fepa journal no 1 2024 and annual report 2023

fepa journal no 1 2024 and annual report 2023

The journal is here. It also contains an annual report. Due to workload at the moment we can only provide a deepl AI translation with a number of issues.

But at least you get access to the key information on recent work with young people in South Africa and our annual report.

We will provide a better version in July.

the German original can be found here.

Artist Hope Masike

Hope Masike

Sängerin und Poetin Hope Masike im Porträt, schwarz-weiss Foto

Masike is known for her modern and unique Afrofusion style. She is called “The princess of Mbira” because of her fiery voice and mbira sounds. She is a singer-songwriter as well as a dancer, a visual artist, an advocate for education and women, and also a poet.

In her poems, she addresses the question of when the oppression of women began and how society can break away from this notion.

Find Masike online on her Webseite or on Instagram and Twitter.

artist jeremy david ambrose kupfuwa

Jeremy David Ambrose Kupfuwa

Kupfuwa, who is now 22 years old, takes photographs under the name “Remy shoots”. He wants to tell stories with his pictures. The quality of his camera is not important to him. In 2019, he was nominated for the youth competition of the Sony World Photography Award.

Remy’s path led him to Johannesburg, where he is pursuing his dream career as a photographer and youth advocate.

Find Kupfuwa on Social Media: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram.

Artist Tamary Kudita

Tamary Kudita

Kudita was the first female photographer from Africa to win the Sony World Photography Award in 2021. She won the award with her series “African Victorian”, in which she addresses her mixed heritage. In her work, she focuses on “bodies that have been overlooked until now”.

She wants to encourage others to challenge themselves and try new things.

Find Tamary Kudita online on Instagram.

Artist Rachael Ncube

Rachael “Voko” Ncube

Poetin, Spokenword-Künstlerin, schwarz-weiss Foto

Ncube is a multi-award winning poet and spoken word artist. With her poems, she fights against gender-based violence and the oppression of women.

Her poem “Betrayal” addresses femicide against international women environmental activists.

Find Ncube online on Facebook.

Vested interests


About vested interests:

“Members of the board of directors disclose vested interests which are relevant to the activity of the organization in the annual report or on the organization’s website.

If the interests of the organization clash with the interests of members of the board of directors or their associates, these interests are disclosed to the board of directors. In such cases, the member concerned abstains.”

fepa’s regulations for vested interests

Find the regulations here, only available in German.

Relevant vested interests according to the regulations


Please note that we have additional information about the engagements of our Board of Directors on the respective page.

News fepa

The fepa website is now available in English!

History – Jubilees

2023: 60 years for justice

For many decades, fepa has celebrated its anniversaries on the basis of the 1963 statutes, which introduced independent general assemblies.

The impulse to found fepa came in 1959 when Hedwig Schneeberger, a teacher from Berne, heard about the establishment of community farms in what was then Rhodesia: Working together as equals, black and white pioneers created a future-oriented project for the development of the country in southern Africa.

Hedwig Schneeberger was fully committed to financially supporting these anti-racist projects, which challenged the Rhodesian government and the ideology of white supremacy with a genuine partnership approach. Schneeberger found support from like-minded people so that fepa could be founded in 1963, incidentally with the active support of the “refugee mother” Gertrud Kurtz of the Christian Peace Service as well as the Bernese Teachers’ Association.

In the early 1960s, when the majority of African states gained independence from the former colonial powers, too many Swiss still sympathised with the white settler societies that were resisting a change in their political domination. In this environment, fepa’s stance was progressive and courageous. Elements that still characterise fepa today were already present then:

  1. The fundamental view of human rights and democracy, against racism and racial discrimination as a prerequisite for development.
  2. Development policy commitment both in Africa and Switzerland.
  3. The principle of equal partnership and mutual respect.
  4. The support for initiatives of committed people on the ground.
  5. The geographical focus on Southern Africa and in particular on Rhodesia and Zimbabwe.
  6. The key role of women in fepa’s work.

Zimbabwe has remained the focal country of our projects 50 years after fepa was founded. fepa has closely accompanied its partners through the turbulence of recent years.

Via our partner organisations in what was then Rhodesia, first contacts were made in the 1960s with the emerging cooperative movement in Tanzania, which soon caused a developmental furore under the name “Ujamaa”. In Tanzania’s Ruvuma District, fepa supported this grassroots initiative, which was bureaucratised as a state doctrine at the end of the 1960s. For many years fepa then worked with CDTF (Community Development Trust Fund).

fepa’s involvement in South Africa began in 1966 with the support of projects by “Treeman” Mazibuko, a pioneer of organic farming. Other fepa partners in South Africa were Rommel Roberts’ Hilltop Empowerment Centre in the Eastern Cape and the Mdantsane Peace Project.

For some years fepa was also active in Moçambique. In 2004, former members of the association Solidarity with Moçambique approached fepa with a proposal for cooperation in the field of malaria prevention in the province of Cabo Delgado on the border with Tanzania.

Further Information

Brochure on our 50 year jubilee.

Business Office

Business Office

Marcel Dreier – Executive Director

Since 2015, fepa’s office is being ran by historian and ethnologist Marcel Dreier.

Denise Staubli – Incoming Co-Executive Director

Denise joined fepa in April 2024. She is a certified coach with a wealth of international and sustainability experience, bringing a holistic, nurturing pair of eyes to her role. Having delved into environmental, cultural, and social challenges across four continents, Denise has equipped herself with creative problem-solving skills, entrepreneurship, and broad project experience throughout her career. She worked for organizations such as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, where she was trained in international cooperation and diplomacy. When not working, she enjoys swimming in lakes and rivers with friends, meeting people and looking after her many plants. One of her fondest memories from Sub-Saharan Africa is dancing to African beats with incredibly talented people.

Contact Denise via e-mail or LinkedIn

Iria Mudimu – Content Creator

Iria Mudimu is an anthropologist and filmmaker who had regular long stays in Zimbabwe. She has been working with fepa since August 2020 on various tasks.

Katja Majirija – Desk Officer Agroecology/HLLM partnership PORET

Katja Majirija is an environmental engineer with a BASc degree from the ZHAW in Wädenswil. Assignments in international cooperation with Zimbabwe (e.g. CAMPFIRE). She has been with fepa since August 2020.

Volunteers at the office

Dingulwazi Kenneth Mudimu, Joyce Schäfer and many more that we can count on for short-term assignments. If you also want to participate: More information here. We look forward to seeing you!



Certification 2022 – 2026

Zewo Zertifikat für fepa von 2022 bis 2026

fepa was successfully re-certified on 21 November 2022 for the next years (until the end of 2026). We have started with the implementation of small requirements and recommendations, e.g. a register of the board members’ commitment of interests, privacy policy and the calculation of the project effort at the newsletter. The certificate document is uploaded here.

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