The German Federal Solidarity and Third World Movement has had a long and eventful history, including several trials that document the various activities and issues of these movements. The generation of competences in the international and developmental field has had a huge influence on the political culture of the left. As a result of this movement, archives and documentation centres in different cities were created. These centres house documents that are now indispensable in solidarity oriented educational work and in development policies. In autumn 1998, eleven archives formed a network to make their work more efficient and better coordinated: it is called the Archiv┬│ Cooperation of Third World Archives.