German Foundation for World Population

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German Foundation for World Population
legal form Foundation (Germany)
founding 1991
founder Dirk Rossmann , Erhard Schreiber
Seat Hannover ( coordinates: 52 ° 22 ′ 43.9 ″  N , 9 ° 45 ′ 35.1 ″  E )
main emphasis Development cooperation
Chair Helmut Heinen
Managing directors Jan Kreutzberg
sales 7,061,680 euros (2018)
Foundation capital 2,193,847 euros (2017)
Employees 152 (2018)

The German Foundation for World Population (DSW) is an international development organization.

The German Foundation for World Population was founded in 1991 and is based in Hanover . It was founded by the entrepreneur Erhard Schreiber, who was able to win Dirk Roßmann as another founder. There are liaison offices in Berlin and Brussels as well as country offices in Ethiopia , Kenya , Tanzania and Uganda .


One of the aims of the foundation's work is to help people help themselves . Development projects are funded in those countries where there is a high need for family planning , sex education and other reproductive health services. In doing so, she works closely with local organizations. According to its own statements, the foundation is politically independent and not bound by any denomination.

With the “Youth-to-Youth” initiative, young people in East Africa are trained as youth counselors who pass on their knowledge of sex education and health to their peers. To this end, youth clubs have been set up in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The foundation has supported the work of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia since 2004. Women who suffer from a vaginal fistula are operated on there.



The foundation capital was increased by donations from Marlene von Reichenbach and Christian Schrom.

The German Foundation for World Population relies on donations and financial support from organizations to carry out its projects. According to the company, 83% of the donations go to the projects. In 2016, DSW received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that account for more than 10% of total annual income .

Foundation fund

In October 2005, Alfred Biolek founded the Alfred Biolek Foundation - Help for Africa as a trust foundation administered by the World Population Foundation. In July 2015, his foundation was converted into an endowment fund.

Management structure


the board consists of:

  • Helmut Heinen , CEO of the German Foundation for World Population, publisher of the Kölnische Rundschau
  • Dirk Roßmann, deputy chairman, founder of the German Foundation for World Population and the drugstore chain "Rossmann"

Board of Trustees

The voluntary board of trustees appoints, advises, supports and monitors the board of directors.

  • Elmar Bingel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, auditor and tax advisor
  • Thomas Büttner, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees and expert on population development
  • Anja Langenbucher, Europe Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Erhard Schreiber, founder of the German Foundation for World Population and Entrepreneurs
  • Andrea Fadani, chairman of the fiat panis foundation
  • Barbara Kloss-Quiroga, doctor and expert on reproductive health and population dynamics
  • Sylvia von Metzler, chairwoman of the Metzler Foundation
  • Rolf Seelmann-Eggebert , special correspondent for Norddeutscher Rundfunk

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of recognized personalities from public life who advise the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees and the management on professional issues on a voluntary basis.

Managing directors

The managing director has been Jan Kreutzberg since March 1, 2020.


Donation seal of the DZI

The foundation is the bearer of the donation seal of the German Central Institute for Social Issues .

World Population Media Prize

Since 2005, the DSW has been awarding the “World Population” media prize , which was initially a journalist prize. The patron is Gerd Müller , Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. The award consists of a travel grant to Africa.

  • Prize winners in 2017 were Julia Amberger for the contribution social startups in Kenya - With Laptop, morality and venture capital , Jacob Simmank on strengthening primary health care through the fight against AIDS in Kenya and Kathrin Black horse rider on the population growth in Niger wrote . Marius Münstermann was honored as a young journalist.
  • The 2016 award winners were Julia Amberger for the radio report on the fight against vaginal fistulas in Tanzania for DRadio Wissen , Dirk Gilson on the subject of avoiding child marriages in Niger and Arndt Peltner for his article on the engagement against genital mutilation in Somaliland for Deutsche Welle. Tobias Dammers received the young talent award for his article "How a project aims to stop sexual violence and abuse with football" in the Tagesspiegel.
  • The 2015 award winners were Julia Jaroschewski for the AIDS-Highway Beira website , Joachim Riecker for his article Fatou Mbengue's hope for a new station in the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung and Veronika Wawatschek with the radio feature Contraception and Religion in Tanzania for Bayerischer Rundfunk.
  • The 2013 prize winners were Jan Rübel for his article Megafaktor Demographie , the second prize went to Julia Reichardt for her contribution to the fight for the pill in the magazine Chrismon and the third prize to Sonja Kastilan for her article Dem Volk was not served in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung .

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