The DAAD makes important contributions to the global Sustainable Development Goals with German universities and their international partners. It also regards sustainability as a holistic responsibility for its own organisation.
Sustainability issues have been an integral part of the DAAD programme portfolio for many years. They continuie to gain in importance and they are increasingly becoming a focus of attention for universities and their partners. The DAAD is working hard to document, support and – in close coordination with donors – further increase this commitment. It isguided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The contribution DAAD programmes are making to the 2030 Agenda
The DAAD is enabling the development of sustainable solutions in key areas such as food security, education, health and climate protection with numerous funding programmes. The portfolio ranges from the training of highly qualified professionals and leaders to the development of study programmes and competence centres and the funding of applied research in internationally networked teams. Through its cooperation with universities and non-university partners worldwide the DAAD supports the development of strong “Partnerships for the Goals” (SDG 17) that will continue working long after funding ends.
Sustainability issues are the focus of cooperation in numerous DAAD-funded projects. Study programmes on sustainability topics are also very popular within the broad range of scholarships available. In addition, the DAAD uses thematic funding initiatives to provide targeted incentives that foster international cooperation on core topics of the 2030 Agenda. An overview of how the DAAD and universities contribute to the individual SDGs can be found .
Knowledge for development: sustainable solutions for international cooperation
At the same time, DAAD is using its expertise and its extensive international network to make knowledge available for sustainable development and further advance the discourse on sustainable development in dialogue with universities, donors and partner organisations. In cooperation with the universities it is developing innovative problem-solving approaches to further improve the ecological and social sustainability balance of international partnerships and secure long-term effects.
Strengthening institutional sustainability management
The DAAD is also working within the framework of an internal project to further reduce negative climate and environmental impacts in the organisation's operations and to align its own strategy and management processes even more closely with the maxim of sustainability. To this end, quick wins and long-term potential for change are being identified in central fields of sustainability management. Ongoing activities are being further developed into a sustainability programme for the DAAD. One important aspect is the topic of mobility, but event management, public relations, sustainable procurement and building management also play a central role.