The Service Agency Communities in One World

The Service Agency Communities in One World is Germany’s competence centre for local development cooperation. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, we have been providing advisory and other services to municipalities and other local actors since 2001. We design our strategies and programmes together with representatives of our broad shareholder base in the programme council and programme commission. We focus on the future-oriented issues of municipal partnerships, migration and development, and fair public procurement. We support the development activities of local actors by providing them with training, information and advisory services. We implement pilot schemes and help obtain financial support. To strengthen municipal partnerships, we provide municipalities from Germany and from countries in the South with a platform for dialogue that enables them to exchange experiences, and jointly develop local solutions to global issues.

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News

New climate partnerships launched in the Science City of Muñoz
Handover of Memoranda of Understanding, here the climate partnership between Hoan Kiemm Hanoi/Vietnam and Lichtenberg, Berlin. Photo: Judd Tolosa'With the climate partnership we will together create a new history for our local communities and this workshop will be the start.' This is how one participant at the kick-off workshop summed up the engagement of his municipality in the municipal climate partnerships project. The fifth phase of the project was launched on 12 July 2016 in the Philippines. more...


Climate partnerships presented on European stage
Kurt-Michael Baudach from the SKEW together with representatives of climate partnerships. Photo: Engagement Global (Christian Lieder)The 'Municipal Climate Partnerships' project of the Service Agency Communities in One World was presented at the European Development Days, where it met with huge interest. The European Development Days (EDD), which took place in Brussels on 15 and 16 June, are organised by the European Commission every year, and are the largest development cooperation forum on the continent. more...

European expert workshop on Migration and Development at the Local Level in Cologne
European experts of nine countries traveled to Cologne to exchange about migration and development at the local level. Photo: Barbara FrommannAbout 30 experts from nine European countries met in Cologne on the 9th and 10th of November 2015 for the European Expert Workshop on Migration and Development at the Local Level. The current European Year for Development proclaimed by the European Parliament formed the framework for the meeting. more...

International workshop in Munich
More than 120 participants from municipalities in Germany and different African countries took part in the international workshop in Munich. Photo: Andreas GrasserThe international workshop, which took place from 13 to 15 October in Munich, was attended by around 120 participants. Also delegations from the municipalities taking part in the third phase of the project attended the event as there are from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Germany, Ghana, Lesotho, Senegal and South Africa. more...

The Service Agency at Resilient Cities 2015
Plenery discussion. Copyright ICLEI e.V. 2015From 8 to 10 June 2015, over 400 experts from around the world met at the 6th Resilient Cities conference in Bonn to discuss issues of urban resilience and adaptation to climate change in cities. The agenda also included a workshop on local government networks held by the Service Agency. more...

Current Projects (selection)


Participatory Budgeting
Participants of the first International Congress on Models of Participatory Budgeting, January 2010, Berlin. Photo: Bundeszentrale für Politische BildungMunicipalities thrive when citizens get involved in local processes and become actively engaged in the development of their community. One particularly effective option for citizen participation is participatory budgeting.
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Migration and development
Participants of the first national conference on african partnership at the local level in November 2010, Ludwigsburg. Photo: Dominik SchmitzCooperating with partners from developing countries is important in Germany, a country with a high proportion of immigrants. We are committed to using the opportunities created by migration for development. We work to foster a culture of diversity, promote cooperation between people with a migrant background who are actively involved in development, and actors for municipal One World work. more...

50 Municipal Climate Partnerships by 2015
Handshake between partners. Copyright: Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt, Photo: Barbara FrommannThe basic aim of the project ‘50 Municipal Climate Partnerships by 2015’ is to strengthen the professional cooperation between German municipalities and municipalities in the Global South in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation. more...

Connective Cities
ConnectiveCities_start_200To facilitate worldwide networking between urban actors from politics, administration, industry, science and civil society and to support a systematic and application-oriented exchange of experience and development of innovative ideas for urban projects - these are objectives and at the same time services of Connective Cities. more...

Federal Conference of Municipalities and Initiatives
12th Federal Conference of Municipalities and Initiatives in mainz 2012. Copyright SKEW/Engagement GlobaL, Photo: Dominik SchmitzLocal, community-based 'One World’ and ‘Agenda 21' work is becoming more important all the time. The Federal Conferences of Municipalities and Initiatives, which have been taking place for 20 years, are a concrete manifestation of the growing role of local actors in development cooperation. more...


The Team

Employees of the Service Agency Communities in One World/Engagement Global gGmbHOur team would be delighted to advise and support you on all issues concerning municipal development cooperation. Do you have some ideas? We’ll help you put them into practice. Are you looking for solutions? We’d be glad to be your partner and help you find them. more...


Former Projects (selection)