Mayoral Panel 2: City networks and cooperation: how to replicate and scale success stories in local responses
Mutual support between cities and local development actors who experience different forms of migration and displacement is beneficial in managing responses effectively. One of the most important steps of furthering such mutual support is exchange of experience and learning from each other.
This panel focuses on success stories of the municipalities which have managed to establish functioning communication and cooperation networks at the city level. The panel also deals with how these networks can be replicated, scaled up and expanded to other migration and development contexts in a way that ensures more innovative, effective and inclusive local response.
This panel is structured around the following questions: How can increased dialogue between municipalities and regions generate innovative, effective and inclusive development solutions? How can municipalities and other local actors more effectively partner with civil society organizations to ensure service delivery? How can we enlarge existing network to include cities and local authorities that are less proactive in responding to refugee and migrant needs? What support can international actors and organizations provide to ensure that municipalities are able to exchange, replicate and scale up local successes?
Dalia Rosa Delgado Burbano is a Sociologist and Social Management Specialist with master’s in educational and Social Development. With experience in the field of development planning, project formulation, public policies, politics and governance, socioeconomic inclusion of migrant population, she has experience and 15 years of work in International Cooperation. She is recently Territorial Coordinator of UNDP in the Northeast area that includes the departments of Norte de Santander, Santander and Arauca.
Mayor of the City of Sombor, Serbia
Ms. Dušanka Golubović was born in Sombor, where she finished elementary school and Gymnasium. She graduated from the Faculty of Law from the University of Belgrade in 2005. After two years of internship in the law office, since 2007, she has been employed in the City Administration of the City of Sombor. She worked in the City Administration as an expert associate in the area of social and health care, Head of the Department for General Affairs in Public Services and Financial Support to the Families with Children, Assistant Mayor and Head of the Department for Social Activities. She was appointed Chief of the City Administration in 2015 and performed these duties until her election for the Mayor of the City of Sombor. She was elected as Mayor on the constitutive session of the Assembly of the City of Sombor on June 8, 2016. In the period from 2016 to the end of 2017, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED). She was elected President of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) with a two-year mandate in December 2017. Ms. Golubović still performs the duties of Vice-President for the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe.She speaks English and German. Ms. Golubović is married and a mother of two children, Dunja and Luka.
Mayor of Sultanbeyli, İstanbul, Turkey
Hüseyin Keskin was born in 1972 in Erzincan. He completed his college education in Theology and his master’s in management. Mr. Keskin started his political career in Welfare Party’s neighborhood organization and continued with AK Party as Founding Member of Board in Sultanbeyli Branch in 2002. Mr. Keskin who performed the duties of Head of Public Relations, Head of Organization and Head of Political and Legal Affairs. In the Congress which was held in March 4, 2006, he was elected as Head of AK Party Sultanbeyli Branch. Mr. Keskin who kept this post until the next congress was elected as the Mayor of Sultanbeyli for the 2009-2014 period. In 2009, Mr. Keskin was re-nominated by the AK Party for the Mayorship and re-elected as the Mayor of Sultanbeyli. He is married and father of four children.
Founder & Director, SAWA for Development and Aid
Dr. Rouba Mhaissen is a Syrian-Lebanese economist, community mobiliser, and development practitioner who works on development issues particularly forced migration and the Syrian refugee crisis. She is an activist, public speaker and is engaged in workshops trainings and facilitating. Mhaissen received her BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut, her MSc in International Development from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil/PhD in Gender and Economic Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She holds two degrees in Exponential technologies from Singularity University (Silicon Valley). She has taught at SOAS, University of London and at the American University of Beirut. She is the Founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid (a Civil Society Organisation that supports Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and the internally displaced in Syria, focusing on protection, education, capacity building, skills and advocacy; and Sawa Foundation UK (founded in 2016), that supports forced migrants in Europe and the Middle East. Mhaissen is the recipient of numerous awards relating to her work; of which Queen Elizabeth Award (2011), the FCO Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping (2016), The Agha Khan Pluralism Honorable Mention (2017), The AUB Most Distinguished Alumni Award (2017), the Forbes 30Under30 list for Policy and Law (2017), the Vital Voices Global leadership Award for Human Rights (2019), and the Rafto Award for Human Rights (2019)
Journalist and TRT World News Anchor
Maria is a journalist and news anchor at TRT World in Istanbul. She also presents the channel’s flagship news programme ‘News Hour with Maria Ramos’. Her recent work includes hosting the Turkish local, Presidential and Parliamentary elections, becoming the first person to use Augmented Reality at TRT World. Maria has spent most her career in the Middle East, Africa and Europe reporting for the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Le Monde and Bahrain TV. Fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, she also speaks Arabic and is learning Turkish. In the business world, she worked as an advisor to the CEO of Formula E and founded her own international media consultancy for European blue chip companies. Maria graduated from King’s College London.