NABUUR – The Global Neighbour Network

Noorderpad 4
8355 AP Giethoorn

Ansprechpartner: Siegfried Woldhek, Romina Oliverio

+ 31 521 361 223


  • Hilfsorganisation
  • Gemeinschaft, Gemeindeprojekt

Über uns is run by Stichting NABUUR, a Netherlands based not-for-profit-foundation. NABUUR is independent of any government, political ideology or religious creed.

NABUUR leverages the internet to enable people around the world to connect and collaborate. Online volunteers (Neighbours) are matched to and linked with Local Communities (Villages) in developing countries through The people living in the Villages formulate projects to address local issues. Together, the people and the Neighbours find solutions. For Neighbours, the focus is not on donating money, but on sharing knowledge, ideas and contacts. This novel approach leaves the initiative in the hands of the Villages. NABUUR combines the best of the old (neighbourly help) with the best of now (the internet).

Though the method is unique, the results seem familiar:

Dairy cooperatives are formed. Internet cafés opened. Children are educated. Health clinics are built. Crops are irrigated. Websites are launched. Income is generated. The difference is that the work is done by a dedicated network of online volunteers. That opens up new perspectives for additional effects.

The NABUUR organization only hosts and facilitates the process. This innovative approach reduces the costs and time required to achieve results. Especially when the numbers of Villages rise, the cost per project will fall.The NABUUR method is about empowerment. It is about hands-up instead of hand s-outs.

NABUUR stimulates, fosters and supports local problem solving capabilities. This contrasts with the approach Villages are used to: write a proposal and then wait for funding. Through NABUUR, online volunteers transfer knowledge,make contacts, scout resources, and share their expertise. The local community and its representative (Local Representative) get new solutions, a team of assistants across the world, and tools, experience and confidence to handle projects themselves. The online volunteers (Neighbours) appreciate NABUUR because they found the place to make a positive difference, without leaving their homes and at a time suiting them best.

The management of NABUUR is in the hands of Siegfried Woldhek (Founder & CEO)m, Romina Oliverio is the Online communities manager.

For other net participants we can offer expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.