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

18/09/2017 to 20/09/2017

Call for participants - Connective Cities Dialogue Event to be held in Cologne, Germany

Practitioners' Workshop on Sustainable Urban Mobility and Climate Change

10/10/2017 to 12/10/2017

Call for participants - 1st Connective Cities Dialogue Event in Southeast Europe


From Waste to Resource - Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management Solutions

04/07/2017 to 06/07/2017
Izmit / Kocaeli, Turkey

The global trend of urbanization goes hand in hand with the responsibility to adequately handle growing quantities of...


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

19/06/2017 to 21/06/2017
Bremen, Germany

 Major cities around the world are affected by the impact of motorised traffic, both in terms of space requirements...



Good Practices

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...


The Green Loop of Metro Cebu


Cebu is the second most urbanised and populous city in the Philippines. Rapid urbanisation has led to different urban...





Media Centre


UCLG Creates SDG Training Modules for Local and Regional Governments


Helping local and regional governments align the SDGs with local and regional development plans

Paris launches trial of fully electric, autonomous shuttles


The authority controlling the public transport network in Paris, in partnership with Keolis and Navya, has launched a six-month trial of three fully electric,...


Trends in Urban Resilience 2017

2017 - Urbanization is a political, social and environmental process that is not reached by chance but by choice and design.

Coordinators: Helene Fourniere, Esteban Leon & Dan Lewis.

East Asia and Pacific Cities

2017 - Expanding Opportunities for the Urban Poor

Judy L Baker, Gauri U. Gadgil

Africa’s new cities: The contested future of urbanisation

2017 - The complex landscape of new cities: Neoliberal urban restructuring

Femke van Noorloos, Marjan Kloosterboer

BRICS Cities

2017 - Facts and analysis 2016


Media centre

Hints on events

4th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference


Building or Rebuilding Cities for Growth

Internationale Urban Farming Konferenz 2017

11/09/2017 to 12/09/2017

Die GRÜNE LIGA Berlin veranstaltet in den Räumen der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Berlin eine internationale Urban Farming Konferenz


Delegation from Jordan, 03.2017

Study Tour and Workshop in Germany for Jordanian municipalities

Connective Cities' event in Cologne, 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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