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).