Christian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the field of development cooperation often face special challenges, particularly with regards to self-conception, fundraising, public relations and operational activities. This has much to do with the fact that missionary-evangelistic work on the one hand and social-charitable, benevolent or development-policy related work on the other have to be reconciled - which proves to be a constant task in many contexts.

The main idea of the Bonn Salon is to strengthen Christian development NGOs in their special character and to set inspirational impulses in the areas of self-understanding, fundraising and leadership. As a closed conference, the Bonn Salon offers the necessary exclusivity and confidentiality for dealing adequately with the food for thought offered. During the Bonn Salon the Chatham House rule applies (open discussion during the conference; possibility to use all obtained information outside the conference, but without direct citation).

Participation in the Bonn Salon is only possible by personal invitation. Invitees are CEOs and senior managers of Christian non-governmental organizations with activities in the field of development cooperation.

2019 edition    

30/31 January 2019

Opening: Wednesday, 11 am

Conclusion: Thursday, 1:30 pm

Participation Fee             

The cost-covering conference package is 250 EUR (plus VAT) including all meals and free transport from / to the airport Cologne / Bonn (CGN) or ICE train station Siegburg / Bonn and Bonn main station. The conference package does not include: drinks with meals , Accommodation at the conference venue (a special rate of 59 EUR / single room is payable in cash at the registration on the first day of the event) as well as the individual travel costs. The participation fee will be charged after registration by invoice.

Topics 2019

Guiding Theme: "Developing (by) Faith sustainably - Christian Responsibility in the era of the Agenda 2030"

Forum I – Looking inward
How are Christian development organizations positioned to meet the needs and challenges of the Agenda 2030 / SDGs?

Forum II – Looking outward
What are the expectations and (new) external framework conditions for Christian development organizations? What is the general relevance of faith-based organizations in global development and global environmental efforts?

Evening of Inspiration (fellowship, talks, music and inspirational impulses)

Forum III – Looking sidewards
How do faith-based development organizations work in an intercultural and interreligious context? What are exemplary challenges and solutions?


Event Organizers

Conference Venue 

Weiterbildungszentrum Alanus Werkhaus


53347 Alfter

+49 (0)2222 93 21 1715 


Contact person if you are interested in participating or if you have questions about the Bonn Salon:

Lilian M. Kurz

Project Coordinator “Bonn Salon Christian Development Cooperation“ or

Header Photo: Britta Schuessling

Fundraising – Management – Communication
prop.: Matthias K. Boehning (Dipl.-Oec.), Consultant Economist

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