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Fachlicher Fokus: Lokale Wirtschaftsentwicklung
Strategies for a Digital City – Challenges and Opportunities
Thema: Integrierte Quartiersentwicklung und partizipative Planung von Grünflächen und öffentlichen Räumen
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).
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.
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.
'If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go with others!'
In order to broaden the network of experts and strengthen the exchange of practical experience and good practice, Connected Cities cooperates with the following partners:
German Association of Municipal Enterprises - VKU
The Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU) represents around 1,460 municipal companies in the areas of energy, water/ wastewater, waste management and telecommunication. With over 262,000 employees, revenues of more than 115 billion euros were generated and around 11 billion euros invested in 2015. With their know-how on municipal infrastructures and public services, municipal companies have over many decades gathered extensive organisational, technical and economic experiences, which are rarely clustered this way. Municipal companies can thus provide a diverse input for international networks on exchange of experience and practical development cooperation. Moreover, they train specialists who ensure long-term operation on site. https://www.vku.de
Policy Transfer Plattform - PTP
The Policy Transfer Platform (PTP) is a social online platform created by the city of Berlin to help urban professionals to easily find and share innovative projects in cities around the world. PTP aims to create a global community of urban practitioners, municipal administrators, experts, researchers and journalists to exchange knowledge around urban innovation on any topic and in any region of the world. PTP works with the world’s leading urban competitions to make internationally recognized good practices easily accessible and present them in a coherent and comparable way to foster peer-to-peer learning and improve cities.
United Cities and Local Governments - UCLG
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. Headquartered in Barcelona, the organisation’s mission is “To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.” United Cities and Local Governments supports international cooperation between cities and their associations, and facilitates programmes, networks and partnerships to build the capacities of local governments. The organization promotes the role of women in local decision-making, and is a gateway to relevant information on local government across the world. https://www.uclg.org
German Institute of Urban Affairs - Difu
The German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) is the largest urban research institute in the German-speaking area and is the research, training and information facility for cities, municipalities, administrative districts, municipal associations and planning departments. The independent Berlin Institute, founded in 1973, with an additional location in Cologne (Environmental Division), works on a comprehensive range of subjects on a scientific level but also in a practical way. The institute deals with all the tasks municipalities face today and in the future, whether it is urban and regional development, municipal economy, urban planning, social issues, environment, transport, culture, law, administration or municipal finances. Der Verein für Kommunalwissenschaften e.V. (Association for Municipal Sciences) is the sole shareholder of the research institute, which is run as a non-profit organization.