Good Practice Laboratory For Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming

20/11/2017 to 23/11/2017

Call for participants – Connective Cities’ event in the Philippines

Connective Cities Study Tour on Circular Waste Management

22/11/2017 to 24/11/2017

Connective Cities Event in North Rhine-Westphalia


Strengthening Local Economic Development

24/10/2017 to 26/10/2017
Beirut, Libanon

In the framework of the “Municipal know-how for host communities in the Middle-East programme”, the international...


Financing mechanisms for municipal sanitation services - ensuring sustainable local service provision and infrastructure

18/09/2017 to 20/09/2017
Cologne, Germany

Major urban areas around the world face the severe challenge of managing and financing municipal sanitation services,...



Good Practices

Recycling Initiative of Karak Municipality, Jordan


The rapid increase of waste leads to serious environmental challenges, as solid waste is a major pollutant if not...


Cycling Canal and Community Project in Bangkok - Bangmod Case


The project is based on 3C: Cycling – Canal – Community.
Known as a bicycle route project for the canal metropolis, it...


"The Other Side of the Fence"


The Village Heights / The Other Side of the Fence project is a working relationship between the City of Cape Town and...


Inclusive violence and crime prevention (VCP)


People’s mobility and quality of life and their participation in public life and in sustainable development processes...





Media Centre


Green Healthy Streets - An open letter from C40 mayors


The mayors from 12 big cities around the world signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration.

Start-Up in Ghana Turns Waste into Cooking Gas


DAS Biogas has developed a waste-to-wealth solution for treating biodegradable household waste and converting it into cooking gas.


Raum und Mobilität

2017 - Ein neuer Ansatz zur Erfassung verkehrlicher Klimaschutzpotenziale im Personenverkehr - das Beispiel Wolfsburg

Ulrich Jansen, Steven Maerz, Jan Garde, Armin Jung

Implementing the new Urban Agenda by strengthening Urban-Rural Linkages

2017 - Leave No One And No Space Behind

Remy Sietchiping (Supervision) | Contributors: Juan Luis Arango, Lukas Frucht, Grace Githiri, Jackson Kago, Marco Kamiya, Stephanie Loose, Younghoon Moon, Jane Reid, Andrew Rudd, Oumar Sylla, Runze Wang, Xing-Quan Zhang

Connective Cities Study Tour and Project Workshop

2017 - Cooperation with Jordanian municipalities in waste management

Sophie Credo | Alice Balbo, Alexander Wagner, Silvia Boehmsdorff (editorial review)

Connective Cities Local Project Workshop

2017 - Improving the Urban Physical Framework Plan of Cebu Metropolitan Region

Dr. Manfred Poppe


Media centre

Hints on events

Building Sustainable Communities: Leadership, Gender and the Environment Course

20/11/2017 to 07/12/2017

The international workshop is designed for community leaders, grassroots development officers and other municipal practitioners

Good Practice Laboratory For Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming

20/11/2017 to 23/11/2017

Call for participants – Connective Cities’ event in the Philippines


Bremen, 06.2017

Sustainable urban mobility: strategies and pathways towards more efficient, inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities

Connective Cities' Dialogue Event in Bremen, Germany


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About us


Many innovative solutions for sustainable urban development exist at local level, for example in energy efficiency, mobility or municipal services, although they are frequently not widely known. Often, there is a lack of systematic access to these practice-oriented solutions. Against this background, Connective Cities, the International Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development promotes the exchange of municipal expertise and mediates between supply of and demand for practical experience as well as between urban practitioners.

For cities are increasingly gaining importance internationally, and urban actors the world over are facing comparable issues in urban development. Although local solutions are required, they are increasingly becoming globally relevant.

The pressing challenges posed by world-wide urbanisation call for efficient and innovative solutions, especially in the areas of Good Urban Governance, Integrated Urban Development, Local Economic Development and Municipal Services – our four focal thematic areas.

Connective Cities is a joint venture between the Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Engagement Global / Service Agency Communities in One World. The International Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).



Objective and Services

The goal is to create a network of urban practitioners with a high level of expertise in administration, politics as well as business, science and civil society.

Dialogue and learning programmes such as workshops, training courses and study tours mobilise German and international know-how and facilitate experiences to be shared. The presentation of good practices enables practitioners to learn from one another. In discussions, colleagues offer advice on options to address topical challenges that practitioners face. Common project ideas point to approaches to the development of innovative solutions.

In this manner, experience gained by urban actors in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe in sustainable urban development is disseminated and contributed to international learning processes. The efficiency of municipal actors is further strengthened, and at the same time, the potential for initiative in German international cooperation is promoted.

The continuous orientation of the International Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development on sharing of practice- oriented experience via effective and applied solutions supports a learning process that consistently draws on practice and creates new synergies. Connective Cities acts as a facilitator, mediator and moderator of these processes. In addition, the process is supported virtually by the Connective Cities Web Portal.

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We promote sharing of experience among cities and practitioners worldwide, support cooperation between German and international cities, initiate joint projects and disseminate proven solutions and concepts. New learning experience and practice-oriented results are acquired and processed in seminars, workshops, dialogue events as well as excursions and fed back into the International Community of Practice – these are the core elements of our approach.

The International Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development maintains excellent contacts to key actors of cities and municipalities worldwide. Furthermore, the development of Connective Cities comprises the establishment of contact to German cities and to relevant business and science institutions as well as to projects in German international cooperation throughout the world’s regions. In the context of these processes, thematic clusters are developed and specific fields of action are identified that are suitable for learning from one another and for jointly planning future projects.

Further partners in implementation include selected regional and national municipal associations in Africa, America, Europe and Asia as well as their member cities.

Partners and project structure

A cooperation between Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Engagement Global / Service Agency Communities in One World, and the German Association of Cities (Deutscher Städtetag)

The project takes the form of cooperation between Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Engagement Global / Service Agency Communities in One World, and the German Association of Cities (Deutscher Städtetag). The proposed implementing partners include selected regional and national associations of cities in Africa, Asia, America and Europe and their member cities.

The first phase during which the cities platform will be financed by a BMZ commission, the range of services and the entire organisational setting of the cities platform as well as its business model will be established. This will include investigating options for possible supplementary funding by interested institutions. In the medium term the goal is to make the cities platform self-sustaining. In this way the project will take account of the sustainability aspect right from the outset.

The steering committee consults and decides in consensus on all strategic aspects of Connective Cities.

The secretariat provides the operational internal and external services of Connective Cities as well as the necessary support services.


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