First meeting of the German-Ukrainian Peer-to-Peer Learning Network on integrated urban development

Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann supported the “Dialogues for Urban Change (D4UC)” project in implementing its Ukrainian – German Peer-to-Peer Learning Network for Integrated Urban Development. The first network meeting took place in Leipzig.

D4UC, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and commissioned the German Federal Ministry for housing, urban development, and building (BMWSB), aligns with visions for sustainable cities included in the New Urban Agenda, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 11, the New Leipzig Charter, and the German National Urban Development Policy. The project works with cities, ministries and municipal associations from the USA, South Africa, Ukraine, and Germany. It promotes mutual learning among urban development practitioners through three city networks.

The initial meeting of the Ukrainian-German Peer-to-Peer Learning Network took in Leipzig, followed by participation in the 16th Federal Congress on National Urban Development Policy in Jena. In the context of the challenges posed by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the network is focusing on supporting Ukrainian colleagues in a collegial and trustworthy manner in navigating the transformative reconstruction of Ukrainian cities. The main aim is to improve municipal governance in both Ukrainian and German cities and emphasizing innovative approaches to urban development for integrated cities and neighbourhoods. The network is aiming at practical solutions, especially regarding issues intensified by the ongoing war, such as accommodating internally displaced people and rebuilding damaged infrastructure.

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

Period: 2021-2025