International action

A comprehensive strategy to ensure the progress of the metropolitan area


Maintaining and improving social and economic conditions of the metropolitan area of Barcelona depends heavily on global dynamics and changes such as increased mobility of goods, people and services; exponential growth of financial flows; and new transnational environmental challenges. These changes cross over the administrative boundaries of metropolitan areas meaning that they need to play an active role in the international context.

During the period 2011-15, projecting the AMB internationally was a core objective and resulted in the following lines of work:
  • Promoting metropolitan international cooperation, by implementing development projects in urban environments with specific needs, aimed at promoting human rights and sustainable human development.
  • Reorganising International Relations services and orienting them towards supporting and delivering services to local authorities and other metropolitan economic players on international matters.
  • Increasing its presence within international organisations engaged in representing local authorities and major metropolitan areas.
  • Reinforcing activity in international technical organisations that specialise in the AMB's areas of competence (transport, environment and waste management).
  • Working with other European cities, as well as with European institutions, with the aim of representing the interests and needs of European metropolitan areas and securing funding for metropolitan activities and services through different EU programmes.
International activity during the period 2011-2015 has been intense - both in terms of the work done in relation to the AMB's areas of competency and the interest generated abroad from the constitution of the new metropolitan organisation. Managing European projects, hosting international delegations and participating in international networks such as Metropolis, Medcities and FMDV are good ways of positioning the AMB within the international arena and picking up new opportunities.

Origin of the delegations that have visited the AMB

From 2014, with the culmination of an internal process of reflection, the AMB decided on a new international relations strategy for 2014-2015 which, along with the International Cooperation Plan, defines the institution's framework for action abroad.

The new international strategy aims to address a number of future challenges:
  • Creating a stable working network with European metropolitan institutions.
  • Attracting resources from European funds as part of the 2014-2020 financial framework.
  • Consolidating the new association of Mediterranean cities, Medcities.
  • Taking full advantage of European networks and international organisations in which the AMB participates.
  • Optimising involvement and collaboration with international policy think-tanks, such as the CIDOB, and specific training centres like the IBEI.
During this period the International Relations team attended the metropolitan municipalities in conducting various activities, such as attention to delegations, attending international conferences, project development and relationships with international networks. The municipalities that have used the metropolitan services are:
  • Badalona
  • Barberà del Vallès
  • Barcelona
  • Cornellà de Llobregat
  • El Prat de Llobregat
  • Gavà
  • L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
  • Montcada i Reixac
  • Pallejà
  • Sant Adrià de Besòs
  • Sant Boi de Llobregat
  • Sant Feliu de Llobregat
  • Sant Joan Despí
  • Santa Coloma de Gramenet
  • Viladecans
Apart from the work carried out in Europe and the Mediterranean region, contact and agreements have been made with local governments in Latin America, including Santiago de Chile, Valle de Aburrá, Bogota, Rosario and Buenos Aires, which are undergoing different processes to create metropolitan areas.

In the area of communication, during this term a new AMB International Relations Newsletter has been created that is circulated to around 750 readers; the website has also been redesigned and translated.

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Digital newsletter on international relations, development cooperation and external projection

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  • European projects
    The AMB has a long experience of taking part in European programmes. During this term it has been involved either as the lead institution or as a partner in different projects that deal with the management of metropolitan competencies. Of these, we highlight the following:
    • USUDS project on plans for sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean region, led by the AMB as party responsible for Medcities within the ENPI CBC Med programme.
    • RESSOC project within the URB-AL programme, led by the AMB's international cooperation and waste technical teams.
    • LIFE+ COR in the area of communication on preventing and recycling waste, driven by the AMB's waste technical team.
    The AMB has also participated as a partner in other projects such as SIDIGMED, LIFE Wire, Waterloss, Periurban, Freemed, Opera and Eco-Habitat.

    Some of these projects' activities were run in collaboration with municipal councils and other economic and social stakeholders, universities and research centres. These projects have generally had a direct impact on the metropolitan area and society because they represent an improvement in the services provided by the AMB and other authorities within the metropolitan area.

    The international relations team has supported the AMB's technical teams in identifying, preparing and managing projects.

    European cities and regions with which the AMB has worked

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  • Work with major European cities and metropolitan governments

    In the European context, metropolitan areas and large conurbations are increasingly important and are central to the debate. In the 21st century, the effects of urban development - 72% of the population of the EU live in large cities and metropolitan areas and it is expected that this figure will exceed 80% by 2050 - have a clear impact on the need for a new metropolitan governance that guides urban growth, regional competitiveness and social cohesion, based on metropolitan needs and local governments' problems of proximity.

    In countries such as France and Italy, different processes of institutional creation are taking place in metropolitan areas. The AMB has signed agreements and established institutional contacts with the cities of Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes, Lyon, Turin and Milan.

    In order to establish a framework for debate, relationship and positioning with the European Union on the metropolitan reality, in March 2015 the AMB has organised the EMA (European Metropolitan Authorities), an initial meeting attended by representatives of 16 metropolises of 10 European countries. At this meeting, discussions were held about the challenges of metropolitan governance, reorienting urban development towards urban regeneration, and the political, economic, social and environmental difficulties that metropolises face. As part of the meeting, a political manifesto, which will form the basis of this new relationship, has been approved. In 2016, Torino will hold a new edition of this meeting.

    Apart from the work done by the co-chairmanship of Metropolis, the AMB has also established contacts with other European and global city networks, such as the Metropolitan working group of Eurocities, METREX, UCLG, OECD and IDB.

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    EMA website

  • Medcities
    Between 2011 and 2014 the main challenges for the Urban Development Programmes Delegation, in its role as Medcities General Secretariat, were to consolidate and institutionalise the network and implement the USUDS (Urban Sustainable Development Strategies) project, included within the ENPI CBC MED programme.

    The Medcities Assembly held in Barcelona in December 2013 included presentation of the new articles of association, which were approved with the presence of 47 cities, and laying the foundations for the new organisation incorporated as an association. During 2014 the different cities and local governments, including the AMB, approved the articles of association and at the November 2014 General Assembly of Smyrna (Izmir) the results from the whole process were presented and the report on activities, budget and work plan for 2015 were approved.

    Medcities works with public and private stakeholders under various collaboration agreements and participates in different international platforms and committees of experts in urban development, and has been recorded in the European transparency register.

    Main partnership projects and activities
    • USUDS (2011-2014), project financed by the European programme ENPI-CBC-Med + AMB + Malaga, Sfax, Sousse, Larnaka, Saida, Al Fayhaa and with the support of the Barcelona Provincial Council, the AECID (Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency), the City of Barcelona, and the Hariri Foundation.
    • Development plan for the Urban Community of Tétouan with ART-GOLD, 2011.
    • KTCs Project in Sfax and Al Fayhaa, co-financed by the Barcelona City Council and the AMB (Urban Development and International Cooperation Programme), 2014-2016.
    • Al Fayhaa Strategic Plan, presented in October 2011.
    • GODEM municipal waste project under which a feasibility study for a composting plant was carried out (with ACR+ and Al Fayhaa), 2010-2011.
    • Review and updating of the communal development plan in Tétouan: Indicators (AERYC + AMB), co-financed by the Barcelona Provincial Council, 2013-2014.
    • Office of Development of the Strategic Plan in Al Fayhaa (Barcelona Provincial Council), 2013-2014
    • Review and updating of the Strategic Plan for Sousse (AERYC + AMB + Sant Cugat del Vallès), co-financed by the Barcelona Provincial Council, 2014-2015.
    • Support and participation as a partner organisation in projects financed by the European Union: RAMUD, MEDSEATIES, SIDIGMED, MED3R, SHAMS, RELS, MARIE.
    • Support for projects of associated cities: Work to obtain the UPFI/UpM label by Tétouan and Sfax;  Follow-up agreement for Sfax, 2013-2014; P2P Training work in Saida (2) and Sousse (2), carried out by the cities of Barcelona and Marseille, the AMB and Barcelona Provincial Council.
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    EU transparency register
  • Metropolis
    The AMB is co-chair of Metropolis, an international organisation based in Barcelona that brings together 139 metropolitan cities and regions with a population of more than one million. For 30 years, its mission has been to support metropolises in learning and sharing experience through their initiatives, conferences and annual meetings.

    The AMB supports the functioning of Metropolis's secretariat by contributing financial and human resources. The AMB has taken part institutionally in statutory meetings at Porto Alegre 2011, Guangzhou 2012 and Johannesburg in 2013, and at the most recent congress held in Hyderabad in 2014, the AMB's co-chairmanship (held by Mr. Xavier Trias, president of the AMB) was renewed.

    In 2014, the AMB took part in preparatory work for the Metropolis action plan 2015-2017 presented in Hyderabad, and established various institutional relations with cities and metropolitan areas around the world with which it exchanges information on policies, services and priority projects. At the Hyderabad congress the Metropolis initiative CLIMATE Métropole+, led by the AMB in partnership with Berlin and Marseille, was approved. This aims to develop a technical project on strategies for adapting to climate change in urban and metropolitan environments.

    The Metropolis Women's Network consists of two vice-chairs and 15 regional antennae distributed over all continents; the City of Barcelona is the chair and manages coordination.

    In 2013, Metropolis set up its training institute in Seoul, with the aim of strengthening the institutional and professional capabilities of local and metropolitan authorities. At the same time, it initiated the creation of the International Youth Network. Metropolis is the metropolitan section of UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) and is represented in its World Council; it forms part of the Local and Regional Authorities Global Taskforce, which is preparing the United Nations Habitat III Conference.

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    Metropolis Initiatives
    Global Taskforce
  • FMDV
    The Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) is an international organisation that aims to provide or strengthen tools, in order to finance urban development projects within local authorities.

    The AMB is a founding member of the organisation, and was the first chair, and has taken part in board meetings held in Guangzhou (2012), Johannesburg (2013) and Hyderabad (2014).

    Strategies aimed at strengthening local financing are becoming increasingly important in the international debate and the AMB has wanted to play an active role. During 2014, the AMB also participated in the "Resolutions to Fund Cities" campaign driven by the FMDV, among others, to establish a forum for debate and exchange of experiences in the area of local financing as well as articulating a common position on the financial needs of local governments.

    This common position will be that of local authorities within the international community under the framework of the Habitat III Conference being organised by the UN in 2016. In this context, the vice-chair of the AMB and FMDV, Mr. Antonio Balmón, and the mayor of Gavà, Ms. Raquel Sánchez, took part in the conference held in Paris on 3-4 July 2014 to discuss the financing of local authorities at European level. At this conference the publication Resolutions Europe was presented, which includes the AMB as case study.

    The AMB's International Relations service is putting into operation lines of joint working with Medcities and FMDV, such as the participation of Medcities chairman and Tétouan mayor Mohamed Idaomar at the Resolutions Africa conference in Marrakesh in December 2014, and seeking financing for partner cities of the southern Mediterranean.

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    Resolutions to Fund Cities
    Paris meeting and document
  • Participation in other international networks
    In addition to participating in Metropolis, Medcities and FMDV, the AMB also takes part in other European and international networks engaged in areas related to metropolitan powers. These include the following:

    United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
    This is the largest network of local governments worldwide and promotes its values, objectives and interests through cooperation between cities and local governments and the international community. It is currently headquartered in Barcelona.

    As a member of Metropolis, the AMB is part of the metropolitan section of UCLG and during the period 2011-2015, has actively participated in some of its themed committees - such as the Forum for Suburban Local Authorities (FALP), the Mediterranean Interregional Committee, and the Commission for Capacity and Institutional Building. In the case of the Forum for Suburban Local Authorities, the then mayor of Gavà, Mr. Joaquim Balsera, participated in various meetings on behalf of the AMB along with other metropolitan municipalities including Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Barberà del Vallès and Santa Coloma de Gramenet.

    During 2014, the AMB represented the UCLG in different OECD working meetings on water management.

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    International Union of Public Transport (UITP)
    The AMB is a member of UITP, the global association of public transport authorities and operators which consists of 1,300 members from 92 different countries. Since 2014, through the Transport Services Department, it has taken part in several of the UITP's working committees, such as the operator authorities' one.

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    ACR + is the international network of cities and regions that share a goal of promoting responsible consumption of resources and sustainable management of municipal waste through prevention at source, reuse and recycling. By taking part in this network, work is being done to identify European and international synergies of the AMB in terms of waste-related activities and projects.

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    EuropeDirect Barcelona
    The AMB is a focal point of the EuropeDirect Barcelona Information Centre, managed by Barcelona Provincial Council. It provides information to citizens about the European Union and its policies, as part of a network of local governments in the province of Barcelona in the field of European affairs.

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    EuropeDirect Barcelona

    Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)
    The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is an initiative of the European Commission created in 2008 to help small and medium-sized enterprises become more competitive by developing their innovation skills and opening up new markets. The EEN is made up of a network of consortia of more than 600 organisations, including chambers of commerce, business development agencies and university technology centres. Through an agreement with ACCIO, an agency of the Department of Enterprise and Employment of the Generalitat (autonomous government of Catalonia) which is a member of the EEN network, the AMB is involved in this network in collaboration with metropolitan municipal councils, and publishes a business marketplace newsletter distributed to companies in the metropolitan area.

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    Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

The metropolitan policy on development cooperation implemented during the 2011-15 term has focused on urban conurbations and has been an instrument for assisting, stimulating and supporting the processes that have contributed to strengthening citizenship, improving technical management of public services, and building democratic and legal systems that promote sustainable human development in metropolitan areas.

During this term, the number of representatives of the Metropolitan Council for International Development Cooperation was expanded with the incorporation of metropolitan municipal councils and new management areas of the AMB. This has facilitated liaison and coordination work with governments, institutions and bodies operating in this sector while strengthening a more integrated approach with different services provided by the AMB. The Council has met regularly in 12 sessions.

To fulfil objective 3.3 of the Metropolitan Action Plan, the Master Plan 2013-16 has been drawn up and includes a model for Catalan, metropolitan, municipalist and concerted cooperation, based on the added value of the AMB's sector knowledge. This Plan –the output from a six-month participatory process and the result of the shared experience of metropolitan local councils, the AMB's services, Catalan authorities engaged in cooperation, partner institutions and the Cooperation Council– has given us eight strategic objectives that, for the first time, differentiate between those that guide cooperation work from those that seek to improve management, while establishing a framework of results that has been achieved with considerable success.

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  • Indirect development cooperation projects
    Convinced that joint working between government organisations and NGODs leads to more efficient results in development cooperation, the AMB has leant its support to 46 initiatives arising from local authorities and metropolitan NGODs. The basis and criteria for selecting projects have been defined in line with the criteria set out in the Master Plan.
    • From 2011 to 2013, with a total contribution of €233,673.55, a total of 27 projects were implemented under the call for grants to development cooperation projects managed by NGODs 2010-2011
    • From 2011 to 2013, with a total contribution of €108,534.49, a total of 6 projects were implemented under the call for grants to development cooperation projects managed by metropolitan districts 2010-2011
    • From 2014 to 2015, with a contribution of €250,000 from the 2015 budget and with criteria for promoting coordination between local authorities and NGODs, a budget reserve has been implemented to approve, at the end of the year, a call for eight development cooperation projects to be run between 2015 and 2017. This call will grant a total AMB contribution of €600,000, spread over the three duration of the action.
    Urban rehabilitation for community self-management in four popular neighbourhoods of the city of Managua: Grenada, Olof Palme, Sol de Libertad and Lomas de Guadalupe Entrepobles Nicaragua 12,281.52 ONGD
    Framework for socioeconomic development of the municipal district of Diéma (Kayes region, Republic of Mali) Cooperacció Republic of Mali 11,221.29 ONGD
    Improving the living conditions of women in rural areas of Tetuan, by helping them in getting work in the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants industry Fundeso Morocco 9,347.39 ONGD
    Improving access to water for domestic and agricultural use for the Palestinian rural population of the town of Al Judeida (district of Jenin, West Bank, Palestinian Occupied Territories) Assemblea Cooperació per la Pau Palestine 8,645.12 ONGD
    Strengthening citizen participation in support of economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of the indigenous population of Cunén Proide Guatemala 9,332.61 ONGD
    Environmental and risk management in the Lake Atitlán basin, 2nd phase Geólogos del Mundo Guatemala 10,754.48 ONGD
    Construction of a water distribution network and provision of a hydroelectric generator in the community of El Carmen (Usulutan district, El Salvador) REDS El Salvador 10,754.48 ONGD
    Supporting the improvement in living conditions and safety of people with limited resources living in urban and semi-urban areas of the municipal district of San José de los Remates (Nicaragua) ACSUR Las Segovias Nicaragua 10,608.65 ONGD
    Training programme for technicians of the municipal councils of medium-sized cities in Cameroon, implementing urban participatory plans Enginyeria sense fronteres Cameroon 6,781.77 ONGD
    Building community feminism based on popular and diverse women of Cotacachi (Ecuador) Xarxa de consum solidari Ecuador 7,705.99 ONGD
    Establishing the participatory process for solid waste management in the municipal district of San Ignacio de Moxos (Beni, Bolivia) CEAM Bolivia 7,962.82 ONGD
    Construction of municipal laundries in Dindefelo (Senegal) The Jane Goodall Institute Senegal 6,357.03 ONGD
    Drinking water supply in rural areas of Cameroon Agermanament sense fronteres Cameroon 6,803.85 ONGD
    FANDEMA. Training and employment of women for sustainability in Tujereng (Gambia) Solidança Gambia 9,427.02 ONGD
    Self-build housing in the community of Goviado (Honduras) through training in traditional and native building techniques ACOES Honduras 8,809.22 ONGD
    Comprehensive project to improve the quality of teaching and children's access to it, as well as training of teachers and basic health care in the public school of Tioribigou (Koulikoro, Mali) Global Play Republic of Mali 8,962.89 ONGD
    Planning and implementing a strategy to increase participation among Tangier's economic fabric in order to help young excluded Moroccans into work La Torna Morocco 9,360.48 ONGD
    Rural sanitation: training and construction of basic health units in the community of Malal (Cañar Province, Ecuador) Solidaritat, Educació, Desenvolupament Ecuador 9,360.48 ONGD
    Campesino a Campesino (Peasant to Peasant), 2nd stage Creu Roja Catalunya Ecuador 7,571.04 ONGD
    Dignity and health for women who have survived sexual violence in Bukavu (Dem Rep of Congo), based on a psychosocial approach Matres Mundi Democratic Republic of Congo 9,227.41 ONGD
    Microcredits for women ACAPS Sahrawi Territories
    Farm school for local development of the community of Golikro (Ivory Coast) and helping young people from nearby communities into work Fundación Akwaba Ivory Coast 6,150.86 ONGD
    Drinking water supply in Burkina Faso through the building of ten wells Aigua per al Sahel Burkina Faso 8,430.61 ONGD
    Improving the decentralised system for waste management and environmental sanitation in the Sahrawi refugee camps of Tindouf (Algeria) Moviment per la Pau Sahrawi Territories 7,833.35 ONGD
    Strengthening human and institutional skills for sustainable management of urban waste in Morocco CIREM Morocco 5,288.54 ONGD
    Creating community urban gardens as an alternative strategy for self-sufficiency and income generation Imago Barcelona Colombia 7,766.87 ONGD
    Carrying drinking water to the town of Boussafi (Khémis Sahel, Larache, Morocco) Itran Morocco 7,700.34 ONGD
    Institutional strengthening and metropolitan development II Badalona City Council Chile/Catalonia 20,625.00 MUNICIPAL
    Improved water management in the city of Gibara (Cuba). Pilot to control and generate savings in the aqueduct system El Prat de Llobregat Town Council Cuba 13,142.41 MUNICIPAL
    Montcada i Reixac Town Council El Salvador 26,668.00 MUNICIPAL
    Institutional strengthening through improved water access in San Miguelito (Nicaragua), 2nd phase Sant Boi de Llobregat Town Council Nicaragua 32,699.08 MUNICIPAL
    Expansion of Vocational Training School in Carice (Haiti) Santa Coloma de Cervelló Town Council Haití 4,400.00 MUNICIPAL
    Construction of two hand pumps to supply drinking water for the tribal prefecture or chieftaincy of Bakou (Cameroon) Viladecans Town Council Cameroon 11,000.00 MUNICIPAL
  • Development education
    Education project
    Development education projects
    Convinced that joint working between government organisations and NGODs leads to more efficient results in development education, the AMB has supported 12 initiatives put forward by local authorities and metropolitan NGODs, while promoting collaboration between public (government) and private (NGOD) leaders.

    Development education activities have, in line with the management objectives set in the Cooperation master plan, been channelled through two calls for grants (2012-13 and 2014), resulting in nine projects set up between municipal councils and NGODs and a total contribution of €300,000. Cooperation agreements have also been signed with municipal councils and other organisations to drive forward three projects in support of Human Rights, raising the profile of female leadership and training for municipal technicians in Latin America, with a total contribution of €72,997.

    In an environment in which development cooperation has been put into doubts due to certain international results and the economic crisis, the AMB's calls for subsidies have been structured around the dual approach of continuing to raise awareness among the public about international inequality and injustice at the same time as creating a support tool for metropolitan municipalities that contributes to giving account activities carried out and results obtained through this public policy.

    The AMB has also continued to support the projects selected and evaluated by the "AMB 0,7 i +" staff group, with a total contribution of €49,101. In accordance with the AMB's collective agreements, the institution doubles the amount of any contribution made by staff. This initiative represents effort in managing and monitoring development cooperation projects and, for the AMB, also involves a Development Education initiative that contributes to raising awareness in favour of cooperation.

    Development Education project (DEp) - direct or coordinated initiative LED BY WHERE RUN AMB CONTRIBUTION (€) PROCEDURE
    Inter(national) transformative solidarity between and for women - especially the feminisation of poverty and economic citizenship of women, in municipal councils and with them Cooperacció Town councils of Sant Boi de Llobregat and Santa Coloma de Gramenet 19,813 Call for applications DEp 2012-2013
    10th Awareness-Raising Conferences 'Construïm Bio-Civilització' IMAGO Town councils of Sant Cugat del Vallès and Sant Quirze del Vallès 32,000 Call for applications DEp 2012-2013
    Promoting awareness and education about development among youth Fundació Solidaritat UB Town councils of Cornellà de Llobregat, Montcada i Reixac, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Sant Feliu de Llobregat and Santa Coloma de Gramenet 31,948 Call for applications DEp 2012-2013
    The human right to water and sanitation Enginyeria Sense Fronteres El Prat de Llobregat Town Council 32,000 Call for applications DEp 2012-2013
    20 years of twinning, 20 years of cooperation in Sant Boi Sant Boi de Llobregat Town Council Sant Boi de Llobregat Town Council 32,000 Call for applications DEp 2014
    Mainstreaming the right to food among schools in Sant Boi de Llobregat Desos, Opció Solidària Sant Boi de Llobregat Town Council 31,590.00 Call for applications DEp 2014
    CONREA: What it is and what Viladecans development cooperation is doing in Senegal Fundació Solidaritat UB Ajuntament Viladecans Town Council 31,848.00 Call for applications DEp 2014
    Conferences - "Protected areas, biodiversity and communities: learning from the experiences of conservation in Africa" CEA (Centre for African Studies) Sant Just Desvern Town Council 28,010.00 Call for applications DEp 2014
    Les veus de l'aigua (The voices of water) Aigua per al Sahel Santa Coloma de Gramenet Town Council 9,000.00 Call for applications DEp 2014
    Ciutats Defensores dels Drets Humans (City Defenders of Human Rights) Sant Boi de Llobregat City Council Town councils of Sant Boi de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, El Prat de Llobregat, Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Castelldefels, Viladecans, Gavà, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barberà del Vallès and Lliçà de Vall 19,997.30 Collaboration agreement
    Amèrica és Femení (America is Female) Casa Amèrica Barcelona 33,000.00 Collaboration agreement
    Training workshop on metropolitan areas for municipal technical officers  CIDEU Barcelona 30,000.00 Collaboration agreement
    7 projects selected and evaluated by the 'AMB 0,7 i +' staff group Entrepobles, Intermon-Oxfam
    Setem Catalunya
    Pau i Solidaritat
    Fundació Món-3
    Casa Haití
    Nicaragua, Ecuador, Morocco, Honduras, Mauritania, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti 49,101.22 Agreement between AMB management and works council
  • Humanitarian and emergency relief
    Up until 2013, under the former Master plan 2007-10, the contribution made for humanitarian and emergency relief continued at the proposal of FCCD (Catalan Fund for Development Cooperation). We participated in two campaigns in 2011 and made a total contribution of €65,000.

    Since 2013, under the Cooperation master plan 2013-16, and in line with the guidance contained in the new cooperation model regarding improving the effectiveness of this public policy, the AMB has prioritised its resources on projects where it is able to add value through its specialisms ahead of running emergency campaigns where other more capable players operate.

    However, as set out in the current master plan, in some priority activity areas such as West Africa, we have been unable to coordinate projects in the AMB's areas of competence due to local authorities having been forced to focus all their efforts on resolving the health crisis caused by Ebola. The Metropolitan Council for Development Cooperation therefore, in line with the commitment arising under the Metropolitan action plan 2011-15, unanimously agreed to provide the financial support proposed by the FCCD to try to alleviate the effects of the Ebola health crisis in Sierra Leone, for an amount of €27,000.

    Project 2386. Response to the effects of the humanitarian crisis in Horn of Africa countries. FCCD (Catalan Fund for Development Cooperation) Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti 35,000.00 2011
    Emergency Campaign 2409. Aimed at alleviating the effects of the emergency in Central America due to Tropical Storm 12. FCCD (Catalan Fund for Development Cooperation) El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala 30,000.00 2011
    Project 2732. Support to St John of God Catholic Hospital Mabesseneh-Lunsar (Sierra Leone) to deal with the outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever virus. FCCD (Catalan Fund for Development Cooperation) Sierra Leone 27,000.00 2014
  • Direct development cooperation projects
    urban renewal work
    Urban renewal in four neighbourhoods in Managua
    Direct cooperation projects implemented during the term were focused on the following strategic objectives:
    • Help to improve the management and processing of waste.
    • Promote the right to water, universal access and improving comprehensive management of the water cycle.
    • Contribute to urban mobility planning.
    • Support for improving institutional and management skills within metropolitan regions by supporting and strengthening metropolitan government organisations to encourage cross-municipality working and shared services management.
    These all share the goal of creating favourable conditions for sustainable human development.

    These activities, executed in accordance with annual work plans with weekly monitoring, in addition to budgetary contributions made by the AMB, have been possible thanks to the incorporation of metropolitan technicians from different fields who have applied their knowledge and experience to the projects, ensuring two-way knowledge transfer.

    Ressourcerie (recycling artisan workshop) Managua mayor's office Managua, Nicaragua 108,750.00 2011-2013
    Monitoring and consolidation of companies and infrastructure created under the RESSOC project (2014) Council of mayors of San Salvador COAMSS-OPAMSS Metropolitan Area of San Salvador, El Salvador 150,000.00 2014
    Monitoring and consolidation of companies and infrastructure created under the RESSOC project (2015) Council of mayors of San Salvador COAMSS-OPAMSS Metropolitan Area of San Salvador, El Salvador 42,666.00 2015
    Monitoring and consolidation of companies and infrastructure created under the RESSOC project (2014) Managua mayor's office Managua, Nicaragua 90,278.56 2014
    Monitoring and consolidation of companies and infrastructure created under the RESSOC project (2015) Managua mayor's office Managua, Nicaragua 42,000.00 2015
    Shared Waters: urban management for the comprehensive organisation of water resources (2014) Mancomunidad Trinacional Fronteriza Río Lempa Central American Trifinio region, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador 160,000.00 2014
    Shared Waters: urban management for the comprehensive organisation of water resources (2015) Mancomunidad Trinacional Fronteriza Río Lempa Central American Trifinio region, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador 42,565.60 2015
    Technical and logistical support for a donation of 26 buses to Gambia Gambia's Transport Department Urban conurbation of Banjul 6,000.00 2014-2015
    KTC (Knowledge Transfer Centres) Consolidation - Medcités Barcelona Town Council/Medcités Sfax (Tunisia) and Al Fahaa (Lebanon) 40,000.00 2014-2015
  • Management of co-financed funds
    The positive experience from the RESSOC project of the URBAL-III programme, recognised by both funder and partners, has enabled the AMB's strategy to be defined in terms of co-financing by the EU as a useful tool for running metropolitan cooperation projects. Beyond achieving the objectives set, the project has contributed to the selection of stable and established partners within the priority regions and to the definition of a working procedure for identifying and selecting new partners and developing joint projects.

    Thus, during the period 2011-15, and with the support of the International Relations team, the RESILAB project was put forward for the European Commission's call for applications "Investing in Citizens: Education, Knowledge and Skills. Employment and Social Cohesion", which, despite scoring well, in the end was not selected.

    For its part, the AMB project "Trinational River Lempa Basin: Integrated Governance and Adapting to Climate Change" has been shortlisted as part of the call for applications "WATERCLIMA-LAC: Regional programme for the management of basins and coastal areas in the context of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean". This project has a budget of €3,060,905 and was made possible by previous work and the strategic alliance with partner Mancomunidad Trinacional Fronteriza Río Lempa, with which the AMB has a collaboration agreement to provide support for the shared management of water in the tripoint region of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

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    RESSOC project: waste ecomanagement
    RESSOC website
  • Bus programme
    Bus donation with solidarity criteria
    As part of a framework collaboration agreement signed in 2009, the AMB and TMB (Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona) have worked together in support of their respective programmes for donating material goods, which mainly involves vehicles that are taken out of service and are in a good working condition and state or repair, in line with their age and use.

    During this term, in coordination with the TMB's technical structure and the AMB's mobility department, a protocol has been defined for evaluating applications received. It should be stressed that special attention has been paid to the documentation that applicant organisations and institutions need to submit in order to ensure both the technical and economic viability of the service to be provided as well as the ongoing maintenance of vehicles in the recipient country.

    Due to its size and complexity, we highlight the 26 buses donated by TMB for a school transport project that will connect the Gambian city of Banjul with five locations in the metropolitan area, promoted by Gambia's Departments of Transport and Education. An innovative aspect of this project is the technical exchange that has taken place the phase prior to the buses being passed over. First, a technical visit was made to Banjul to assess the status of infrastructure and the level of technical skills for vehicle maintenance. Then the Gambian technicians visited Barcelona to receive relevant training. The AMB is also committed to making a financial contribution of €6,000 for buying parts, accessories and spares that may be needed and for monthly monitoring of the implementation of the project during the first year.

    Applicant organisation Donor Recipient location Number and type of vehicle(s Purpose Status/Date received
    Fundació La Pau Solidària
    Garawoll (Gambia) 1 standard bus School and community transport August 2012
    Fundació Akwaba TMB Bouaké (Ivory Coast) 1 standard bus Roving bus with library and learn-to-read service 20/04/2012
    Itran, Asociación de Amigos del Pueblo Marroquí TMB Sahel Commune
    (Larache province, Morocco)
    1 standard bus School transportation, training, sports, cultural and social activities of interest to the community 08/11/2011
    UNIACC, Units en l'Acció TMB Yaoundé (Cameroon) 1 minibus School transport for training and cultural activities 14/09/2012
    Montcada i Reixac Town Council TMB Tetouan (Morocco) 1 bus School transport for disabled pupils 01/12/2011
    Montcada i Reixac Town Council TMB Town councils of Panchimalco and Tapalhuaca (El Salvador) 2 standard buses School transport and other activities of interest to the community 30/12/2011
    Managua City Council TMB Managua (Nicaragua) 1 minibus Running activities under the RESSOC project "Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental Management of Urban Waste" 01/10/2011
    San Salvador City Council TMB San Salvador (El Salvador) 2 standard buses Transportation of students from the Professional Training Centre and plan to promote market visits December 2011
    Ayutuxtepeque Town Council L'Hospitalet de Llobregat City Council and funeral services Ayutuxtepeque (El Salvador) 1 funeral van Provision of funeral services to the municipality 29/11/2011
    Assotiation Hanan pour la protection des enfants handicapés (via Montcada i Reixac Town Council) TMB Tetouan, Morocco 1 standard bus School transport for disabled children 17/01/2013
    CECADE (Centre for Training and Promotion of Democracy) via Montcada i Reixac TMB El Salvador 1 standard bus Re-fitting the bus as a mobile information centre for youth social programmes 13/02/2013
    Huizúcar municipal council (via Montcada i Reixac Town Council) TMB Huizúcar Municipal Council (El Salvador) 2 standard buses School transportation, training, sports, cultural and social activities of community interest 08/02/2013
    Cuba's National Centre of Art Schools OLIVERAS, S.L. (4) ROSANBUS, S.L. (4) Different Cuban provincial capitals 8 standard buses School transportation, training and cultural activities for pupils of the Art Schools 19/07/2013
    Departments of Transport and Education of the Republic of Gambia TMB Banjul (Gambia) 26 standard buses School transportation Receipt planned for end of December 2014
    Salesians of Don Bosco of Yaoundé (via the NGOD Units en Acció) TMB The cities of Yaoundé and Ebolowa (Cameroon) 2 minibuses School transportation Approved, pending vehicle availability
    Secretary of State for Youth and Sport of the Sahrawi State (via the NGOD Conductors Solidaris de Catalunya) TMB Sahrawi refugee camps Campaments in Tinduf (Algeria) 4 standard buses Establishment of routes for collective transportation between the camps Pending technical approval and signing of the agreement
    Villa La Angostura municipal council (10/06/2014) TMB Villa La Angostura (Argentina) 1 minibus Transportation for disabled people Approved, pending vehicle availability
    Ait Haddou Cultural and Development Association (24/07/2014) TMB Ait ben Haddou Rural Community (Zagora, Morocco) 1 minibus School transportation Approved, pending vehicle availability
    Chefchaouen Town Council (20/10/2014)) AMB Chefchaouen Town Council (Morocco) 4 standard buses Establishing a network of urban transportation lines Agreement signed on 24/03/2014. Pending shipment procedures
  • Assessment of Development Cooperation 2011-15
    The Master Plan 2013-16 has set the roadmap for cooperation that is aligned and coordinated with Catalan cooperation priorities and players, from the metropolitan perspective. It has promoted municipalism, supported coordination between metropolitan players, and taken part in international-level network working.

    During this term, the AMB's cooperation initiatives have been aligned with international recommendations and good practices on improving the efficiency and quality of development cooperation, and progress has been made in terms of results-oriented management. Since 2013, this has therefore enabled an annual assessment to be produced of the initiatives, for use as a tool for assessing and reflecting, and enabling the following year's plan of action to be drawn up. This improved methodology has been very positive in achieving strategic objectives relating both to cooperation and to management.

    It is worth mentioning that beyond the objectives outlined in the Master Plan, the management of development cooperation has yielded positive results for the AMB and metropolitan local authorities that were not expected and that represent an intangible return on our cooperation efforts. Specifically, local proposals have been drawn up based on the experience gained from direct cooperation - these include: Barcelona City Council's recyclers cooperative project; support for giving account of municipal cooperation policy; access to information for tenders in the area of water cycle management in Latin America; and identifying and incorporating new members into international networks where AMB has a special involvement, such as Metropolis.

    Lastly, we wish to emphasise that the Master Plan that has been produced covers more than the term in one year. This decision approved by the Metropolitan Council ensures that the daily management of cooperation activities has an agreed reference framework, while in parallel beginning the participatory process to draw up the new Master Plan, thus avoiding the deadlock that occurred over the Master Plans for 2007-10 and 2013-16.
  • Main activities in the area of development cooperation for 2011-15
    • Approving the AMB's Development Cooperation Master Plan 2013-16.
    • Planning and prioritising metropolitan cooperation efforts towards the AMB's areas of competence.
    • Putting exercises into operation to evaluate this public policy as well as planning for results, through programming exercises aligned with the objectives of the Master Plan and linked to the budgetary year.
    • Working with metropolitan councils on coordinated implementation of projects.
    • Guaranteeing the AMB's participation in networks, roundtables and national and international coordination groups: CGLU, Local-MED, regular presence in different FCCD (Catalan Fund for Development Cooperation) working groups, participation in the new master plan and in different working groups of the Priority Country Morocco Strategy, ACCD (Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation), etc.
    • Regularly coordinating with other administrations and key development cooperation players in Catalonia, and regulated in some aspects through collaboration agreements or arrangements for information sharing (ACCD Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation, FCCD Catalan Fund for Development Cooperation, Barcelona Provincial Council, Barcelona City Council, etc.
    • Establishing regular and flexible channels of communication with the AMB's departments and agencies as well as stable and constant coordination with the International Relations team that has enabled the transfer of knowledge with partners and the formulation of proposals for EU funding.
    • Successfully completing (with EU recognition) the RESSOC project of URBAL-III programme and contributing in the drawing up of two projects for two different calls for application made by the EU.