Nakopa twinning project Leipzig Addis Ababa:
Inclusive Municipality

‘Inclusive Municipality’ is a cooperation project of the twin cities of Leipzig and Addis Ababa. The project aims at developing inclusive measures in education and culture, and introducing them to the public. For us, inclusion means diversity. Inclusion shows that being different is normal. Moreover, it connects separated worlds.
The twin cities of Leipzig and Addis Ababa are different and diverse. We want to learn from each other and work together in this project. Jointly, we develop ideas on how people with disabilities are able to participate fully in community life.
The Office for International Affairs of the city of Leipzig implements the project in cooperation with the Addis Ababa City Government, and partners involved in education and culture. Engagement Global provides funding for the project under the ‘Partnership Projects for Sustainable Local Development’ (Nakopa) programme.

Short film on the project

What is our approach?

We exchange ideas and raise awareness.

In the first year, expert delegations meet and exchange views on the status of inclusion. They visit around 20 facilities in both cities. This project phase runs from October 2016 to the end of 2017 and concludes with the first barrier-free (accessible) documentation in German and Amharic.

We develop ideas and put them on paper

Practical approaches are developed based on the analysis of the current status of inclusion. Pilot projects are planned for education and culture. Regular meetings of the working groups take place. All participants learn to deal with the requirements for barrier-free access in both countries.

We start with pilot projects

First pilot projects take concrete shape. The two cities collaborate in creating a tactile children's book, audio media, and a touch garden. An inclusive holiday game is developed and carried out together. This phase covers the period from the end of 2017 to the beginning of 2019.

We open education and culture to all

In the third year, the gained experience is evaluated. By the end of 2019, the project will produce a guide, a documentation, film material, and an exhibition for the interested public. The preconditions for full participation of persons with disabilities have improved in both municipalities.