Network in Middle East and North Africa

Our network

Connective Cities supports municipal actors and urban practitioners in developing locally adapted solutions for sustainable urban development by:

  • promoting exchange of experience between municipal actors and urban practitioners
  • supporting cooperation between German and international cities
  • initiating joint projects
  • disseminating proven solutions and concepts

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) network help cities replicate, improve and disseminate good practices within the four thematic focus areas. Exchange takes places within thematic clusters and in several formats including:

  • Virtual exchange opportunities
  • Physical networking events

Within the network, Connective Cities supports the documentation and dissemination of good practices, especially those that include climate and gender-sensitive solutions.

Our focus

Two learning processes are planned in MENA, which will be carried out during the third phase of the project (2019 - 2022):

  1. Local economic development and job creation
  2. Energy efficiency

The MENA network is effective and inclusive:

  • As a result, urban practitioners from the region consult with each other and learn from each other about the successes and challenges in implementing locally adapted urban solutions.
  • The network's interaction and communication provides a platform for cities to present their urban solutions and inspire their peers.
  • It also helps cities and urban practitioners to work with technical experts and facilitates direct collaboration between network members.

Our activities

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Interested? Would you also like to contribute your expertise? For further information, please contact Muna Shalan, Connective Cities' regional coordinator for MENA: muna.shalan(at)


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Knowledge transfer and cooperation between Jordan and German water operators

Knowledge transfer and cooperation between Jordan and German water operators


German-Jordanian utility partnership gets going with an online meeting.

MENA: Financial advisory on municipal energy efficiency projects

MENA: Financial advisory on municipal energy efficiency projects


An outlook of the financial advisory of the Cities and Villages Development Bank in Jordan


Municipal energy efficiency projects in MENA

2021 - Detailed documentation of Connective Cities' virtual dialogue event, 18- 21 May 2021

Connective Cities

Local Economic Development (LED) and Job Creation in Middle East and North Africa

2021 - Connective Cities Virtual Local Projects Workshop from 19th to 25th of January 2021

Connective Cities

COVID-19 implications in the Mediterranean

2021 - Promoting data-driven processes in the response and recovery from the pandemic through regional collaboration and peer learning


Final Report: Virtual Global Exchange

2021 - "Municipal Response to COVID-19" from 23rd November to 3rd December 2020

Connective Cities


Promoting Energy Efficiency through innovative city-led projects

18/05/2021 to 20/05/2021
virtual event

Within the ambit of the learning process on municipal energy efficiency projects in MENA, the virtual dialogue event was…


Asset Management to Optimize Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

30/11/2020 to 02/12/2020
Virtuelle Dialogveranstaltung

Cost-intensive infrastructures such as drinking water and wastewater systems require carefully considered and…


Good practices

Bizerte – pioneering municipal energy efficiency in Tunisia


Bizerte municipality in Tunisia has set an ambitious vision to transition into a smart municipality by 2050.  The…


Karak in Jordan: local actions for climate protection


In line with the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of Jordan for 2030, Karak municipality has committed to a 14%…