Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm and open-end get-together at Sparkassenakademie Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany. The language of the conference is English (without translation).

Are you committed to global justice and implementing sustainability? Do you want to expand your international network and exchange experiences with other young people?

The State Ministry Baden-Württemberg and the Foundation for Development Cooperation Baden-Württemberg (SEZ) warmly invite you to the “Mindchangers Future Impact Summit – directing global change”, to take part in the international event on youth engagement and global justice.

We are now officially at the mid-term review of the 2030 Agenda, which shows us that as a global community we need to work together even more closely to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda. Youth engagement, together with civil society engagement and the interaction of all actors at the local level, is a fundamental key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Together with young people from Mindchangers projects in the six partner regions and other true global impact makers, who are committed to global justice and sustainability, we will explore innovative approaches to the UN 2030 Agenda. The resulting impulses will be discussed at the Mindchangers Future Impact Summit with Rudi Hoogvliet, State Secretary for Development Policy in Baden-Württemberg, representatives from politics, municipalities, NGOs and academia, as well as committed partners from all across the world and young people from Baden-Württemberg, to ensure a holistic approach concerning the SDGs.

The discourses from the Summit will then flow into the Mindchangers Stuttgart Declaration, which will be developed during the International Youth Meeting and whose results will be passed on to the EU and the respective regional political and civil society representatives and networks as an impulse and catalog of measures.

With art performance, international keynote speakers, and input from young people from Mindchangers projects in all partner regions, we will present young engagement in all its forms and colors at the Mindchangers Future Impact Summit. In the active phase, young people, political hosts, experts and EU stakeholders will work together to develop solutions for the 2030 Agenda as impulses of the Mindchangers Stuttgart Declaration. The Gallery of Change and the open-end get-together with food & drinks are the perfect opportunity for local and international exchange and networking.

About Mindchangers

The goal of Mindchangers is to mobilize and build regional and international networks for young people, who are dedicated to the 2030 Agenda on a global level and are focusing their engagement on the topics of climate change, migration, diversity, respect, and solidarity. At the three-day Mindchangers International Youth Meeting, young people from the partner regions Baden-Württemberg, Piedmont (IT), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (FR), La Rioja (ES), Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE) and Dolj County (RO) will come together for the exchange of ideas and expertise.

Since October 2020, six European regions, civil society organizations, local authorities, and the young generation are working together on the EU-funded project “Mindchangers – Regions and Youth for Planet and People”. Individual and civic engagement of young people on the topics of climate change, climate justice, migration and sustainable development was funded in 114 projects from all Mindchangers regions. Therefore, it is important to work on strengthening the collaboration between local authorities, civil society organizations, and young people.


Grace A. Orao


Grace is a 27-year-old African peace practitioner with a compelling mission to reshape the narrative surrounding the involvement of young people as integral partners in driving change and advancing the development agenda. Currently, she is the assigned Regional Coordinator for East and Southern Africa at the United Network Of Young Peace-builders (UNOY) and the Executive Director of Women Volunteers for Peace (WOVOP).


Dr. Max Jungmann


Max is the founder and CEO of Momentum Novum, a strategy consultancy focused on sustainable development. He is also the Executive Manager of the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) at Heidelberg University. After studying political science as well as sociology, media and communication science at the Universities of Trier and Heidelberg, he earned his PhD on health policy challenges of climate change at Heidelberg University. Max is a Climate Reality Leader and served for over 7 years on the senior staff of the largest UN simulation in the world, the National Model United Nations New York.



Thor Morante Brigneti


Thor is a communications specialist and project coordinator with 15 years of professional experience working in the environmental field — both in Peru and in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). As a journalist, he extensively published about the depredation of the Peruvian Amazon due to illegal gold mining activities. More recently, he has been focusing on the implementation of projects and initiatives in CEE, ranging from working with regional experts in the low-emission development strategies (LEDS) field to working with the youth on climate change awareness raising through a gamification approach.


Jenny Mushegera


Jenny is a leadership and development expert, currently working as desk officer for one of Germany's biggest development cooperation organizations. Jenny is the founder and president of CongoExcellence and has been part of various pioneering projects and activities, like the Model African Union Summit. Furthermore, she served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the African Union Diaspora Youth Initiative and was one of 20 African women leaders selected to participate in a competitive pilot program under the supervision of the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations in New York.


Momentum novelty


Momentum Novum is a strategy consultancy that empowers organizations to integrate sustainability into their business models. Through our interactive approach, we develop sustainable strategies together with our clients, build capacities and implement effective measures. United for sustainable development.

Sustainable leadership aligns the health and productivity of teams and organizations with the health of our planet and society. Sustainable innovation management makes use of interactive, user-centered methods to harness the full innovation potential of sustainability. Sustainable strategy development integrates a holistic approach to sustainable development into the core business strategy. Effective and inclusive change management is essential for the success of transformation processes.


Revival of the partnership

Over 100 participants contributed to the actors meeting on June 30.06.2023, XNUMX (Photo:SEZ/Africreative).

CARIBOU! KAZE! Welcome to the heart of Africa, Burundi! State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet traveled with a political delegation from Baden-Württemberg to the partner country Burundi to further strengthen the almost 40-year-old partnership.

A warm welcome awaited the delegation from Baden-Württemberg in Burundi when they landed in Bujumbura for the first time in nine years. In addition to members of the state parliament, representatives from the areas of science, civil society, cities and municipalities, schools and universities were part of the delegation. Two journalists and an interpreter accompanied her on this important journey. On the Burundian side, the delegation was accompanied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, in particular by Minister Albert SHINGIRO and State Secretary Ferdinand BASHIKAKO.

The delegation week offered a multi-faceted program to give the travelers a wide range of insights into the country and the partnership.
Part of the delegation began the trip with an intercultural workshop that combined a play with instrumental music and singing with a reflection session. The workshop took participants on a fascinating journey through the country's rich history and culture.

In addition to political appointments in ministries and the Bujumbura town hall, other visits were also on the program. This included handing over language certificates in the German Center. The visit to the doctoral school at the University of Burundi also enabled a fruitful exchange. In addition, selected project partners of the partnership were visited, including the agroforestry project with the partnership coffee “Café du Burundi” in Gitega and the Fondation Stamm.
A particular highlight of the trip was the opening ceremony of the liaison office, which is intended to further deepen the partnership between the two regions. At the SEZ stakeholders' meeting, new priorities for cooperation were defined and important impulses were given for the future, which was attended by over 100 committed people.

The delegation was also invited to the Independence Day celebrations on July 1, where the President of the Republic, Évariste NDAYISHIMIYE, gave Germany and the delegation a special place in his speech.

Let the impressions of the trip sink in, read more about this trip and the opportunities for even closer collaboration!

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Opening of the SEZ office in Bujumubura

Aline Dusabe, Muna Hassaballah, Raïssa Mpundu and Philipp Keil (all SEZ) are pleased about the opening of the office in Bujumbura / Aline Dusabe, Muna Hassaballah, Raïssa Mpundu and Philipp Keil (tous membres de la SEZ) se réjouissent de l'ouverture du bureau de Bujumbura. (Photo: SEZ/Africreative).

En français ci-dessous.

On June 30.06.2023, XNUMX, a piece of history was written in the partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi. The liaison office, which serves as a contact point and place for networking, was ceremoniously opened in Bujumbura.

The inauguration of the liaison office marks a new phase in the cooperation between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi. It is intended to serve as a space to strengthen exchange and cooperation between the two regions. As a sign of the partnership, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, Ferdinand Bashikako, and State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet jointly opened the office.

Following the inauguration, the participants were invited to a reception where they could enjoy appetizers in a cozy atmosphere. This provided an opportunity to celebrate the opening of the liaison office and to have further discussions about future projects and collaborations.


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Ouverture du bureau de la SEZ à Bujumubura

On June 30, 2023, a historical page will be published in the partenariat between Bade-Wurtemberg and Burundi. The bureau de liaison, which serves the point of contact and the situation in the situation, is now inaugurated in Bujumbura.

The inauguration of the liaison office marks a new phase in the cooperation between Bade-Wurtemberg and Burundi. The servira d'espace pour renforcer les échanges and la coopération between les deux régions. Pour symboliser le partenariat, le Secrétaire Permanent au Ministère des affairses étrangères et de la Coopération au Dévelopement, Ferdinand Bashikako, and le Secrétaire d’Etat Rudi Hoogvliet ont inauguré ensemble le bureau.

After the inauguration, the participants receive invitations to a reception on the course of the source as they taste the amuse-bouches in a convivial atmosphere. This is the occasion to celebrate the opening of the liaison office and the discussions about future projects and cooperation.

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In conversation with Gundula Büker

Gundula Büker accompanied the delegation trip to Burundi as a civil society representative./ Gundula Büker accompagné the voyage of the delegation to Burundi and also represents the civil society. (Photo: Pascal HABONIMANA/ Fondation Stamm)

En français ci-dessous.

In an interview with Gundula Büker, we talked about the first delegation trip to Burundi since 2014. As a representative of civil society in the areas of education and youth, she accompanied the delegation of State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet.

SEZ: What role did you play in the delegation trip to Burundi in June 2023?

Gundula Büker: I am a board member of the Baden-Württemberg development policy umbrella organization (DEAB e.V.), represents the DEAB member organizations Steering for development cooperation (REZ) and work as a one-world specialist promoter for global learning at EPiZ Reutlingen. So I was part of the delegation trip as a civil society representative with the focus on education and youth.

SEZ: What inspiration do you take home from Burundi?

Gundula Büker: Burundi is an impressive, beautiful country with an incredible number of committed initiatives and people. The country has a difficult past, which still has a diverse impact on people's lives today. I was impressed by the resilience, motivation and energy with which people develop visions and ideas and work to ensure that the predominantly young Burundians have a good, peaceful future. I will take this commitment home with me as an example.

But I also noticed that in many places the German image of the partner country Burundi focuses more on flaws and problems and contradicts the image of how Burundians see their country and that they want to paint. The fact that our perspective is still so dominant shows how the partnership is shaped by colonial continuities. As participants on the trip to Baden-Württemberg, we have to take this with us and make ourselves aware of it so that the partnership enables real dialogue and successful cooperation.

The fact that an SEZ liaison office was opened in Bujumbura during the delegation trip is a huge opportunity to find good ways to support the local commitment in solidarity and to maintain good relationships and a cooperative dialogue with actors in Burundi. Especially in the areas of education and youth, I think that successful cooperation can only succeed if the SEZ colleagues continue to pursue their good work and expand and strengthen it with the new office. Because youth and education are extremely important areas in which the partnership is designed and developed.

What I definitely take with me from the trip is motivation to continue to work on educational work for all people here in Baden-Württemberg. So that we can paint a differentiated picture of our partner country and see the challenges and opportunities and use the partnership as an opportunity to find out differences and similarities, to really get to know each other and to consider how we as partners define global responsibility and our roles in it.

SEZ: Which moment of the delegation trip did you like the most?

Gundula Büker: I gained so many experiences and impressions on this short trip that were so impressive and valuable! I was particularly touched by the intercultural workshop with young Burundian artists at the beginning. They presented a performance they had created about Burundi with text, music and dance, which we then reflected on together. This led to an open exchange in which we talked primarily about the history and present of Burundi, Germany's role in it and our relationship to it. And of course I was very happy to meet Burundian initiatives and committed people. For example, at the stakeholders’ meeting in Bujumbura organized by the SEZ. During the workshop phase, I was able to exchange ideas with potential cooperation partners who are active in the field of education and in work for and with young people. Those were moments when I... the experience of real encounter and experienced a very enriching dialogue that gave me the feeling of getting to know the country and its people a little better and understanding which topics we could and should continue to work on together.

SEZ: What do you hope for the partnership between Burundi and Baden-Württemberg?

Gundula Büker: I hope that we succeed, this partnership becomes a real learning partnership to let become. For me, this means that we learn from each other by enabling a dialogue between Baden-Württembergers and Burundians and thus achieve a reflective, power-critical and discrimination-sensitive partnership. The concept of the much-vaunted “eye level” doesn’t apply to me. Rather, it should be about practicing and maintaining a conscious approach to the different conditions in both countries and looking together at what responsibility this implies for the other partner. In order for these encounters to take place, on the German side there are: Ministry of State especially the SEZ with its employees in Burundi and Baden-Württemberg, the Council for Development Cooperation (REZ), which advises the state government on the Burundi partnership and the Burundian diaspora of central importance in Baden-Württemberg.

I would also like the knowledge about the partnership and common topics to be more integrated into the educational landscapes and youth work of both regions. In Baden-Württemberg, the partnership should be included in the education plan and curricula and school partnerships and youth encounters as well as joint educational and exchange activities should be promoted - ideally, of course, for target groups beyond the areas of school and youth!

I am full of hope that with good ideas, sensitive actions and open ears and hearts, this partnership will continue to have good soil on which a lot of good things can grow!

En discussion with Gundula Büker

Dans un entretien avec Gundula Büker, nous avons parlé du premier voyage d'une délégation au Burundi published in 2014. En tant que représentante de la société civile pour les themes de l'éducation et de la youth, elle accompagné la délégation du secrétaire d 'Etat Rudi Hoogvliet.

SEZ: What role will you present during the delegation trip to Burundi in June 2023?

Gundula Büker: I am a member of the administration council of the association Baden-Württemberg Development Policy Association, DEAB e.V., I represent the organization members of DEAB from the Conseil pour la coopération au développement (Council for Development Cooperation - REZ) and I work in tant que Promotrice spécialisée for l'aprentissage global à l'EPiZ de Reutlingen. Lors de ce voyage, j'ai ainsi participé en tant que représentante de la société civile au voyage de la délégation pour les domaines de l'éducation et de la youth.

SEZ: Quelles sont les impulses que vous ramenez du Burundi?

Gundula Büker: The Burundi is a country that is impressive, magnifique, and has a beaucoup de gens engagés. Le pays porte les traces de son lourd passé, qui se répercute de variouss manières sur la current situation. J'ai été impressionnée par la résilience, la motivation et l'énergie avec lesquelles les gens développent des visions et des idées et travaillent pour que les Burundais, jeunes pour la plupart, se construct un avenir bon et pacifique.

J'ai également constaté that les continuités coloniales sont present en de nombreux endroits. The action of the conscience and the traitors, even though they are in Bade-Wurtemberg, means that the partenariat permette a véritable dialogue and a coopération réussie.

Afin de trouver de bons moyens de soutenir solidairement l'engagement sur place et de renforcer les bonnes relations et le dialogue partenarial avec les actors au Burundi, the new bureau de liaison de la SEZ à Bujumbura, ouvert pendant le voyage de la délégation, est d'une importance centrale. Because of the domains of education and youth, the coopérations fructueuses need to be reused by the collègues of the SEZ for good work and training, encouragés par le new bureau, peuvent l'étendre et le renforcer afin de bien organizer and accompagner le partenariat.

Ce que je retiens également de ce voyage, c'est le renforcement de mon engagement en faveur d'un travail de formation pour tous les habitants du Bade-Wurtemberg, qui permette de thunder une image différenciée de notre pays partenaire et de saisir l' occasion d'explorer les défis et les possibilités, les différences et les points communs des deux pays partenaires, d'aprendre à se connaître mutuellement et de poser des questions sur la responsabilité global et notre rôle dans ce contexte.

SEZ: What is the moment you travel from the delegation that you have plus apprécié?

Gundula Büker: J'ai vécu tellement d'expériences et d'impressions lors des nombreuses activités de ce court voyage, qui étaient toutes très impressionnantes et précieuses en soi. It is particulairement touchée in an intercultural studio with young Burundian artists at the début du voyage, au cours duquel ils ont présenté un spectacle qu'ils avaient élaboré avec du texte, de la musique et de la danse et ont ensuite réfléchi avec nous . Il en a résulté un espace ouvert, dans lequel il a surtout été question de l'histoire et du présent du Burundi, du rôle de l'Allemagne dans ce contexte et de notre rapport à celui-ci. En plus, j'ai été très heureuse de rencontrer des actors burundais, notamment lors de la réunion des actors organisée par la SEZ à Bujumbura. Lors d'une phase d'atelier, j'ai pu échanger avec des personnes qui s'engagent dans le domaine de l'education et dans le travail pour et avec les youngen. Ce sont des moments où j'ai eu le sentiment d'une vraie rencontre et d'un dialogue très enrichissant, qui m'a donné le sentiment de connaître un peu mieux le pays et ses habitants et de comprendre les thèmes sur lesquels nous pourrions and developers continuer à working ensemble.

SEZ: What are you saying about the partnership between Burundi and Bade-Wurtemberg?

Gundula Büker: Je souhaite que nous réussissions à faire de ce partenariat un véritable partenariat d’aprentissage. Pour moi, cela signifie rendre possible un dialogue entre les actors qui favorise une conception réfléchie, critique du pouvoir et sensitive aux discriminations du partenariat. The notion of excellence “at the height of the eyes” is so obvious, it is not pertinent to the eyes. Il devrait plutôt s'agir de pratiquer et d'entrittir une relation consciente avec les différentes des deux pays et de voir ensemble ce que cela signifie pour les responsabilités respectives des participants. You are in Germany, out of the ministère d'État, it is part of the SEZ and its collaborators in the different regions, the Council for the coopération au développementt (REZ) and the Burundian diaspora in Bade-Wurtemberg quiuent un rôle central dans l' organization de ces processus.

En plus, je souhaite que le partenariat et les thèmes qui y sont liés sums davantage partie des paysages éducatifs et des activités de jeunesse des deux régions. In Bade-Wurtemberg, this is a fair example of the initiative in the plan of formation and programs, the promotion of partenariats scolaires et des rencontres de younges ainsi que des activités communes de formation et d'échange – même pour des groupes cibles dépassant les domaines de l'école et de la youth!

Je suis pleine d'espoir qu'avec de good idées, une action sensitive et des oreilles et des cœurs ouverts, ce partenariat continuera à trouver un bon terrain sur lequel beaucoup de bonnes choses pourront pousser!

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