Since 2006, the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) has been regularly inviting cities, municipalities and districts in Baden-Württemberg to participate. Most recently, in 2021, the SEZ invited cities, municipalities and districts to participate in the state-wide initiative My. Your. One World. (MDEW). There is currently no call for applications.

At MDEW you can get involved in events and activities related to one-world issues. The aim is to inform the population about development policy and global connections, to sensitize them to them and to establish or strengthen local networks. Global responsibility begins right here on site. Because the challenges of our time, such as climate change, the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, war, exploitative structures, social injustice and decolonization, can only be tackled and solved together.

My initiative. Your. One World. wants to develop, strengthen and further develop the existing potential for more global responsibility in the municipalities of Baden-Württemberg. With their various actors, they are particularly well suited to provide sustainable impulses and contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and to contribute locally to making the world fit for the future. With the MDEW initiative, we network, support and accompany civil society actors in municipalities who are aware of their global responsibility and are committed to a just world. By participating in the nationwide initiative, the municipalities and their committed citizens become visible to many other committed people in the country and can thus further expand and strengthen their networks.


For the My Initiative. Your. One World 2021 had five main topics. After consultation in their own municipality, the municipalities and their volunteers were able to decide which key topics they wanted to focus their activities on. The main topics are always selected in such a way that broad participation of those involved is possible; At the same time, the aim is to improve the quality of the activities.

The main topics in 2021 were based on the 18 fields of action of the sustainability strategy of the state of Baden-Württemberg. These modify the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for municipal implementation and concretize them with implementation examples, making them practical. The main topics of MDEW 2021 were:

  • Sustainable procurement and consumption: In a globalized world, our local actions also have an impact on the global level. When planning events, municipalities can, for example, think about various one-world projects, fair trade and sustainable procurement.
  • Environment and climate: The consequences of climate change are already noticeable today. In addition to global warming, the environment is heavily polluted by the use of plastics and plastics. This poses a great danger to the world's oceans and drinking water. Local commitments from various actors on these topics can be bundled into events.
  • Art and culture: Art and culture bring people together, invite people to get to know each other and exchange ideas, and increase the quality of life in communities. The implementation of cultural events by different actors and population groups can be thought of together.
  • Young commitment: Young people are involved in various areas in the municipalities, for example in the environmental or social areas or in the development policy area. Events relating to the sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda can be carried out by and with young people.
  • Equal participation: In order to enable a good life for everyone in the communities, equal opportunities and justice as well as political and economic participation are a basic requirement. With actions and events, for example on social inequality, discrimination and racism, people can be inspired to act for a just world locally in the community


As a nationwide municipal initiative, Meine. Your. One World. to all cities, municipalities and districts and their diversely committed citizens - clubs, schools, welfare associations, youth groups, churches, migrant organizations, city administrations or adult education centers. To participate in MDEW, you should form a local network in your region and organize a joint project on One World issues. The events and actions should, as far as possible, reflect the municipalities' commitment to development policy issues. It is important that local administration and civil actors come together and make global issues accessible to as wide an audience as possible through public relations work.

First, contact the person in your city, town or district who is responsible for local development policy. Experience has shown that it makes sense for a steering group to take over the preparation and organization in collaboration with the municipality. This can then address committed local citizens, clubs and institutions and create a program together with them.

There is a wide range of options - concerts, exhibitions, workshops, readings, discussions, film screenings, theater and dance performances, colonial city tours and much more. Check locally which offer suits you and adapt the offer to your local conditions. Find some examples, ideas and suggestions here. It is desirable to have the broadest possible collaboration between various actors within the municipality. This contributes to networking and exchange. Furthermore, different target groups can be addressed, which in turn enables a broad public.

As part of MDEW 2021, five Main topics recommended. These should serve as a framework for orientation and help you focus your activities. You decide which topics you want to focus your activities on. The main topics are selected to enable broad participation; At the same time, the aim is to improve the quality of the activities.


The main topics are based on the 18 fields of action of the sustainability strategy of the state of Baden-Württemberg. It modifies the global sustainability goals for municipal implementation and makes them practical with examples of implementation.

Municipalities can choose from the following main topics:

Sustainable procurement and consumption, environment and climate, art and culture, young engagement, Equal participation. You can find detailed information on this here.

Registration takes place via your municipality. Talk to the responsible person in your community and put together the program. The municipality then registers the entire program with the SEZ. Registration can be done directly here.

A clear table of events provides a good overview. It is also desirable that the dates of the events do not overlap. This means that those interested can attend several events and do not have to choose between different events.

For example, the SEZ provides a poster that has an open space in the lower third and can be individually filled with text on site. You can also design and print a motif yourself for your events. Press materials that you can use for the local press are provided by the SEZ to the participating municipalities.

All events will be clearly visible in the event calendar on the SEZ homepage (www.sez.de). You can organize your events easily and quickly Upload to the SEZ event calendar. You can also advertise your events locally in your press and on social media with your flyer and program booklet.

Please note that you must include the logos of the initiative and all cooperation partners on all your posters, flyers and other publications as well as your online presence. You can find the logos here.

It is impossible to predict whether your One World Week events will be affected by the Corona restrictions for major events. In order to still be able to hold events at the various locations, you should have a well-thought-out hygiene concept. Among other things, the applicable regulations, distance rules, ventilation concepts and distance-compliant access and stay rules must be observed.

After more than a year of the pandemic, there is a lot of experience on how events can be held with a larger number of people. Examples of these include online events and the concept of hybrid events, in which the event is held locally with a limited number of people and others can be connected digitally via a screen.

It is important that the corona pandemic and the different local regulations are taken into account in advance when planning the events and adapted to the individual local conditions.

Yes, to support the overall program (press and public relations work, creation of advertising flyers, fees and travel expenses for speakers, etc.), one application for a grant can be submitted per city/municipality/district up to a maximum of 2.000 euros for the overall program.

The application form for the financial grant will soon be available on our website. The application for the financial subsidy is made via the municipality.

The following logos must be displayed in all publications and advertising measures, including announcements on third-party and own websites:

  • My initiative. Your. One World.,
  • Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ),
  • Service point for municipalities in one world (SKEW) of Engagement Global gGmbH and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ),
  • forum for international development and planning (finep),
  • Baden-Württemberg City Council,
  • Baden-Württemberg Development Policy Association (DEAB),
  • A world promoter program.

All logos are there here ready for download.

If this does not happen, the SEZ reserves the right to reduce or completely cancel the subsidy. A specimen copy of all publications (flyers, posters, etc.) must be submitted to the SEZ.

All municipalities participating in the initiative and their citizens can take part in the competition. The award is given to overall programs that promote the idea of ​​networking, are creative, innovative and have a public impact, involve new target groups and different actors and have a model character (e.g. in implementation, financing and cooperation) for others. To do this, a final report must be submitted shortly after the end of the campaign period (max. 2 DIN A4 pages, press articles, photos). Three prizes of 5.000 euros, 3.500 euros and 1.500 euros will be awarded in the categories of small, medium and large municipalities. This money goes to the designers of the overall program in the respective municipality and is earmarked for development policy education work at home or development cooperation projects abroad. The award ceremony is expected to take place on December 02nd, 2021, 18:30 p.m. in the Marble Hall of the New Palace in Stuttgart under the patronage and in the presence of the minister responsible for development policy.

Yes, we would like to present the photos of your events to the general public in Baden-Württemberg. Please send us good quality and meaningful photos for our homepage. The people depicted must have consented to publication; For minors, their legal guardians must agree. Please let us know who we can name as photographers.

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