Transparency and control

The Sozial- und Entwicklungshilfe des Kolpingwerkes e.V. (SEK, Social and Development Aid Organization of the Kolping Society, reg. assn.) commits itself to transparency towards promoters, donators and partners. On this page you will find a comprehensive overview of the most important information as well as links to the corresponding presentation on functioning, structure and accountability.

Functioning and structure

The SEK is a registered association. Objectives and functioning as well as tasks of the bodies are described in our constitution. This can be obtained from us on request:

The bodies of the association are the board and the membership meeting. The board controls the work of the Sozial- und Entwicklungshilfe des Kolpingwerkes e.V.

The SEK employs a team of 21 co-workers, 13 thereof work part time.

The board and the staff follow in their work the guidelines of the SEK.

Thorough and economic use of funds is an important requirement regarding the work of the SEK. The prevention of corruption and the meticulous audit of the use of funds as well as of the efficiency of work are part thereof. Measures to prevent corruption

With the establishment of the post of an ombudsperson in 2012, the SEK now has a contact point where possible misuse can be reported in a protected form.

The SEK commits itself to comply with various codices in its work and to observe the regulations compiled therein. We comply, e.g., with the ethic requirements of the DZI/VENRO regarding fundraising, observe the imposed requirements in terms of transparency, organization and control and observe to take measures for the protection of children and youth against abuse.

We in the SEK e.V. want to learn from our experiences in the past. We are fully convinced that by doing so we have a better control over our presence, shape better our future and enable our partners in the developing countries to have better opportunities for a better life. As of October 1, 2009 the SEK e.V. created the position “Monitoring and Evaluation”. This position addresses the systematization of the current monitoring as well as the evaluation of our different development interventions. Current evaluations are available for project interventions in:



You will find information on the work of the SEK, projects, expenditures for projects and sources of funds on this website, in the FAQ as well as in our current annual report.

Further information on the promoted projects in sound and vision can be found in our media center.

The SEK compiles voluntarily an annual financial statement according to the regulations required for medium-sized corporations by German Commercial law. Thus the annual financial statement consists of balance sheet, profit and loss account and appendix.

The annual financial statement is, also on a voluntary basis, audited by Dr. Krause & Partner GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfgesellschaft Steuerberatungsgesellschaft (auditing and tax advisory firm) in Bonn. After the final result of its examination it issued again an unqualified auditor’s report on the annual financial statement at December 31, 2015 as well as on the management report 2015 of the association.

As a non-profit organization the SEK is exempted from corporate tax. You will find the current notice of exemption here.


The German Central Institute for social issues (DZI) certifies: audited and recommended.

The German Central Institute for social issues acknowledges the economic and transparent use of your donation by our organization. Our organization has for many years the Seal of Approval (DZI Spenden-Siegel) as a sign for the responsible handling of the funds entrusted to us.