Thematic Local Partnerships is a methodology developed by SKL International and used in projects in various countries.
This is an approach which seeks to build partnerships between municipalities in developing, transition or EU-integration countries on the one hand, and Swedish local authorities on the other. Each partnership network works with a specific theme and formulate clear results that are to be achieved through the project formulated by the partnership.
Local Government Associations -in this case UMT and SALAR- play a key role, particularly regarding the integration of other actors, dissemination of experiences and identification of potential issues for policy dialogue and lobbying.
While working with their projects, the partners shall also integrate some horizontal themes. In the case of TUSELOG, these horizontal themes are:
– Gender Equality
– Transparency and accountability
– Sustainable development
– Efficient service delivery
TUSELOG Municipal Partnership Networks
– Municipal Management:
The municipalities of Şişli, Manisa, Tarsus and Çorum (Turkey) and Huddinge (Sweden) focus on “Quality and Efficiency of Municipal Services” through determining and applying standardised and comparable indicators, measuring quality and efficiency, related to mutual municipal services.
– Gender Equality:
The municipalities of Ordu, Giresun and Osmangazi (Turkey) and Kalmar (Sweden) focus on gender equality through a project called “Turkish Swedish Gender Equality Network” to improve the awareness and capacity among municipal staff and politicians on how to deliver gender equal services at the local level.
– Ecologically Sustainable Urban Development:
The municipalities of Gaziantep, Nilüfer, Muğla and Antakya (Turkey) and Karlstad (Sweden) focus on “Ecologically Sustainable Urban Development” through conceptualizing and modelling a high level of sustainability in an urban development or regeneration area towards an eco-city concept.
– Waste Management:
The municipalities of Burdur, Erzincan, Karaman and Malatya (Turkey) and Linköping (Sweden) focus Waste Management through a project called “Increasing Awareness about Source Separation of Biodegradables and Recyclables”, to improve municipal capacity to provide services in the area of sustainable waste management regarding biodegradables and recyclables in order to develop market conditions for sustainable business activity regarding these waste streams.
The municipalities of Bornova, Karşıyaka, Zeytinburnu and Büyükçekmece (Turkey) and Umeå (Sweden) focus on Energy issues through a project called “Energy Efficiency Measures and Public Awareness Methods”, to improve municipal capacity to provide service in the area of energy efficiency, CO₂reduction and renewable energy (e.g. through public awareness).