Who we are and what we do

The Centre for Research and Documentation Chile-Latin America (Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Chile-Lateinamerika e.V. (FDCL) is a non-profit organisation founded in Berlin in 1974. The organisation has been based in the MehringHof Centre, Berlin-Kreuzberg, since the early 1980s. The FDCL is one of the oldest organisations involved in the international Latin America solidarity movement and today regards itself as part of a global movement that opposes neoliberal globalisation.

Within the scope of our continuous work on current developments in Latin America, our special attention is directed to foster relationships and exchange between social movements and progressive political actors in Germany and Latin America. A core area of our work is human rights advocacy, as well as the struggle against repression and impunity in Latin America.

Our regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean involves work on different aspects of globalisation and the international framework for development in the context of the so-called North-South relationship. Key issues of our work are the fields of trade, agriculture and raw materials.

The FDCL concentrates its activities on solidarity work regarding Latin America and development policy-related educational, awareness raising, public relations and advocacy work.. The organisation hosts political, informational and discussion events, seminars, workshops and meetings, film screenings as well as cultural and visiting-programmes with guests from Latin America. Alongside other organisations, the FDCL works on campaigns and presents demands to political decision-makers.

The FDCL publishes studies, informational and educational materials and press releases on various areas of its work. Its broad archive has provided information on social, economic and political developments in Latin America since the 1970s.

The FDCL is a reference and focal point for solidarity groups and for those interested in Latin America, who can take benefit from, and become part of and contribute to an open project. It participates actively in national and international networks and is involved in different development policy and solidarity-related campaigns.