New: Handbook on local development policy

The “Handbook on Municipal Development Policy” is a guideline with many practical examples for municipalities. It was created in cooperation by the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) and the Baden-Württemberg City Council.

The handbook contains 140 pages of information on the topic of sustainability, local development policy, guidelines for your own actions and best practices from municipalities across the country, as well as addresses of contact and contact points. The handbook shows that municipal development policy is more than just partnership work and that it has many interfaces with traditional municipal areas. With its many examples, the handbook encourages action and shows many ways to make communities more “suitable for grandchildren”.

The 2030 Agenda with its 17 sustainable development goals addresses municipalities directly with Development Goal 11. It is a call to make cities and communities more sustainable. Municipal development policy has always been an essential element for the SEZ's partnership work.

“For us, development policy begins right on our doorstep, i.e. in the community. The Baden-Württemberg Association of Cities is a very important partner for us because it has a direct line to the municipalities,” says Philipp Keil, the managing director of the SEZ. “We bring our experience and knowledge from our many years of work in development policy and development cooperation. This is the perfect combination to address global responsible action in the municipality.”

You can read the “Handbook on Municipal Development Policy”. download here.


135th Fairtrade School awarded

The Albert Einstein High School in Böblingen received the distinction as a Fairtrade School on March 29, 2021. Raquel Dischinger from the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) presented the award digitally.

That's it Albert Einstein High School the 135th Fairtrade School in Baden-Württemberg and the first this year to receive this award. 36 schools are currently on the way to becoming Fairtrade Schools. The State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport support the nationwide campaign. The coordination for Baden-Württemberg lies with the SEZ. It is supported by other development policy actors from the country such as Umbrella Association for Development Policy Baden-Württemberg e.V. (DEAB), dem Reutlingen Development Education Information Center (EPiZ), dem Center for development-related educational work of the Evangelical Church of Württemberg, the Institute for Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Freiburg and the MISEREOR diocesan office in Rottenburg-Stuttgart. 

The Fairtrade Schools campaign was launched in 2012 as a unique nationwide educational platform on fair trade by TransFair e.V. Since April 2014, schools in Baden-Württemberg have also been able to receive the award.

You can find further information here.


Tenders and dates work! 2021

The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) has published this year's dates for the funding lines beffekt!domestic, beffekt!abroad and beffekt! Burundi.

Bworks! is the SEZ's funding program and is financed with funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg. We promote Projects at home and abroad that are characterized by sustainability and partnership.

The expected dates in 2021 for the funding program are!

 Call for tenderApplication Deadline

The earliest possible start to the project is around 8-10 weeks after the application deadline.

Please note that this information is not guaranteed and is intended to serve as a guide. The final deadline can be found in the respective advertisement. We would also be happy to add you to our mailing list so that you will be informed as early as possible about the tenders and the activation of the SEZ application portal. Simply send a short email with the relevant information about your organization

Important innovation in the application process

We would like to point out an innovation in the application process in advance: From 2021, applications can only be submitted digitally via the SEZ application portal. As part of the respective advertisement, the SEZ will offer a short introduction to the application portal for the application process. Please refer to the respective advertisements for the dates.

We would also be happy to support you with your application: For a personal consultation, please contact Mr. Jerry Bide by email (

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