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WTD - WORKING TOGETHER FOR DEVELOPMENT


WTD - WORKING TOGETHER FOR DEVELOPMENT


 http://www.wtd-alda.eu

A new challenge for Local Authorities Associations and Civil Society Networks.

Lead applicant: ALDA

Partners

  • RAM - Regional Association of Municipalities “Central Stara Planina” - BG
  • UBBSLA - Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities - BG
  • CIDEM – Civisme et Démocratie - FR
  • FISPMED - International Federation for Sustainable Development and Fight Against Poverty in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea area - IT
  • TECLA Associazione per la cooperazione transregionale, locale e europea - IT
  • LALRG - Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments - LV
  • Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania - LT
  • LCA - Local Councils’ Association - MT
  • CEECN - Central Eastern and European Citizens Network - SK
  • UTC - The Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia - SK

Associates

  • Albanian Association of Municipalities - AL
  • Communities Association of Armenia - AM
  • Croatian Institute for Local Government - HR
  • NALAG - National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia - GE
  • New Israel Fund – Shatil - IL
  • Association of Kosovo Municipalities - KS
  • ZELS - Association of the Units of Local Self-government of the Republic of Macedonia - MK
  • BCSDN - Balkan Civil Society Development Network - MK
  • The Citizens’ Pact for South Eastern Europe - SRB
  • YÖNDER - Association of Local Government Managers - TR
  • Union of Municipalities of Marmara – TR

THE PROJECT

WTD - Working Together for Development is a multi-annual development project designed by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) in cooperation with 21 international partners and associates coming from 16 different countries of the enlarged Europe. The project lasts 30 months and involves both Associations of Local Authorities and NGO networks, and aims at improving their capacities to act as development agents in and outside Europe, in partnership with European and national institutions.

WTD is based on ALDA’s long term vision of development and the method of multilateral decentralised cooperation. The project uses a multi-stakeholder approach and focuses on creating strong partnerships between Local Authorities and NGOs. Local Authorities and NGOs have extensive knowledge of their local communities, and their joint activities and cooperation play an important role in the field of development.

Objectives

Local Authorities and Non State Actors play a relevant role - fully recognised as a fundamental principle - in the framework of the EC development policies, complementary to the roles of national governments and the Community.

It is of the utmost importance to support these actors, in order to ensure their ownership of the development strategies and to favor their full involvement in the policy making process, enhancing their capacities to act as development agents in and outside Europe.

In particular, it is fundamental to foster the role of LAs and NSAs as promoters of democracy, social justice and human rights, promoting and favoring a structured dialogue within and among all types of LAs and NSAs and between them and the European Institutions, in accordance with the principles of the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action on aid effectiveness.

A greater involvement of these actors in development aspects, both at the local and at the European level, strengthening their voice in the development process, will favor the construction of a more prosperous, equitable and stable societies in the whole world.

A significant specific role in this framework is assigned to local authorities associations and civil society networks. Their core characteristic of multi-actor bodies, as well as their capacity to reach a wide number of different stakeholders and to make LAs and civil society organizations working together in a concerted manner, contribute to their more efficient action in the field of development at all levels.

This project targets local authorities associations and civil society networks in 7 different Member States. It aims at fostering the role of local authorities associations and civil society networks in the field of development, enhancing their capacities to act as development agents in and outside Europe, partnering with the European Institutions in the implementation of the EC development policies.

Through strengthening the role of NSA and LA associations in the field of development, the present proposal also aims at:

  • strengthening their capacity to build trans-national alliances and to disseminate best practices;
  • increasing the number of multi-actor partnerships and consolidating exchanges between different types of LAs and NSAs networks, within their organisations and with Community institutions;
  • strengthening the capacity of Las and NSAs platforms in the new Member States (5 new Member States are involved in the present actions) in order to make them play an active role in their countries and at the EU level, including ensuring smooth integration of EU development policies;
  • providing to LAs and NSAs networks new capacities to act as "multipliers" agents in the field of development, especially through fostering the involvement of their members at the local, regional and national level.

     

Activities

Preparation Phase

A preparation phase lasting two months is foreseen at the beginning of the project.

This phase mainly aims at:

  • defining a common visibility and communication strategy
  • defining project activities in details (e.g. locations and venues of the events, detailed programmes and agendas, etc.)
  • elaborating the set of indicators for monitoring and evaluation activities

The preparation phase will employ ICT tools to favor an efficient communication and cooperation among partners.

 

Steering Committee Meetings

The coordination of the programme will be followed by a steering committee.

The steering committee will have the responsibilities to manage the whole process and will be the way through which the co-decision and the cooperation among partners in the different steps of the project will be granted.

The steering committee will be composed of 14 members, including the staff of the leading and coordinating organization.

Launching Seminar

The launching seminar is one of the milestones of the present proposal. Considering the wide coverage and "dimension" of the project (involving 11 partners in 7 different EU Member States), the initial seminar represent the best "tool" to present the aims of the project, as well as its activities and expected results, to a large number of European stakeholders.

The launching seminar will be promoted, organized and implemented by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, in strict cooperation with all the project partners and with other relevant NSAs and LAs.

The seminar is manly addressed to LAs and NSAs; representatives of each partner and associate will participate in the seminar. European Institutions' representatives will also be invited to attend the launching event. Expected number of participants: 80/100.

 

Thematic Workshops

The European Commission encourages the most wide-ranging participation of all segments of society to ensure ownership of the development strategies and, in this perspective, the role of LAs and NSAs is recognised as a fundamental principle. In order to achieve this objective, it is fundamental to improve LAs and NSAs understanding, skills and capacities to play a relevant role in the field of development. The thematic workshops aim at providing to a large number of European stakeholders the opportunity to acquire new knowledge, as well as to profit of the exchange, on four specific and vivid topics in the field of development.

Trainings “Understanding of Opportunities for Decentralised Cooperation"

This training proposal aims at providing to European local authorities associations and civil society networks new knowledge and capacities to play an important role as decentralised cooperation agents, promoting also their capacity for dialogue to make their members more effective participants in the development issues.

In particular, the trainings aim at strengthening the institutional capacities of such agents and their capacity for action and at developing human and technical resources.

Study Visit in Brussels

One of the objectives of the present proposal is to increase the number of multi-actor partnerships and to consolidate exchanges between different types of Non-State Actors and Local Authorities networks, within their organization and also with Community Institutions. In order to achieve this important objective, the present proposal includes a 3-days study visit in Brussels. Considering the latest guidelines in terms of development cooperation, which highlight the need to encourage a greater involvement of local councils and non-governmental organizations, a direct interaction between Community Institutions, NSA and LA represent a necessary step towards this direction.

Study Visit in Brussels

One of the objectives of the present proposal is to increase the number of multi-actor partnerships and to consolidate exchanges between different types of Non-State Actors and Local Authorities networks, within their organization and also with Community Institutions. In order to achieve this important objective, the present proposal includes a 3-days study visit in Brussels. Considering the latest guidelines in terms of development cooperation, which highlight the need to encourage a greater involvement of local councils and non-governmental organizations, a direct interaction between Community Institutions, NSA and LA represent a necessary step towards this direction.

The main objectives of the study visit are the following:

  • to promote the knowledge of the European Institutions working in the field of development
  • to promote a direct interaction between participants and representatives of the European Institutions dealing with development issues
  • to foster cooperation among EU Institutions, LAs and NSAs
  • to favor he exchange and promote partnership with other relevant Brussels-based Institutions active in the field of development.

Publication

The publication represents an important outcome of the project and will be the main "tool" through which the promotion of the project, the dissemination of its results and the respective follow-up are favored and granted The publication, realised at the European level by all the partners and with the direct involvement of the most relevant stakeholders, will mainly aim at:

  • increasing the visibility of the action;
  • raising awareness about the role of LAs and NSAs networks in the field of development:;
  • disseminating information about EU development policies;
  • promoting the method of "decentralized cooperation" as a tool to foster the role of LAs and NSAs in the field of development;
  • presenting experiences and best practices.

     

Website: http://www.wtd-alda.eu

The present proposal will consider the web as an important tool to promote the project and to disseminate its results.

The Web site of the project, probably hosted in the domain of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, will serve both as an internal and external communication "tool" and as a mean to collect feedbacks from the different stakeholders involved in the project.

Final publication and all the other outcomes of the projects will be published in the website (multiplying its effects).

Evaluation seminar

At the end of the project, an evaluation meeting between all the partners is foreseen.

Download the leaflet of the project here


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