Get the management on board
The key factor to successful international cooperation is to get the management on board. They have to be motivated to see the development benefits. International cooperation can be a strategic way to reach political set targets, for the benefits of the citizens. Thereby the management needs to find a way to stimulate and encourage their coworkers to request and take active part in international cooperation.
Be strategic and visual
Another key factor to success when it comes to international cooperation is to make the international work correspond with the municipality’s strategic goals. This gives meaning to the actions, creates commitment and sustains and increases the motivation to continue. This can create structural changes which secures durability.
The benefits and effects of the international collaborations should always be thoroughly communicated within the municipal departments and to the public.