S.H.A.R.E. Foundation for Microfinance, Fair Trade and Peace Promotion is a non-profit association headquartered in Stuttgart and Bern.
The foundation name stands for Self Help, Activation, Responsibility and Empowerment.
Our philosophy is expressed in the foundation name:
We are setting up and encouraging projects in developing countries, emerging nations and worldwide conflict regions that will bring about the empowerment for self-help and self-responsibility.
Our projects are settled in these areas:
Granting of social microfinance loans for Start-Up entrepreneurs in developing countries to make a sustainable contribution towards a real middle class structure on site.
Projects that increase awareness and encouragement of Fair Trade.
Contribution in setting up peace-building projects in worldwide conflict regions with special emphasis to Middle East and Africa.
People are forced to flee their homes.
People (a record) will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, a near 40 % increase on 2020.
People live on less than $2.50 a day.
children aged five to 17 – half of them under the age of 11 – are victims of forced labour and often miss out on schooling.
Children do not go to school and can neither read nor write.
There are many forms of development co-ops and foreign aid for Third World Countries. Every type is eligible thereby as long as it has a lasting emancipatory influence and creates no (further) dependence. In this context, governmental and other international institutions, third-party organizations and private businesses all play an important and useful role. The enormous challenge for developing countries however lies in generating a small business culture that can serve as an important base for the development of a real middle class. This would enable the working population to gain more independence from gridlocked working structures within governmental entities or huge cooperations, which means a better socio-economic diversity to strengthen the democratic structures in a given location.
Within our Microfinance approach, we as a strongly person-oriented initiative are focusing on the self-help and empowerment of business interested people and groups which normally would not be seen as credit worthy. In this way, our work concentrates mostly on the sustainable empowerment of the socially and economically disadvantaged, why the specific needs of these credit users should be given special attention. Therefore acompanying measures like extended professional education, small business leadership and schooling in marketing and sales are decisive and can make up to 2/3 of the program costs. Although the administrative costs of microcredits are high, real interest charges should be held as low as possible and kept in line with productivity development. Thats why only a part of the loan should be paid back within a reasonable deadline.
Nevertheless, S.H.A.R.E`s microfinance approach pushes for the founding of entrepreneurships that should also contend with real competitive conditions. Thus, it is very important to ensure the sustainability of business initiatives and market ability of future plans to expand. Thats the reason why interest-free loans can only be assured in exceptions. Under the recipients are most importantly young people and women as the so called “agents of change” who are very important for a sustainable and self-created development in the country. The selection of microfinance projects follow in different ways. S.H.A.R.E cooperates with experienced strategic partners (i.e. Opportunity International) on the one hand but can identify, execute and maintain projects that support individuals or locally organized groups also by itself.
Today’s world economy is becoming increasingly globalized which itself is a very positive development because the globalization process brought huge achievements with it. One of these achievements is the fact that developing and emerging countries do play an increasingly important role in world-wide economic value chains of western cooperations which allows these countries to catch up with the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, this catch up process isn’t problem free and brings considerable challenges with it because this displacement trend finally had the result that labor-intensive business areas were exported to these countries in order to reduce working and production costs and avoid rigid working regulations. S.H.A.R.E wants to confront these resulting social issues, especially the lack of social standards (i.e. no forced or child labor) by promoting projects in which free trade will be expanded and extended through principles of fair trade. Through this, inhuman and exploitative living and working conditions shall be abolished step-by-step.
In practice, this means our support for implementing voluntary, ethical-social and environmental standards in developing countries’ production as well as the promotion of ethical marketing activities for fairly traded goods. Our project partners are working with us on the level of civil society as well as private economics, because they share our conviction that social and economically responsible trading in production and distribution isn’t only useful to people in the third world. Even local businesses and cooperations can profit in the long-run from Fair Trade since consumer awareness for ethical and social consumption is growing rapidly, which brings significantly market potential for fairly traded goods.
S.H.A.R.E wants to contribute to peace-building programs in conflict regions of the world. This will be accomplished by the development of structures that promote violence-free and rational conflict solutions. The points individually are:
To reach these goals, we are working with partner organizations and individuals in crisis regions like the Middle East (Geneva Initiative and Palestinian Peace Coalition) and Africa (Center of Peace Advancement Nigeria). Furthermore, we place special emphasis on working with children and young people because their development rewards their and their community’s welfare through peace-building.
“More means for sustainable purpose”
“Your donations reach the people in our projects safely and provable.”
“Social Microfinance supports people developing their self-help potential and release them from poverty in their own right”
“A two-state solution is the only option that will allow both Israelis and Palestinians to realize their aspirations”
“Violence always begets Violence and is no way to peace“
“Our Loan Funds assist young Israelis and Israel-Arabs in opening small business and creating employment opportunities”
Geneva Initiative is a joint Israeli-Palestinian initiative that suggests a detailed model for a peace agreement to end the conflict.
The Geneva Initiative (GI) is a joint Israeli-Palestinian effort that provides a detailed model for a peace agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It suggests realistic and achievable solutions to all issues vital to end the conflict based on previous official negotiations such as mutual recognition, border and settlements, Jerusalem, international supervision, refugees and security.
Adopting the agreement and implementing it would bring about a solution to the historical conflict, a new chapter in Israeli-Palestinian relations, and, most importantly, the realisation of the national visions of both parties. The initiative proves that peace is possible, that partners for peace do exist and that there is a solution to every problem. The Geneva Initiative NGOs educate and campaign, both locally and internationally, defending that it is in the best interest of Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate directly in order to reach a realistic, dignified, and sustainable 2-state solution in which both peoples can build a brighter future, as is embodied in the model Geneva Accord.
The Stuttgart Lehrhaus Foundation for Interreligious Dialogue makes it its goal to promote trialogue between the followers of the three monotheistic religions, between Jews, Christians and Muslims on the basis of tolerance, understanding, comprehension and equality.
The aim is for Jews, Christians and Muslims not to talk about each other, but rather to talk with each other. This is not a case of starting from scratch, so that this trialogue structure does not have to be rebuilt.
Rather, the Stuttgart Lehrhaus builds on an already existing interreligious structure in the form of the aforementioned partner organisations. This already existing interreligious diversity is to be strengthened through thematic and scheduling coordination as well as through joint public relations work in terms of its internal impact on content and its external impact on the cultural and religious environment.
In the spirit of tolerance and mutual respect, the Stuttgart Lehrhaus sees itself as a bridge builder between people of different religions. The differences between the monotheistic religions are not to be concealed, but the focus is increasingly on the great treasure of common ground, which lies much more in the area of ethics than in the area of dogmatics.
Therefore, the Stuttgart Lehrhaus asks to what extent interreligious ethical convictions can inspire unifying perspectives and common ethical orientations, also in the factual contexts of economy, society and politics.
Social. Urban. Nature is a social business focused on the global south to establish transformative impact.
The startup culture is not only based on profit. But in the vision of a global economy that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in an equal measure.
In accordance with the principle #TradenotAid, Social. Urban. Nature, like S.H.A.R.E., is based on the idea that only concretely implemented help for self-help can contribute to the development of small and medium-sized economic structures in countries of the global South. The triad of ecology (Nature), economy (Urban) and social (Social) contained in the name points to this reference to the management concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by referring to the supporting pillar of the principle of sustainability and is thus the basis of sustainable development.
In this context, the start-up works closely with artisans, designers and cooperatives in order to build sustainable entrepreneurial structures, that can sustain communities. Together they exchange knowledge, skills and ideas, develop unique, competitive products. By reusing existing resources and combining modern design with local aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship, they create extraordinary items that give our producers a real perspective and the buyer a strong voice against global exploitation structures.
A special strategic feature of this approach is the crossover combination of non-profit and profit-oriented thinking and acting, which complement each other perfectly. S.H.A.R.E. acts as a non-profit actor and initiator, networker and constructor in the respective country and, in the course of its CSR and fair trade know-how, takes on an advisory, financing and further training function for local cooperatives. The focus is on the project set-up, the right course and the necessary development policy measures to enable the respective cooperatives to offer an exportable product and to act as a professional trading partner.
CENTER FOR PEACE ADVANCEMENT IN NIGERIA (CEPAN) is an interfaith, not for-profit making, non-governmental organization established in February 2004. Since then, CEPAN has been a close partner of S.H.A.R.E. and our work in early violence prevention and peace-building. The organisation came about as a result of response to the plethora of sectarian violent conflicts in Nigeria by a group of peace-building practitioners. These concern people have actively been involved in peace work for so many years working especially with different Christian Faith-Based Organizations to promote peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians in Plateau state and Nigeria. The organization aims at strengthening the values of peace, mutual understanding and tolerance among the diverse ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria. The Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN) works to create peaceful communities in Nigeria by promoting peacebuilding and development through dialogue, conciliation services, training, research and disseminating accurate and reliable information on peace and development.
LCGI (Lifeline Compassionate Global Initiatives) is an interfaith peace organisation run by Christians and Muslims: Its work benefits both religious groups. LCGI was recognised by the government as a non-profit organisation in 2010. Its activities focus on the development of peaceful relations between Christians and Muslims through practical assistance in education and training, as well as through the promotion of income-generating activities.
Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, is an ancient historical city. Borno State borders the republics of Cameroon, Niger and Chad. Islam was introduced to Nigeria through Maiduguri in the 11th century by itinerant Arab preachers and trans-Saharan merchants. Over the years, the city grew and became cosmopolitan. Since then, different ethnic and religious groups have lived peacefully side by side. Although Islam predominated in this part of Nigeria, a growing number of Christians also lived there. For many years, Maiduguri enjoyed the reputation of being a home of peace and hospitality.
However, from 2006 onwards, this lived peace was repeatedly threatened until Maiduguri became the epicentre of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in 2009, leading to a deep conflict that spread to the north-east and other parts of the country. Despite the help of a wide range of NGOs, the terrible violence of Boko Haram has existed for 10 years in July 2019, leaving many traces of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe and a region completely destroyed by violence and terror. The people of Maiduguri, the northern Boko Haram flashpoint, live in fear and mistrust on a daily basis and face the dilemmas of bitterness or healing and hatred or reconciliation.
In addition to his role as a Special Adviser on Religious Affairs (Christian Matters), Rev. Dr. Toma Ragnjiya founded an NGO, the SUSTAINABLE PEACE AND RECONCILIATION SUPPORT INITIATIVE (SPARSI), which is dedicated to grassroots peacebuilding and inter-religious dialogue. Through a conflict impact assessment, Rev. Dr, Toma Ragjiya and his team of staff and volunteers at SPARSI identified a peacebuilding gap: the need to have a social space for inter-religious engagements and a platform, where Muslims and Christians in Maiduguri can come together, develop mutual understanding and work for peaceful coexistence. The proposed project is designed in response to this need. It is intended to facilitate the convergence of leaders and ordinary people from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds to engaged in shared learning and promoting mutual understanding and accommodation.
CENSODEV is based in Navrongo, a small town in the Upper East Province in the north of Ghana, and through its cooperation with S.H.A.R.E. aims to help overcome poverty and social disadvantage in this region. Through its long-standing commitment and intensive advisory work, CENSODEV has many contacts to vocational training centres, training companies, small enterprises as well as producing groups and cooperations (mostly women) in the urban and village environment of the region. Both partners are firmly convinced that a sustainable improvement of the situation can only be achieved if the development focus in an industrially weak region with few jobs is specifically placed on the promotion of small and medium sized enterprises. This is the only way to establish small and medium-sized structures, which are indispensable for social growth in the long term.
Social Entrepreneurship HuB (SE-HUB) is a non-profit organisation based on the idea of enabling potential entrepreneurs in Ghana’s formal and informal sectors to be internationally competitive.
SE-HUB works in the following core areas:
SE-HUB advises potential entrepreneurs on how to start and run a business in high-risk markets. Individuals and/or cooperatives learn how to use available resources in a sustainable way. Participants are introduced to principles of social/sustainable entrepreneurship. To this end, the SE-HUB develops interactive training and advisory packages and accompanies SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) with the help of its own cooperation partners through mentoring initiatives carried out by local and international experts. In addition, the SE-HUB is expanding its network in the direction of know-how exchange and is cooperating closely with science/universities. In concrete terms, students work together with entrepreneurs from the informal sector to create a successful win-win situation in the course of a theory/practice transfer.
Opportunity International Germany is a non-profit-organization that is active in international micro-financing on grass-roots level and belongs to the global Opportunity Network. The foundations aim is to give Micro-credit to poor people who are entrepreneurially able. At the same time, they educate credit holders on topics like business leadership and health. The Micro-credits are paid back with interest (Payback rate: 97%) and then re-loaned (Multiplier effect).
Over 83% of the credit holders are women and the foundational values of Opportunity International are: Dedication for the poor, modesty, respect and integrity. A further foundational value is “Transformation” which means the overall goal to support credit holders, their families and communities enabling them an independently and holistically transformation of their lives. At that moment the beneficiary has reached a level of income that gives him the possibility to live a life in decent conditions that can create a better future for their children and communities, Opportunitys mission was succesfull.
FUTURE FASHION is the new movement for sustainable textiles and conscious consumerism in Baden-Württemberg.
Slow fashion is increasingly conquering the mainstream, with numerous eco and fair fashion labels gaining a steadily growing following. Social and ecological grievances in the value chain, including scandalous disasters in textile production facilities worldwide, are alarming. They shake up manufacturers and consumers to bring about a change in production and consumption. The spiral of the sustainable textile sector starts with the extraction of raw materials, continues with conscious consumption and the long-lasting use of the goods and ends with their recycling.
Future Fashion takes responsibility for sustainable textile consumption and thus contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
WEAR MORE THAN JUST CLOTHES!
The SEZ looks back on almost 30 years of foundation history. Its mission is to sensitise the people of Baden-Württemberg to act in a globally responsible manner. It also wants to show how everyone can do something for a fairer world. The foundation’s team promotes and networks private, municipal and regional initiatives to improve and deepen development cooperation with the countries of the global South. In doing so, it strengthens the awareness of citizens in Baden-Württemberg for the necessity of development cooperation.
The mission of the SEZ is to provide platforms for exchange and discussion. In this way, people with different backgrounds, perspectives and opinions can work together to find solutions that will make our world more sustainable and just. In doing so, SEZ is concerned with encounters at eye level. It is about relationships between people and long-term partnerships in which both sides can take the perspective of the other and learn from each other. The multifaceted encounters between people should always be characterised by interculturally sensitive interaction, respectful interaction and mutual respect, honesty and transparency. The SEZ‘s understanding of partnership does not exclude anyone, but sees diversity as an opportunity.
(Source: Homepage of the Foundation for Development Cooperation Baden-Württemberg)
The Ministry of State is the authority of the Prime Minister. It plans state policy and advises the head of government on the coordination of the various state ministries. In addition to the Minister President, the State Councillor for Civil Society and Citizen Participation, a State Minister and a State Secretary as Head of the State Chancellery work in the Ministry of State.
The development policy guidelines for Baden-Württemberg state: “Taking responsibility for development is an essential element of a state policy oriented towards sustainability. A development policy that combines ecological, social and economic sustainability with cultural self-determination, a culture of non-violent conflict and democratic participation is an investment in the future that benefits the people of Baden-Württemberg as well as our partners around the world.”
In accordance with the guidelines, development policy in Baden-Württemberg is above all also a challenge for the classic core areas of state policy – for example in education policy through the anchoring of global learning in the educational curricula of schools, in the curricula and research priorities of universities, or in economic policy in the areas of public procurement, economic promotion or fair trade.
To promote grassroots civil society projects, the state government provides annual funding for projects by Baden-Württemberg initiatives at home and abroad. These funds are awarded by an independent panel of experts through the Stiftung Entwicklungs-Zusammenarbeit Baden-Württemberg (SEZ) as part of the bwirkt! funding line.
(Source: Ministry of State, Baden-Württemberg)
Your donations reach the people in our projects safely and provable. In order to ensure this within every project, we always work in close cooperation with native partners who understand the situation on site and can ensure that your donations arrive without deductions.
During every life-span of a project, there will be regular evaluation trips from S.H.A.R.E members to the particular location in order to ensure that the active involvement is always enabled and the direct dialogue is never interrupted. According to S.H.A.R.E´s philosophy, these evaluation trips will be personally funded by S.H.A.R.E members and will not have an effect on your donation.
Moreover, our work will be most successful if we have campaigners and supporters who share our ideas and philosophy by helping us through their donations. The most useful donations however are these which we can globally apply where ever it is currently needed the most. But you also can donate as a matter of course for one specific project at your own option with our guarantee that your donation is used only for your personal concern.
Association for Microfinance,
Fair Trade and Peace Promotion
Dr. Judith Blickle
Tel. +49 – 711 – 25 35 94 8 – 11
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Fair Trade and Peace Promotion
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