The Association of the German Schools Abroad (WDA) is a non-profit organization that represents the private, non-profit school associations of the German schools abroad and rallies their individual voices in one strong voice. For this purpose the WDA brings together the knowledge of the many local experts to one global network. The WDA supports its members in their missions and promotes their projects with targeted services. The WDA presents the common interests to the German Bundestag and the supporting agencies. The WDA is an important partner of the foreign cultural and educational policy and plays an active role in its setting.