Development Workers Act

Development workers are experienced professionals who enter into a development worker service contract to spend a fixed period of time living and working in a country in the Global South. What is special about development worker contracts is that the professionals offer their skills in the spirit of solidarity and do not receive a customary salary.

The Development Workers Act (EhfG) sets the framework for this commitment. It regulates the benefits and social protection coverage provided to those undertaking assignments. It also defines the criteria for recognising development service providers. Only these official providers are permitted to conclude service contracts with development workers.