New: AMAHORO! Anniversary funding

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Many will have already noticed: The AMAHORO! State partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi celebrates anniversary. For over 40 years, partnerships have connected people from the countryside to the land of 1000 hills.

To ensure that the broad network of active and committed people grows, the AMAHORO is taking place once this year! Anniversary funding specifically for your Burundi-related events, media and public relations work.

The AMAHORO! State partnership should become better known, which is why the SEZ supports your ideas and your commitment with funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg.

The AMAHORO! Anniversary funding shortly:

  • Be promoted publicity activities, events, media etc. related to Burundi in Baden-Württemberg.
  • are eligible non-profit, private providers, clubs and organizations based in Baden-Württemberg, especially diasporic organizations.
  • The funding and activities start from now until and including December 31, 2024.
  • Applications should take approximately 8 weeks before carrying out the activity.
  • The amount of funding is a maximum of EUR 2.000 per organization.

More information about AMAHORO! anniversary funding, You can find the guidelines and the application form here here.

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In conversation with Bishop Dr. Bigirimana

Bishop Dr. Éraste Bigirimana and Philipp Keil exchanged ideas during their visit to AMAHORO! State partnership and education (© SEZ).

On March 7, 2024, the Anglican Bishop of Bujumbura, Dr. Éraste Bigirimana, the SEZ office in Stuttgart. His vision: to strengthen education and connect teachers and students from both regions. The AMAHORO! State partnerships can support this.

What stands out to you about AMAHORO! State partnership?

I greatly value this partnership and am grateful that civil society, churches and other groups are involved in this partnership. I wish the partnership a happy anniversary and hope that it continues to grow.

What are your wishes for the future?

We would like to maintain good relationships within AMAHORO! Maintain and further expand the partnership. It is important to invest in youth and the young generation. The expansion and promotion of education, vocational training and professional development are essential for this. Because these are investments in the future and therefore projects in this area must be supported in Burundi.

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Partnership work by AMAHORO! Country partnership between BW & Burundi


In conversation with Shabani Ramadhani

The Burundian festival director Shabani Ramadhani visited Stuttgart in November.

In conversation with Burundian musician and festival director Shabani Ramadhani, we learned more about the Marahaba Music Expo and the importance of culture for collaboration.

SEZ: AMAHORO Shabani, can you briefly introduce yourself?

Shabani Rhamadani: I am Shabani Ramadhani, a passionate artist and activist fighting for health rights. My goal is to encourage youth after the war. I have participated and performed in various musical projects and festivals in different countries. Because of my musical abilities, I was also a music teacher at Marahaba Art Center (MAC). I am also the founder of Marahaba Music Expo.

SEZ: What is Marahaba Music Expo and what was your motivation for starting Marahaba? What does Marahaba mean?

Shabani Rhamadani: Marahaba is Swahili and means “well done” or “hurrah”. The Marahaba Music Expo is a non-profit organization based in Bujumbura, Burundi. She is committed to educating the public, sharing innovations, and fostering collaboration through music and art. It was founded in 2018 to give hope to the youth. The organization's vision is a peaceful and vibrant Burundi. Their mission is to create innovation and creativity for a happy country. Our organization works in these areas:

  • and the Music festival: This international music forum takes place every two years. It aims to promote dialogue between artists from Africa and other parts of the world. The Expo includes workshop programs, discussions, lectures and stage performances. Since its inception, five festivals have taken place, bringing about an artistic revolution in the music and creative industries in Burundi. More than 5000 local artists have benefited from the founding of this respected organization.
  • Education: Our organization runs the Marahaba Arts Center, where young women and men in Bujumbura can learn more about art, creativity and music. Our goal is to reduce the number of young people on the streets by giving them good training and a good sense of entrepreneurship. To this end, the Marahaba Center runs various programs that strengthen the skills of young women and men and teach them how they can become entrepreneurs through art and music.
  • Entrepreneurship for female artists: Our organization has supported female artists by giving them the opportunity to participate in artistic and social activities. Because the artists advocate for gender equality, they inspire other women.

SEZ: You were in Germany in mid-November: What was the occasion and how was your experience?

Shabani Rhamadani: I'm in favor of the film premiere of the short documentary "Facing new realities – How climate change is affecting the heart of Africa“, which took place in Stuttgart on November 9th. It was a very good experience for me as it was my first time in this city. During my visit I had the opportunity to meet various actors in Stuttgart's cultural sector.

SEZ: How can culture and music help bring people together, especially people from Baden-Württemberg and Burundi?

Shabani Rhamadani: Culture and music are a good way to bring people together and improve cooperation between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi. Because music and culture bring peace for everyone. They can also help convey various messages, such as climate protection or strengthening the engagement of young people.

SEZ: How can people follow and support your work?

Shabani Rhamadani: Any person, institution or organization is welcome to contact and collaborate with us. Anyone interested in supporting our work can reach us via the following channels:, or my phone number +25768475873.

SEZ: What are your wishes for the future?

Shabani Rhamadani: Our wish is to continue the cooperation between the city of Stuttgart and Burundi. We can achieve a lot through culture and music. It is also valuable when experiences are shared through exchange and collaboration between artists and festivals from both regions.


Partnership work by AMAHORO! Country partnership between BW & Burundi


Commitment against violence against women*

Agathonique Rurakukuza, AFJO, told us about efforts to eradicate sexual harassment in the media.


The International Day Against Violence Against Women* is celebrated on November 25th every year. The goal: the elimination of gender-based violence. On the occasion of this important day, the SEZ entered into discussions with the Association des Femmes Journalistes du Burundi (AFJO).

In the midst of Burundi's media landscape, AFJO actively campaigns against sexual harassment, which continues to affect many female journalists in Burundi. The results of a survey of 2022 journalists conducted by AFJO in November 120 are shocking: 84,1% of those surveyed were identified as victims of sexual harassment. Reality shows that sexual harassment knows no boundaries and occurs in various areas of life - be it in the professional environment of the media, on public transport, in social networks or even within the family. The survey also found that 42,9% of those affected were men, while 14,3% said they were harassed by women.

Addressing this problem faces numerous challenges. In the interview, Agathonique Rurakukuza, project officer for media, peace and gender at AFJO, told us that sexual harassment is a taboo topic in Burundi. Those affected do not dare to speak publicly and report the perpetrators. The consequences of publicly denouncing can include job loss and stigmatization. The oppression of those affected by the perpetrator and the taboo nature of sexual topics also lead to silence in Burundian society. The consequences for those affected are both psychosocial and financial and range from depression to giving up their job. As a result, those affected feel uncomfortable in their work and neglect learning self-defense mechanisms.

Measures to prevent sexual harassment

However, according to Rurakukuza, the AFJO not only documented the alarming findings but also took concrete measures to effectively combat sexual harassment.
This includes awareness campaigns for both the public and journalists in particular to raise awareness of sexual harassment and its impact on employees and work. The publication of the law on the prevention and protection of those affected and the punishment of gender-based violence is a further step. Most recently, a code of conduct against harassment in the various media was introduced, which also provides for strict sanctions in addition to the statutory penalties.

The AFJO welcomes the fact that Article 46 of the Burundian press law guarantees the right of journalists to security. She also acknowledges the fact that the Burundian Ministry of Communications and Media has adopted the Gender-Sensitive Media Charter. This charter sets out a list of activities, including combating sexual harassment, that must be carried out by media managers in order to contribute to the implementation of national communications policy. This contains a separate chapter on equality between men and women in the media.

The AFJO calls on all partners to combine their efforts to eliminate this widespread phenomenon of sexual harassment.


Prof. Dr. Auma on criticism of colonialism

The 9th digital networking meeting of the partnership groups took place on November 17.11.2023th, XNUMX with Prof. Dr. Maisha-Maureen Auma as a source of inspiration.

In her impressive lecture, Prof. Dr. Auma that the Global South continues to be marginalized. One consequence: actors from these regions often enter into partnerships that are largely determined by the Global North. This reinforces the unequal distribution of power and continues to perpetuate it. Prof. Auma also emphasized that coloniality consists, among other things, of the fact that worldwide knowledge, progress and interpretation of social reality are viewed from a white-centric perspective. As a result, the perspectives and knowledge of people from the Global South are underrepresented and even erased. During the course of the lecture it became clear that West-centric and white-centric structures must be broken down. According to Prof. Dr. Auma partnership does not mean that only those affected by colonialism do the work, but white people must also start to deal with the uncomfortable issues. An important step in enabling shared discussions about inevitable and difficult topics is to promote a multi-perspective view. It is crucial to identify places of reproduction such as museums, mainstream media and schools and to create new spaces for reflection on power relations. This opens up the possibility of designing partnerships in such a way that the knowledge and experiences of historically marginalized and colonized people from the Global South are actively included. This approach opens doors to more inclusive forms of collaboration and enables the creation of a more balanced, diverse and equitable global partnership landscape.

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Prof. Dr. Maisha Maureen Auma is an educational scientist and gender researcher. She is currently a visiting professor for intersectional diversity studies at the Center for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies at the Technical University of Berlin. Her research focuses on diversity in educational materials in East and West Germany, sexual education empowerment for black people and people of color in Germany, critical whiteness research, anti-blackness, childhood research, intersectionality in the context of critical race theory and criticism of racism. She has been active in the black feminist self-organization Generation ADEFRA, Black Women* in Germany, since 1993.


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Destination: Burundi

Image: Amani Papy / Baden-Württemberg State Representation Berlin.

“The delegation trip was an important step in further strengthening the basis of our partnership.” – Rudi Hoogvliet, State Secretary for Media Policy and Federal Representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

The 37th episode of the podcast 'Druck Sache' is entirely dedicated to the partner region of Burundi. One happened last June Political delegation trip around State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet into the heart of Africa. Three participants in the delegation describe their impressions together with State Secretary Hoogvliet:

The executive director of the SEZ, Philipp Keil, offers deeper insights into the partnership work with Burundi. Kara Ballarin, regional political correspondent at the Schwäbische Zeitung, on the other hand, highlighted the role of the media in raising awareness of the partnership between the regions. Finally, Prof. Dr. Joachim Beck, Rector of Kehl University, highlighted the potential of university cooperation between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi.

Together they take a fascinating look at the diverse facets of this journey and let us share in their experiences.

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Partnership work by AMAHORO! Country partnership between BW & Burundi


Opening of AMAHORO Burundi! Exhibition in Schwäbisch Hall

Muna Hassaballah (SEZ), Catherine Kern MdL (Greens), Daniel Bullinger (Mayor Schwäbisch Hall), Jutta Niemann MdL (Greens), Hala Elamin (Freundeskreis Afrika e.V.), Dr. Armin Panter (Hällisch-Fränkisches Museum) in conversation with each other./Muna Hassaballah (SEZ), Catherine Kern MdL (Greens), Daniel Bullinger (maire de Schwäbisch Hall), Jutta Niemann MdL (Greens), Hala Elamin (Freundeskreis Afrika e.V.), Dr. Armin Panter (Hällisch-Fränkisches Museum) in discussion between the two. (Photo: SEZ).

On September 22nd, the exhibition “Amahoro Burundi” opened its doors in the Hällisch-Fränkisches Museum in Schwäbisch Hall and invited numerous guests on a special journey into the culture and way of life of Burundi.

An impressive start to the opening event was provided by the charismatic Musician Moy set. With his captivating drum sounds and an interactive show, he immediately captivated visitors.

“Ntukagaye ico utagaraguye.” / “Don’t judge the inside by the outside.”

With this Burundian proverb, Muna Hassaballah, SEZ, illustrated the complexity of a society and culture. It reminds us that the exhibition offers snapshots and appeals to dialogue and exchange with each other so as not to paint a one-sided or stereotypical picture. Rather, this exhibition is intended to encourage visitors to look behind the facades and get to know the diversity of Burundi.

Mayor Bullinger expressed his enthusiasm about the exhibition:

"The Special exhibition of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation brings us closer to Burundi, informs us and encourages us to think and hopefully rethink.”

This appeal encourages people to look beyond their own horizons and to appreciate the diversity and special features of other cultures.

The exhibition “Amahoro Burundi” brings various aspects of Burundian culture and way of life closer to a broad audience and provides information about the existing country partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi.

You can visit the exhibition in the Hällisch-Fränkisches Museum in Schwäbisch Hall until October 22nd. In the coming weeks, the exhibition will be accompanied by a varied supporting program, including a Lecture by Dr. Déogratias Maruhukiro on the topic “Burundi and its history of conflict. “On understanding ethnic conflicts as a result of colonialism” on October 11, 2023.

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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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