A future for Sachsendorf

Invited by the liberal “Friedrich Naumann Foundation”, a delegation of Jordanian local politicians, activists and experts explored the German system of „kommunale Selbstverwaltung“ (local self-governance). After visiting different institutions, the last part of their programme was a simulation game.The purpose was to apply the lessons learned and to get a personal experience of local politics and administration.

Their task: To overcome the difficult situation of the village “Sachsendorf” close to Leipzig, which has overaged population and a lack of economic activity – resulting in a difficult financial situation of the municipality. Divided into 3 different local parties, they tried to develop their visions and strategies for the future. Afterwards the council of the municipality defined a common strategy and took first steps of implementation. (PR-strategy, application for Regional Funds of the EU, adaption of land use planning).

polyspektiv has developed this simulation specifically for this delegation. It was based on the political system in the free state of Saxony and focused on problems the Jordanian participants were familiar with also from their home country.