Berlin Global Village – a strong place
Berlin Global Village is a visible place in Berlin where people, initiatives and associations work for social change and global justice. In Berlin Global Village, cultural, transcultural, migration and social policy, economic and financial policy as well as environmental and climate policy debates are conducted in an interdisciplinary way from a global justice perspective.
With Berlin Global Village, a place of diversity, encounters, cooperation, open dialogue and commitment is being created that is unique in Berlin so far and with which we can spread out into society together. It provides excellent working conditions for civil society organisations and initiatives and involves the interested public in exciting discussions. The centrum is a social space and a place of cooperation – for the immediate users as well as for visitors.
Berlin Global Village – a strong stance
Berlin Global Village recognises that Germany is a migration society and that diversity is its social reality. Berlin Global Village also recognises that Germany has a colonial-racist past that continues into the present.
Berlin Global Village wants to contribute to an inclusive society in which people can live and participate equally and self-determinedly regardless of their skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, cultural or social origin, religion or world view and physical and mental abilities.
In Berlin Global Village, we reject all forms of racism and discrimination with their intersectional entanglements and actively and resolutely oppose them. Therefore, Berlin Global Village sees it as a shared responsibility to create a space in which users can interact with each other in a discrimination-sensitive way. To this end, we strive for a power-critical, discrimination-sensitive and diversity-oriented attitude within Berlin Global Village – as an organisation, as a network, as a place and as individuals.
We see Berlin Global Village as a learning organisation and learning network, aware of the challenges and complexities in addressing racism and discrimination. We know that we will make mistakes. We want to learn from our mistakes in solidarity, individually, collectively and institutionally, and to seek and maintain an open and constructive dialogue with all sides.
Berlin Global Village – a strong network
Berlin Global Village was founded in February 2011 as an association and emerged from an initiative of the Berliner Entwicklungspolitischer Ratschlag (BER). Berlin Global Village with its 38 development and migrant-diasporic member organisations – ranging from small voluntary associations to larger non-governmental organisations and umbrella organisations – already forms a strong network with a unique variety of topics related to globally just development. These are in turn networked with a wide range of other initiatives in the city as they work on a variety of issues relevant to globally just development: Climate and resource justice, sustainable food systems, working conditions in global value chains, global finance and trade policy, decolonial remembrance culture and anti-racism, global learning and digital media, municipal development cooperation and much more.
Berlin Global Village – non-profit association and gGmbH
In 2013, Berlin Global Village e.V. founded a non-profit subsidiary, Berlin Global Village gGmbH, with the aim of establishing and operating Berlin Global Village as a physical location and a cooperative space for a globally just society.
Berlin Global Village – a strong Berlin
Berlin is Germany’s largest city of immigration and a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis and thus a place of internationality – politically as well as socio-culturally. Hundreds of non-governmental actors and organisations involved in German development policy are concentrated in Berlin: they are committed to a globally fairer world, to living within planetary boundaries and to a peaceful and equal coexistence of people.
Through their work, they make Berlin’s interconnectedness with global challenges and problems visible: climate change, flight and migration, political crises and wars have a direct impact on the everyday lives of all citizens of Berlin.
Berlin’s diverse civil society has extensive expertise and solutions on how to deal with the consequences experienced in Berlin and how Berlin can position itself as a city of global justice. This expertise is to be bundled in Berlin Global Village.
You can download the founding visions here (at the moment only available in German):
Wer sind die Mitglieder
Berlin Global Village e.V. has 38 member organizations. They are development and migrant-diasporic associations and initiatives that jointly support the work of Berlin Global Village. Some of them also have offices in Berlin Global Village.
The Members of Berlin Global Village e.V.:
From A to G
- Afghanistan-Komittee für Frieden, Wiederaufbau und Kultur e.V.
- Afrika-Rat Berlin Brandenburg e.V.
- AfricAvenir International e.V.
- AFROTAK TV cyberNomads
- agl – Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Eine Welt-Landesnetzwerke in Deutschland e.V.
- Aktionsgemeinschaft Solidarische Welt e.V.
- Baobab Berlin e.V.
- Berliner Entwicklungspolitischer Ratschlag e.V. (BER)
- Bildungsteam Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.
- Bridge it e.V.
- CADUS – Redefine Global Solidarity e.V.
- Casa de las Culturas de Latinoamerica e.V. – Haus der Kulturen Lateinamerikas e.V.
- DaMigra – Dachverband der Migrantinnenorganisationen e.V.
- EPIZ – Entwicklungspolitisches Bildungs- und Informationszentrum e.V.
- FairBindung e.V.
- Fördern durch Spielmittel e.V.
- Fokus Sahel
- FuturAfrik – Forum für Globale Gerechtigkeit e.V.
- gate e.V.
- glokal e.V.
- grenzgänge | bildung im stadtraum e.V.
From I to Z
- ICJA – Freiwilligenaustausch weltweit e.V.
- INKOTA-netzwerke e.V.
- Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland e.V.
- iNTEGRiTUDE e.V.
- KATE – Kontaktstelle Umwelt und Entwicklung e.V.
- moveGLOBAL – Berliner Verband migrantischer-diasporischer Organisationen in der Einen Welt
- Bundesverband NeMO – Bundesverband Netzwerk von Migrantenorganisationen e.V.
- Nkul-Beti e.V.
- PowerShift – Verein zur Förderung für eine ökologisch-solidarische Energie- und Weltwirtschaft e.V.
- Stiftung Schüler Helfen Leben
- SODI – Solidaritätsdienst International e.V.
- SONED e.V.
- Stiftung Nord-Süd-Brücken
- Verein zur Förderung der Städtepartnerschaft Berlin Kreuzberg / San Rafael del Sur e.V.
- WFD Weltfriedensdienst e.V.
- Weltwirtschaft, Ökologie und Entwicklung – Weed e.V.
- ZFD – Konsortium Ziviler Friedensdienst
Here you can download the statute
2019-10-01_Satzung_Berlin-Global-Village-eV (only in German)
You want to support the work of Berlin Global Village? Become a supporting member of Berlin Global Village e.V.! Whether as a person or as an association or company. Please write to us via the contact page or directly by e-mail:
The Board of Directors of BGV e.V. is composed of:
- Akinola Famson, Vorsitzender
Afrika-Rat Berlin Brandenburg e.V.
- Sylvia Werther, Vorsitzende
Berliner Entwicklungspolitischer Ratschlag – BER e.V.
- Maimouna Ouattara
- Anke Widenhorn
ICJA-Freiwilligenaustausch weltweit e.V.
Council for Diversity and Social Inclusion (RDSI)
The Council for Diversity and Social Inclusion (RDSI) was constituted in 2019. The RDSI is an advisory body appointed by the BGV Board to assess all relevant BGV processes from a diversity perspective and develops proposals for the ongoing operation of the Center. The RDSI is the interface between Berlin Global Village e.V., gGmbH and MDO/MSO/PAD/PoC structures* in BGV membership and tenant*hood.
- Michael Küppers-Adebisi, Officer for Diversity and Community Building (Berlin Global Village)
- In addition, the RDSI is coordinated by the following spokespersons
- Adetoun Küppers-Adebisi, (AFROTAK TV cyberNomads), since 2019
- Abdoul Yacoubou (moveGLOBAL), since 2022
Other individuals and organizations in the RDSI:
- Omed Arghandiwal (Zaki)
- Elizabeth Beloe (BV-Nemo)
- Aissatou Binger (ANEE)
- Akinola Famson representing the BGV Board (Africa Council)
- Flaure Ngamou (New Hope and Light)
- Lawrence Sarpong Oduro (Africavenir)
- Maimouna Ouattara, representing the BGV Board (moveGLOBAL)
- Segun Agbebi (Egbé Omo Ododuwa)
- MDO/MSO/PAD/PoC are the abbreviations for: Migrant Diasporic Organization (MDO), Migrant Self Organization (MSO), People of African Decent (PAD), People of Color (PoC).
The advisory council advises Berlin Global Village on all important issues. The main focus is on the thematic program work. It makes recommendations to the management. It consists of the following experts:
- Güner Balci, District of Neukölln (Integration Officer),
- Melina Borčak (freelance journalist and filmmaker),
- Andreas Freudenberg (Global Music Academy),
- Mohammed Jouni (Jugendliche ohne Grenzen),
- MFA Kera (musician, Black Heritage),
- Sarah Kohrt (Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation),
- Stefani Reich (Senate Department for Economics, State Office for Development Cooperation),
- Hans-Georg Rennert (Sprengelhaus)
- Andreas Rosen (Stiftung Nord-Süd-Brücken).
Berliner Entwicklungspolitischer Ratschlag e.V.
The Berlin Development Policy Council (BER) is the state association of over 110 development policy non-governmental organizations. 15 of them first came together in a BER working group and later formed the association Berlin Global Village out of it. BER works with Berlin Global Village to the best of its ability, especially to gain political support for the One World Center. Through its political work, BER has made a decisive contribution to the project being included in the coalition agreement of the red-red-green state government – but also already of the previous government of the SPD and CDU – and gaining lasting political approval.
Stiftung Edith Maryon
“Stiftung Edith Maryon” is a foundation for the promotion of social housing and workplaces. Buildings always have an impact on society, on the public sphere, and as a rule do so for a long time, if not for generations. This is where the work of the foundation comes in. It considers it its task, in dialogue with owners and users, to remove land from the flow of commodities and inheritance, so that it is withdrawn from speculation and thus becomes permanently and repeatedly available for projects that serve society. In doing so, it also supports projects in the realization of their plans. In 2018, the Edith Maryon Foundation, through its German subsidiary Terra Libra Immobilien, sold the former administrative buildings of the Kindl Brewery to Berlin Global Village on a 100-year leasehold basis – for the realization of the One World Center.
Federal state Berlin
The red-green-red state government has committed its support for the One World Centrum in the coalition agreement for the years 2021-2026. The state was already involved as an important partner in the establishment of the Centrum: It approved an investment grant of 3.0 million euros in 2018 – which made it possible for Berlin Global Village to take out 9 million euros in loans for the new building, which will be financed through the payment of the NGOs long term rents – as well as funding from SIWA funds of 1.7 million euros for renovation and equipment in 2020-2022. For the program work of Berlin Global Village, the governing coalition has approved annual project funding of 247,000 euros in 2022 and 253,000 euros in 2023 in the budget. We have a long-standing, good working relationship with the State Department for Development Cooperation in the Senate Administration for Economic Affairs, which is responsible for us as a contact partner.
BMZ – German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has funded Berlin Global Village with an investment grant of 1.8 million euros for renovation and equipment in the years 2020-2022. The One World Center can thus be equipped in a contemporary manner and therefore become the central place for development policy debates in the German capital – with the intention of a nationwide impact. The BMZ funding was provided in accordance with a resolution of the German Bundestag for the 2019 budget. The Land of Berlin, Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, has taken over the administration of the funds under an administrative agreement.