Since July 2019, Daniela Dorrer, as Coordinator for Municipal Development Cooperation in Aalen, has been building structures to help turn the ideas generated during the KPF trips into joint projects. As well as land management and education, one major issue for the municipality in Mozambique is waste management. In the course of planning a project in this field, however, it became clear to those involved that the project was too extensive for a first-time project. They also realised that not all the necessary actors had the capacities they would need in order to get involved. The responsible actors in Aalen therefore decided against a large-scale infrastructure project in the waste management sector. Instead, together with Vilankulo they sought support in the form of human resources. With Sarah Kreidewolf, this became a reality.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began the contact persons from the two municipalities have been meeting online. In January 2021 Aalen's Town Council also got involved. 'The tenor was: We want to move as quickly as possible away from the rather symbolic level, and towards structured, substantive work, with a focus on what municipal services of general interest mean in a globalised world', recapitulates Daniela Dorrer. At the same time, the actors in Aalen are asking themselves: How do you deal with the influence of other countries in your partner country that do not seek to work together with them as equal partners? Countries that are involved in land grabbing, and the construction of infrastructure which will then be leased back to municipalities?