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The Connective Cities Learning and experience network and the Pool of Experts

Solutions of an innovative nature
Solutions of an innovative nature (photo: Connective Cities)

Many locally available sustainable urban development solutions are innovative, but are often not sufficiently known. There is a lack of systematic access to these practice-oriented solutions, as well as to contacts. German cities offer a wealth of practical experience and approaches to sustainable urban development, which can be mobilised by local actors for joint learning projects, both in developing countries and in emerging economies and industrialised nations. On this basis, Connective Cities, the international city platform for sustainable development, has been established. It promotes local exchange and balances supply and demand.

In the Connective Cities Group, municipal experts from various cities in Germany and the countries bordering Syria exchange ideas, learn from each other, and develop concrete project ideas.The pressing urban challenges faced by refugee host communities require efficient and innovative solutions, especially relating to the provision of municipal basic services to the population. In addition to the fields of good urban governance, local economic development and integrated urban development, these are among the focal points of Connective Cities.

Joint learning in a group of experts from municipal entreprises, administration, science and academia, management and civil society takes place in dialogue and learning contexts such as workshops, training courses and study visits, as well as through virtual networking. The presentation of examples of good practice facilitates joint learning. Current challenges faced by the practitioners are discussed so that collegial advice can be given regarding their possible solutions. Joint project ideas are a point of reference for the development of innovative solutions.

Connective Cities is a cooperative project between the German Association of Cities and Towns (DST), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Engagement Global with its Service Agency Communities in One World.
Connective Cities is a cooperative project between the German Association of Cities and Towns (DST), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Engagement Global with its Service Agency Communities in One World. (Photo: Connective Cities)
Connective Cities is a cooperative project between the German Association of Cities and Towns (DST), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Engagement Global with its Service Agency Communities in One World.
Connective Cities is a cooperative project between the German Association of Cities and Towns (DST), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Engagement Global with its Service Agency Communities in One World. (Photo: Connective Cities)

Practical experience can be gained through international municipal cooperation. Therefore, expertise in sustainable urban development is in demand.

Connective Cities has developed a pool of experts in which more than 80 municipal practitioners are currently registered. They are available to help with international operations in projects relating to sustainable and integrated urban development, good urban governance, and local economic development.

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Would you like to contribute your knowledge to Connective Cities?

Submit your query directly to the Connective Cities team (info@connective-cities.net)