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 12 German local authorities and municipal companies and local authorities in the Maghreb have already got involved on various topics: waste management, energetic efficiency, and urban development for example.
The second phase of the project focuses on forming new partnerships with Algerian cities and cooperate to find solutions to urban development challenges.