SDG-Logo: Sustainable Developement Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

Roadmap for the future

With the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations has formulated 17 goals for sustainable development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a roadmap for the future that enables a humane life while preserving the natural basis of life. The projects by Menschen für Menschen contribute to achieving these goals.


We help families through training in self-help groups and with microcredits. They can buy livestock and seeds and improve their income. We support young people and women with vocational training and start-up capital to build a life.

We teach small farmers how they can increase their production. In addition to self-sufficiency, they also supply the local markets. In droughts and the Corona crisis, we provide emergency food aid.

In our agricultural courses and vocational training, we also teach health care, family planning and overcoming harmful traditions such as early marriage. We offer slum children medical help for acute illnesses.

We improve the position of women with self-help groups and microcredits. We initiate “Girls Clubs” in schools that combat discrimination. We train volunteers to educate people about equality in the villages.

We build wells and spring catchments in the countryside. In urban schools we ensure access to drinking water and sanitary facilities. In our training courses we also teach the local population about hygiene.

We end child labor by providing material support to families living slums. We enable day laborers to run small businesses with training and start-up loans. With our irrigation systems , farmers produce for the local markets.

“Overcoming the division in the world between rich and poor” is the starting point for Karlheinz Böhm's Aid for Ethiopia: All projects aim to reduce inequalities and enable particularly poor families to live a dignified life.

We build simple social housing to improve the housing situation of poor families. We grow trees in our nurseries. We also give the seedlings to schools and other public institutions, where they ensure a better microclimate.

Droughts and floods are increasing as a result of climate change. We are planting a million trees in the Fogera project area alone. In this way we prevent topsoil from being washed away and damage to the water balance. The trees also act as CO2 storage.

We teach small farmers how they can practice adapted and resource-saving agriculture. Our reforestation, especially in erosion gullies, counteracts the destruction of the landscape and nature.

Menschen für Menschen works with Ethiopian non-governmental organizations. The local experts implement the projects together with us. We involve local experts and authorities and promote their further training.