On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, SÜDWIND organised a series of discussion events in spring 2021 under the banner „Wissenschaf(f)t Gerechtigkeit“ [science creates justice]. The event focused on the question of what role science fulfills in the fight against global injustice. On 19 May 2021, Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz, Deputy Director of DIE participated in the digital salon on the multifaceted relationship between civil society and science on issues of global justice and sustainability, and engaged in a lively debate with Marlehn Thieme (Welthungerhilfe) and Irene Knoke (Südwind).
The event is available as a podcast: https://suedwind-institut.de/audio-video/digitaler-salon-zivilgesellschaft-podcast.html.
On 28 May 2021, Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz, Deputy Director of DIE, attended the virtual panel discussion organised by Brot für die Welt. It was entitled „Now Corona too: Sustainable development and humanitarian aid need a strong civil society – more than ever!“ and served as a farewell event for Rev. Prof. Dr. h.c. Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, President of Bread for the World and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe. After an engaging review of her 21 years in the service of development cooperation and humanitarian aid, Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel discussed with Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven (Executive Board Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)), Maina Kiai (Human Rights Watch), and Imme Scholz (DIE) the importance and role of church actors and networks for sustainable development, and for coping with the immediate consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Church partners face major constraints in their work, given the increasingly restrictive political conditions in many countries. Finally, the prospects for economic recovery with regard to the end of the pandemic were also debated – not in the sense of a return to „normality“, but of a departure for climate-justice and a sustainable world, as well as renewed international cooperation.