Connective Cities
Newsletter - Edition No. 24, January 2019

Dear readers,

Connective Cities is currently in a transition phase! Together with you, we are looking back on five years of exciting experiences as a "community of practice" and concrete results that have contributed to sustainable urban development, be it through the collegial exchange of experience on applied solutions in cities in Germany and around the world or via the planning of concrete urban projects that have made a direct contribution to improve living conditions in cities. We would like to express our sincere thanks for your active participation and support!

At the same time, we are looking forward: your feedback confirms to continue working on the selected topics of international urban development, building on your expertise and experience. The following phase from April 2019 onwards will build on well-established methodological approaches, but will also provide innovations that will address both the design of learning processes and networking between municipal practitioners in world regions. For this, we hope for your further support!

We hope you enjoy reading,

Your Connective Cities Team 

Refugee friendly options towards integration and social cohesion
Dialogue-Workshop in the framework of the “Municipal Know-how for Host Communities in the Middle-East”-Program, 08 – 10 November 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey

The dialogue event - organized by Connective Cities together with the Qudra program and UCLG-MEWA - enabled 38 Turkish and 9 German representatives of refugee-receiving cities and communities to exchange experiences on the challenges and opportunities of integrating refugees. In working groups of interested municipalities, 6 first project ideas were developed together.

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Connective Cities "got connected" at Africities 2018 - UCLG Conference on Urban Development in Africa
Connective Cities exhibition booth at Africities from 20-22 November 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco

Taking the opportunity to address the diversity of local actors from Africa at the Africities Conference and get into exchange. Towards that end, Connective Cities participated in the exhibition at Africities and took first steps to prepare for the next phase of the project.   

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International peer learning session on participatory budgeting
Connective Cities at the international conference of the “Netzwerk Bürgerhaushalt”, 27.11.2019 in Berlin, Germany

Experts from Helsinki (Finland), Sosnitsya and Kiev (Ukraine), Berlin-Lichtenberg (Germany) and numerous other cities met in Berlin for this year's network meeting to share their good practices at a Connective Cities peer-to-peer session. 

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Good practice: how does it work and where, smarter, Nuremberg: Where progress is tradition
A digital strategy for the city of Nuremberg

With a digital umbrella strategy, opportunities of technological change are to be made available to the city of Nuremberg to make the city more innovative, sustainable, energy-efficient, economically competitive and socially inclusive.

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Networking to Save Energy
Five capital cities in Southeast Europe work together towards energy efficiency

Five Southeast European capitals - Zagreb, Sarajevo, Podgorica, Skopje and Tirana - have joined hands with Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, to jointly work on the topics of energy efficiency and climate protection. This network is fostering change and innovation by raising awareness on saving energy.

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Future focus on urban development topics at Connective Cities – integrating the perspective of city associations
Needs analysis to prepare for the next phase of Connective Cities involving international and national city associations

Subject to the commissioning of the BMZ, preparations are already underway for the new phase of Connective Cities starting from April 2019 and for the selection of topics for the future regional learning processes in the five world regions Sub-Saharan Africa, Maghreb/Middle East, South Eastern Europe/South Caucasus, Asia and Latin America. To this end, international and national city associations will be involved in a needs analysis in the coming weeks in order to identify and prioritise the relevant urban development issues from the point of view of regional actors.

Nakopa call for project proposals 2019
Financial support for municipal partnership projects

The “Partnership Projects for Sustainable Local Development” (Nakopa) programme of the Service Agency Communities in One World of Engagement Global financially supports municipal partnership projects between a German city and a partner municipality in the Global South. As part of the current call for proposals German cities are invited to submit an expression of interest by Friday, 22nd February 2019.

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Finding experts - registering as an expert
The expert database of the Connective Cities web portal facilitates networking of municipal professionals from Germany and other countries worldwide, interested in a global exchange of their expertise. 
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Good Practices
Practical examples from experts for experts
Benefit from our constantly growing collection of successful projects for sustainable urban development, through using it as an inspiration and learning from the experience of practitioners.
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Sustainable Urban Mobility in South East European Countries - SUMSEEC

2018 - A SUMSEEC Roadmap

International Evaluation of Public Policies for Electromobility in Urban Fleets

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21/02/2019 // Frankreich - Paris

3rd Annual WOMEN4CLIMATE Conference

Taking the lead

03/04/2019 to 05/04/2019 // Argentina - Buenos Aires

3rd UCLG Culture Summit

Culture in Sustainable Development. Cities Lead

10/04/2019 to 11/04/2019 // England - London

3rd European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference

Celebrating nature-based solutions for climate-adapted, resilient, healthy cities

Good Practices
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