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The partner conference for East African countries in Kigali, Rwanda, finally went ahead in May after having been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It focussed on information about the weltwärts programme, dialogue and networking.

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weltwärts is celebrating 15 years of international volunteer service. Participants past and present look back on their successes and challenges and address questions about the programme’s future. The start of the anniversary year was marked by the 12th open weltwärts stakeholder conference, at which delegates from implementing organisations, volunteer representatives, the weltwärts Coordinating Unit and the German Federal Ministry all exchanged ideas.

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In November 2023, partner organisations and their German implementing organisations convened in the Philippines at the partner conference for Southeast Asia. A total of 51 people from Indonesia, Cambodia, East Timor, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Germany attended. They regarded the choice of topics discussed, the methods used and the atmosphere of the conference, which was organised by the Karl Kübel Stiftung, as highly successful.

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The weltwärts partner conference in Berlin is aimed all organisations in the Global South and Germany, making it a unique event. The November 2022 conference brought together 105 participants from 30 weltwärts partner countries across the globe. There was a strong sense of enthusiasm about the opportunities it offered for cross-regional networking. Over the five-day conference, a spotlight was shone on the quality and security aspects of the weltwärts programme.

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In October, a weltwärts partner conference was held for the first time in Eastern Europe. In Sarajevo, Bosnia, weltwärts partner organisations from the region met with their German implementing organisations and members of the Programme Steering Committee. One main subject of the conference was building peace in the Balkans.

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Having been floated in recent years, the idea of a weltwärts partners’ newsletter from the joint operation was approved at the PSC meeting last December and the first issue will be out soon.

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Due to existing travel and safety warnings, no international personal encounters have been able to take place within the grant programme wwB since the beginning of the Corona pandemic. However, personal encounters can be resumed if the following criteria are met.

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Since the beginning of the grant programme four years ago, weltwärts-Begegnungen (wwB) has developed positively as a popular extracurricular exchange format and has grown continually. In recognition of this, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has decided to transfer the wwB grant programme, a key supporting pillar of international youth exchanges more broadly, into a new German-African Youth Office. The Youth Office is currently being set up and will sit under the Engagement Global umbrella.

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Roughly three weeks ago, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) started a repatriation operation for all North-South volunteers in response to the corona pandemic. Since then the vast majority of volunteers has been brought back to Germany.

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Around two weeks since Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) started a repatriation operation for North-South volunteers, the sending organisations’ vigorous efforts to bring their volunteers back safely continue.

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Last week, in response to the worsening situation surrounding the global spread of the coronavirus, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) called on weltwärts volunteer service to start bringing back all North-South component volunteers to Germany.

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With the situation surrounding the global spread of the coronavirus constantly becoming worse, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has decided, in consultation with the Federal Foreign Office, that all volunteers posted abroad must return to Germany.

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