Conny Fiebig

Integration durch Initiativmanagement [Leipzig]

The city district of Mockau is located in the northeast of Leipzig and is characterized by a heterogeneous building structure. You can find old buildings from the 1920s and 1930s as well as GDR housing and single-family house structures in Mockau. The population development of the past decades was less characterized by shrinkage and growth than in other districts, but there is still a need for social action in the district.

Between 2017 and 2019 the project “Integration through Initiative Management” (INTIGRA) was carried out in the Leipzig district of Mockau. This project proposal was selected in 2016 by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety as part of a project call on “Urban development and migration” as a pilot project for the National Urban Development Policy (NSP). The Office for Housing and Urban Renewal (AWS) of the City of Leipzig was carrying out this project with Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann as a partner. The funding from the federal program National Urban Development Policy ended on 31.12.2019.

The main topics of the project in 2017-2019 were:

  • Testing new methods of participation in areas with little support with the aim of strengthening local social cohesion
  • Supporting and networking of local actors in the district to activate endogenous potential
  • Understanding integration in an overall social context, with the focus on the target groups of people with a migration background, refugees and people on the margins of society
  • Establishment of cost-effective local management structures and implementation of pilot projects
  • Examination of the transferability of the knowledge gained to other districts and cities in a national and international context

Based on a local council decision to continue the project’s efforts in Mockau, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann has been subsequently commissioned to continue the support of the INTIGRA management with the focus of the project activity now being on the accompaniment and overall organization of the network activities in the neighbourhood.

In 2020, “Bunter Mockauer Sommer” took place the third year in a row September 11th – 13th. Under the special circumstances of this year’s Corona pandemic, a green space in the center of Mockau was jointly filled with various activities by the City of Leipzig, numerous local associations, and institutions during the three days. The idea was born in the regular stakeholder workshops in the district – out of the wish to create a (temporary) meeting place for Mockau residents and to network the facilities more closely with one another. The programme included learning and creative opportunities for kids, events and spaces for information and discussion of relevant topics for the neighbourhood as well as various cultural activities.

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig, Office for Housing and Urban Renewal (AWS)

Period: since 2017




Cities Fit for Climate Change [Chile & South Africa]

The Global Project “Cities Fit for Climate Change” (CFCC) is based on the new challenges that climate change imposes to cities worldwide. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is working together with its partners in Germany as well as in three partner countries: Chile, South Africa and India. The aim of the project is to develop integrated climate-friendly urban development instruments and in that way to test innovative solutions for urban planning.

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann advises the global project on strategic and technical issues, and coordinates and manages several assessment and advisory missions in Durban (eThekwini) and  Santiago de Chile with the following focus:

  • Conducting interviews with project partners and facilitating workshops with representatives of the cities´ administration and national ministries
  • Preparation of reports including strategic recommendations for the pursuit of the project
  • Continuous professional support and advice for the monitoring system

In addition, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann supported the project in the conception, research and implementation of a so-called source book as the central knowledge product of the project. Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann advised the project on the development of a conceptual approach derived from the project results: the climate-proof urban development approach. The project experiences from Chennai, Durban and Santiago were prepared in a source book and supplemented by numerous other case studies from cities worldwide, which should serve as a resource and inspiration for local practitioners and decision-makers.

The source book is available online:

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2016 – 2018

Jochen Gauly

Dipl.-Ing. Urban planner

Company owner, working as urban planner in Leipzig and various cities in foreign countries

Project assistant in the gtz project “Municipal and Regional Development Las Verapaces”, Guatemala

Employee at Büro für Umweltplanung und Stadtentwicklung (B.U.S. – Environmental Planning and Urban Development) in Oberursel

Engineering Studies in Spatial and Environmental Planning at the University of Kaiserslautern

Two Ukrainian-German urban development conferences [Kiev & Lviv]

In 2016 and 2017, two Ukrainian-German urban development conferences of the Ukrainian Ministry for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Municipal Services (MinReg) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) took place.

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann was involved in the organization and development of the conferences “Possibilities of Integrated Urban Development for Sustainable Development in Ukraine” (2016 in Kiev) and “Livable Cities in Ukraine” (2017 in Lviv). The conference´s main topics were:

  • Moderated panel discussion explaining the objectives of the Leipzig Charter, appropriate planning tools and funding opportunities as well as reflection on the current reform needs and processes of Ukraine
  • Presentation of practical examples and networking, e.g. Pecha Kucha presentations on innovative approaches for creating liveable cities
  • Launching of the new Ukrainian-German cities network that aims to implement an integrated urban development approach as well as peer to peer learning as a good practice
  • Award ceremony of the 1. and 2. Leipzig-Preis für innovative Projekte der integrierten Stadtentwicklung in der Ukraine  1st and 2nd Leipzig Prize for innovative projects of integrated urban development in Ukraine (awarded by MinReg and BMUB)

Goals of the conference:

  • Knowledge transfer and exchange of experiences among experts of all relevant administrative levels
  • Formation and strengthening of networks for direct cooperation
  • Encouraging cities to award prizes for particularly good approaches in the development of liveable cities

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Partner: Iris Gleichmann and Mariana Kuchlevska (in different constellations)
Period: 2016-2017

Felix Volgmann

M.Sc. Regional and Urban Planning Studies

Company owner, working as consultant for urban development and local self-governance

Masters Degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

Junior Consultant at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the Local Governance Programme South Caucasus in Tbilisi, Georgia

Bachelor Degree in Public Management & Governance at the Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen

Ilka Laux

Employee at Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.), formerly Gauly & Heck

Employed in the field of event organization and cultural services

Self-employed in the field of event organization and cultural services

Employee at the Cultural Office of the City of Leipzig

Fine Arts Studies in Meissen

Diana Maria Ramirez Daza

M.Sc. Regional and Urban Planning Studies

Urban Development Consultant at Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) in Leipzig

Regional Development Advisor at the National Planning Department (DNP) of the Government of Colombia in Bogotá

Masters Degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

Legal Advisor at the national oil and gas company “Ecopetrol S.A” at the office of the Vice-President of Transportation, Logistics and Technical Assets Management in Bogotá, Colombia

Project Assistant at the urban renovation project “Progresa Fenicia” and teaching  at the Law School of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and Legal advisor at Juan Felipe Pinilla – Urban Law Consultancy in Bogotá, Colombia

Bachelor of Social Science (BSc) in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia

Astrid Heck

* 28.8.1974 in Bonn, + 07.07.2009 in Leipzig

Astrid Heck remains in our heart and mind as a friendly, active, fun-loving and ambitious colleague. In the days of a rapidly shrinking city of Leipzig, she was involved as a landscape architect and urban planner in the development and implementation of innovative approaches for preserving the building heritage and enhancing public space.

As a founding member of HausHalten e.V., she recognized at an early stage that vacant, decay-threatened Wilhelminian style buildings do not present an insoluble problem but hold great potential. Instead of the common demolition of buildings, Astrid advocated for the protection and preservation of endangered old buildings through the acquisition of new users on a non-commercial basis. Many buildings that are important for the urban environment and building culture were preserved in the following years through the so-called “Wächterhaus-Ansatz” (guardian house approach) and were eventually refurbished and modernized for long-term use.

The upgrading and re-use of neglected open spaces, especially on vacant lots and fallow land, was a major concern for Astrid. Together with the Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies of the City of Leipzig, she developed the licensing agreement for the temporary use of private space. In order to bring together supply and demand, Astrid Heck, in collaboration with CivixX, designed the open space portal “Freiräume für Bürgererträume”. Many hitherto unused open spaces, especially in the west and east of Leipzig, could be revitalized.

Unexpectedly and tragically Astrid Heck lost her young life at the birth of her daughter Nele.

Fachkräfte für kommunale Partnerschaften weltweit (FKPW)

The project „Fachkräfte für kommunale Partnerschaften weltweit” (FKPW)Experts for municipal partnerships worldwide, is a joint project of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt (SKEW) of Engagement Global. 

FKPW supports municipalities in Germany and in the Global South in boosting their partnerships. The project assigns experts internationally and locally and thus, makes a contribution towards improving the ability of municipalities to deliver services and demonstrate good local governance, making the cooperation structures of partner municipalities more viable and expanding the commitment of civil society.

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.), in cooperation with Carsten Zehner and Lukas Born, supports GIZ on the following topics:

  • Conducting appraisal missions in selected countries
  • Methodological and strategic advice for the project
  • Operational support in the implementation of the acquisition strategy
  • Knowledge management and documentation of learning experiences

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann has carried out appraisal missions as part of the project in Jakarta (Indonesia, digitalization of the administration), Yarinacocha (Peru; implementation of a climate protection program) and Beit Jala (Palestine; development of a municipal geographic information system).

Project explanation: 


Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Partners: Carsten Zehner and Lukas Born
Period: 2018–2020

Integriertes Stadtentwicklungskonzept mit Schwerpunkt Wohnen für benachteiligte Personen [Nikopol]

Since 2018,  Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann supports, in partnership with Iris Gleichmann, the Ukrainian city of Nikopol in the development of an integrated urban development concept with a focus on housing for vulnerable groups. The working group was commissioned by GIZ as part of the program „Initiativen des Infrastrukturprogramms für die Ukraine. Stärkung der sozialen Infrastruktur für die Aufnahme von Binnenflüchtlingen“ (IIPU), Initiatives of the Infrastructure Program for Ukraine. Strengthening the social infrastructure for the reception of internally displaced people (IIPU).

The following work steps are the focus during the on-site assignments:

  • Preparation of a SWOT analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and needs for action.
  • Development of a housing potential analysis
  • Development of project profiles
  • Preparation and implementation of public participation formats
  • Preparation of an action plan

Public forum on “Integrated Urban Development in Nikopol” on January 30, 2019:

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Partner: Iris Gleichmann
Period: Since 2018

Review of the meeting venues of local committees of the City of Leipzig

The City of Leipzig decided to proclaim 2018 as „Jahr der Lokalen Demokratie“, Year of Local Democracy. Accordingly, the focus was on strengthening democratic values ​​and motivation for continuous participation. Thus a media campaign was launched and 24 brochures with the title „Demokratie vor Ihrer Haustür“, Democracy at Your Doorstep, were published and distributed in order to present all district councils and local councils as local democratic bodies.

With the goal of harmonizing the quality of the meeting venues among all committees, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann, commissioned by the Department of General Administration of the City of Leipzig, examined the meeting venues of the local committees. Criterias such as the room size, accessibility and technical equipment as well as the connection to local public transportation have been taken into account to analyze these venues.

Based on interviews with the chairs of the committees and on-site visits to all meeting venues, extensive recommendations were made for improving their quality. While many recommendations were focused on the improvement of equipment of the existing facilities, in some cases medium-to-long-term relocation to other buildings was recommended.

Commissioned by: Stadt Leipzig, Dezernat Allgemeine Verwaltung, City of Leipzig, Department of General Administration
Period: 2018

Magistralenmanagement Georg-Schumann-Straße [Leipzig]

After the recognizable successes of the development along the Georg-Schumann-Straße, further support was needed in the key areas of the street’s development – such as stronger networking among local actors, creation of self-sustaining and sustainable structures, targeted development and monitoring of projects focused on location marketing, economic empowerment and vacancy elimination.

Main topics:

  • Further development and implementation of action plans and priorities
  • Accompanying and supporting of local actors and the administration in the implementation of measures and projects in the fields of economy, urban space and transport as well as culture and social affairs
  • Moderation and  mediation between the various stakeholder and interest groups
  • Supporting the City of Leipzig in identifying and integrating complementary counseling services and funding programs
  • Operation of the information center Georg-Schumann-Straße

Additional information:

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig, Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies (ASW)
Cooperation partner: Freie Wirtschaftsförderung Frank Basten
Period: April 2013-May 2017

Urban design competition “Leipzig Prize” [Ukraine]

Against the background of intensive cooperation in urban development between the Ukrainian Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Municipal Services (MinReg) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), both ministries have organized the urban planning competition “Leipzig- Award for Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine 2016 “.  The award recognizes innovative projects and procedures in the spirit of the “Leipzig Charter on a Sustainable European City”, which were developed in cooperation with civil society and successfully implemented in the past four years.

bgh. was involved in the preparation, coordination and accompaniment of the competition.


  • Promoting the sustainable development of cities, neighborhoods or urban spaces in Ukraine
  • Improving cooperation between city administration, politics, business, science and civil society
  • Publicizing good solutions for integrated urban development
  • Promote actions and initiatives of Ukrainian cities or civil society actors that make innovative contributions to integrated urban development

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Partners: Iris Gleichmann and Mariana Kuchlevska
Period: 2016



Security & Urban Development [South African delegation]

Organization and accompaniment of a specialist information trip for a high-ranking South African delegation on the topic “Security and urban development – violence prevention and implementation of national strategies at the municipal level” using the example of Germany.  The study tour was organized on behalf of the GIZ programme “Inclusive violence and crime prevention (VCP)” .

Objectives :

  • Exchange ofexperience in the implementation of various strategies, policies and governance systems to promote safe neighborhoods and local violence prevention in Germany
  • In-depth knowledge of funding instruments for integrated urban development in Germany with a special focus on the urban development program “Social City” and the associated stabilization and upgrading of urban, economically and socially disadvantaged and structurally weak urban and suburban areas
  • Presentation of innovative project examples of integrated urban development with a focus on urban security and violence prevention
  • Professional exchange between German and South African specialist colleagues

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2016


Peer-learning trip “Strategies and support mechanisms of socially sustainable urban development” [international delegation]

Building on previous cooperations and exchanges, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has invited high – ranking representatives of the national and municipal levels of some of its core international partners for the 9th Federal National Government Development Policy “Urban Energies – Integrating Living”.   to Leipzig (18. 09.2015) and to a subsequent peer-learning trip (18.-21.09.2015). Partners from South Africa,USA, India and Ukraine participated in the study trip. The peer-learning trip was carried out by theDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the context of the above mentioned project.

The aim of the trip was to promote international cooperation, to allow space for dialogue and exchange among peers on current urban development issues of common international relevance, and thus to promote urban development along the principles and objectives of the Leipzig Sustainable European City Charter  and the Urban Energies Memorandum.

Central themes of the peer-learning journey were strategies and support instruments for socially sustainable urban development. Based on concrete examples in the cities of Leipzig, Nuremberg and Munich, an exchange of strategies, mechanisms and integrated concepts for a socially inclusive urban development with regard to the overall urban context as well as urban, economically and socially disadvantaged city and suburbs took place. A particular focus was on examples of the urban development program “Social City”.  In addition to the cross-governmental partnership on Urban Development Funding – the design of partnerships between city administration, private sector and civil society at city level was highlighted as possible success factors and reflected in an international context.

bgh. supported GIZ in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of the peer-learning journey.

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2015

Moderation of the opening event of “Connective Cities”

The international city network “Connective Cities”  represents a cooperation between the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH, Engagement Global gGmbH / Service Agency Communities in One World and the German Association of Cities.

Against the background of worldwide ongoing urbanization processes, the management of cities and the inter-communal exchange are becoming increasingly important. New and changed challenges, such as rapidly increasing numbers of inhabitants, social segregation or traffic and environmental problems have to be identified and dealt with. Many cities have already come up with their own solutions and experience, which can also be helpful for other cities. Therefore, the international city network, which has existed since 2014, aims at a global exchange of expertise at the municipal level and thus promotes sustainable urban development.

In June 2014, the opening event of “Connective Cities” took place in the Old Town Bath in Leipzig.

bgh. took over the moderation of the kick-off event with the topic “Sustainable urban development between resource efficiency and sufficiency”, in which more than 100 experts from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe took part.

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2014

Several study tours on the subject of “Local Self-Government”

Another focal point of the study tours  that have been carried out in recent years, is the topic of local self-government and municipal development. Between 2010 and 2014, bgh participated in the conception, organization, coordination, facilitation and accompaniment of three study tours in this field. For example, high-ranking Georgian and Azerbaijani experts exchanged views with German colleagues,  in the cities of Berlin, Cottbus, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Ludwigshafen, Potsdam, Speyer, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden.

Objectives of the study tours:

  • Providing knowledge on legal framework conditions for the exercise of local and regional self-government in Germany
  • Municipal development using the example of German municipalities
  • Presentation of practical experiences of German administrations in the area of ​​national financial relations, public service provision and the handling of natural resources
  • Professional exchange between German and Georgian colleagues

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Georgia Local Government
Cooperation partners (in different constellations): StadtLabor, Tröger + Mothes GbR 
Period: 2010-2014

Presentation of the local working group Leipzig in the EU project “LC-Facil”

In the period from 2008 to 2010, seven European cities – including Leipzig – participated in the EU project “LC-Facil”.  This project deals with the current experiences, methods, instruments, successes and challenges of integrated and sustainable urban development along the goals of the “Leipzig Charter – the sustainable European city”. “LC-Facil” was supported by the EU program URBACT , which was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

The city of Leipzig took over the patronage in this project. In addition to its own experience in this field, Leipzig also brought the commitment to the “Leipzig Charter”, which was adopted in Leipzig in 2007 at a meeting of European Ministers for Urban Development in Leipzig. As part of this project, a local working group was established in Leipzig, which was managed and moderated by bgh. Tasks of the working group were the critical review of previous solutions of integrated urban development and the derivation of recommendations for the future strategic orientation of the city of Leipzig.

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig, Office for Urban Renewal and Housing Development (ASW)
Period: 2010-2011

Several study tours on “Regional Planning and Development and Territorial Reform”

An additional focus of the study tours is the topic of regional planning and development as well as territorial reform. Overall, bgh. supported the conception and organization as well as in the implementation, accompaniment, coordination and moderation of about seven study tours in this thematic field. The delegations were composed of sexperts and high-level decision-makers, such as government officials, service companies and scientific institutions in Georgia, Armenia, Myanmar and South Africa.

In some of the delegation visits, technical exchange took place with a focus on political transformation processes, such as the parliamentary elections held in 2012 for the first democratic change of government in Georgia. At this time, the new government in Georgia, under the auspices of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, planned a comprehensive territorial reform affecting the administrative structure, public services, funding schemes, etc. The exchange of expertise in the delegation trip generated important input for this transformation process.

Other travels were embedded in the GIZ ” Local Governance ProgrammeSouth Caucasus”,  which aims to improve coordination between municipalities, regional and national levels of administration in order to strengthen democratic decision-making in Armenia.

A training and coaching of Myanmar experts, with the aim of strengthening participatory processes in regional planning, took place on site in Myanmar and was the focus of another trip.

Main topics:

  • Regional and regional planning as well as regional management in Germany
  • Implementation of territorial, municipal and administrative reforms
  • Legal frameworks as well as public participation and citizen communication processes in the context of administrative reforms
  • Democratization
  • Local and regional planning for economic development
  • Significance, forms and mechanisms of inter-municipal cooperation
  • Legal-regulatory and organizational frameworks, financing models and inter-municipal cooperation in practice
  • Professional exchange between German and foreign colleagues from different political and administrative levels

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Good Local Governance in the South Caucasus, Local Government Georgia, Strengthening Local Governance South Africa
Cooperation partner (on one tour): Dipl.-Ing. Jens Gerhardt

Study tours on “Integrated Urban Development”

In recent years, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) organized  numerous study tours on sustainable or integrated urban development. Our services encompassed the organization, accompaniment, moderation and professional design of study tours for different delegations from China, England, South Africa, Ukraine and the United States. The high-level  delegations included vice-ministers, mayors, city administration officials and representatives of local initiatives.

The tours were embedded in different GIZ programs, such as “Strengthening Local Governance” in South Africa or “Local Development and Urban Rehabilitation in Lviv” (Ukraine)

Objectives of the study tours:

  • Motivation, support and knowledge transfer for integrated and sustainable urban development in one’s own country
  • Presentation and discussion of selected approaches, procedures and experiences in integrated urban development
  • Exchange of experiences with specialist offices and institutions in Germany (for example Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Halle an der Saale)

Main topics:

  • Integrated urban development concepts as appropriate instruments for the sustainable development of cities
  • Presenting practical experiences and models for cross-administrative governance and communicating integrated urban development
  • Building structures in the city administration
  • Neighbourhood management
  • Urban design, city lighting, underground city, revitalization of idle industrial areas

Commissioned by: Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Municipal Development and Urban Rehabilitation Lvi (Ukraine), City Institute of the City of Lviv (Ukraine)
Cooperation partners (in selected projects) Dipl.-Ing. Jens Gerhardt

Period: 2009-2015