The German National committee for international youth work (DNK) represents the German youth organisations in multilateral contexts. If that sounds complicated, don’t worry: it is actually quite easy – DNK builds a bridge between German organisations and their foreign counterparts or international platforms. DNK functions as the gateway for the ‘import and export’ of youth work.
Teamwork matters: DNK is a joint working group of the German Federal Youth Council (DBJR), the Council of Political Youth organisations (RPJ) and the German Sports Youth (DSJ). We promote diversity in order to speak with a strong voice in the interest of all youth.
The DNK has existed for 45 years, and has since then followed the aim to advocate worldwide for youth issues. An important task is to forge agreements for united international work between German youth organisations.
DNK is not a co-ordinator for bilateral youth relations. Those are directly maintained and carried by our three pillars (DBJR, DSJ, RPJ) and their respective member organisations.
The secretariat of DNK is part of the DBJR office. Decisions are taken by the DNK board, which consists of representatives of all three pillars. They meet four to five times a year. The work in between the board meetings is done by a team of DNK Spokespersons, elected for one year.