Germany and Turkey have close ties, not only because of the two countries' long history of migration. Relations between German and Turkish municipalities are manifold. They range from friendly exchanges, to project partnerships, to long-standing town twinning arrangements. Regardless of the form these German-Turkish relations take, both sides are interested in learning from each other and working together on the goals of the 2030 Agenda.
Against this background, the project 'ORTAK – German-Turkish Initiative to Promote Municipal Expert Dialogue' aims to promote municipal knowledge sharing. It will also support the establishment and development of municipal project partnerships.
The municipalities supported by the initiative will also be able to take part in a training programme. This will include courses on regional studies, workshops on intercultural communication and training in areas such as project management. One special feature of the initiative is that when implementing projects, the funded municipalities will be supported by experts – for example, in moderating (intercultural) processes or with regard to the particular area of expertise.