Together for a Just World

We are fed up with hunger in the world! True to this motto, INKOTA (INformation, KOordination, TAgungen) has spent the last 40 years campaigning for a just world. We want to defeat hunger, combat poverty and make globalization work for everyone! With targeted campaigns, INKOTA aims to invigorate the political landscape in Germany and to raise public awareness for the darker sides of globalization and the importance of human rights. We campaign for dignified employment, overcoming the problem of hunger and for fair financial and trade relationships in the world’s economy. INKOTA carries out public relations work, educational activities and campaigns, and cooperates with civil society partner organizations in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mozambique and Vietnam. In this way, we establish links between the global north and the global south ─ one of our fundamental aims.

Who supports INKOTA?

What are the key issues and campaigns of INKOTA in Germany?

How does INKOTA carry out its project work in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mozambique and Vietnam?

How is INKOTA financed?

What is the north-south magazine Südlink?

Who supports INKOTA?

INKOTA depends on the great number of people who contribute and are actively involved: voluntary, regular and passive members, both individuals and groups, and many other supporters form the backbone for our commitment to global justice. In addition, we have full-time staff employed in our Berlin head office and at the regional INKOTA branch in Saxony. You can find a current overview of all our staff here (Link is in German).

INKOTA is organized as an association. The highest decision-making body is the general assembly, which meets once a year. They also elect a coordination group every two years, which determines the guidelines for project support, long-term focus of the training and campaign work, as well as the budget. You can find an overview of the coordination group members here (Link is in German).

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What are the key issues and campaigns of INKOTA in Germany?

Start of the INKOTA-campain Make Chocolate Fair! in front of Brandenburger Tor

When talking about the global south, one cannot remain silent about the global north! This is a core belief which drives INKOTA’s work. Using our outreach work and campaigns on pressing issues of global justice, we want to achieve significant changes in the global north that make development in the global south possible in the first place. This includes fair rules for international trade and a sustainable agricultural policy, as well as accountability of international corporations to ensure their factories and subcontractors comply with the minimum social standards. With campaigns, initiatives, publications and meetings we confront critical issues about structural injustices in north-south relationships. At the same time, INKOTA motivates individuals and groups to campaign for worldwide change. Important focal points of our work include:

Food security/ global agriculture

It is one of the largest scandals of our world: Despite the fact that enough food is produced for everyone, a child dies every three seconds from starvation and malnutrition. The future of smallholder agriculture is vital for containing the hunger crisis because:

  • 1.5 million people live in small farm households
  • 85 % of all agricultural establishments are run by smallholder farmers
  • 75 % of those starving around the world live in the countryside ─ where small farmers produce food.

However, small farmers often do not have enough access to land, water and seeds. Others lose their livelihood through subsidized exports of food surpluses from Europe and the USA, which destroy local markets in the south. INKOTA provides background information on the causes of famine. By means of various campaigns and actions, we put pressure on policy-makers and call for the funding of smallholder agriculture.

Social corporate responsibility

Globalization and global production chains are marked by fierce competition for markets and investors, and are driven by short-term profits. The interests of stockholders are given higher priority than the needs of people and the environment, while basic rights and social standards are disregarded. At the same time, however, corporate presentations still blithely use PR rhetoric about social and environmental standards or sustainable development.

INKOTA is the sponsoring organization for the German branch of the international Clean Clothes Campaign and is convinced that joint action will enable people in the global supply chain to assert their rights in the future. In addition, our newly launched campaign Make Chocolate Fair! is urging companies to take responsible action towards improving the cocoa farmers’ situation, especially in West Africa.

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How does INKOTA carry out its project work in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mozambique and Vietnam?

To achieve a just world, changes in both the global north and the global south are essential. We support organizations and movements abroad with our project work, helping them to campaign for justice and equality in their home countries. Our long-term collaboration with partner organizations at grassroots levels is of central value to us: We usually work with our partners over a period of many years. This continuity enables an intensive exchange with our local partner organizations.

Harvest of eggplants in a project of our partner organization in Mozambique

The focal points of our project work are:

  • Encouraging local rural development
  • Strengthening smallholder agriculture and promoting independent organizations
  • Advancing and defending human rights
  • Promoting literacy and educational opportunities
  • Empowering women and developing gender work
  • Implementing protection of the environment and disaster control / reducing the consequences of climate change
  • Creating perspectives for handicapped and traumatized children

INKOTA does not run its own projects overseas or supply its own staff. Rather, we support the independent work of our partner organizations according to their requirements and plans.

We do not accept project proposals.

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How is INKOTA financed?

INKOTA’s foreign and domestic work is financed by a mix of funds based on three pillars:

  • Public, church-based and private grants
  • Private donations and member contributions
  • Proceeds from the sale of publications and materials

Private donations have a special significance for INKOTA as they guarantee a large measure of independence and flexibility in our work.

Our institutional sponsors include:

  • The European Union
  • The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • The German Society for International Cooperation
  • The State Office for Development Cooperation of the Land Berlin
  • Bread for the World (Brot für die Welt) ─ Church Development Service
  • Catholic funds
  • Misereor
  • North-South Bridges Foundation (Stiftung Nord-Süd-Brücken)
  • The INKOTA Foundation*

* The INKOTA foundation is a dependent charity that exists to serve the promotion of INKOTA. It does not handle foundation applications; its proceeds are annually transferred to INKOTA and mostly used to fund our campaigns and educational programs.

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What is the North-South magazine Südlink?

Cover of the Südlink magazine about corporate social responsibility

The independent quarterly magazine published by INKOTA provides space for controversial positions and critical reporting on global issues. Whether we focus on the world oceans or feminism, on tourism or international security: We always ask authors from all over the world to provide their analysis and perspective ─ the Afghan women's rights activist as well as the German expert on international law, the Tunisian blogger as well as the tourism expert from the Amazonian rainforest.

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This website was translated into English within the PerMondo initiative. PerMondo offers free translation of websites and documents for NGOs so they can spread their message. A project managed by the translation agency Mondo Agit. Voluntary translator: Kate Humby. Proof-reader: Chafyn Hörnecke.