Evaluating the First Year of U.S.-Germany City Exchange Program for HUD Grantees
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) recently released a Report looking at the first year of the Dialogues for Change (D4C) initiative, an innovative, international peer-to-peer exchange network that engages city leaders in substantive and meaningful dialogue to find common solutions to shared community development challenges.
Launched in 2012, D4C is part of a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between HUD and the German Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Development. The MOU, administered by PD&R’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI), authorizes collaboration around sustainable urban development, highlighting the shared interests of the U.S. Livability Principles and the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities. Under the MOU, the nonprofit organization GMF was selected to develop and coordinate the D4C initiative.
D4C is an illustrative example of how international comparative exchange opportunities can enhance the capacity of local community development professionals, including HUD grantees, to address common challenges by finding common solutions and move the needle forward on critical urban issues.
Geraldine Gardner is the Director of the Urban and Regional Policy program. Alissa Atkins is a program coordinator of the Urban and Regional Policy program