The German Development Service is one of the leading european development services for personnel cooperation. It was founded in 1963: since then more than 15 000 development workers have committed themselves to improving the living conditions of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Almost 1 000 development workers are currently working in approximately 40 countries.

DED has the legal form of a non-profit-making, limited liability company owned jointly by the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the working group "Learning and Helping Overseas", a registered association. DED is financed by the federal budget.

What DED campaign for:


  • poverty reduction 
  • civil conflict management and promotion of peace 
  • self-determined sustainable development 
  • conserving the natural resources 
  • enhancing the status of women to achieve gender equity 
  • putting democratic principles into effect by boosting civil society and supporting decentralised structures in developing countries 
  • developing a cosmopolitan and tolerant society in Germany through development education and public relations activities.

Since 2002 DED-experts have been working in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well as in supra-regional projects in Kazakhstan. Thereby we attach great importance to the development at the grass-roots level for the well-being of people and society.

Sustainable business development and employment promotion as well as rural development constitute the core areas of DED activities in Central Asia.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a private cultural non-profit institution, it is committed

to the ideas and basic values of social democracy.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Germany?s fi rst democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung sees its activities in the developing countries as a contribution to:


  • promoting peace and understanding between peoples and inside its partner countries,
  • supporting the democratization of the State and society and strengthening civil society,
  • improving general political, economic and social conditions,
  • reinforcing free trade unions,
  • developing independent media structures,
  • facilitating regional and worldwide cooperation between states and different interest groups and
  • gaining recognition for human rights.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) maintains its own representations n 70 countries of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. 70 German staff are posted in these countries at present and – with the assistance of numerous local staff – are engaged in projects in the fields of socio-political development and economic and social promotion.

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany's cultural institution operational worldwide. 

The Goethe-Institut promotes the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. It also fosters knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics. 

With a network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe-Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language centers, the Goethe-Institut has played a central role in the cultural and educational policies of Germany for over 50 years. 

The Goethe-Institut draws its information from the many sections of German cosmopolitan society and culture, combining the experience and ideas of its partners with its cross-cultural expertise. The Goethe-Institut works on the principle of dialogue and partnership, offering its support to all those actively involved with Germany and its language and culture. The Goethe-Institut is an autonomous body and politically independent. 

The Goethe-Institut embraces the politicocultural challenges of globalization. It achieves this through communication, developing innovative concepts for a more humane world where cultural diversity is welcomed as an enrichment of our society. The partners of the Goethe-Institut are public and private cultural institutions, the federal states, local authorities and the world of commerce. 

Much of the Goethe-Institut's overall budget consists of yearly grants from the German Foreign Office and the German Press Office. Its relationship with the Foreign Office is governed by general agreement. 

Self generated income and contributions from sponsors and patrons, partners and friends broaden the scope of its work. 

The Goethe-Institut carefully coordinates its activities with other mediators of cultural and educational foreign policy.

The German Academic Exchange Service is one of the world's largest and most respected intermediary organizations in its field. Scores of students, teachers, researchers and scientists supported by the DAAD have been able to gain valuable experience abroad. However, there are also many other sides to the work of the DAAD.

The great number and variety of DAAD programs can be arranged into five strategic goals which facilitate their long-term orientation. These are shown in the following, which is modeled on the Olympic Rings, symbols of peaceful competition. In fact, they simultaneously visualize the intersections, interdependencies and interactions which exist between the various action fields. These five goals are:

  • To promote young foreign elites as a means of gaining future leaders in education, science, research and culture, in business and industry, in politics and in the media as partners and friends of Germany. 
  • To promote young German elites in order to qualify them as open-minded future leading figures in education, science and research, in culture, in business and industry, in politics and in the media in the spirit of international and intercultural experience. 
  • To promote the internationality and appeal of Germany's universities to ensure that Germany remains a leading address for young academics and researchers from all around the world. 
  • To promote German studies, the German language, literature and area studies at selected universities around the world in order to strengthen German as a major international cultural language and lingua franca and to advance interest in, knowledge of and understanding for Germany. 
  • To promote academic and scientific advancement in developing countries and in the transformation countries of Central and Eastern Europe as a means of supporting the economic and democratic reform process there.

The Gerda Henkel Foundation was founded in June 1976 by Lisa Maskell in memory of her mother Gerda Henkel as a private, non-profit, grant making organization dedicated to foster research in the humanities. The Foundation focuses on the support of academic projects and Ph.D. fellowships, primarily in the fields of History, Art History, Archaeology and History of Islam. The Foundation has its headquartes in Dusseldorf and is active in Germany and abroad.

The purpose of the Foundation is the advancement of academic research, primarily by supporting projects in the humanities and their publication. In particular, by:

supporting research projects by national and international scholars as well as academic conferences on clearly defined, humanities-based topics

awarding research and doctoral scholarships to national and international scholars

supporting measures in the field of  historic preservation based on scholarly grounds

undertaking and supporting all measures that serve the purpose of the Foundation

implementing measures to raise public awareness of the above-mentioned objectives.

As a private institution and in accordance with its basic purpose, the Gerda Henkel Foundation only supports research projects with a clearly defined scope and timeframe. Priority is given to research projects that are outstanding due to the nature of their results and which thereby promise to make the greatest use of the funds available.

Following the wishes of the founder, the Foundation focuses particularly on the advancement of young scholars. When awarding scholarships, special consideration is given to research projects which provide young scholars with the opportunity to be involved in research and to improve their professional qualifications.