Italian visit-tour to Monfalcone and Dolegna Municipalities for LDA Montenegro

Kerim Medjedovic, delegate of the Local Democracy Agency of Montenegro, took part on 21-22-23 October into a study visit to Monfalcone and Dolegna Municipalities in Friuli Venezia Giulia region (Italy), together with representatives of partner institutions and organizations: Samedin Agovic (Secretariat for entrepreneurship of the Municipality of Bijelo Polje), Pavo Perugini (Community of Italians of Montenegro) and Zlatan Medjvedovic, (Society of Montenegrin Slovenians “Vida Matjan”).
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The visit was organized for multiple reasons, first of all the coordination meeting of the Welfare Youth Development – Project Committee, that was taking place in Monfalcone: this project, implemented from January 2017 to June 2018, is funded by the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and aims to provide support to young people exposed to risky behaviour.
In addition to opportunities for development with new partnerships, this tour was also a chance for visitors from Montenegro to visit the enogastronomic-cultural event “Sapori in Cantina” in the municipality of Dolegna, province of Gorizia, on the Italian border with Slovenia. This traditional event, which aims to promote the territory and its products, is organized through a visit of 6 local winemakers together with tasting of wine and traditional dishes, accompanied by music and dance.
The Delegate had also the opportunity to meet with partners from the Montenegro Greeters project, funded by Friuli Venezia Giulia region, which will be implemented by the LDA together with the Cooperative Cramars from Tolmezzo and the Association of Young Ecologists Niksic. The project supports the development of an alternative tourist offer in Montenegro through the promotion of the model “meeting the territory by looking through my eyes”; this implies the concept of Greeter Destinations, or tourist guides – Greeters form of volunteers, who welcome smaller groups of tourists trying to present their country in an alternative way, this means as the local community member see it. Such an initiative should contribute to intercultural exchange and support sustainable tourism, which positively influences cultural heritage and brings economic benefits to local communities. The first Greeter Centre was established in 1992 in New York. The founding idea was originated by Lin Brooks, who has acquired many friends on her travels around the world over the years and wished to host them in her hometown to show them New York as she experienced it; today, many cities around the world have their own Greeters centres operating under the umbrella of the Global Greeters Network in New York. The aforementioned project will provide the creation of a primary base of alternative tourist guides, which will have their presentation on a web site; tourists will be than able to get acquainted with the undiscovered parts of Montenegro. The LDA Montenegro, together with its partners, will implement project activities with the support of Crania Greeters.
Last but not least, during the visit LDA Montenegro delegate met ALDA board member Alessandro Perelli, along with other ALDA members representatives of Monfalcone and Bijelo Polje Municipalities.

Kerim Medjedovic, delegate of the Local Democracy Agency of Montenegro, took part on 21-22-23 October into a study visit to Monfalcone and Dolegna Municipalities in Friuli Venezia Giulia region (Italy), together with representatives of partner institutions and organizations: Samedin Agovic (Secretariat for entrepreneurship of the Municipality of Bijelo Polje), Pavo Perugini (Community of Italians of Montenegro) and Zlatan Medjvedovic, (Society of Montenegrin Slovenians “Vida Matjan”).
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The visit was organized for multiple reasons, first of all the coordination meeting of the Welfare Youth Development – Project Committee, that was taking place in Monfalcone: this project, implemented from January 2017 to June 2018, is funded by the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and aims to provide support to young people exposed to risky behaviour.
In addition to opportunities for development with new partnerships, this tour was also a chance for visitors from Montenegro to visit the enogastronomic-cultural event “Sapori in Cantina” in the municipality of Dolegna, province of Gorizia, on the Italian border with Slovenia. This traditional event, which aims to promote the territory and its products, is organized through a visit of 6 local winemakers together with tasting of wine and traditional dishes, accompanied by music and dance.
The Delegate had also the opportunity to meet with partners from the Montenegro Greeters project, funded by Friuli Venezia Giulia region, which will be implemented by the LDA together with the Cooperative Cramars from Tolmezzo and the Association of Young Ecologists Niksic. The project supports the development of an alternative tourist offer in Montenegro through the promotion of the model “meeting the territory by looking through my eyes”; this implies the concept of Greeter Destinations, or tourist guides – Greeters form of volunteers, who welcome smaller groups of tourists trying to present their country in an alternative way, this means as the local community member see it. Such an initiative should contribute to intercultural exchange and support sustainable tourism, which positively influences cultural heritage and brings economic benefits to local communities. The first Greeter Centre was established in 1992 in New York. The founding idea was originated by Lin Brooks, who has acquired many friends on her travels around the world over the years and wished to host them in her hometown to show them New York as she experienced it; today, many cities around the world have their own Greeters centres operating under the umbrella of the Global Greeters Network in New York. The aforementioned project will provide the creation of a primary base of alternative tourist guides, which will have their presentation on a web site; tourists will be than able to get acquainted with the undiscovered parts of Montenegro. The LDA Montenegro, together with its partners, will implement project activities with the support of Crania Greeters.
Last but not least, during the visit LDA Montenegro delegate met ALDA board member Alessandro Perelli, along with other ALDA members representatives of Monfalcone and Bijelo Polje Municipalities.


Participative democracy in Algeria - ALDA Secretary General leads second training for civil servants

Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, participated as Team Leader in the second training for 30 middle and high level civil servants from local authorities from the whole east of Algeria.

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The activity is part of a project led by AETS, called “Participative Democracy and Citizens Participation at the local level in Algeria” and support by the European Commission and the Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities of Algeria.

The project aims at developing participative democracy in the country following the adoption of a new Constitution in 2016, which puts the accent on local and participatory democracy. In this framework, other two expert trainers led trainings for other 60 participants, all civil servants; after the upcoming elections in November, elected representatives might also be involved in similar trainings.

Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, participated as Team Leader in the second training for 30 middle and high level civil servants from local authorities from the whole east of Algeria.

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The activity is part of a project led by AETS, called “Participative Democracy and Citizens Participation at the local level in Algeria” and support by the European Commission and the Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities of Algeria.

The project aims at developing participative democracy in the country following the adoption of a new Constitution in 2016, which puts the accent on local and participatory democracy. In this framework, other two expert trainers led trainings for other 60 participants, all civil servants; after the upcoming elections in November, elected representatives might also be involved in similar trainings.


Italian best practices on cooperative entrepreneurship inspire Athens

The project COOPilot landed in Greece, with a pilot training on social economy and cooperatives involving over 100 participants.
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COOPILOT, co-financed by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, aims at tackling unemployment by promoting cooperative entrepreneurship. The Social Economy Institute from Athens, Greece organized the second meeting of the project partners on 25 September, and on 26-27 September the pilot training on social economy and entrepreneurship, with the participation of experts from the Italian Federazione Trentina per la Cooperazione bringing best case experiences to all participants.
A number of further trainings will be organized, as COOPilot transfer competencies from the more advanced countries in the field of cooperatives (Belgium, France, Italy and Spain) towards the less advanced ones (Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus).
See you in Cyprus with the next training session!
Useful resources
More information about the project COOPilot

Athens COOPilot Massive Online Open Course, created by the Social Economy Institute



COOPilot consortium posing together at the end of the event

The project COOPilot landed in Greece, with a pilot training on social economy and cooperatives involving over 100 participants.
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COOPILOT, co-financed by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, aims at tackling unemployment by promoting cooperative entrepreneurship. The Social Economy Institute from Athens, Greece organized the second meeting of the project partners on 25 September, and on 26-27 September the pilot training on social economy and entrepreneurship, with the participation of experts from the Italian Federazione Trentina per la Cooperazione bringing best case experiences to all participants.
A number of further trainings will be organized, as COOPilot transfer competencies from the more advanced countries in the field of cooperatives (Belgium, France, Italy and Spain) towards the less advanced ones (Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus).
See you in Cyprus with the next training session!
Useful resources
More information about the project COOPilot

Athens COOPilot Massive Online Open Course, created by the Social Economy Institute



COOPilot consortium posing together at the end of the event


7 LDAs and ALDA Skopje supported 20 local youth initiatives in the Balkans

20 initiatives created and implemented by around 100 youngsters from the Balkans were supported through our Local Youth Fund this year. Most of the 20 awarded youth initiatives were results of the work of non-formal groups. The Local Youth Fund supported youth initiatives and projects which explored the topic of culture and youth participation in the local community.

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7 LDAs from the Balkan region, together with ALDA Skopje successfully implemented the Local Youth Fund initiative within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue for the third time.
The supported projects included cultural events, music festivals, creative workshops, sport manifestations and urban interventions that promoted cultural and youth participation and encouraged youngsters to take active part in the initiatives.
The Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue is a project implemented by 7 LDAs and ALDA Skopje and it’s financed by the European Union through the Civil Society Facility Operating Grants program to IPA CSO Association – Support to regional thematic associations.

Find all the awarded initiatives listed here.

Useful links

20 initiatives created and implemented by around 100 youngsters from the Balkans were supported through our Local Youth Fund this year. Most of the 20 awarded youth initiatives were results of the work of non-formal groups. The Local Youth Fund supported youth initiatives and projects which explored the topic of culture and youth participation in the local community.

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7 LDAs from the Balkan region, together with ALDA Skopje successfully implemented the Local Youth Fund initiative within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue for the third time.
The supported projects included cultural events, music festivals, creative workshops, sport manifestations and urban interventions that promoted cultural and youth participation and encouraged youngsters to take active part in the initiatives.
The Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue is a project implemented by 7 LDAs and ALDA Skopje and it’s financed by the European Union through the Civil Society Facility Operating Grants program to IPA CSO Association – Support to regional thematic associations.

Find all the awarded initiatives listed here.

Useful links