30 years of SEZ

Together. Sustainable. Act. This is what the SEZ has stood for for 30 years. In this special anniversary year, we look at past milestones, partnerships at “eye and heart level” and into the future.

The SEZ is celebrating its birthday! We look forward to celebrating 30 years of SEZ with you and, in our anniversary year, giving you insights into the successes and findings of the past years, so that we can finally look forward and think about what development policy impulses the future needs. On October 28, 2021, we would like to celebrate our big birthday with you with a big anniversary concert - you are welcome to save the date. You can find the entire history of the SEZ here.

Partnerships at “eye level and heart level”

Celebrating the SEZ's birthday also means thanking all of you: What you, as those committed to greater justice and more global sustainability, have achieved in Baden-Württemberg over the last 30 years is remarkable and a testimony to the enormous power that comes from human encounters can be. The collaboration with people from Baden-Württemberg and the world shows us again and again that we can and must learn from partners from Burundi and the countries of the so-called global south.

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Here on the website and in Burundi Competence Center you will find constantly updated ones news. You can find everything about sustainable textiles with Future Fashion here WebsiteWherein Facebook and Instagram. With the SEZletterthe Burundi Nouvelles and the Future Fashion Newsletter stay up to date on us, the partnership with Burundi and tomorrow's consumption. And also applications for project funding works!or Mindchangers run completely digitally via our new Application portal.


Celebrating Women in Arts

German version below

At the international event "Celebrating Women in Arts", artists from Burundi, Rwanda and Germany spoke about what the pandemic means for their creativity.

Cheers to women in art: new creative paths to life in times of pandemic

“Artists live in a space that hasn’t even been created yet,” is how Debbie Smith put it at the online exchange “Cheers to women in art: new creative ways of life in times of the pandemic”. The event with German, Burundian and Rwandan artists took place to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2021 and was hosted by Developmental Education Information Center (EPiZ) and the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ). The exchange, moderated by Divine Umulisa, aimed to give women in the arts a platform to talk about their work, their experiences and their coping strategies for the Covid-19 pandemic. When artists spoke for the music Debby Smith(Germany) and Esther Niyifasha (Rwanda), for fashion Ritha Angel (Burundi) and for painting Jemima Kakizi(Rwanda) and Kelly Nkurikiye (Burundi).

Even though they are often severely tested by questions about age, environment, gender and parents, it is precisely these topics that often serve as motivation to become creative. Esther shatters glass ceilings as she is one of only two women in Rwanda who plays her music on an inanga. The inanga is a traditional musical instrument that is mostly only played by men. Ritha, who is only 19 years old, has been working as a renowned fashion designer in Burundi for four years - despite all claims that she is too young to build her own business. The most important finding of the evening was that the artists are able to recreate themselves precisely because of their current experiences in the Covid-19 pandemic. So they use this time to think on the one hand, but also to create new things on the other. Jemima said she used the time to create designs for T-shirts and hoodies. Kelly learned to sew during the pandemic.

“Humanity and love – these are the two messages of my music,” says the artist Esther. Humanity and love were also the basis of the entire evening. As an inspiring and self-empowering exchange, the event brought artists and art enthusiasts together in a virtual space. There, people from all over the world came a little closer together and experienced a feeling of belonging - even though the pandemic so often keeps us at a distance. The evening will also be particularly remembered because it provided a space in which great women from diverse artistic backgrounds were celebrated and new networks were formed.

Celebrating Women in Arts: Creative New Ways of Living during the Pandemic

“Artists live in a space that is not yet created,” said Debbie Smith during the online exchange 'Celebrating women in arts: Creative ways of living during the pandemic' between German, Burundian and Rwandan artists as part of the March 8, 2021 International Women's Day celebration. The purpose of the exchange, organized by Developmental Education Information Center (EPiZ) and Stiftung Development Cooperation Baden-Württemberg (SEZ) and moderated by Divine Umulisa, was to provide a platform for women in the arts to talk about their work, their experiences and how they overcome challenges, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The artists present were from the field of music, such as Debby Smith (Germany) and Esther Niyifasha (Rwanda), from the field of fashion Ritha Angel (Burundi) and from the field of painting Jemima Kakizi (Rwanda) and Kelly Nkurikiye (Burundi).

The age, the environment, the gender and the parents are the challenges they face, but they also serve as a motivation to create. Esther is shattering glass ceilings, for she is one of only two women in Rwanda who play their music on the Inanga, a traditional music instrument that is usually played by men only. At only 19, Ritha has become a renowned fashion designer in Burundi for four years, dismantling claims that she is too young to start her own business. The biggest revelation of the evening was their ability to recreate themselves, because of what they are experiencing during the Covid-19 pandemic. On the one hand, this time is used to reflect and rethink, but on the other hand it is also used to recreate. Jemima shared that she started working with prints on T-shirts and hoodies during this time, as did Kelly who started to learn how to sew during the pandemic.

As Esther mentioned during the exchange: “Humanity and love are the two messages behind my music”. Humanity and love were also the reason behind this exchange. The inspiring and powerful exchange was an opportunity to gather artists and appreciators of arts together to create a 'virtual' room, that brings people from around the world closer together and provide a feeling of togetherness, despite the distance the pandemic is creating. Most importantly, it was a room for networking and celebrating women, who are excelling in different art fields.


Mindchangers call for proposals has begun


The new EU-wide project Mindchangers is aimed at young people and calls for rethinking issues such as climate change and migration. For Baden-Württemberg, the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) and the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry are cooperating with five other EU regions to present a completely new funding line: In the current round of Mindchangers Non-profit organizations, cities, municipalities and municipalities in Baden-Württemberg can tender up to the deadline Application deadline is July 07.07.21th, XNUMXSubmit applications for innovative projects on climate change, migration and global sustainability. All information about Mindchangers and access the current advertisement here eingesehen werden.

Apply online via the SEZ application portal


Applications for project funding Mindchangers can directly via that SEZ application portal processed and submitted. A decision on the application will be made within approximately 6-8 weeks after the end of the application period and will be communicated by email and displayed directly in the application portal. If funding is approved, further areas such as “contract for project funding” and “proof of use” will then be activated.

All questions about the application Mindchangers can by Email be sent to the project coordinator Margaux Savin. Anyone interested in all announcements regarding the SEZ funding lines can contact us via: Email Register for our project funding mailing list.

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