Ecuador, Colombia, Peru
Latin America
Experimenta Sur
Colombia / Latin America
Argentina, Chile
Chile / Latin America
Little Scientists’ House
Nationales MINT Forum
STEM And Values
The Bridging Challenge
Africa Seed Program
Burkina Faso
Community Economic Elevator Program
Hygiene Promotion
Safe Water Enterprises
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
TakaTaka Solutions
South Africa
Music In Africa
South Africa / Africa
Connected Solar Clinic
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Annual Report
United for sustainable social development
As an internationally-active foundation, how can we achieve impact on a large and small scale? This question is at the heart of our work when we develop and implement our projects. The international aspect of our work is not just a pillar of a particular working area, but part of Siemens Stiftung’s mission and beliefs: our work on the ground always stimulates regional and cross-border cooperation.

The colored dots on the world map at the beginning of this report represent projects and initiatives in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. At the same time, they signify links in a global network of educators, social entrepreneurs, and artists. Together, we support secure access to basic services, high-quality education, and an understanding of culture.

Networks like these form the foundation for innovation, provide support, and give us the drive to continually reexamine our approach. They allow solution-based concepts and programs for sustainable social development to thrive and deliver longterm impact. This annual report outlines the benefits for those participating in our projects.
Development Cooperation:
Solutions for secure access to basic services
Solutions that work: social entrepreneurs develop products and services to improve the quality of life in communities in developing regions. With the empowering people. Network, we support passionate inventors and social entrepreneurs while encouraging effective combinations of technical and entrepreneurial concepts. Locally operating projects are run together with partners, implementing tried and true methods as well as new innovations. We believe that sharing knowledge is important for locally-created structures to become self-sustaining and allow permanent improvements in basic services and individual prospects.
A global spirit
The empowering people. Network is more than just a platform connecting global inventors and entrepreneurs and their simple, technical solutions for improved access to basic services. The network also provides members with help from international partners in implementing their solutions in developing regions. The empowering people. Award recognizes particularly successful and promising solutions.
What is the network’s impact on its members? Click each portrait to find out more.
Noha El-Ghobashy
President of Engineering for Change, USA
Peter Masaaba
Managing Director at B-Space (U) Ltd, Uganda
Ratul Narain
Founder of BEMPU Health, India
Mauricio Gnecco
Asogagumuy and APROTEC, Colombia
Our common goal: a better world
»It’s a paradigm shift: seeing people in developing regions as customers and active entrepreneurs, rather than just recipients of aid. Technology is an important factor in limiting income inequality and advancing global development. I was very excited to serve as a juror for the empowering people. Award in 2016, since we’ve been working with the empowering people. Network for a few years now. We support each other, learn from each other, and discover new opportunities and possibilities for achieving our common goal: making tomorrow’s world a better place.«
Developing businesses
»Social entrepreneurs need direction and assistance as they follow their path. The empowering people. Network’s online tool, SAMforSE (Self-Assessment Manual for Social Entrepreneurs), enables entrepreneurs to conduct an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. After the test, the empowering people. Network offers anyone interested individual coaching to further develop a participant’s strengths. Right now, I’m working as a coach with two companies in Uganda to help them properly set up their business structure, without losing sight of the social impact.«
The network helps us improve quality of life
»The work done by my team and others who are part of the empowering people. Network can sometimes leave you feeling like you’re all on your own. It’s challenging to work on problems that affect poor people. New businesses must learn to deal with numerous setbacks before they can see the impact of their work. We all want to do something positive for the world and help people help themselves. Winning first prize in the empowering people. Award is quite an honor. Working with like-minded individuals in the network is inspiring: we feel stronger and realize we aren’t alone in taking on this task!«
Ratul Narain received first prize in the empowering people. Award for the BEMPU Hypothermia Bracelet, which monitors a newborn’s temperature and helps parents in developing regions prevent life-threatening hypothermia. Learn more about BEMPU and the other winners in this video.
Exchanging knowledge and ideas
»I’ve been a member of the empowering people. Network since 2012. With courses, lectures, and workshops, the network is more than just a platform for exchanging knowledge and ideas. It’s also a space for talking about the dreams and motivation that keeps every member of the network going. It creates valuable contacts and lifelong friendships that broaden each person’s horizons while encouraging us to find solutions to urgent problems – and to actually implement them. For example, at the last workshop, I took home two valuable insights about organizational culture that I have since implemented in my business.«
From aid recipient to customer
Using simple technology, Siemens Stiftung provides communities in remote regions with access to clean drinking water and solar energy. People in these communities run the water and solar kiosks on their own as social enterprises. The result: improved health, new jobs, and new opportunities that counter rural exodus.
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Knowledge for responsible societal involvement
In a world that is increasingly complex, what is the best way to teach and learn? Properly addressing the challenges of a diverse and constantly-evolving society means expanding knowledge must also be accompanied by strengthened abilities and attitudes. This is a condition for active and responsible participation in society, making value creation an essential aspect to our engagement in science and technology education. With the international educational program Experimento, we invite educators to join us for practical training and continuing education courses, and provide them with quality teaching and learning materials. These resources help educators craft modern lessons based on experimentation. Discovery-based learning kindles children’s curiosity and builds a strong, self-confident character.
Cross-border learning
The international educational program Experimento supports educators in science and technology education. The program is now in 11 countries in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, creating opportunities for networking and cross-border knowledge transfer. We asked four participants about their experience with Experimento in their countries.
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What is Experimento's impact in the program’s countries? Click each portrait to find out more.
Mariana Abrahão
Staff member at Universidade Metodista de São Paulo
Pilar Reyes
Professor at Universidad de Chile
Mayte Morales
Director of Instituto Apoyo, Peru
Vuyokazi Aspidistra Boqwana
Kindergarten teacher in Cape Town, South Africa
Kids’ twinkling eyes
»There is nothing better than the twinkle in a child’s eye when he or she learns something new. Two years ago, all I could do in science lessons was show the children laboratory pictures. But since we got Experimento, I do experiments in the classroom. Sometimes we create new ones. The project is a gift: moving away from the old templates toward new methods where the kids participate. I don’t lecture, I say: ›If you want to find something out, give it shot!‹ For example, how does the air feel when we let a balloon burst, or when we blow bubbles in water? Now we’re starting a Latin American online platform and we’re sharing our experiences. We don’t all have to reinvent the wheel.«
Researching together instead of teaching from the front
»We’ve been improving our math and language lessons for 15 years, but not the science lessons. Those lessons are important because they create values, teaching us to think critically and to respect natural resources. How do we save water? What is recyclable? We’re making up for lost time with Experimento. Adapting the curriculum was easy enough, but the students are used to teachers teaching from the front of the class, and are a little nervous about getting actively involved. We try out each experiment in workshops and assess how easy they are to understand. Suddenly the confidence is there!«
Find out more about the implementation of Experimento in Chile.
Networking and teamwork
»We’re experiencing a positive change right now in Peru. The new president is working closer with regional politicians and key players in society on networking and teamwork, and that gives us a bit of momentum. Society is rearranging itself. Working with Siemens Stiftung, we took the model of the Nationales MINT Forum (German STEM Forum) and created the Foro Nacional STEM in Peru two years ago. STEM stands for ›science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.‹ The number of members is constantly on the rise. The government is becoming more interested in the forum and has incorporated it into the national master plan. Experimento and the work with the Foro Nacional STEM enable longterm improvements to science and technology education in Peru.«
Where the heart beats
»I work in a kindergarten at the St. Martini German School in Cape Town. Where I’m from, Eastern Cape, no one has electricity or a telephone. Most children do not attend secondary school. I didn’t know anything about the natural sciences, either, so I kept quiet at first during the Siemens Stiftung Experimento workshops. It was only when we started doing the experiments that I began to feel comfortable. I had so much fun with my team! I liked the health topics – especially when it came to exploring the human organs. Where is the heart? The children had no idea where their heart was located and why sometimes it beats faster. I set them off running and then say: Stop! Then they feel how it beats. The children love Experimento. My soul laughs every time I do that experiment with them.«
Open to everyone
Public educational materials can be downloaded, modified, and shared by every Internet user. Siemens Stiftung supports »open educational resources«. Teachers should have access to quality, digital teaching materials that they can adapt to their needs – anywhere in the world.
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Prospects for social dialog
»How much humanity exists in an urban environment?« asks the Chilean artists’ collective Mil M2 in its intervention »Proyecto Pregunta,« touching on a virulent topic for societies undergoing rapid periods of transformation. Artists are constantly addressing pressing issues of our time, revealing unfamiliar perspectives on how we live with each other. With international culture platforms and events, we provide a space for this work to take shape. We create partner networks and structures for cross-border exchange and knowledge transfer. In a globalized world, this creates dialog and new connections to local issues.
A city reimagined
In 2016, as part of CHANGING PLACES / ESPACIOS REVELADOS, the city center of Santiago became an experimental space for artists from Chile and other parts of the world: as part of the Siemens Stiftung initiative, the artists’ work transformed empty buildings and public areas into spaces for artistic encounters, opening up new perspectives on the meaning of »neighborhood« in times of globalization.
What did CHANGING PLACES achieve in Santiago? Click each portrait to find out more.
María José Cifuentes
Dramaturge and co-curator CHANGING PLACES
Daniel Lie
Brazilian artist
Ernesto Ottone
Chilean Minister of Culture
Nicolás Fernandois
Yungay neighborhood resident
Collaboration between artists and residents
»The special thing about this project is that it came from ongoing dialog between institutions, neighborhoods, artists, and curators. The focus was on the historic Yungay district – the buildings, people, political story, and migratory background of the quarter all provided starting points for a lot of the work done by the artists. Then, in April 2016, the entire city was full of art for 11 days: bodies, words, pictures, and sounds invited residents to forge new connections with the place they lived. People from all over Santiago, who had never been to that part of the city before, came and participated in the dialog.«
Building relationships
»CHANGING PLACES was a milestone in my work as an artist. After a one-month residency in Yungay, I was able to forge a deep relationship with the venue of the installation – a 100-year-old abandoned house – on a physical and an emotional level. I could focus on other elements that were only possible through the experience of being there: culture, history, the people and their habits. At the end of this process, I finished the piece in front of an audience for the opening of the festival, offering an experience that formed an emotional connection.«
Civic participation reinvented
»CHANGING PLACES encompasses three areas that are important for Chile today: modern art, community, and cultural heritage. An initiative like this is one-of-akind in our city. It connects the strong appreciation and value of our local heritage with civic engagement – in cultural and urban topics, but also through networking at the communal, institutional, and international level. CHANGING PLACES created new possibilities for everyone involved, and is therefore a model project for cultural development in our country and from our country.«
Continuing dialog
»CHANGING PLACES was an important experience for me as a resident and active participant: it drew attention to the great strength that exists in a community, but it also revealed deep conflicts. I think the resulting direct dialog between the art and the neighborhood had the most significant and long-lasting impact. Today, Yungay’s potential and its problems have made it part of the socialpolitical agenda. It is important that the debate goes on. We need to make sure that what was set in motion by CHANGING PLACES continues in the future.«
Striking a chord together
Artists need space to confront the disruptions that surround us today. In addition to individual projects, Siemens Stiftung creates structures for dialog between artists and society with international culture platforms such as the online portal Music In Africa.
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Projects and initiatives 2015/2016
Working area
Project Description Country/Region Working area
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»A Brimming Spirit« – Werner von Siemens’ 200th Birthday
Inspiration for everyone positively shaping our world with creative ideas and enthusiasm: to mark the 200th birthday of Werner von Siemens on December 13, 2016, Siemens Stiftung put together a collage of his letters. »A Brimming Spirit: Werner von Siemens in Letters« invites readers to join the brilliant inventor on his entrepreneurial and personal journey through the 19th century.

The book (200 pages, 50 illustrations, published by Murmann Verlag) is available for download free of charge on our website:
Siemens Stiftung Team
First row (from left to right): Christa Mühlbauer, Carola Schwank, Dr. Barbara Filtzinger, Dr. Nathalie von Siemens (Managing Director / Spokesperson), Rolf Huber (Managing Director), Eva-Katharina Lang, Kerstin Marchetti, Dr. Ute Hebestreit-Böhme, Sabine Sailer

Second row: Franziska von Einem, Daniela Hopf, Angela Clerc, Sabine Baumeister, Georg Bernwieser (CFO), Anja Funke, Margit Wiest, Dr. Beate Grotehans

Third row: Christine Janezic, Julia Rüter, Rebecca Ottmann, Werner Busch, Maria Schumm-Tschauder, Jens Cording, Christine Niewöhner, Robert Balthasar

Fourth row: David Hoffmann, Joachim Gerstmeier, Karolin Timm-Wachter, Julia Wachsmann

Not pictured: Dr. Franziska Frost, Karin Hagen, Christine Koptisch, Tilmann Straub, Caroline Weimann
Board of Trustees
President of the Board of Trustees
von Brandenstein
Vice President of the Board of Trustees
Former Management Board Chairman at Allianz SE, Member of the Siemens AG Supervisory Board
Dr. Andreas C.
General Counsel, Head of Legal and Compliance of Siemens AG
Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, Human Resources
von Schumann
Chief of Staff of Siemens AG
Members receive no compensation for their work on the Board of Trustees.
Financial report 2015/2016

Expenses for the foundation’s mandate

Total expenses of €3,622 thousand (previous year: €3,252 thousand) were reported in the Development Cooperation* working area. The goal of these projects is to reduce existential deficits in basic services in developing and emerging countries and to strengthen social structures. The focus is on supporting local and financially-independent initiatives with technical solutions, training, and networks.

Total expenses of €6,825 thousand (previous year: €4,927 thousand) were reported for Education projects. With its international education program, Siemens Stiftung helps modernize classroom materials and methods to enable qualified science and technology education for children, especially in disadvantaged regions. The project focuses on training and continuing education of teachers and educators.

Total expenses of €1,347 thousand (previous year: €1,388 thousand) were reported for the Culture working area. With projects from this working area, Siemens Stiftung aims to provide space for cultural stakeholder perspectives and experimental fields for contemporary discussion. The meaning of culture for social cohesion, the reflection on individual self-image, and the effectiveness of cultural activities in society are at the heart of these initiatives.

In addition, €1,095 thousand (previous year: €1,021 thousand) were spent on communications.

Other operating expenses

Administrative costs
This item includes expenses used solely for the administration of the foundation that are not directly attributable to its individual mandates.

Personnel costs
Total expenses include personnel costs of €3,563 thousand (previous year: €3,410 thousand); €3,068 thousand were spent on wages and salaries and €495 thousand on social contributions and expenditures for pensions and benefits. The workforce comprised 32 persons (previous year: 32) on average during the fiscal year.

* The working area »Basic Services & Social Entrepreneurship« was renamed »Development Cooperation« on October 1, 2016.
ASSETS as of September 30, 2016
in €
9/30/2016 9/30/2015
A. Fixed assets
I. Intangible assets
Concessions, industrial and similar rights and assets, and licenses in such rights and assets 56.00 86,149.00
II. Tangible assets
Other equipment, factory, and office equipment 259,623.00 344,976.00
III. Financial assets
1. Participations 12,500.00 12,500.00
2. Long-term investments 389,999,930.90 389,999,930.90
390,272,109.90 390,443,555.90
B. Current assets
I. Accounts receivable and other assets
Other assets (including €0 thousand > 1 year) 12,510,502.30 15,429,421.77
II. Cash 28,867,852.40 24,789,740.06
41,378,354.70 40,219,161.83
C. Prepaid expenses 54,473.73 9.920,03
431,704,938.33 430,672,637.76
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES as of September 30, 2016
in €
9/30/2016 9/30/2015
A. Equity
I. Basic capital 300,000,000.00 300,000,000.00
II. Other capital 90,000,000.00 90,000,000.00
III. Free reserves (section 62 (1) no. 3 AO) 24,990,000.00 20,850,000.00
IV. Retained profits brought forward 12,538,050.34 17,520,006.14
427,528,050.34 428,370,006.14
B. Accruals
1. Accruals for pensions and similar obligations 288,073.03 324,758.34
2. Other accruals 998,119.00 809,227.00
1,286,192.03 1,133,985.34
C. Liabilities
1. Trade payables (including €2,266 thousand with a remaining term of up to one year) 2,790,133.97 1,052,134.19
2. Other liabilities (including €62 thousand from taxes) 100,561.99 116,512.09
2,890,695.96 1,168,646.28
431,704,938.33 430,672,637.76
Siemens Stiftung was established by Siemens AG under the foundation charter of September 22, 2008, and recognized as a public foundation under private law having legal capacity. The foundation performs charitable work and is operationally active, which means it primarily funds its own projects and initiatives. The foundation’s mandate is set forth in the most recent version of its charter, dated December 12, 2012. Siemens AG transferred the endowment (€300,000 thousand) and other assets (€90,000 thousand) in 2008. This makes Siemens Stiftung one of Germany’s largest corporate foundations.
in €
9/30/2016 9/30/2015
1. Income from asset management 12,462,704.13 15,502,026.61
2. Income from donations 557,000.00 1,132,770.00
3. Other operating income 55,370.36 83,514.31
13,075,074.49 16,718,310.92
4. Asset management expenses 1,128.43 1,322.29
5. Expenses for the foundation’s mandate
Development Cooperation 3,621,522.60 3,251,677.61
Education 6,824,892.87 4,926,648.79
Culture 1,346,528.75 1,388,158.75
Communications 1,094,581.27 1,020,502.66
12,887,525.49 10,586,987.81
6. Other operating expenses
Administrative costs 1,028,376.37 949,287.44
Pension costs 380,910.94
1,028,376.37 1,330,198.38
13,917,030.29 11,918,508.48
7. Annual net income -851,955.80 4,799,802.44
8. Retained profits brought forward from previous year 17,520,006.14 16,020,203.70
9. Free reserves (section 62 (1) no. 3 AO) 4,140,000.00 3,300,000.00
10. Retained profits brought forward 12,538,050.34 17,520,006.14
The income and expense statement for fiscal year 2015/2016 shows income from asset management of €12,463 thousand (previous year: €15,502 thousand) and income from donations of €557 thousand (previous year: €1,133 thousand). Other operating income of €55 thousand (previous year: €84 thousand) consists primarily of the balance (€40 thousand) of expenses relating to discounted pension, anniversary, and partial retirement obligations of €136 thousand and the return on assets of €176 thousand, in addition to a return of funds of €12 thousand. In the previous year, the balance was accounted for under pension costs.
There were also operating expenses for the foundation’s mandate of €3,622 thousand (previous year: €3,252 thousand) for the Development Cooperation working area, €6,825 thousand (previous year: €4,927 thousand) for the Education working area, and €1,347 thousand (previous year: €1,388 thousand) for the Culture working area. A total of €1,095 thousand (previous year: €1,021 thousand) was spent on communications. Administrative expenses of €1,028 thousand (previous year: €949 thousand) were incurred.
In accordance with section 5, paragraph 4 of the foundation’s charter, Siemens Stiftung is required to establish capital reserves for purposes of inflationary adjustment. The foundation calculates this reserve based on a medium-term rate of inflation as part of its capital maintenance strategy. A total of €4,140 thousand (previous year: €3,300 thousand) was moved into free reserves in accordance with section 62 (paragraph 1, no. 3a) of the German Tax Code (AO).

Ernst & Young GmbH auditors reviewed the annual financial statements and management report of Siemens Stiftung dated Friday, September 30, 2016, in accordance with the principles of the German Commercial Code (HGB) and Article 16 of the Bavarian Foundation Act (BayStG) in compliance with the German auditing standards defined by the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany, Incorporated Association (IDW), and issued its unqualified audit certificate. The effectiveness of the accountingrelated internal control system was also evaluated as part of the review. The audit has not led to any reservations. The review of the preservation of the foundation assets and the compliant use of its returns for benefits, meant for consumption in accordance with Article 16, Paragraph 3 of the BayStG, also led to no reservations.
Thanks to our partners
No one can do it alone. We are able to put sustainable and meaningful ideas into practice thanks to our personal ties with others.

We are proud to work with 140 acknowledged experts from around the world for sustainable social development. They include members of civil society and philanthropy, public entities, research, education, cultural institutions, and development collaboration organizations.

They join us in passionately and courageously pursuing the goal of helping people grasp opportunities domestically and across borders for themselves and their communities. They are reliable knowledge bearers, innovators, local contacts, and quite often, problem solvers and inspirational figures who enable the impact of our programs and solution-based approaches in the first place.

Every day is an opportunity to learn something new through our collaboration with them, which, in many cases, dates back several years. We would like to extend our warmest thanks for their trust in us and for the joy we feel as we implement our projects together!

Rolf Huber, Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, and Georg Bernwieser,
Siemens Stiftung Board of Directors
Our international partners
Acumen Fund East Africa | adelphi | Albert-Schweitzer- / Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium Marl | Ambassade de France à Bogota | AMREF Flying Doctors | Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung | Argidius Foundation | Ashoka | AT-Verband | Baden-Württemberg Stiftung | Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst | Behörde für Schule und Berufsbildung Hamburg | Bertelsmann Stiftung | Bildungsportal des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen | BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt | BoP Innovation Center | Büro der UNESCO in Mexiko | Bundesministerin für Frauenangelegenheiten und Öffentlichen Dienst | Bundesweites Netzwerk Service-Learning – Lernen durch Engagement | Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens-Gymnasium Berlin | Centro Cultural Matucana 100 | Colégio Visconde De Porto Seguro | Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes – Gobierno de Chile | Das Hunger Projekt e.V. | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH | Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg | Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt | Deutsche Telekom Stiftung | Education Group GmbH | Efecto Educativo | EinDollarBrille e.V. | endeva – enterprise solutions for development | Energypedia | Engineering for Change | Engineers Without Borders International | Escenalborde – Artes Escénias Contemporanéas | FASE – Finanzierungsagentur für Social Entrepreneurship | Franz-Liszt-Mittelschule Waldkraiburg | Freiwilligen-Agentur Halle-Saalkreis e.V. | Freudenberg Stiftung GmbH | Fundação Siemens Brasil | Fundación Chile | Fundación Choshuenco | Fundación Patrimonio Creativo | Fundación Siemens Argentina | Fundación Siemens Colombia | FWU Medieninstitut der Länder | GAM – Centro Gabriela Mistral | GIGA – German Institute of Global and Area Studies | Global Nature Fund | Goethe-Institut Chile | Goethe-Institut Kolumbien | Goethe-Institut Südafrika | Gymnasium Fridericianum Rudolstadt | Haus Overbach Jülich | Hessische Lehrkräfteakademie | Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart | Humboldt-Schule Kiel | IBAN – Inclusive Business Action Network | Idartes – Instituto Distrital de las Artes | iMINT-Akademie | Impact Hub | INAE – Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas Uruguay | Inclusive Business Accelerator | INNOVEC | Institut français | Instituto Apoyo | Instituto Ayrton Senna | Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg | Kangemi Resource Centre | Kenya Water for Health Organization – KWAHO | Kenyatta University | Kultusministerium des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt | Landesinstitut für Schulqualität und Lehrerbildung Sachsen-Anhalt (LISA) | Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg | Landgraf-Ludwigs-Gymnasium Gießen | Lernen durch Engagement – Netzwerkstelle Sachsen-Anhalt | Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München | MAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo | Mapa Teatro | Max-Planck-Gymnasium Trier | MEC – Ministerio de Educación y Cultura Uruguay | Mil M2 (Mil Metros Cuadrados) | Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia | MINT-EC Verein mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlicher Excellence Center an Schulen e.V. | MIT D-Lab / Practical Impact Alliance | MNU – Verband zur Förderung des MINT-Unterrichts | Moving Worlds | Music In Africa Foundation | NAVE – Centro de Creación y Residencia | Nelson Mandela School | Netzwerk »Lernen durch Engagement« in Sachsen-Anhalt | Niedersächsischer Bildungsserver | Oberschule Findorff | OSRAM AG | Pädagogisches Landesinstitut Rheinland-Pfalz | Parque Cultural de Valparaíso | PHINEO gemeinnützige AG | Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile | Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso | Practical Action | Ratsgymnasium Osnabrück | Robert Bosch Stiftung | SchlaU-Schule – Trägerkreis Junge Flüchtlinge e.V. | Schule Hohe Geest Hoenwestedt | Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie Berlin | Siemens AG | SIP – Red de Colegios | SkyJuice Foundation | Stiftung Bildungspakt Bayern | Stiftung Haus der kleinen Forscher | Stiftung Mercator | SOLARKIOSK AG | SOS Kinderdörfer | TakaTaka Solutions | Teatro Jorge Eliecer Gaitán | Technology Exchange Lab | Thames Electricals Ltd | The DO School | The Rockefeller Foundation | The Youth Banner | Thüringer Schulportal | TUM School of Education | Universidad Central Colombia | Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano | Universidad de Chile | Universidad Nacional de Colombia | Universidade Metodista de São Paulo | University of Cape Town | University of Lagos | University of the Western Cape | University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg / Radmaste Centre | Walter Sisulu University | Verein zur MINT-Talentförderung e.V. | Werner-von-Siemens-Schule Gransee | Wissensfabrik – Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V. | ZNL TransferZentrum für Neurowissenschaften und Lernen / Universität Ulm
Imprint and Photo Credits

Publisher Siemens Stiftung
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Responsible for content
Rolf Huber, Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, Georg Bernwieser

Editorial Siemens Stiftung:
Julia Rüter (responsible)
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Photo Editor Sabine Sailer (Siemens Stiftung)

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Jan Hawerkamp, Jens Otte

Deputy Management / Head of digital media / Site management Hamburg
Chris Höfner

Project management Katrin Voges

Layout Surface Gesellschaft für Gestaltung mbH
www.surfacegrafik.de Art-Direction Anna Landskron

Translation Matt Zuvela

Proofreading Lisa Wicklund, Anja Funke (Siemens Stiftung)

Technical implementation Matthias Rendl

Photo Credits

Development Cooperation © Siemens Stiftung / Bempu Health A global spirit © Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Emmanuele Contini
© Peter Masaaba
© Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Emmanuele Contini
© Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Sabine Baumeister From aid recipient to customer © Joseph K. Barasa, Illustration and Design, Nairobi
© Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Georgina Goodwin
© Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Georgina Goodwin
© Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Christine Koptisch

Education © Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Uli Reinhardt / Zeitenspiegel Cross-border learning © Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Uli Reinhardt / Zeitenspiegel Open to everyone © Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Rebecca Hearfield
© Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Enno Kapitza
© Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Uli Reinhardt / Zeitenspiegel
© Shutterstock

Culture © Mil M2 / Photographer: Pablo Guerrero A city reimagined © NAVE
© Daniel Lie
© Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes – Gobierno de Chile / Photographer: Natalia Espina
© Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Benjamín Matte Striking a chord together © Jabu Nkosi
© Siemens Stiftung / Photographer: Susanne van Loon
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Contaminated water – a solvable problem. Using Safe Water Enterprises simple technology, “Maji Safi” - clean drinking water - can be produced in just a few minutes. One kiosk can provide water for an entire village.
There was cause for celebration in the Kenyan communities of Korumba and Soko Kogweno in October. For the past two years, two Safe Water Enterprises from Siemens Stiftung have provided people there with clean drinking water. From the very beginning, local management teams put in a lot of work, which included training sessions and seminars, to successfully run their water kiosks as sustainable social enterprises. Now, Siemens Stiftung has given the communities full responsibility of the water kiosks.

»The kiosk operators filter contaminated water using SkyHydrant membrane technology and sell the clean water to the community at low cost. The kiosks are running in the black and are even turning a small profit,« says Caroline Weimann, the project lead at Siemens Stiftung. »This goes right back into expanding the project and other local social activities. The kiosks also provide the operators with a sustainable income.« Additionally, the businesses deliver an important health service for the communities. New employment prospects are another benefit, with additional jobs created around the kiosks giving young people new opportunities – an effective measure against rural exodus.
»As the foundation of a technology company, we believe technological solutions can counter deficits in basic services and promote development at the same time,« said Rolf Huber, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung, of the strategic approach behind the kiosks.

To make sure this »aid as a business model« is effective in the long-term, educating the community is a key component. Volunteer health helpers in each village go door-to-door and explain why it is worth paying for clean drinking water, while local schools host health and hygiene lessons. Despite the information campaigns and training sessions costing more than the kiosk itself, success is dependent on creating this foundation of knowledge. The water kiosks can only turn a profit if they become financially independent in the long run.
Local teams are responsible for the successful operation of the water kiosks. As independent social entrepreneurs, they maintain the kiosks and manage water sales. The profits ensure long-term operation and salaries.
Siemens Stiftung uses targeted social marketing activities to show the health and financial benefits of clean drinking water: classic marketing tools are used in combination with role-playing games and community discussions.
The experience collected over the years by Safe Water Enterprises is shared with the »Community Hubs« of the SolarFountain gGmbH, which Siemens Stiftung founded in 2015, together with Solarkiosk AG in Berlin. In addition to clean water, these kiosks also provide solar power, allowing cell phones to be charged or medications to be refrigerated.

Founding a company is a new endeavor for Siemens Stiftung. For the first time, Siemens Stiftung is directly investing the foundation’s capital in creating a new business model: SolarFountain leads the business development in Africa and takes care of partner management and financing. The actual kiosks are initially funded with donations. But after the initial start-up phase, the kiosks are meant to become self-sustaining through the sale of products and services.

»To maximize the impact of this model, we are taking part in intense discussions with other foundations, companies, and German development organizations. We are also examining which technologies could be used in and around refugee camps,« said Rolf Huber.
Sustainable water supply projects:
Results 2015/2016
Safe Water Enterprises
Working with local and international partners, Siemens Stiftung opened six Safe Water Enterprises in East Africa in 2016. Currently, 19 of these water kiosks provide more than 45,000 people with clean drinking water. Around 30 Kenyans, Ugandans, and Tanzanians work full-time as kiosk operators. They receive training from Siemens Stiftung in all relevant technical and social entrepreneurial aspects. Two kiosks are already being independently operated by the communities.
At the end of 2015, Siemens Stiftung and Solarkiosk AG – the winner of the 2013 empowering people. Award – founded the SolarFountain gGmbH in Germany. The solar-powered kiosks produce environmentally-friendly electricity, filter contaminated water, and sell everyday goods, improving access to basic services for families in underdeveloped regions in East Africa. SolarFountain gGmbH has now hired a regional manager for East Africa and fundraising is under way.
Hygiene Promotion
Hygiene training sessions teach communities about the importance of clean drinking water for health. In 2015/16, around 150 teachers from 50 participating schools took part in the training sessions. In addition to 20 local public officials and 25 kiosk operators, 150 community workers were trained up as ambassadors for clean drinking water in their communities. This enables three locations to reach around 3,000 households. Two new hand washing stations also began operating.
Community Economic Elevator Program
To ensure success for even more small businesses, around 750 trainees are taking part in the Community Economic Elevator Program entrepreneurship training and mentoring in 14 locations in Kenya. Since 2011, around 2,500 micro-entrepreneurs and young people have successfully completed the training program and implemented a business plan.
Promoting modern and appealing science and technology education: Teachers and students can find 5,500 teaching and learning materials in the Siemens Stiftung Media Portal, including 2,000 »Open Educational Resources.«
Climate change inside a drinking glass, or, »the greenhouse effect in a cup:« that is the name of a science experiment where pupils simulate man-made global warming on a small scale. They shine a light on open and closed cups and test different absorption materials, like aluminum foil or black paper. Interactive graphics provide the necessary background expertise. At the end of the experiment, the pupils and teacher talk about how the greenhouse effect can be reduced.

The interesting set of materials on climate change is available for download from the Siemens Stiftung Media Portal – as OER. That stands for »open educational resources,« teaching and learning materials that can be downloaded, modified, shared, and republished by anyone. Interest in OER is growing around the world, as they offer innovative opportunities to get children interested in science and technology education.
In this regard, creativity is in urgently high demand. The world is changing rapidly, and this shift does not stop at the schools. The increasing mix of languages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds in classrooms is a challenge for teachers. At the same time, digitalization is also making its way into the classroom. Teachers are tasked with keeping up with these changes.

Public educational materials bring energy to the classroom. Teachers can make use of experimentation instructions, videos, or interactive graphics to turn ostensibly dry subject matter into lively lessons. A positive side effect for the pupils is learning to work with various media and the Internet. »Teachers can individually adapt OER to their particular classroom needs. They can modify the materials within their teams and republish them,« says Maria Schumm-Tschauder, project lead at Siemens Stiftung, about the advantages of OER. This is particularly effective in diverse classrooms, where pupils have varying levels of prior ability and experience.
What does the heart do? How do I clean contaminated water? What are the signs of global warming? A child's thirst for knowledge is unending, their curiosity knows no bounds. They develop new ideas and acquire new knowledge by trying things out themselves.
»Open Educational Resources« (OER) bring energy into the classroom. They are publicly available and can be adapted and shared with an open license. This gives people all around the world access to quality education materials.
Despite all the advantages, OER are not popular everywhere. Some teachers have concerns about copyright protections, the quality of the materials, and practical implementation. Siemens Stiftung tries to resolve these doubts with specific goals for its support of OER.

»We want to provide a boost for modern and appealing science education that harnesses the potential of digital learning and teaching,« says Nathalie von Siemens, Siemens Stiftung Managing Director, on the work to expand OER. Siemens Stiftung believes the spread of knowledge in the future will be built upon education that is accessible for everyone, incorporates collaborative work, and is adaptable for individual learning needs.

In pursuit of this belief, Siemens Stiftung is working to spread awareness and answer legal and practical questions, while providing around 2,000 public OER materials in the foundation’s Media Portal in German, English, and Spanish.
OER / digital education projects and initiatives:
Results 2015/2016
Media Portal
Among the 5,500 educational materials in the Siemens Stiftung Media Portal, there are already around 2,000 »Open Educational Resources« (OER) – from chalkboard drawings, worksheets, experiment instructions, and videos, all the way to complete subject packets. Over the course of 2017, the material in the Media Portal will be expanded to an innovative OER platform with interactive applications for pupils and teachers. The best part: OER are publicly available and can be modified and distributed with a public license. They allow more people to access quality education and foster new forms of teaching and learning.
Forum Education and Digitalisation
How can digital media help meet educational challenges to improve education in Germany? The Forum Education and Digitalisation, founded in spring 2016 by Deutsche Telekom Stiftung, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Siemens Stiftung, aims to provide a collaborative answer. Stakeholders from education, politics, science, economy, and society are working together to develop common strategies for the success of digital education in Germany.
Nationales MINT Forum
The Nationales MINT Forum (German STEM Forum) is a combination of national organizations that work toward supporting STEM education in Germany. At the annual STEM Summit, the focus in 2016 was on »Education and Digitalization«. The members of the forum presented six core demands for better digital education at the event, which was attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Music In Africa connects: The project brings musicians from different countries together, online and offline. It creates an exchange that transcends cultural borders, strengthens local identities, and increases understanding. Pictured here: A collaboration between the band Macase from Cameroon and the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg.
German-Nigerian musician Adé Bantu is not one to mince his words. »How many more need to die, how many more need to be kidnapped?« he pleads in the song »Droit de vivre.« Working with musicians from 12 West African countries, Bantu joined the fight against extremism and in support of peace. Music is their weapon. »Quite often, music reaches more ears than political campaigns,« the singer says.

Bantu’s achievement is something only a few African musicians have managed: a cross-border collaboration. While artists in many African countries take on similar societal problems, those who work professionally and want to shoulder some of the responsibility always seem to encounter obstacles. They lack opportunities for collaboration and exchanging experiences, as well as a place to promote their own work and to receive critical feedback.
Siemens Stiftung has taken up these challenges faced by African musicians with the online platform Music In Africa. The portal is a chance for artists to network and exchange ideas on the continent, stay informed about relevant subjects, and to continue learning about music. musicinafrica.net embraces the opportunities of digitalization: every musician on the platform can create a personal profile and remain in contact with fans, concert promoters, and other players in the music scene.

Music In Africa is one of several culture platforms initiated by Siemens Stiftung in Africa and Latin America, because innovation and creativity need a space for dialog. »Reflecting cultural identities and interaction across borders are quite important for shaping the future,« says Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung, on the foundation’s motivation in this area. It is important to recognize regional characteristics, bring together various stakeholders, and to let long-term structures develop, she added.
Where can I learn new guitar chords? How do I build and repair traditional instruments? What do I need to know when registering a copyright? Music In Africa provides musicians with many educational opportunities.
Creativity needs a space for dialog: Siemens Stiftung also initiates cultural platforms in Latin America. Three academies for performing arts have become pillars of exchange and collaboration on the continent.
»The Music In Africa project was created in response to the need for reliable information as well as interaction and networking in a region with very different cultural infrastructures,« says the project lead Jens Cording. Cording adds that the project contributes to further education for the artists and promotes African music around the world.

African musicians were in charge of the project’s kickoff at the founding conference in Johannesburg. Since 2013, the pan-African Music In Africa Foundation has run the website as a strong local partner working on further developments, together with Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

The platform’s success is clear to see. There are more than 150,000 unique users per month, and 13,000 artists and institutions are registered on musicinafrica.net (as of November 2016), proving that the portal has hit the mark with its target audience. The platform has given momentum to a completely new form of interaction between Africans, contributing to common understanding on the entire continent. Rapper Ndongo D. from Senegal is among those convinced about the platform: »Music In Africa helps build bridges and create real contacts.«
Cultural platforms:
Results 2015/2016
Music In Africa
Everything relating to the musical world in Africa is available to musicians on musicinafrica.net. The portal connects artists and offers the latest information on national music scenes, learning materials, music critiques, and practical tools. Information about 26 African countries ist online now. Every month, more than 150,000 users visit the site. The platform was very active »offline« as well. For example, artists learned about constructing traditional instruments in workshops, or took part in exchange programs. A collaboration between Macase, a band from Cameroon, and the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in April 2016 provided both sides with new ideas.
Theater platforms in Latin America
Siemens Stiftung also initiates cultural dialog in Latin America. In cooperation with local and international partners, a completely new network has emerged: At the performing arts academies PANORAMA SUR (Argentina), MOVIMIENTO SUR (Chile), and EXPERIMENTA SUR (Colombia), artists from all over Latin America collaborate on innovative artistic formats. They address socially-relevant issues, casting a new light on them for consideration by society. In the 2015/2016 fiscal year, 200 artists took part in the academies. The public events were visited by more than 6,500 people.