Development service assignments

The focus of each development service and the experiences of the different professionals are as diverse as their places of assignment and fields of activity. No two assignments are the same.

What do the development service providers do? Where do they work?

What do development workers actually do?

Not all service is the same - the activities that await experienced professionals in the development service are diverse and varied. While some political scientists deal with democracy promotion and good governance, a climate researcher works for sustainable forest use, for example, and a water technician ensures the supply of clean groundwater. They all also work in an advisory capacity and are committed to sustainable improvements in the partner countries.

Learn more about the work of selected development and peace professionals here and immerse yourself in a very special form of social engagement.

Simone Dengler: Building bridges between state and society – Colombia

Vanessa Hugo: Together against violence

Raphael Nabholz: Understanding other ways of seeing things – Partnership is a resource for peace


50 Years of the German Development Workers Act

The German Development Workers Act came into force on 18 June 1969. Since then, over 30,000 professionals have left the country to perform development service.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary in 2019, we have published a booklet entitled "50 Years of the German Development Workers Act" to show the history of the Development Service and the impressive variety of its implementation. Individual articles of the German edition can be found here in English.

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Send us your photos!

Are you a current or returned development worker or Civil Peace Service expert? Send us your photos! We want to use our online portal to increase the visibility of development service and improve people's understanding of what it involves. We aim to showcase as big a range as possible of countries, regions, climates, projects and living conditions – and pictures play a key role here. If you would like to share any photos from your time as a development worker, you can send them to us by email. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!