Connective Cities
NEWSLETTER - EDITION NO. 28, September 2019

Dear readers,

Our regional network coordinators now deployed in the regions of Eastern Europe/South Caucasus (based in Tbilisi/ Georgia), North Africa and the Middle East (based in Amman/ Jordan) and Sub-Saharan Africa (based in Nairobi/ Kenya) in the coming weeks will set out to formulate topics for urban practitioners' dialogues and mobilise interested cities and their stakeholders.

Last week, the Connective Cities Team met in Bonn and Cologne to develop the concept for the practitioners' network and to plan measures such as regional introductory workshops. The network meeting planned in Germany in October is intended to provide an opportunity for German municipal experts to network and exchange among themselves and to identify points of contact with the regions.

As part of the envisaged participation in the UCLG World Congress in Durban next November, Connective Cities will support cities in presenting selected good practices to a wider professional audience.

Furthermore, three Connective Cities events are in the process of being organised.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue!

Your Connective Cities Team

Improving public service delivery at local level – solutions for participatory and accountable management
Connective Cities Dialogue Event, 20 - 22 August 2019 in Harare, Zimbabwe

The dialogue event brought together 21 representatives from Zimbabwean municipalities as well as a number of local practitioners from South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Kenya and local experts from Germany to exchange experiences on challenges and opportunities of public service provision. An excursion took the participants to the local recycling centre in Harare City.

Climate Proofing Urban Development
Connective Cities Dialogue Event, 3 - 5 September 2019 in Dortmund, Germany

Almost 30 local practitioners from 12 cities, 10 countries and four continents attended the dialogue event hosted by Connective Cities and the City of Dortmund. The participants developed project ideas for their environmental strategies and implementation plans to make their cities fit for climate change.

Thematic focus of regional learning processes - worldwide
...based on different analyses

For its new phase, Connective Cities has identified thematic areas that are relevant to the respective region and are likely to meet the needs of the cities and their stakeholders.


Cities can be catalysts for sustainable development – if they are well planned and managed. This is especially true for the ever-growing Asian megacities. In supporting their ambition to become greener places, this dialogue event offers a platform to exchange on Good Practices and develop local solutions for the planning and implementation of green urban infrastructure.

Climate-proof and resilient urban development in Latin America
Announcement: Regional dialogue event, 25 - 29 November 2019 in, Niterói Brazil

The kick-off event of the new learning process in Latin America takes place in Niterói, Brazil. Connective Cities welcomes German and international municipal actors to exchange and develop solutions in the field of climate adaptation and resilient urban development.

Urban Gardening
Call for participants: Dialogue Event, 22 - 24 April 2020 in Berlin, Germany

Stakeholders’ objectives to promote urban gardening are multi-layered: For a greener city, for social inclusion and integration, for winning back public space, for supporting climate-proofing urban development. Connective Cities and the Berlin districts of Mitte, Pankow, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Lichtenberg invite German and international municipal practitioners to exchange best practices from municipalities worldwide.


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. 
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.



Kenya's coast: An ongoing project is transforming two slums into sustainable communities

If no action is taken, 3 billion people will live in slums by 2030- A good practice of UN-Habitat from Kenya


Greener and friendlier cities: giving children a voice

What happens when kids help design our cities? A TED-talk with Mara Mintzer.


Food for... trash? Garbage cafes in Cambodia and India

Combining recycling and poverty alleviation


Migrantour - intercultural urban routes

Migrant-led walking tours in European cities are enhancing mutual comprehension and respect.


Innovative ideas for global urban mobility

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative has launched a video that highlights the winning projects of the Global Mobility Challenge.


Local and Regional Governments call for accelerated action to localize the SDGs at the 2019 HLPF

Achieving the SDGs is possible if the role of local governments is recognized and resources for localization are unlocked.


Urban Migration: Strengthening Cooperation with Civil Society

2019 - Key learnings and recommendations from the UCLG MC2CM learning event in Sfax, Tunisia

Digitalisation in the Lives of Urban Migrants

2019 - Evidence from Bogotá

Towards the Localization of the SDGs

2019 - Local and Regional Governments' Report to the 2019 High-Level Political Forum

Integrated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Cities and City-Regions

2019 - Publication series

Resilient Cities, Resilient Lives

2019 - Learning from the 100RC Network

Heatwave Guide for Cities

2019 - Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

The Silent Revolution of Public Spaces in Afghanistan

2019 - UN-Habitat


23.09.2019 to 23.09.2019 // USA - New York

Climate Action Summit 2019

A race we can win!

25.09.2019 to 27.09.2019 // Germany - Rostock

Climate.Cities.Communities. Strategies for a Liveable Future

28th Climate Alliance International Conference

27.09.2019 to 28.09.2019 // Greece - Athens

Smart Cities and Migration

RII International Expert Seminar

07.10.2019 to 10.10.2019 // Belgium - Brussels

European Week of Regions and Cities

The key event of EU Regional Policy

07.10.2019 to 08.10.2019 // Germany - Berlin

Network event for municipal experts

...at the German Association of Cities, Berlin

07.10.2019 to 10.10.2019 // The Netherlands - Rotterdam

Walk21- XX

Putting Pedestrians First: Smart, Healthy and for Everyone!

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