DVV International has been working with a variety of partners and on various topics in a number of countries in South America since 1972. The Latin American networks CEAAL (Consejo de Educación de Adultos de América Latina – Council of Adult Education in Latin America; Panama) and REPEM (Red de Educación Popular Entre Mujeres – Network of Popular Education Among Women; Uruguay) as well as CLADE (The Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education) were integrated into the activities as strategically important partners of DVV International in the region. Since 2010, the work of DVV International in the Andean region of South America has concentrated on the following countries: Ecuador with a regional office in Quito since 2013, Bolivia (country office), Peru and Colombia. In 2018, the country office in Bolivia was wound up and the work in Peru was strengthened by setting up a country office.
The focus on selected countries and respectively similar thematic priorities enables a lively professional exchange between the governmental and non-governmental actors working in the AE sector. Topics include the strengthening of adult education systems, bilingual intercultural education, educational work in prisons or work with, or in, adult education centres, as well as the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Transnational topics are dealt with at joint regional events such as the biennial “Encuentro Andino”. Study trips between countries in the region or targeted exchanges of experience with German adult education centres are also supported.