18. septembrī noslēdzās Urban Institute un Vides un reģionālās attīstības ministrijas kopīgi veidotās Latvijas kopienu un pašvaldību apmācību programmas aktīvā daļa.

Latvijas aktīvākās kopienas un tālredzīgākās pašvaldības nedaudz vairāk kā gadu, divās atsevišķās programmās ir strādājušas pie jauniem sadarbības modeļiem dažādos mērogos. GRAND FINALE jeb programmas noslēgums pirmo reizi atsevišķo programmu darbības laikā apskatīja kopējos izaicinājumus, kas pa spēkam vienīgi apvienojot abu grupu centienus.

Ar savu pieredzi dalījās ne vien Latvijas kopienu pārstāvji un vietējo pašvaldību eksperti, bet arī tuvāko kaimiņu valstu pilsēt-aktīvisti no Igaunijas un Lietuvas, kā arī projekta partneri no Norvēģijas. Pasākums tika noslēgts ar laikmetīgās mākslas festivāla Survival K(n)it 7 ietvaros īpaši šim notikumam par godu tapušu mākslas intervenci.

Galvenie programmas autora secinājumi (angliski)

The “Community Development Training Program”

Results and findings

  • Working with reality.
  • Intercultural dimension – bigger variety of ethnics, age groups, gender.
  • Demonstrating and empowering the strength from inside. More focus on the assets and gaining a bigger portion of self-esteem, making it easier to accept “The Stranger”. Closing gaps of misunderstanding, opening societies towards an inclusive approach.
  • Focus on strong bonds between public institutions and civic actors!
  • Even more experience exchange – ‘twinning model’.
  • Stronger support and supervision by coaches/trainers at location.
  • Strengthening the community network in Latvia and cross-border to the Baltic States, Russia and Belorussia.
  • Community support teams.
  • Investing in communities without efficient reason - meaning, we don’t need productive results, objects and economic figures, we need to invest in the sheer fact of the community as such. Top-Down as Bottom-Up, both side have to be stimulated to invest time and efforts in building their community. State is asked not only with financial programs but also with showcasing the need to talk with your neighbor, an initiative as: “Your neighbor matters”.
  • Security in territorial identity - Not continuously changing administrative structures. Invest in state stability and trust!
  • Detailed administrative and communicative/collaboration education of municipal workers.

The “Inter-Municipal Cooperation Seminar Cycle”

Results and findings

  • Networks: Facebook group: “Specialitsu Platforma”
    The Facebook group expresses the needs of municipal managers to exchange their experiences and challenges on a daily basis. The working group established the idea of establishing an independent municipal network group offering the opportunity for its members to meet regularly and frequently in order to supervise each other and to invite experts, presenting new methodologies and planning instruments.
  • Communication: All actively participating municipalities expressed their clear interest to continue the working process. Participants were clearly stating that the seminar cycle pushed their motivation and led to immediately better working conditions and most of all improved their working and communication skills.
  • Collaborations: Ropaži getting international: Demonstrating Latvian and international best practice in planning and cooperation, knowledge and experience exchange networks, like a new international cooperation between Ropazi and Kamen, Germany. The municipality of Ropaži will start a cooperation project with a German municipality in beginning of November in order to exchange best practice and experiences within the the thematic of working with refugees and asylum seekers. As a first working step a Latvian municipal manager is meeting municipal representatives in Germany and visits two different refugee camps. Its planned to deepen the contact and identify ways to actively cooperate in international projects and establish an advanced European cross-municipal working approach.
  • Discussion - Administration reform
    Security in territorial identity - Not continuously changing administrative structures. Invest in state stability and trust. The planned administration reform might make sense, especially for a developed and furthermore skilled local planning system. But decision makers have to guarantee a sustaining system in order to achieve results on the long run!
  • Detailed administrative and communicative/collaboration education of municipal workers.


During the final seminar two working groups were discussing the outcomes of the program and identified their further interests.

The ComDev working group was moderated by Guna Garokalna-Bihela and Guntars Ruskuls, the IMC seminar by Inguna Tomsone, Helēna Gūtmane and Jonas Büchel. Below the minutes of the two workshops:

The Community development working group concluded:

  • Creativity is probably the most essential finding of the training program. The ability to view things from different perspectives, to open horizons and support a variety of humans within the social environment of communities. As one example was mentioned the Vadakste community building action: The local community activists arranged to color an abandoned shop that is set immediately at the gate of the community, hence widely visible and disturbing. The shop has now created an added value on local identity.
  • No competition but more team spirit and nation-wide networking. Raise knowledge through the communication and action with the network and expand the existing network of training communities. Build out a community development support and supervision group.
  • Take action and not only develop your ideas, but realize more pro-active citizen near and community based projects.
  • Motivation for community members. Each single inhabitant may carry a hidden asset or specific capacity. Communities are in need of more of those active members and inhabitants and social groups have to be stimulated to engage more actively.
  • The communities express their fears that the upcoming territorial administration reform may weaken their often already marginalized position even more. The reform in itself isn’t the problem, but the incoherent structures, just newly developed during last years are in danger to be resettled and reshaped from new, hence the process will once again break existing networks and cooperations with authorities.

The Inter-municipal cooperation working group concluded:

  • One of the main findings of the seminar cycle and especially the OECD Manchester meeting was, that beyond the content of the conference in Manchester, the feeling of a collective, resp. team spirit among the Latvian municipal representatives was essential and gave a further added value to the work at locality.
  • Constant capacity building for municipal experts and specialists is urgently needed. But, how to attract and convince politicians to support the municipal experts strategies? As much as the communication and collaboration among specialists is necessary, also the political decision makers have to be included in this awareness building process. Are indeed specialists too technocratic and are politicians aiming to seldom to include specialists in the decision making process?
  • All in all the decision making processes and the prior analyzes are demanding the inclusion of many more stakeholders, internal (admin) and external (citizens) experts.
  • A stable network of municipal specialists has the ability to reach beyond the upcoming territorial administration reform. In fact, the network may support the process with its cross-sectoral and inter-municipal approach and offers twinning instruments, exchange of expertise and experience during the re-shaping of territorial frames.
  • A complex integrative matrix is needed to shape the opportunities of possible IMCs throughout the country, thus expertise and knowledge has to be accumulated. Research and awareness is urgently to be fostered.
  • Addressing all parties: Elaborate legal, economical and also non-formal instruments to finally start a pro-active and broad use of IMC ideas and practice.


  Kopienu apmācību programma un Starp-pašvaldību sadarbības darba grupas – Norise un to novērtējums /Jonas Büchel/ .Saglabāt
  Starp-pašvaldību sadarbības ceļa karte un vadlīnijas veiksmīgai IMC projektu ieviešanai Latvijā / Atskats uz OECD tikšanos Mančestrā /Ingūna Tomsone/ .Saglabāt
  Bibliotēkas iedzīvināšana - kopienas un pašvaldības veiksmīgas sadarbības piemērs no Grimstades, Norvēģijā /Rolf Solvik-Nilssen/ .Saglabāt
  Latvijas kopienu un pašvaldību kopīgi centieni labākai nākotnei /Phil Wood/  

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Pasākumā uzstājās

Philip Wood

Philip Wood

Lecturer, Urban therapist

Rolf Solvik-Nilssen

Rolf Solvik-Nilssen

Grimstad Min By / Grimstade, Norvēģija

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Jonas Büchel

UI CEO & Co Founder



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