issues that promote peaceful coexis tence within and between societies that means issues that require multilateral cooperation between various actors The four topics are interdependent on one another Climate change and inequality for example are drivers of conflict and migration In the future we want to examine their interconnections and work at that nexus How are you approaching the new topics We are currently reviewing how and in which regions we will fund them We are focusing on areas that either receive little attention or where we can make a significant contribu tion We will start funding in 2020 and have renamed our focus area International Understanding and Cooperation With the realignment you are dropping all of the previous projects and programs in the international portfolio Why this step It is very important to us to end partnerships in a responsible manner We had frank conversations with our partners about how our support will wind down and about potential final activities for each individual project Still it is a drastic step However it was necessary in order to be consistent and create space for the new topics Will the Foundation also change the way it provides funding Due to the changing international context and our aspiration to contrib ute to solving societal challenges we might also have to apply a wider range of funding instruments in the future How we fund will vary from topic to topic In the end institutions and people change the world not projects Looking at the final months of the process what has impressed you most I was convinced that this step was necessary and important when I began working on the strategic development process and yet I was surprised by the energy and momentum that it generated I was impressed by the staff s participation and willingness to change at a time when the future was unclear Also there was the commitment of the leadership team that generated a strong sense of unity and solidarity It is a great privilege to help shape such a process It wouldn t be possible without the commitment of our Board of Trustees If you look a year into the future what do you wish the Foundation I hope that it will be seen as a progres sive partner in the philanthropic sector I hope that everyone will have found his or her place in the new teams and that we can continue to keep up the strong team spirit and momentum of the past two years And also I wish that we with our own strong profile will join the community of those who are already working on our new topics We asked ourselves how we can be for ward thinking and achieve the highest pos sible impact with our work Interview20 Robert Bosch Stiftung Sandra Breka An expert on international relations Sandra Breka is a Member of the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and is responsible for the areas of support of International Understanding and Cooperation as well as Active Citizenship in addition to the programmatic work of the Foundation in Berlin

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