The small projects in the Maghreb states were selected by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) based on a competition process and include measures to improve quality of life, local authority development, renovation projects and also ideas relating to waste management and the integration of cycle paths. This gives the local authorities the opportunity to exchange with experts from German local authorities and local companies at a content level and gain an insight into how German local authorities go about implementing similar projects. At the same time, the projects promote intercultural exchange on a partnership basis.
The exchange of knowledge and experience between the local authorities can take various forms of cooperation, including short-term secondments by specialists, internships or travel for study or delegation purposes.
The project kicked off with a conference in Bamberg, Germany, in September 2016 which offered the municipal partners an initial opportunity for networking and planning the cooperation. More than 100 representatives from local authorities and local authority associations, municipal companies, governments and civil society in Algeria, Germany, Morocco and Tunisia took part.
Since autumn 2016, there have been information trips and project planning workshops in the Maghreb countries and in Germany with the aim of implementing a small urban project in the Maghreb. A total of 14 German local authorities and municipal companies and 18 local authorities in the Maghreb have already got involved. The project is currently scheduled to complete in late 2019.