Nakopa twinning project Leipzig Addis Ababa:
Inclusive Municipality

This website reports about the ‚Inclusive Municipality‘ project. The project involves two cities working together: Leipzig in Germany and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. They are twin cities.
We want disabled and non-disabled people to live better together. The technical term for this is inclusion. Inclusion means that all people are allowed to take part everywhere: People with disabilities, with different religions, with different ages or with special needs. For this, the environment must change, not the single person.

Our project connects different cities. Inclusion experts and employees of the city administrations exchange ideas. We are interested in understanding how disabled and non-disabled people learn together, and how they are creative together. On this basis, we jointly develop new ideas and make them known in our cities.

The ‘Office for International Affairs’ handles the project in Leipzig. It cooperates with the ‘Office for Public and International Relations’ in Addis Ababa. Many partners take part in the project in both cities. The ‚Engagement Global‘ organization supports our work with funds. The funds come from the programme: ‘Partnership Projects for Sustainable (long lasting) Local Development’. The short name is Nakopa.

Short film on the project

What is our approach?

We exchange ideas and raise awareness

We exchange ideas and talk about inclusion. This period lasted from October 2016 to the end of 2017. We have written a report about it.

We develop ideas and write them down

We come up with ideas and we plan. We gain experience in small projects. They are called pilot projects. This period continued until early 2019.

We start with pilot projects

We talk and write about our experiences. Many people listen to us. In this way, we help others to carry out similar projects. The lives of disabled people improve in Leipzig and Addis Ababa.

We open education and culture for all

We also want to transfer these experiences to other cities. For this purpose, we develop a guide. Our work on this project will be finished in September 2019.