Identity and Structure

KOLPING INTERNATIONAL forms a world-wide network with more than 400,000 members in more than 60 countries. Within the association, the members actively participate in a socially just transformation of society. The organisation is named after the Catholic priest Adolph Kolping who founded Journeymen Associations in the 19th century to combat the misery of young crafts journeymen in the era of industrialisation. He is co-founder of the Catholic Social Teaching, which has been the basis for the work of KOLPING INTERNATIONAL until today.

KOLPING INTERNATIONAL unites three independent legal entities: The international association (Association e.V.), the International Adolph Kolping Foundation and the Cooperation e.V.

KOLPING INTERNATIONAL Association e.V. unites people in groups and associations all over the world and contributes to developing civil societies and strengthening people. The Foundation guarantees the future existence of the Kolping Society and promotes for example training and international meetings of the association.

KOLPING INTERNATIONAL Cooperation e.V. is the Kolping Society’s department specialised in the field of development co-operation. It actively combats poverty by helping people to help themselves: Vocational Training and further education, micro credits and programs on rural development help strengthening the individual person so that he or she can change his or her life in a positive way by own means.