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Strengthening municipal structures – Maghreb

Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia)

Titre : Strengthening municipal structures – Maghreb

Pays : Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia)

Commissioned by : German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Overall term : 2008 to 2014

Approximately 60 % of the people living in the Maghreb countries of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia reside in urban areas. With annual growth rates of roughly three per cent and more, these towns and cities will see their populations double in about 30 years. Poverty, housing shortages and environmental risks are particularly prevalent in large towns and cities. At the same time, these urban areas also offer potential for climate protection and sustainability which not only play a crucial role at local level, but also have national and international significance. However, towns and cities also serve as catalysts for economic, social and cultural development. Citizens and industry require competent and service-oriented administrations. International development cooperation promotes the strengthening of municipal authorities.
Consequently, it is in the interests of governments to involve municipal authorities in national and regional development dialogues as active creative powers. The governments of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia are well aware of the fact that municipal development is equally important for national development and for forging closer ties with the EU. Municipal authorities in the Maghreb can display greater creativity with respect to local development if they learn from one another, given the similar challenges and context they face.

Through a regional network, municipal authorities, associations and civil society organisations in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia are engaged in a considered dialogue on key aspects of sustainable urban development. They have at their disposal citizen-oriented methods of shaping urban development and can employ good municipal governance practices.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ))

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