Development Cooperation

Innovative solutions accessing to basic services

Siemens Stiftung seeks to make long-term improvements to basic services in developing regions.
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Social entrepreneurs bring about positive changes in their societies and are an important part of our work.
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We help connect social entrepreneurs through networking activities and prepare them for the next phase of growth in their companies.
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We recognize promising technologies for developing regions with our empowering people. Award. The empowering people. Network makes these solutions accessible worldwide.
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We support e-mobility, sustainable energy, and drinking water supply in rural Africa through hands-on projects.
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Hygiene training courses provide information about clean drinking water and hygiene at schools and in communities.
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Secure access to basic services is indispensable for people to lead independent and dignified lives. Our goal is to reduce existential deficits in basic services and strengthen related social structures. With our international empowering people. Network (epN), we bring innovators and social entrepreneurs together and encourage technical and entrepreneurial approaches to be combined. This allows us to promote the spread of suitable solutions, maintain a platform for knowledge transfer, and enable networking with development collaboration organizations. Locally operating projects are run together with partners and implement solutions that are both innovative and proven. Additionally, we provide knowledge to ensure that self-supporting structures are working toward permanent improvements in basic services.

Key issues in Development Cooperation

Overview of all Development Cooperation projects

As a hands-on foundation, we work with partners to develop concepts and programs for accessing basic services in developing regions while strengthening the related societal structures.

Engagement in initiatives

We aren’t the only ones hoping to make a contribution to sustainable societal development. There are many stakeholders around the world working to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We have joined a number of them in initiatives that aim to achieve the highest possible impact for society.

The Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) from the MIT D-Lab seeks to harness the power of collaborative knowledge among leading global stakeholders to take a better, more efficient approach to fighting global poverty. The initiative from Boston’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology supports development work based on discovery, design, and the dissemination of knowledge.

Siemens Stiftung has been a PIA member since June 2016. Members of the Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Network form working groups with additional stakeholders on urgent issues, such as impact assessment, scaling pilot projects, integrative design and innovation, and inclusive recycling. The results are then shared in the development collaboration field.

Practical Impact Alliance website

What are effective ways of minimizing the political, economic, societal, and ecological causes of displacement and irregular migration? In July 2019, the German federal government launched a specialist commission on the root causes of displacement (Fachkommission Fluchtursachen) to seek answers to these questions. The commission’s work is part of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Rolf Huber, Managing Director of the Siemens Stiftung Board of Trustees, has been a member of the commission since its inception. Comprised of 24 distinguished academic and professional experts, the commission will submit a report by the end of 2020 with specific recommendations on how to decrease displacement and irregular migration.

Visit the commission’s website

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) serves as the world’s leading environmental authority, coordinating environmental activity by the United Nations, creating in-depth reports on the current status of the global environment, and developing political and legal instruments for international environmental protection. As an advocate for global environmental issues, UNEP also supports environmental protection partnerships.

Siemens Stiftung is working together with UNEP on a strategic e-mobility partnership in sub-Saharan Africa. The program’s focus includes networking, education and increasing awareness, financing, business model development, and technical support for local manufacturers in the electromobility sector.

Visit the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) website

The government’s ‘Strategic Dialogue’ initiative brings private-sector foundations and the Federal Foreign Office together to work toward a common goal: shifting from “a foreign policy of nations to a foreign policy of societies.” The collaboration between the ministry and civic stakeholders is about creating synergies, working cooperatively, and implementing projects. In addition to engaging with foundation alumni, working groups focus on migration in geographically prioritized areas of Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

As a member, Siemens Stiftung receives helpful background insights into political developments in certain regions that impact the foundation’s international work. As a civil society stakeholder, Siemens Stiftung brings a unique perspective and emphasis to the dialog on civic, social, and cultural developments in these countries. Rolf Huber is co-chair of the working group on Africa, representing civil society interests that pertain to the African continent.

 Visit the German Federal Foreign Office website


»With motorization rates on the rise and mounting climate-change action, a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have made decisive steps to enable local leapfrogging into low emission technologies.«

Rolf Huber, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung

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