• Laying the foundation
    In 1962, Welthungerhilfe becomes part of a global movement. Today, it is one of Germany's largest private aid agencies.
    Laying the foundationLaying the foundation
  • Hunger
    Time and again, the West African Sahel region faces the threat of hunger. As early as 1973 Welthungerhilfe initiated the SOS Sahel donation campaign to help those suffering from hunger.
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  • Back to the beginning
    250,000 people died as a result of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Welthungerhilfe will remain on location to assist with reconstruction efforts.
    Back to the beginningBack to the beginning

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Welthungerhilfe - for more than 50 years

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A turbulent history

A huge portion of the human race… lives one drought, one flood, one crop failure away from starvation." These words were spoken by Binay Ranjan Sen, General Director of the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Aware of his responsibility, in 1960 he initiated a global campaign against hunger and poverty.

The history of Welthungerhilfe began in 1962 with a global campaign against hunger. Today, 50 years later, it is one of Germany's largest non-governmental aid organisations.
The history of Welthungerhilfe began in 1962 with a global campaign against hunger. Today, 50 years later, it is one of Germany's largest non-governmental aid organisations.

 

Aware of his responsibility, in 1960 he initiated a global campaign against hunger and poverty. The "Freedom from Hunger Campaign" prompted Federal President Heinrich Lübke to set up the "German Commission for the Fight Against Hunger" in 1962. In doing so, he wrote the first chapter of the history of Welthungerhilfe. Since then, the association has persistently followed its goal: to secure nourishment for all people. Now, some 50 years later, Welthungerhilfe is one of Germany's largest non-governmental aid organisations.


The vision remains

Emergency aid was the focus in the beginning; today Welthungerhilfe wants to focus primarily on long-range goals. The concept of help towards self-help became the principle of the association in the 1970s, when increasing donations and public funding also made long-term development projects possible. However, Welthungerhilfe was and remains a reliable partner in the event of famines, floods, droughts and earthquakes. And the vision of Welthungerhilfe remains steadfast: All people deserve the opportunity to lead a self-determined and dignified life.

We continue to believe that this is possible!

Think Tank at Welthungerhilfe - For a fresh look into the future

Next stop: Addis Ababa

Searchers Unlimited - Welthungerhilfe's Think Tank

In February 2015 our think tank goes to Ethiopia. The idea is to gather on a multinational level and to include thinker from different African countries.

5th Round – Think tank in Berlin

Up for discussion: How should we react to conflicts and humanitarian crises?

(November 2014) The participants of the think tank met once more in Berlin. Topics under discussion: conflicts and humanitarian crises.

4th Round- Joint think tank

Interesting questions on the future of our work

(Autumn 2013) Do we need to change from an aid organisation to a knowledge organisation? Will ‘help’ be shared to become ‘knowledge’? This question was discussed in the first part of the fourth – and...

3rd Round – Joint think tank

Young and old providing new impetus in the fight against hunger

(Autumn 2012) Creatives accepted the invitation of Welthungerhilfe to discuss fundamental questions and to meet participants of the ‘youth think tank’.

2nd Round: youth think tank

We are the present and not the future!

(August 2012) 20 young people came together at the Welthungerhilfe youth think tank.

1st think tank - Searchers Unlimited

Lateral thinkers from culture, media, economics and sport

(February 2012) Lateral thinkers from culture, media, economics and sport discussed the challenges for the work of Welthungerhilfe.

Contact
Kerstin Bandsom

Kerstin Bandsom

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