Offering local people the opportunity to take decisions about their own neighbourhoods can help transform deprived city areas into more agreeable places to live. In Germany, Berlin’s Neighbourhood Management programme has proved that this approach works, by sharing responsibility for local development with Neighbourhood Councils. This innovative project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, helps people to build partnerships and revitalise their urban environment. It is enabling Berlin to become a ‘socially integrative city’.
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||Mr Philipp Mühlberg, Project coordinator (DE): Neighbourhood Management prevents poverty from being accompanied by social impoverishment. The newly created spirit of solidarity helps to remove a neighbourhood and its inhabitants from social marginalisation.
||Eniss Bejaoui, Member f the Neighbourhood Council (DE): The Neighbourhood Councils decide on projects organised on the housing estate that bring people together and improve their co-existence.
The Neighbourhood Councils’ role is to make it easier for people on this housing estate to live together, to improve their co-existence and to enable them get to know each other better. This is one element. Advertisements appear, to which people who wish to assist with this can respond. Then there is a selection process, a short list and ultimately the best person for the job is chosen.
For us as a representative body for immigrants it's very important to be able to participate in all areas of social life by voicing our opinion.
This is what integration means to us: participating in the overall development of society and being respected.
||Ahmet Taner, Engeneer Economist (DE): First, let me welcome you to Berlin’s Alevi community. Here we are at a Cemevi , the Alevis’ place of worship. My name is Ahmed Taner. I’m the head of the community here. I'm an industrial engineer and am married with two children.
My name is Ahmed Taner. I'm an industrial engineer and am married with two children. It’s like this. We have worked together with Social City in Berlin since 2006. Collaboration with the Neighbourhood Management and Social City has made the community more open and it has become aware that it is part of the wider community in Berlin.
The last project we organised together with Social City here in our community’s centre was the neighbourhood meeting point. The neighbourhood meeting point has further increased the community’s effectiveness. More people now come here to meet and interact in a pleasant, social environment.
There are a number of aspects to society: learning, education and culture. To us this means that we can express our opinions regarding these and contribute to their overall development.
||2. Neighbourhood Management Berlin, Illustrations
||Social art project "Voliére" (9 shots)
||Project “Baerwaldbad” (4 shots)
||Project coordinator office (5 shots)
||Project team (6 shots)
||Ahmet Taner walking (2 shots)
||Playground-kindergarten "Kita Anezolia (1 shot)
||Lunch by “Neighbors for neighbors” (16 shots)
||Project “Sieben auf einen streich” (20 shots)
||Children meeting place "Laundry » (10 shots)
||Children meeting place "Laundry »-fathers group (9 shots)
||Ahmet Taner walking (13 shots)
||Ahmet Taners’office (7 shots)
||Project: Bicycle repair shop on the first floor of the youth club “Schlupfwinkel” (11 shots)
||Ahmet Taner walking (3 shots)
||Ahmet Taner at work (14 shots)