Municipal project partnerships
Municipal partnerships connect people, allow them to be directly involved, and enrich them in many ways. Through the exchange of expertise, personal encounters and the joint implementation of projects, we and our partners can effectively tackle the enormous challenges on a municipal level. This partnership approach is part of the “Municipal know-how for host communities in the Middle East" programme, and is professionally assisted by the The Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW).
What opportunities are available to municipalities taking part in the project, and what are the benefits?
The joint implementation of partnership projects offers participating municipalities the opportunity to get involved in a unique peer-to-peer exchange and to contribute to sustainable development on the municipal level. Both partners are able to offer knowledge and experience.
Municipal project partnerships depend on the active exchange of knowledge and experience. They promote citizens’ awareness of global connections and development cooperation. They also help municipalities to better understand the refugees and their backgrounds. In this way, the collaboration also supports integration.
What are the concrete measures of the partnerships?
The focal point of bilateral partnerships is the joint development of solutions and the implementation of project ideas relating to key municipal topics and sustainable development, such as waste management, water and energy provision, and youth employment.
The project ideas are aimed at the needs of the partner municipality. Although project partnerships are initially limited to the duration of the project implementation process, they can provide the foundation for long-term municipal work relations.
Since 2020 the programme has been providing partners with funding to support short trips by expert delegations to their partner municipality for consultations, workshops or other professional dialogue formats. With these missions up to three persons can travel from the partner country to Germany or vice versa for around three to six days, in order to consult with their partners. The travel and accommodation expenses are paid in accordance with the German Federal Travel Expenses Act (BRKG). Costs may also be reimbursed for visas, and in exceptional cases for interpretation services. No formal application need be submitted. All we require is a detailed agenda for the planned mission. After completion of the mission you will need to submit a report.
Please contact Luise Krumm if you need any further Information.
Financial support through the “Middle East Quick-Starter Package I”
In 2021, German municipalities will be able to apply for financial support, as part of the “Middle East Quick-Starter Package I”, for the establishment and/or revival of partnership cooperation with host communities of Syrian refugees in the Middle East. Financial support comes from Engagement Global and its Service Agency Communities in One World (EG/SKEW) on behalf of and at the expense of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Financial support through the “Middle East Quick-Starter Package II”
Since 2018, the “Middle East Quick-Starter Package II” has been available to German municipalities and other municipal actors and associations that wish to apply for financial support in order to expand project partnerships and implement partnership projects with municipalities hosting Syrian refugees in the Middle East region. The financial support is provided through Engagement Global and its Service Agency Communities in One World on behalf of and with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Examples of municipal project work
Points of contact
Municipal partnerships, Middle East
E-Mail to Christina Büns
phone +49 (0) 228 20717 2829
Municipal partnerships, Middle East
E-Mail to Simon Bethlehem
phone +49 (0) 228 20717 2621
E-Mail to Luise Krumm
phone +49 (0) 228 20717 2328