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Frauengruppe der Women's Federation in Jharkand, Indien

Civil Society

The gap between the rich and the poor is alarmingly wide. In economically underdeveloped countries especially, this undercuts their poorest citizens’ social standing and right to be heard, ultimately exacerbating hunger. Stopping this cycle is a frequent topic of discussion in international politics. This led to the UN's Agenda 2030, containing 17 sustainability objectives, one of which demands social justice as an antithesis to economic state interests. This paves the way for fulfilling human rights, including the right to food.

Strengthening Civil Society at the Grassroots Level

Local people, communities or partner organisations are to be given a voice on both the national and international levels, since Agenda 2030 will not present active opposition to abuses of government as a voluntary measure. However, a dialogue between the citizens and the state can only be successful on equal footing. Civil societies become strong by banding together. It is an important step toward democracy to support them and to make them aware of their rights.

Challenges for Development Cooperation

Overcoming worldwide hunger requires not only providing financial help or stimulating food production but also attacking its root causes. A population that needs to be made aware of its rights is to become autonomous, organised and active. This will be achieved by:

Advancing Skills, Disseminating Knowledge

Knowledge transfer is a deciding factor for the long-term improvement of their negotiating position. In Civil Society Academies, local partner organisations educate leaders on various important subjects with the aid of training sessions and conferences. Fighting hunger remains a multidimensional field: The issues of fair trade, access to education for young people, health infrastructure and gender justice are also important to Welthungerhilfe.

Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e. V., Sparkasse KölnBonn IBAN DE15 3705 0198 0000 0011 15, BIC COLSDE33