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The District Management Programme [German: Quartiersmanagement (QM)] has been set up in many European cities in order to provide direct and unbureaucratic service to deprived areas and bridge between local concerns and official planning strategies. In Berlin alone, district management has been set up in 17 city districts, funded through the programme City districts with special development needs the social city.
minimum of 3-5 years, dependent on funding situation (in Berlin funds are available until 2006)
In Germany the programme is run by the Ministries for Urban Development of the Länder (Ministerien für Stadtentwicklung der Länder), in Berlin it is run by the Senate.
regular staff 3-5 per area, in addition to extra staff funded by temporary employment schemes
1. fixed budgets for the 17 local offices in Berlin (personnel/ offices/ equipment: 150.000 EUR/annum/office)
2. additional programme related funds:
- basic fund (action fund): 15,000 EUR/ annum
- exceptional extra funding (district fund) for 2001/2002: 500,000 EUR
- additional match funding can be acquired which amounted to 18m EUR in 2000 in the city of Berlin (without employment schemes)
The QM areas are defined by the respective Country authority (in Germany: Länderrregierung). In Berlin, the definition is based on regularly updated statistical research in the areas of unemployment, income, social benefits, education and health conducted by the Berlin Senate in collaboration with the Technical University of Berlin (since 1997). The available funding has been dedicated to 17 areas in the city, two if which (Boxhagener Platz and Wrangelkiez) flank the area of the Urban Catalyst research project.
QM is part of a strategic approach towards the systematic development of self-sustained and lasting personnel and material structures within a city district, utilising specific and already available resources in the area, while being part of a larger strategic framework for the entire city. The QM is based on the activation and the enabling (empowerment) of the resident population of the area, aided by the local economy, locally based institutions (schools, kindergardens, religious institutions, police etc) as well as by local initiatives, pressure groups and societies. The areas of action include local economy, family structures, youth, green areas, culture, neighbourhood etc.
After an open tendering process, private firms are commissioned to set up QM offices in the local areas and implement a catalogue of measures. Applying firms often form consortia and joint ventures with other firms in order to meet the broad spectrum of required services with professional expertise. Sometimes, QM offices are directly set up by public municipal bodies, who, in any case, remain closely involved in the setting up and running of QM programmes. Specific QM measures have to be approved by the district authorities (Bezirksverwaltungen,BA) and the district assembly (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung,BVV ).
- Mohajeri, Sharooz
Berlin, Seantsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung
- Grimm, Gaby, Wolfgang Hinte und Rolf-Peter Löhr: Netzwerkknoten Quartiermanagement. Unveröffentlichtes Papier für das Netzwerk "Kommunen der Zukunft", Essen/Berlin 2000.
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