An example of strong local and regional cooperation
Detailed description of the Good Practice
The City of Duisburg is situated in the Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), which has been strongly affected by the processes and challenges of economic restructuring over the past few decades. This has led to numerous neighbourhoods and areas characterised by deprivation and segregation.
In order to develop and implement innovative integrated and sustainable solutions, the City of Duisburg created the Duisburg Development Company (EG DU) in 1999. The task of the EG DU is to play a part in the improvement of the economic, social and
housing structures in the Duisburg neighbourhoods particularly affected by problematic situations that involve urban planning, social policy or intercultural affairs. The tasks specific to each neighbourhood are derived from the individual action programmes, specific to each situation, whose implementation and further development have been entrusted to the EG DU by the City Council.
To tackle the problems in the different areas of responsibility in a systematic and subject-related fashion, an interdisciplinary team of architects, economists, youth and community workers and administration experts works just below management level. This team provides advice and carries out activities on behalf of the neighbourhood offices set up locally.
The EG DU implements integrated revitalisation strategies in several of the city’s deprived urban areas. It has also created a city-wide platform for urban development to oversee development in the entire city and its neighbourhoods and to design an early-warning system in the event of negative development in specific areas, which will allow early intervention.
The city-wide cooperation of all key players is embedded in a successful regional cooperation. This is formed by regional networks of North Rhine-Westphalia’s cities, which are co-financed by the regional ministry responsible (MBV NRW) and allow key players in urban regeneration from all cities in the region to exchange examples of good practice and learn from each other. In addition, the regional ministry takes a very pro-active approach in working in partnership with the cities in the field of urban development – not acting as a remote authority, but as a partner in project development and implementation with a strong presence in the cities and an equally strong involvement in the relevant city networks and exchange processes.
Objectives of the Good Practice
to develop and implement innovative integrated and sustainable solutions
to improve the economic, social and housing structures in the Duisburg neighbourhoods particularly affected by problematic situations that involve urban planning, social policy or intercultural affairs
Participants of the Good Practice
Regional and local authorities
Target group of the Good Practice
citizens of the districts
More Details of the Good Practice
Documentation and documents
Data sources and references
Promoting Sustainable Urban Development in Europe
Achievements and Opportunities