Mine. Your. A world has reached the halfway point!

Campaign from our colorful Engen e.V.: “Democracy – I’m there!” – Day of Action for Democracy

Since September 1st, the actions of municipalities and their civil society actors have been taking place in many places in Baden-Württemberg as part of the nationwide initiative Meine. Your. One World. of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ).

The corona pandemic does not make planning and carrying out events easy. There is great uncertainty as to whether actions can even take place as planned. Despite this challenge, 77 exciting events have already taken place and another 87 will follow until October 31st. The citizens in the municipalities of Baden-Württemberg are committed to working for a fairer world and for the implementation of the 17 sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda. We would like to say a big THANK YOU for your commitment during this extremely challenging time.

Exhibitions, street activities, film screenings and discussions, lectures, photo exhibitions, virtual city tours, online events, panel discussions, culinary evenings, dance workshops and much more. you find in SEZ event calendar.

You can find an overview of the participating municipalities here:

You can find a musical contribution from Lahr, the sister city of Alajuela, to MDEW here on YouTube.

And you can find the detailed report on our cover photo and the “Democracy – I’m there” campaign here.


Microprojects for young people in Burundi

AYEI has been a close partner of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) for several years and realizes strong and innovative project ideas in Burundi.

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Burundi, August 13, 2021: On International Youth Day, the African Youth Empowerment Initiative (AYEI) Burundi organized a competition for young entrepreneurs.

The goal: to bring young people together and help them show their entrepreneurial talents. Numerous creative young entrepreneurs presented their project ideas. Starting capital of up to 1.500 Burundian francs (BIF) will be made available as a microcredit for the three best projects.

Raphael Vyagizimana received an amount of one million five hundred (1.500.000 BIF) for his project of production, processing and marketing of oil palm products. Evelyne Hakizimana received an amount of one million four hundred thirty-five thousand three hundred and fifty (1.435.350 BIF) for her food processing project. Finally, Charles Nyanduruko, whose project is titled “Promoting Soybean Cultivation in Rural Areas,” received seven hundred and seventy-six thousand (776.000 BIF). All three will repay the loan within 12 months.

This start-up capital is intended to enable young people to implement their business ideas. You then have to repay the loan at a low interest rate so that it can be made available to other young entrepreneurs.

In his speech, Diomède Mujojoma, the national coordinator of AYEI-Burundi, called on the beneficiaries of this microcredit to put it to good use because, once repaid, this capital will help other young entrepreneurs.

AYEI Burundi is a Burundian youth organization that aims to empower Burundian youth through sustainable agriculture, create jobs, alleviate hunger and reduce poverty. In 2019, AYEI received a grant from beffects!Burundi 2019 for his project “Cash For Work “. The grant was used to provide micro-loans to the two best projects of unemployed youth groups in the municipality and province of Kayanza in northern Burundi.

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AYEI-Burundi: Microprojets aux Jeunes pour faire face aux Problèmes de Chômage au Burundi

AYEI is a partenaire organization of the SEZ (Foundation for Development Cooperation Baden-Württemberg) for more years. Elle a piloté and réalisé of the innovative projects in Burundi.

En date du 13 Août 2021 lors de la journée international de la youth, l’organization « African Youth Empowerment Initiative » AYEI-Burundi, one of the partenaires organizations de la SEZ a organisé une competition en faveur des young entrepreneurs.

But it is a breed of young people and assistants to discover the talents of entrepreneurs. Three of the best projects are eligible for micro-credits on the selected selections, so the candidates receive a credit of 500 milles à un million cinq cent mille francs Burundais. Raphael Vyagizimana has a project for production, transformation and commercialization of palm oil products and is worth a million cents francs (BIF 1.500.000). Evelyne Hakizimana dans son de transformation agro-alimentaire a reçu a somme d’un million quatre cent trente-cinq mille trois cent cinquante francs bu (1.435.350BIF). Enfin Charles Nyanduruko dont the project is intitulé «Promotion of the culture of soy in rural milieu» a reçu sept cent septante six mille francs bu (776.000BIF). All three of you will receive credit in a delivery of 12 months.

C'est dans le cadre d'aider les jeunes à trouver le capital pour mettre en œuvre les idées entrepreneuriales mais ils doivent rembourser ce crédit avec un léger intérêt. Diomède Mujojoma the Coordonneur national de AYEI-Burundi dans son discours a exhorté les bénéficiaires de ce micro crédit de bien l'utiliser car ce capital va aider aux other young entrepreneurs après avoir été remboursé. AYEI Burundi is a youth organization in Burundais with the objects of responsibility for the youth of Burundaise à travers l'agriculture durable comme moyen de creation d'emploi, atténuer la faim et réduire la pauvreté a reçu une subsidy de beffects!Burundi 2019 for son project “Cash For Work“. This can also be used for a micro-credit in two of the best projects of the group of young people in the municipality and province of Kayanza in the North of Burundi. These projects are available for objectification of the culture of the pomme de terre and the other part of the education of the poules pondeuses. The somme octroyé is between six million cinq cent mille Francs Bu (6.500.000BIF) and this million cinq cent mille Francs Bu (8.500.000BIF) for the project that is delivered in 24 mensualités.


Design for tomorrow now!

“What future do we want?” is the motto of the state development policy conference, which will take place digitally next Friday, September 17, 2021.

Invited by Council for Development Cooperation (REZ) Various actors and interested parties in Baden-Württemberg's development policy come together to develop new approaches to the focus on “communal engagement” together and through citizen dialogue. The Development policy state conference is the annual highlight Participation process World:Citizens asked! of the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg and will take place in the presence of Rudi Hoogvliet, State Secretary for Media Policy and Federal Representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg. The aim is to network and involve those committed and interested in development policy in Baden-Württemberg and to set topics for development policy in the state.

In nine exciting workshops On topics such as responsible business, climate justice, Baden-Württemberg decolonial and Africa in view, participants can expect an inspiring exchange, new perspectives and the opportunity to network with one another. The state development policy conference sees itself as a platform for development policy actors and offers local community engagement the space for “This is what we do” and “This is what we need from politicians.” In the workshop “Youth in dialogue with politics! Strengthening young commitment to global responsibility” from the Baden-Württemberg Development Policy Association (DEAB) in cooperation with Mindchangers - the new project of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) and the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry - young people can enter into an exchange with political decision-makers and better help shape a globally fairer future. But questions about international partnership also concern many committed people in Baden-Württemberg. How can the Burundi country partnership be designed in the coming years? How can the partnership with Burundi be anchored more firmly in Baden-Württemberg? And what role does the colonial past play in the partnership? TheBurundi Competence Center The SEZ would like to get to the bottom of precisely these questions in its workshop “State Partnership Burundi and Baden-Württemberg – What happens next?”

Further information and the multi-faceted program of the 2021 Development Policy Conference can be found on the here.


Exhibition Life and Struggle of Garment Workers: Sustainability plays an important role for the young generation

A total of 89 students took part in the last school year as part of the “Environmental professionals for tomorrow” from the Federal Association for Sustainable Business, together with various partners, implement projects related to sustainability. This is also the case with the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation. With Future fashion, the SEZ's joint project on sustainable fashion and conscious consumer behavior, five students from the Bruder-Scholl-Gymnasium from Stuttgart-Sillenbuch, with facts and backgrounds on clothing production as well as alternative solutions. On June 12th they presented at the Gerber department store, in front of the Future Fashion Store the exhibition Life and Struggle of Garment Workers the interested passers-by. Equipped with the Wheel of Fortune from Welthaus Stuttgart and quiz questions about sustainable fashion and the Sustainable Development Goals, the students spent the afternoon educating consumers about slow and fast fashion.

You can find further information about Future Fashion and offers for schools in the new one Future Fashion Guide or under the Fairtrade School Campaign BW.


Mine. Your. One World. 2021 has begun

The nationwide municipal initiative for a fairer world has begun.

What can we do to reduce global injustice? How can we make our world future-proof and sustainable? And why does global responsibility begin right here in our community – right on our own doorstep? Baden-Württemberg's municipalities will be showing in autumn 2021 as part of the nationwide initiative Meine. Your. One World. How the United Nations Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be implemented. Mine. Your. One World. creates visibility for what everyone in Baden-Württemberg can do for a fairer world and shows what global impact our local actions have.

From September 1st to October 31st, 2021, 18 municipalities in Baden-Württemberg will be at Meine with over 60 events. Your. One World. 2021 there. “We are particularly pleased that, despite the pandemic, so many municipalities have registered with an extremely diverse program of events. This shows how much expertise and potential there is on topics such as global sustainability and justice in Baden-Württemberg. “It’s a strong sign of the importance of community engagement,” said Dr. Kidist Hailu, specialist promoter for partnerships at SEZ. All participating municipalities, districts and participating local actors can also take part in the initiative’s competition with their program. There are nine prizes up for grabs with a total prize money of 30.000 euros. The recognition of the commitment of the participating municipalities will take place at a celebratory award ceremony on December 02nd, 2021 under the patronage and in the presence of Rudi Hoogvliet, State Secretary for Media Policy and Federal Representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg, in the New Palace in Stuttgart.

My initiative. Your. One World. makes an important contribution to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the municipalities by developing, strengthening and further developing existing potential for greater global responsibility in the municipalities of Baden-Württemberg. Municipalities with their cities, schools, adult education centers, clubs and world shops are central places of human encounters where every day it becomes possible to raise awareness of global issues and strengthen partnership networks. The My. initiative, which takes place every two years. Your. One World. is from the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) organized and takes place in cooperation with the Service point for municipalities in one world (SKEW) from Engagement Global with the resources of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Further information, all events from Meine. Your. You can find One World 2021 as well as a download area with materials, flyers and images here.

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Event: Decolonizing university partnerships and the contribution of young people

Raïssa Mpundu (top left, SEZ), Philipp Keil (bottom left, SEZ), panel discussion (from left): Mimmy Bigirimana (entrepreneur and Miss Zero Plastic 2019), Yves Iraqoze (YAGA-Burundi), Diomede Mujojoma (AYEI-Burundi) and Augusta Muhimpundu (entrepreneur at 3hi); Theater group Umunyinya (bottom middle) ***************************** Raïssa Mpundu (à gauche en haut, SEZ), Philipp Keil (à gauche en bas, SEZ), Panel (de gauche vers la droite): Mimmy Bigirimana (Entrepreneur and Miss Zéro Plastique 2019), Yves Iraqoze (YAGA-Burundi), Diomède Mujojoma (AYEI-Burundi) and Augusta Muhimpundu (Entrepreneurs à 3hi) ; Troupe de theater Umunyinya (en bas au milieu)

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Partnership. Universities. A shared past that still lives in the present. A present and visible legacy, but an identity unrecognized by the law. Individuals and institutions. Colonial or anti-colonial structures or colonial continuities. A group of bloggers. A development cooperation institution. What do these groups have to do with each other?

In collaboration with YAGA Burundi, a group of young Burundian bloggers, the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) hosted a two-day conference and debate at the French Institute in Bujumbura on August 05th and 06th, 2021. The focus of the conference was on the topic of decolonization of the inter-university partnership and the question of how young people in particular can drive this process forward. This event is unique in the history of the SEZ, both because of its venue and because of the working languages: Rundi was the main language of the second day.

The main points of the two days included a panel discussion, presentations and artistic performances Umunyinya Theater Group, which tackled this sensitive topic in a profound, playful and humorous way. In one scene, the theater group reenacted a situation in which the structural exclusion in terms of mobility became clear: which path German people have to take to get a visa and which path Burundian people have to take, with a much higher probability of getting the visa After repeating it several times, I ultimately couldn't get it. Stereotypical images and ideas are still very prevalent. Particularly in university partnerships, mutual visits, joint research projects, etc. are heavily affected by such structural differences.

Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the SEZ, opened the exchange by pointing out that the Burundian and Baden-Württemberg partners greatly value mutual exchange and learning from each other. Muna Hassaballah, head of the Competence Center Burundi of the SEZ, mentioned that the SEZ's goals for this and last year include the participation of young people in the work of the partnership, but also the necessary and painful process of decolonizing our thoughts, actions and consumption.

The various topics of the evening focused, among other things, on the beginnings of the university partnership in Burundi and its current problems, such as Eric Nkurunziza, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of the Great Lakes, said in his post. He the aspect of decolonization, and not only the political, which was achieved on the day of independence, but also the “linguistic, intellectual, spiritual, cultural, ideological and financial” decolonization. Without neglecting the importance of North-South partnerships, Eric Nkurunziza also advocated for the strengthening of South-South university partnerships, pointing out the need to “depoliticize inter-university collaboration and avoid derogatory language that cultivates divisions and reinforced”. Some of the consequences of colonization that are still visible today were discussed, such as: B. the identity rights of the children of former colonizers and Burundian parents in Burundi, about the Issa Niyongere, the legal representative of the Association des Mulâtres des Grands Lacs, reported.

Solutions were also addressed in the discussion. Contrary to what we see today, a university degree should be the greatest asset for entering entrepreneurship to address the lack of jobs, such as Augusta Muhimpundu and Mimmy Bigirmana, both entrepreneurs, emphasized. The re-appropriation of language, history, culture and narratives was also discussed with a view to a better inter-university partnership. This would also mean that issues such as the return of Burundian artefacts stolen during the colonial period would be addressed by museums in an enlightened manner Aminadab Havyarimana, Lecturer and researcher in anthropology at the University of Burundi, emphasized. Since culture is the soul of a nation, the writer and entrepreneur encouraged Diomede Mujojoma encourage young people to engage in entrepreneurial activity, particularly in the agricultural sector. He encouraged young people to start writing because, as his own story shows, it is possible to pursue your goal even if you have no resources at the beginning: so his initial writing on banana leaves did not prevent him from eventually ending up in France to publish and be invited to the annual book fair in France.

The target group for this event was primarily young people. People who are interested in shaping partnerships between the so-called North and the Global South in such a way that both areas can work together with respect and dignity. The exchange showed that this can only happen with constant contextualization of the shared history. But it doesn't just look back; we also look forward to changing the future together. So that interuniversity partnerships provide access for young people and create a shared world.

Note that on the various pages of YAGA-Burundi as well as on Twitter and Facebook various articles were published. If you would like to continue to stay up to date on the activities of the Burundi Competence Center, you can register for the digital Burundi Nouvelles here.


De colonization and partenariat: source is the part of the young people of the universities?

Partenariat. Universités. A passé commun qui vit encore dans le present. A patrimoine present and visible, may be an identity not recognized by the loi. Individuals and institutions. Structures colonial or anti-colonial or continuous colonial. A group of bloggers. An institution for cooperation in development. What are these groups that see us and others?

En coopération avec YAGA Burundi, a group of young people from Burundi, the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) organized a conference-débat de deux jours at the French Institute of Bujumbura on the 5th and 6th of 2021. The conference is focused on the subject Thème de la décolonisation du partenariat interuniversitaire et sur la question de savoir comment les jeunes en particulier peuvent faire avancer ce processus. This event is unique in the history of the ZES, which is now present, in the same language as the language of work: the Rundi is the main language of the second day.

Les deux journées ont été marquées par un debate, des presentations et des performances artisticiques du groupe de théâtre Umunyinya , which abordé this question sensitive de manière profonde, ludique et humoristique. In a scene, the theater group has a different scene in a situation in which the source of the exclusion structure and the mobility equipment is in the clear state: The people in the area are prepared to obtain a visa and the Burundais are prepared, avec a probabilité beaucoup plus élevée de ne pas obtenir le visa au bout du compte après avoir répété plusieurs fois. Les images and les idées stéréotypées sont encore très répandues. These differences in structures ont an incidence considérable sur les partenariats universitaires, les visits mutuelles, les projets de recherche conjoints, etc.

Philipp Keil, directeur exécutif de SEZ, a ouvert les activités d'échange en soulignant que les partenaires Burundais et du Bade-Wurtemberg accordent a greate importance aux échanges et à l'aprentissage mutuels. Muna Hassaballah, responsible you Center de Compétence sur le Burundi de la SEZ, a mentionné que les objectsifs de SEZ pour this année et l'année dernière including la participation des jeunes in le work du partenariat, mais aussi le processus nécessaire et douloureux de décolonisation de notre façon de penser, d'agir et de consommer.

Les différents thèmes de la soirée ont porté, entre other, sur les débuts du partenariat universitaire au Burundi et ses problems aujourd'hui, comme l'a raconté dans son intervention Eric Nkurunziza, doyen of the faculty of psychology at the University of Grands Lacs. Il a souligné l'aspect de la décolonisation, non seulement la décolonisation politique réalisée le jour de l'indépendance, mais also la décolonisation “linguistique, intellectuelle, spiritual, culturelle, idéologique et financière”. Sans négliger l’importance des partenariats Nord-Sud, Eric Nkurunziza a également plaidé pour le renforcement des partenariats universitaires Sud-Sud, soulignant la nécessité de “dépolitiser la coopération interuniversitaire et d’éviter le langage péjoratif qui cultive et renforce les divisions”. Certain des conséquences de la colonization encore visibles aujourd'hui ont été discutées, comme les droits d'identité des enfants d'anciens colonisateurs et de parents burundais au Burundi, dont a parlé Issa Niyongere, the legal representative of the Association of Mulâtres des Grands Lacs.

The solutions are equal and discussed in the course of the discussion. Contrairement à ce que nous voyons aujourd'hui, a diploma universitaire devrait être le meilleur atout pour se lancer dans l'entreprenariat afin de remédier au manque d'emplois, comme le soulignent Augusta Muhimpundu et Mimmy Bigirmana, all two sons of entrepreneurs. The réappropriation of the language, the history, the culture and the recitations are also discussed in the optics of a better part of the interuniversitary world. Cela signifie également que des questions telles que la restitution d'objets burundais volés pendant la period coloniale sont abordées par les musées de manière éclairée, comme l'a souligné Aminadab Havyarimana, Professor and researcher in anthropology at the University of Burundi. La culture étant l’âme d’une nation, l’écrivain et entrepreneur Diomede Mujojoma a encouragé les younges à faire preuve d'esprit d'entreprise, notamment dans l'agroalimentaire. Il a encouragé les jeunes à se lancer dans l'écriture car, comme le montre sa propre histoire, il est possible de poursuivre son objectif même si l'on n'a pas les moyens au départ: par example, le fait qu'il ait d'abord écrit sur des feuilles de bananier ne l'a pas empêché de publier en France et d'être invitation au salon annuel du livre en France.

The groupe cible de cet événement était principalement les younges. The people who belong to the partenariat between the North and the South globally de manière à ce que les deux régions puissent travailler ensemble dans le respect et la dignité. L'échange a montré que cela ne peut se faire qu'en cotextualisant constamment l'histoire commune. Toutefois, the accent is not as long as the passé, but also continues to be a part of the change of the future ensemble. Pour que les partenariats interuniversitaires ouvrent un accès aux jeunes et permetettent ainsi la création d’un monde commun.

Notes that additional posts are published on the different pages of YAGA-Burundi in common Twitter and Facebook. If you want to continue with your tenir au courant des activités du Center de Compétence du Burundi, you can also write down the bulletin numérique Burundi Nouvelles here.


Currently: 9th KNUST Summer School in Ghana

The 31th KNUST SUMMER SCHOOL to achieve the SDGs will take place from August 03st to September 2021rd, 9 on the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.

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The 31th KNUST SUMMER SCHOOL to achieve the SDGs will take place from August 03st to September 2021rd, 9 on the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. This time the focus is on the academic area and the establishment and expansion of sustainable academic partnerships and networks.

The focus is on exchanges between universities from the so-called global south and the so-called global north, both in educational and administrative terms. This inter-university exchange is organized in a hybrid form, on the one hand live on site for those interested, and on the other hand online for participants from Germany, for example. Organizers include: CLEAN Africa and the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg. The Burundi Competence Center The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) is particularly pleased about the participation of Prof. Aloys Misago, Prof. Dr. Willy-Marcel Ndayitwayeko and Kelly Joelle Gatore Sinigirira, M.Sc. from Burundi, covering various disciplines such as anthropology, economics and mathematics (see photo). The various activities of the KNUST Summer School include workshops on integrating the SDGs into academic structures as well as excursions that facilitate exchange and making new contacts. You can find more information on the website KNUST Summer School or on hers YouTube Channel.



The 31st of September 03 at the campus of KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) in Kumasi in Ghana was held at the "2021ème ÉCOLE D'ÉTÉ de KNUST" for the accomplissement of the ODD particulièrement for the domaine universitaire. The principal theme of this 9th edition is the construction of the partenariat and the durable changes. The focus is on the dialogue between the universities of the North and the South, which corresponds to the educational plan and administration. This interuniversitary change is organized by a hybrid manner, in line for the participants in Allemagne and in the place for all other people. The organizers are part of CLEAN-Africa, a foundation for the recovery of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Bade Wurtemberg. The Center de Compétence sur le Burundi de la SEZ is now advertising the participation of Prof. Dr. Aloys Misago, Prof. Willy-Marcel Ndayitwayeko and Kelly Joëlle Gatore Sinigirira, M.Sc. Venus du Burundi and couvrant des domaines different à savoir l'Antropologie, l'Economie ainsi que les Mathématiques. The different activities are part of the workshops to integrate the ODDs in the universities that make excursions to facilitate changes and establish new contacts. Plus the information can be retrofitted la page de l'ecole d'été and la page YouTube de KNUST.

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