Last 25th and 26th April GiZ, strategic partner of MedCities and member of Centre of Mediterranean Integration Urban Hub, organised a Regional Forum on « City Networks as Catalysts for Urban Development » as the final event of CoMun program. 

The forum was an opportunity for the program’s governmental and civil society actors to take stock of what has been accomplished throughout the last eight years of the CoMun program, implemented in the Maghreb countries (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia). Participants also reflected on the constraints facing the development of urban management and the challenges in ensuring long-term ownership of the approaches developed through partners’ collaboration and networking.

The event was an opportunity to present the results of the achievements and engage in a space for reflection around good practices. Ten thematic workshops spread over two main dimensions – « the challenges of municipal management » and « the challenges of participatory governance « – allowed participants to become familiar with the approaches developed throughout the period of implementation of that Program in areas keys such as waste management; urban heritage management; energy efficiency; urban mobility; citizen participation; gender and women inclusion; youth involvement and especially networking among cities.

4 MedCities membres in Morocco and 9 in Tunisia participated in CoMun program during its implementation and profited from its activities, networking opportunities and pilot project implementation. MedCities has also directly collaborated with the program both in the implementation of concrete projects in Chefchaouen and Sfax; in co-organising capitalisation and capacity building activities on waste management in Tunisia as well as in the frame of MADINATOUNA project in Tunisia for the elaboration on urban development strategies. 

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