Further partners

'If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together!'
African proverb

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.


Urban sustainability exchange - USE

Urban sustainability exchange (USE) is a platform for and by city makers worldwide. It offers a continuously growing database of international case studies with practical and innovative approaches to sustainable urban development as well as access to an active community of urban practitioners, experts and researchers. The platform's case study database is freely accessible and can be used free of charge. The use-platform is an initiative of Metropolis - the global network of major cities - under the leadership of the federal state of Berlin, department EU and International Affairs of the Senate Administration for Urban Development. Its global partner network currently includes Connective Cities, Sustainable Cities Collaboratory, C40 Cities Finance Facility, Localizing the SDGs, UCLG Learning, apolitical, Seoul Solution and World Urban Campaign.


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.


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.