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Sponsors and Partners

Basic funding for SLE, in particular for SLE STUDIES, comes from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) and the Berlin Senate Department for Business, Technology and Research. The terms of this funding were laid down in 1987 in an agreement between BMZ and the Berlin Senate Department for Business, Technology and Research (Department of development cooperation/LEZ). The agreement was renewed in 2015. By far the largest share of funding is now provided by BMZ, much of which is returned to the federal treasury and paid out in the form of individual loans to students of the graduate study programme.

SLE Joint International Research Projects (JIRP; before 2022: OP, overseas projects) and other activities are paid for by additional third-party funding, which SLE raises at annual or multi-annual intervals. SLE RESEARCH is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the BMZ, and in some cases by other ministries, such as the ministries for agriculture and environment or the EU. The German Academic Exchange Service DAAD also funds basic aspects of the SLE ADVISORY SERVICES to universities. In this context, SLE has enjoyed years of sustained cooperation with the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo.

Numerous international cooperation organisations work with SLE within the frame of its JIRP (OP), which they either fund or co-fund: The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the KfW Development Bank, international organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) are our main commissioning clients for studies. SLE also cooperates with local development initiatives (BER), the private sector and consultancy firms (e.g., GFA and AFC) as well as with other NGOs (e.g., Misereor, Bread for the World) and political foundations (Heinrich Böll Foundation/HBS), all of which co-organise events with SLE.

The Friends of SLE

SLE is proud of its highly active alumni network. In 2001, former and current staff members founded the Friends of SLE Society to support and accompany the work of SLE. The Society now has over 170 members.

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