How does development cooperation work in practice?
Here you will find examples of short-term assignments (trainings, consultancies and fact-finding missions), craft projects, partnerships... Often cooperation results from matching trips: trips in which German craftspeople travel to partner countries for a specific trade. However, cooperation also comes about when craftspeople, development projects, and local partners find one another through the current opportunities .
Short-term assignments usually last two weeks. They can take place on site, digitally or in a hybrid format. Each assignment is different, as they are always based on the needs of the local partner. Nevertheless, we roughly distinguish short-term assignments in three categories: fact-finding missions, consultancies, and trainings. German craftspeople provide their expertise in vocational training centres, associations, or individual companies in Africa. Since 2017 we have already accompanied and supported more than 90 of these short-term assignments.
If you click on the picture or the picture description, you will get more information about the selected short-term assignment. Most of the examples are in German, but we are working hard on providing more english examples! Please bear with us in the meantime.
In the course of short-term assignments, new ideas on how to continue cooperating for development often arise. We can provide support in the planning and implementation of such ideas. The House of Africa is one such project.
House of Africa
During a matching trip in July 2018, ten German craftspeople (from the trades of wood construction, electrical engineering, carpentry, painting, glass, and building services) discovered that they not only saw the same challenges for a vocational training centre in Hoima, Uganda, but also had the same solution in mind. Namely, the idea of a "living training workshop" - a model house that serves as a workshop for training purposes.
With the help of a digital planning platform, the German team of craftspeople and the project partner in Hoima designed and built the modle house, using locally available materials and equipment. Every step of the construction process was documented (in text and moving images) to generate comprehensible instructions for all following generations of instructors and students in Hoima. At the same time, a nationwide living space concept was created - standardised and repeatable as often as desired. Thanks to the modular design, individual elements of the building, such as walls, can be adapted to meet necessary or desired teaching and living requirements. In the end, the St. Simon Peter's VTC now has a a curriculum for practical vocational skills training and a market-ready product!
In order to link the African and German economy even more sustainably, we support the establishment of company and learning partnerships. The range of existing partnerships is wide! Here we present two partnerships.
The German-Ugandan Partnership between Two Carpenters
Eve Zalwango and her company V Interiors have had a partnership since early 2019 with Orsine Mieland, a master carpenter from Germany.
Several short-term assignments have resulted in a close relationship between the two. Orsine has become a mentor for Eve. MOreover, Eve is now even training other women in her company to become carpenters, with the guidance and advice of Orsine. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the partnership has increasingly gone digital. For example, Orsine digitally showed Eve's trainees her German workshop for them to see what a German wood-workshop looks like, before answering questions from the trainees.
In our newsletter Eve tells us more about her partnership with Orsine. Read the interview here.
From a Matching Trip to Joint Product Development in the Timber Sector in Uganda
On a matching trip to Uganda, Mansuli Senyondo and the German carpenter Josef Kramhöller quickly found to each other. There shared trade (carpentry), a personal connection, and the mutual use of similar CNC machines in both their workshops drew the two together. During the matching trip, Josef also ended up providing Mansuli with initial advice on how to more effectively use his CNC machine in his workshop.
After the matching trip the two stayed in close contact. Mansuli frequently sent photos to Josef to explain work processes in his company. When Mansuli told him that he would like more expertise on certain German tools, Josef invited him to his company in Germany. So, two and a half months after the initial meeting, the two met again - this time, in Germany. In the following ten days there was a lot on the agenda! But, specific focus was placed on how to use the German tools and CNC technology more efficiently. The two also jointly designed and built a vacuum suction cup for the grid table of Mansuli's CNC machine, which allows for a more efficient use of the machine.
After Mansuli's visit to Germany, the two considered how a partnership would be meaningful in the long term. Given that both work with similar CNC machines, there was potential for cooperation here. And, thus, the idea of a joint product was born: a chair designed in Germany and manufactured in Uganda.
The char was first exhibited at the UMA Trade Show in Kampala, Uganda, in October 2019. Even the Ugandan television reported about the product and the partnership, with the sales argument "German Quality made in Uganda" being very well received by customers in Uganda!
Mansuli Seyondo tells his story about the partnership in an interview here Further information can also be found in the flyer.
The Craftsfund offers financing opportunities for particularly innovative craft projects and ideas that foster development. Projects can also take place outside Sub-Saharan Africa. SEQUA manages the crafts fund.