The world is changing - and with it the demands on development cooperation. Some countries have generated an economic upswing, but the gap between rich and poor continues to widen. Smallholders in remote regions in particular do not benefit from any gains. On the contrary: Economics and politics frequently restrict their rights. A crucial step to Zero Hunger by 2030 is the development of an active civil society.
From Aid Recipients to Mature Citizens
In India during the 2016 drought, Welthungerhilfe and its partners mobilised a broad alliance that pushed the state to act. Thousands of smallholders took part in large demonstrations in Delhi. Now, the government is promoting traditional water systems in the drought-affected villages. People are proud of their success.
New Focus for Welthungerhilfe
In Peru and other transformation countries, Welthungerhilfe is supporting the development of civil society actors. Smallholders and alpaca breeders are joining forces in groups, associations and other types of organisation. Through training sessions, advice and networking they become confident citizens who know their rights and demand them from the state.
In Ethiopia, partner organisations are taking over responsibility for Welthungerhilfe's ‘classic’ technical projects. Experts from the country office continue to advise them at an organisational level. The Civil Society Academy (CSA) has been established by Welthungerhilfe in Cambodia and other countries. Since 2014 it has been promoting civil society organisations by providing training in abilities and competencies to empower people and fight against hunger, land grabbing and inequality. Management personnel are trained, networks organised, and conferences and a platform for knowledge management developed.
The human rights-based Advocacy Strategy of Welthungerhilfe sets standards for development cooperation work. It takes the Agenda 2030 at its word, to leave nobody behind. But only a strong civil society can create social justice and with it a world without hunger.