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BMZ – Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Government of Germany. Emerging economies such as China, India and Indonesia are gaining increasing political and economic clout at the global level. The promotion of regional cooperation in Asia is a particular concern of German development policy.

The European Union (EU) made the issue of “sustainable consumption and production” (SCP) a priority in its 2007 – 2013 regional cooperation strategy and in 2008 the European Commission launched the SWITCH-Asia programme to help interested consumers, businesses and supporting associations switch to a more sustainable paradigm. The goal of the European Commission’s SWITCH-Asia programme is to promote economic prosperity and help reduce poverty in Asia by encouraging a sustainable growth with low environmental impact from industries and consumers, in line with international environmental agreements and processes.

Welthungerhilfe is one of the biggest non-governmental, non-profit and non-partisan organisations in Germany. It provides aid from a single source: From fast disaster relief and reconstruction to long-term development cooperation projects with local partner organisations, according to the principle of help for self-help. Founded in 1962, it has supported more than 7,733 projects in 70 countries, with 2.84 billion Euro – for a world without hunger and poverty. In its 55 years, Welthungerhilfe has supported around 1500 rural development projects in South Asia through local partner organisations who work with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people.