For more than 60 years, German development services have been assigning development workers to partner organisations in countries of the Global South. Both governmental and non-governmental organisations support the development service. The common objective of the assignments is for development workers to contribute to strengthening local partner organisations and, after their return to Germany, to promote understanding of the partner countries and development cooperation. However, the concrete assignment constellations of development workers vary greatly.
The following organisations, which BMZ recognises as institutions assigning development workers, were examined as part of the evaluation: Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Entwicklungshilfe (AGEH), Dienste in Übersee (DÜ), which has since 2012 been part of the Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) Evangelical development service, Christliche Fachkräfte International (CFI), the German Development Service (DED), or GIZ from 2011 onwards following the merger of GTZ, DED and InWEnt, as well as EIRENE and the World Peace Service (WFD).