Transparency creates trust

Transparency creates trust

Transparency creates trust

Transparency creates trust


The German Doctors treats people who have no or only difficult access to medical treatment on the Philippines, in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. We depend on the help and the trust of our supporters to be able to carry out our work. Because it is important to us that our work is transparent and can be monitored at any time, the German Doctors e. V. has signed different commitments.

Articles of association of the German Doctors e.V.

Validity: German Doctors e.V.

Since 1983: in the 2015 version


  • Development of our work in Germany and in other countries
  • Composition and tasks of the organisation’s institutions


VENRO Codex: public relations for organisations providing development aid

Validity: German Doctors e. V. and members of the organization Development Policy of German NGOs (VENRO)

Since 1998


  • Professional and ethical standards in communication with the media and donors
  • Transparency, efficiency, and responsible use of resources
  • It is forbidden to rent, sell or exchange donors’ addresses.
  • The German Doctors do not publish texts or pictures of destitute people in a degrading way and do not coerce people to make donations by using extreme statements.


VENRO Rule of Conduct for transparency, organizational management and control

Validity: German Doctors and VENRO members

Since 2008


  • Uniform standards, stronger controls and verifiable professionality
  • Greatest possible transparency
  • Set uniformly applicable standards for aid organisations
  • Strengthen independent supervisory authority, like the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI)


VENRO Codex on Children’s Rights

Validity: German Doctors e. V. and VENRO members

Since 2009

Contents: obligates all members, among other things, to:

  • protect children from sexual, emotional or physical abuse, exploitation or neglect
  • provide an environment in which children’s and human rights are guaranteed
  • include children in deciding on measures which concern them
  • sensitize our own organization and our partners about the topic
  • ensure that children’s dignity is maintained in our own media and public relations and educational work.


Initiative Transparent Civil Society

Validity: German Doctors e.V. and Transparency Deutschland e.V., Federal Association of German Foundations, German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI), German Fundraising Association, German Cultural Council, German Nature Conservation Ring, German Donation Council, Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society, and VENRO

Since 2010


Ten fundamental points that every organization or civil society should make available on its website: by-laws, names of the most important decision-makers, information about the source of funds, utilization of resources, and personal structure.

German Doctors help worldwide

We believe in the right of every human being to get medical care no matter their origin. Therefore our volunteer German Doctors offer medical treatments in developing countries for the poorest of the poor. Whether people infected with HIV, undernourished children deficiency syndromes or people with chronic diseases, we help everyone who needs help.

Our doctors work during their annual leave or retirement for a period of six weeks and waive any compensation. More than 7000 missions with more than 3200 doctors were completed since 1983.