Mine. Your. One World. 2019 is coming to an end

This year, 32 municipalities took part in the Meine initiative with a total of 370 events. Your. One World. part. The initiative is a project of the Foundation for Development Cooperation in Baden-Württemberg (SEZ) in cooperation with the Service Center Municipalities in One World from Engagement Global.

With events in Lahr, Dornstadt, Freiburg, Winnenden, Leonberg, Heidelberg, Fellbach, Gerlingen, Ludwigsburg and Schwäbisch Hall, last weekend was once again a special highlight of the nationwide Meine initiative. Your. One World., which took place for the eighth time in 2019.

The connecting element, the baton, has traveled throughout Baden-Württemberg over the past two months. In this way, the actors were able to network with one another, exchange experiences, express wishes and initiate one or two joint future actions. The baton of the Meine initiative was carried to the finish line. Your. One World. last Sunday.

“Without participating in mine. Your. One World. our day of action would not have been so varied and interconnected. It gave me inspiration for further activities and made the day much more colorful. It was an enrichment for everyone,” says Michaela Genthner from Allmersbach im Tal.

The final point of the eighth round of the project is the award ceremony on December 11th at 18.30:30.000 p.m. in the New Palace in Stuttgart under the patronage and in the presence of Minister of State Theresa Schopper. The evening is dedicated to those involved in One World and honors the commitment of those involved. Particularly creative and innovative programs from the municipalities participating in the initiative's competition will be awarded this evening with prize money totaling XNUMX euros.

The SEZ would like to thank all participating municipalities and their committed actors for their great commitment. They have all contributed to making my world and yours a common world.


SEZ: State funding for 26 foreign projects

From the funding program works! The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) is now providing 26 Baden-Württemberg organizations with grants for projects abroad.

The following organizations receive SEZ grants from state funds:

  • Bolivian Children's Fund e. V, Stuttgart
  • Charité Togo eV, Laichingen
  • ChildFund Germany eV, Nürtingen
  • Dalo eV, Karlsruhe
  • German Institute for Medical Mission (Difäm), Tübingen
  • Diaconal work in the Karlsruhe district, Ettlingen
  • Discover eV, Winnenden
  • Electricians Without Borders e.V., Karlsruhe
  • Enactus KIT eV, Karlsruhe
  • Burkina Faso Support Group e.V., Rheinstetten
  • Houses of Hope e.V., Karlsruhe
  • International Aid Services (IAS), Kirchheim am Neckar
  • Catholic church community St. Johannes Baptist, Weil im Schönbuch
  • Catholic church community St. Stephanus, Renquishausen
  • Children's Rights Africa e.V., Lahr
  • Kipepeo-Förderverein Kenya e.V., Freiburg
  • Climate protection through reforestation e.V., Gaildorf
  • Convoy of Hope e.V., Waghäusel
  • Nakupenda eV, Konstanz
  • Partnership Association Allensbach-Ghana e.V., Allensbach
  • S.H.A.R.E. Foundation for Microfinance, Fair Trade and Peace Promotion e. V., Stuttgart
  • Sri Lanka-Germany Friends Circle e.V., Stuttgart
  • Starkmacher eV, Mannheim
  • Stay. Foundation for Multiplicative Development, Stuttgart
  • Storychangers eV, Stuttgart
  • Uganda-Hilfe Unterland eV, Schwaigern

The funding program works! The SEZ is funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg with one million euros for the current year. In addition to projects abroad, projects at home and in the partner country Burundi are also supported. In July, 19 clubs and groups received SEZ funds from state funds for domestic projects.

Last year, the funding program was used! 27 foreign and 18 domestic projects funded.

Information about the projects funded so far:


Over 1.000 participants at the SDG youth summit in Heilbronn

At the first youth summit in Heilbronn everything revolved around the topic of sustainable consumption.

“I hope this event is the beginning of something big,” said Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) at the opening. He said it was already “just after 12” with regard to the topics that have most concerned the students in the past few months – climate change and sustainability. The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were present for everyone on both days of the event.

The focus of the youth summit on the Heilbronn educational campus was “Future Fashion”. The eight schools involved in the Future Fashion@School project supported by the SEZ had put together a wide range of workshops, panel discussions, lectures, dance, theater, a market of opportunities and much more. It was clear everywhere that the students of these schools were keen to make the topic known and take action against the grievances in the textile industry. They walked across the campus with large posters and loudspeakers to show visitors that it is time for change.

They appealed to those present to buy slow fashion, swap or repair clothes and showed that sustainability begins personally with each individual. So it became clear to everyone that the youth summit is not intended as an end, as Axel Schütz, teacher at the Friedrich-von-Alberti-Gymnasium Bad Friedrichshall and initiator of the event, emphasized, but should be an impetus for all schools to deepen this topic carry out further actions.

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My world and yours should become one world

The One World Days 2019 of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation for Development Cooperation (SEZ) are coming to an end. At the same time they mark a beginning. Because - the finale of Meine. Your. One World. sets impulses for the future.

There will be three events taking place on Wednesday, October 25th. In Leonberg, Dr. Maria Zundel about what we here in Germany can do for countries in Africa. Mine finds mine in Winnenden. Your. One. World. Evening with international buffet.

The cabaret in Heidelberg on this day is about local and global pitfalls of global food production and the “feelings of broccoli”. As part of this year's One World Days, Heidelberg's One World actors have decided to address global challenges with a touch of humor.

The last event as part of the Meine initiative. Your. One World. will take place on October 27th in Dornstadt at the “Grand Finale of the Gut Leben Aktiontage”. There the different facets of a sustainable way of life – regional, fair and globally conscious – can be discovered and enjoyed.


SEZ benefit concert for peace project in Burundi

This year's charity concert by the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) began with the motet Exsultate, jubilate KV 165 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The soprano Maria Reina Navarra Crespo was heard as a soloist. This was followed by the Symphony in B major Hob. I:46 by Joseph Haydn, played by the Camerata Europeana. After the break, the Canon in D major by Johann Pachelbel and the Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major KV 211 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were on the program.

For many years, the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) has been inviting people to its traditional benefit concert in autumn. The donation proceeds from this year's concert evening will be used to support the Peace Ambassadors project in the Baden-Württemberg partner country Burundi. The project is supported by the Anstrike zurHope association, for which the Tübingen-born footballer Thilo Kehrer is involved. The footballer Thilo Kehrer from Tübingen took over the patronage of this year's SEZ benefit concert. The former Schalke player, who now plays for Paris Saint-Germain, is committed to the Kickstart to Hope club and in particular to its projects in Burundi.


Zero Plastique – a success story

A year ago, Anny Darlene Ndorimana and Raissa Mpundu declared war on plastic waste in Bujumbura. With the support of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ), the two launched the Zero Plastique project in the Burundian metropolis.

Bujumbura, like many cities and metropolitan areas, has a garbage problem; Pollution from plastic bottles and plastic bags in particular has serious consequences. For example, using plastic bags to start a fire poses major health risks. In addition, the blockage of sewers by plastic waste led to severe flooding in Bujumbura a few years ago.

Against this background, Anny Darlene Ndorimana, managing director of RC Retraining, and Raissa Mpundu, doctoral student and former scholarship holder at the University of Tübingen, started the “Zero Plastique” project in 2018. The two prepared the project thoroughly and analyzed how, in addition to raising awareness about more environmental protection and less plastic pollution, disadvantaged groups can also be included. For example, they train young, single mothers, refugees and students to become environmental ambassadors.


Plastic waste is made into stools

RC Retraining combines environmental awareness with entrepreneurship. The two initiators organized numerous clean-up activities on Lake Tanganyika to make the public aware of the careless use of plastic. The collected plastic bottles are used, among other things, to make very comfortable stools, which, as upcycled pieces of furniture, always convey part of RC Retraining's message. To create these stools, Ndorimana works exclusively with women's organizations from rural areas so that they can become more economically independent through qualification and production, because, says the entrepreneur, "they should gain more self-confidence and self-confidence through the work."

Another important aspect is the way in which Anny Darlene Ndorimana and Raissa Mpundu communicate their concerns. They have managed to package their messages in such a way that they reach the people of Burundi. Among other things, advertising and YouTube videos were created that use situations from the daily lives of the target groups addressed in order to sustainably convey the “zero plastic” message.


SEZ network good basis

Last but not least, this project represents the networking of one of the SEZ's most important work areas. Anny Darlene Ndorimana took part in the Fair Trade 2018 trade fair, where she exhibited shoes and accessories with applications made from upcycled plastic. Although Raissa and Darlene grew up in the same neighborhood in Bujumbura, they only met in Stuttgart through Baden-Württemberg's state partnership with Burundi. Raissa, who completed her master's degree in Baden-Württemberg as a scholarship holder as part of the university cooperation with the Université du Burundi, is now one of the first doctoral students in this cooperation. Both women were able to rely on the SEZ network in Burundi and Baden-Württemberg for the various project activities, such as filming, work assignments or ambassador training, and at the same time enriched it with their ideas and their own connections.

The SEZ and especially the Burundi Competence Center are pleased about this project. It is financially supported by the SEZ with funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg via the funding line beffekt!Burundi. RC Retraining, a social start-up dedicated to environmental protection and labor market integration, was able to make a decisive contribution to reducing plastic pollution in Bujumbura with the project.


Consuming sustainably, but how?

The nationwide initiative My. Your. One World. The Development Cooperation Foundation in Baden-Württemberg (SEZ) would like to raise awareness among the local population about global issues, encourage them to act sustainably and promote local networks. 32 municipalities are taking part in 2019 and are showing again this week how important One World is to them.

The exhibition “Elephant Protection and Fair Trade” begins in Möglingen on October 15th. An elephant protection project in Kenya is presented that shows the connections between fair trade and species protection. In this way, visitors are encouraged to question their consumer behavior as well as to deal with the protection of a charismatic, endangered animal species.

While a networking event on the 16 UN sustainability goals will take place in Gerlingen on October 17th, the “Fair Trade at the Commercial School” project will begin in Künzelsau. Various classes there deal with the idea of ​​fair trade and put it into practice with self-made posters and samples of tea and chocolate.

And here's another insider tip related to the topic: At REWE in Fellbach you can find out about the fairest and healthiest foods using the "Children's Pleasure Shelf". Together with the youngest consumers, foods were examined closely and asked: Which foods contain palm oil, less sugar or additives?

You can find further events on sustainable consumption and other exciting topics in your area using the following link:


Think outside the box and try things out

The nationwide initiative My. Your. One. World. The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) is starting its sixth week. Over 7 events will take place from October 13th to 50th.

On October 8th, Ehingen celebrates 20 years of the Local Agenda. Prof. Dr. Franz Josef Radermacher will give a lecture there as a guest speaker on the topic of the future.

On the same day in Neckarbischofsheim everything will revolve around the topic of the future. The speaker Mamadou Mbodji works as a bridge builder between the south and the north, between Africa and Europe. He is committed to climate protection goals and an open exchange of ideas for a good future.

In Lahr on October 12th you can look over the “soup plate” and try it at the “International Soup Festival”. Once a year, all citizens of the city are invited to cook their favorite soup and let others taste it. There will be an opportunity to talk, share memories and stories and maybe even take a recipe or two home with you.

If you would like to know what events are taking place as part of the Meine. Your. One. World. If there is an initiative near you, you can find it under the following link:


“An institution says goodbye”

Klaus Weingärtner said goodbye to his retirement at an event at the BW-Bank Stuttgart in front of around 170 guests at the end of September. “With him an institution within an institution is leaving,” says Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the SEZ. For three decades, Klaus Weingärtner played a key role in shaping the face and work of the SEZ. Initially, the focus of the work was on building a network and professionalizing the full-time and voluntary One World actors.

Klaus Weingärtner was a man from the very beginning. He started working at the SEZ just a few months after it was founded in January 1991. “It was exactly the position I imagined back then,” says Weingärtner. He previously worked as a development worker in Niger, West Africa, for four years, “and I saw that it was necessary to make people here in Baden-Württemberg aware of the challenges and conditions in the countries of the global south and of the possibilities of how to do it can do differently.”

Valère Hiobi, CEO of MyAfrica e. V. and Steffen Weber, managing director of the Weltladen umbrella association and board member of the Fair Trade Forum, represented the two main topics that Klaus Weingärtner is particularly committed to: partnership with countries in the Global South and fair trade. The world shops and fair trade were always particularly close to Weingärtner’s heart. His active commitment led to the first nationwide fair trade fair being held at the Haus der Wirtschaft in 2005. The Fair Trade trade fair developed from these beginnings.

On the occasion of the farewell ceremony, the former Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Erwin Teufel praised the work of Klaus Weingärtner and his commitment to fair trade with the words: “With the Fair Trade trade fair you have gained an excellent public and many supporters. He said: “I have gained a lot of respect for him. He has campaigned for justice worldwide. For him, the focus was never on the I, but always on the We. He has great expertise, competence, persuasiveness and a sense of responsibility.”

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Interview with Klaus Weingärtner

We spoke to Klaus Weingärtner about his time at the SEZ.

How did you come to SEZ?

I saw the job advertisement in the newspaper and applied for it; it was exactly the position I had in mind. It was about doing educational work in Baden-Württemberg. I had previously worked as a development worker for four years and saw that it was necessary to make people aware of the problems and conditions in the countries of the global south and of ways in which things could be done differently.

You have been at the SEZ for three decades now. What motivated you?

I was able to implement what I considered necessary and what I enjoyed working for in my professional life. That has been my motivation for the last 30 years.

The SEZ was set up in January 1991 and they started in May. What were the challenges at first?

There was an office, but no secretariat and no technical equipment, and the letters inviting the board of trustees to open the office had to be written urgently. I then typed out every single letter with my portable typewriter - you can imagine how much Tipp-Ex I used.

What did the first steps in the content work look like?

We were aware that we cannot change development cooperation in Baden-Württemberg on our own. That's why we met with many volunteers and full-time employees in the early years and asked them where the problem was. So that we know where we can apply the lever. We held the first seminars, for example on project funding or press work, and we also started world shop consulting in 1991.

What were the reactions to the SEZ and its work?

I was surprised at how the need for such an institution was seen by the representatives of the non-governmental organizations. We had the feeling they were just waiting for us. It has developed very dynamically because those involved in One World have seen that the foundation offers good offers and good work. It was always important to us to think outside the box. For example, we brought in speakers from the retail association for the world store training in order to bring the economic sector more into this. But we have also put together offers to continue the political orientation of the active groups.

What word could be used to describe the first ten years of the SEZ?

The first ten years were development work. We had no funds to make ourselves known. We had to look for allies and of course we also wanted to find new comrades-in-arms. We have held events together with associations such as the IHK, the Sparkasse Association and the Cooperative Association in order to get their clients on board and interest them in this topic. And I would say we succeeded.

Let's go into the second decade, the years 2001 to 2011. What term can be used to describe them?

That was the phase of consolidation, of codifying the program that we had at the time. A lot has evolved from the seminars we offered in the early years. The Fair Trade trade fair is one such example. The idea came from the employees of Weltladen who approached me and said that we would just like to see what fair trade actually offers. I then said, okay, let’s try a trade fair like this. And in 2005 we launched the first nationwide fair trade fair with around 30 exhibitors at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart.

Other events such as the Stuttgart Forum for Development or the nationwide initiative Meine. Your. One World. The foundation has also further developed and established itself in this second decade from its existing beginnings. The One World Prize, with which the SEZ honors the development policy commitment of the many volunteers, was also launched during this time.

And where does the path lead in the third decade? Where is the SEZ today?

We have become a large network in Baden-Württemberg. We are a recognized organization and are perceived as such in many circles. Be it in politics or business, but also among those active in the area of ​​development cooperation. Development cooperation is not an easy topic. We are approached by schools, by municipalities, by world shops - be it for personnel support, for financial support or for the arrangement of speakers, exhibitions and educational material. We are now a sought-after institution, and I think that's nice.

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