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WORKS! PROJECT FUNDING

Funding program works! – Awards for projects

“The foundation of a diverse and profitable development policy lies in the uniqueness and diversity of its projects,” said Andrea Schwarz, the development policy spokeswoman for the Green parliamentary group in the Baden-Württemberg state parliament.

At the Fair Trade trade fair, she honored the sponsors of the development policy projects of the SEZ funding program beffekt! out of. Schwarz presented the certificates with the words: “The different approaches of different people enable our work to reach as many people as possible here and in the global south. That's why I can only call on you to stay as you are. Have the courage to take on a project that you personally consider important. Because only those who are XNUMX percent convinced of a project can inspire and inspire other people." And further: "If you see the passion and the commitment, then I can at least speak for the Green group and say that we “We are very committed to ensuring that the funds are not only maintained, but even increased.”

Philipp Keil, the executive director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ), described the committed women and men who work within the funding program as “heroes of action”! were honored at the trade fair. “We need more good, collaborative, effective projects and we need the people who live these partnerships,” he said in his speech. “We are pleased that the State Ministry is recognizing this commitment by increasing the funds for the funding program! has increased.”

The funding program works! the SEZ

The SEZ's new funding program "beffekt!" combines the previously separate funding lines for projects at home and abroad with funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg. It was allocated one million euros each for 2018 and 2019. This is showing initial effects: In 2018, almost twice as many projects were able to benefit from the funding compared to the previous year. As part of the Fair Trade trade fair (April 25th to 28th, Messe Stuttgart), the SEZ will award the supported sponsoring organizations together with representatives of state politics on Saturday, April 27th, 2019.

The award is intended to honor the commitment of citizens in Baden-Württemberg who are committed to sustainable development worldwide.

On the one hand, these are projects in the Global South that are based on initiatives from partner institutions in the relevant countries. On the other hand, actors in development policy education work are honored whose projects contribute to a change in awareness here in Baden-Württemberg. The “beffekt!” funding program also benefits projects in Baden-Württemberg’s partner country Burundi in East Africa. The partnership work focuses on food security, income generation and peacebuilding.

The distinguished groups

act for transformation, gem.eG, Aalen ; AG free media UL/NU, Ulm; Markdorf Education Center, Markdorf; Burg-Gymnasium, Schorndorf; Christian Relief Organization, Waldenbuch; Discover e.V., Winnenden; Domino Foundation, Mosbach; One World Forum Freiburg e.V., Freiburg; Ev. Parish of Stetten i.R., Kernen-Stetten i.R.; Filmtage Tübingen e.V., Tübingen; finep, Esslingen; AIDS and FGM Education Support Group, Neidlingen; Life needs water support group, Seckach; Balingen-Bangladesh Bridge Support Association, Balingen; Postgraduate Support Association, Mössingen; Association for Free Radio, Tübingen; Forum One World e.V., Backnang; Friends of Uganda e.V., Ladenburg; Friends of Africa e.V., Schwäbisch Hall; Friends of Peru-Amazonico e.V., Unterheinriet; Friends of Mmabana, Karlsruhe; Economy for the Common Good BaWü e.V., Freiburg; Go ahead! e.V., Königsfeld; Sign of Hope – Sign of Hope e.V., Konstanz; HOPE e.V., Ditzingen; Youth organization of the AWO Württemberg, Stuttgart; KATE e.V., Stuttgart; Catholic parish, Stuttgart; Love For Life e.V., Weissach im Tal; People Helping e.V., Tuttlingen; Eileen Mezger Foundation, Baltmannsweiler; Nature Conservation Youth Because of the city, Because of the city; Puente Nica e.V., Friolzheim; Rainbow House of Hope Uganda e.V., Schopfheim; RAPRED-Girubuntu, Freiburg; black and white e.V., Heidelberg; Social Impact gGmbH, Stuttgart; Solar Learning e.V., Stuttgart-Möhringen; Somali Medical Care e.V., Heidelberg; Foundation 100, Vörstetten; Solar Energy Foundation, Freiburg; vivo international e.V., Allensbach-Hegne; Week of Links e.V., Tübingen; Welthaus Stuttgart e.V., Stuttgart; Werkraum Karlsruhe e.V., Karlsruhe.

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SCHOOL AND GLOBAL LEARNING

97th Fairtrade School awarded

The high school at the Weissacher Tal education center was recognized as a Fairtrade School at the Fair trade fair on Friday. Suzan Bacher from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Culture presented the award.

Philipp Keil, the managing director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ), referred to the memorable date in his laudatory speech. “Almost exactly five years ago, on April 11, 2014, the starting signal for the Fairtrade Schools campaign in Baden-Württemberg was given by the then Minister of Education Stoch at this very point and since then almost 100 schools in the state have been honored. We are particularly pleased that the current Minister of Education, Dr. Susanne Eisenmann supported the campaign as patron.”

The high school at the Weissacher education center is the 97th Fairtrade School in Baden-Württemberg.

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TRADE FAIRLY FUTURE FASHION

Autograph session with Caroline Kiesewetter

Caroline Kiesewetter's fans were able to see the actress up close at an exclusive autograph session on Saturday at the Fair Trade trade fair.

Future fashion ambassador Caroline Kiesewetter came from Hamburg to Stuttgart at the weekend especially for this autograph session. She is a committed future fashion ambassador. And she doesn't just talk about fair and sustainable fashion, she also wears it. “Everything I wear is fair and sustainable.” The collapse of the textile factory in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh six years ago made her think and, above all, rethink.

Caroline Kiesewetter is a singer, actress and speaker. She is known to a wide audience from television and the theater stage. She most recently appeared on Stuttgart's theaters as landlady Josepha in the “Weißes Rössl” and with Helmut Zierl in the successful play “The Truth”. Telenovela fans know her from the ARD series “Rote Rosen”. Caroline Kiesewetter played in TV productions such as “The Rescue Pilots”, “Soko 5113”, “Dr. Kleist” and “Sesame Street”.

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BW-BURUNDI PARTNERSHIP SEZ

Country supports agroforestry project in Burundi

Handover of the funding notice at the Fair Trade fair by State Minister Theresa Schopper

The agroforestry project promotes the conversion of the coffee fields, away from monoculture towards an ecologically diverse system that, in addition to coffee, also supplies lumber, firewood and food. Around 10.000 small farmers in 15 cooperatives will benefit from the project.

Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ), was able to accept a check for 185.800 euros for the agroforestry project in Burundi on the opening day of the Fair Trade trade fair. The SEZ's cooperation partners in the project in Burundi are the University of Forestry in Rottenburg, Weltpartner eG in Ravensburg, Naturland and the Burundian coffee cooperative association COCOCA.

The check was presented by State Minister Theresa Schopper, who is also Chairwoman of the SEZ Board of Trustees, and Ministerial Director Grit Puchan from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Rural Areas and Consumer Protection. In view of the political situation in Baden-Württemberg's partner country Burundi, State Minister Schopper said: “I think it is important that we continue to support what has grown over many years. Civil society is our most important partner in Burundi at the moment.”

Grit Puchan added: “Burundi needs us to stand by our partnership.” We have to work on smart projects and the agroforestry project is one of them. This project is a “fantastic project,” said Philipp Keil, who also emphasized the importance of the partnership with Burundi.

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TRADE FAIRLY FUTURE FASHION

Fair Trade Fair: Clothes, Climate and Consumption

An important area of ​​the Fair Trade 2019 trade fair is the special area Future Fashion. Future Fashion is the SEZ's movement for sustainable textiles and conscious consumer behavior.

“Most of the textiles we buy end up in the old clothes bin within a short time - barely worn,” explained Philipp Keil at the press conference to mark the opening of the spring trade fairs in Stuttgart. “Every year around 1,35 million tons of discarded textiles accumulate in Germany alone. About a quarter end up in the trash, three quarters of them go to recyclers, and about half of them can actually be recycled. The trend towards cheap clothes that has been going on for years is causing the quality of textiles to continue to decline and making it more difficult to recycle the fibers.”

Future Fashion would like to draw attention to this. Future Fashion appeals particularly to young people with year-round offers such as clothing swap parties, Future Fashion city tours or Future Fashion@school.

In his statement, Keil particularly addressed the connection between fast fashion and climate change and said: “The global textile industry is a challenge for climate change.” According to the Federal Statistical Office, everyone in Germany causes around 200 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year Clothing and textiles. If more people changed their consumer behavior and bought sustainable fashion and wore the clothes for longer, this alone would save a lot of climate-damaging carbon dioxide without us having to forego our supposed quality of life.

The consequences of climate change are already clearly noticeable in countries in the global south. For example, in Bangladesh, the country from which most of our textiles come and which has repeatedly been in the headlines in recent years due to the scandalous working conditions in textile factories.

Bangladesh is among the countries most affected by climate change, despite contributing only 0,4 percent of global CO2 emissions. By 2100, about 30 percent of the country's coastal areas will be flooded, a result of rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Against this background, Keil referred to two labels that are presenting cool upcycling products in the Future Fashion special exhibition area at the Fair Trade trade fair. One is Franziska Kaiser from Stuttgart, who makes stylish bags out of leftover leather. She will not only show her models, but will even be at Fair Trade with a small workshop. The other is Sarah Müller with the Kenyan label Nyuzi Blackwhite, which she founded. The bags, pouches, scarves and other accessories are made in the social project Karai Childrens Vocational Center.

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TRADE FAIRLY

Innovative ideas and partnership with Africa

“The SEZ traditionally focuses on the African continent,” emphasized Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) at the opening press conference of the 2019 spring trade fairs.

“At this year’s Fair Trade trade fair, one of our focuses is the partnership with Africa. We want to continue to build and expand our network with young African social entrepreneurs and connect them with German start-ups.”

African start-ups present ideas and solutions from their countries at Fair Trade, thereby enabling visitors to change their perspective. In addition to her ideas, the founder Nadia Nintunze from Impact Hub Bujumbura will also bring ecologically produced products from the Baden-Württemberg partner country Burundi with her and present them at the trade fair.

Waithera Gaitho, the managing director of Alternatives Africa from Kenya, provides information about her work in the East African country. She advises and supports Kenyan start-ups, especially young people who want to become self-employed as micro or small entrepreneurs. She will also speak about her ideas and the African - or rather, the Kenyan - start-up scene as a keynote speaker at the opening of Fair Trade on Thursday. In addition to her work for Alternatives Africa, Waithera Gaitho is an advisor to the Kenyan government on youth policy and chairwoman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the most important Kenyan business association.

The Fair Trade trade fair is also a place where new, innovative ways for the industry are sought. The 2019-day Social Hackathon, which took place for the first time in 3, is one such approach. “Under the motto ‘Think big, go crazy’,” says Philipp Keil, “innovative solutions to global challenges should be found.” 75 coders and others have registered for the hackathon.

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DOHUK PROJECT FUNDING

COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH DOHUK PROVINCE EXTENDED

State Minister Theresa Schopper (center) and Governor Farhad Atrushi after signing the cooperation agreement. Left in the picture is Science Minister Theresia Bauer.

“WE ARE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THE EXTENSION OF THE COOPERATION AGREEMENT,” EMPHASIZES PHILIPP KEIL, MANAGING BOARD OF THE STIFTUNG DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (SEZ).

He accompanies State Minister Theresa Schopper and Science Minister Theresia Bauer on their delegation trip to the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan-Iraq.

State Minister Schopper and the Governor of Dohuk Governorate, Farhad Atrushi, signed the cooperation agreement. This means that the humanitarian aid provided by the state of Baden-Württemberg in Dohuk will be continued. “For us, this agreement is a sign of long-term prospects,” says Philipp Keil. “And it shows the people in the region that we are fulfilling the trust they have placed in us. Only through this long-term approach can partnership and further trust grow. And this in turn is the basis of every successful project.”

The SEZ has already supported several projects in the Dohuk region with funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg. Among other things, a photovoltaic system in the Mam Rashan refugee camp.

You can find further funded projects here. 

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DOHUK PROJECT FUNDING

Cooperation agreement with Dohuk Province extended

State Minister Theresa Schopper (center) and Governor Farhad Atrushi after signing the cooperation agreement. Left in the picture is Science Minister Theresia Bauer.

“We are very pleased about the extension of the cooperation agreement,” emphasizes Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ).

He accompanies State Minister Theresa Schopper and Science Minister Theresia Bauer on their delegation trip to the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan-Iraq.

State Minister Schopper and the Governor of Dohuk Governorate, Farhad Atrushi, signed the cooperation agreement. This means that the humanitarian aid provided by the state of Baden-Württemberg in Dohuk will be continued. “For us, this agreement is a sign of long-term prospects,” says Philipp Keil. “And it shows the people in the region that we are fulfilling the trust they have placed in us. Only through this long-term approach can partnership and further trust grow. And this in turn is the basis of every successful project.”

The SEZ has already supported several projects in the Dohuk region with funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg. Among other things, a photovoltaic system in the Mam Rashan refugee camp.

You can find further funded projects here: https://sez.de/projekte/

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