sequa gGmbH is a globally operating organisation that carries out development projects and programmes in international development cooperation in close collaboration with the German private sector since 1991.
Ecuador: Capacity Building for quality assurance and international marketing of cut flowers by small and medium-sized producers
In the frame of a two-year develoPPP.de project until 2018, Blütenpracht Schnittblumen GmbH wants to strengthen small and medium-sized producers of cut flowers in Ecuador through capacity building measures and the development on an internet platform, so they can continue to sell their products to Germany and secure their existence. In at least one local educational institute, knowledge on quality assurance, marketing and production standards of cut flowers will be generated and trainings for 100 students and 100 representatives of at least 15 flower farms will be conducted.
Editorial: German Government’s development cooperation has been heavily engaged in East Africa for a long time. Between 2014 and 2016 Kenya and Tanzania receive funds amounting to Euro 138, respectively 159 million as part of this cooperation. From 1998 to 2015, the East African Community (EAC), i.e. the confederation of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, benefited from the German Fed-eral Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) financial contributions at the amount of Euro 213 million. For the years 2016 to 2018, the BMZ has assured another EUR 37 million in favour of EAC. East Africa – Ethiopia and the…
About 80% of groceries, especially fresh vegetables, are currently being imported in Ukraine and Georgia. International retailers are able to deliver fresh and high quality products all year round. The local producers and retailers are not able to prevail against this competition, as the technology for a year round production of vegetables is missing. Also, the producers, as well as Agricultural Universities, lack practical knowledge and experience with modern cultivation, for example with greenhouse technology.
Bosnien and Herzegovina: Establishment of a German Competence Centre for Robotics (DKR) for training and further education in Tuzla
Bosnien and Herzegovina (BiH) struggles with high youth unemployment (61%) and as a consequence with emigration, also of skilled workers. A technical revolution is taking place in BiH, which facilitates the production of greater quantity and more complex products by the use of industrial robots. However the investment in robots is not sufficient. Skilled local workers are needed, who are trained practice-oriented in the robot-assisted automation of production processes. Colleges and vocational schools do either offer no training at all in this area or purely theoretical training.
Ecuador: Programme to maintain and develop plantations of cocoa of the variety “Nacional” and to improve cocoa quality management
The French company KAOKA is specialised on the production of organic chocolate in high quality. In the scope of a develoPPP.de project, started in February 2016, the company will support peasant producers in their efforts to maintain cultivation and production of “Nacional” cocoa in Ecuador. Also product quality and quality management will be improved to gain higher income and improve the peasants’ living standards. Ecuador is the most important producer of high quality cocoa of the variety “Nacional”. In the last years, many “Nacional” plantations have been replaced by the hybrid variety CCN51. This variety is more productive and brings…
April 1st 2016, this multistakeholder project started into its second phase and aims to develop competencies of all project partners regarding innovation, transfer of knowledge, sustainable entrepreneurship, and effective public-private dialogue. The overall goal is to make Mexican SME in the Bajío region more compatible regarding supply chains of international companies in the automotive, IT, or health sectors.
In the global supply chain of textile pre-products and garments, chemical substances are used in many production steps (dying, washing, printing etc.). Some of these substances are dangerous for the employees’ and consumers’ health as well as for the environment if they are not used and disposed correctly. Within the scope of a develoPPP project that started in March 2016, the Otto Group wants to support the responsible handling of chemical substances.
In the scope of a develoPPP.de project (2016), the trading company Walton HK Group Ltd. establishes modern management systems in two garment factories and sets up a training center to improve training and further education in den garment sector. The know-how and lessons-learnt from this project will be spread actively through workshops and implementation in other factories.
On May15, 2016 sequa starts its 2nd develoPPP.de.de Ideas competion 2016. Interested companies are inviited to submit their project proposals to sequa by June 30, 2016. In principle, all develoPPP.de proposals on development-related issues will be considered by sequa.
Togo: Partnership Project between the Cologne Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Business Membership Organisations
Starting on 1 July 2016, the German Cologne Chamber of Crafts will cooperate with and support regional chambers of crafts in Togo. The development of effective administration and management structures is one aspect of the partnership, while the main focus is on the set-up and offer of relevant services for local small and micro enterprises. In addition to the strengthening of the local skilled crafts, the chambers will be able to achieve a more reliable income and in turn to offer better services.