In conversation with Divine Umulisa

In conversation with journalist and author Divine Umulisa Gashugi © Divine Umulisa Gashugi

Find out how to be part of AMAHORO! in conversation with journalist and author, Divine Umulisa Gashugi. Country partnership has become and what wishes she has as coordinator, especially for the Amahoro Burundi school initiative.

What is your job in AMAHORO! State partnership?

I have been a coordinator for the since 2022 Amahoro Burundi school initiative the Reutlingen Development Education Information Center (EPiZ) employed. Together with my colleagues Kafalo Sékongo, Gundula Büker and Natalia Zumarán, I am part of the AMAHORO Education Cluster! State partnership. We work with various actors in the field of education to make the partnership better known. Our motto here is: learn from each other instead of learning about each other.

To do this, I organize events where students from Baden-Württemberg have an exchange with young people from Burundi. We also support schools that are already active in the partnership.

How did you become part of the partnership?

First and foremost, of course, about my job as AMAHORO coordinator! School initiative. But also about my personal story: I was born in Rwanda and have already lived in Burundi. So I have many friends and acquaintances in Burundi. Before my role as coordinator for school partnerships, I worked with young people from Burundi for over ten years. For example, in creative projects for political education as well as in the areas of art and culture.

I now live in Baden-Württemberg and the partnership is an opportunity for me to continue my work with people in Burundi. I like that it is now my job to bring both cultures together. Every time I am in contact with our Burundian partners and colleagues, it feels as if we have always been working together. Our shared understanding makes our collaboration particularly productive.

What is your wish for the partnership?

My wish for the partnership is of course that it gets more visibility. Unfortunately, schools in Baden-Württemberg are still difficult to win over for a school partnership in general and it is particularly difficult when it comes to the partner country Burundi. Because the country is not that well known and is not a tourist destination for people in Germany. My wish would be that we financially support the school partnership with Burundi so that a partnership with the partner country of Baden-Württemberg becomes more attractive for the local schools.

Basically, I wish the AMAHORO! State partnership to increase visibility and strengthen its work on the anniversary.

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Change of perspective - images of Africa reflected in the generations

Participants of the network meeting at Fair Trade: In conversation about images of Africa as reflected in the generations (© Cengiz Akaygün)

On April 06, 2024, 50 voices from the Afrodiaspora in Baden-Württemberg and interested parties met at the Fair Trade trade fair for the Africa Forum Baden-Württemberg network meeting to talk about images of Africa as reflected in the generations.

Established and young voices from the Afrodiaspora shared their personal experiences and encounters with images of Africa and the stereotypical representation of the continent in Baden-Württemberg in living room discussions during the network meeting. 

Moderated by Faisal Osman (Black Community Foundation Stuttgart eV), there were two rounds of discussions:

In the first conversation, Grace Alele from SIMAMA – STAND UP eV and Eric Kamguia from Awoli eV exchanged their personal experiences with images of Africa. In the second round Naemi Mirene Makiadi from Afrokids International eV and the ReCollect Collective and Komlan Batema from KAMA MBOWOU eV talked about the diversity and complexity of the African continent. In both conversations, the speakers took the listeners on an intergenerational journey into the past, present and future.

Musically, the artist has Akeva! Malayika framed the event with their songs.

Thanks to all participants and supporters!

Become part of the network

Would you like to work with the Africa Forum Baden-Württemberg network to promote more exchange between actors in Afrodiasporic civil society and representatives from state politics, foundations, municipal representations and administration?

As part of the network, you strengthen the partnerships and the participation of those involved in global issues and actively contribute to rethinking the image of Africa in Baden-Württemberg.

We look forward to new faces and your interest in the Africa Forum Baden-Württemberg network and cordially invite you to become part of the network. Attend one of the events in the network or contact us if you would like to be included in our mailing list.

Events from the Africa Forum network

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09. Jun

UBUNTU- Africa Fiesta

12:00 - 22:00
20. Jun

Biogas, solar and wind power: Sustainable energy production in sub-Saharan Africa: Development policy lunch talk

12:00 - 13:30
12. Jun

Digital presentation of the second edition of the brochure “Reflect North-South Partnerships”

16:00 - 17:30
06. Sep

Rhine-Neckar District adventure tour: From the river to the sea – the path of our waste

14:00 - 18:00
26. October

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In gratitude for Erich Schneider

On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Mr. Erich Schneider, former President of the State Parliament. D., in Burgstetten in August 2023: SEZ Managing Director Mr. Philipp Keil next to Mr. Erich Schneider and Ms. State Parliament President Muhterem Aras (from left to right) in Burgstetten. ©Municipality of Burgstetten

Erich Schneider as a pioneer of the Amahoro! State partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi

On February 8th, 2024, our long-time friend and supporter, Mr. Erich Schneider, President of the State Parliament and Mayor (retired). D., deceased. Schneider was President of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament from 1982 to 1992 and, together with Erwin Teufel, the former parliamentary group leader of the CDU state parliamentary group, promoted the establishment of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation.

Schneider has been committed to our partner country Burundi since his time in the state parliament and has also actively promoted this commitment under the umbrella of the Christian Youth Village Association of Germany (CJD). This led to the creation of the Erich Schneider Foundation Fund Burundi in 2006, which supports projects for the education and training of young people in the East African country.

With his commitment to Burundi, Schneider initiated the Amahoro state partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi, whose more than 40th anniversary we are celebrating this year.

Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the SEZ, honored Erich Schneider as a pioneer for this partnership at the 90th birthday celebrations in Burgstetten and expressed his gratitude for his long-standing commitment to Burundi in the following words:

Once thought in Baden-Württemberg,
A partnership was created, beautifully done.
It was Mr Schneider, President of the State Parliament, who gave it as a gift,
The ties with Burundi that guided us today.

Now we are celebrating his 90th birthday
A life full of impact, big and fine.
The state partnership, a legacy so worth
For peace and friendship that adores us.

Thanks to Mr. Schneider, we stand hand in hand,
Connected to Burundi, in a distant land.
The years pass, but the friendship remains,
A bond of hearts that will always accompany and teach us.

So we raise a glass and sing a song,
For Mr. State Parliament President Schneider, full of gratitude.
A life full of deeds, a heart full of kindness,
We congratulate you on 90 years today!

We remain deeply grateful for Mr. Erich Schneider as a pioneer of the Amahoro state partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi.


G-PAD Forum 2023

The Global Partnership for African Development (G-PAD) Forum will take place again on October 20, 2023. This year’s theme is “Africa’s Outlook as an Emerging Global Market” – register directly and discuss Africa’s perspective as a global market with exciting speakers.


This year the association's Global Partnership for African Development (G-PAD) Forum event is taking place for the sixth time Lead Africa International eV with the support of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ).

On October 20, 2023, the committed African diaspora, African political decision-makers, actors from business, politics and civil society will meet at the Baden-Württemberg state representation in Berlin and online to discuss Africa's perspective as an emerging global market.

G-PAD 2023 will take place hybrid in Berlin and online. The conference language is English. All further information can be found via the registration link.

Be inspired by the diverse speakers and guests. We look forward to your participation!

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