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
  • Offering a platform to share and document good practices

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


Our focus

More than 100 municipalities have joined the network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As part of the network activities, cities replicate, improve, and disseminate good practices within the following thematic focus areas:

  • Local economic development
  • Municipal energy efficiency projects
  • Social entrepreneurship for circular economies
  • Biodiversity protection and urban agriculture
  • Digitalization of municipal services
  • Crisis management and emergency response
  • Action for Cool Cities: pathways for carbon emission reduction and improvement of outdoor thermal comfort
  • Destination management organization in Tourism
  • Role of municipalities in Localizing SDGs

Exchange takes place within thematic clusters and in several formats, including:

  • City-to-city virtual exchange or within thematic working groups
  • Physical networking events and workshops
  • Field visits and study tours on good practices

Get involved?!

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)giz.de

Our activities

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Charter and steering committee

Network members have developed a charter in a participatory manner and have elected committee members to steer the activities of the working groups. A new election will be held in March 2024.

The network in the MENA region 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 provide 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.


News

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Working group Kickoff: Women’s leadership in municipalities

Working group Kickoff: Women’s leadership in municipalities

23/05/2024

‘Women for women, and men are allies.’

Strategic planning in municipalities– Impediments, framework and benefits

Strategic planning in municipalities– Impediments, framework and benefits

21/05/2024

Solution development by the municipalities of Sahab, Sahl Houran and Quweria

Publication

Establishing a Primary Healthcare Center

2024 - The Partnership between Al Mohammara (Lebanon) and Opfenbach (Germany)

GIZ & Engagement Global with its Agency Communities in One World

Action for Cool Cities: Pathways for carbon reduction in buildings and improvement of outdoor thermal comfort

2023 - Documentation of the Connective Cities Learning Process

Connective Cities

Water-sensitive urban planning – How can heavy rain and storm water be better managed?

2023 - Results of the Connective Cities dialogue event from 6 to 8 December 2022 in Cologne in cooperation with Stadtentwässerungsbetriebe Köln (StEB Köln) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Connective Cities

Insights

Action for Cool Cities- Pathways for carbon reduction in buildings and improvement of outdoor thermal comfort

07/03/2023 to 09/03/2023

As a second milestone of the learning process ‘Action for Cool Cities - Pathways for carbon reduction in buildings and…

 

Action for Cool Cities - Pathways for carbon reduction in buildings and improvement of outdoor thermal comfort.

30/11/2022 to 01/12/2022

As the first step of the learning process ‘Action for Cool Cities- Pathways for carbon reduction in buildings and…

 

Good practices

Partnerships for Circularity

13/07/2022

Through strategic partnerships, Jerash municipality in Jordan was able to overcome impediments in solid waste management…

 

Municipal Business Incubators in Madaba

28/06/2022

In an effort to drive sustainable recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, Madaba municipality in Jordan has succeeded…

 

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