We say thank you

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time and filled out our extensive questionnaire,” says Astrid Saalbach, who is responsible for the large SEZ survey.

This survey, which was carried out from May 24th to June 8th, was primarily about a user-oriented improvement of the SEZ's service offering for all One World activists in Baden-Württemberg. As a thank you for taking part in the survey, many received a packet of Café du Burundi.


Economic empowerment central

On the podium (from left to right): Amelie Hübner (SINGA Stuttgart), Steve Odhiambo (ukowapi), Joyce M. Muvunyi (SEZ), Flavie Singirankabo (Herzenshand), Dr. Frauke Uekermann (BCG)

“Only economic empowerment creates development,” is the central statement of Steve Odhiambo, founder and managing director of ukowapi. According to Odhiambo, money alone is not everything; people need education and training if the economy is to serve as a motor for development.

The Kenyan entrepreneur emphasized at the event Current development policy the importance of people as the center of the economy and the fact that social innovations must always take place on equal terms in order to be successful. In his keynote speech, he repeatedly pointed out that a change in consciousness was underway. Away from the idea that the problems of African countries in particular can be solved with money, towards the realization that you have to invest primarily in people in order to achieve sustainable development.

Ulrich Werner, the managing director of the GESTE Cooperative Foundation for Development Cooperation, also discussed the importance that people have for development. “We invest in education and we encourage people to take their own initiative.” According to Werner, the cooperatives have a creative mandate and this is also fulfilled in development cooperation by imparting know-how. At the same time, he admitted: “We are not yet completely satisfied with the results, which is why we are currently reviewing our measures in terms of their effectiveness.”

“Economy is a central issue when it comes to development,” says SEZ managing director Philipp Keil. “And where better to start than with social entrepreneurship and with young people who choose this type of entrepreneurship.” He said this especially with regard to the demographic development on the African continent. By 2050, the population there will double compared to today to 2,5 billion people, and by the end of the century there will be four billion. According to Keil, Africa is “very young” because the majority of people are younger than 25 years old. “There is a lot of potential on the continent.”

This year's 26th event felt this potential Current development policy which took place on June 19th in the GENO House in Stuttgart. Current development policy is a joint event by SEZ, the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative Association (BWGV) and the Federation of Self-employed Baden-Württemberg eV


SEZ annual report 2018 published

The annual and impact report of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) provides information about the offers and impacts of the 2018.

The Development Cooperation Foundation has prepared its annual report for the first time in accordance with the requirements of the Social Reporting Standard. The report provides information about the vision and approach that the SEZ follows with its work, as well as about the various offers and activities of the foundation. With more than 80 public events, training courses and lectures, the SEZ provided information on topics of sustainable development and thus contributed to raising awareness of global responsibility. In 2018, the SEZ supported a total of 30 projects with donations and 53 with state funds. With 47 projects, the majority of the projects supported with state funds went to the beffekt funding line! Testimonials from various areas of SEZ work report on the effects of SEZ work.

You can download the SEZ's 2018 annual and impact report here.


Sharing knowledge is important

The Sparkassenstiftung Baden-Württemberg is involved in partnership projects in around 40 countries, the majority of which are in Africa.

The exchange of knowledge is important in these partnerships, emphasized Dr. Tobias Peylo from the Baden-Württemberg Savings Bank Association in the program Land & People from bw For almost half an hour, he and Annika Peukert from the Sparkasse Foundation for International Cooperation and Joyce Muvunyi from the SEZ's Burundi Competence Center answered questions from the show's moderator, Hanno Gerwin. The partnership with Burundi, says Joyce M. Muvunyi, is based on civil society commitment that has developed over decades. This also applies to the partnerships with the Sparkasse Foundation, some examples of which were shown in the article.

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SEZ annual report 2017 published

In its annual report, which has now been published, the SEZ provides information about the foundation's diverse activities in 2017.

The SEZ reached around 23.600 people interested in development policy with its 50 events last year. In addition to strengthening development policy commitments, raising awareness of global responsibility is a central mission of the SEZ. The SEZ uses its own funds and donations for its domestic and international work. It also receives funding from the state of Baden-Württemberg, which was used to support a total of 2017 measures in 26.

You can download the annual report here:


Future Fashion on SWR television

SEZ managing director Philipp Keil in conversation with fashion designer Sarah Kürten and Anna Deckert from the Future Fashion tour.

“We have to start with sustainability with what people need,” says SEZ managing director Philipp Keil. “In addition to food, this is clothing.”

As an interview partner with the SWR team of the “natural!” editorial team, he reports on the SEZ’s experiences with the topic of sustainable fashion.

Sustainable fashion, green fashion, slow fashion – the trend has many names. At SEZ, the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation, it is called Future Fashion. The SEZ initiated and coordinates the new movement for sustainable textiles. “We see that there is great interest in consuming clothing differently,” says Keil, summarizing his experience so far. “And we see that small labels are gradually emerging that make sustainable fashion, especially here in Stuttgart.”

The SWR team visited some of these labels, such as “Revived” in Stuttgart’s Bohnenviertel and [eyd] in the east of Stuttgart. The filming team also made a stop at the State Fashion School. The team was accompanied by Anna Deckert from the Baden-Württemberg youth initiative, which also regularly does the Future Fashion tour in Stuttgart.

Broadcast date: June 12, 2018, 18:15 p.m. on SWR television.

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