The programme has been placing experts in municipal partnerships since 2012. These experts support the two municipalities in developing their relationship and building a sustainable network. At the same time they advise the partner municipality in the Global South on how it can develop concrete solutions to urgent issues such as climate change, municipal finance, sustainable economic development or solid waste management.
In January 2018 the programme 'Experts for Municipal Partnerships Worldwide' (FKPW) was restructured. It now offers municipalities bespoke support. No matter what challenge a municipality might face, the FKPW programme will provide suitable experts to address these challenges. Together, the two municipalities work as equals to decide what issues they wish to address, and what expertise the expert should bring along.
During this discussion process the FKPW programme provides advisory support to the municipalities. No matter what the issue may be, the programme provides support and answers questions during all key steps, right across the board. The assignment of a suitable expert then gives the municipalities an opportunity to boost their partnership and make it even more effective.