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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




Integrierte Stadtentwicklungskonzepte [Melitopol, Kharkiv]

Within the framework of the project “Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine II (ISU II)”, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) supports the Ukrainian cities of Melitopol and Kharkiv in the elaboration of an integrated urban development concept (IUDC) on behalf of GIZ. While an IUDC for the entire city area is being worked out for Melitopol, an integrated district development concept for Kyiv district is to be developed in Kharkiv.

The integrated urban development concept forms the sustainable strategy for the development of both cities for the next 10-15 years. It will be elaborated in an intensive participatory process involving local actors, the various specialized departments of the city administration, municipal enterprises, important public institutions and civil society.

bgh. advises and accompanies the national project mentors as well as the administrations of both cities in particular on:

  • Adopting of the integrated working approach
  • Elaboration of a SWOT analysis consisting of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, and needs for action
  • Development of project profiles
  • Development of a communication and participation concept as well as preparation and implementation of participation formats.

With a regard to implementation, goals, actions and projects in a number of sectors are defined within the framework of the two processes. In these sectors, the individual topics do not stand alone, but rather there are connections and interactions between them, from which synergy effects can emerge.

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Cooperation partner: Iris Gleichmann (IUDC for Kyiv District in Kharkiv)
Period: 2020 – 2022

Digitales Lernen und Zusammenarbeit in der COVID-19-Pandemie

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) has a long-standing experience in conceptualizing, moderating and documenting peer-learning formats on topics of integrated urban development. During the COVID-19 pandemic, physical exchange formats both locally as we as internationally are hardly possible. Therefore, bgh. has supported the City of Leipzig as well as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in designing and implementing virtual formats by providing the following services:

  • Conceptualizing interactive and discursive formats that pursue clear goals and consider the participants’ individual challenges during the pandemic to ensure high practical relevance (residents, city employees, national ministries)
  • Organising events that are either fully virtual or hybrid: combining onsite working groups in several location in one virtual event
  • Identifying good practices, coordinating inputs, and providing templates for virtual exchange
  • Moderating events and ensuring smooth implementation (technology, chat moderation)

Moreover, bgh. has compiled a data base of webinars and tools  for cities that cover challenges of the COVID-19 response.

Commissioned by: Several projects on behalf of the city of Leipzig and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2020

Webinars and Tools for the COVID-19 Response

Since cities around the world had started to develop different strategies and ideas to respond to the challenges that the current COVID-19 pandemic brings, a large number of webinars have taken place and tools have been developed.

These virtual events and resources have allowed cities, national governments, cooperation agencies, civil society, citizens, and other stakeholders to support and learn from each other in this challenging time. The formats have taken different forms, for example moderated discussions, peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing, compilation of good practices and analyses, maps and tracking tools of the virus.

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) has compiled a selection of the most interesting Webinars and Digital Tools that we deem useful to our partners in Germany and worldwide. We update this data base regularly with the objective of supporting cities to navigate the large offer of resources available online.



Unterstützung bei der Umsetzung und Fortschreibung des Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) in Südafrika

The Governance Support Programme (GSP II) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH in South Africa makes an important contribution to the implementation and continuation of the South African National Urban Development Policy – Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF).
Important partners on the national level are the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) and the National Treasury (NT), on the local level the City of Mbombela, Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, Stellenbosch Local Municipality, KwaDukuza Local Municipality, uMhlathuze Local Municipality, Polokwane Local Municipality as well as the municipal umbrella organisation South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) supports the Governance Support Programme (GSP II) in South Africa with the following services:

  • Preparation and implementation of a study tour for high-ranking South African representatives from the national and local level on the topic of integrated urban development planning in Germany (September 2019)
  • Participation in the 13th Federal Congress on National Urban Development Policy in Stuttgart (2019)
  • Establishment of a national learning network “IUDF Learning Network”
  • Implementation (and moderation) of meetings of the national learning network (Stellenbosch 2019, KwaDukuza 2020, Mbombela 2020)

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Governance Support Programme (GSP II)
Period: 2019 – 2021

Digitalisierung und Zivilgesellschaft in Leipzig

The city of Leipzig plans to strengthen civil society organizations as key players in shaping the digital transformation in Leipzig by building up a “network of competence” with advice and support services.

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) is supporting the Department “Digital City” in the following topics:

  • Elaborating a status quo analysis of the current level of maturity of civil society organizations in digitalization in Leipzig
  • Developing a potential analysis with a focus on opportunities that lie in the increased digitalization of the practices of civil society organizations.
  • The aforementioned analysis is supplemented by a case study research
  • Providing recommendations for the conception of advice and funding offers to support the city of Leipzig in the process of establishing the network of competence

Commissioned by: City of Leipzig
Period: 2020

Digitalisierungsstrategie – Konzepte für die Lausitz

The Zukunftswerkstatt Lausitz (ZWL), launched on March 5, 2018 as a project by the Wirtschaftsregion Lausitz GmbH, aims to develop the potential of digitalization together with the municipalities, business, science, civil society and citizens. The ZWL has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH (PwC) to develop a digitalization strategy that will pursue a long-term digital vision and the associated social goals for the Lausitz region.

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) is responsible for the conceptual preparation, moderation and follow-up of workshops and other participatory  formats. At specialized workshops on the topics of “Culture and Tourism”, “Mobility and Local Supply”, “Economy and Work” and “Care and Health”, measures were defined together with local actors from civil society, the private sector and the public sector, which should be initiated promptly. Other event formats include the implementation of hackdays and the conception and moderation of a Digital@Lausitz day (March 2020) with workshops and the presentation of the Digitalization Strategy as well as the presentation of digital solutions in different areas (Health, transport, administration, etc.) for citizens and companies in the Lausitz region.

In cooperation with PwC and the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus-Senftenberg, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) also supports communication and stakeholder management for networking potential actors in Lausitz in order to promote the development of collaborative approaches.

Commissioned by: Lausitz Economic Region GmbH

Partners: PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH

Period: 2019–2020

Kapazitätsbedarfe bei der Schaffung nachhaltiger und klimafreundlicher Infrastruktur

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements the projects “C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF)” and the “Financing Energy for Low Carbon Investment – Cities Advisory Facility (FELICITY)”, which support the provision of urban infrastructure. In order to ensure that their advice and support are tailored to the needs of their partner cities, the projects carry out comprehensive capacity needs assessments. The determined capacity needs form the basis for anticipating need for advice and support services for the planning and provision (including financing) of urban infrastructure.


The Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.) evaluated a total of 16 capacity needs assessments in cities with the following objectives:

  • Comparative analysis of the carried out assessments of the capacity requirement
  • Outline of the anticipated advice and funding needs as well as primary fields of action
  • Recommendations for action to adapt GIZ’s advisory services

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

Period: 2019

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

Ukrainisch-Deutsches Städtenetzwerk [Ukraine & Deutschland]

The Ukrainian – German Cities Network was established on the initiative of the Ukrainian Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Municipal Services (MinReg) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) at the end of 2017. Following the federal elections in Germany and the subsequent reassignment of departments, the network has been under the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Home Affairs (BMI) since 2018. In addition to the two ministries, partners in the cities network are the four Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Lviv as well as the three German cities of Osnabrück, Leipzig and Nuremberg. All network partners bring in current projects at the city level.

bgh. supports the network building, the content design and implementation of the network meetings on behalf of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The topics of integrated urban development discussed in the cities network range from urban brownfield development through public participation procedures to climate-friendly urban development. Another component of the network is the exchange of expertise with other cities networks, such as the “South African-German Cities Network – Urban Energies” and the “US-American-German Cities Network D4C – Dialogues for Change (D4C)”.

While previous meetings of the Ukrainian-German cities network were held in Lviv, Kyiv and Leipzig, the latest workshop took place in Osnabrück, Germany in July 2019. The main topic of the workshop was “Conversion: The potential of brownfield (re)development in integrated urban development”. In order to dive deeper into the concept of integrated urban development, this workshop zoomed in on the question of how integrated urban development can be managed and organized practically and with a specific view on participation as success factor for the integrated sustainable development.

The workshop allowed the city representatives to get to know various experiences in managing conversion and identify participatory tools at different stages of the planning process. Additionally, the city representatives and network members had the opportunity to visit the site of the brownfield revitalization project Neumarkt and provide their peers from Osnabrück with collegial advice. 

Role of Peer Learning Networks for National Urban Development Policy and the foundation of the Ukrainian-German City Network: 

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Period: Continuous since 2017

Urban Energies – Südafrikanisch-Deutsches Städtenetz [Südafrika & Deutschland]

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

Stadtteilmanagement Schönefeld [Leipzig]

The City of Leipzig’s Office for Housing and Urban Renewal (AWS) has initiated the “District Management Schönefeld” within the framework of the support program Stadtumbau Ost. This consists of three components:

  • Urban Redevelopment 
  • Energetic renovation 
  • District management inclusive community

On the basis of the „Integrierten Stadtteilentwicklungskonzepts Leipzig-Schönefeld“ (STEK Schönefeld), the “Integrated District Development Concept Leipzig-Schönefeld” (STEK Schönefeld), which was passed in 2016, the bundling of public and private commitments as well as investment activities is aimed at sustainable development at urban, economic and social level. The neighbourhood management Schönefeld is the contact point for all those who want to make a difference in Schönefeld; such as private individuals, non-profit associations, initiatives, dealers or traders.

Main topics:

  • Advice to house owners with a focus on unrefurbished buildings; Support in the development and implementation of individual strategies for the use or revitalization of their property
  • Support for the revitalization of empty shops in refurbished and partially refurbished buildings on Gorkistrasse
  • Accompanying the implementation of urban planning projects
  • Mediation and advisory services as well as communication and networking between local actors, consolidation of participation structures
  • Advice and support for project promoters who are implementing an ESF project in the district based on the area-based integrated action plan for Schönefeld (2016).(Cooperation partner: conAction*Politik- und Organisationsberatung Johanna Hofmann;  until 08/2019)

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

Period: Ongoing since 2015

Currently 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: