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Behinderung und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit e.V. (bezev)

Disability and Development Cooperation

Altenessener Straße 394-398, 45329 Essen

Phone number: +49 201/1788963

Founded in 1995, bezev is a registered non-profit association with no religious or political ties. However, it works closely with church-run aid and development organisations. bezev considers the equitable participation of persons with a disability or impairment to be a human right and promotes and supports their participation through inclusive development processes. Its primary aim is to help improve the quality of life of persons with a disability, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

bezev’s main areas of activity are raising awareness, sharing information and knowledge, and lobbying policymakers. Its activities reach out to the relevant actors to ensure the greatest possible impact. Its campaign in regard to Article 32 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (international cooperation) was exemplary; the outcome was that persons with a disability or impairment now have the right to be included in all development policy measures.

bezev responds to the lack of information on disability, impairment and development by producing material and organising events, e.g., on migration and disability, HIV/Aids and disability/impairment, and persons with a disability or impairment in humanitarian emergencies.

To communicate important issues to a broader audience, bezev runs campaigns and designs exhibitions, e.g., on “development for everyone” or “decent work”.

A documentation office and a database provide specialist information to interested parties. bezev also publishes the “Journal for Disability and International Development”, the only periodical of its kind in the German-speaking regions.

bezev provides specialist counselling and training sessions on disability/impairment and development for experts working in development cooperation.

It publishes material on global learning that enable persons with a disability or impairment to become contributors to sustainable development.

bezev supports projects abroad for persons with a disability or impairment.

On the volunteering side, bezev is a competence centre for the inclusion of volunteers with a disability or impairment in activities run by the “weltwärts” development policy volunteering programme. It has been instrumental in making the programme inclusive.

Contact: Rebecca Daniel


Manual “Jetzt einfach machen!” for inclusive volunteering schemes. Designed for sending and host organisations. Available in four languages at

Training for sending organisations working in the international volunteering field. More information at and in our training flyer.

Reports by volunteers with a disability or impairment who have returned from an assignment. Videos and interviews available at and

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