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 to show the history of the Development Service and the impressive variety of its implementation. Some articles of the German edition can be found here in English.

The seven development service providers and their professionals

All seven development services contributed articles, as well as professionals from the various services.


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    50 years of the Reintegration Programme for returning professionals

    When the first development workers returned fromabroad at the end of the 1960s, many of them had difficulty getting back into the rather inflexible German job market. In response to this, the development service agencies established the Reintegration Programme, which began offering counselling in 1968 to those considering further training or education.

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    The Development Workers Act – an international perspective

    Voluntary service and voluntary work are a global phenomenon. Yet the Development Worker Act (DWA) Act is still unique – even today. In this interview Suzanne Gentges explains how the DWA contributes to German development policy to a large extent and why it is worth making an international comparison.