More than half the world’s population now live in cities, and the figure is continuing to rise. Many cities are particularly hard hit by poverty, as well as environmental and traffic problems. Yet they often develop particularly innovative solutions to these problems. The purpose of this initiative is to network good ideas so that cities can profit from each other's solutions.
The international community of practice brings together practitioners and project managers, and enables them to share good practices and pursue joint learning. Within this community, e-learning, online dialogues, conferences, workshops, training measures and expert fact-finding missions create a wealth of opportunities for continued education and networking. Through an online portal, Connective Cities offers access to international experience. The four thematic clusters of the network are: good urban governance, local economic development, integrated urban development and municipal services.
Connective Cities is a partnership between the German Association of Cities, Engagement Global and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Cities have a crucial role to play in global sustainable development. Connective Cities seeks holistic approaches in response to the complex challenges they face. Cities can share the lessons they have learned concerning how recycling systems work, how traffic can be managed on an environmentally sound basis and how energy efficiency can be improved. Another important issue is how cities can achieve social integration and social justice.