Raising awareness on the work of SOS CV as a development cooperation organization engineering social development in all our areas of operation is the challenge we undertake with all participant in the series of talks on development cooperation.
The DC-Talks is an internal platform offering spaces for learning, sharing and discussion opportunities on central issues like development, development cooperation, partnership, help, needs, sustainability, diversity, social development etc. These issues are among the working concepts which form, direct and inform the driving principles of all activities in and with the SOS Children’s Villages.
(Schlüsselbotschaften; SOS-Kinderdorf-Programmpolitik: Das Kind zuerst. 2009).
This we can read from our organization’s key messages:
"... We provide what each individual child needs. We get to know each child we deal with and work with them to develop an individual development plan. We continue our support until the youth is ready to become an independent adult”. These responses to the situation of the children, “we do in cooperation with other stakeholders” (Key Messages; SOS Children’s Village Programme Policy: Putting the child first. 2009)"
- There are three to four sessions of talks each year.
- Each year will have a main theme around which other discussion topics will revolve.
- There are debates debates with proponents and opponents. There will also be free space for anyone who wants to contribute for any of the sides to the ongoing debate. After the debating, there will be space for discussions. At the end, a moderator will summarize the highlights of the debate.
- There will be non-directive, practice-oriented exercises, group assignments and short inputs by internal and external experienced people in the field of Development cooperation, development Aid and social development.
Topics and agendas
22 March 2017: Social business - an alternative to traditional non-profit approaches? Lessons learned from around the globe!
14 March 2016: Democracy, Education and Non-Dominant Futures! How to foster the constitution of self-determined members of society?
18 May 2016: The Development of SOS Children’s Villages Development Cooperation over the past 1.000 days; Elements of success and ambitions for the future
20 September 2016: Investment in Social and Economic Change for Child Well-being in Nigeria
23 September 2015: Saving Female Children in Sudan from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through Microcredit
11.03.2015: Solidarity across Borders? Rethinking Politics in a Postcolonial World
Talk with Dr. Nikita Dhawan
17 June 2014: Is development cooperation an integral part of our SOS Children’s Villages identity? If Yes, how? vs. If No (or not yet fully), why?
17 September 2014: The main objective of development cooperation is to boost social development? For the giver? Or for the receiver? Or actually for both?
18 November 2014: The SOS Children's Village of Tomorrow: Our integrative approach to social development?
photos: SOS-Archiv, H. Atkins, W. Anyanwu