Who we are

VENRO is the umbrella organisation of development and humanitarian aid non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany. The Association was founded in 1995 and comprises around 140 organisations. Their backgrounds lie in private and church-related development co-operation, humanitarian aid as well as development education, public relations and advocacy.

VENRO’s central goal is achieving justice in globalisation, and in particular eradicating global poverty. The Association works towards realising human rights and conserving natural resources.



  • represents the interests of the development and humanitarian NGOs in the political sphere
  • strengthens the role of NGOs and civil society in development policy making
  • represents the interests of the developing countries and of poor population groups
  • raises public awareness for development topics


VENRO Strategy

The VENRO Strategy 2017 to 2022 was adopted at the members’ assembly on December 7th, 2016. The basis and starting point of the strategy are the VENRO statutes, which define both the mandate and the goals of the Association’s work.

“We – the VENRO member organisations – have joined together in the Association with the aim of strengthening our contribution to more justice in the One World.  Our common mission is to optimally serve poverty reduction, the realisation of human rights and the conservation of natural resources.”


VENRO Strategy (english)
VENRO-Statutes (english)