Start of the Mindchangers projects 2021

Kick-off event for the Mindchangers projects 2021 with the project sponsors and representatives of the SEZ and the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry

The starting signal for the Mindchangers projects was given on October 8, 2021.

At the start of the funded Mindchangers projects 2021, the selected project sponsors met on October 08th, 2021 to get in the mood for the coming year together. After almost a year of preparation by the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) and the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry, the first Mindchangers projects are now starting in Baden-Württemberg. Mindchangers is a project of the European Union and stands for global change that begins here in Baden-Württemberg.

In the next twelve months, eleven different ones will take place in Baden-Württemberg Mindchangers projects implemented, which are intended to provide new impetus around the topics of climate justice and migration. These eleven projects were selected by an independent committee of experts from various disciplines such as climate, sustainability, diversity, migration and education.

In the joint kick-off workshop, the organizations presented their different projects to each other. The focus was on networking and setting common goals for the coming year. “For me personally, this is the first project of this size that I have been able to help realize and I am looking forward to the close exchange with the Mindchangers team and the other project sponsors,” said a participant in the kick-off workshop.

The Mindchangers projects are primarily aimed at young people between the ages of 15 and 35 who are intended to be sensitized to the issues of climate justice and migration. “I was impressed by the many creative projects and I hope that the projects can really have a long-term impact on society,” said a comment from the review panel.

The mood at the opening event was also consistently positive: “We are very excited to see where the journey will take us. Working with young people is very important, but ultimately they function primarily as multipliers. We want to empower the generation of the future and give them knowledge to advocate for the world in which they want to raise their children,” noted another workshop participant.

The expectations of everyone involved in the Mindchangers project are high, but we urgently need a change of perspective that can lead to greater global justice. “I hope that the participation of young people will have an influence on society and that constructive change will come about within society,” is how one expert summarizes the committee’s expectations.

You can find an overview of the funded projects in 2021 here.


Book presentation: “Barefoot in Germany” by Tete Loeper

The author Tete Loeper will read from her book “Barefoot in Germany” on November 21, 2021.

What difficulties does young Mutoni encounter when she arrives in Germany? This is what the novel “Barefoot in Germany” by Tete Loeper is about.

From November 19th to 21st, 2021, a pop-up took place at the veggi und frei von trade fair as part of the Stuttgarter MesseHerbst Fair trade fair instead of. In addition to stands on the topics of fair trade and sustainability, there was also a stand Burundi Competence Center with a book reading as part of the supporting program by the author Tete Loeper.

Tete Loeper's novel “Barefoot in Germany” is about the young Rwandan woman Mutoni and the difficulties and prejudices she encounters after her arrival in Germany. At the reading, the author presented the content of her book, which tells of Mutoni's racist experiences on the market in Germany. After the reading, Tete Loeper explained the connection between racism, nutrition and food. She also emphasized her personal appreciation of healthy eating. Following the reading, the book was available for purchase at the Burundi Competence Center stand and the author was available to answer questions and give dedications. The demand for Tete Loeper's “Barefoot in Germany” was so great that all the books on the stand were sold out within a very short time. The entire book reading by Tete Loeper can here on Instagram be considered:

The English-language book is already available in bookstores - if you are interested, we recommend that you order it from your local bookstore and thus strengthen small bookstores and diversity in the literary world. A German version of the book will be available from March 2022.

Tete Loeper is an author, actress and education speaker with a BA in communications and journalism. She lives in Germany, is a native of Rwanda and lived in Burundi for several years. For several years she has been working on topics related to migration, decolonization, sustainable North-South partnerships and intercultural exchange. You can find more information about Tete Loeper here on Instagram.


Anniversary concert “30 years of SEZ”

Yoya Jamal opens the SEZ's 2021 anniversary concert. He was accompanied on guitar by Marcus Halver.

Small country meets country - How Burundi and Baden-Württemberg celebrated at the SEZ anniversary concert in Stuttgart

The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) celebrated its 28th anniversary with music from Burundi and Baden-Württemberg on the evening of October 2021, 30 in the New Castle in Stuttgart. Around 80 invited SEZ guests listened to the sounds of the Burundian musician Yoya Jamal and the chamber orchestra Camerata Europeana in the White Hall of the New Palace. The concert was all about the human encounters and partnerships that the SEZ has made possible for over 30 years. Two of the invited guests met for the first time that evening: Appolonie Nibona, the Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi and Rudi Hoogvliet, State Secretary for Media Policy, Federal Representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg and the new Chairman of the SEZ Board of Trustees.

The “Little Country” – this is the name Burundi became known through the novel of the same name by the French-Burundian author Gaël Faye – and the Baden-Württemberg region have a lot in common: numerous civil society, religious and informal connections have existed since the 1980s. The SEZ took up these connections in the 1990s and bundled them, for example in the Burundi meetings that have taken place regularly since 1996 as a space for encounters and exchange. Since 2009 at the latest, it has been said more and more often in Baden-Württemberg Amahoro (Kirundi for Peace) – because this year it was Burundi Competence Center The SEZ was founded, which has since coordinated Burundian-Baden-Württemberg networks and promoted new partnerships.

Encounters, partnerships and networking were the main themes of the evening. In their welcoming speeches, Philipp Keil (Managing Director of the SEZ), Rudi Hoogvliet, Mirjam Schwink (Head of Foundation Management at BW-Bank) and Appolonie Nibona highlighted how important civil society commitment is for a fairer world and thanked all those committed and supporters of the SEZ . In the panel discussion moderated by Lena Wimmer (SEZ), Astere Hatungimana (Chairman of the Burundian Diaspora Germany), Gudrun Today-Bluhm (Executive Director of the Baden-Württemberg City Council), Claudia Duppel (Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Policy Association) and Erich Schneider (President of the State Parliament) emphasized a.D.) the development policy achievements of the last three decades and discussed what development policy impulses the future needs. You can find a detailed look back at past milestones from 30 years of SEZ and an outlook on our vision for the future in the anniversary brochure “30 Years of SEZ”, which was presented on the evening of the celebration.

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Fair Trade Pop Up at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Autumn

Visit the Fair Trade Pop Up from November 19th to 21st, 2021 at the Stuttgart MesseHerbst.

As the technical and intellectual sponsor of the Fair Trade trade fair, the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) offers this in cooperation with the Stuttgart State Fair for the unusual spring fair in 2021 Pop Up Fair Trade or on the Stuttgart Trade FairAutumn at. As a special area of veggie & free from will be presented on the three days of the trade fair 19. to 21. November 2021 Exhibitors will present certified fair trade products, innovations and trends in the areas of food, handicrafts, sustainable fashion and financial investments. At the joint stand of the FAIRchange market, visitors can find information and participation offers on globally responsible action in Baden-Württemberg. The attractive supporting program on the trade fair stage invites you to listen and think.

The Fair Trade Facebook page You can find all the current program items and find out more about the exhibitors of the Fair Trade Pop Up.

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