The NALAS Secretariat and GTZ met in Eschborn, Germany on 10 October 2007 to discuss the recently approved projects and agree on implementation arrangements. In the first round of approvals, it was agreed that GTZ will fund the projects “Urban Integration of Informal Settlements” of the Urban Planning Task Force, “Pilot Cost Estimation of Municipal Services” and “Improvement of local property tax administration” of the Fiscal Decentralization Task Force and the NALAS Knowledge Centre. The cooperation with GTZ is expected to grow over the next years and will include NALAS, its Member Associations and pilot cities and municipalities. The GTZ is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis. GTZ website