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OUR MISSIOn

ACT NOW is an international programme run by The Innovation in Politics Institute,  which supports local politicians in tackling the current challenges they face, such as migration flows, the climate crisis, and increasing social division resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme serves as the Institute’s competence centre for social cohesion, citizen engagement and youth empowerment, and focuses on the local level.

Within the scope of the ACT NOW programme we have established an international network of mayors, experts from civil society, and young people from Europe, the Middle East, Turkey and Northern Africa, who share their knowledge and experience in an effort to improve wellbeing for all.

What We Do

OUR APPROACH

ACT NOW EMPLOYS A PROVEN METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH WHICH COMBINES THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:

International Research

The Innovation in Politics Institute team researches ongoing best practice in cities and municipalities and presents the know-how and experiences identified in the projects it studies. ACT NOW uses this research to develop best practice prototypes designed to be easily implementable in other municipalities and cities.

Close to the Needs

From this pool of projects, mayors in the ACT NOW network select the ones which they identify as most promising and that they would like to implement in a form tailored to the specific needs of their city or municipality.

Aiding Implementation

The team supports mayors in the planning, adaptation, and implementation of these projects and introduces local actors who have already successfully implemented such projects as a source of knowledge.

Reproduction in other Communities

Successfully running projects are again presented to a large number of mayors and further application is supported by ACT NOW.

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ACT NOW Projects

Mayors’ Conference

Unique exchange platform for local leaders, civil society, experts and young people from the MENAT region.

Mayors’
Network

Supporting local leaders in promoting peaceful, cohesive and prosperous communities.

Youth
NETWORK

Empowering young change-makers by giving them a voice and the skills to take action.

Local Change
Lab

Bringing together local stakeholders with experts from our international pool of best practices.

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