What is unique about ALDA?
Most of ALDA's work is based on the method of multilateral decentralized cooperation. This method involves a multi-stakeholder approach which focuses on strong partnerships between Local Authorities and non-governmental organisations. These partnerships create positive synergy and ensure that common goals are reached in a successful way.
What we do?
In the framework of promoting good governance and citizen participation at the local level ALDA focuses on various themes, such as European integration, decentralisation, civic initiatives and volunteering, human rights and sustainable economic development.
ALDA conducts its activities through different forms of action:
- Coordinating and supporting the 14 Local Democracy Agencies and 3 Operational Partners in their activities.
- Conducting its own projects in the field of good governance and citizen participation at the local level.
- Supporting other local stakeholders’ initiatives - like Local Authorities - by providing expertise gained through ALDA’s knowledge and experience in the regions where ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies are working.
Where we work?
ALDA works in most of Europe and the European Neighbourhood countries. Activities in the European Union focus in particular on the promotion of Active European Citizenship. Activities in the Western Balkans and European Neighbourhood focus on good governance, citizen participation, European integration and decentralisation.
Most of the Local Democracy Agencies are located in the Western Balkans, which gives a natural focus on that area. But ALDA is also becoming more and more active in the European neighbourhood. In the Eastern Partnership countries, Local Democracy Agencies have been established in Kutaisi (Georgia), in Gyumri (Armenia), in Dnipro (Ukraine), and in Cimișlia (Moldova). The first LDA in the Mediterranean Area was established in 2017 in Kairouan (Tunisia), as well as the LDA Mariupol in Ukraine. ALDA is working towards the establishment of a further LDA in Morocco, leading several other projects and developing partnerships in other countries like Belarus, Algeria and Turkey, in addition to Morocco.