With support from the 'Experts for Municipal Partnerships Worldwide (FKPW)' programme, municipalities and municipal associations in Germany and in the Global South are able to boost their municipal partnerships and jointly implement their development objectives. The programme assigns local government experts, who are employed in the partner municipality in the Global South for two to four years.
The FKPW programme, which the Service Agency is implementing in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), places the experts in the municipal partnerships. These experts support the partners there in developing concrete solutions to pressing issues such as climate change, municipal finance, sustainable economic development or solid waste management, and in improving municipal services and local self-governance.
The FKPW team supports the recruitment of the expert, takes care of their outward journey and remains available to the municipalities to offer advice. The municipalities also receive extensive financial and technical support.
Who is the FKPW programme for?
Any German municipality or municipal association with a municipal partnership in one of Germany's partner countries for development cooperation can receive the FKPW programme's services. The partnership in question need not necessarily be formalised. For instance, it need not be an official twinning scheme or city-to-city partnership.
The programme is suitable for both established partnerships that have gained joint experience over several years, and for partnerships that are still just getting off the ground or possess little experience in implementing projects.
Who are the experts and how are they selected?
The experts possess many years' experience of local and urban development, and major expertise in international cooperation for sustainable development. They develop solutions in areas such as climate change, infrastructure, urban development and mobility.
Working together as equals and in close consultation with the FKPW team, the two partner municipalities decide what issue they wish to address, and what expertise the expert should bring along. The FKPW programme then seeks suitable candidates who – if possible – already have links to the German partner municipality. The municipalities themselves decide who their expert will be.
What models exist for assigning an expert?
To take account of the specific needs of the individual partnerships and the different settings in the various partner countries in the Global South, the FKPW programme offers the following models for assigning experts:
Integrated experts are European experts who are employed in key positions in the partner municipality to work on technical or strategic issues. They receive a local employment contract from their employer and a local salary, which the FKPW programme tops up to a European level. The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) supports the recruitment process.
Development workers are European experts who advise the partner municipality on technical and methodological issues, and support them in their organisational development and networking. They work in the partner municipality, but receive their employment contract and their remuneration through the FKPW programme.
National experts come from the partner country. They receive a local employment contract from the partner municipality, which is partly funded by the FKPW programme.
An expert is assigned to
support one or several municipal partnerships at the same time
support a partnership between two or more municipal associations
work in one municipal association for several municipal partnerships at the same time
Not all models are possible in all countries. Which model is selected depends on various conditions. The FKPW team will be glad to advise you on this.
What conditions must partnerships meet?
Municipalities that take part intend to boost their partnerships by using expert support to develop sustainable solutions to local problems.
They are willing to make a commitment and contribute resources of their own. This means that the staff of the German municipalities should have both the time and the interest to collaborate with the experts and support their work. The German municipality does not incur any costs as a result of the expert assignment.
Although the experts are largely funded through the FKPW programme, the partner municipality in the Global South may – depending on the model selected – incur costs. They should also be willing to meet further costs for the workplace.
The FKPW will be glad to advise interested municipal partnerships on the services offered by the programme.
You may submit a declaration of interest at any time. The objectives and tasks described in it need not have been finalised. Changes may be made and further details elaborated as the FKPW team advises the partner municipalities.