International Alumni Seminar:

“Good Urban Governance in the MENA Region: Knowledge Transfer between Global North and South”

Dear Sir or Madam, dear TU Berlin Alumni,

We are happy to inform you about TU Berlin’s next International Alumni Seminar on “Good Governance in the MENA Region: Knowledge Transfer between Global North and South” taking place from 5 to 12 June at TU Berlin.

About the Alumni Seminar

Urban Governance particularly “Good Urban Governance” is the fundamental condition for successful development in the urban area. It is essential that the different actors (public, private and civil society) of urban governance actively communicate with each other and involve them in the decision-making process. According to UN Habitat (2012), good urban governance is characterized by sustainability, subsidiarity, equity, efficiency, transparency and accountability, civic engagement and citizenship, and security.

In the MENA region, public governance is weak, as measured by an indicator for the quality of public administration and public accountability – weaker than in similar, competitor countries in other regions, and even weaker than in all other developing countries.  These weak governance institutions and processes could arguably be associated with disappointing economic performance.  During the 1980s and 1990s, the MENA region had disappointing rates of GDP growth, and a World Bank Group’s analysis found that its annual growth rate could have been as much as one percentage point higher had the quality of administration matched that of well performing economies.

The Alumni Seminar aims at providing important insights into different Good Governance issues, exchanging development experiences from different contexts, offering a long-term network in the sense of South-North or South-South dialogue as well as creating a platform for cooperation initiatives in the regional context.

Prospective participants

The Alumni Seminar is targeted at alumni of TU Berlin and FU Berlin residing in the MENA region and other DAC countries.

For detailed information about the preliminary program, funding, the admission requirements and the opportunity to apply until 20 February 2020 please refer to: