Making the scene for the upcoming LDA in Odessa, Ukraine
Nino Khukhua and Lusine Aleksandryan, respectively delegates of LDA Georgia and LDA Armenia, achieved the support of Odessa’s local authorities for the second LDA that will be opened in Ukraine.
International conference "Strategy for Proactive Participation and Empowerment of Civil Society" was organised in Odessa on 16-18 September, by the Romanian NGDO Platform as a part of the follow-up activities for the 8th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum. The event gathered 30 representatives from civil society organisations from Romania, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine to discuss the ways of achieving irreversible democratic changes in their countries, such as cooperation and cross initiatives. The main aim was to share the experience of strengthening civil society participation and its influence in decision-making process on national and regional level within the Black Sea Region. After the 4 thematic discussions a roadmap for further cooperation and civil society empowerment in the region was presented and will be elaborated by the coordinators as a guideline for share experience from various countries
Alongside with the conference, the delegates of LDA Georgia and LDA Armenia, together with Mr. Andrew Kroupnik, Chairman of the Association for Community Self-Organization Assistance which is member of ALDA, held a meeting with Odessa City Deputy Mayor Mr. Pavel Vulgelman, Director of Department of International Relations and other policymakers. After effective discussions, the Deputy Mayor confirmed that Odessa City will be contributing to the opening of the second Local Democracy Agency in Ukraine, and asked for the plan of further steps and cooperation principles. The fruitful discussion proved once again that activities run by LDAs would benefit the city and the country, building a bridge between local authorities, civil society organisations and citizens. Furthermore, at the initiative of Association for Community Self-Organization Assistance was organised another discussion future projects and joint initiatives with Odessa and among EAP countries.
ALDA is looking forward to the joint cooperation!