More and better networking for partnership groups!

The “Statewide Digital Networking Meeting of Partnership Groups” event series, which started in October 2021, will be continued this year.

The series “State-wide digital networking meeting of partnership groups” serves as a digital platform for networking, exchange and mutual support for the numerous Baden-Württemberg associations, initiatives and organizations that are involved in north-south cooperation.

This year there will be four exciting events on different topics. The first took place on February 10th, at which the German-Ugandan initiative “Chat with Uganda” and the association ADEPT e. V. presented their commitments in the field of education in Uganda.

An important offer and approach of the networking meetings is the reflection on how partnership can be beneficial for both sides under unequal expectations and conditions. Prof. Dr. developed very precise ideas about this. Aram Ziai at the networking meeting in November 2022. A handout from the One World Regional Network Germany e.V. (agl) working group on the topic Reflect on partnerships or Practical help to uncover your own fairy tale as well as other useful information can be found in the download area of ​​the Partnership Center:…

You can find even more networking, further training and practical information for those interested and committed to development policy at Practical workshops in Baden-Württemberg.

Further dates for the digital networking meetings of the partnership groups are on 12 May 2022, September 22, 2023 and November 17, 2023 from 16:00 p.m. to 18:30 p.m. We warmly invite you to participate. More information will be available soon here.

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Specialist promoter for local partnership initiatives


Come to the Fair Trading 2023 trade fair!

Visit us at the next Fair Trade from April 13th to 16th, 2023 at the Stuttgart Trade Fair!

Tasting fairly traded coffee from Burundi, sewing sustainable scrunchies after the Fair Fashion Show, talking to mindchangers and students from Fairtrade schools about climate justice and helping to shape the country's development policy guidelines - you're here for all of this Fair Trade Fair 2023 invited. Tickets and that attractive supporting program are now online.

 At Fair Handel, around 100 exhibitors show trends and innovations about how to act and consume fairly globally. Three other exhibition areas focus on development cooperation and global partnerships, sustainable finance and tourism, as well as numerous activities that invite you to take part or taste them.

Future fashion This year is presenting itself in a big way with x GREENSTYLE, second-hand fashion, workshops and young labels from the network.

Together with Slow Food in Hall 1, the largest exhibition hall in Stuttgart, Fair Trade invites you to a joint stage program. Because: whether it's about nutrition or consumption - our actions in Baden-Württemberg have an impact on people worldwide. That's why we don't want to live at the expense of others, but rather actively reduce injustices worldwide and look for solutions for more justice.

Changing Narratives and #CreatingChangeBW: You can find out what the commitment to global justice can look like on April 15, 2023, for example, at the State Development Policy Conference and at Mindchangers Summit - Here all participants can pass on their impulses for change to state politics. At the BW-Burundi meeting on April 14, 2023, rural women from Baden-Württemberg and Burundi will report on what concerns them and make their political demands.

The international trade and consumer trade fair Fair Trade with a focus on fair trade and globally responsible action is a sales platform and at the same time an information and contact exchange for the industry, for the media, for decision-makers and consumers. The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) organizes Fair Trade together with Messe Stuttgart as part of the spring trade fairs. The SEZ is the technical and intellectual sponsor of the event.

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Project coordination Future Fashion, Fairtrade Schools & Fair Trade Fair


Starting signal for the Mindchangers 2023!

Start-up seminar with the project sponsors and representatives of the SEZ and the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg

The kick-off on January 26, 2023 marked the official starting signal for the eleven new Mindchangers projects in Baden-Württemberg. At the joint launch, the actors were able to get to know each other, network and exchange ideas about the plans and goals of the individual projects.

In the next twelve months, the Mindchangers 2023 will provide new impetus around the topics of climate justice and migration throughout the state. “Mindchangers – Regions and Youth for Planet and people” is a campaign funded by the European Union that aims to make visible and strengthen young engagement in the areas of climate change, migration and climate justice. The eleven projects were selected by an independent award committee made up of experts from various disciplines such as climate justice, sustainability, diversity, migration and education.

The Mindchangers 2023 are:

  • Culture on Tour – MyanmarMobile from Weitblick Freiburg e.V.
  • A construction trailer for everyone! from the youth department of the city of Rottenburg
  • Talk-To-Me: Generation of Global Citizens – We change perspectives from CaPoA Freiburg e.V.
  • Climate Stories from Fairventures Worldwide FVW gGmbH, Stuttgart
  • Climate crisis on our doorstep & solutions for tomorrow from the Friends of the Black Forest National Park e.V., Seebach/Ruhestein
  • Regional Youth Sustainability Lab from the Association of Mongolian Academics e.V., Stuttgart/Schwäbisch Hall
  • Change your Mind – Turn the Tide from Aktion Third World e.V. / iz3w, Freiburg
  • Vivas! Youth art performance on the topic of climate change from EPiZ Reutlingen
  • Yes we can protect the climate! Young migrants make climate protection tangible from Uthukumana Afrika e.V., Heidelberg
  • Plastic up, let’s do it! A practical implementation of the 2030 Agenda from Ndwenga e.V., Fellbach
  • Champions for Change from SIMAMA – STEH UP e.V., Karlsruhe

State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet, who is responsible for development policy in the state government, sees strengthening young commitment with a view to implementing the UN Agenda 2030 and the state's development policy as a central task. “We need young people, their creativity, motivation and participation, especially in development policy and international cooperation,” emphasized Hoogvliet. “I am very pleased that many young people here in Baden-Württemberg are actively committed to global justice and equal coexistence.”

We look forward to experiencing an exciting and eventful project year together with the project sponsors and are excited to see the ideas come to life!

You can find more information about the individual projects here.

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Project coordination Mindchangers & bworks! inland


Communication & Public Relations


Partnership work – a question of perspective!

Participants of the workshop

Communication as a success factor for practice

The first of this year’s Mindchangers Capacity Buildings “Partnership Work – A Question of Perspective!” took place on January 26.01.2023th, XNUMX. Communication as a success factor for the practice” with Dr. Kidist Hailu, specialist promoter for local partnerships in Baden-Württemberg. Through practical and interactive approaches, the partnership work was viewed from different points of view and incorporating the experiences of the participants. The impulses and food for thought of the workshop enable those involved to successfully design partnership work.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda call for multi-stakeholder partnerships to address common challenges through joint efforts. The 2030 Agenda recognizes that the 17 Goals will only be achieved with strong partnerships and collaborations, which is why Goal 17 “Strengthen means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” covers all individual goals as an umbrella. A successful development agenda therefore requires inclusive partnerships based on principles and values ​​and a shared vision that focuses on the well-being of people and the planet.

Partnerships are diverse and are concluded, for example, between municipalities and NGOs, new and established actors or even in countries of the so-called global south. In order for partnership work to be successful at global, regional, national and local levels, careful interpersonal communication is crucial. The perspective from which communication takes place must be reflected and questioned so that partnership-based action can develop its greatest possible potential.

This workshop was the first part of our capacity building series, which aims to provide cities, municipalities and civil society organizations with tools to actively involve young people in projects and initiatives and to get them excited about their own activities. The next workshops will be announced promptly on the SEZ website.

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Project coordination Mindchangers & bworks! inland


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