facts and figures

development service in figures

At the end of each year, we collect the latest figures on development service. How many professional development workers are working under a development service contract at this point in time? In which countries are they working? How many of them are abroad with their families? How old do professional development workers tend to be? And what is the gender balance?

This is where you can find up-to-date figures. The data are often broken down according to sending agency. There is considerable variation in the number of professionals sent out by the individual sending agencies. And the agencies tend to focus on different geographical regions and fields of work as well.

professional development workers statistic_2021

On 31.12.2021, a total of 986 professional development workers were under contract, including 361 within the Civil Peace Service (ZFD).

Geographical distribution  Professionals per agencyAge  Gender balance  Type of placement

Source: Survey conducted by the Association of Development Services (AGdD)

Reference date: 31.12.2021

Countries of operation

Regional breakdown

  Europe Africa America Asia Oceania Total
AGIAMONDO 2 119 65 60 2 248
Coworkers-CFI 2 47 8 13 1 71
Dienste in Übersee (Service oversea) 0 41 43 44 8 136
EIRENE 14 10 8 8 0 40
forumZFD 12 0 0 25 0 37
GIZ 5 249 43 134 0 431

Weltfriedensdienst (World Peace service)

0 13 3 7 0 23
Total 35 479 170 291 11 986
Total in % 3,5 48,6 17,2 29,5 1,1 100

 

Since 2020, the regional allocation of the statistics has been based on the DAC country list (DAC stands for 'Development Assistance Committee' of the European Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)). Source: www.bmz.de).

Professionals working in Israel and Taiwan (countries which are not on the DAC list) were counted as working in Asia. Africa remains the main regional focus for the deployment of professionals with 48.6%, i.e. almost half of all professionals, followed by Asia (including the Middle East) with just under 30%. Professional development workers were serving in a total of 84 countries worldwide (in 2020 there were 88 countries); two countries, Albania and Syria, have been added. Details can be found in the country statistics.

Age structure

Age Professional Development Workers
<30 years 107
31-40 years 372
41-50 years 211
>50 years 296

 

Gender ratio professional development workers

Gender Number of professionals
Women 52,5%
Men 47,5%

 

Proportion of professionals serving in the Civil Peace Service Programme

 According to agencies with contract according EhfG; Reference date 31.12.2021

Type of intervention

AGIAMONDO Coworkers CFI

Dienste in Übersee (Service Overseas)

Eirene forumZFD GIZ World Peace Service Total
professionals 248 71 136 40 37 431 20 986
of which civil peace service 119 0 38 40 37 107 14 361