The Fair Trade trade fair starts next week 

The Fair Trade trade fair starts on April 5th

From April 5th to 8th, 2018, the Fair Trade trade fair shows that the consumption of fairly traded products has a positive influence on the lives of many people around the world.

This year, 180 exhibitors and 80 events are part of Fair Trade. 

That is new: For the first time, the Future Fashion movement initiated by the SEZ is taking up a large area of ​​fair trade. Around 30 exhibitors from the slow fashion sector and experts on the topic will provide information and show that sustainability and fashion awareness are not mutually exclusive. The Burundi Corner is also new. The trade fair stand presents Burundi as a partner country of Baden-Württemberg and illustrates the situation of women in the East African country. Three entrepreneurs from Burundi will be on site during the trade fair and will present their products.  

Participatory activities: Anyone who brings T-shirts from home can redesign them at a DIY fashion workshop with students from Pforzheim University. In the IT workshop, those interested can learn how they can repair the broken cell phones and other technical devices they brought with them. Old clothes brought along will be exchanged for an 8 euro voucher during the trade fair, which can be redeemed at exhibitors in the Future Fashion area.  

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AFRICA IS COMING! to Stuttgart

22 young managers from sub-Saharan Africa are currently working in companies and foundations throughout Germany. Last weekend they were guests in Stuttgart.

From March 9th to 11th, 2018, the scholarship holders of this year's round of “AFRIKA KOMMT! – German business initiative for young managers from sub-Saharan Africa” in Stuttgart. They came to a seminar that was prepared and conducted by the Robert Bosch Foundation in cooperation with the SEZ. Workshops and lectures discussed, among other things, the role of foundations in Germany, trends and developments in German philanthropy and social challenges in Germany and in international cooperation. The program was rounded off with a visit to Villa Reitzenstein, the House of History and an alternative city tour.

“The time in Stuttgart was a great experience. I gained new insight into the work of foundations. I get a lot from the workshop presentations for my everyday working life. And during the city tour through Stuttgart with a former homeless person, I realized how many things we take for granted in everyday life. And that, contrary to my expectations, not everyone in Germany is better off,” is how one of the African participants sums up her weekend in the state capital. 

Augusta Muhimpundu, who has been working as an expert for the Burundi Competence Center at the SEZ since autumn 2017, is also one of the 22 “African Leaders”. In Burundi, she is the program coordinator of YESS, a program of the Association Des Guides Du Burundi. This exchange program enables young women to do a six-month internship abroad. The main areas of focus for the psychologist are the training of young managers and the empowerment of women.

In collaboration and with funding from the Robert Bosch Foundation, two civil society representatives were able to join the AFRIKA COMES! program in 2017 for the first time. be included. The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH is implementing the program on behalf of the corporate initiative.

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Guest at the Berlinale: Amani Papy

One of Burundi's best-known film directors, Amani Papy, was a guest at the Baden-Württemberg state representation in Berlin and at the African Hub of the Berlinale on February 22, 2018.

Amani Papy is the founder of a film production, a film academy and a film festival. He shoots with and for international actors and directs. His impressive documentaries and films provide insights into everyday life in Burundi.

On February 22, 2018, Amani Papy showed several short films at the Baden-Württemberg state representation in Berlin. Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation, welcomed the guest from Burundi. After a short film about Burundian partnership coffee and fair trade, there was the opportunity to talk to the director in person. The Burundian ambassador Else Nizigama Ntamagiro was also a guest.

Amani Papy grew up in Burundi as the son of a photographer and studied IT and film in Nairobi. His goal is to get people excited about Burundi. At the Berlinale he motivated other filmmakers to do film projects in Burundi, inspired people and touched the audience. A film, says Amani Papy, offers great opportunities to change something.

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