The Carl Schlettwein Foundation is housed in “Tscheggenbürlins Hus” on Klosterberg in Basel and manages Basler Afrika Bibliographien. In addition, the Foundation awards scholarships to Namibian students and supports documentation and research projects in Namibia and southern Africa.

About us

The Foundation was set up in 1994 by Carl and Daniela Schlettwein-Gsell in order to continue the long-standing work of Carl Schlettwein and position it within an institutional context.

Basler Afrika Bibliographien

Basler Afrika Bibliographien is a documentation centre with a focus on Namibia and southern Africa that was founded in 1971 by Carl Schlettwein. The library and archive are supplemented by a programme of scholarly publications and a broad range of event offerings. The holdings of Basler Afrika Bibliographien are internationally recognized and are regarded by experts as the source of the most comprehensive documentation on Namibia outside of the country itself.


The Carl Schlettwein Foundation supports Namibian students studying the humanities or social sciences in southern Africa by awarding scholarships. The Foundation promotes research in humanities or social sciences disciplines and documentation projects on Namibia and southern Africa.


Carl Schlettwein Stiftung
Tscheggenbürlins Hus
Klosterberg 21
PO Box
4001 Basel

Tel. +41 61 271 57 70

Managing Director Luccio Schlettwein
Assistant to Managing Director Daniel Hürzeler

Visits by appointment

Luccio Schlettwein and Daniel Hürzeler