Experts for municipal partnerships worldwide

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.

In a team with Carsten Zehner and Lukas Born, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann supports GIZ on the following topics:

  • Conducting survey missions in selected countries
  • Methodical and strategic support to ensure the quality of the project
  • Knowledge management and documentation of the learned experience

Project explanation:

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Partners: Carsten Zehner and Lukas Born
Period: 2018–2019

Integrated urban development concept with a focus on housing for vulnerable groups [Nikopol, Ukraine]

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

Ukrainisch-Deutsches Städtenetzwerk [Ukraine & Deutschland]

Ende des Jahres 2017 wurde das ukrainisch-deutsche Städtenetzwerk auf Initiative des ukrainischen Ministerium für Regionalentwicklung, Bau, Wohnen und Kommunale Dienstleistungen (MinReg) und des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB) gegründet. Nach neuem Ressortzuschnitt liegt das Netzwerk seit 2018 in Zuständigkeit des Bundesministeriums des Innern, für Bau und Heimat (BMI). Wichtige Partner in dem Städtenetzwerk sind neben den beiden Ministerien die vier ukrainischen Städte Kyiv, Mykolajiw, Kharkiv und Lviv sowie die drei deutschen Städte Osnabrück, Leipzig und Nürnberg. Alle Netzwerkpartner bringen aktuelle Projekte auf städtischer Ebene ein.

bgh. unterstützt im Auftrag der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH den Netzwerkaufbau und die inhaltliche Ausgestaltung sowie Durchführung der bisherigen Netzwerktreffen in Lviv, Kyiv und Leipzig.

Die im Städtenetzwerk diskutierten Themen der integrierten Stadtentwicklung reichen von innerstädtischer Brachflächenentwicklung über öffentliche Partizipationsverfahren bis hin zu klimafreundlicher Stadtentwicklung. Ein weiterer Bestandteil der Netzwerkarbeit ist der fachliche Austausch mit anderen Städtenetzwerken, wie etwa dem „Südafrikanisch-Deutschen Städtenetzwerk – Urban Energies“ und dem „US-Amerikanisch-Deutschen Städtenetzwerk D4C – Dialogues for Change (D4C)“.

Die Rolle von Peer Learning Netzwerken für die Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik und Gründung des Ukrainisch-Deutschen Städtenetzwerks:

Auftraggeber: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Zeitraum: Fortlaufend seit 2017

Housing provision for disadvantaged groups [Ukraine]

In 2017, bgh. set up a working group with Iris Gleichmann to analyze the housing needs of disadvantaged groups (in particular internally displaced people from the post-conflict areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts) in selected cities in Ukraine. GIZ commissioned the working group to collaborate in 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). By this project, seven temporary container settlements were built in 2014 and in 2015 in the following cities: Dnipro, Kamjanske, Kharkiv, Krywji Rig, Nikopol, Pavlohrad and Zaporizhzhya. The starting point for the commission was the question of how to handle the settlements in the long term, which currently represent a central element of the housing supply.

Based on several on-site missions, discussions with representatives of municipalities, with various NGOs, with affected internally displaced people and with the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories (MinTot), the following tasks were accomplished:

  • Analyzing the socio-economic and structural situation of each settlements
  • Outlining proposals for extending the life of the residential containers and for upgrading the container settlements
  • Developing an integrated planning approach for the long-term accommodation of disadvantaged groups in the project cities.

The results were presented to the ministry (MinTot) in December 2017, implementation is currently taking place.

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Partner: Iris Gleichmann
Period: 2017-2018

Integration durch Inititivmanagement [Leipzig]

Since 2017, the project „Integration durch Initiativmanagement“ (INTIGRA), Integration through Initiative Management, is implemented in Mockau, one of Leipzig’s districts. This project represents Leipzig’s response to the call for projects of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety on the topic „Stadtentwicklung und Migration“ Urban Development and Migration. Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann is involved as a project partner of the  Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies of the City of Leipzig.
The main tasks in this project are:

  • Testing new methods of participation in neighbourhoods with the aim of strengthening the local social cohesion
  • Support and development of networking with local actors in the district to activate endogenous potentials
  • Understanding integration within its social context, focusing  on 3 target groups: people with a migrant background, refugees and  socioeconomic vulnerable people.
  • Establishment of cost-effective local management structures and implementation of pilot projects
  • Checking the transferability of the knowledge gained to other districts and cities

At the beginning of September 2018, the “Bunter Mockauer Sommer” took place. For a week a green space in the center of Mockau was used as venue for various activities jointly developed by the City of Leipzig, numerous local initiatives and institutions. The idea for the Bunter Mockauer Sommer originated in the regular stakeholder workshops in the district – out of the desire to create a (temporary) meeting place for Mockau inhabitants and to connect the district’s institutions more strongly with each other.

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig, Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies (ASW)
Period: 2017-2019

Urban Energies – South African-German City Network [South Africa & Germany]

The South African-German Urban Network is an important initiative that was implemented within the project „Internationale Umsetzung des Memorandums Städtische Energien – Zukunftsaufgaben der Städte“ , International implementation of the memorandum Urban Energies – Urban Challenges. It is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Central stakeholders in this network are local representatives from the field of urban development and urban renewal of the following cities:

  • Ekurhuleni, Msunduzi und Nelson Mandela Bay (in South Africa)
  • Halle/Saale, Ludwigsburg und Munich (in Germany)

Other participants at a state level are the Federal Ministry BMUB , the South African Department for Cooperative Governance (DCoG), the Deutsche Städtetag (DST), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), the South African Cities Network (SACN) and the City Support Programme (CSP).

Mutual advise and the exchange of practical tips play a role as important as the experts exchange. In so called “living labs”, one project per city is analyzed with mutual learning and experimentation in its focus. Each one of this projects was accompanied by the learning network over the entire period of time with the organisation of multi-day workshops, virtual meetings and webinars, in order to ensure the continuity of the collaboration. Since 2016, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann is working on the following specific tasks:

  • Continuous support of German cities
  • Preparation and co-facilitation of the workshops in South Africa and Germany as well as preparation and support of the network at the 11th Federal Congress National Urban Development Policy in Hamburg
  • Knowledge management and knowledge dissemination
  • Overall strategic consultancy and development of this initiative

Insides of the network:

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

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 organized and accompanied a trip for the partners from Chennai, Durban and Santiago de Chile to learn about climate-friendly urban development in Germany.

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2016 – 2019

Neighbourhood Management Schönefeld [Leipzig]

The City of Leipzig’s Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies (ASW) has initiated the neighbourhood management “Stadtteilmanagement Schönefeld” as part of the Urban Redevelopment East programme. Actions focusing on integrated urban development are:

  • Participation, public relations and network management, urban space and consultancy for house owners.
  • Neighbourhood management focused on inclusive community building (since 2017) – Support for equal participation in social life

On the basis of the “integrated district development concept Leipzig-Schönefeld” (STEK Schönefeld) which was passed by the city council in 2016, the bundling of public and private commitment as well as investment activities aims on a sustainable urban planning development at economic and social level.

Main topics:

  • house owner consultancy with focus on deteriorating buildings; Support in the development and implementation of individual strategies for the use or revitalization of their real estate
  • Assistance in the revitalization of empty shops in refurbished and partially refurbished buildings along Gorkistraße
  • Accompanying the implementation of urban development projects
  • Moderation, communication and organization of networks in the district Schönefeld
  • Consulting services as well as communication and network management between local actors, sustainable implementation of participation structures
  • Advising and accompanying individuals, initiatives and institutions who (want to) implement European Union-funded projects based on the Integrated Action Concept for Schönefeld.

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig, Office of Urban Renewal and Residential Construction Subsidies (ASW)
Cooperation partner: conAction * Politik- und Organisationsberatung Johanna Hofmann (since 2017)
Period: Ongoing implementation since 2015

 

Recent news
Available funds:
Since Schönefeld forms a focus area of ​​urban renewal in Leipzig, funding from the Urban Redevelopment East programme can be used there. The aim of this fund is to support smaller projects in the urban redevelopment area that can be implemented in short-term, without bureaucratic hurdles and which contribute to the revitalization of the area.

Further information about the Fund can be found at:
http://www.leipzig.de/bauen-und-wohnen/foerdergebiete/schoenefeld/verfuegungsfonds/