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The German Foundation for International Development was founded in 1959 and charged with the task of fostering relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and other countries on the basis of a mutual exchange of views and experiences in the field of development policy. DSE discharges this statutory function within the framework of Federal German technical assistance aimed at supporting the economic, social, and cultural advancement of developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Over 25 years now, DSE has been conducting programme events in collaboration with national and international partner organizations at home and abroad enabling managerial personnel and specialists from over 100 countries of the Third World to engage in an exchange of views and experiences on problems and aspects of international development or undergo advanced training relevant to their profession.
DSE programme events take the following form:
· conferences, meetings, seminars, symposia, expert
consultations, etc. usually of short duration, promoting an exchange of
experiences at national and international level;
· training courses for specialists and above all managerial personnel of Third World countries;
· colloquia for German experts who are actively engaged in the field of development policy in one form or another.
Many DSE programme events are linked to bilateral and multilateral development projects, thus facilitating the realization at actual project level of recommendations elaborated at these events. DSE selects the priority areas of its activities on the basis of international coordination.
In accordance with the development concept of the German Federal Government, the areas of priority in DSE's work programme are as follows: improving the planning and organization capability of developing countries in the fields of administration, business and industry, and education; combating unemployment and underemployment; improving the infrastructure in rural areas; promoting the development of work- and environment-oriented education systems; and expanding and diversifying the industrial sector.
DSE coordinates the invitation procedure for its programme events with the governments of its partner countries and with other participating partner organizations at home and abroad.
DSE is an institution under civil law. The Executive Office, the Central Administration, and two programme centres are located in Berlin (West). Four further programme centres are located in Bonn, Bad Honnef, Mannheim, and Feldafing near Munich.
DSE is financed primarily out of Federal Government funds. A number of federal states (in particular Berlin, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, and North Rhine-Westphalia) also provide financial support for DSE programme events. DSE is headed by a Board of Trustees composed of representatives of federal ministries and governments of the federal states, management and labour, and political and academic life. The Board of Trustees establishes the guidelines governing DSE activities. The Director General and the Deputy Director General conduct the business of DSE. The interests of DSE in the Bonn area, including contact with ministries, embassies, associations, and organizations, are represented by the Bonn Office. This office also carries responsibility for the DSE magazine "Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit" and for its English, Spanish, and French editions (D + C).