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  • Events | 16 June, 2012 (08:25)

    Development Aid in North Korea: Successes and Challenges

    Having just returned from an official visit to North Korea, Dr. Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary General of the German NGO Welthungerhilfe will share his impressions of the humanitarian and economic situation there. He also will share his insights on agricultural measures required to counter malnourishment and the opportunities, and limitations of NGO work in the field of food security in North Korea.

    DATE: June 22 (Friday)
    TIME: 1:30-3:00pm
    VENUE: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany 17, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600 德意志联邦共和国驻华大使馆 – 北京市朝阳区东直门外大街17号
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 rmb on the door to non-members
    REGISTRATION: email fcccadmin@gmail.com

    Development sociologist Wolfgang Jamann has worked over 20 years in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. He was national director of CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg and head of programs for World Vision Sudan. For the UN he worked for the Development Program in Zambia. In his earlier professional years Dr Jamann spent time in East and Southeast Asia as a researcher and academic scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies and has been Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe since 2009.

    Welthungerhilfe is one of Germany´s largest private aid agencies. Its main focus is rural development and food security and natural disaster emergency aid. Since 1962 Welthungerhilfe has financed more than 6,600 projects with 2.2 billion Euro in 35 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Welthungerhilfe is the only German NGO working in North Korea with its own office there. Since 1997 the organisation has implemented more than 55 projects worth over 58 million Euro. At the beginning humanitarian assistance was the focal point of its work, but for some years now, assisting food security has been the main priority. The group delivers seeds for vegetables and potatoes to rural and urban communities. This includes the assistance and improvement of agricultural techniques like greenhouses and water management. Resource management projects are also vital. Welthungerhilfe works in the provinces of South and North Hwanghae, South and North Pyong´an and Kangwon.