Development cooperation always takes place in a challenging environment and requires a wide range of skills from employees. Technical knowledge alone is not enough. Social skills and the openness to deal with other cultures are just as important.
Respect for the people we work with and the effort to learn and grow in dialogue with local partners form the foundation of project work with BOOKS FOR CHANGE. Only when there is a dialogue between cultures and when women and men are free to express their needs and abilities does development happen.
The participation of the local population in the planning and implementation of projects has top priority for BOOKS FOR CHANGE. Our commitment is based on an attitude of solidarity and local and long-term partnerships. We maintain intercultural dialogue, promote exchange and learn from one another.
Through our partnerships, we strengthen the local communities in their independence and self-responsibility and provide help for self-help for disadvantaged people who want to actively improve their living conditions. We avoid activities that degrade people to dependent beneficiaries.