Minster for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia


Bernd NillesBernd Nilles has been Secretary General of CIDSE since January 2008. His work in international development began as a volunteer in the Catholic Youth movement and Human Rights Activist followed by some work-periods in Colombia and research assistant positions at the University of Duisburg and the INEF-Institute for Development and Peace. After having completed his Diplom/Master in Social and Political Science, Bernd Nilles joined the German Bishops Organisation for Development MISEREOR as Campaigner and then as Development Policy Officer. In 2005 he joined the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia with responsibilities in the field of development and sustainability. In this position he contributed significantly to design and realisation of the first Bonn Conference on International Development Policy. Since 2008 Bernd Nilles has worked as Secretary General of CIDSE with headquarters in Brussels. He is head of the international secretariat and coordinates the efforts of the alliance of Catholic development agencies. CIDSE has 16 member organisations in Europe and North America working in partnership with local organisations in more than 100 countries in the global South as well as in the field of development education and advocacy. The CIDSE family is one of the largest non-governmental development alliances.

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