Experts Fund for Municipal Partnerships Worldwide (Experts for partners)

The project „Experts Fund for Municipal Partnerships Worldwide (Experts for Partners)” is a joint project of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global.

As a project of German development cooperation, “Experts for partners” supports municipalities in Germany and partner countries in boosting their partnerships. The project assigns international and local experts 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 and other relevant stakeholders.

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

  • Conducting appraisal missions in selected countries (virtual and/or on-site)
  • Methodological and strategic advice for the project
  • Operational support in the implementation of the acquisition strategy
  • Knowledge management and documentation of learning experiences

So far, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann has carried out appraisal missions for the following partnerships:

  • Khotyn/Ukraine – Teltow “Strengthening capacities in the preparation, acquisition of funding and implementation of development projects” (ongoing)
  • Tavush/Armenia – Landkreis Regen “Strengthening organizational capacities of the Tavush Destination Management Organization for tourism development” (2024)
  • Vanadzor/Armenia – Landkreis Regen “Supporting Vanadzor Municipality in developing its touristic strategy and profile” (2024)
  • Lanivtsi/Ukraine – Lingen “Qualification of administrative performance of Municipality of Lanivtsi” (2023)
  • Bethlehem/Palestine – Cologne “Improvement of financial performance of Bethlehem Municipality” (2023)
  • Moshi/Tanzania – Kiel and Tübingen “Enhancing the capacity in environmental, forest management and CO2 compensation schemes; implementing adaptation measures” (2023)
  • Lviv/Ukraine – Stadtentwässerung Dresden “Improvement of operational performance of LMKP Lvivvodokanal” (2022 virtual)
  • Kabwe/Lukanga WSC – Gelsenwasser AG “Development of an asset management system and strentgthening of technical and organisational capacities” (2022)
  • Voloka/Ukraine – District of Swabia “Further development of a center for adult education” (2021-2022 virtual mission)
  • Podujeva/Kosovo – Velbert “Improvement of waste and recycling management” (2021)
  • Al Mohammara/Lebanon – Opfenbach “Establisment of a medical centre” (2020-2021)
  • Chekka/Lebanon – Althengstett “Establishment of a vocational training programme (2020)
  • Tbilisi/Georgia – Saarbrücken “Sustainable Mobility Planning” (2020)
  • Nagpur/India – Karlsruhe “Promoting cycling and public bike sharing” (2020)
  • Beit Jala/Palestine – Jena “Improvement of geoinformation systems for sustainable planning” (2019)
  • Yarinacocha/Peru – Cologne “Strengthening the climate partnership and capacity building in project management and participation” (2019)
  • Jakarta/Indonesia – Berlin “Standardizing and integrating e-government processes; capacity building for improvement of citizen-oriented service delivery by Jakarta Smart City Unit” (2018)

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Project explanation

Commissioned by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Partners: Carsten Zehner
Period: since 2018 – ongoing