How does CONNECT work?
Step 1, 2 & 3
It all starts with an application. Once this has been validated, CONNECT seeks municipal colleagues in Europe and beyond: people with the right experience and knowledge for the job. CONNECT carefully matches local and regional elected officials and their expertise – then arranges the exchange.
Step 4 & 5
The exchange can take the form of:
- Colleague-to-colleague assignments
- Round table expert meetings
- Temporary work placement
- Group exposure visits
CONNECT continues working after the match has been made – monitoring and evaluating the actions taken before, during and after the exchange. This all leads to concrete solutions, new ideas and valuable connections.
The impact of connect
To increase the impact of CONNECT, local and regional government associations are involved in all exchanges. They can participate in events, and share the lessons learnt – either with local and regional governments, the central government or the international donor community. CONNECT also documents best practices, so that others can benefit too.