1. 4 A b out DSW
» Who We Are and What We Do
DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) is an We promote advocacy dialogue and raise awareness
international development and advocacy organisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
founded in 1991 as a non-profit organisation in issues, and on the linkages between sustainable
Hannover, Germany, by two entrepreneurs, Erhard development, poverty, health, environmental protec-
Schreiber, and Dirk Rossmann. In addition to its tion, and demographic trends. In addition, DSW
headquarters in Hannover, DSW also maintains four monitors and influences political decision-making in
country offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and areas relating to SRHR. DSW is partner of the United
Uganda, as well as liaison offices in Berlin, Germany, Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and has consul-
and Brussels, Belgium (EU liaison). tative status with the United Nations Economic and
Social Council (ECOSOC).
Our mission is to empower young people and
communities in low- and middle-income countries In low- and middle-income countries, DSW supports
by addressing the issue of population dynamics and sexual and reproductive health initiatives and family
by improving health as key to sustainable development. planning projects. In the countries where we operate,
we equip young people with knowledge and infor-
mation about how to prevent HIV infections and
unwanted pregnancies. Our projects empower them
to be able to act on their own behalf, and to over-
Empowering People come health and socio-economic obstacles in their
lives and environment.
for a Healthy Future!