Little is known as yet about the work German foundations carry out in the field of development cooperation. The newly published Foundation Report by the Association of German Foundations offers numerous facts and figures, good practice examples, and opinions concerning the engagement of German foundations abroad.
The report shows that 1,766 German foundations of all legal forms have a connection to development cooperation or global learning. The Association of German Foundations is aware of a further 458 trustee foundations that deal with development cooperation.
Seventy per cent of foundations in cooperation development have a connection to the African continent, 60 per cent are active in Asia, while 57 per cent are engaged in Southern and Middle America.
Foundations are becoming more important actors in international development, reveals the report. They serve as initiators, networkers, financial pillars, project carriers and mediums for innovation.