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Connective Cities

Connective Cities

Bonn, Germany


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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. 

case studies from Connective Cities

Strengthening the Women of El Alto (Bolivia) through Cultivation of Agricultural  Products
El Alto, Bolivia

Strengthening the Women of El Alto (Bolivia) th...

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.

Flood Information System of the State of Paraná, Brazil
State of Paraná, Brazil

Flood Information System of the State of Paraná...

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.

Efficient and Sustainable Facility Management in the City of Freiburg
Freiburg, Germany

Efficient and Sustainable Facility Management i...

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.

eThekwini Communal Ablution Blocks for Informal Settlements
Durban / eThekwini Municipality, South Africa

eThekwini Communal Ablution Blocks for Informal...

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.

Medellín’s Metrocable – Mobility as fundamental factor of integrated and inclusive urban development
Award
Medellín, Colombia

Medellín’s Metrocable – Mobility as fundamental...

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.

Integrated Action Program for Climate Protection in Munich
Munich, Germany

Integrated Action Program for Climate Protectio...

Munich aims to make 50-percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2030.

Delitzsch – An Energy-Efficient City
Delitzsch, Germany

Delitzsch – An Energy-Efficient City

Situated to the north of Leipzig, the town of Delitzsch is a model city of “energy efficiency”.

Neighbourhood development based on equal opportunities in Krefeld
Krefeld, Germany

Neighbourhood development based on equal opport...

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.

Project Hub Yangon, Myanmar’s first start-up incubator
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

Project Hub Yangon, Myanmar’s first start-up in...

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.

Andernach – The Edible City
Andernach, Germany

Andernach – The Edible City

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 – New bus system makes Namibian capital mobile
Windhoek, Namibia

MoveWindhoek – New bus system makes Namibian ca...

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.

FORTES: strengthening care and integration of internally displaced persons in Columbia
Caquetá Department, Colombia

FORTES: strengthening care and integration of i...

Strengthening support services, improving economic opportunities and facilitating integration of internally displaced persons in Caquetá Department, Columbia.

Rio Capital Energy Program
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Capital Energy Program

To mobilize support for and commission projects ensuring sustainable development in the energy sector.

Crisis management planning
Berlin, Germany

Crisis management planning

The Berlin Senate Department for Health, Care and Gender Equality ("Senatsverwaltung für Gesundheit, Pflege und Gleichstellung") has developed a model for standardised operational planning for crisis management.

Using SafetiPin to build safer cities for women
Bogotá, Colombia

Using SafetiPin to build safer cities for women

Making Bogota a safer place for women with citizen participation.

Friends and Neighbours - a community nature project
Cape Town, South Africa

Friends and Neighbours - a community nature pro...

The project aims to reconnect people with nature, build social capital and maintain and enhance ecosystem services.

Recycling Initiative of Karak municipality, Jordan
Karak, Jordan

Recycling Initiative of Karak municipality, Jordan

A small project in Karak is making a significant shift towards more sustainable waste management in Jordan.

The revitalisation of Sumidouro - Victor Civita Square
São Paulo, Brazil

The revitalisation of Sumidouro - Victor Civita...

The city of São Paulo has developed a successful brownfield project with a cultural heritage focus.

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