Development cooperation is a central task of international politics. Even if the competencies for development cooperation basically lie with the federal government, the state of Thuringia strives to make a contribution in this policy field and to cooperate with the federal government on a case-by-case or project basis.
The development policy guidelines for the Free State of Thuringia were updated and adopted again in March 2018. The new guidelines were jointly developed by the state government and civil society in a broad dialog process and, along with the Thuringian Sustainability Strategy and the Integrated Energy and Climate Protection Strategy, contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals in Thuringia for our One World.
With the development policy guidelines, Thuringia acknowledges its development policy responsibility and the shaping of a policy in the sense of globally sustainable development.
The Thuringian state government understands development cooperation as a cross-sectional task and supports initiatives and projects of the development policy network in Thuringia against this background. The "One World Network Thuringia" as an umbrella organization of the development policy commitment of the Thuringian non-governmental organizations is the most important cooperation partner of the Thuringian state government. In addition, the Free State of Thuringia welcomes the work of social groups, churches and other non-governmental development cooperation agencies and supports them in their self-responsible action through mutual exchange of information and experience.
Since 2016, the Thuringian state government has participated in the financing of the One World promoter program. The promoters advise and network civil society organizations and initiatives in Thuringia and Germany that are engaged in One World work and initiate projects and actions with which they demonstrate alternatives for a sustainable society. To this end, they strengthen knowledge and competence with regard to ecological and social sustainability, promote political participation and civil society commitment.
Sustainable educational work is at the heart of the state's development policy concept. For this reason, the Thuringian Development Education and Information Days (THEBIT) have been promoted since 1995. Their aim is to familiarize Thuringian schoolchildren with the problems of the countries involved in development cooperation, to raise awareness of issues relating to the One World and, in this way, to make an active contribution to reducing xenophobia and practicing tolerance.
Following the principle of "help for self-help", various measures of education and training of specialists on site and in Germany as well as the implementation of corresponding projects have been promoted within the framework of the development cooperation of the Free State of Thuringia in the past 20 years.
In addition, the Free State of Thuringia supports individual projects in countries of the global South whenever possible.