The following three prerequisites apply to weltwärts exchange projects:

  1. there must be one project partner in Germany and one in a Global South country,
  2. the German project partner must undergo a special assessment, which includes having to provide proof of its non-profit nature and its credit worthiness. The project partner from the Global South country must not be a governmental, missionary or commercial organisation and
  3. the application can only be submitted by an “application partnership”.

Project partners

The project partners from Germany and the Global South countries make an active, long-term contribution to promote the implementation of weltwärts exchange projects, acting as equals in the process.

They must

  • be of a non-profit nature,
  • pursue the same goals and activities,
  • have knowledge and experience in staffing, organisational and specialist matters required for the implementation of a development-related youth exchange.


  • Interested organisations are free to contact Engagement Global for guidance before or during the application phase.
  • Multilateral projects involving additional partners from other countries are possible but Engagement Global should be contacted for advice before such projects are planned.
  • Sport and cultural education organisations that are members of Deutsche Sportjugend (dsj) and Bundesvereinigung Kultureller Kinder- und Jugendbildung (BKJ) can also contact these associations for guidance on how to apply to weltwärts Exchange Projects.
  • It is not possible for weltwärts Exchange Projects to help applicants find partner organisations abroad.
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Assessment of implementing organisations

The project application to weltwärts Exchange Projects must be submitted by an application partnership. However, legal and financial responsibility vis-à-vis Engagement Global (grant provider) lies with the German partner. Prior to submitting the application, the German project partner must register as an implementing organisation with Engagement Global’s Central Programme Service (ZPS). This is done by means of an assessment, part of which involves the organisation having to provide proof of its non-profit character, legal form and credit worthiness. All documents for the registration should be sent to the ZPS online and by post at least four weeks before submitting the application.

Implementing organisations can be assessed by Engagement Global through the ZPS at any time of the year and across all programmes.

If the German organisation is too small to be able to pass the assessment, it can “piggyback” on a larger organisation. The team at weltwärts Exchange Projects will be happy to provide advice regarding the "piggyback". Engagement Global’s Central Programme Service (ZPS) can help with questions relating to the registration.

Letter of approval/Registration as an implementing organisation

Once it has passed the assessment, the implementing organisation receives a letter of approval, which is submitted to weltwärts Exchange Projects along with the project application. The implementing organisation is also then entitled to submit applications under other Engagement Global programmes over the next five years (maximum).

Previously registered implementing organisations

The assessment for implementing organisations that are already registered with Engagement Global for other programmes is shorter. When registering as an implementing organisation for weltwärts Exchange Projects, they must cite the organisation number they have already been assigned.


  • When planning, a minimum of two weeks should be allowed for the assessment.
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed.
  • The assessment form used must be the current version (available from the Document Centre).
  • The documents must be submitted online and by post to:
    Engagement Global gGmbH, Zentraler Programmservice, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 40, 53113 Bonn

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Application partnership

Applications to implement a weltwärts exchange project must be submitted by an “application partnership”. Application partnerships for weltwärts Exchange Projects are based on the requirement that the partners design, conduct and evaluate the project together as equals.

The partners are required to submit the following documents:

  • a project application,
  • an educational plan,
  • an expenditure and financing plan,
  • a security and crisis plan,
  • a description of their evaluation and
  • proof-of-use documents.

The project partners are responsible for the following:

  • ensuring that expenditure and funding are balanced between them as partners,
  • making sure the project is properly organised, for example, the participant selection procedures, provision of accommodation and food and drink and travel planning,
  • ensuring the required residence permits (visas) are obtained and
  • providing information about preventive healthcare and insurance cover (accident, health and compensation claims).

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Ineligible projects

Funding cannot be provided for:

  • projects that serve to provide religious instruction, teaching of faith or instruction in a particular ideology,
  • projects or implementing organisations whose values do not respect the diversity of human lifestyles and beliefs,
  • commercial organisations and projects,
  • projects that are not primarily intended to promote exchange and dialogue,
  • projects by governmental implementing organisations,
  • implementing organisations that fail the assessment performed by Engagement Global’s Central Programme Service (ZPS), i.e. that cannot prove their credit worthiness or non-profit nature or
  • implementing organisations that are too small to conduct an exchange due to inadequate financial, administrative and organisational resources.

In the last two cases, the implementing organisations can adopt a “piggybacking” approach, i.e. they sign a cooperation agreement with a larger implementing organisation, which then submits the application to Engagement Global on the smaller organisation’s behalf. The organisation that submits the application is responsible for the financial administration of the project. The team at weltwärts Exchange Projects will be happy to provide advice.