Aims and impact
weltwärts promotes the implementation of Agenda 2030
Through weltwärts, Germany’s federal government provides funding for a development volunteer service and youth group exchanges. In addition to development activities by young people, the focus of the programme is global learning for the participants and strengthening of partnerships between civil-society organisations from Germany and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Europe.
The interaction and experiences gained through weltwärts build participants’ global awareness and highlight what they themselves can do to help make life on our planet more equitable for everyone. Through their work on the ground and educational activities to help them reflect on what they have experienced, the young people gain an understanding of what development cooperation is. They learn that each and every one of us can make things happen. Numerous returnees from the programme continue to participate in civic engagement activities over the long term. In addition, weltwärts strengthens the participating organisations in their day-to-day work and their ability to take joint action. The weltwärts volunteer service and weltwärts Exchange Projects thus promote the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).