Sponsors and Partners

The basic funding of the SLE, in particular for SLE STUDIES, comes from the Humboldt-Universität, the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) and from the Berlin Senate Department for Business, Technology and Research. The terms of this funding were laid down in an agreement put in place in 1987 between the BMZ and the Berlin Senate Department for Business, Technology and Research (department of development cooperation; LEZ). This agreement was renewed in 2015. By far the largest share of the basic funding is now provided by the BMZ. Large portions of the BMZ's share are paid back to the federal treasury, as they are paid out in the form of loans to students in the graduate study programme.

The SLE's overseas projects (AP), as well as other operations, are paid for by additional third-party funding, which the SLE brings in yearly or for periods of several years. The principal funder of SLE TRAINING and SLE ADVISORY SERVICES is the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 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 agriculture and environment ministries or the EU. The DAAD also funds basic aspects of SLE ADVISORY SERVICES for universities. In this area of its operations, the SLE maintains a long-running cooperation with the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo.

Many different international cooperation organisations work with the SLE as part of overseas projects and may fund or part-fund these projects: The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the KfW Development Bank, international organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) are the principal sources of commissioned studies. The SLE also cooperates with local development initiatives (BER), with the private sector and consultancy firms (for example GFA and AFC) as well as with other NGOs (for example Misereor, Bread for the World) and political foundations (Heinrich Böll Foundation, HBS) that co-organise events with the SLE.


Friends of SLE

The SLE has a wide and active alumni network. In order to support the SLE, in 2001 former and current staff members founded a Friends of the SLE society, which now has over 170 members.

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