NARUD e.V.. stands for “Network African Rural and Urban Development” and is a migrant-diasporic organization that has been active since 2005. The board and management are made up entirely of migrants from African countries. Full-time and voluntary employees as well as supporters come from different parts of the world, including Germany.
The main goals of the association in relation to Germany, especially Berlin, are the promotion and self-empowerment of people in the African-migrant communities, the mediation of cultural values of African societies, the coming to terms with the colonial past and colonial continuities, as well as the opening of civil society to the intercultural Dialog.
Accordingly, NARUD e.V. is actively involved against racism, for example in the network of Berlin registries, as a co-organizer in
Bündnis Zusammen gegen Rassismus – Wedding & Moabit, im Landesnetzwerk Afrikanischer Vereine – LAV and in Bündnis Decolonize Berlin, in EPIZ-Bildungsnetzwerk Eine Welt, in Berliner Entwicklungspolitischen Ratschlag / Einweltstadt Berlin – BER, MoveGLOBAL and in Bündnis für Entwicklungspolitik mit Afrika e.V. – BEA at the federal level.
Our activities in Africa focus on health, education, vocational professionalization, infrastructure and strengthening civil society, with a focus on supporting particularly marginalized sections of the population. We always aim to activate and use endogenous potential.
The range of activities of NARUD e.V. can be divided into four areas: anti-discrimination work, participation of people with migration experience, development education and development cooperation.
The areas of activity of NARUD e.V.
NARUD e.V. is the Registerstelle der Berliner Register for the borough Berlin-Mitte where it records and documents right-wing activities (including propaganda and even acts of violence) along with racist incidences, anti-black racism, anti-muslim racism, anti-Semitism, antiziganism and hostility towards the LGBTQI* community in Berlin. Attacks based on social status or cases of hostility towards the disabled are also recorded. The registry office in Mitte offers those affected initial advice and referral advice, and informs the public and politicians based on our regular analytical evaluations of the incidents recorded. The register work also includes recruiting and supporting other organizations as contacts. There is an intensive cooperation with the network of registry offices in the other Berlin districts.
Other fields of engagement are school and political education. NARUD e.V. has gained expertise in anti-discrimination work in recent years in projects such as prevention and intervention through intercultural education – PIIP. This also includes the expansion of political education, especially with regard to racism and anti-racism. Our focus is on the perspectives of people who have experienced racism – migrants and non-white people in general.
As part of our development policy education in Germany (Globales Lernen) we offer student working groups (AGs), project days and weeks at schools in Berlin. We also regularly conduct advanced training for teachers and actors in educational work on topics that illuminate the relationships between the Global North and the Global South.
As part of the promotional agency for anti-discriminatory education in Wedding – Promotor*innenstelle Diskriminierungsfreie Bildung , we are opening up exchange spaces in order to specifically break down barriers with schools, educational actors, parents and students from Berlin-Wedding and thus encourage all students in their individual development. To this end, in addition to networking in the Kiez and across Berlin, we carry out advanced training for educational specialists, offer advice and empowerment rooms for parents. For students, for example we create room to exchange ideas on anti-discrimination and anti-racism in empowerment workshops.
In addition, as part of the UN Decade for People of African Origin and Descent, we developed SAfE – Stärkung Afrikanischer Eltern – Strengthening African Parents – to support the educational success of the children of this particularly important target group.
As a migrant association, which i.a. has been active in the field of participation for more than a decade, we know that careful urban development is of great importance so that all people in society can feel recognized and part of it.
Family centers, self-help initiatives, neighborhood initiatives, district coordination, neighborhood management areas, regional working groups, parents’ participation in schools, round tables and other committees and forums offer people the opportunity to actively contribute to the design of their own living environment.
However, these structures are rarely used by migrant communities, especially so-called third-country nationals. This is on the one hand due to a lack of knowledge of the participation structures of a large part of this group of people, and on the other hand due to the inclusion barriers.
For NARUD e.V., the mutual strengthening of third-country nationals is therefore a special focus. By networking with each other as well as with other socially actives, valuable knowledge can be gained that is needed to help shape the society, the neighborhood or the sports club as a whole. NARUD e.V. is committed to counteracting the massive marginalization that migrants from the Global South experience in Germany. For example, in the support of neighborhood and community networks, in advice and through qualification offers for multipliers from the community so that their perspectives and needs can be more prominent. An important framework for this is the “Strong Networks for Participation and Empowerment” project.
The expertise of the people who have immigrated from African countries plays a key role in this: They know where the willingness and conditions to participate still need to be improved, and their migration experience has given them a high level of intercultural competence.
Development education aims at global sustainable development. We are particularly concerned with making the global South’s perspectives heard and reducing global inequalities. Whether it is about unjust world trade, colonialism or climate justice – in our educational work we show connections, enable a change of perspective, demand acceptance of responsibility and encourage the development of options for action for a fairer and more sustainable world society. To this end, we organize specialist conferences in which experts have their say who are otherwise often not heard. Decision-makers from politics, science and administration as well as multipliers from the population receive new impulses and can network.
Our current focus within the project “Remembering and Participating” is dealing with the colonial era and the UN Decade for people of African descent and origin. A part of our development policy education work consists of Fachtagungen (conferences) as well as the annual soccer tournament the “Interkulturelle Fußballturnier”.
In the framework program, the participants are introduced to development policy issues on a low-threshold basis, e.g. in exhibitions and at numerous stands of organizations and associations as well as through the stage program.
To implement global learning, we offer project days, project weeks and working groups in schools, as well as training for teachers. Ours has a special place here: Diaspora Sommerakademie des Globalen Lernens. At the annual specialist event, teachers from the Global South (or its diaspores) can train, network and reflect on their role in global learning.
In the field of development cooperation, NARUD e.V. advocates an improvement in the health and general supply infrastructure, education with a focus on professionalization, the strengthening of civil society and the reduction of poverty, currently predominantly in Cameroon. The migration experiences from different countries in Africa, which our members, the club management and large parts of our target groups bring with them in Germany, give the club insights into current situations and enable it to interpret and enable developments correctly. Due to the close and established cooperation with the Cameroonian organization:
ADDC (Assosacion pour le Développement Durable du Cameroun) – it is guaranteed that the project ideas always come from the target groups, the objectives are oriented towards local African perspectives and the measures are designed in such a way that they really bring sustainable effects.
At the same time, this type of project work provides insights that are often in contradiction to the assumptions widespread in Germany about the development conditions in Africa. On this basis, NARUD is involved in development policy committees and platforms in Germany and stimulates critical reflection there for a new understanding of truly partnership-based development cooperation. In terms of the sustainable development goals, all countries are to be understood as developing countries.
The insights, principles of action and examples of good practice gained in development projects are also incorporated into the development education work of NARUD e.V. in Germany.
The more recent projects take place at the intersection of urban and rural life. Together with ADDC and other local partners, we are improving the general and vocational training infrastructure, as well as drinking water and health care. We always pursue the goals of creating jobs, building knowledge and awareness in the population and empowering the partially marginalized citizen groups to participate more in civil society. Interfaces to the administration are also established.
The projects are mostly supplemented by information and awareness-raising campaigns, including over the radio. The project achievements will continue to be monitored and their reach expanded step by step.
As a result, a total of six school buildings have been built in recent years, including a vocational school with 200 training places. The village of Koupa-Matapit is supplied with drinking water and local specialists are trained in self-management and maintenance. A medical laboratory has been set up in Foumban.