Last updated: 2019/01/30
International Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development
Connective Cities is a joint venture between the Association of German Cities (Deutscher Städtetag), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Service Agency Communities in One World (a division of Engagement Global). This International Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Connective Cities provides demand-based services designed to improve cooperation among urban practitioners at global level. The platform enhances the sharing of good practice examples, expert knowledge and solution-oriented peer-to-peer consulting, and creates opportunities for partnerships among its stakeholders.
Connective Cities addresses questions of how to achieve sustainable development through innovative strategies and practices. It highlights good practice examples in the overarching fields of good urban governance, integrated urban development, support of local economic development strategies, and provision of municipal services. Connective Cities creates a base for knowledge sharing and the development of transformative solutions in local contexts that are customised to local requirements for sustainable urban development.
By conducting dialogue events, Connective Cities facilitates exchange among urban practitioners on relevant themes, and functions as a platform for a networking strategy. To implement the strategy Connective Cities also organises trainings, study tours, project workshops and virtual discussion forums. Working within Connective Cities can result in new forms of cooperation among the actors involved. The platform also aims to facilitate the initiation of joint projects among urban stakeholders from various local settings.
expertise & interestsNorth Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Central America and the Caribbean North America South America Central Asia (/w Asian part of Russia) East Asia South Asia South-East Asia West Asia (Middle East) Eastern Europe (/w European part of Russia) Northern Europe (Scandinavia) Western Europe Citizen engagement Economic development Education and training Governance Housing Mobility and transport Resilience and risk-management Urban development and infrastructures Urban renewal
Case studies from Connective Cities
El Alto, Bolivia
The project for self-sustaining agriculture focuses on local families and especially on the women who have organized themselves in almost 600 community organizations in order to take care of daily issues in residential areas.
State of Paraná, Brazil
The quality and timeliness of flood warning need to be improved in many places in Brazil. To achieve this aim a complex multi-level and multi-dimensional process is required. The State of Paraná in Brazil has undertaken such a process with promising results.
Central facility management creates a sound database for sustainable planning of the retrofitting and extension of buildings as well as new buildings of Freiburg’s City Administration.
Durban, South Africa
In 2004, the municipality initiated the community ablution blocks (CABs) programme to provide communal water and sanitation facilities to un-served informal settlements in the urban and peri-urban areas of eThekwini.
In 2004, Medellín opened the first cable car as part of a public transport system worldwide. This gondola lift is supported by the municipality and embedded in an integrated urban development programme. It creates opportunities for the city's poor population and reduces marginalization.
Munich aims to make 50-percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2030.
Through its pilot project Nachbarschaft Samtweberei (“Velvet weavers’ neighbourhood”) in the German city of Krefeld, the Montag Foundation for Urban Spaces is demonstrating how cooperation with the local authority can make socially sound urban development work.
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
In 2012 the first incubator and co-working space in Myanmar, initiated by a former World Bank employee with expertise on economic development and innovation for developing countries, opened their doors to a new generation of young, creative and motivated people.
Not only is the city of Andernach creating more quality in public spaces, but with useful plants and extensive greening measures, it is providing a healthy town climate and promoting crop plant diversity while providing a welcome change in the menu for its citizens into the bargain.
MoveWindhoek is a new bus system with which poorer population groups are to be provided with better access to mobility and urban motorised individual transport is to be reduced in the long run.
Caquetá Department, Colombia
Strengthening support services, improving economic opportunities and facilitating integration of internally displaced persons in Caquetá Department, Columbia.
Cape Town, South Africa
The project aims to reconnect people with nature, build social capital and maintain and enhance ecosystem services.
A small project in Karak is making a significant shift towards more sustainable waste management in Jordan.
São Paulo, Brazil
The city of São Paulo has developed a successful brownfield project with a cultural heritage focus.