Working for a just and peaceful world
Who are we?
Weltfriedensdienst e.V. (WFD) was founded in 1959 in Berlin, Germany, as a politically and confessionally open working group. The formation of the society was a response to the horrendous experiences of the Second World War and also to Germany’s decision to re-arm. In accordance with the vision of the sociologist and philosopher Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, who penned the name WFD, people were to be given an opportunity to make a contribution to overcoming conflict and poverty in the world through cooperative work.
Who do we support?
The WFD supports initiatives and projects in which people work towards improving their own living standards and environmental conditions in an active and self-determined manner. The WFD sees its work as a direct engagement in countering the extremely unfair distribution of wealth, which is fundamentally caused by unjust global economic structures.
Who are we partners with?
Together with other organisations and initiatives in the South and North, WFD advocates and works for social justice, the observation and implementation of human rights, equal support of both women and men in development processes as well as sustainable economic and agricultural activities which preserve natural resources.
Weltfriedensdienst is convinced that changes are required in both South and the North in order to achieve greater justice. Thus the Weltfriedensdienst is active in development policy education and public awareness work aiming at greater understanding of the issues faced by people in the South.
Cooperation on an equal level with partners in the South is of particular importance to the Weltfriedensdienst. Partnership grows in the actual work and requires respect and recognition. For partnership to be successful it is important that the partners make clear their respective goals in an open and constructive dialogue.
What makes us different?
Although there are no mandatory disclosure requierments in Germany, we believe, that it´s of vital importance that the community knows about our goals, where the funds come from and how they are spent.
Taking this in account, Weltfriedensdienst places emphasis on the greatest transparency possible in all areas of its work. This applies not only to working together with cooperation partners in the South and North but also to decision-making structures within Weltfriedensdienst as a society.
In creating the Civil Peace Service/cps in 1999 in close cooperation with experienced non-governmental organisations including Weltfriedensdienst, the German government created a new instrument for securing peace and crisis prevention. Since then, experienced peace workers have been working in conflict regions to contribute to dialogue and reconciliation and to establish peace promoting structures on the request of the respective partner organisations. Civil peace service projects are a focus of the work of Weltfriedensdienst.
Weltfriedensdienst owes its very existence to the voluntary work of the society’s members. Without their support and work in the executive committee, the various advisory committees and partnership groups, the continuous development of the content of our work would be practically impossible. Yet, not everyone who supports the goals of Weltfriedensdienst has the opportunity to work with us actively. Thus, the society offers an associate membership. At the end of 2011, the association had 323 members.
Links to websites of our english speaking partners:
Al-Haq, Ramallah: www.alhaq.org
Guidance and Training Center for the Child and Family, Bethlehem: www.gtc.ps
Yes Theatre, Palästina: www.yestheatre.org
SINANI, Südafrika: www.survivors.org.za
STEPS; Südafrika: www.stepsforthefuture.co.za
Myanmar: Strengthening of Communities
Since 2013, the WFD has been working in Myanmar in the fields of „Resilient Communities“ and „Transitional Justice“. There are co-operations with partner organizations who
· Provide political education in conflict areas for communal decision-makers, actors of civil society, and youngsters;
· Develop training content and conduct accompanying research within the meaning of action research, used for concerns of community development and sustainable capacity building;
· Consult peace and development initiatives;
· Support groups of internally displaced people in creating prospects for their future.
WFD attaches importance to an explicit bottom-up approach. The program design reflects ethnical and religious diversity, supports the expression of neglected perspectives and the corresponding impulses in order to influence respective national discourses, and focuses, methodically, on research largely carried out by local action groups.
A specific website and blog is under construction.
Tel: ++4930 2539900