Who we are

VENRO is the umbrella organisation of development and humanitarian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany. The association was founded in 1995 and consists of around 145 organisations. Their backgrounds lie in independent and church-related development co-operation, humanitarian aid as well as development education, public relations and advocacy. 

VENRO's central goal is to construct a just globalisation, with a special emphasis on eradicating global inequality and poverty. The organisation is committed to implementing human rights and conserving natural resources.  



• represents the interests of development and humanitarian aid NGOs vis-à-vis the government 

• strengthens the role of NGOs and civil society in development co-operation and humanitarian aid 

• sharpens public awareness of development co-operation, humanitarian issues and sustainable development 



VENRO Strategy

The VENRO Strategy 2023 to 2028 was adopted at the members’ assembly on December 6th, 2022. 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)