About DSW

DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) is an international development and advocacy organisation. Our focus is on achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), which is fundamental to improving health and fighting poverty. With headquarters in Hannover, Germany, DSW maintains four country offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, as well as liaison offices in Berlin, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium.

OUR MISSION is to empower young people and communities in low- and middle-income countries by addressing the issue of population dynamics and by improving health as key to sustainable development.

What We Do

DSW promotes advocacy dialogue and raise awareness of SRHR issues, and on the linkages between sustainable development, poverty, global health, environmental management, and demographic trends. In addition, we monitor and influence political decision-making in areas relating to SRHR. DSW is partner of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Our Projects

In low- and middle-income countries, DSW supports sexual and reproductive health initiatives and family planning projects. In the countries where we operate, we equip young people and women with knowledge and information about how to have a healthy, responsible and free of discrimination sexual and reproductive life: to decide freely if, when, with whom, and how many children they want, as well as to prevent sexually transmitted infections. Our projects and programmes empower them to be able to act on their own behalf, and to overcome health and socio-economic obstacles in their lives and environment.

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DSW's Senior Management

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DSW's Senior Hierarchy

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Our Offices Worldwide

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Working With DSW

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  • Rhoda

    "The green grocery generates enough money to pay school fees for the three siblings and they are no longer sent home to get school fees like they used to do before."

    Rhoda Adhiambo, Fit for Life graduate, Kenya

  • Safina

    "The club helped me stay in school as I felt that I was being useful, to not only to myself, but also to the community."

    Safina, Youth Club member, Uganda

  • Nabajju

    "It's in this club that I have learnt that I should always believe in myself. I learnt life skills while at school but really only got to know about them here in this club. Furthermore, in this club I have gone for trainings and in this, I have now more courage. Thank you."

    Nabajju Stellah, Youth-to-Youth club member, Uganda

  • Theresa

    "Remember that chasing dreams is not easy. A lot of up and downs and mistakes are bound to happen on the way. You should therefore be ready to cope with them when they occur and don`t give up!"

    Theresa Mwangi, Fit for Life Project, Kenya

DSW News and Press Releases

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