Climate justice for everyone!

“Climate justice for all!” is the title of the 6th Stuttgart Forum for Development on October 19th. The one-day conference examines the topic of climate justice from a variety of perspectives.

The focus is always on the question: What can we do and how can we live up to our responsibility? Speakers and participants explore these questions in 12 forums. Global value chains, migration caused by climate change, CO2 compensation, world nutrition - these are just some of the aspects that this year's 6th Stuttgart Forum for Development will highlight. Students have their own panel in which they examine how climate change affects fair trade trading partners in the Global South. And they learn about the strategies they have developed to deal with the consequences of climate change.

Keynote speaker Anjalina Diana Podder from Bangladesh reports from her own experience about the consequences that climate change is having on this country. Podder is the head of the climate department of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Bangladesh Bishops' Conference. Due to its location, the country is particularly affected by the consequences of global warming - especially sea level rise.

Since May 2018, Germany has already used up its natural resources that are theoretically available for 2018. And on August 1, 2018, the world's population had exhausted its natural resources. Until the end of the year, we will live at the expense of the people of the Global South and future generations. While industrialized countries are driving climate change the most, the global south is suffering the most from the consequences. Extreme weather destroys crops and habitats. People are starving and many are leaving their homes. International climate agreements and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aim to make all countries around the world more committed to reducing global warming and stopping climate change.

The SEZ, together with the Service Office for Municipalities in One World from Engagement Global and a variety of different institutions, invites you to the 6th Stuttgart Forum for Development!


State increases funding to 1 million

Under the label “beffekt!”, the state of Baden-Württemberg is making one million euros available annually for development projects for the first time.

“We want to noticeably increase the state’s funding for civil society projects and significantly increase the great voluntary commitment in this area,” said State Minister Theresa Schopper, who is also chairwoman of the SEZ Board of Trustees.

“By increasing from 385.000 euros to one million euros per year in 2018 and 2019, we can make Baden-Württemberg’s relationships with our neighbors in Africa visible, consolidate and deepen them.” The increase is also possible through the support of the government factions in the become budget consultations.

For many years, the state of Baden-Württemberg has been supporting civil society organizations in financing development projects worldwide. Twice a year, the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) advertises funding for domestic and international project work for this purpose. In addition, 2018 euros will be made available specifically for projects in the partner country Burundi in East Africa for 2019 and 250.000. The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) coordinates the tenders, advises applicants and ensures quality standards. An independent expert committee appointed by State Secretary Schopper examines the project applications and selects the project applications to be funded.

“The state’s additional funding for ‘works!' are an upgrade of development cooperation in the country. “They give us the opportunity to support significantly more initiatives at home and abroad than is currently the case,” said Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the SEZ. “We want to use these funds wherever possible for innovative partnership-based social projects and exemplary lighthouse projects. The new funding line for projects in and related to the partner country of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Burundi, also contributes to strengthening and perpetuating the state partnership.” Another goal is to network the supported actors in the country and to make the commitment in the country more visible close. Lighthouse projects from each funding year will also be presented to the general public at an event in the future.

Further information can be found on the Topic pages work!.


On the road in Bangladesh – textile production on site

“We are returning home from our trip to Bangladesh with mixed feelings,” says SEZ employee Maria Gießmann. "On the one hand, a lot has happened since the Rana Plaza accident, but on the other hand, Bangladesh remains one of the lowest wage countries in the world."

She was part of a group that spent a week in the first half of September visiting various textile factories and other facilities in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.

The initiator of the trip was Axel Schütz from the Friedrich-von-Alberti-Gymnasium Bad Friedrichshall. He was accompanied by several students from the school, representatives of various companies from the fair fashion sector, a representative of Aktion Hope, a film team and Maria Gießmann and Philipp Keil from the SEZ.

The textile sector in Bangladesh is divided into two parts. The part that produces for export has been “heavily monitored” since the factory collapse in 2013, in which more than 1.100 people died, reports Maria Gießmann. As a result, social standards for workers have now been significantly raised and working conditions have improved. The current topic is increasing the minimum wage, which is currently around 50 euros per month. This is what an untrained seamstress gets.

The situation is different in the area where production is carried out for the domestic market. According to experts, not much or nothing at all has improved here in recent years. The same applies to the entire supply sector.

In Bangladesh, the automation of textile production has already begun, as Maria Gießmann has learned. It will continue to progress over the next few years, and the result will be massive job losses in the country's textile industry.

Further information about the Bangladesh trip can be found here here.


Dinner with Environment Minister Untersteller

The Baden-Württemberg Environment Minister Franz Untersteller (left) with winner Udo Großwendt.

Udo Großwendt isn't the least bit excited, even if it doesn't happen every day that he meets with someone like Environment Minister Untersteller from state politics.

He has a dinner date with the Baden-Württemberg Environment Minister Franz Untersteller. Udo Großwendt won the exclusive meal in a competition run by the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ).

The meeting point is the Stuttgart restaurant AMBIENTE AFRIKA. A first for both men, as they have never eaten African food before. Franz Untersteller is looking forward to the meeting and especially to the conversation with Udo Großwendt; For him, something like this is rare, “because I usually don’t have time for dinner outside of my professional obligations.” For the winner of the SEZ competition, eating together with the Baden-Württemberg Environment Minister was a complete success. “The evening with Mr. Untersteller was very entertaining and informative. Through my professional work, we quickly found topics that affected both of us. But personal questions weren’t taboo either,” he reports.

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