Successful completion of Meine. Your. One World. 2021

The project partners at the opening of GeoTürle, the SDG geocaching tour in the Reutlingen district on September 23, 2021. In the middle solving puzzles: Sandra Teuber, Managing Director of the UNESCO Global Geopark Swabian Alb, and District Administrator Ulrich Fiedler.

We say thank you! Despite the corona pandemic, Meine. took part in the ninth round of the nationwide initiative. Your. One World. In 2021, 16 municipalities took part in 165 events.

The participating municipalities and their committed citizens defied the restrictions imposed by the corona pandemic in a varied, networked and creative way. It was impressive how some municipalities put together their programs and organized diverse and exciting programs in a very short time. Last week there were 25 other events at various locations in Baden-Württemberg.

The second digital exchange and networking meeting took place on October 26.10.2021th, XNUMX, where experiences and challenges of the participating municipalities could be exchanged with each other. “Participating in the networking meeting gave me ideas for the next actions and showed me how networked and diverse collaboration can be achieved. “I’m happy and I’m taking a lot with me,” reports Ms. Juliet Brook Blaut from Engen.

The ninth round of the Meine initiative will take place on December 02nd, 2021. Your. One World. rounded off with the award ceremony at 18:30 p.m. in the New Palace in Stuttgart under the patronage and in the presence of State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet. On the evening, the One World actors will be honored for their commitment. Prize money totaling 30.000 euros will be awarded.

If you are at My. Your. One World. If you took part as a municipality in 2021 and would like to take part in the competition, please submit meaningful documentation (2 DIN A4 pages, press releases, photos including captions and indication of image rights) to the SEZ by November 08th, 2021 at the latest.

The SEZ would like to thank all participating municipalities and their committed citizens for their great commitment.

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Anniversary brochure “30 Years of SEZ” has been published

30 years of SEZ - 30 years of human encounters.

The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) is celebrating its birthday! For 30 years now, the SEZ has stood for shared
same sustainable action in Baden-Württemberg and the world. On the occasion of this special date, we look back on past milestones in our newly published anniversary brochure and share with you the vision for our future path.

In our anniversary brochure, we and our SEZ companions provide an insight into the moments that particularly moved us all and remain in our memories to this day. It is precisely these stories and human encounters that have taught us more than once that it is always worth questioning old structures and venturing into new visions for the future, including in the area of ​​development cooperation. In our anniversary brochure, we first look back with our companions at our findings from the past few years, and then look forward and give an outlook on what development policy impulses, debates and steps the future needs.

You can find the entire anniversary brochure “30 Years of SEZ”. here to download:

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Stream: Insights into our anniversary concert

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30 years of SEZ – 30 years of human encounters. On October 28, 2021, we celebrated our 30th anniversary with an anniversary concert in the White Hall of the New Palace in Stuttgart. You could watch the anniversary concert live in the stream on our website from 19:00 p.m Youtube channel follow along. We continue to make the first part available for you to view here.

The program:


  • Philipp Keil, Executive board of the SEZ
  • Rudi Hoogvliet, State Secretary for Media Policy and State Representative to the Federal Government
  • Uwe Adamla, Head of Wealth Management Landesbank Baden-Württemberg
  • Apollonia Nibona, Burundian Ambassador to Germany

Celebration talk

  • Astere Hatungimana, Chairman of the Burundian Diaspora Germany
  • Gudrun Today-Bluhm, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg City Association
  • Claudia Duppel, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Policy Association
  • Eric Schneider, former President of the State Parliament

Musical program

The evening's musical program is all about Burundi's partnership with Baden-Württemberg. The Burundian one kicks things off Musician Yoya Jamal. The chamber orchestra Camerata Europeana will play pieces by Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky under the direction of conductor Radoslaw Szulc.

We are very pleased to celebrate this special anniversary evening with you - even if not in the concert hall, but at least with the opportunity for you to attend the celebration from very different locations and with a special program.

donation project

With the benefit concert, the SEZ supports the activities of partners in Burundi. This year it is aProjects, which promotes youth and Burundian culture in the Kabezi community.

We look forward to your donation.

Donations account:
BW Bank
IBAN: DE26 6005 0101 0001 3612 74

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Exciting events to combat the autumn blues

Event Fellbach-feminine-colorful: Ms. Ari, Ms. Roth, Ms. Plato, Ms. Brait-Poplawski (from left)

The last week of October is also the last week of the Meine initiative. Your. One World. 2021 (MDEW) and still has some exciting lectures and activities in store.

Since September 01st and until October 31st, 2021, many varied events on one-world topics have been taking place everywhere in Baden-Württemberg.

Here are a few tips for the last week of October:

  • On Monday, October 25th, two exciting lectures will take place almost simultaneously in Schwetzingen and Fellbach:
    In the Schwetzingen district adult education center e. V. presents Dr. Andre Baumann will give a lecture from 18:00 p.m. to 20:30 p.m. on how we want to live sustainably in the future. He shows the current challenges and possible ways out of them. Casper Dohmen's lecture starts at 19:00 p.m. in Fellbach and deals with how the exploitation of people and nature in the global division of labor could be ended. The supply chain law contributes to the fact that large companies have to assume human rights responsibility.
  • The online lecture jointly organized by various institutions from Freiburg on Wednesday, October 27th at 19:00 p.m. by Anne Jung from medico international will provide information about the current status of the pandemic in the Global South, vaccine distribution and the dispute over the release of patents.
  • Sustainability Day will take place on October 29th in Königsbach-Stein with a lecture by Dr. Andreas Zahn as well as a wide range of information on the topic of “sustainability”. Also on October 29th in Lahr, the rock/pop department of the music school will present the self-composed and recorded one-world song “Don’t let if fall apart,” thereby showing that we all live in one world.

Not the right one yet? Please take a look at our events calendar for events in your area.


Live Podcast: Future Fashion Made In Africa

Future Fashion and Future Fashion Made In Africa (FFMIA) will be at the Fashion Changers Conference 2021 with a live podcast.

Under the motto “Fashion & Responsibility” the Fashion Changers Conference will take place on October 27th and 28th in cooperation with Fashion Africa Now and Future fashion instead of. Virtually, over 30 speakers who represent a fashion industry with strong values ​​will bring in their respective expertise and different perspectives on the individual topics.

With the joint project Future Fashion Made In Africa (FFMIA), the two initiators Lena Wimmer from Future Fashion and Beatrace Angout Oola from Fashion Africa Now will introduce a change of perspective that focuses on Africa's designers and the prevailing stereotypes about the topic of fashion and design emerges from Africa.

On October 27, Beatrace Angout Oola, Skaner Negasi, Chebet Mutai and Asmaa Sbou will lead the panel discussion on “Trade with Africa – Deconstruct Colonial Trade Relations”. The mentoring session “How To Source In Fashion Africa Cities” with Nana Serwaah Boahene is also dedicated to Future Fashion Made In Africa (FFMIA). The final highlight will be a live podcast recording. The podcast is intended to make the topic accessible to a broad audience and to arouse their interest in Future Fashion Made In Africa.

Tickets for the conference as well as the entire program and a list of all industry experts can be found on the Fashion Changers website.


Mine. Your. One World. 2021 on the home stretch

Mine. Your. One World. 2021 is already halfway through and heading towards the home stretch. There are still many exciting events taking place in various places in Baden-Württemberg until the end of October and several campaigns related to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals are coming up.

In the Fellbach town hall area, the 17 goals of Agenda 2030, which was also signed by the city of Fellbach, are illuminated on a wall. Selfies in front of the wall and uploading the pictures to social media are welcome.

On Friday, 15th October 2021, Dr. René Castro Salazar, Deputy Director General of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) since 2016, gave a lecture in Lahr on the sustainability goals from the FAO's perspective.

Geo Türle invites those interested to discover the 17 sustainable treasures in the Reutlingen district as SDG geocaching until the end of December.

Photo: The exhibition “Sustainable Enzkreis – Agenda 2030 and Climate Fund” in the entrance hall of the Volksbank Haus in Pforzheim. Here is a newspaper report.

You can find other exciting events in your area in the SEZ events calendar.

SDG Jenga: Exhibition “Sustainable Enzkreis – Agenda 2030 and Climate Fund” in Pforzheim


Africa is the future and startup continent

Technology Region takes (East) Africa into account and wants to enable cooperation on an equal footing - building trust is an important prerequisite

The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ), TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe GmbH (TRK) as well sieber l wensauer-sieber l partner (swsp) organized the online kick-off event of the Digital Hub Africa with the aim of gradually intensifying connections between the region and East Africa. “Africa is the future and startup continent from which we can learn a lot.” said Philipp Keil, managing director of the SEZ.

Collaboration with start-ups and companies from African countries is arousing more and more interest and Africa is also becoming more important in the Karlsruhe Technology Region. This became particularly clear through the impulse of James Shikwati, Kenyan economist and founder of the Interregional Economic Network IREN. He gave insights into the East African start-up scene in the areas of mobility, energy and digitalization. Shikwati, who was speaking from Nairobi, came to the conclusion that, in addition to trust, the path to each other depends on the openness and flexibility of those involved. In order to be successful, according to the 51-year-old former Robert Bosch Fellow, it is helpful to build on established start-ups and companies and to use the hubs that exist in East Africa and their knowledge.

Designed as a stakeholder dialogue, the opening event with over 70 registered participants from the areas of start-ups, companies, science, the public sector and ministries aimed to strengthen existing networks in the TRK, but also beyond, as well as interested start-ups and To activate companies in the areas of energy, mobility and digitalization. Ways and needs were discussed together to enable stable cooperation in the future. The first virtual meetings between German and African interested parties are scheduled to take place in November.

Further information can be found on the Website of the Karlsruhe Technology Region and in the press release from the 30.09.2021.

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