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SLE Timeline 1960 til today

  • 2017

    SLE enters a cooperation agreement with Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World), in order to support local BfdW partners in Indonesia in adapting to climate change.

    SLE enters a cooperation agreement with Brot für die Welt (BfdW), in order to support local BfdW partners in Indonesia with to climate change adaption. This includes the large small-scale farmers union “Ikatan Petani Pengendalian Hama Terpadu Indonesia (IPPHTI)” in Western Java and the local congregation “Gereja Toraja (GT)”. In the project area, climate change is visible through rising sea levels, which are followed by the salinization of land, and of late increased heavy rainfalls, causing erosion, drought and crop failure. What is needed is the ability to continuously adapt to these new conditions. The partners of the project and small-scale farmers don’t always have these prospects of adaptation and innovation. They are not necessarily equipped or lack the resources for executing systematic research themselves, to identify the specific climate change related challenges on their fields, systematically documenting them and finding solutions for these challenges. New, innovative cultivation methods are supposed to prepare small farmers for the effects of climate change. This does not imply a complete revision of methods already in place, but rather testing current know-how conjointly with the small farmers. Therefore, a better connection of current international findings and innovative approaches, which were successful under similar conditions, is needed. SLE, alongside the Indonesian universities of Padjadjaran in Bandung (UNPAD) and Hasanuddin University, Makassar (UNHAS) will support this process scientifically. SLE will add its’ core expertise, a multilayered approach and the execution of participatory research hand in hand with small farmers to the task.


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  • 2016

    Public relations

    Online since early 2016, SLE has a new web presence. Alongside an improved design and structure, this includes the possibility to display content on mobile devices. SLE print media (publications, flyers etc.) will be adjusted to the new design.

  • 2015

    Structural transformation in Africa

    In the wake of the special initiative “Eine Welt ohne Hunger” (SEWOH), the BMZ approves SLEs’ proposal for the research and advisory project “Towards a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable rural transformation in Africa”, which is being conducted since December 2014 (time frame: 2014-2017). The goal of the project is to develop realistic future scenarios for Sub-Saharan-Africa using three case studies in Ethiopia, Benin and Zambia as an example. In order to achieve this, the current situation and the methodology is initially determined by a conceptual, methodological study. Afterwards, empirical data is acquired in Ethiopia, Benin and Zambia. On the basis of workshops, data collection and the analysis of documents, structural transformation scenarios are developed hand in hand with African partners. Building on that, strategies and instruments for the promotion of a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable transformation in rural areas are formed. In November 2015, the first field stage begins in Zambia.

    Meta-analysis

    Through financial help of the Friends of the SLE association, SLE has conducted a meta-analysis of its’ overseas project studies and prepared a publication based on its’ results. 35 recent studies were evaluated for this purpose. One special point of interest was the question, which arrangements and institutions across the countries and areas of operation are especially effective in poverty mitigation, which means that they truly help marginal farmers build a better livelihood.


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  • 2015

    Overseas Projects

    Three of four overseas projects of the year 2015 take place in Africa, and three deal with the topics of rural development and value creation chains. The OP in Ghana researches questions regarding rural development and value creation chains (client: Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt). The OP in Mozambique works on agricultural value creation chains (KfW) and the OP in the Philippines deals with marketing rice value creation chains (GIZ/BEAF). Additionally, there is the, for development cooperation relatively new topic, of disability mainstreaming, equal treatment for people with disabilities, as a cross-sectional task. Since 2013, the BMZ pursues its action plan for the inclusion of people with disabilities (time frame: 2013-2015). The SLE-team in Namibia developed a handbook, ordered by the GIZ, which is aimed at a better inclusion of people with disabilities within German development cooperation projects.

    Changes of the curriculum

    The biggest change in the curriculum 2015 affects the four-week class “Strategies and Instruments of Sustainable Development – SINE”: while perpetuating the SLEs’ signature “3 Ms” (multi-dimensional, a multi-layered and multi-disciplinary approach). Topics concerning both rural and urban domains are revised. In the years to come, new case studies will be developed on the basis of SLEs’ research projects. Additionally, new trainers will take over the class in question. Following the initiative of the 53th years’ students, the class “International Cooperation and Racism” has been established. The students review the term development and basics of development policies from a postcolonial perspective and critically analyse motives of development policies in the 21st century.

    53rd Class 2015


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  • 2015

    Expansion

    The program of SLE TRAINING, also thanks to new available rooms, is drastically expanded in 2015. From August to October 2015, nine new courses take place!

    Since 2015, there is a cooperation with the “German-Arabian-Master Program” (GAMP), which is supported by DAAD and GIZ and which is focussed on key aspects of German development cooperation in the MENA-region: Water, renewable energy, economic reforms and education.

    Anniversary

    The SLE TRAING program has its’ 10th anniversary. This is celebrated due to the occasion on September 9th.

    Impressions of the festivities:


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  • 2015

    UN climate change conference

    The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 2015) in Paris, the 21st UN climate change conference, takes place simultaneously with the 11th gathering regarding the Kyoto protocol in December. A new global climate agreement is adopted. Through skilled negotiation, an ambitious climate accord is formed, which all nations agree upon. The concrete goals include reducing global warming “explicitly under two degrees Celsius”. Furthermore, it is agreed, that the output of greenhouse gas should be reduced to zero during the second half of the century, which marks the end of the era of fossil energy sources. This is regarded as a historic success. The agreement is mandatory and in will come into effect in 2020. It is the first climate agreement, holding every nation state accountable. In order to achieve this, the distinction between industrial nation and developing nation has been revoked. The concrete modalities and the execution of these ambitious goals on behalf of the individual nation states have yet to be seen. One risk factor is the lack of fixed guidelines for individual states and, that besides pressure from the global community, there is no penalty mechanism, should the goals not be met.

    SDGs

    In September 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) are unanimously passed on the global summit for sustainable development in New York City by all 193 member states of the UN. The ambitious agenda for sustainable development aims for an end hunger and poverty by 2030 (Agenda 2030). For the first time in history, it also sets global goals for sustainable development, which apply to both, the Global North and Global South, and which have to be met on behalf of a new global partnership. Alongside peace, prosperity and justice, they also imply ecological goals, including the call for a worldwide decoupling of the use of resources and of economic growth. Compared to the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), the SDGs thus constitute a strong innovation, including current poverty- and sustainability debates.

    Flight and Migration

    In the wake of wars and crises in the Middle East (especially in Syria), the rise of ISIS and rising migration from the Balkan States and some sub-Saharan countries, the number of people seeking refuge in Europe is rising. Because of this, the topics flight and migration, which have been an issue of concern for development cooperation for a long time, enter the public discussion. This will be a matter of utmost importance for years to come. In 2015, one of the EPDT-panels (Development Policy Discussion Days) dealt with the topic “Responsibility without borders? Orientation and usefulness of development cooperation in the context of flight and displacement”.

  • 2015

    Staff

    In 2015, SLE’s team continues to grow:

    Margitta Minah and Daniela Richter: scientific assistants in the RESEARCH staff work on the project “Towards a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable rural transformation in Africa” in the context of the BMZ initiative “Sonderinitiative Eine Welt ohne Hunger” (SEWOH).

    Wolfram Lange: is a scientific assistant in the domains STUDIES and ADVISORY SERVICE. He holds expertise in the fields of sustainable urban development, natural resource management, adaptation to climate change and reducing the risks of catastrophes.

    Miriam Holländer: supports the SLE domain TRAINING as a freelancer. Among other things, she is responsible for the coordination of the framework program of the courses, and for student mentoring.

    Sarah Mayr: student assistant to the HORTINLEA research program, writes her Master’s thesis within the context of the program.

    Georg Holfelder: student assistant to public relations and support to the SEWOH-project.

    Together with Sabine Dörr, SLE celebrates the 40th anniversary of service for the HU Berlin. Almost 20 of those years, she spent with SLE. New Strategic Plan

    In accordance with the new strategic plan and its’ new contextual developments, SLE undergoes an intern restructuring program. From now on it is composed of the four working domains SLE STUDIES, SLE TRAINING, SLE RESEARCH and SLE ADVISORY SERVICE . For each domain, two scientific assistants serve as contact persons. Regarding the topics, approaches methods and personnel, the working domains are working together. In terms of content, SLE now more and more combines rural development and urbanization topics with structural transformation in rural areas and climate change. Its’ traditionally “green” expertise is increasingly used for the SLEs’ own research projects. The results of the research projects then also find entry in the other domains of work. Through optimal cooperation between the four domains, SLE can generate tremendous synergy effects. This way, fields like research, practical work, studies and professional life are all being combined with problem analysis and problem solving. This enhances the added value of every individual working domain. Especially the domains TRAINING, RESEARCH and ADVISORY SERVICE are continuously growing. (for more details: see the Organigramm)

  • 2014

    HORTINLEA

    Starting this year, within the joint research project HORTINLEA, SLE, additionally to subproject 13 on Communication and Dissemination, also takes over subproject 8 on Climate Change and Ecological Sustainability of Horticultural Value Chains. This subproject conducts research on consequences of climate change for the production and marketing of AIV (African Indigenous Vegetables). In line with the debate on hidden hunger, more and more importance is being ascribed to indigenous vegetables. In this subproject, ways of adaptation to climate change and avoidance of greenhouse gases are investigated. For this purpose, ways for small farm growing and marketing are examined.

  • 2014

    University cooperation

    Trilateral university cooperation with Mozambique and Brazil

    In March 2014, a big seminar takes place in Maputo. During the seminar, evaluation results of the hitherto impact of the Master program are presented. On these grounds, a reform of the curriculum is decided. Also in March, SLE gives a workshop on the improvement of public relations and develops an own strategy of communication for the Masters program in Rio de Janeiro. In September 2014, first “trilateral experiences” are made. Karin Fiege and Mozambican coordinator Samuel Quive teach AEU at the University of Rio for two weeks. Mozambican colleagues offer communication courses introduced by SLE. Colleagues and students in Brazil are taken with the modules, which obtain a fixed spot in the curriculum.

    Photo: SLEs’ Karin Fiege and Anja Schelchen in Rio de Janeiro.


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    University Cooperation in Colombia

    Starting in 2014, DAAD supports the cooperation between SLE and UAM in Colombia. This includes the training of a 12-headed interdisciplinary team of lecturers. Concept and methods revolve around “action and decision oriented investigations” as a basis of applied contract research ad measures of organizational development of university management and networking. In March and October 2014, trainings and advisory workshops are held. In May, the management team of UAM visits SLE in Berlin.

  • 2014

    Overseas projects

    This year, five overseas projects take place. The area of operation spans from Latin America over Central and Southeast Asia to sub-Saharan Africa. The five projects are connected by links to rural and agricultural development: conserving agriculture, and agroforestry systems in Paraguay, agricultural advisory systems in Tajikistan, child labour in farming in Cambodia, transregional resource management in in Southern Africa (SADC-region) and innovation systems for indigenous vegetables in Kenya. The project in Kenya is integrated into the knowledge-transfer subproject (SP13) of the research project HORTINLEA , which is concerned with food security in Eastern Africa through the use of African leafy indigenous vegetables.

    Impressions of AP SADC:


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    AEU

    The methodology “action and decision-oriented analysis” (AEU) is a core concept of SLE, and has been the foundation for preparing interdisciplinary teams for their overseas projects for years. This includes outlining concepts of analysis. In 2014, with financial support by the Friends of SLE society, team leaders and staff members were invited to a retreat in order to evaluate and evolve the concept. Continuous examples are introduced, which showcase all methodological steps. A two-day workshop on methodological approaches, tools and methods of analysis is added to the preparation phase. The AEU-concept is also used at Universidade Federal Rural de Rio de Janeiro, at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique and at Universidad Autónoma de Manizales in Colombia.

    52nd class 2014

    SLE Blog

    Participants of the 52nd year of the SLEs’ studies program create the SLE Blog. People connected to SLE share and discuss their experiences, thoughts and debates on current developments within the topic of development cooperation.


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  • 2014

    Move to Luise-Carree

    At the end of 2014, the working domain SLE TRAINING moves into the new facilities in the Luise-Carree at Robert-Koch-Platz. The spacious bureau- and seminar-complex grants many opportunities for further development.

    Spatial expansion

    Since September 2014, SLE uses the facilities of the Luise-Carree (Robert-Koch-Platz 4) additionally to the Fischervilla. The company Steelcase installs the seminar rooms as a modern ‘Learnlab’. This enables the use multiple didactic methods and an immediate switch between plenum and group work. The new facilities are used especially by SLE TRAINING and SLE RESEARCH, which have completely moved there. However, also classes of the postgrad program take place there. As classes of both domains SLE TRAINING and SLE STUDIES can be held simultaneously form now on, an expansion of the courses offered is made possible.


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  • 2014

    Faculty reform within the Humboldt University Berlin

    Since April 2014, SLE is part of Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences and the former institutes of biology and psychology, and as such belongs to the Faculty of Life Sciences. The official opening of the faculty is on January 29th 2015.

    Activities of the ‘Friends of SLE society’

    The Friends of SLE Society establish a new series of events. The “development policy workshop talks” are a series of lectures and discussions aimed at a development politically interested audience. In 2014, the first events on microcredits and the concept “buen vivir” take place. Additionally, the Friends of SLE Society initiates a mentoring program, where SLE-alumni counsel fresh SLE-graduates during their career entry. Also with the help of the Friends Society, a film on the topic ofsustainable growth in Africa during the Development Policy Discussion Days 2014 was made.

    Staff

    SLEs’ staff continues to grow. The following people are added to the team:

    Anja Schelchen: Curricula-Advice. Composition and knowledge management of the trilateral University cooperation with Mozambique and Brazil.

    Dr. Silke Stöber: HORTINLEA-Subproject 8 on climate protection and –adaption in the context of growing indigenous vegetables.


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  • 2014

    Development Minister Gerd Müller

    Since December 2013, Dr. Gerd Müller (CSU) is federal minister of economic cooperation and development. He advocates an ethical understanding of development, based on human rights. Under Müllers’ leadership, BMZ focusses on economic development and the struggle against hunger, but also on an improvement of labour conditions and social standards (especially in the textile industry), on environmental protection, climate change and on causes of displacement. The ministry is opening up to civil society.

    Future Charta

    Development politically, the year 2014 is following the post-2013 agenda and the preparation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within German development cooperation, many actors, among them SLE, drafts a Future Charta. The eight focal points include poverty reduction and ecological goals, which are related to the SDGs, but also goals like good governance, the preservation and protection of human rights, dignity and religious diversity. The future Charta is focussed on global sustainable development. This more than before includes the responsibility of industrial nations and increased efforts on both, a national and international scale.

    International year of family farming

    The United Nations dedicate the year 2014 to family farming, in order to point out the importance of small farming for food safety and the preservation of natural resources. 500 million familiy farming businesses produce 80% of global food supplies and operate 70-80% of all global agricultural land. The solution to fighting ongoing global hunger crises is seen in family farming. Next to sheer calorie-production, the focus today is also on local production, healthy, climate friendly and nutritious diets. A decrease of food loss alongside the production chain and a more fair distribution of resources in favour of family farmers is also included. The debate around nutritious safety and hidden hunger is also concerned about providing people with enough nutrition.

    SLE is researching on these topics, especially in the context of the research project HORTINLEA.

  • 2013

    HORTINLEA

    SLE takes part in the interdisciplinary joint research project HORTINLEA (Horticultural Innovations and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa). It is promoted in the wake of an initiative on global food security (GlobE) by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and begins in 2013. The key issue, food security in Eastern Africa, is about developing strategies for raising productivity, quality, commercialisation, and consumption of indigenous leafy vegetables, while also enhancing the efficiency of rural value added chains. The ultimate goal is to improve the foods’ quality for the rural population. Within the subproject (SP13), SLE develops internal and external communication strategies and thus contributes to the distribution of the political and practical research results. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute are the Kenyan partners of SLE in the HORTINLEA project.

    Website of HORTINLEA


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    Trans-SEC

    In 2013, the research project Trans-SEC - Innovating pro-poor Strategies to safeguard Food Security using Technology and Knowledge Transfer, which is also being supported by GlobE, is launched. Trans-SEC has the goal of identifying innovative strategies in small farmer rainfed agriculture in Tanzania and to adjust the local conditions. The international and interdisciplinary consortium consists of 14 partners, more than 50 researchers and many other participants. SLE examines initial conditions for innovations, their adequacy and their ex-ante effects during the research process.

  • 2013

    Special Overseas Projects

    A new type of research and advisory services is established: the special overseas project. It is conducted by SLE alumni and experienced team leaders. In terms of time, content and concept, the projects are very flexible. Consistent with the subject of the year 2013, “fragile statehood”, SLE carries out the first special OP on behalf of KfW. It is on indebtedness caused by microcredits, within poor groups of the population in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Cooperations

    Triangular cooperation Mozambique-Brazil-Germany

    In the beginning of 2013, co-funded by DAAD, a trilateral university cooperation with long-time partner university Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo (Mosambik) (UEM) and with the new partner Universidade Federal Rural in Rio de Janeiro (Brasilien) (UFRRJ) is formed. Between the three institutions, an exchange of researchers and students is planned alongside reciprocal support in reforming curricula and the development of new joint research and training projects. SLE provides curriculum advice and passes its’ experience with universities and other institutions, who want to establish a study program similar to SLEs’. This is SLEs’ contribution to promote skills and expertise of national specialists and executives in development countries. South-South cooperation shows, that SLE develops “products” of increasing demand.

    Cooperation with Colombia

    Since summer 2013, there is a cooperation agreement between SLE and Universidad Autónoma de Manizales (UAM) in Colombia. SLE advises UAM on practical contract research. In this context, for the first time, three Colombian lecturers partake in a SLE overseas project as full team members. The Colombian side regards the demand for interdisciplinary, applied research with a regional focus, as very high. This view is shared by policy makers, the private sector, civil society and universities. After the conclusion of the peace negotiations in Colombia (which is supposed to be in 2015), more and more financial resources will be provided for the development of context based solutions for regional development strategies, a process, in which universities will play an important role.

  • 2013

    Occupational Field Development Cooperation

    SLE observes changes in the occupational field of development cooperation, as these trends are of the utmost importance for the postgraduate program and its’ alumni. Occupations in development cooperation increasingly include assignments in fragile states and impoverished countries. Contentwise, signature-SLE-topics, such as rural and agricultural development, management of natural resources and climate change adaption are back in the centre of attention. According to predictions of SLE, the merger of the three governmental organizations GTZ, DED and InWent in 2011 and the merger of Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED), Diakonisches Werk and Brot für die Welt into Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung (EWDE) might have impacts on the occupational field of development cooperation in and out of Germany. In 2012, SLE intensively deals with this topic, in order to estimate the upcoming changes in German development cooperation and to assess, how SLE should adapt to these. After an alumni survey in 2011, the Development Policy Discussion Days (EPDT) 2012 cover current trends in personnel deployment and the question, whether German development cooperation is becoming redundant or not. Additionally, in the context of a series of workshops, SLE pursues questions involving the future of development cooperation as a work field. With the support of Welthungerhilfe, the results are published in the second volume of the development political series: “Internationale Entwicklungszusammenarbeit als Berufsfeld: Trends und Herausforderungen für die Personalentsendung”.


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    Overseas Projects

    In line with SLEs’ focus on development policies in 2013, two overseas projects are conducted in the context of fragile statehood: In Haiti, on the topic “promotion of civic structures under conditions of fragile statehood, and their contribution to the strengthening of resilience”, and in Colombia, on the topic “between amends and transformation: productive strategies in the context of complete compensation for the victims of the armed conflict in the East of Caldas, Colombia”. For the first time, SLE takes on the challenge of conducting four overseas projects in four different languages. Alongside French in Haiti and Spanish in Colombia, there is a project in Portuguese in Brazil, on adaption to climate change and, last but not least, a project on water management in the Mekong region, which is conducted in English.

    51st year 2013


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  • 2013

    Expansion of the range of courses

    Due to high demand, the domain of work SLE TRAINING is systematically expanded. This year, the courses on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) are also offered in French and Portuguese. The expansion beyond the merely English speaking range of courses is a major development. Additionally, a new training program on sustainable management of natural resources is developed: “Increasing Resilience to Climate Change through Sustainable Resource Management”. With this, SLE meets the increasing demand for continuous education in this domain.

  • 2013

    Briefing Papers

    With the goal to contribute to the scientific discussion on current development political topics, SLE starts the new publication series ‘Briefing Papers’. The first Briefing Papers are in line with the topics of the Development Political Discussion Days (EPDT).

    Staff

    The SLE family grows and is joined by:

    Annika Buchholz: joins the SLE TRAINING-Team. Since 2015, she is responsible for the coordination of the classes as a research associate. . (1st Photo)

    Emil Gevorgyan: Research associate, coordinating the research projects HORTINLEA and TRANS-SEC (SLE RESAERCH)

    SLE finally has the resources to finance research assistants. The first in this series of new assistants is

    Johanna Hartung: student assistant for public relations and strategic communication. (Emil and Johanna are both in the picture with the SLE bear)

    Anja-Katrin Fleig, member of the staff since 2009, takes over coordinating SLE TRAINING from Anja Kühn, who switches to SLE STUDIES.


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  • 2013

    Cooperation with fragile States

    Simultaneously to the much debated upswing of many African states (“Rising Africa”), the number of fragile states is also increasing. Though this issue doesn’t get much attention in the general public, fragile states grow more and more important for international cooperation projects.

    SLE makes “Development Cooperation under the Circumstances of fragile Statehood” its key issue for the year 2013. Overseas projects in Liberia, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in South Sudan (2012), as well as in Colombia and Haiti (2013) function as the basis of data.

    The overseas project on promoting civil society and resilience in Haiti is conducted within the scope of an accompanying research project of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe on development cooperation under the circumstances of fragile statehood. In a two day workshop, SLE Participants of multiple overseas projects in fragile states run a cross-sectional analysis on possibilities and limitations of development cooperation in fragile states, where they develop approaches on how to deal with the topic at SLE.

    Also, one of the EPDT-podiums and briefing papers pursues the topic under the title: „How can we do better? Perspektiven nachhaltiger Zusammenarbeit in fragilen Staaten“.

  • 2012

    Overseas Projects

    After the conclusion of a study on participatory district planning concerning water in the Republic of Moldova in 2011, GIZ directly commissions a study on district planning concerning waste management. The three overseas projects 2012 take place in Liberia, the Republic of the Congo and in South Sudan, thus they all have a joint focus on fragile statehood in sub-Saharan Africa. This lies the basis for more expertise in the field of “cooperation with fragile states”, which is the key issue of SLE in 2013. The results of the projects are published beyond the usual studies, i.e. as articles in journals, like this year by the overseas project in the Republic of the Congo:

    In Rural21: "Microfinance lending for farming in Congo – a worthwhile risk?"

    In Digital Development Debates: "A Deeper Look: Women's Economic Empowerment Through Microfinance"

    Or as a poster on international conferences, like OP Haiti (see photo below).


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    Reader

    Under the topic „Entwicklungszusammenarbeit gestalten – Inhalte und Methoden für ein erfolgreiches Wirken in einem komplexen Berufsfeld“ (“shaping development cooperation – approaches and methods to successfully operate in a complex field of work” ), SLE publishes an extensive reader, showcasing SLEs’ competencies in training skilled personnel for development cooperation. Eighteen articles describe SLEs’ contents, didactics and domains of work.

    This is the first volume of the “development political series”: this new series of publications serves as a channel of SLEs’ development political analyses.

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    Safety Training

    In order to live up to the overseas projects’ topic “DC in the context of fragile statehood”, a safety training course is established at SLE. It contains practical exercises and reflections. Over the following years, the course becomes a fixed component in the preparations for the overseas projects. Especially the increasing number of OPs and deployments in fragile states makes this necessary for better preparing the participants for the challenges ahead of them.

  • 2012

    50 years of German development policy

    Between 2010 und 2012 the German development policy and especially the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) turn 50 years old, followed by numerous big and small governmental and non-governmental development organizations.

    In the wake of this, SLE celebrates’ its 50-year anniversary (see: the institutions history).

    UN-Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

    20 years after the first UN-Conference about environment and development, in June 2012 the Rio+20-conference in Rio takes place. Its thematic focus lies on the fight against poverty, the institutional framework of sustainable development and the green economy. The united fight against hunger, poverty, erosion and climate change as well as the pursuit of the MDGs are reinforced. The civil society and environmental organisations criticise the lack of mandatory goals and concrete concepts for their implementation.

    Rural development and food security

    In spite of worldwide economic growth, many rural regions stay impoverished. Small-scale farmers (ca- 500.000.000 farms worldwide) paradoxically suffer the most from chronic hunger episodes. Decades of neglect led to overproportioned poverty in the rural area and increased the income gap between the rich and the poor. This led to an increasing focus on the topics „rural development“ and „food security“ in the international development of agriculture. Another reason is the in comparison to 2008 increased prices for agricultural goods, which make agricultural investments more profitable. In 2013, after the German election, these topics gain attention in the ‘great coalition’ and German development departments.

    SLE uses its distinctive expertise in those topics, to focus on its core subjects from 2012 onwards

    -- At the EPDT-podium (development policy discussion days) the topic food security is discussed by experts in context of an ecologically, social and ecologically agreeably use of resources.
    -- A Briefing Paper about the “Top 10 activities for rural development in African countries” (GER, 03-2013/2014) is created and meta-analyses about poverty effective Strategies and Institutions in Rural development are conducted and published in the third edition of the development policy thematic series.
    -- Also several cooperative projects about food security and rural development are initiated, which will begin in the following years (e.g. HORTINLEA)

  • 2012

    New Seminary Directorate

    New directorate of SLE in its’ 50th year

    The agricultural economist and long-term employee of DIE (German Institute for Development Policy) Dr. Susanne Neubert, was elected the new Head of SLE. She wants to emphasize the focus on SLEs’ core competences in the areas rural development, methods and also increase its visibility. The Team develops a new vision for SLE and in the course of SLEs’ 50th anniversary the strategic discussions grow in momentum.



    Divisions

    Regarding content, the activities of SLE keep growing. Since 2012, it is restructured into three divisions: SLE STUDIES, SLE TRAINING and SLE ADVISORY SERVICE.

    SLE TRAINING (until 2011 „SLE plus“) includes thematically and methodically aligned two-week trainings for international experts in development cooperation.

    SLE ADVISORY SERVICE offers process-orientated curricular- and management consulting for international partner universities and conducts external moderations and trainings. Furthermore, applied studies, some of them in cooperation with other academic and non-academic institutions, are conducted.

    The areas TRAINING and ADVISORY SERVICE will be enlarged in the following years. From 2013 onwards, the division RESEARCH will be added. The close link between these domains offers synergy-effects with regards to content and the activity of trainers.

    SLE is turning 50!

    On the occasion of the 50-year anniversary, a celebratory act takes place at the first of June with alumni, partners and sponsors of SLE inside the Audimax of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. The occasion was later celebrated with a big party in Berlin-Friedrichshain.


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  • 2011

    Evaluation of a degree program in Mozambique

    This year, the fourth year of the master-degree "Rural Sociology and Development Management" at the university Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo begins with 100 students.

    The first evaluation is conducted. Students, lecturers and the university directorate, as well as Mozambique’s ministry of education are involved. The first results are positive. Students appreciate the modular system and the praxis-oriented training which they can directly integrate in their everyday work life.

  • 2011

    Overseas Projects

    The overseas projects on agroforestry in the Philippines, rural electrification in Uganda and rural microfinance systems in Kamerun show the diversity of rural development, SLEs‘ core competence.

    Another project aims to modernize the communal services in water supply in the Republic of Moldova. It is dubbed a “knowledge transfer between Brandenburg and Moldova”. It is the first time that SLE conducts a field study in Brandenburg and establishes direct links between the two Regions.: „Bridging the Gap - Participatory District Development Planning in the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector of the Republic of Moldova“.


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  • 2011

    Farewells

    Death of Prof. Dr. von Blanckenburg

    On the 2nd of March 2011 Prof. Dr. Peter von Blanckenburg unexpectedly passes away. In good health he had participated in the Christmas Party of the SLE just back in December 2010. The “spiritus rector” of SLE, which became known in the sixties as the “Blanckenburg seminar”, was a guiding intellectual force and gave important impulses in Germanys rural development policy. For all the years, even after his emeritus status, he stayed deeply connected with SLE and the friends of SLE association.

    Farewell to Carola Jacobi-Sambou:

    After 7-years of working as a seminary coach, Carola Jacobi-Sambou returns to the GIZ: “At the end of my seven years at SLE, I am convinced that SLE is one of the leading institutes in the environmental policy area. SLE teaches closely connected to the needs of the market and evolves continuously. Its graduates are a social and technical asset for every organization. I think, that SLE is still very well positioned and I wish that it will stay this way for a long time.”(Newsletter 2011)


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    Communication strategy

    While preparing for its’ 50-year anniversary, SLE develops and implements a new communication strategy to enhance its public relations. A new corporate design for print media, a new website and a Facebook presence designed. Furthermore, an image film for each of the different branches is produced to show the different aims and methods of SLEs’ branches and give the viewers an impression of the postgraduate program.

  • 2011

    Change in the development cooperation area

    International development cooperation is going to change in the next years. From Paris 2005, over Accra 2008, to Busan 2011, aid effectiveness was further developed. Demands of clear ownership of partner governments, alignment of the donors and increased orientation on effectiveness are part of the enhanced new agenda. In Busan, the role and integration of new donor countries like China, India and Brazil (BRICS-States) are discussed. The term “aid-effectiveness” will be replaced with the term Development Effectiveness. This is supposed to emphasize the fact, that development processes are a result of all policies - not only of the development resort - in donor- and receiving countries. Simultaneously, the partner countries continue to differentiate. For instance, they split into anchor countries, emerging nations, classic and poor developing countries or fragile states.

    At the EPDTs (development policy discussion days) 2011 SLE debated other alternative non-growth orientated concepts of development and poverty measurement like Buen Vivir, Happiness and Wellbeing.

    GIZ

    The „Deutsche Entwicklungsdienst“ (DED), the „internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung GmbH“ (InWEnt) and the „Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH“ (GTZ) merge into the „Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit“ (GIZ – Society of International Cooperation) and combine their competences and yearlong experience in international cooperation.

  • 2010

    Overseas projects

    The overseas projects 2010 will be on capacity development in the management of natural resources in the Dominican Republic (commissioned by GTZ), small farmer irrigation in Namibia (GTZ/KfW), microcredits to empower women in Sierra Leone (KfW) and water saving rice production in Bangladesh (GIZ-BEAF and IRRI). Three of the four studies have a topical focus on resource management and irrigation. This shows the increasing importance of ecological challenges for emitters and partners and allows SLE to increase its expertise in this area.

    48th course 2010


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    Modules

    The SLE Curriculum is organized in Modules. Thus, the individual classes are coordinated and educational objectives are concretised.

    The five modules are:
    Module 1: Theory, policy and strategies in rural development
    Module 2: Communication, teamwork and work technique
    Module 3: Development policy-specific management methods
    Module 4: The field of work International cooperation
    Module 5: Action- and decision -orientated analyses, foreign projects

    In addition the multi-layer approach is fixated to the modules.

    ENÜH

    In cooperation with “Welthungerhilfe” the class development orientated emergency and transition help (ENÜH) is offered at SLE STUDIES as well as at SLE TRAINING.

  • 2010

    The death of Jennifer Lawonn

    For the first time in the history of SLEs study program, a participant passes away. During her overseas project in Sierra Leona, Jennifer Lawonn takes ill with malaria and dies shortly afterwards. To commemorate her, the students of the year and the staff of SLE plant a tree in the front yard.

    Orbituary

    Jennifer Lawonn

    Jenny abruptly passed away during her overseas project in Sierra Leone in August of 2010. The participants had been full of optimism and curiosity, when they headed out on their projects. Four weeks later, we were shocked by the terrible news of her sickening and shortly after, her death. The following weeks consisted of farewells, grief and remembrance.

    Today, a tree, planted by the participants of the 48th year and a photo remind us of Jenny, whom we miss so deeply. Jenny, with whom we danced, laughed and sang. Thank you for our time together.



    Changes in organisation

    In the class on developing organizational structures, the 2010 SLE participants analyse strengths, weaknesses and potentials of the seminar. The analysis is the core of SLEs new communication strategy.

  • 2010

    UN-Millennium Summit

    In September 2010, the UN Millennium Summit assembles in New York City. Ten years after their proclamation, the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is evaluated. The results are mixed: on the one hand, progress has been made, e.g. in reducing extreme poverty, fighting HIV and malaria, improving governance, peace, safety and primary education. On the other hand, there are obstacles for reaching some of the goals, for example, concerning hunger, child mortality, mothers’ health and gender equality, but also climate and forest protection. At this years’, development political discussion days, SLE focusses on the MDG debate in two podium discussions, one being about public-private partnerships as means to reach development goals.

    Rural Development

    In November, BMZ publishes the plan “rural development and its contribution to food safety”. After multiple price crises for basic foods between 2008 and 2010, rural development becomes more and more important in development cooperation.

    Climate Summit in Cancún, Mexiko

    The Kyoto summits’ commitment timeframe ends in 2012, but it is also supposed to be extended beyond 2012 with new goals. The UN climate summit in Cancún enacted resolutions that are expected to promote the adaption towards climate change. All states agree on the goal to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius. Also emerging and developing countries are obliged to contribute to emission reduction, reducing their CO2 production through means like forest protection programs. For this, they get financial support from the industrial nations.

  • 2009

    Trainer Workshop

    For the first time and from now on regularly, internal trainer workshops for evaluating and improving the SLE STUDIES program take place. These have proven valuable for reflecting and planning teaching, and they simultaneously are the basis for productive discussions for the further development of SLE.

    Overseas Projects

    The overseas projects 2009 offer a wide topical variety of development political, economic, ecologic and social dimensions of sustainable development. Alongside a transnational project on regional trade and food security in the border area between Tanzania and Zambia (commissioned by GTZ BEAF), there are projects about irrigation systems in Bolivia (KfW), tourism in Morocco (GTZ) and rural energy supply through solar systems in Bangladesh.

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  • 2009

    Administrative Staff

    Every year, the Christmas celebration brings the opportunity of meeting old colleagues. At this years’ celebration, five of SLEs’ secretaries came together.



    Generation 55plus

    On behalf of the SLE supporter association, a survey on “job prospects of academic executive and qualified personnel past the age of 55 in development cooperation” is conducted. It is released on November 24th 2009 on a well visited discussion panel in the faculty.

  • 2009

    FDP in BMZ

    As the second politician of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) after Walter Scheel, Dirk Niebel takes over the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). He announces reforms under the premise “self-responsibility and entrepreneurial initiative – development policy as a key component of a liberal agenda”. Additionally, he seeks stronger ties between the Bundeswehr and development cooperation. (“interconnected safety”).


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    Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel chats with soldiers during his first visit in Feyzabad.

  • 2008

    Master Program in Mozambique

    In February 2008, the master program “Rural Sociology and Development Management” launches at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo. It is set up with financial support from DAAD (with resources of BMZ).

  • 2008

    Curriculum: Public Relations

    From this year onwards, students are being trained in public relations in a class held by Ute Zurmühl.

    Overseas Projects

    This year, two overseas projects are conducted in Ghana. One is about payments for environmental benefits (commissioned by GTZ) and the other one is about child labour in agriculture (FAO). Other overseas projects are about civil society promotion in Peru (DED) and one in Tunisia and Morocco is about promoting SMEs in the agricultural sector (FAO).

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  • 2007

    Cooperation with Mozambique

    Dr. Karin Fiege goes to Mozambique for two years in order to support the implementation of the new master program on rural sociology and development management. Gaby Beckmann substitutes for her at SLE. In cooperation with Mozambican colleagues, numerous SLE coaches lead classes in Mozambique.

  • 2007

    Overseas Projects

    SLE conducts an OP in the Philippines about disaster risk management. Additionally, there are three OPs in Africa which examine value-added chain analysis for vegetables in Kenya and Tanzania, economic development on a district level in Mozambique and poverty reducing effects of German development cooperation in Burkina Faso. The latter is directly commissioned by BMZ. The other three studies are commissioned by GTZ.


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  • 2007

    Leave of absence for Gesa Grundmann

    Gesa Grundmann leaves for three years to Vietnam, where she gives advice on poverty monitoring to, among others, GTZ. Dr. Alexander Pröhl substitutes for her at SLE. Research associates’ long stays abroad are a part of SLEs’ institutional development and guarantee continual advancement of practical expertise and methodology.



  • 2007

    weltwärts

    BMZ launches a volunteer program that is development policy oriented: “weltwärts”. It is supposed to promote voluntary engagement for the ‘One World’ and make intercultural learning in development countries possible for young people between 18 and 28. Simultaneously, young talents are encouraged to join the work field of international cooperation. In the mid-term, up to 10.000 yearly participants are anticipated in the program.

  • 2006

    Mozambican Participants in SLE STUDIES

    In order to prepare for the new master program in Mozambique, two Mozambican colleagues participate in SLEs’ one year educational program.

  • 2006

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    Career symposium

    In December 2006, SLE hosts a career symposium, discussing entry opportunities for young international cooperation aspirants with representatives of employer organisations and other educational institutions.

  • 2006

    SLE Plus

    After a few yearlong break SLEs’ training program is reinvented and starts in 2006 with new courses. It is aimed at an international audience and, in two-week modules, teaches knowledge on central topics of development cooperation. Dr. Katharina Ochse coordinates SLEplus and is replaced by Anja Kühn in 2008.

  • 2006

    SLE Plus

    SLEs’ training program for international skilled personnel in development cooperation is relaunched in 2006. (domain “TRAINING”)

  • 2006

    Catastrophe Prevention

    In development cooperation, the issue of catastrophe prevention becomes a cross-sectional topic (see 2005). In coherence with this, SLE conducts an overseas project in Nicaragua about disaster risk reduction as a main principle of rural development – a concept commissioned by Deutsche Welthungerhilfe.



    Climate Summit in Nairobi

    The agenda of the UN climate summit in Nairobi includes:

    a) The structuring of climate negotiations after 2012 and

    b) The resolution for supporting African states with the adaption to climate change.

    The negotiations prove quite unsuccessful. Because of that, environmentalists urge heads of states that can enter negotiations with more decision competence to participate. The topics climate change and its consequences for developing countries are highly prioritised on the development political agenda. Extreme natural phenomena occur more frequently and endanger development progress in many affected countries. Adapting to climate change is therefore a central concern of international cooperation.

  • 2005

    Figurehead Buddy Bear

    Thanks to numerous donations, SLEs’ supporter association commissions the construction of a Berliner bear statue, which is supposed to represent SLEs’ values and fields of work. Dr Peter Neunhäuser and Dr Hannelore Börgel unveil it in the front yard of the ‘Fischervilla’, where the Buddy Bear acts as SLEs’ figurehead. In the same year, Hannelore Börgel takes over the position of chairman in the supporter association.


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  • 2005

    Impact Orientation

    The topics impact analysis and impact measuring become key issues for SLE. DED (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst) commissions a study on impact orientation in Guatemala. Through the module “Planning, monitoring and evaluation”, the topics are also implemented in the curriculum.

    43th. Year 2005


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  • 2004

    42nd. Year 2004


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  • 2004

    Carola Jacobi

    Carola Jacobi Sambou, an SLE alumni becomes director of SLE. For this, she takes leave of GTZ for a few years.

  • 2004

    FAO “Right to Food Guidelines”

    Requested at the World Food Summit 1996 and formulated in 2001, the voluntary guidelines on a right to sufficient food are unanimously passed and signed by 187 nations. Although its’ part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the right to food is only justiciable in 20 national constitutions. The FAO guidelines support states in implementation of the right to food.


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  • 2003

    Overseas Projects: Conflict Research

    The topics peace and conflict in the context of development cooperation are concerning SLE continuously. Because of this, two overseas projects on these topics are conducted in the Philippines and in the southern Caucasus.

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  • 2003

    Farewell to Dr. Bernd Schubert

    After running SLE for over three decades, Dr. Bernd Schubert is bid farewell by Humboldt Universität. The retirement celebrations culminate in a big event in the gallery of Heinrich Böll foundation. Reiner Kraetsch, head of the division for poverty reduction and social policy at BMZ, Rüdiger Knop, senior actuary in social security at ILO, Wolfgang Schmidt, director of GTZ and Dr. Hans-Joachim Preuß, secretary general of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe discuss pros and cons of a “pension for the poorest of the poor”. For years, Dr Bernd Schubert has been a strong advocate of protecting people that can’t help themselves through transfers of purchasing power.

    Move into ‘Fischervilla’

    After the affiliation of SLE to Humboldt Universität, SLE moves from the villa in Podbielskiallee into the ‘Fischervilla’ in Hessische Straße in Berlin Mitte. This means giving up the large backyard, but it also brings a spacious proximity to the faculty and the government district. The move is preceded by a big clearing out of relics that have amassed in 40 years of SLE.

  • 2003

    Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul in Kenia

    Photo: Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German secretary of development cooperation and development (on the left with the helmet) visits the geothermal power plant Olkaria in Kenia. The federal government of Germany financially supports the project for renewable energies.


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  • 2002

    SLE in Mozambique

    Beginning of a new cooperation with Mozambique

    A commissioned study on tourism development and coast zone management in 2002 gives the initial impulse, which leads to the implementation of a master program at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Maputo. Through the overseas project, the current premier minister and future secretary of education, gets to know the structured working methods of SLE and is thrilled. After a visit of the minister in Berlin in 2003 and a preparing study in 2004, the curriculum for the master program “Rural Sociology and Development Management” is developed by SLE and UEM.

  • 2002

    40th. Year 2002


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  • 2002

    40 Year Anniversary

    On December 13th, SLE celebrates its 40th anniversary with a festive ceremony in the senate hall of Humboldt Universität.



    40th Anniversary celebrations The main event is a discussion panel on the topic “metamorphosis of an occupational field – from the development era to globalisation”. Dr. Bernd Schubert moderates the discussion, in which Dr. Walter Salzer, Dr. Christoph Beier of GTZ, Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Evers and Dr. Wolfgang Sachs participate. In the evening, the panel is followed by a fabulous party at SLE, in Podbielskiallee 66.

  • 2002

    DSE + CDG = InWEnt

    Deutsche Stiftung für Internationale Entwicklung (DSE) (German foundation for international development) and Carl-Duisberg-Gesellschaft e.V. (CDG) merge into InWent. Germanys’ biggest facility for personnel development, training and dialogue in development cooperation is established.

  • 2001

    Overseas Projects: Civil Conflict Management

    Civil conflict management and post-conflict development in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone are the topics of this year’s overseas projects. Both studies are commissioned by GTZ. Going further, the field of civil conflict management is one of the main modules of SLE, firmly embedded in the curriculum through a course starting in 2002.

    39th Year 2001


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  • 2001

    Association Foundation

    The Association of friends and supporters of SLE is founded. It financially and scientifically supports SLE. The scientific events it offers are open to the public.

    Farewell to Prof. Agrawal, welcome for Gesa Grundmann

    In the end of May 2001, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Chandra Agrawal retires after 28 years as a research associate at SLE. His position is merged with that of Dr. Peter Neunhäuser. Geographer Gesa Grundmann becomes new research associate.

    As an expert on agricultural development, Prof. Agrawal is an internationally esteemed advisor and a pioneer in teaching operations research, ecometry and agricultural sector planning. At SLE, he led eight overseas projects in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Peoples Republic of China. For his farewell, Prof. De Haen (FAO), Prof. Bonte-Friedheim (ISNAR), Prof. Brandt (DIE), Herr Dresrüsse (GTZ) and Prof. Kirschke (HU) discuss experiences and issues with the Green Revolution: food security, ecological sustainability and distributive justice. This year’s participants of the study program dedicate a rap song to Prof. Agrawal, while Ingeborg and Dr. Peter Neunhäuser bid him farewell with a poem.




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    Because of budget cuts by the Berlin senate and the federal government, SLE is once more facing bankruptcy, which is yet again averted.

  • 2000

    Overseas Projects – new topics, new Countries

    First overseas project on HIV/AIDS

    For the first time, SLE confronts the issue HIV/AIDS, in the context of an overseas project in Zambia.

    Title of the Study: Incorporating HIV/Aids concerns into Participatory Rural Extension. A Multi-Sectoral Approach for Southern Province, Zambia.

    First overseas project in a lusophone country

    SLE is frequently asked to conduct overseas projects in lusophone countries. In 2000, SLE forms an overseas project team for Brazil. Before and during their stay, the participants and complete a linguistically and regarding content successful project on impact monitoring in rural advisory services in Ceará abd Pernambuco.

    Title of the Study: Monitoramento Qualitativo de Impacto - Desenvolvimento de Indicadores para a Extensão Rural no Nordeste do Brasil.

    Development Political Discussion Days

    The DPDDs are introcduced. From now on, yearly conferences on current topics of development cooperation take place in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll Stiftung. The public events with high profile guests from the fields of science, development politics and practical development cooperation are prepare, hosted and documented by SLE and HBS scholarship holders.



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  • 2000

    Farewell to Dr. Peter Neunhäuser

    After 28 years at SLE, Dr. Peter Neunhäuser is honoured by leading staff of BMZ, the Berlin senate, FAO, GTZ, DED and GFA with a colloquium in the old Zootomie. Peter Neunhäuser doesn’t retire just yet. He immediately calls for the foundation of the SLE supporter association. Peter Neunhäuser has led EU-financed development projects in East Africa for more than five years. For many years, he was the deputy director, often also the acting director of SLE, led six overseas projects from Indonesia to Kyrgyzstan and was appreciated by students for his dedication in mediating jobs for participants.


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  • 2000

    Millennium Development Goals

    At the Millennium Summit in New York City, representatives from 189 UN-member states pass the Millennium Declaration and commit themselves to making more efforts for a more just and sustainable global development. The declaration yields the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the central goal of which is halving worldwide poverty from 1990 to 2015.


    -- Fighting extreme poverty and hunger
    -- Primary education for everyone
    -- Gender equality/ strengthening the position of women
    -- Lowering child mortality 
    -- Improving health care services for mothers 
    -- Fighting HIV/Aids, Malaria and other diseases 
    -- Ecological sustainability 
    -- Creating a global alliance for development.


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    Renaissance of the topic poverty reduction

    In the beginning of the new millennium, the MDGs are created, which are supposed to be fulfilled by 2015. According to World Bank, in 2005, roughly 1.4 billion people, more than a fifth of all of humanity, lived in absolute poverty. They have to get by with less than 1.25$ per day. Poverty is one of humanities’ most pressing issues, fighting it is considered the number one task of development aid.

  • 1999

    Adapting the curriculum to the occupational field

    In order to readjust its curriculum, SLE conducts a workshop with representatives of the professional field. The topics of the event are demands of the occupational field development cooperation and results of educating qualified and management personnel.

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  • 1999

    Civil Peace Services

    Hand in hand with civil peace- and development organizations, the federal government of Germany creates “Ziviler Friedensdient” (Civil Peace Services). Under the trusteeship of various peace and development services, qualified personnel are sent into more than 50 countries. In order to peacefully solve conflicts, they support local partner organizations in preventing violent escalations and creating peace keeping structures.

  • 1998

    SLE 2000

    SLE develops the strategy ‘SLE 2000’, in order to keep operating on a high level despite reduced allocations of funds.

  • 1998

    Foundation of EED

    Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED) (Protestant Development Services) is founded. Its’ partners are churches, Christian organizations and non-church providers. Jointly with them, it fights for worldwide livelihoods in dignity, justice and peace and for the preservation of God’s creation. EED is a founding member and sending organisation of ‘Ziviler Friedensdienst’.

    BMZ under Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul

    Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul becomes the new minister of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). She keeps this position also during the CDU-led ‘Große Koalition’ until 2009. She sees crisis prevention as the most important task of BMZ. Global structure politics get more and more important for development policy under her leadership.


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    Photo: Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German secretary of development cooperation and development (on the left with the helmet) visits the geothermal power plant Olkaria in Kenia. The federal government of Germany financially supports the project for renewable energies.

  • 1997

    Four instead of three overseas projects

    From now on, four instead of the previous three overseas projects are conducted simultaneously. The smaller interdisciplinary groups are supposed to be closer to the routine of professional research teams.

    Participant forum

    A participant forum under the premise “goals and basic conditions for rural development” is established in order to integrate the students and their experience and also to encourage a self-sustaining dialogue.

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  • 1997

    Impending Closure of SLE

    In 1997, SLE faces its biggest financial crisis to date. An impending shutdown is averted through considerate acting of the staff, participants and with the support of organisations and lawmakers closely linked to SLE. A massive protest conducted via letters and a cross party initiative bring the much anticipated success, although losses in funds for personnel have to be accepted.

    The financial crisis of 1997
    From an interview with Prof. Dr. Peter Neunhäuser (October 2011)

    SLE: In 1997, there was a big financial crisis, almost resulting in the closure of SLE. How had it come so far?

    Dr. P. Neunhäuser: one half of SLE was financed by the Berlin senate, the other half by BMZ. West-Berlin had strong financial support by the West. After the German reunification, financing SLE proved a difficult task. The West Berlin bonus was discontinued, faculties were merged and university funds were substantially cut down.
    In that time, we did a lot of lobbying. On December 12th 1997, a cross party initiative was launched. Members of the central committee, who were in charge of finances, put forward a petition to the Abgeordnetenhaus to continue financing SLE. The subject was the last item on the agenda of the budget discussions and was approved. Previously led under “science and research”, SLE was transferred into the senate division “economy and businesses”, which controls more resources. Thus the continued existence of SLE was guaranteed. The study program of 1998 almost didn’t take place because the financing was unsure for a long time.

    Because Dr. Peter Neunhäusers courageously accepted the applicants in spite of the grave situation, study operations continued without interruption and SLE prevailed.

  • 1997

    Climate Summit in Kyoto/Japan

    At the third UN climate summit, binding numbers for the amount of greenhouse emissions are defined in order to fight global warming. The contracting industrial states, which include the members of the European Union, agree on an emission reduction of 5.2% over the time period of 2008 to 2012, compared to the numbers of 1990.

  • 1996

    Financial Crisis

    The savings plan of the Berlin Senate includes massive cuts in the budget of universities. The closure of Humboldt Universitäts’ agricultural and horticultural faculty seems imminent. Thus, the existence of SLE is in jeopardy. SLE supports the protests with a tractor in the tractor motorcade.



  • 1996

    Debt Remission: HIPC-Initiative and PRSP

    High indebtedness jeopardizes development efforts and the fight against poverty. In 1996, after pressure by civic organisations and the G8 states, World Bank and the IMF agree on a coordinated partial debt relief for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries, HIPCs. In 1999, the alliance “Relief Year 2000” achieves further improvements to the conditions of the debt cut. Since then, an important condition is that the countries concerned develop Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, PRSPs with involvement of civic society.

  • 1995

    SLE Summer School

    The training program is expanded and now offers 4 courses, among others organisation advice and creative coping of writing problems at work.

  • 1995

    Overseas project in a transition country

    Albania is the first transition country to host an overseas project. The topic is “promoting self-help activities of Albanian farmers – situation and potential analysis.” Back then, the application of participatory methods was not much appreciated by the target group.

  • 1995

    Name Change

    SLE changes its name. Now it’s called the Centre for Rural Development, instead of the centre for agricultural development. The short form SLE stays.

  • 1995

    Democratisation – Good Governance

    From the middle of the 1990s on, “Good Governance” becomes a central topic for development cooperation. Development isn’t just a question of economic success. Weak governments, arbitrary judicial systems, dysfunctional administrations and corruption obstruct development. Good Governance stands for efficient state institutions and responsible handling of political power and resource management. State actors have to be able to steer their political agendas into a poverty reducing sustainable direction.


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    VENRO

    German NGOs working in development cooperation found the umbrella organization VENRO. The organization which is seated in Bonn is founded with the goals to shape globalisation in a fair manner, to overcome worldwide poverty, to protect human rights and to contribute to maintaining ecological livelihoods. Another goal is to sharpen the public eye for development political topics.

  • 1994

    Development Advisors, managers and moderators

    Formulated in the annual report, the new goal is to train development advisors, managers and moderators. The focus is no more solely on agricultural projects. Instead, it is broadened to planning, implementing and evaluating development projects and programmes.

    In the summer of 1994 SLE conducts training classes for the first time. Among these first trainings is the class “social competence and conflict management”, led by Shirley Wouters.

    Overseas Projects

    In the 90s, methodological questions become more and more important.

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  • 1994

    Dr. Karin Fiege

    In 1994, Sociologist Dr. Karin Fiege is the first woman become a permanent research associate at SLE.

  • 1993

    BMZ – Name Change

    The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation adds the term ‘Development’ to its name. It is now called the ‚Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’ (German: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung; BMZ)


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    Photo: Carl-Dieter Spranger, Secretary for economic cooperation (2nd from the right), visits the amphitheatre in Durres / Albania (Photo: Federal Government of Germany).

  • 1993

    Action and Development Oriented Research

    In order to properly prepare the overseas projects, the method of Action and Development Oriented Research (AEU) is developed and since then constantly improved.

    As a reaction to the UN summit on environment and development in Rio and Agenda 21, SLE introduces the lecture “Social Forestry” and keeps it in its curriculum for four years.

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  • 1992

    Overseas Project Zambia

    Uwe Jens Nagel leads the overseas project in Zambia. Its goal is developing a ‘participatory extension approach’ for the Siavonga District.

    The developed approach is afterwards introduced in all of Zambia.