DGRV and Development Services

Taking The Initiative – Supporting Self-help

Since its foundation in 1972, the DGRV has been actively involved in development cooperation. Yet the transfer of know-how from German cooperatives to other countries and regions of the world goes back much further. Over 100 years ago, for example, Japan successfully adopted the cooperative idea and cooperative law from Germany in its efforts towards progress. Many other countries of the world followed the example and created legal frameworks for cooperatives, modified to suit their specific situation, with the aim of fostering economic development. In other words, international cooperation has always been part of the agenda of our cooperative organization and accepted as our obligation. By supporting business-oriented and cooperatively-organized forms of self-help, the DGRV is contributing to a reduction of poverty, safeguarding of peace and a dimension of justice in the process of globalization.