Internal networking - external lobbying
Berliner entwicklungspolitischer Ratschlag e.V. (BER) is a network organisation consisting of initiatives, registered associations, and groups, who work on issues concerning development co-operation in Berlin. The major tasks of BER are to provide co-ordination between members and to serve as a central lobby group towards external bodies. BER was established in 1996 when, facing massive cuts in Berlin´s budget, the organisations working on issues of development co-operation joined together as a working-group to support their interests collaboratively. Since 1998 the network has been a registered association.