Burundian delegation visits Baden-Württemberg

(from left to right) Ange Nihimbaze, Minutes of the Foreign Minister, Ambassador Annonciata Sendazirasa, Burundian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Albert Shingiro, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation in the Republic of Burundi, Ambassador Dieudonné Ndabarushimana, Senior Advisor and Ambassador Egide Ndikuriyo, Director of European Affairs Lake Constance (©: SEZ).

In April, Stuttgart became the scene of a special encounter:

The visit of the Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, Ambassador Albert Shingiro, together with a high-ranking delegation from Burundi, marked the celebratory start to the AMAHORO anniversary! State partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi. Together with the new Burundian ambassador to Germany, Annonciata Sendazirasa, the delegation visited various stations in Baden-Württemberg from April 3rd to 7th. The Burundian guests were accompanied by the SEZ and the State Ministry. In addition to many political discussions, the program included exchanges with companies and discussions with civil society and municipal representatives. A city tour with a private guide through the Africa exhibition in the Linden Museum rounded off the visit. Fiona Siegenthaler, curator of the Africa department at the Linden Museum Stuttgart, showed Burundian artifacts whose exact origins and their route to the museum are still unclear. The Burundian delegation appeared particularly interested and open to further cooperation during its visit to Off Grid Europe in Pfullendorf. The provider of solar solutions specializes in the African market and hoped that the important visit from Burundi would gain entry into the partner country. A short visit to Lake Constance, the “Tanganjika of Baden-Württemberg”, made it possible to end the trip with a view of the lake.

Political discussions at the Fair Trade trade fair

Within the Fair trade fair The delegation had fruitful working discussions with the Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Cem Özdemir, the Baden-Württemberg Minister for Food, Rural Areas and Consumer Protection, Peter Hauk, State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet as well as the development policy speakers Catherine Kern (Greens), Georg Heitlinger (FDP), Tim Bückner (CDU) representing Dr. Albrecht Schütte (CDU) and Sebastian Cuny (SPD) to deepen the partnership.

Within the Opening of the Slow Food and Fair Trade Fair The Minister for Food, Rural Areas and Consumer Protection Peter Hauk, as a Baden-Württemberg government representative, handed over the birthday cake to Ambassador Albert Shingiro: vegan and locally produced, the cake from Kuchenliebe symbolizes the essence of the partnership. A combination of local spelled with a cream made from passion fruit and coffee is a symbol of what the partnership is all about: the exchange between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi. The delegation happily visited various stands and exchanged ideas with various actors. A special moment at the trade fair was Development policy state conference, which took place on the occasion of the anniversary of the AMAHORO! Country partnership placed a regional focus on the partner country Burundi. “People and resources are not equally distributed around the world,” emphasized Ambassador Albert Shingiro at the national development policy conference. In his speech, he highlighted the need for diplomatic channels to “agree on a fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of resources.”

On April 7th, the Burundian delegation led by Ambassador Shingiro traveled to Berlin to deepen cooperation at the federal level. “We received a very warm welcome and felt at home,” says Minister Shingiro, describing his first visit to the country. It was a week full of encounters, exchanges and potential for future collaborations, which filled both the Burundian delegation and their hosts in Baden-Württemberg with confidence. We look forward to seeing you again – Tuzosubira!

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Ambassador Annonciata Sendazirasa, Burundian Ambassador to Germany, and Ambassador Albert Shingiro, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, in conversation with Nadine Elghonimy, SEZ, at AMAHORO! State partnership (©: SEZ / Fotonoid).
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Off-Grid Europe warmly welcomed the Burundian delegation (©: Tom Lunk / Off-Grid Europe).
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Political discussions between Ambassador Albert Shingiro, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, and Rudi Hoogvliet, State Secretary for Media Policy and Federal Representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg (©: State Ministry / Franziska Kraufmann)
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Ambassador Annonciata Sendazirasa in front of a Burundian artifact in the Linden Museum (©: SEZ)
You can see a group of people posing for a picture. In the foreground is a group of drummers in traditional clothing.
The Burundian delegation was pleased about the appearance of the tambourinaires of the Burundian diaspora in Germany at the national development policy conference (©: State Ministry / Franziska Kraufmann).

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In conversation with Ange Muyubira

Ange Myubira in three aspects: Burundi lover, born entrepreneur and world enthusiast (© SEZ/Ange Muyubira).

The Burundian entrepreneur Ange Muyubira founded her first company when she was still at school. This awakened her entrepreneurial spirit. Today she is CEO of Kaz'O'zah in Burundi. In the conversation she tells us more about her work and her motivation.

Can you introduce yourself and your work?

My name is Ange Muyubira and I would say that I am a born entrepreneur and like to be financially independent. I like exploring the world and using my talents to serve my community. I want the people around me to be able to do the same.

That's why everything I do, in one way or another, is all about ensuring that people earn a good income, have a good living and that their country benefits from it. Three aspects sum me up well: Burundi lover, born entrepreneur, world enthusiast.

I started my first company at school. It was a delivery service for NGOs and companies. Because of the war, the employees were unable to go home for lunch.

When I went to study in the UK, the experience from my first business helped me: I was able to study, work and start my next small business at the same time. All of these experiences ultimately led to me now running a social enterprise, a non-profit organization and a microfinance organization.


What does Kaz'O'zah mean?

Kaz'O'zah is Kirundi and means "Shining future". Kaz'O'zah is divided into three branches:

  1. Kaz'O'zah Arts for the commercial sector
  2. Kaz'O'zah Keza is a non-profit organization
  3. Kaz'O'zah Fund for Microfinance

The story of Kaz'O'zah began in collaboration with artists. That's why the first branch is called Kaz'O'zah Arts. In response to the artists' needs, the non-profit organization Kaz'O'zah Keza followed. It helps artists and communities improve their business development skills and teaches them how to use their income to improve their lives. So it's about livelihood and financial inclusion. The alumni then benefit from the financial services of the Kaz'O'zah Fund. All these branches emerged from the needs of the market and the needs of customers.


What has been the highlight of all these experiences so far and what has been the biggest challenge?

When I came back from England as an interpreter, I had the opportunity to get a very well-paid job in an international organization. But I didn't want that. Instead, I told myself I wanted to work with rural communities and contribute to the success of the country. And I said to myself: Burundi has an employment problem. I don't want to come and take jobs away from those who don't have any. But I want to create jobs. Nobody believed in it. Everyone thought I was a little crazy.

And I'm proud to see how I did it. I didn't give up for 12 years and Kaz'O'zah has now reached over 20 Burundians and over 000 Ugandans. And I'm so proud that people's income has increased from $300 a day to $2 a day.

That's what makes me particularly proud: seeing that it's possible. Development is possible. And if you teach people something and give them a chance, they can develop. If given a chance, rural communities can thrive.

The biggest challenge I've faced so far... When I travel abroad to find cooperation partners, I always notice that many work with East Africa, but not with Burundi. This is very painful because you ask yourself: If everyone loves what you do, was it a mistake to be born in the wrong part of the world? For this reason, I have great respect for the SEZ, which has been working with Burundi for over 40 years.


What motivates you for your work?

The words I said to myself: I want to contribute to the development of Burundi. I'm putting everything I have into this. I am very passionate and very committed to making positive changes in this country and showing the world the great things about our country.


You mentioned the aspect of collaboration and how difficult it is sometimes to find cooperation partners abroad. How can the AMAHORO! Partnership play a role in your work in Burundi?

There is a saying in Kirundi “Ubwenge Burarahurwa”. Translated: Wisdom must be bought. It means that wisdom does not come by itself. Instead, you have to look for them somewhere else. In terms of cooperation, it means that we want to learn something from the Germans and we want the Germans to learn something from us too.

There is also another saying: “Iminwe iroyha inyuranye.” It means that hands taste good when they are exchanged. So in a figurative sense: I feed you, you feed me and then it tastes good. If we share our knowledge and what we can bring to the table, a good result will come out.

Thank you very much for this interview. Tuzosubira.

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Celebratory anniversary celebration in Bujumbura

Godelieve Manirakiza, Association des Femmes Repatriées du Burundi, Salomée Ndayishimiye, Radio Indindi Culture, and Grace Fleur Francine Uwitonze, Association des Scouts du Burundi discuss the promotion of rural women. Diane Ndonse, Association des Femmes Journalistes du Burundi, moderated (© SEZ).

On March 21, 2024, the anniversary of the AMAHORO! State partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi celebrated in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Already Baden-Württemberg and Burundi have had friendly relations for over forty years and the partnership agreement was signed exactly ten years ago signed by the two regions.

On the occasion of the month of March, which is dedicated to women's rights, the event was themed “Promoting rural women for sustainable development” and, with its inspiring speakers, provided impulses as far away as Baden-Württemberg. The Burundian social entrepreneur, Ange Muyubira, gave suggestions for sustainable support options for rural women in Burundi. Her organization, Kaz'O'zah (Kirundi for “bright future”) brings financial education and entrepreneurship to women.

The inspiring speaker emphasized the importance of investments and the simultaneous imparting of financial knowledge and entrepreneurial skills. According to Ange Muyubira, rural women in Burundi can invest their own money and ultimately lead an independent life.

Ange Muyubira's impulses were followed by an exciting panel discussion with Godelieve Manirakiza, Association des Femmes Repatriées du Burundi, Salomée Ndayishimiye, Radio Indundi Culture, Grace Fleur Francine Uwitonze, Association des Scouts du Burundi and Ange Muyubira. Moderated by Diane Ndonse, Association des Femmes Journalistes du Burundi. The discussion on the topic of “Promoting rural women for sustainable development” led to a lively discussion among the participants.

The Amahoro! State partnership and feminist foreign policy

In his welcome, Philipp Keil, the Executive Board of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ), which coordinates the AMAHORO! State partnership is anchored, the importance of long-term partnership is emphasized.

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Burundi, Mr. Carsten Hölscher, who took office in Bujumbura in August 2023, pointed out Germany's feminist foreign policy in his speech. By mainstreaming feminism, topics such as gender equality and the empowerment of women are finding their way into German foreign and development policy.

The first anniversary celebration of AMAHORO! The state partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi was a celebratory start to the anniversary year.

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Mindchangers on the DRUCK SACHE podcast

Müzeyen Tasdelen, Mindchangers project coordinator at SEZ, and Navika Deol, Mindchangers ambassador as guests on the DRUCK SACHE podcast.

In episode #40 “Young Voices for the 2030 Agenda” of the DRUCK SACHE podcast, Müzeyen Tasdelen, Mindchangers project coordinator at SEZ, and Navika Deol, Mindchangers ambassador with host State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet, discussed their commitment to Mindchangers.

The focus of the episode is on the barriers and challenges that young people have to contend with when engaging in initiatives, participation and projects to achieve the goals of the 20230 Agenda. The very current question of the extent to which European decision-makers enable the long-term inclusion of young migrants is also examined in the episode. In addition, Müzeyen Tasdelen and Navika Deol provide insights into the structures of Mindchangers, their areas of responsibility and personal experiences in relation to their volunteer work.  

 “With the 2030 Agenda, the global community has set itself 17 goals for socially, economically and ecologically sustainable development. These include, for example, the goals for high-quality education or affordable and clean energy, but also the goal of creating “partnerships to achieve these goals”. One form of such partnerships is the promotion of mind changers,” says Rudi Hoogvliet in the 40th episode of DRUCK SACHE.

Breaking down barriers to young engagement

“Central to this is the collaboration with partner organizations all over the world and also this understanding [...] that everything is one big gear that meshes with one another and that these problems should not be viewed individually,” emphasized Müzeyen Tasdelen. The Mindchangers projects are therefore active in Baden-Württemberg and the five partner regions of Piedmont, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, La Rioja, Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles and Dolj County. In this way, Mindchangers supports young people across Europe to become more effectively politically active as a community. Therefore, one of the overarching goals of the Mindchangers campaign is to address barriers such as ignorance, indifference and a lack of trust among political decision-makers towards young committed people and at the same time to break them down.

In addition to climate change, Navika Deol and Müzeyen Tasdelen see inadequate integration and inclusion of young migrants in European society as a major problem. The competence of these actors must be recognized and integrated into solutions to current challenges: “I want my competence to be denied just because I have a migration background or that you quickly become a figurehead for great integration […] I want it neither. […] I am not just my migration story, I am more than that and the commitment I do is not because I have a migration background, but because the topic interests me personally!” emphasizes Navika Deol.

Through information campaigns and events, Mindchangers identifies precisely these social injustices. The campaign supports change through educational work and exchange.

In the second part of the podcast, State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet addresses, among other things, two topics discussed in the Federal Council. On the one hand, by establishing a new heat planning to decarbonize the heating networks. Secondly, with the changes to the Energy Industry Act and the Soil Monitoring Act. In addition, the draft circular economy in the automotive sector, the European Union's accession negotiations with Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina and the plan to amend the aviation security fee regulation will be discussed.

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Out Now: Mindchangers Youth Declaration

Participants of this year’s Mindchangers International Youth Meeting adopting the “Mindchangers Youth Declaration”; Photo: Vivien Staff

The “Mindchangers Youth Declaration: Appeals and Proposals by Young People for a Sustainable Future – Mindchangers International Youth Meeting 2023, Stuttgart” is here!

At this year's Mindchangers International Youth Meeting in Stuttgart, around 100 young people from projects in all six partner regions worked on the development of the declaration for three days and adopted it. It contains demands and suggestions to overcome the barriers to young engagement - especially with regard to the 2030 Agenda. Young people's engagement faces the same challenges across Europe. The delegates discussed and combined their international experience and expertise from the project activities to draft this catalog of measures aimed at local, national and international authorities and institutions as well as representatives of civil society and networks from the public and private sectors.

The “Mindchangers Youth Declaration” is a strong statement from young people as crucial actors in global change towards a sustainable future.

You can find the English version of the “Mindchangers Youth Declaration”. here. The German version is already in the works and can also be downloaded at the beginning of 2024.


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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.


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