Voices from the jury: A great potential to address development challenges by cooperating with and supporting social entrepreneurs

While the members of the jury are doing their work – evaluating the entries of the empowering people. Award – we asked them why they have made a commitment to this competition.

“I am impressed by the innovative ideas of social entrepreneurs: with their work they provide solutions to daily life challenges of numerous people in developing countries. That is also one of our goals in German Development Cooperation. We therefore see a great potential to address development challenges by cooperating with and supporting social entrepreneurs. I am honoured to act as a member of the jury for the empowering people. Award, helping to draw attention to promising new ideas – to jointly make a real difference in the world.”

Thomas Silberhorn, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Thomas Silberhorn, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentThomas Silberhorn was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in February 2014. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Parliament (Bundestag).

The focus of his work as Parliamentary State Secretary is on core development issues for the future: human rights and good governance, education, health, poverty reduction, water supply and sanitation, energy and resources.

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