activities, such as
advice from WFD cooperation partners, geared to
enhancing the quality of the vocational training..........
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The population living in the slums of Brazil’s mega
metropolises has grown by 30% in the last 10 years.
It is particularly people from the poor regions in northeastern Brazil who feel drawn towards the cities,
hoping to find a better life there. In São Gonçalo, a
city with 900,000 inhabitants neighbouring Rio, the
increasing impoverishment is also apparent. Often
there are no drinking water or sewage systems and
those that exist are inadequate. Many people are
unemployed. A lot of young people leave school early
to contribute to their families’ income by doing casual
work or to try their luck in organised crime and drug
dealing.................................................................................
In response to a lack of perspectives, to poverty and
impoverishment, five grass-roots initiatives from São
Gonçalo, supported by the CAMPO organisation,
have developed the SOS Periferia project. CAMPO
(Centro de Assessoria ao Movimento Popular – an advisory centre for grass-roots movements) was founded
as early as 1987 and has been developing programmes
on poverty alleviation in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro
since then.
The new project, which has been supported by the
WFD financially and through the provision of personnel
since August 2003, aims to offer vocational training
courses, carry out income-generating programmes
and improve the supply of basic amenities in the
slums. The community centres, some of which have
just been set up, offer practice-oriented vocational
training courses lasting several months in the fields
of building and construction, electrical engineering,
data processing and cosmetics...................................
What is special about this project is that the grassroots initiatives themselves are responsible for their
activities and programmes, which are planned and
carried out independently with CAMPO in a purely
supporting and advisory role.
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Small Projects
The Weltfriedensdienst also supports a great number
of small projects, the majority of which are projects on
education and vocational training. These projects are a
good opportunity for many children and young people
– whether in Brazil, Namibia, Bolivia, Ghana or Benin
– to build a basis for their future.
Brazil
Regular further education and training for teachers
and instructors guarantee the high quality of the vocational training. In addition, the school tries to organise
the training according to the needs of the regional
economy. Since the state does not provide the project
with any financial support, school fees have to be
charged. For this reason, a fund has been set up which
provides loans and grants to 50 students from the
poorest families every year....
Guatemala
Guatemala is the Latin American country with the highest
proportion of indigenous people (approximately 6065%). Although the Maya form Guatemala’s majority
population, they are excluded from most of the state’s
decisions. They are not represented by a political party,
their language and culture is not recognised officially,
and the public school system teaches exclusively in
Spanish.
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Although the Leguruki School offers vocational training
in classical “male” professions (bricklaying, car mechanics, electrical engineering and metalworking) girls
also take part in the vocational training in all trades.
The girls are very interested in electrical engineering
and have been particularly successful in this field. In
order to make the school even more attractive for girls,
special accommodation for girls has been built and
vocational training in new trades is being planned.........
The AdoleScER group is a Brazilian non-governmental
organisation (NGO) based in Recife. The group’s mission
is to help young people from the slums of the big cities
to lead dignified lives. The young people are offered
various further education courses, e.g. in health
education or civil rights. It is not only the participants
who profit from the courses. As so-called “multipliers”,
their task after the course is to educate other young
people from their neighbourhoods about violence, drugs,
sex, Aids and prostitution. This method, which is also
known as peer education, is based on the principle of
“talking among equals“, which is often more successful
than that of “adults talking to young people”. In dancing,
drama and computer classes, the young people also
learn how to make information more interesting. Working
as multipliers strengthens the young peoples’ selfconfidence, something which is an excellent basis for
finding a place in society.
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The K´i-chee´ school in San Miguel Chicaj, in the northeast of Guatemala, is a bilingual school. Here, the
children not only learn their parents’ language but
also become familiar with Mayan culture. After being
given a basic education, the children are offered further
education in the fields of science and technical engineering. This school was the first institution of its kind in
north-eastern Guatemala. Today, there are a number
of similar schools which are trying to establish a network so that they can communicate with each other
about their experiences more easily. The WFD supported this project in cooperation with several partners
from 1996 to 2003.
What are small projects?
Annual financial support does not normally
exceed € 10,000.
As a rule, small projects are only financed by
donations made by cooperation groups who
collect money in fund-raising activities.............
No cooperation partners are sent to the partner projects.
They often receive support locally from DED
(German Development Service) development
aid workers or from local organisations............
Apart from the many small projects supporting educational and vocational training programmes, there are
also projects involved in other areas. There is a total of
55 small projects, which are supported by the WFD,
aimed at different target groups and employing various
methods.
Palestine
For many years, the Weltfriedensdienst has supported
a women’s cooperative on the West Bank in the production and marketing of their textiles. The cooperative’s
hope of becomming independent of external support
has diminished in the last few years. The wall, which is
being built by the Israeli government primarily on
Palestinian territory and in contravention of international
law is only one kilometre away from the villages where
the women in the sewing cooperative live, and even
separates some houses from two villages between which
the sewing cooperative is located. The majority of the
Palestinian families here have lost their sources of
income. Thanks to the financial aid from the WFD, the
sewing centre and its kindergarten were able to keep
going, and it was possible to alleviate the serious social
and economic difficulties in which the women and their
families found themselves.
Israel
In Israel, the WFD has been sponsoring the Hanitzotz
Publishing House (HPH) for several years now. HPH is
an organisation which was founded by Israeli human
rights organisations and which carries out lobbying
work focused on finding a just and peaceful solution to
the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. HPH
works with young socially disadvantages Palestinians
in two youth centres.
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The project period and amount of assistance
is reviewed and determined on a year-by-year
basis.
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Human Rights
The enforcement of human rights, i.e. rights to freedom, self-determination, food, shelter, education and health,
form the basis of any sustainable development. The WFD supports grass-roots initiatives that are fighting – often
against the government policy of the country concerned – for their rights, providing information on human rights
and, in doing so, improving their living conditions.
Argentina.......................................
The Kolla Indians live in
the north-western corner of Argentina on the
border between Bolivia
and Chile. In the valleys
of the Andes, they grow
vegetables and potatoes, and in the higher
regions, they keep cattle, goat, sheep and vicuñas. Even for those
young people who try to
earn some extra money
in the towns and cities,
life continues to revolve
around the mountain
villages. This existence, however, is under threat.
Officially, the Kolla live on land which belongs to the
state and which the authorities can sell to private investors at any time.
Since the end of 1999, the WFD has supported the
Council of the Indian Organisations of Jujuy (COAJ)
in its struggle for the Indians’ rights to their own land,
which have been recognised by the constitution but
are, in practice, being ignored. In the first phase of
the project, which ended in September 2003, the COAJ
managed to pass a statutory amendment in the provincial parliament, facilitating land titles that can be held
collectively by the Indians and setting out concrete
steps towards the implementation of the amendment.
Some 67 of the now 121 Indian communities organised
in the COAJ, which dealt with their affairs in an informal
and traditional way at the beginning of the project,
have, with the assistance of the project team, been
recognised as legal entities. This is a decisive step
towards the granting of collective land rights as an
application for land titles can only be made by legal
entities.
In the second phase of the project, which started in October 2003, the COAJ communities are supported in
their efforts to defend their land rights, now legally within reach, against the authorities’ delaying tactics. The
project is also, however, trying to help the communities
manage their territory. Even communities with valid
land titles have to be able to evaluate offers and strategies
from rich potential buyers from the tourism and mining
industries. The communities have to discuss
how to deal with nonlocal institutions which
are collecting medicinal
plants in order patent
their genes. It is also necessary to protect the
land and its resources
from “home-made”
dangers such as overgrazing, poaching and
erosion.
All these topics have
been the subject of a
number of workshops in
which experts gave advice to the communities based
on similar cases in Argentina and abroad. The workshops
looked at models of community organisation, petition
proceedings or wildlife management. The continuous
legal advice which the communities have received has
led to the settlement of many disputes concerning land
rights, often in favour of the communities involved.
Finally, the COAJ has played a decisive role in founding
an independent umbrella organisation for the Indian
organisations in Argentina.
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Even though Argentina’s official policy is now back on
track, there are more people living below the poverty
line today than ever before in what was once a wealthy
state. The economic crisis hit those hardest who do
not own land. They depend on food provided by private
charity organisations. This is one more reason why
the Kolla Indian ethnic minority is fighting for its right
to own the land that it has been cultivating for centuries.
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Women
The WFD’s women’s projects contribute to the
strengthening of women’s social status and to fostering
their self-initiative and economic independence. This
allows women to develop new perspectives. The Weltfriedensdienst considers support for women to be an
important component of each and every project. In
many cases, it is women in particular who recognise
the need for change and are prepared to get involved.
South Africa
Since March 2003, the WFD has supported this grassroots initiative both financially and by supplying a cooperation partner, primarily in order to facilitate the
building and running of a refuge for abused women
and homeless children. Help for raped and abused
women is desperately needed. These women not only
need the refuge for physical protection but also as a
place where they can develop new perspectives for
their lives. The refuge also helps and supports homeless
children, who, in many cases, have been treated cruelly,
by giving them care and education focusing on social
development and interaction. In the refuge, many children and teenagers have experienced loving care for
the first time in their lives. It was possible to finish the
refuge by as early as the end of 2003 – six months
after construction work had started. It offers shelter
for 48 people.
A social worker, two children’s nurses, a gardener, a
security guard and a financial manager work for the
refuge. There are also many volunteers helping the
women and children. An expert sent by the WFD provides them with advice and active support...................
Other WFD women’s projects......
Guinea-Bissau – Yaaray Yesso
The province of Boé in eastern Guinea-Bissau,
which is relatively inaccessible and sparsely populated, is one of the country’s neglected regions.The
road network here is inadequate, health care is
poor and there are almost no schools.......................
People cannot expect much help from the state.
What scarce investment there is, is channelled
into the more densely populated regions. For this
reason, the people in Boé are trying to help themselves and the WFD is supporting them in their
efforts. The project, which focuses on strengthening self-help initiatives, is primarily oriented towards women, who are the driving force behind
the much needed changes, such as the building
and maintenance of schools.
Guinea-Bissau – Sinim Mira Nassêque..........
Guinea-Bissau is one of the countries in which
the religious and cultural ritual of circumcision
holds a firm place in society. The Sinim Mira
Nassêque Organisation is trying to protect young
girls from this practice. The organisation offers
an alternative ritual which dispenses with the
dangerous surgical operation whilst maintaining
the rite’s cultural significance and also educates
the girls. In addition, the organisation offers
former circumcisers training in other skills and
spreads awareness among the general public........
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The Limpopo province in north-eastern South Africa
is one of the poorest regions in the country. There is
almost no industry, and the unemployment rate is
high. Women are often targeted by frustrated and
aggressive men. Children and young people who are
neglected or forced to earn money turn to prostitution
or drug dealing. Against this social background, the
Leka Gape – Don’t give up! – self-help group was founded in Lulekani, a township in Greater Phalaborwa.
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Ecology
For many years, the Weltfriedensdienst has promoted
projects employing a blend of traditional cultivation
methods well-suited to the local conditions and modern
ecological knowledge. The WFD believes that sustainability also involves counteracting new dependencies
on expensive means of production, distant markets
or complex management methods...............................
Zimbabwe
In 2003, the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe deteriorated still further. In the same year, inflation
reached its highest rate of up to 100%, the supply of
food and fuel remained critical, and vast parts of the
population were forced to depend on food aid provided
by relief organisations.
Last year, several courses were held, for example in growing mushrooms, fish farming and preserving foodstuffs.
It was possible to make a lot of the fruit harvested into
jams and juice. A general rethinking of ideas seems to
be taking place, favouring a return to agricultural crops
adapted to local conditions, fruit trees, medicinal herbs
and local types of trees. As a result, the food supply has
become considerably better in this region........................
Local schools have also become involved in the programme. Topics like sustainable development and the
use of resources have been integrated into the curriculum
and are also put into practice in various activities. The
community programme is working together with a total
of twenty environmental action groups and eight schools.
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Environment Africa (EA), Zimbabwe’s leading environmental organisation, was founded in 1990 and is active
in both rural and urban areas. The organisation’s activities focus not only on conservation, but, above all,
on fostering economic development. A community
programme, which is supported by the WFD, provides
advice to those grass-roots initiatives in north-eastern
Zimbabwe that are involved in the protection of the
environment and resources, food security and occupational opportunities. These environmental action
groups receive specific further education and training
on all aspects of resource management (use of land,
water, firewood, recycling waste material), and are also
given support in the development of organisational
structures and their project management..................
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Guinea-Conakry
Other WFD Ecology Projects............
Mozambique – Cobarema
Malnutrition and the destruction of natural resources are a major problem in western Mozambique.
The ever increasing population requires more and
more farmland and pastures, placing the last remaining woodland in jeopardy. In addition to this,
the region suffers from difficult climatic conditions:
heavy precipitation during the rainy season is followed by long droughts that destroy the crops
and result in soil erosion. Cobarema – Community
Based Resource Management – helps the communities maintain and increase their natural resources. Besides the many training courses on methods of animal farming and water and soil protection, thousands of trees have been planted in
the project area.
Senegal – PRONAT
Our partner organisation supports farmers in the
development of sustainable, resource-preserving
cultivation methods. The use of traditional cereals
and farming methods, which guarantee good
crops without using expensive chemicals, has
been intensified. The direct sale of the crops and
a network for exchanging traditional seeds contribute to income security and, consequently, to a
secure food supply. The project area, in which
100,000 people live, covers 72 villages......................
Zimbabwe – Chikukwa
The aim of this project is to guarantee the supply
of sufficient food and water. In the mountainous
region on the border to Mozambique many water
tanks were built, damage caused by erosion was
remedied and fields and gardens were laid out
anew. Thanks to these measures, the appalling
food shortage in Zimbabwe has had little effect
on the people of this region because they are able
to fall back on their own vegetables and grain
crops.
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Mali County in the mountainous region of Fouta Djallon
is one of the three poorest counties in Guinea-Conakry.
It is located close to The Sahel, which accounts for
decreasing amounts of rain and surface water. There
is no electricity supply and neither the main nor the
smaller roads are asphalted. In the project area, approximately 85% of the population suffer from periodical
malnutrition, especially before harvest time when the
food reserves have been exhausted or have gone bad.
Children are particularly affected by this situation.
People have to use an ever increasing part of their
small income to buy food, especially when food prices
are at their highest.........................................................
Ten years ago, experts from Mali County, who are now
working in the country’s economic centres, founded
Assistance au Développement Communautaire et Associatif
(ADECOMA) – an organisation which, among other
things, supports initiatives for development in their
home region. There are plans to improve the food situation in Mali in an ecologically sustainable way over
the next few years. Marshland, which has not yet been
used and on which several harvests a year are possible
because of the water, will be cultivated. Horticultural
production will also be intensified. Solar driers, manufactured by local craftsmen, facilitate the preservation
of surplus products. As a result, food will be available
in times of shortage or can be sold at a good price.
In 2003, the WFD began to support the project with
financial aid and the provision of an agricultural engineer. During the first few months, 27 areas of marshland
covering almost 30 hectares were chosen and the measures necessary for cultivating the land planned. Ten
communities provided land on which decentralised
tree nurseries can be planted. 70 hectares of land for
gardens were surveyed and assessed. Subsidies were
given so that fences protecting the gardens against
wild animals could be built. The first few solar-powered
driers have been put into operation.
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Future Prospects – WFD projects underway
Civil Peace Service
Vocational Training
CPS coordination in southern Africa............................
As part of the Civil Peace Service (CPS), the WFD has
supported projects on reconciliation, trauma management and peace consolidation for four years now. In
southern Africa, six peace workers were active in partner
organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Angola
in 2003. Other projects are planned, e. g. in Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In order
to support our partner organisations and peace workers
in their difficult job and also help our regional coordinator deal with the increased workload in southern
Africa, a CPS coordinator will start working in the
WFD’s regional office in Harare in 2004..........................
Vocational Training Centre in Mozambique........................
The WFD supported the establishment of the "Escola
de Artes e Oficios" (EAO) vocational training centre in
Chimoio in western Mozambique for several years until
the end of 2002. In order to foster the centre’s continued
consolidation, we will provide advisory support for another four years, from March 2004 onwards. The WFD’s
advisory service mainly focuses on the development of
practical approaches that help to place the school’s graduates in jobs or assist them in starting their own business. The project also aims to integrate the concept of
vocational training centres into national education planning. The Weltfriedensdienst supports the EAO in Chimoio by providing them with three WFD cooperation
partners.
Ecology
Resource Management in Zimbabwe.............................
Despite the many negative trends in Zimbabwe, Tsuro,
a non-governmental organisation there, has drawn up
a comprehensive development plan for the Chimanimani
district in the east of the country. The WFD successfully
supported a project in Chikukwa in this district for many
years. The plan, which was drawn up in cooperation
with many groups within the population, aims to launch
various pilot schemes for the management of natural
resources. Primary importance has been placed on educational work and training measures for sustainable resource management. In order to be able to carry out its
comprehensive plan, Tsuro has applied for help from
the Weltfriedensdienst.....................................................
The WFD hopes that this project can be carried out
from 2004 onwards despite the German government’s
current reservations concerning development cooperation schemes in Zimbabwe..............................................
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Non-violent conflict resolution in Mozambique.............
Mozambique is considered to be a model for a successful peace process involving the UN. Yet the country is
still a long way away from true reconciliation...............
Supporters of what used to be a rebel organisation
and what is now the Renamo Party, which has a decisive
majority in the country’s northern regions, do not acknowledge the Frelimo government. As a result, guerrilla
activities and violent conflict over land still occur in
these regions time and again. As part of a project developed by our ProPaz project partner, volunteer mediation groups will work in those regions of Mozambique
where tensions are currently running high, encouraging
non-violent conflict resolution and creative community
initiatives.
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Peace Communication
Getting together
With its Peace Communication project in Germany, which was launched in October 2001, the WFD is continuing
its important work educating people about development politics in Germany. The Peace Communication project
offers a platform to people and organisations from the South who are working to achieve peace and find nonviolent solutions to the conflicts in their home countries.
Wars and violent conflicts in the lands of the South
are often presented in a very superficial way to the
German public. Apart from the absence of detailed
reports on the regional causes of the conflicts, the
media also fail to provide information on the civil initiatives committed to finding solutions.
For many years, the Weltfriedensdienst has organised
tours which offer activists from the North and South
the opportunity to talk about their experiences...............
Workshops are used to try out new forms of communication. Public events and visits to schools give a large
number of people the opportunity to examine and discard their prejudices as a result of direct contact with
others.
In 2003, Majorie Jobson and Bonny Dikongue, guests
from South Africa and Cameroon, were received with
great interest. They gave accounts of women’s important contribution to peace processes and presented
their methods for strengthening the position of women.
Meeting these two committed women from Africa was
a particularly important experience for female pupils.
More than 500 stories were handed in. The young
authors come from Palestine, Israel, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and Germany. Some of the very personal and brave stories have been published in a book.
This collection of touching stories impressively portrays
the environment of violence in which young people
grow up, and how much they long for reconciliation
and peaceful co-existence. The winners of the competition got to know each other during a work camp held
in Berlin in the summer of 2004.
For sale from April 2004
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The second tour in 2003 dealt with the reintegration
of child soldiers, a problem which is barely known in
Germany. Our two guests from Mozambique and Burundi, Lina Ingles and Levy Ndikumana, presented
their difficult work at numerous meetings with very
different groups. At the end of wars and armed conflicts,
former child soldiers still remain on the fringes of society and are often avoided by their own communities.
In order to give young people an opportunity to think
about their experiences with violence and to give voice
to their hopes and fears, the Peace Communication
project held a short story competition: Short Stories
for Long Moments of Peace..........................................
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Solidarity Partnerships
Partnership is particularly important to us in our work together with grass-roots initiatives and non-governmental
organisations from the South. By helping people to establish solidarity partnerships, the WFD tries to encourage
as many people as possible to act in solidarity with the South.
Solidarity partnerships – at schools, within church congregations, fair trade groups or other communities – combine
fair trade work in Germany with solidarity and support for self-help projects in Africa or Latin America. The solidarity
partnerships offer their supporters the opportunity to see the results of their efforts and follow how the project
is developing.
Solidarity in Practice
Help from the Weltfriedensdienst
More than 60 groups, some of which were founded
many years ago and which have partnerships with a
total of 53 projects in Africa, Latin America or Palestine,
enrich the WFD’s development policy education work
with their varied impulses and initiatives. Solidarity
partnerships open up a concrete sphere of action for
groups and individuals interested in this area and also
offer them a new perspective on the North-South
issue, increasing mutual understanding....................
Almost half of the existing partnerships have been
established at schools. Whether initiated by teachers,
pupils or parents, solidarity partnerships at schools
offer an opportunity for global learning and are often
more convincing than conventional teaching material.
Church congregations and private donor groups, companies, communities and fair trade organisations also
belong to the partnership network. As well as supporting their partners in the South, the partnership groups
also want to convey their knowledge, concerns and
thoughts to their friends. They draw the German public’s attention to the situation in the project countries
through varied and imaginative campaigns...................
Many groups depend on the commitment of a few
individuals; other groups, however, are made up of
pre-existing initiative groups. The composition of the
partnership groups is as diverse as their activities and
the intensity of their exchange with their partner project. The amounts of annual aid also differ – any contribution is welcome.
Some groups have already been partners for more
than ten years, whilst others joined the partnership
network only a few months ago. The older groups in
particular have often had extensive and impressive
experience of development policy education work,
public relations work and fundraising.............................
The WFD helps groups interested in this area to choose
a suitable partner in Africa and Latin America and arranges contact with a project in fields such as education
and training, women’s rights, resource conservation
or human rights. Partnership groups receive detailed
reports on their project’s progress and tips for fundraising and public relations work. We provide a reliable
service for passing funds on to project partners, make
sure that the accounting is correct and issue donation
certificates.
The Partnership Network
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The volunteers working for the Partnership Advisory
Committee advise the WFD on the future development
of its partnership work and on how to find new partnerships. They also share their experience with newcomers.
WFD partnership groups receive 3 to 4 partnership
newsletters a year providing them with news from the
Berlin office, the projects, tips for fair trade activities
or reports on the experiences of active groups. In addition, an annual partnership seminar offers an opportunity to exchange information and to give each other
advice and encouragement.
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West Africa visiting Hessen
The Wetterau district in the state of Hessen has
had a close relationship with the WFD for many
years, and has actively supported development
projects in Boé, a rural region in Guinea-Bissau.
Some schools have now also become involved
in the partnership work. At the farmers’ market
in Friedberg, which is an important event in the
Wetterau district, pupils set up a market stall
providing visitors not only with information on
West Africa but also with specialities from the
region and the opportunity to practise drumming. The pupils taking part had as much fun
as their visitors. They are proud of having been
able to contribute to the fact that more boys
and girls will be able to go to primary school in
Boé in the future.
Last year, project partners were able to welcome
representatives of “their” Brazilian partnership
project here in Germany. The six members of
the band “Seis Que Sabem”, travelled across
Germany for four weeks as “ambassadors” of
the Rocinha music school, visiting friends and
supporters. This social project supports children
and young people from Brazil’s largest favelas
by giving them music lessons free of charge.
These music lessons provide many of the children and young people with a foothold and some
orientation. Flávia, Michele, Rodrigo R. Pedro,
Carlson and Rodrigo B. were among the best
students – and made the best of the chance they
were given. The German audience loved their
Brazilian music shows, not just because of their
professionalism but also because of they were
so modest and natural. A lot of their supporters
were able to see how worthwhile their commitment had been.
WFD Annual Report 2003
Brazilian Tunes
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Projects of Solidarity Partnerships
Project country: Ghana
No.: 140
Project location: Bid Ada / GROWTH
Kind of project: Vocational training for disadvantaged
young people
Description:....
In cooperation with the Ghanaian NGO, GROWTH,
the WFD is attempting to revive the economy in the
poor Dangme East region, to introduce new production
techniques and, above all, to give women and young
people occupational perspectives. The main focus is
on creating jobs, promoting small business and
improving health.
Project country: Namibia
No.: 100
Project location: Windhoek / Katutura
Kind of project: Pre-school education & help for Aids
orphans
Description:....
Support is given to day-nurseries and orphanages in
the slums around Windhoek. The WFD finance the
provision of food and medical care, teaching materials
and nursery fees, blankets, plates and dishes for the
children, the building and equipping of classrooms, the
setting up of shade canopies and climbing frames,
building of toilets and water connections at the day
nurseries. There is a need for meanwhile more than 100
day-nurseries and innumerable Aids orphans..................
No.: 139
Project location: Accra north / Adab Islamic school
Kind of project: Scholarships for disadvantaged children
Description:....
Now that the rural schools have been equipped and improved, funding is concentrated on scholarships for socially
disadvantaged pupils.
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Project country: Ghana
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Project country: Tanzania
No.: 182
Project location/name: Lake Victoria / Mwembeni
secondary school
Kind of project: Scholarships
Description:...................................................................
Now that the school has been equipped and its
infrastructure improved, around 20 scholarships a
year are given to girls and boys from socially
disadvantaged families.
Project country: Benin
No.: 241
Project location/name: Porto Novo / AFPD
Kind of project: Scholarships
Description:...................................................................
Roughly 20 particularly disadvantaged young people
from families without a wage-earner or without parents
are given a scholarship with which they can pay for their
school fees, school materials and meals. In addition,
AFPD organises further training courses on vocational
subjects in the school holidays as well as participation
in sporting and cultural events to foster the young
people’s social abilities...................
Project country: Tanzania
Description:...................................................................
Roughly 50 pupils from socially disadvantaged families
receive scholarships until they have taken their schoolleaving examination.
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No.: 184
Project location/name: Njombe / Uwemba secondary
school
Kind of project: Scholarships
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Education and Public Relations Work
Public relations work and educating people about development policy are important elements of the WFD’s work.
Here in Germany, the WFD’s activities and publications aim to stimulate “development” processes and to encourage
as many people as possible to support the just distribution of society’s wealth between North and South...................
Members and friends receive extensive information
on the WFD’s work from our Querbrief magazine
which is published three times a year. Querbrief presents our most recent projects
in the South, takes up important
development policy themes and
provides background information, for example on the work of
the civil peace service.............
The WFD’s Internet sites are also
popular and are used by a
growing num-ber of people who
want more detailed information
about our work in the South or
to find out about the latest events
and what our partnership groups
are doing: www.wfd.de.
Discussion
In order to be able to talk to a large number of people
and arouse interest in development policy work, the
WFD has information stands at various events, street
parties, the BMZ (German Federal Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development) open day
or – as in 2003 – at the first Ecumenical Church
Congress in Berlin. The many visitors we had there
took the opportunity to listen to the short stories
written and sent to us by young people from six
countries: Short Stories for long Moments of Peace.
The short story competition was held as part of our
peace communication project.
The main aim of the WFD’s peace communication
project in Germany is for people to discuss issues and
experiences and learn from each other. To this end,
we organise dialogue tours on which guests from the
South provide an account of their work and help to
dismantle prejudices. Peace communication clearly
shows what is important to the WFD: the intensive
exchange of opinion and information as well as fruitful
discussion between people from South and North.........
Commitment
For years now, a large number of people have been
working in WFD project partnerships. Their varied
activities in schools and communities form a central
part of our education work. With their imaginative
fundraising campaigns, they support projects in Africa,
Latin America or Palestine, provide clear and detailed
information on living conditions in project countries
and also introduce the WFD’s development policy
approach to a broad public.
Networks
In September 2003, the WFD became a supporter of the “Life is a
Human Right” campaign, organised
by the “Aktionsbündnis gegen Aids”
(Alliance for Action against Aids). The
alliance is a platform of different organisations which want to make a
contribution to fighting HIV/Aids. For the WFD, the
membership of this alliance is a further step in the
creation of networks. In order to make its lobbying
work effective, the WFD has been active in other organisations and associations for many years.......................
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Information..............................................
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The Weltfriedensdienst
The Weltfriedensdienst (World Community Services – WFD) was set up in Berlin in 1959 as a politically and religiously neutral working group. It was founded by Pastor Lothar Kreyssig from the town of Magdeburg. Based
on the ideas of the philosopher Rosenstock-Huessy, who coined the term Weltfriedensdienst (literally: world
peace service), Kreyssig wanted to give young people the opportunity to help overcome civil strife and poverty
in the world by working together as volunteers for a minimum of a year.
Today, the WFD supports grass-roots initiatives in Africa, Palestine and Latin America. The WFD also tries to initiate “development” processes in Germany by carrying out public relations work and projects informing people
about development policies.
The voluntary commitment of the association’s members is the driving force behind the WFD’s work.
Without their support and cooperation on the executive
board, the various advisory committees and partnership
groups, it would hardly be possible to keep developing
the substance of our work. Those who would like to
support the WFD’s objectives, but cannot become actively involved, are welcome to join the WFD as associate members. At the end 2003, the WFD had a total
of 251 members, 139 of which are regular members
and 112 associate members.
The annual general meeting was held on 8 and 9 November 2003 in Berlin. At the same time, the advisory
board of the Stiftung Weltfriedensdienst (WFD Foundation) met. In commemoration of Erich Grunwaldt,
who set up the WFD foundation, the advisory board
decided to change the foundation’s name to “Stiftung
Weltfriedensdienst Erich Grunwaldt“.
The WFD has carried out development
assistance since 1971
The WFD is one of the six development services recognized by the German government. This means that
the law governing development workers (Entwicklungshelfergesetz EhfG) authorises the WFD to send
cooperation partners to projects which it supports..........
Association memberships
The WFD is a member of the Aktionsgemeinschaft Dienst
für den Frieden (AGDF – United Action Service for
Peace), of the Arbeitskreis Lernen und Helfen in Übersee
(AKLHÜ – Working Group on Learning and Helping
Abroad) and of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Entwicklungsdienste (AGdD – United Development Services Action
Group). The WFD also actively supports development
workers who have returned to Germany. In addition,
the WFD is a member of the Verband Entwicklungspolitik
Deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen (VENRO –
Development Policy Union of German Non-Governmental Organisations) and the regional network of
Berliner Entwicklungspolitischer Ratschlag (BER - Berlin
Development Policy Council). The WFD is one of the
founding members of ATTAC-Germany. And since September 2003, the WFD has also supported the “Life
is a human right”campaign organised by the Aktionsbündnis gegen Aids (Alliance for Action against Aids).......
Members of the WFD executive committee
at the end of 2003
Dr. Walter Spellmeyer (Chairperson), Torsten Schramm
(Deputy Chairperson), Ulrich Alff, Klaus Ebeling, Heinz
Josef Delißen, Uta Gerweck, Sabine Hepperle, Helge
Löw, Fritz Pfeiffer, Günter Reichow, Christa Schöler.
Nike Durczak has left the executive board because of
her job.
WFD Annual Report 2003
The WFD’s aims and politics are
determined by its members
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The WFD Office
Office structure
Members
The work at the WFD office is directed and coordinated by the office council. A member is
chosen to represent each section of the office
in the office council, the manager/coordinator
is automatically a member of this council...........
Committee
Office
Home Project Advisors
Carola Gast
Fundrasing and
«Small Projects»
Elke Kuhne
Public Relations work
Wera Tritschler
Peace communication
Administration
Monika Hornig
Accounts/Finance
Bettina Nipper
Finance
Frieder Bredt/
Willi Lau
(until 06/2003)
Coordinator
Nokuthula Mahaka
Financial Officer
Auxilia Nyanguru
Accounts/
Administration
Foreign Project Advisors
Siegfried Schröder
South Africa
Jürgen Steuber
Personnel Management
Andrea Hagemann
Palestina and
Zimbabwe
Brigitte Walitzek
Liason with members
and donors,
Administration
Hans Jörg Friedrich
West Africa,
Mozambique and
Argentina
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Management/Coordination
Walter Hättig
Katrin Steinitz
Fundrasing and
«Small Projects»
WFD Southern
Africa Office,
Harare (Zimbabwe)
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Elke Kuhne
Katrin Steinitz
Bettina Nipper
Jürgen Steuber
Brigitte Wlitzek
Wera Tritschler
Walter Hättig
Siegfried Schröder
Andrea Hagemann Hans-Jörg Friedrich
Frieder Bredt
The "Stiftung Weltfriedensdienst"
(Weltfriedensdienst Foundation)
The "Stiftung Weltfriedensdienst" (Weltfriedensdienst
Foundation) came into being in August 2002 and
was founded in Bremen by Erich Grunwaldt, a
former cooperation partner and year-long member of the Weltfriedensdienst e.V. The purpose of
the Foundation is to promote the immediate and
long-term work of the WFD Office in Berlin.
This is very important to the WFD. It is often
difficult to obtain funding to support projects in
the South; it is even more difficult, however, to
find donors who are willing to finance the WFD's
work in Germany.
Erich Grunwaldt died on 26 May 2003 as the
result of an accident. With his passing away, the
WFD has not only lost a benefactor but, more
importantly, a good friend.
Nokuthula Mahaka
Monika Hornig
Auxilia Nyanguru
The "Stiftung für internationale
Solidarität und Partnerschaft" (SIS)
(Foundation for International Solidarity and Partnership)
Fritz Pfeiffer founded the SIS in 1993. Until the
WFD took over the practical work, the Foundation
supported self-help projects particularly disadvantaged for groups and organisations in a total
of 19 countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa,
thus making a concrete contribution to poverty
alleviation. In future, the Foundation’s income
will be put at the WFD`s disposal and, in accordance with its articles of association, used for the
promotion of self-help projects. The SIS is a WFD
Foundation. All the Member’s of the Foundation’s
Board are either also WFD Board Members or
employees at the WFD's office in Berlin.
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Carola Gast
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Cooperation Partners
Human Rights
Women
Ecology
Education
Training
Civil Peace Service
The WFD supports partner organisations financially and also by providing experts: for all our large projects (lasting
several years), WFD cooperation partners provide advisory services in the host country. These committed colleagues
provide essential support to the realisation of the WFD’s aims, both in the implementation of projects in the South
as well as for public relations and educational work in the North.
Adane Ghebremeskel
Political Scientist
Zimbabwe
since 12/ 2001
Alejandra Maass Cruzat
Education Specialist
Guinea-Bissau
since 05/ 2001
Andreas Rosen
Political Scientist
South Africa
since 08/ 2001
Antje Nahnsen
Town Planner
South Africa
since 07/ 2002
Undine Kayser-Whande
Anthropologist
South Africa
since 05/ 2002
Nike Durczak
Political Scientist
South Africa
since 08/t 2003
Marlene Stripecke
Journalist
Angola
since 11/ 2003
Valborg Edert
Ethnologist
Senegal
since 06/ 2003
Lutz Taufer
Journalist
Brasilien
since 08/ 2003
Holger Scheffler
Vocation Training Teacher Tanzania
since 07/ 2002
Ezekiel Kute
Forestry Expert
Mozambique
03/1999 - 08/ 2003
Yvonne Dörfler
Agronomist
Mozambique
03/ 1999 - 05/2003
Ute Gonsior
Geographer
Mozambique
since 01/2003
Gabriele Walz
Geographer
Mozambique
since 07/2003
Gabriele Nestel
Agronomist
Guinea
since 04/ 2003
Jörg John
Agronomist
Senegal
since 10/ 2001
Eli Josef-Westermann
Education Specialist
Zimbabwe
03/1996 - 05/ 2003
Andrea Case
Geographer
Zimbabwe
since 06/ 2003
Paula Costa
Adult Education Specialist Guinea-Bissau
/Social Worker
since 07/ 2001
Aboubacar Souaré
Sociologist
Guinea-Bissau
since 05/ 2002
Marta Guidi
Sociologist
Argentinia
since 02/ 2000
Petra Seybold-Powane
Social Worker
South Africa
since 06/ 2003
Without the work of numerous interns, the work in the WFD office would hardly have been conceivable. Much
of our work would have been impossible without their commitment, imaginativeness and energetic support. The
WFD would like to say a big thank you to our interns for 2003: Anja Barth, Ina Bratherig, Liliane Danso, Sandra
Dusch, Idrissa Embaló, Achim Fehrenbach, Matthias Fischer, Maren Hoffman, Katharina Niederhut, Uta Kirchner,
Arne Kohls, Kirsten Lange, Mirja Mertens, Julia Plessing, Britt Puhlmann, Andrea Ulbrich and Markus Zander. We
would also like to thank Claudia Bernhardt and Irene Juraschek, who designed our publications, Steffen Küßner,
who answered inquiries and Monika Zwicker-Obhafuoso, who provided administrative support. The WFD was
also supported by some of its members who worked on a voluntary basis. Gabi Kimmerle represented the WFD
on the board of management of the working group “Arbeitskreis Lernen und Helfen in Übersee” (Learning and Aid
Abroad) as well as the DED (German Development Service) administrative council. Ullrich Boehm and Gerulf
Augustin represent the WFD on the development committee and in the returnees’ working group of the AGdD
(Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Entwicklungsdienste). Our special thanks to all these people.........................................................
WFD Annual Report 2003
A Special Thank You.................................................................................................
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Fundraising 2003:
Your donation goes where it is needed most
Everyone who donates money to the Weltfriedensdienst
can be sure that their donation will be put to good
use. This is one reason why our donors continued to
trust us in 2003 – something which cannot be taken
for granted in view of the current economic situation.
We would like to thank all our donors for their support
and confidence in our work during the last year..............
Donations are vital to the WFD’s work. In order to find
new supporters and members, we provided extensive
information about our wide-ranging work at events,
information stands and in numerous publications. In
this way, we managed to reach many people who have
become interested in our work. Our partnership
network has grown and now comprises more than 60
active groups...................................................................
Schoolchildren at the Richeza primary school in Pulheim bake
waffles to raise money for their partner school “Caenda” in northeastern Brazil.
How we deal with donations…..............................................
Around € 62,500.00 were donated in response to our
“Civil Peace Service”, “Human Rights” and “Women’s
and Children’s Rights” appeals. Many people also gave
money to our “Emergency Aid for Iraq” appeal – a
total of about € 12,000.00.
Our partnership groups raised a total of € 288,000.00
for projects in Africa and Latin America by carrying
out a wide range of different activities, such as school
festivals, bazaars, auctions, benefit concerts and sponsored marathons.
The Berlin Otto Sinfoniker, a committed amateur orchestra, held a well-attended benefit concert. They raised
almost € 3,000.00 which will be given to our project
defending the land rights of the indigenous population
in the Argentinean Andes.
Family celebrations such as baptisms, weddings and
birthdays are always a good opportunity for donors
and friends of the WFD to support our work in a
special way. Our executive committee member, Fritz
Pfeiffer, set a good example when he asked the guests
at his 60th birthday party for a donation instead of
presents. The party was a great success and brought
in €2,800 for the WFD – one of many examples of
how you can combine having fun and helping a good
cause.
For 45 years now, the WFD’s top priority has been to
carry out its work economically and efficiently. Every
year, we succeed in meeting the strict audit criteria of
the Deutsche Zentralinstitut für Soziale Fragen (DZI – the
Central Institute for Social Issues in Germany). By awarding
us the Donor Seal of Approval, the DZI certifies that
the WFD has used its donations in an economical,
transparent and purpose-specific way for many years.
This means that the WFD is one of 160 (from a total of
20,000) fundraising organisations in Germany which
this respected institute has expressly recommended as
being both reputable and worth supporting..................
Transparent Accounting
90.45 % of our income is used to promote
projects in Germany and abroad
3.75 % of our donations is invested in information
and public relations work, including fundraising
activities
Only 4.19 % is required for project management
1.61 % is used to cover other costs, e.g. liaison
with association members, reserves
WFD Annual Report 2003
Some Fundraising Campaigns........................................
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Expenditure 2003
Expenditure
31.12.2003
Vorjahr
1. Project support
Abroad
Germany
3,041,397.40
117,344.26
87.09%
3.36%
2,728,367.67
85,199.43
2. Public relations
135,681.45
3.75%
130,905.38
3. Project management
146,285.59
4.19%
138,683.84
37,951.88
1.09%
46,207.17
7,358.42
0.21%
1,098.38
3.65
0.0%
107.77
6,390.27
0.18%
11,645.75
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0.0%
338,964.63
3,492,412.92
100.0%
3,481,180.02
4. Association work
5. Other expenses
6. Interest
7. Reserves
8. Projecte reserves
Annual statement of accounts for 2003 – explanatory notes
Support for projects abroad: all funds directed to supporting projects.
Support for projects in Germany: all expenses associated with carrying out projects in Germany......................
Public relations: costs for staff and materials arising from development policy education and lobbying work as
well as fundraising.
Project management: staff costs in Germany for monitoring and supporting projects (for example for the preparation
of projects, fundraising, the monitoring of finances, project accounting).
Association work: administrative and staff costs not directly related to project management or public relations.
Costs such as rent, telephone, office materials etc. are also included.
Other expenses: expenditure on seal of non-profit orientation, auditing of accounts etc...........................................
Interest: interest paid on donor loans.
Project provision: donations for projects which are not due for allocation of funds until the following year.
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Expenditure
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Revenue 2003
Revenue
31.12.2003
31.12.2002
1. Grants
2,466,954.08
2,139,970.35
91,184.30
121,582.65
813,028.45
1,201,890.04
4. Interest proceeds
15,139.31
14,056,.98
5. BFS sucess dividet
7,990.00
3,680.00
6. Kursgewinn Wertpapiere
2,479.00
0.00
7. Office defizit
95,637.78
0.00
3,492,412.92
3,481,180.02
2. Partner Contributions
3. Donations
The annual statement of accounts was checked and
certified by:
Quabeck&Partner
53225 Bonn
Civil law association
Heinz Quabeck
Auditor - Tax consultant
Wilhelm Knipp
Tax consultant
Norbert Flory
Auditor - Tax consultant
Grants: public grants, i.e. project-specific grants from the German Federal Government (BMZ, Ref.305) or from
other public donors..
Other grants, i.e. project-specific grants, e.g. from ”Brot für die Welt” (Bread for the World) or from the “Ausschuß
für entwicklungsbezogene Bildung und Publizistik” (ABP) (Committee for Education and Information on Development
Policy) in the EED (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst – Protestant Development Service). This also includes a
grant not tied to any specific projects from the Aktionsgemeinschaft Dienst für den Frieden (AGDF) (Campaign
Service for Peace). This grant is used to finance the administration of projects, public relations work and the dayto-day running of the organisation.
Partner contributions: these are payments made or services rendered by WFD project partners in support of
projects.
BFS success dividend: The “Bank für Sozialwirtschaft” (Bank for Social Economy) allows charitable institutions
which hold accounts with the bank to participate in its commercial success.
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Revenue
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Financial statement and
balance of accounts 2003
ASSETS
A. Fixed assets
Equipment and fittings
B. Current assets
Accounts receivable and other assets
Securities
Cash holding and bank credit balance
31.12.2003
31.12.2002
12,735.00
15,137.36
184,468.59
468,796.04
157,342.94
134,000.00
542,542.17
665,999.63
849,022.47
94,130.61
6,390.27
100,520.88
94,130.61
LIABILITIES
A. Reserves
Balance 01.01.2003
Allocation to reserves
Balance 31.12.2003
Foundation reserves 01.01.2003
Deposit 2003
Balance 31.12.2003
B. Project reserves
Balance 01.01.2003
Deposit 2003
Balance 31.12.2003
C. Accounts payable
Donor loans
Other accounts payable
Projects
56,349.88
541,824.29
- 95,637.78
446,186.91
541,824.29
31,502.31
87,789.93
156,717.69
665,999.63
849,022.47
A - Reserves (in accordance with para. 58, No. 6 of the general taxation regulations): the reserves are required to
ensure the institutional viability of the organisation and to fulfil other aims laid down in the articles of the association.
B – Project reserves: these are donations which have been allocated to finance projects in the following year..............
C – Accounts payable:
Donor loans are loans made by donors or members for an unspecified period of time. Interest paid on these loans
is two percentage points below the rate which the WFD receives from the bank on these loans.................................
Other accounts payable: this figure includes short-term liabilities such as insurance, income tax payments, rent,
telephone etc...............................................................................................................................................................
Projects: these are funds from such public bodies as the BMZ, EU and others, which have been allocated for the
following financial year.
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Liabilities
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Ways you can support the WFD
– and help shape our organisation
One-off donations are always welcome. We are
always grateful if you allow us to allocate donations
to those projects where they are needed most.
If you are a member, you will also be given the
opportunity to become actively involved in the
WFD’s policy making processes.
Regular donations by standing order or direct debit are especially helpful because they give us and
our partner organisations the security to make
plans for the future. If you become a project partner you will support a certain project on a regular
basis and also receive a report on “your” project’s
progress once or twice a year. It is up to you how
much money you want to give and for how long
you want to support the project......
By increasing our foundation’s assets, you are
investing in a more peaceful future...............
Contributions to our foundation’s assets qualify
for tax benefits. We would be happy to send
you our foundation leaflet with more information.
Parties, such as family reunions, get-togethers
with friends or colleagues, are a good opportunity
to raise money for a project, instead of buying
gifts. We have a wide range of information material
available, including up-to-date reports, photos,
slides and videos on selected WFD projects as
well as our “Donations as Presents” information
leaflet.
If you are an associate member of the Welfriedensdienst, we will provide you with regular information
about our work. You will receive an insight into
our project work and help us to make plans for
the long term.
Could you do voluntary work in our Berlin office?
We are always looking for IT experts, translators,
graphic designers or anyone who would like to
lend us a helping hand.
Have you become curious? Do you have more questions? Do you need information material? – Please
feel free to send us a letter or an e-mail:
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
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If you wish to support a project together with
other people, e.g. with friends, relatives, acquaintances or colleagues, it may be best to initiate a
project partnership group. Many of our supporters
have formed these kinds of groups, and we would
be happy to send you detailed information about
them...............
It is of great benefit to the WFD if you tell your
friends and colleagues about our work. In doing
so, you may help us to find new supporters
and/or members. You could pass on flyers and
brochures about the Weltfriedensdienst or our
projects, or distribute them in public places
such as schools, offices, bakeries, doctor’s surgeries, churches or shops selling fair trade products. We would be happy to send you a selection of information material according to your
requirements.
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Telefon:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
030 – 25 39 90 – 0
030 – 251 18 87
[email protected]
www.wfd.de
Spendenkonto
Konto Nummer 505
Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
BLZ 100 205 00
WFD Annual Report 2003
Weltfriedensdienst e.V.
Hedemannstraße 14
10969 Berlin

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