CONCORD recommendations on floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 26 May 2014 the CONCORD Enlargement, Pre-accession and Neighbourhood (EPAN) Working Group and TRIALOG, in cooperation with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network, held an update meeting in Brussels on the current situation in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants to the meeting discussed immediate support needed in the affected regions as well as potential support for long-term (psycho-)social support, reconstruction, rehabilitation and socio-economic development and identified some key recommendations to decision makers at local, national and European levels to better anticipate the needs of people affected by the floods. The overarching recommendation is to focus on the most vulnerable people such as children, women, Roma and the elderly, support cooperation between the authorities and civil society and the reform of civil protection services.

The CONCORD EPAN group, which is chaired by the Secretary General of ALDA Antonella Valmorbida and maintains strategic alliances with partners in the Balkans, suggests that the European Commission should consider refocusing remaining IPA CSF Multi-beneficiary and IPA CBC programmes in the cross-border area Croatia-BiH-Serbia for the period 2007-2013 to re-granting schemes supporting various concrete sustainable planning and reconstruction, rehabilitation, development initiatives and monitoring of transparency and accountability of these efforts by CSOs in BiH and Serbia.

CONCORD is committed to the recommendation developped (.pdf), and would like to underline the importance of ensuring full transparency and accountability while delivering assistance to the people hit by the floods. We believe that the EU and its Member State should provide more and long-term financial support.

Read the recommendations developped (.pdf)

On 26 May 2014 the CONCORD Enlargement, Pre-accession and Neighbourhood (EPAN) Working Group and TRIALOG, in cooperation with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network, held an update meeting in Brussels on the current situation in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants to the meeting discussed immediate support needed in the affected regions as well as potential support for long-term (psycho-)social support, reconstruction, rehabilitation and socio-economic development and identified some key recommendations to decision makers at local, national and European levels to better anticipate the needs of people affected by the floods. The overarching recommendation is to focus on the most vulnerable people such as children, women, Roma and the elderly, support cooperation between the authorities and civil society and the reform of civil protection services.

The CONCORD EPAN group, which is chaired by the Secretary General of ALDA Antonella Valmorbida and maintains strategic alliances with partners in the Balkans, suggests that the European Commission should consider refocusing remaining IPA CSF Multi-beneficiary and IPA CBC programmes in the cross-border area Croatia-BiH-Serbia for the period 2007-2013 to re-granting schemes supporting various concrete sustainable planning and reconstruction, rehabilitation, development initiatives and monitoring of transparency and accountability of these efforts by CSOs in BiH and Serbia.

CONCORD is committed to the recommendation developped (.pdf), and would like to underline the importance of ensuring full transparency and accountability while delivering assistance to the people hit by the floods. We believe that the EU and its Member State should provide more and long-term financial support.

Read the recommendations developped (.pdf)


Project CITIZENS - ALDA at the final meeting in Ljubljana

Irene Zanetti, ALDA Communication Officer, and Marco Boaria, Resources and Development Coordinator, attended last week in Ljubljana the final meeting of the project CITIZENS, supported by the European Commission through the programme Grundtvig.

The event represented the conclusion of a 1-year process which included meeting in Vicenza, Kracow, Lisbon and Lubiana during which the numerorus partners, coming from 8 different countries, exchanged their views, ideas, opinion and strategies on how to promote effective citizen participation in the management of “public spaces” at the local level.

The meeting offered the opportunity to visit interesting and innovative services, “shaped” thanks to the diect participation of citizens in their development and governance such as: family centres, youth centre, urban garden. youth hostel, etc. The meetings were particularly successful thanks to the multipying potentiality of the different services, which could be taken as model to export in the other partners’ countries. The partners, including the Studio Centro Veneto, a Vicenza-based organization partner of ALDA, are now thinking about the follow-up action, to continue to support the principle of “putting citizens at the heart” of the communities.

Irene Zanetti, ALDA Communication Officer, and Marco Boaria, Resources and Development Coordinator, attended last week in Ljubljana the final meeting of the project CITIZENS, supported by the European Commisison through the programme Grundtvig.

The event represented the conclusion of a 1-year process which included meeting in Vicenza, Kracow, Lisbon and Lubiana during which the numerorus partners, coming from 8 different countries, exchanged their views, ideas, opinion and strategies on how to promote effective citizen participation in the management of “public spaces” at the local level.

The meeting offered the opportunity to visit interesting and innovative services, “shaped” thanks to the diect participation of citizens in their development and governance such as: family centres, youth centre, urban garden. youth hostel, etc. The meetings were particularly successful thanks to the multipying potentiality of the different services, which could be taken as model to export in the other partners’ countries. The partners, including the Studio Centro Veneto, a Vicenza-based organization partner of ALDA, are now thinking about the follow-up action, to continue to support the principle of “putting citizens at the heart” of the communities.


ALDA at the Annual Congress of the Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia

On 13 June, Irene Zanetti from ALDA participated in the annual meeting of UTCS in Bratislava. The Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia is an active partner for ALDA, with its participation in the project WTD, as well as in many other activities.

During the meeting, hosted in the Mirror Hall of the Municipality of Bratislava, the Communication Officer of ALDA gave a speech highlighting the common values shared by ALDA and UTCS and all the work done together. The President of UTCS and Mayor of Bratislava, Mr Milan Ftáčnik, was offered the book published by the association on citizen participation in the European Union and its Neighborhood, which he warmly welcomed as open governance and citizen participation are key issues for local governance and development.

UTCS is also a partner in LADDER, project proposed as a follow-up of WTD and awaiting response. The path of fruitful collaboration between UTCS and ALDA is therefore continuing, under the expertise of its Secretary General Mr Marian Minarovic and Expert Ms Natalia Shovkoplias.

On 13 June, Irene Zanetti from ALDA participated in the annual meeting of UTCS in Bratislava. The Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia is an active partner for ALDA, with its participation in the project WTD, as well as in many other activities.

During the meeting, hosted in the Mirror Hall of the Municipality of Bratislava, the Communication Officer of ALDA gave a speech highlighting the common values shared by ALDA and UTCS and all the work done together. The President of UTCS and Mayor of Bratislava, Mr Milan Ftáčnik, was offered the book published by the association on citizen participation in the European Union and its Neighborhood, which he warmly welcomed as open governance and citizen participation are key issues for local governance and development.

UTCS is also a partner in LADDER, project proposed as a follow-up of WTD and awaiting response. The path of fruitful collaboration between UTCS and ALDA is therefore continuing, under the expertise of its Secretary General Mr Marian Minarovic and Expert Ms Natalia Shovkoplias.


Development cooperation in Lithuania: Challenges and the Way Ahead

On 11 June, Irene Zanetti, Communication Officer of ALDA, took part in the conference “10 Years in The European Union: Lithuanian Development Cooperation Progress, Challenges and Prospects“ held in Vilnius, Lithuania, and organised by LITDEA.

LITDEA is the Lithuanian development education and cooperation network (association) of non-governmental institutions. Aim of the event was to review the development of Lithuania‘s development cooperation over decade and discuss what kind of development cooperation policy does Lithuania need our days.

Irene Zanetti presented ALDA’s experiences and best practices as a panellist during the workshop focused on ‘Involvement of private and public sector in development cooperation’. The workshop aimed to overlook the current situation of private and public sector involvement in development cooperation activities in Lithuanian and Europe in general, to share good experience of the partership of these different sectors, to introduce with partnership possibilities and methods, to indicate obstacles and off course to promote partnerships.

The project Working Together for Development was presented, as a best practice and major example of the fruitful cooperation between local authorities and civil society organisation for local development.

On 11 June, Irene Zanetti, Communication Officer of ALDA, took part in the conference “10 Years in The European Union: Lithuanian Development Cooperation Progress, Challenges and Prospects“ held in Vilnius, Lithuania, and organised by LITDEA.

LITDEA is the Lithuanian development education and cooperation network (association) of non-governmental institutions. Aim of the event was to review the development of Lithuania‘s development cooperation over decade and discuss what kind of development cooperation policy does Lithuania need our days.

Irene Zanetti presented ALDA’s experiences and best practices as a panellist during the workshop focused on ‘Involvement of private and public sector in development cooperation’. The workshop aimed to overlook the current situation of private and public sector involvement in development cooperation activities in Lithuanian and Europe in general, to share good experience of the partership of these different sectors, to introduce with partnership possibilities and methods, to indicate obstacles and off course to promote partnerships.

The project Working Together for Development was presented, as a best practice and major example of the fruitful cooperation between local authorities and civil society organisation for local development.


Trainings on Freedom of Expression and Privacy on the Internet

A Training of Macedonian and French Trainers on the topics of Freedom of Expression and Privacy on the Internet is taking place in Caen, France (from 17 to 19 June 2014).

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The Freedom of Expression and Privacy on the Internet is a very popular and somewhat controversial subject of today’s culture and the need for discussions and debates on an intercultural higher level is indisputable.

The goal of this training is to share knowledge and experiences on various aspects of protection of human rights online. The participants are a network composed of human rights experts, digital rights activists, and secondary and primary school teachers from Macedonia and France. The objective of this training is that the trained teachers will then work on expanding the network within their respective countries, training more of their colleagues and organizing public education events reaching out to the students and the general public.

The Freedom of Expression and Privacy on the Internet is most important for the youth that is why the curriculum of this training will focus on examining various pedagogical approaches on an international level in order to bring these topics closer to the students in Macedonia and France.

The training is part of the project “The Youth have rights on the Internet” supported by the Decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA.

It is co-organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation from Skopje and the International Human Rights Institute for Peace from Caen.

A Training of Macedonian and French Trainers on the topics of Freedom of Expression and Privacy on the Internet is taking place in Caen, France (from 17 to 19 June 2014).

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The Freedom of Expression and Privacy on the Internet is a very popular and somewhat controversial subject of today’s culture and the need for discussions and debates on an intercultural higher level is indisputable.

The goal of this training is to share knowledge and experiences on various aspects of protection of human rights online. The participants are a network composed of human rights experts, digital rights activists, and secondary and primary school teachers from Macedonia and France. The objective of this training is that the trained teachers will then work on expanding the network within their respective countries, training more of their colleagues and organizing public education events reaching out to the students and the general public.

The Freedom of Expression and Privacy on the Internet is most important for the youth that is why the curriculum of this training will focus on examining various pedagogical approaches on an international level in order to bring these topics closer to the students in Macedonia and France.

The training is part of the project “The Youth have rights on the Internet” supported by the Decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA.

It is co-organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation from Skopje and the International Human Rights Institute for Peace from Caen.


French film festival in Skopje

The French film festival is an annual event that brings the much awaited French cinematography to the Macedonian theaters.

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This is the seventh consecutive year that the Macedonian public has the opportunity to witness some of the most popular contemporary French films. This year, in the framework of its decentralized cooperation with Macedonia, the Region Lower Normandy continues to support this important cultural event.

This year the tradition of presenting documentaries and related workshops continues. In addition to the main program, following the notion of remembrance and reconciliation, the Macedonian public will also enjoy the films dedicated to the Commemoration of the First and the Second World War. The main focus is on the documentary “À la lumière de l’aube” (In the light of dawn) which describes the operation “Overlord”, the legendary D-Day that played out on the beaches of Lower Normandy during the Second World War.

During the press conference for the French film festival the importance of this event was noted by the French Ambassador in Macedonia, Mrs. Laurence Auer. Furthermore, the Minister of Culture of Macedonia Mrs. Elizabeta Kamcheska Milevska pointed out that it is a very valuable asset for the relations between France and Macedonia and it opens up new opportunities for cooperation between cinematographers from both countries.

The French film festival is organized by the French Institute of Skopje in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia and with the support of the Region Lower Normandy. This region cooperates with Macedonia since 2006 in the framework of the Programme for decentralised cooperation between these two territories. The Programme is coordinated by ALDA. For further information please visit the official website of the cooperation.

The French film festival is an annual event that brings the much awaited French cinematography to the Macedonian theaters.

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This is the seventh consecutive year that the Macedonian public has the opportunity to witness some of the most popular contemporary French films. This year, in the framework of its decentralized cooperation with Macedonia, the Region Lower Normandy continues to support this important cultural event.

This year the tradition of presenting documentaries and related workshops continues. In addition to the main program, following the notion of remembrance and reconciliation, the Macedonian public will also enjoy the films dedicated to the Commemoration of the First and the Second World War. The main focus is on the documentary “À la lumière de l’aube” (In the light of dawn) which describes the operation “Overlord”, the legendary D-Day that played out on the beaches of Lower Normandy during the Second World War.

During the press conference for the French film festival the importance of this event was noted by the French Ambassador in Macedonia, Mrs. Laurence Auer. Furthermore, the Minister of Culture of Macedonia Mrs. Elizabeta Kamcheska Milevska pointed out that it is a very valuable asset for the relations between France and Macedonia and it opens up new opportunities for cooperation between cinematographers from both countries.

The French film festival is organized by the French Institute of Skopje in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia and with the support of the Region Lower Normandy. This region cooperates with Macedonia since 2006 in the framework of the Programme for decentralised cooperation between these two territories. The Programme is coordinated by ALDA. For further information please visit the official website of the cooperation.


Europe, Balkans and Remembrance through audiovisual arts

During this month of June, photographers and cinematographers from Lower Normandy are coming to Macedonia to work on one of the subjects-key for this period: the remembrance of the First World War.

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To get inspiration, the artists will be visiting commemorative sites of the First World War that was raging fiercely on the Balkans. A special consideration will be given to the French cemetery in Bitola where more than 6 200 French soldiers are buried.

Furthermore, three documentaries from the artists will be shown as part of the program of the French film festival in Macedonia.

In November it will be the occasion for Macedonian cinematographers and photographers to work on the audiovisual remembrance in France. The group that will then consist of Macedonian and French artists, will follow the traces of the First World War in Lower Normandy. They will document the marks that are still palpable, even after 100 years. These intercultural artistic exchanges from two different points of view around the Centenary that join all of us, will result in mutual exhibitions in several cities in Lower Normandy, as well as Macedonia.

These activities are part of the project “Reconciliation and vision for the mutual future of the Balkans and Europe. Europe here – Europe there (1914-2014)” supported by the Decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA.  This project has the objective to reunite young people around the topic of Europe 1914 from the perspective of Europe 2014 through artistic expression. This interesting idea is being carried out by the University of Audiovisual Arts ESRA – Skopje with partners from the same field in Lower Normandy.

The Decentralized Cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia is coordinated by ALDA. For more information please visit the official website.

During this month of June, photographers and cinematographers from Lower Normandy are coming to Macedonia to work on one of the subjects-key for this period: the remembrance of the First World War.

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To get inspiration, the artists will be visiting commemorative sites of the First World War that was raging fiercely on the Balkans. A special consideration will be given to the French cemetery in Bitola where more than 6 200 French soldiers are buried.

Furthermore, three documentaries from the artists will be shown as part of the program of the French film festival in Macedonia.

In November it will be the occasion for Macedonian cinematographers and photographers to work on the audiovisual remembrance in France. The group that will then consist of Macedonian and French artists, will follow the traces of the First World War in Lower Normandy. They will document the marks that are still palpable, even after 100 years. These intercultural artistic exchanges from two different points of view around the Centenary that join all of us, will result in mutual exhibitions in several cities in Lower Normandy, as well as Macedonia.

These activities are part of the project “Reconciliation and vision for the mutual future of the Balkans and Europe. Europe here – Europe there (1914-2014)” supported by the Decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA.  This project has the objective to reunite young people around the topic of Europe 1914 from the perspective of Europe 2014 through artistic expression. This interesting idea is being carried out by the University of Audiovisual Arts ESRA – Skopje with partners from the same field in Lower Normandy.

The Decentralized Cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia is coordinated by ALDA. For more information please visit the official website.


Tavola Rotonda “Cittadinanze plurime: Civica, Multiculturale, Sovranazionale”

PRO.DO.C.S. – Associazione Progetto Domani, Cultura e Solidarietà, ONG socio Focsiv, organizzatrice della Tavola Rotonda, approfondisce da più di 30 anni il tema della cittadinanza che alla luce degli attuali cambiamenti nei flussi migratori dovrebbe essere affrontato da un punto di vista ‘plurale’ declinato, per la sua attribuzione, nelle sue diverse accezioni: Civica, Multiculturale, Sovranazionale.

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L’incontro si terrà giovedì 19 giugno 2014, dalle ore 10.30 alle ore 13.00, presso la Sala della Mercede, Camera dei Deputati, Via della Mercede 55, Roma.

Relatori d’eccellenza arricchiranno il dibattito sul tema della cittadinanza, introdotto dall’on. Edoardo Patriarca, componente della Commissione Affari Sociali della Camera e presidente del Centro Nazionale per il Volontariato CNV. Interverrano infatti l’on. Cécile Kyenge, eurodeputata, la prof.ssa Anna Maria Donnarumma, rappresentante legale PRO.DO.C.S., il prof. Fabio Baggio, preside di Scalabrini International Migration Institute, presso Università Urbaniana Roma, il prof. Pier Virgilio Dastoli, presidente del Consiglio italiano del Movimento Europeo CiME.

Nutriti gli interventi programmati: Giovanni Puglisi, presidente della Commissione Nazionale Italiana per l’UNESCO, Simona Moscarelli, consigliere legale Ufficio di Roma dello IOM, Stefania Dall’Oglio, segretario generale del CIDU del Ministero degli Affari Esteri, un delegato dell’UNAR, Gianfranco Cattai, presidente FOCSIV, Silvia Stilli, portavoce AOI, Francesco Petrelli, portavoce Concord Italia, René Manenti, direttore CSER, Barbara Terenzi, coordinatrice CDU. Modererà il dibattito Nino Santomartino, consigliere Focsiv e componente dell’esecutivo AOI.

L’evento è promosso con il patrocinio delle reti a cui aderisce il PRO.DO.C.S., la Focsiv, l’AOI e il Forum Terzo Settore Lazio e di numerose istituzioni e organismi: Rappresentanza della Commissione Europea In Italia, la Commissione Nazionale Italiana Per L’UNESCO, International Organization For Migration, European Network Against Racism, Coordinamento Europeo per il Diritto degli Stranieri a vivere in Famiglia, Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali, Comitato per la Promozione e Protezione dei Diritti Umani, CiME, Roma Capitale.

Consultate anche il volantino dell’evento e il programma dettagliato.

Per info relative alla partecipazione all’evento, contattare l’indirizzo email prodocs@prodocs.org

PRO.DO.C.S. – Associazione Progetto Domani, Cultura e Solidarietà, ONG socio Focsiv, organizzatrice della Tavola Rotonda, approfondisce da più di 30 anni il tema della cittadinanza che alla luce degli attuali cambiamenti nei flussi migratori dovrebbe essere affrontato da un punto di vista ‘plurale’ declinato, per la sua attribuzione, nelle sue diverse accezioni: Civica, Multiculturale, Sovranazionale.

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L’incontro si terrà giovedì 19 giugno 2014, dalle ore 10.30 alle ore 13.00, presso la Sala della Mercede, Camera dei Deputati, Via della Mercede 55, Roma.

Relatori d’eccellenza arricchiranno il dibattito sul tema della cittadinanza, introdotto dall’on. Edoardo Patriarca, componente della Commissione Affari Sociali della Camera e presidente del Centro Nazionale per il Volontariato CNV. Interverrano infatti l’on. Cécile Kyenge, eurodeputata, la prof.ssa Anna Maria Donnarumma, rappresentante legale PRO.DO.C.S., il prof. Fabio Baggio, preside di Scalabrini International Migration Institute, presso Università Urbaniana Roma, il prof. Pier Virgilio Dastoli, presidente del Consiglio italiano del Movimento Europeo CiME.

Nutriti gli interventi programmati: Giovanni Puglisi, presidente della Commissione Nazionale Italiana per l’UNESCO, Simona Moscarelli, consigliere legale Ufficio di Roma dello IOM, Stefania Dall’Oglio, segretario generale del CIDU del Ministero degli Affari Esteri, un delegato dell’UNAR, Gianfranco Cattai, presidente FOCSIV, Silvia Stilli, portavoce AOI, Francesco Petrelli, portavoce Concord Italia, René Manenti, direttore CSER, Barbara Terenzi, coordinatrice CDU. Modererà il dibattito Nino Santomartino, consigliere Focsiv e componente dell’esecutivo AOI.

L’evento è promosso con il patrocinio delle reti a cui aderisce il PRO.DO.C.S., la Focsiv, l’AOI e il Forum Terzo Settore Lazio e di numerose istituzioni e organismi: Rappresentanza della Commissione Europea In Italia, la Commissione Nazionale Italiana Per L’UNESCO, International Organization For Migration, European Network Against Racism, Coordinamento Europeo per il Diritto degli Stranieri a vivere in Famiglia, Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali, Comitato per la Promozione e Protezione dei Diritti Umani, CiME, Roma Capitale.

Consultate anche il volantino dell’evento e il programma dettagliato.

Per info relative alla partecipazione all’evento, contattare l’indirizzo email prodocs@prodocs.org


Project DECIDE – from exchange to implementation of best practices

The mid-term international seminar of the project DECIDE has successfully been completed on 13 June 2014.

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A three day event brought together representatives of the 25 partners from 15 countries as well as local participants to exchange and discuss about tested measures promoting citizen participation at local and regional level across wider Europe.

More than 30 successful initiatives were analysed within clusters such as youth participation and civic education, environment and public spaces, participation of elderly people, support of civil society associations and citizens’ projects, public resources, e-participation and cross-cutting tools. Split into working groups, participants identified the quality elements of the initiatives and discussed about their impact.

As concrete steps for the launching of the second phase of the project at the local level, two key sessions were held on the second day. Firstly, based on the exchanges and debates of the previous day, each national delegation identified one-two measures to implement in their own territory so as to increase the rates of citizen participation. An action plan on how to put the measures into place was then drafted and shared among the partners.

The afternoon’s session was dedicated to the testing stage in order to share common indicators for evaluating the success of the implemented measures. The delegations reunited around common measures and agreed on an assessment process based on two steps: evaluating the perception of participation in public life on a given topic before and after the implementation and the running of the measure adopted.

In order to reach a further involvement of local participants, the partners organised an exhibition event aimed at giving visibility to all successful projects promoting citizen participation. It reunited international and local representatives of local authorities and civil society associations and was a unique opportunity to network and exchange on funding opportunities for future initiatives. As many of the projects showcased were adopted within the Europe for Citizens programme, the event was also an occasion to promote the programme and enquire about potential partnership under the new programming period 2014-2020.

The three day event was completed by the in-field visit to the Museum of Nesebar, whose construction was a good practice of participatory process in the planning of public spaces. It was also an opportunity to have an insight of the historical path that led the city centre of Nesebar being recognised as a UNESCO heritage site.

The mid-term international seminar of the project DECIDE has successfully been completed on 13 June 2014.

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A three day event brought together representatives of the 25 partners from 15 countries as well as local participants to exchange and discuss about tested measures promoting citizen participation at local and regional level across wider Europe.

More than 30 successful initiatives were analysed within clusters such as youth participation and civic education, environment and public spaces, participation of elderly people, support of civil society associations and citizens’ projects, public resources, e-participation and cross-cutting tools. Split into working groups, participants identified the quality elements of the initiatives and discussed about their impact.

As concrete steps for the launching of the second phase of the project at the local level, two key sessions were held on the second day. Firstly, based on the exchanges and debates of the previous day, each national delegation identified one-two measures to implement in their own territory so as to increase the rates of citizen participation. An action plan on how to put the measures into place was then drafted and shared among the partners.

The afternoon’s session was dedicated to the testing stage in order to share common indicators for evaluating the success of the implemented measures. The delegations reunited around common measures and agreed on an assessment process based on two steps: evaluating the perception of participation in public life on a given topic before and after the implementation and the running of the measure adopted.

In order to reach a further involvement of local participants, the partners organised an exhibition event aimed at giving visibility to all successful projects promoting citizen participation. It reunited international and local representatives of local authorities and civil society associations and was a unique opportunity to network and exchange on funding opportunities for future initiatives. As many of the projects showcased were adopted within the Europe for Citizens programme, the event was also an occasion to promote the programme and enquire about potential partnership under the new programming period 2014-2020.

The three day event was completed by the in-field visit to the Museum of Nesebar, whose construction was a good practice of participatory process in the planning of public spaces. It was also an opportunity to have an insight of the historical path that led the city centre of Nesebar being recognised as a UNESCO heritage site.


Scholarship Gianfranco Martini 2014 attributed to Sratan DUMITRU, from Szent Istvan University

On the 27th May 2014, The selection Committee attributed the scholarship Gianfranco Martini 2014 to Mr. Sratan DUMITRU, from Szent Istvan University. The title of his thesis is “Building Social Capital in Developing Countries on the basis of integrated community planning and cooperation”.

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The main issues that will be considered in the thesis take into the consideration the challenges of building social capital in developing countries (on the practical research that will be taken in the most developed regions in Republic of Moldova), as well as the importance of participation, civic engagement and social capital of creating community-­‐based development projects.

The thesis is based on the research of practical guides on the topic of integrated regional and local strategic planning, such as “Guide on strategic planning for socio-­‐economic development incorporating GE and HRBA” developed in the frame of Joint Integrated Local Development Programme that is a joint programme of UNDP and UN Women with the Government of Moldova funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The purpose of this Guide is to outline a step by step approach to local development through participatory strategic planning using a human rights and gender equality based approach, for mayors and councilors, to help them to develop plans for the social, economic and environmental development of their area.

The sample or the target group proposed for the research are public authorities and international or local funding organizations from Republic of Moldova involved in development projects. Simultaneously, the field research and observation of people behaviors will be used for the thesis. And the most important is that the author of the thesis already managed and still are involved in few integrated socio-­‐economic strategic planning projects in Republic of Moldova. As a project manager, the author elaborated all possible working scenarios, processes and procedures for running the project. As well as, the author already started to analyze the behavior and the most suitable tools that could have positive impact on the ongoing projects and further on sustainable development.

The author will use qualitative analysis that represent a method for examining social research data without converting them to numerical format. The author also will use cross-­case analysis to stress on the examination of more than one problem of social capital and regional/local development. Also, it will be used variable oriented analysis, which means that the analysis will be focused on interrelation among different variables that characterize the described situations. Finally, For understanding the situation and model the practical frameworks, the author will use causal analyses, using a tool such problem and causal tree.

Read the full project research of Mr. Sratan DUMITRU.

On the 27th May 2014, The selection Committee attributed the scholarship Gianfranco Martini 2014 to Mr. Sratan DUMITRU, from Szent Istvan University. The title of his thesis is “Building Social Capital in Developing Countries on the basis of integrated community planning and cooperation”.

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The main issues that will be considered in the thesis take into the consideration the challenges of building social capital in developing countries (on the practical research that will be taken in the most developed regions in Republic of Moldova), as well as the importance of participation, civic engagement and social capital of creating community-­‐based development projects.

The thesis is based on the research of practical guides on the topic of integrated regional and local strategic planning, such as “Guide on strategic planning for socio-­‐economic development incorporating GE and HRBA” developed in the frame of Joint Integrated Local Development Programme that is a joint programme of UNDP and UN Women with the Government of Moldova funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The purpose of this Guide is to outline a step by step approach to local development through participatory strategic planning using a human rights and gender equality based approach, for mayors and councilors, to help them to develop plans for the social, economic and environmental development of their area.

The sample or the target group proposed for the research are public authorities and international or local funding organizations from Republic of Moldova involved in development projects. Simultaneously, the field research and observation of people behaviors will be used for the thesis. And the most important is that the author of the thesis already managed and still are involved in few integrated socio-­‐economic strategic planning projects in Republic of Moldova. As a project manager, the author elaborated all possible working scenarios, processes and procedures for running the project. As well as, the author already started to analyze the behavior and the most suitable tools that could have positive impact on the ongoing projects and further on sustainable development.

The author will use qualitative analysis that represent a method for examining social research data without converting them to numerical format. The author also will use cross-­case analysis to stress on the examination of more than one problem of social capital and regional/local development. Also, it will be used variable oriented analysis, which means that the analysis will be focused on interrelation among different variables that characterize the described situations. Finally, For understanding the situation and model the practical frameworks, the author will use causal analyses, using a tool such problem and causal tree.

Read the full project research of Mr. Sratan DUMITRU.