G-PAD Conference 2020

This year's G-PAD conference focuses on sustainable economic partnerships with Africa in times of Corona.

It brings together stakeholders from Africa, Germany and the EU to develop a comprehensive approach to policy and multilateral cooperation. Civil society actors as well as representatives of science, politics and business with a regional perspective on Africa will exchange ideas at the two-day event and jointly develop projects for global partnerships with African actors

The G-PAD Conference 2020 is an event as part of the Africa Forum, which is part of the implementation of the Africa in Focus initiative. The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) is holding the conference in cooperation with Lead Africa International e.V.

You can find the detailed conference program here.


Development begins in the communities

“Development begins locally and very centrally in the municipalities,” said Philipp Keil at the opening of the 7th Stuttgart Forum for Development (SFE). In his speech, the Executive Board of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) emphasized the need for local responses to the global responsibility that we all have.

The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing us to rethink and find answers to the question of where we want to develop. “With this year’s Stuttgart Forum for Development, we want to provide impetus and find new ways in which development policy can be understood in municipalities in the future. Because local development policy means making communities suitable for grandchildren.”

In her lecture, Prof. Chirine Etezadzadeh dealt intensively with the municipalities of the future. She noted that there is “a mood of optimism that we must take advantage of” around the world. We would have the chance to realign our economy and return production to the regions and municipalities. This would also contribute to greater resilience in communities. “We need resilient cities, we need a culture of resilience that is based on social cohesion,” said Etezadzadeh. The prerequisite for this is sustainability: “There is no sustainability without resilience and no resilience without sustainability.”

A key prerequisite for this is a smart infrastructure; However, according to Etezadzadeh, digitalization should not lead to technical dominance. Rather, digital consumer education and digital inclusion of all age groups is a task for municipalities. This citizen orientation is important because this is the only way the Smart City of the future can succeed. Given the amount of data needed for a smart city, she demanded: “In Germany, we have to ensure that people are self-determined and independently decide how their data is handled.” For this, an Ethics Council for Artificial Intelligence is needed.


REZ: Reorientation of Baden-Württemberg's development cooperation

The reorientation of the state's development cooperation (DC) was the focus of the first closed meeting in 2020 of the Baden-Württemberg Council for Development Cooperation (REZ). The REZ will develop a corresponding key points paper for the state government in the coming weeks.

The REZ experts agreed that the Covid-19 pandemic must be seen as an opportunity to sharpen our focus on developments in line with the 2030 Agenda and to look at them from a new perspective. Other topics on the REZ agenda were the Africa in Focus initiative and the racism and power-critical view of North-South relations.

The REZ advises the state government on the implementation of the development policy guidelines. The REZ includes representatives from various development policy and civil society organizations as well as the Protestant and Catholic churches. The REZ has been managed by the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) since January 1, 2020.

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