The One World Net NRW (Eine Welt Netz NRW) is the umbrella association of the development associations in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany.
It is headquartered in Münster in the region of Westphalia. In addition to our main office, we hold another one in the state‘s capital Düsseldorf (in the Rhineland region).
With nearly 18 million people, North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous German state. Overall, Germany has about 83 million inhabitants. 29 of the 80 major German cities are located in this highly urbanized area in the west of Germany. The Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, which is located in the center of the state, is one of the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the world with about ten million inhabitants, and a central part of a European conurbation. The largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia - and one of the oldest cities in Germany - is Cologne.
Just like the One World Net in NRW, there is a network/umbrella association of the development associations in each German federal state, which is an independent NGO respectively. At federal level, we are all members of the association of the One World state networks called agl, which itself is a member of the national umbrella organization VENRO.
Over 3,000 registered groups and organizations in North Rhine-Westphalia alone work on topics like development policy and cooperation. Most of them do so on a voluntary basis and many are members of our association. Some of the biggest German development organizations have their headquarters in Bonn, Cologne and Aachen as well, for example the Welthungerhilfe, Misereor, Unicef, Adveniat and Missio. They as well are joined in our national umbrella organization VENRO.
About 1.700 groups and individuals from NRW are members of the One World Net NRW.
Our goal: strengthening the development work in our region!
The first thing that comes to our mind when we think about development work are aid projects, but many policy decisions that affect the lives of the people in the Global South are to be made in Germany – ranging from climate change to trade and financial policies. Policy advocacy and information about global relations are therefore targets of our work.
In our exhibition "World Garden", which we presented regularly since 2005, students usually surround the exhibit of an oversized mobile phone. For many of them it is the first time to hear about the civil war in Congo and all the problems arising from our demand of coltan, a raw material that can be found in every mobile phone.
The source of our enormous material wealth is global inequality and the division of labor. The dirty, laborious, land consuming, resource-and energy-intensive production of luxury goods such as mobile phones, jeans, TVs, gravestones, roses but also photovoltaic modules take place in faraway China, Congo, India or Uzbekistan.
Politics, economy and our way of life cannot and will not be truly sustainable if countries in the Global South are exploited for the preservation of our model of prosperity.
In addition, the German energy transition, which has been a political objective in Germany since many years, will not work if we do not decrease our energy consumption.
Unfortunately, for most people these are simply unreasonable demands. On the other hand, more and more come to an understanding that our extensive consumption does not bring happiness to life. Many seek their fortune elsewhere. Even the Bundestag (Lower House of the German Parliament) is starting to look for alternatives to the gross domestic product.
It is our task in the One World work to tell unpleasant truths, to look for opportunities for action and to promote them. The necessary political transformations are immense, but also the challenges to personal life are not to be disregarded.
Tel. 00 49 - 211 – 60 09 -11 2
Tel. 0049 – 251 – 28 46 69 -22
Tel. 0049 – 251 – 29 46 69 -14
general secretary: Udo Schlüter and Monika Dülge
deputy secretary: Manfred Belle
Chairperson: Katja Breyer
Eine Welt Netz NRW
D-48143 Münster, Germany
Tel.: 00 49 - 2 51 - 28 46 69 - 0
Fax: 00 49 - 2 51 - 28 46 69-10
Eine Welt Netz NRW
D-40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
Tel.: 0049 - 2 11 - 60 09 252
Fax: 0049 - 2 11 - 60 09 258