Balkan Youth Forum ends with creative workshops and visit to Parliament

The Balkan Youth Forum titled “Creative innovations towards active youth participation in the Balkans” was successfully realized from 14th to 17th of May in Skopje.

Over 70 representatives of CSOs, local authorities and youth workers participated in the three-day forum, all of them coming from different Western Balkan countries.
The forum included an open conference, creative workshops and study visits. The young participants learned about creative innovations in the field of youth participation through positive practices. The youngsters also visited the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia during the forum, where the two youngest Members of Parliament presented themselves in front of the participants and a tour of the building was organized.
The Balkan Youth Forum is being realized for a fourth time, after the previous successful forums in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. It’s organized within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue, project coordinated by ALDA, implemented together with 7 LDAs from the Balkans and financed by the EU.
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The Balkan Youth Forum titled “Creative innovations towards active youth participation in the Balkans” was successfully realized from 14th to 17th of May in Skopje.

Over 70 representatives of CSOs, local authorities and youth workers participated in the three-day forum, all of them coming from different Western Balkan countries.
The forum included an open conference, creative workshops and study visits. The young participants learned about creative innovations in the field of youth participation through positive practices. The youngsters also visited the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia during the forum, where the two youngest Members of Parliament presented themselves in front of the participants and a tour of the building was organized.
The Balkan Youth Forum is being realized for a fourth time, after the previous successful forums in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. It’s organized within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue, project coordinated by ALDA, implemented together with 7 LDAs from the Balkans and financed by the EU.
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Cooperatives in the spotlight - Open online course and guidelines to improve the system at local and EU level

After one year of work, the project COOPILOT comes to an end, releasing very useful content for all stakeholders working in the field of cooperatives throughout the European Union.

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COOPilot was led by Pour la Solidarité (Belgium), and involved 10 other European partners, including ALDA. Its main objective was to provide new responses for youth employment in the European Union. Cooperative entrepreneurship wants to be the answer to this challenge.

Reuniting three academic institutions, four social economy actors, two European networks and two public bodies, COOPilot promoted the cooperative model throughout education and training, across EU Member States. The project transferred competencies from the more advanced countries in the  field of cooperatives (Belgium, France, Italy and Spain) towards less advanced ones (Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus).

Thanks to the work of all partners, and to DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission who financed the action, the fruits of the project are now available to everybody. Please share them with colleagues and partners interested to cooperatives!

Available resources:
Join our new online open course on the cooperatives!
We prepared 3 modules for you. Each has a introduction, a manual, a questionnaire and some case studies to exercise with.
Read the guidelines on improving the cooperative system at local and European level (available in English, Bulgarian, French, Greek, Italian, Romanian,  Slovenian, Spanish)

After one year of work, the project COOPILOT comes to an end, releasing very useful content for all stakeholders working in the field of cooperatives throughout the European Union.

***
COOPilot was led by Pour la Solidarité (Belgium), and involved 10 other European partners, including ALDA. Its main objective was to provide new responses for youth employment in the European Union. Cooperative entrepreneurship wants to be the answer to this challenge.

Reuniting three academic institutions, four social economy actors, two European networks and two public bodies, COOPilot promoted the cooperative model throughout education and training, across EU Member States. The project transferred competencies from the more advanced countries in the  field of cooperatives (Belgium, France, Italy and Spain) towards less advanced ones (Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus).

Thanks to the work of all partners, and to DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission who financed the action, the fruits of the project are now available to everybody. Please share them with colleagues and partners interested to cooperatives!

Available resources:
Join our new online open course on the cooperatives!
We prepared 3 modules for you. Each has a introduction, a manual, a questionnaire and some case studies to exercise with.
Read the guidelines on improving the cooperative system at local and European level (available in English, Bulgarian, French, Greek, Italian, Romanian,  Slovenian, Spanish)


ALDA General Assembly 2018 in Brussels

A selection of the best pictures from ALDA General Assembly 2018, held in Brussels (Belgium).


Graffiti in Strasbourg - Young women discuss assertive communication through street art

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, ALDA organized in Strasbourg a training at the Lieu d’Europe for a dozen of young women from Strasbourg. This training took place in the framework of the Wom-Com project (Erasmus+). This project, in which most of the partners are from the Eastern Balkans, aims to explore, through youth exchanges and local activities, the topics of intercultural learning, women’s solidarity, assertive communication through art, and more specifically – street art.

The objective of the workshop was to introduce the participants to these topics, but also to allow them to have a first experience with graffiti techniques, in view of the creation of a collective mural in Strasbourg in October 2018. The participants could therefore exchange on the idea of culture and they addressed questions such as the existence of a universal culture or a universal form of communication between women, and the topic of cultural codes and freedom of expression (for example through the dress code imposed to women).

The graffiti workshop that followed allowed to illustrate the previous exchanges: the participants were introduced to some graffiti techniques and created individual paintings, which, put together, finally formed the word “Solidarité” (Solidarity). The participants also voted for their favourite murals from existing artworks. The young women participating to the forthcoming youth exchange in Hvar (18-27 May) will then submit them to the other participants of the exchange as “Good Practices” selected by the Strasbourg’s team.

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, ALDA organized in Strasbourg a training at the Lieu d’Europe for a dozen of young women from Strasbourg. This training took place in the framework of the Wom-Com project (Erasmus+). This project, in which most of the partners are from the Eastern Balkans, aims to explore, through youth exchanges and local activities, the topics of intercultural learning, women’s solidarity, assertive communication through art, and more specifically – street art.

The objective of the workshop was to introduce the participants to these topics, but also to allow them to have a first experience with graffiti techniques, in view of the creation of a collective mural in Strasbourg in October 2018. The participants could therefore exchange on the idea of culture and they addressed questions such as the existence of a universal culture or a universal form of communication between women, and the topic of cultural codes and freedom of expression (for example through the dress code imposed to women).

The graffiti workshop that followed allowed to illustrate the previous exchanges: the participants were introduced to some graffiti techniques and created individual paintings, which, put together, finally formed the word “Solidarité” (Solidarity). The participants also voted for their favourite murals from existing artworks. The young women participating to the forthcoming youth exchange in Hvar (18-27 May) will then submit them to the other participants of the exchange as “Good Practices” selected by the Strasbourg’s team.


ALDA and UNDP Tunisia together in Zarsis for an inter-city meeting

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP Tunisia) held on 23 April 2018 in Zarzis,  in the southern of  Tunisia, the second inter-city meeting within the framework of the Madinatouna project. The general objective of the program is to contribute in the Integrated Development and local governance of eight cities in Tunisia, through the reinforcement of the urban participation and strategic planning.The initiative is implemented within the framework of the Cities Alliances country program under the coordination of UNDP, and in partnership with MedCities, GIZ, CILG –VNG and the National Federation of the Tunisian Cities.

The Zarzis meeting brought together the technical and / or municipal teams from the eight tunisian cities involved in the program (Beja, Gabes, Kairouan, Medenine, Sidi Bouzid and Tataouine) as well as senior local officials and international experts.

It is within this framework and in synergy with PARFAIT project, currently implemented by ALDA in Tunisia, that the LDA Tunisia delegate, Mrs. Afaf Zaddem, as well as several women beneficiaries of PARFAIT project in Kairouan were invited to participate in this meeting.

Indeed, PARFAIT project aims to improve the participation of women in the process of local governance in Tunisia, giving women the means to fully integrate into public life, as voters ,candidates but also as knowledgeable, committed and involved citizens so that the system of local decentralization can be  a success for the entire population.
Since November 2017, 180 women from the governorates of Tunis, Jendouba, Mahdia, Kairouan, Kebili and Gafsa are following a training course aimed at strengthening their capacities and sensitizing them to the gender dimension and women’s participation in the process of decision-making.

It’s thanks to all the training courses already undertaken that the women beneficiaries of the project in Kairouan animated a workshop aiming at sensitizing the teams of the municipalities with the stakes of the inequalities of gender and with the integration of the gender dimension in the local policies and the strategies of cities.

This meeting represented an important opportunity, both for the women beneficiaries of PARFAIT project and for the representatives of the Madinatouna project’s beneficent municipalities, who were able to carry out fruitful exchange of views and highlight all the skills acquired in the framework of these two projects.

Therefore, we  very much hope that this first meeting will be followed by other joint activities, in order to continue to support local actors in the implementation of effective and gender-sensitive decentralization, in a climate of dialogue..


ALDA et le PNUD Tunisie ensemble à Zarsis pour une rencontre inter-villes

Le Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement (PNUD Tunisie) a organisé le 23 avril 2018 à Zarzis, au sud de la Tunisie, la deuxième rencontre inter-villes dans le cadre du projet Madinatouna. Ce projet vise à contribuer au développement intégré et à la gouvernance locale de huit villes tunisiennes à travers le renforcement de la participation des citoyens dans les projets de développement urbain. Il est mis en œuvre dans le cadre du programme Cities Alliances sous la coordination du PNUD et en partenariat avec MedCities, GIZ, CILG –VNG et la Fédération Nationale des Villes Tunisiennes.

La rencontre de Zarzis a rassemblé les équipes techniques et/ou municipales des huit villes tunisiennes impliquées dans le programme (Beja, Gabes, Kairouan, Médenine, Sidi Bouzid et Tataouine) ainsi que de hauts fonctionnaires locaux et experts internationaux.

C’est dans ce cadre et en synergie avec le projet PARFAIT, actuellement mis en œuvre par ALDA en Tunisie, que la déléguée de l’ADL Tunisie, Mme Afaf Zaddem, ainsi que plusieurs femmes bénéficiaires du projet PARFAIT à Kairouan avaient été invitées à participer à cette rencontre.

En effet, le projet PARFAIT vise à améliorer la participation des femmes dans le processus de gouvernance locale en Tunisie, en donnant aux femmes les moyens de s’insérer pleinement dans la vie publique, en tant qu’électrices et candidates mais aussi en tant que citoyennes informées, engagées et impliquées pour que le système de décentralisation local soit un succès pour l’ensemble de la population.

Depuis novembre 2017, 180 femmes des gouvernorats du Grand Tunis, Jendouba, Mahdia, Kairouan, Kebili et Gafsa suivent donc un parcours de formation visant à renforcer leurs capacités et à les sensibiliser à la dimension de genre et à la participation des femmes dans le processus de prise de décision.

C’est forte de ce parcours déjà entrepris que les femmes bénéficiaires du projet à Kairouan ont animé un atelier visant à sensibiliser les équipes des municipalités aux enjeux des inégalités de genre et à l’intégration de la dimension genre dans les politiques locales et les stratégies de ville.

Cette rencontre a représenté une opportunité importante, à la fois pour les femmes bénéficiaires du projet PARFAIT que pour les représentants des municipalités bénédiciaires du projet Madinatouna, qui ont pu procéder à des échanges de vue fructueux et mettre en valeur toutes les compétences acquises dans le cadre de ces deux projets.
Nous espérons donc vivement que cette première rencontre pourra être suivie par d’autres activités communes, afin de continuer à accompagner les acteurs locaux dans la mise en pratique d’une décentralisation effective et sensible au genre, dans un climat de dialogue.

الجمعية الأوروبية للديمقراطية المحلية و برنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي معا في جرجيس من أجل إجتماع “بين المدن”

نظم برنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي( مكتب تونس) يوم 23 أفريل 2018 بجرجيس بجنوب البلاد التونسية اللقاء الثاني بين المدن في إطار مشروع “مدينتنا”. يهدف هذا المشروع إلى المساهمة في تطوير التنمية المندمجة والحوكمة المحلية في ثمانية مدن تونسية وذلك من خلال دعم مشاركة المواطنين في مشاريع التنمية الحضرية وينفذ هذا البرنامج في إطار برنامج “سيتيس ألينسس” تحت تنسيق برنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي و في شراكة مع “ماد سيتيس” ،الوكالة الألمانية للتعاون الدولي ، المركز الدولي للتنمية المحلية والحكم الرشيد والجامعة الوطنية للمدن التونسية

، المركز الدولي للتنمية المحلية والحكم الرشيد والجامعة الوطنية للمدن التونسية&

ضم لقاء جرجيس فرق تقنية مع/أو فرق بلدية تابعة لثمانية مدن تونسية التي شملها البرنامج ( باجة، قابس، القيروان، مدنين، سيدي بوزيد، وتطاوين)، وكذلك اطارات محلية ،إدارية عليا وخبراء دوليون

في هذا الإطار وبالتفاعل مع مشروع “بارفى” الذي يتم تنفيذه حاليا من طرف الجمعية الأوروبية للديمقراطية المحلية، استدعيت السيدة عفاف الصدام مندوبة الجمعية الأوروبية للديمقراطية المحلية بتونس مع مجموعة من المنتفعات من مشروع “بارفى” في القيروان

في الواقع، يهدف مشروع “بارفى”  إلى تحسين مشاركة النساء في مسار الحوكمة المحلية بتونس بتمكينهن من الوسائل التي تسمح بإدماجهن إدماجا كاملاً في الحياة العامة كناخبات ، مترشحات وأيضاً كمواطنات مطلعات، فاعلات ومشاركات و ذلك  ليكون برنامج اللامركزية  المحلية ناجعاً لمجموع السكان

 منذ نوفمبر 2017، تابعت 180 امرأة من ولايات تونس الكبرى ،جندوبة ،المهدية ، القيروان، قبلي وقفصة تكويناً لدعم قدراتهن وتحسيسهن بأهمية النوع الاجتماعي وبأهمية مشاركة النساء في مسار اتخاذ القرار٠

تأسيسا على هذا المسار الذي بدأ تنفيذه، تولت المنتفعات من مشروع “بارفى” تنشيط ورشة عمل تهدف إلى تحسيس فرق البلديات للقضاء على اللا مساواة وتحسيسهم لإدماج بعد النوع الاجتماعي في السياسات المحلية وفي استراتيجيات المدن

مثل هذا الاجتماع فرصة مهمة بالنسبة للنساء المستفيدات من مشروع “بارفى” ولممثلي البلديات المستفيدين من مشروع “”مدينتنا” الذين تمكنوا من إجراء تبادل مثمر للآراء وإلقاء الضوء على جميع المهارات المكتسبة في إطار هذين المشروعين.

نتمنى أن يكون هذا اللقاء متبوعاً بأنشطةٍ مشتركة لمواصلة متابعة الفاعلين المحليين لتأسيس لامركزية فعلية تهتم بالنوع الاجتماعي وذلك في مناخٍ من الحوار

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP Tunisia) held on 23 April 2018 in Zarzis,  in the southern of  Tunisia, the second inter-city meeting within the framework of the Madinatouna project. The general objective of the program is to contribute in the Integrated Development and local governance of eight cities in Tunisia, through the reinforcement of the urban participation and strategic planning.The initiative is implemented within the framework of the Cities Alliances country program under the coordination of UNDP, and in partnership with MedCities, GIZ, CILG –VNG and the National Federation of the Tunisian Cities.

The Zarzis meeting brought together the technical and / or municipal teams from the eight tunisian cities involved in the program (Beja, Gabes, Kairouan, Medenine, Sidi Bouzid and Tataouine) as well as senior local officials and international experts.

It is within this framework and in synergy with PARFAIT project, currently implemented by ALDA in Tunisia, that the LDA Tunisia delegate, Mrs. Afaf Zaddem, as well as several women beneficiaries of PARFAIT project in Kairouan were invited to participate in this meeting.

Indeed, PARFAIT project aims to improve the participation of women in the process of local governance in Tunisia, giving women the means to fully integrate into public life, as voters ,candidates but also as knowledgeable, committed and involved citizens so that the system of local decentralization can be  a success for the entire population.
Since November 2017, 180 women from the governorates of Tunis, Jendouba, Mahdia, Kairouan, Kebili and Gafsa are following a training course aimed at strengthening their capacities and sensitizing them to the gender dimension and women’s participation in the process of decision-making.

It’s thanks to all the training courses already undertaken that the women beneficiaries of the project in Kairouan animated a workshop aiming at sensitizing the teams of the municipalities with the stakes of the inequalities of gender and with the integration of the gender dimension in the local policies and the strategies of cities.

This meeting represented an important opportunity, both for the women beneficiaries of PARFAIT project and for the representatives of the Madinatouna project’s beneficent municipalities, who were able to carry out fruitful exchange of views and highlight all the skills acquired in the framework of these two projects.

Therefore, we  very much hope that this first meeting will be followed by other joint activities, in order to continue to support local actors in the implementation of effective and gender-sensitive decentralization, in a climate of dialogue..


ALDA et le PNUD Tunisie ensemble à Zarsis pour une rencontre inter-villes

Le Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement (PNUD Tunisie) a organisé le 23 avril 2018 à Zarzis, au sud de la Tunisie, la deuxième rencontre inter-villes dans le cadre du projet Madinatouna. Ce projet vise à contribuer au développement intégré et à la gouvernance locale de huit villes tunisiennes à travers le renforcement de la participation des citoyens dans les projets de développement urbain. Il est mis en œuvre dans le cadre du programme Cities Alliances sous la coordination du PNUD et en partenariat avec MedCities, GIZ, CILG –VNG et la Fédération Nationale des Villes Tunisiennes.

La rencontre de Zarzis a rassemblé les équipes techniques et/ou municipales des huit villes tunisiennes impliquées dans le programme (Beja, Gabes, Kairouan, Médenine, Sidi Bouzid et Tataouine) ainsi que de hauts fonctionnaires locaux et experts internationaux.

C’est dans ce cadre et en synergie avec le projet PARFAIT, actuellement mis en œuvre par ALDA en Tunisie, que la déléguée de l’ADL Tunisie, Mme Afaf Zaddem, ainsi que plusieurs femmes bénéficiaires du projet PARFAIT à Kairouan avaient été invitées à participer à cette rencontre.

En effet, le projet PARFAIT vise à améliorer la participation des femmes dans le processus de gouvernance locale en Tunisie, en donnant aux femmes les moyens de s’insérer pleinement dans la vie publique, en tant qu’électrices et candidates mais aussi en tant que citoyennes informées, engagées et impliquées pour que le système de décentralisation local soit un succès pour l’ensemble de la population.

Depuis novembre 2017, 180 femmes des gouvernorats du Grand Tunis, Jendouba, Mahdia, Kairouan, Kebili et Gafsa suivent donc un parcours de formation visant à renforcer leurs capacités et à les sensibiliser à la dimension de genre et à la participation des femmes dans le processus de prise de décision.

C’est forte de ce parcours déjà entrepris que les femmes bénéficiaires du projet à Kairouan ont animé un atelier visant à sensibiliser les équipes des municipalités aux enjeux des inégalités de genre et à l’intégration de la dimension genre dans les politiques locales et les stratégies de ville.

Cette rencontre a représenté une opportunité importante, à la fois pour les femmes bénéficiaires du projet PARFAIT que pour les représentants des municipalités bénédiciaires du projet Madinatouna, qui ont pu procéder à des échanges de vue fructueux et mettre en valeur toutes les compétences acquises dans le cadre de ces deux projets.
Nous espérons donc vivement que cette première rencontre pourra être suivie par d’autres activités communes, afin de continuer à accompagner les acteurs locaux dans la mise en pratique d’une décentralisation effective et sensible au genre, dans un climat de dialogue.

الجمعية الأوروبية للديمقراطية المحلية و برنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي معا في جرجيس من أجل إجتماع “بين المدن”

نظم برنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي( مكتب تونس) يوم 23 أفريل 2018 بجرجيس بجنوب البلاد التونسية اللقاء الثاني بين المدن في إطار مشروع “مدينتنا”. يهدف هذا المشروع إلى المساهمة في تطوير التنمية المندمجة والحوكمة المحلية في ثمانية مدن تونسية وذلك من خلال دعم مشاركة المواطنين في مشاريع التنمية الحضرية وينفذ هذا البرنامج في إطار برنامج “سيتيس ألينسس” تحت تنسيق برنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي و في شراكة مع “ماد سيتيس” ،الوكالة الألمانية للتعاون الدولي ، المركز الدولي للتنمية المحلية والحكم الرشيد والجامعة الوطنية للمدن التونسية

، المركز الدولي للتنمية المحلية والحكم الرشيد والجامعة الوطنية للمدن التونسية&

ضم لقاء جرجيس فرق تقنية مع/أو فرق بلدية تابعة لثمانية مدن تونسية التي شملها البرنامج ( باجة، قابس، القيروان، مدنين، سيدي بوزيد، وتطاوين)، وكذلك اطارات محلية ،إدارية عليا وخبراء دوليون

في هذا الإطار وبالتفاعل مع مشروع “بارفى” الذي يتم تنفيذه حاليا من طرف الجمعية الأوروبية للديمقراطية المحلية، استدعيت السيدة عفاف الصدام مندوبة الجمعية الأوروبية للديمقراطية المحلية بتونس مع مجموعة من المنتفعات من مشروع “بارفى” في القيروان

في الواقع، يهدف مشروع “بارفى”  إلى تحسين مشاركة النساء في مسار الحوكمة المحلية بتونس بتمكينهن من الوسائل التي تسمح بإدماجهن إدماجا كاملاً في الحياة العامة كناخبات ، مترشحات وأيضاً كمواطنات مطلعات، فاعلات ومشاركات و ذلك  ليكون برنامج اللامركزية  المحلية ناجعاً لمجموع السكان

 منذ نوفمبر 2017، تابعت 180 امرأة من ولايات تونس الكبرى ،جندوبة ،المهدية ، القيروان، قبلي وقفصة تكويناً لدعم قدراتهن وتحسيسهن بأهمية النوع الاجتماعي وبأهمية مشاركة النساء في مسار اتخاذ القرار٠

تأسيسا على هذا المسار الذي بدأ تنفيذه، تولت المنتفعات من مشروع “بارفى” تنشيط ورشة عمل تهدف إلى تحسيس فرق البلديات للقضاء على اللا مساواة وتحسيسهم لإدماج بعد النوع الاجتماعي في السياسات المحلية وفي استراتيجيات المدن

مثل هذا الاجتماع فرصة مهمة بالنسبة للنساء المستفيدات من مشروع “بارفى” ولممثلي البلديات المستفيدين من مشروع “”مدينتنا” الذين تمكنوا من إجراء تبادل مثمر للآراء وإلقاء الضوء على جميع المهارات المكتسبة في إطار هذين المشروعين.

نتمنى أن يكون هذا اللقاء متبوعاً بأنشطةٍ مشتركة لمواصلة متابعة الفاعلين المحليين لتأسيس لامركزية فعلية تهتم بالنوع الاجتماعي وذلك في مناخٍ من الحوار


Urban Revitalization in Cimișlia

Mayoralty of Cimișlia in partnership with LDA Moldova submitted a project proposal within 2018 Solidarity Fund PL call for urban regeneration. The project was positively appreciated by the Fund, thus on April 27th the co-financing agreement was signed within an official ceremony attended by H.E. Ambassador of Poland to Chisinau – Bartłomiej Zdaniuk; Secretary of State Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment – Iurie Uşurelu; as well as city mayors and deputy mayors, project coordinators; representatives of Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

The project „Increasing the degree of comfort of the population by promoting tolerance and social inclusion”, aims to revitalize the central area of Cimișlia by rehabilitating the “Scuarul Copilăriei” Park. Beneficiaries of the project are all city residents. Within the project will be constructed a multifunctional field of mini-football and tennis; organized a cleaning activity by involving young volunteers and people with disabilities, presentation of a theatre spectacle and extra-curricular activities for children by entertainers.
During the grant contracts’ signing ceremony, on April 27th, the organizers held an information workshop for project coordinators and accountants covering implementation and reporting rules, financial regulations, communication and promotion.

This pilot initiative is co-financed under the project “Support for the Moldovan administration in the implementation of the National Strategy for Regional Development in Moldova 2016-2020 in the field of Urban Policy and Urban Development”, implemented under the Polish Aid Program by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova.

Mayoralty of Cimișlia in partnership with LDA Moldova submitted a project proposal within 2018 Solidarity Fund PL call for urban regeneration. The project was positively appreciated by the Fund, thus on April 27th the co-financing agreement was signed within an official ceremony attended by H.E. Ambassador of Poland to Chisinau – Bartłomiej Zdaniuk; Secretary of State Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment – Iurie Uşurelu; as well as city mayors and deputy mayors, project coordinators; representatives of Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

The project „Increasing the degree of comfort of the population by promoting tolerance and social inclusion”, aims to revitalize the central area of Cimișlia by rehabilitating the “Scuarul Copilăriei” Park. Beneficiaries of the project are all city residents. Within the project will be constructed a multifunctional field of mini-football and tennis; organized a cleaning activity by involving young volunteers and people with disabilities, presentation of a theatre spectacle and extra-curricular activities for children by entertainers.
During the grant contracts’ signing ceremony, on April 27th, the organizers held an information workshop for project coordinators and accountants covering implementation and reporting rules, financial regulations, communication and promotion.

This pilot initiative is co-financed under the project “Support for the Moldovan administration in the implementation of the National Strategy for Regional Development in Moldova 2016-2020 in the field of Urban Policy and Urban Development”, implemented under the Polish Aid Program by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova.


Re.Cri.Re paves the way for a more cohesive Europe: understanding the cultural and social dynamics to develop a stronger EU

On 3 May 2018, the Re.Cri.Re.  Consortium met for the final international conference of the project in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the main findings and to share the view with policy-makers and representatives of civil society. The meeting was hosted in the European Economic and Social Committee and gave to the partners the possibilities of meeting key stakeholders and to receive feedbacks and visions on the project’s outcomes.

Re.Cri.Re. is a H2020 project that gathers together 16 partners from 12 different countries to analyze the socio-economic effects of the crisis on the representations of cultures as well as on the policies in the nowadays European societies. The project involves researchers and civil society organisations with the aim of framing better policies at the local, national and European level.

The Re.Cri.Re. project has analysed the cultural dynamics presented in the European countries and has discovered the existence of five symbolic universes: these findings must be taken into account when dealing with societies through policies. This research has led to the main outcome of the project, which is the guidelines for policy-makers, with the aim of giving some inputs regarding the cultural and social dimensions in order to implement effective policies.

The final international conference was a unique opportunity to gather both local and European actors and to present them the findings of the project in an interactive way. Thus, the meeting highlighted the results and processes to be further developed after the end of the project.

The event was an occasion to meet face-to-face and to present the research on symbolic universes and the guidelines developed by the Consortium for the policy-makers, which is the main outcome of the project. On the other hand, the Conference  created the possibility to exchange ideas and suggestions for the upgrade of the project: the round tables organized saw the presence of academic experts as well as European policy-makers, which presented their points of view on the project and the practical experiences which can be improved through the methodology of Re.Cri.Re. The discussion was very fruitful and enhanced the knowledge of the project’s results.

The agenda of the event foresaw the introductory speeches of Yuri Borgmann-Prebil, DG Research & Innovation – Re.Cri.Re Policy Officer, Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General ALDA, and Sergio Salvatore, Scientific Coordinator of Re.Cri.Re., who presented the project, its context within the H2020 programme and its main findings in the field of symbolic universes. The symbolic universes are indeed a fundamental finding within the project, because they are the ways through which the people see the world, consequently, based on the different visions, they also have different beliefs ad behaviors and the presentation of Sergio Salvatore clearly illustrated the five symbolic universes discovered with the use of a questionnaire:

  • Ordered universe is characterized by a positive attitude toward the world and the identification with transcendent values, there is faith in the ordered design of the world;
  •  Interpersonal bond is the vital world of the interpersonal and emotional bonds and it promotes a moderate sense of agency, trust and openness;
  • Caring society follows a vision of the society and institutions as trustworthy providers of services and commons based on the demands, people feel they are part of a system that supports their efforts;
  • Niche of belongingness is characterized by a negative generalized connotation of the world being outside the primary network, translated in pessimism in the future, fatalism, untrustworthiness of institutions;
  • Others’ world shows a fully negative and desperate vision of the world, with untrustworthiness, sense of impotency, lack of agency, anomy, as the world belongs to those who have power and for the others is only a matter of surviving.

The following sessions presented two round tables: the first one focused on Europe as horizon of sense and hosted Bruna Zani, European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations and Jeroen Jutte, Head of Unit DG EMPL, which presented their ideas on the guidelines and on possible practical applications. Then, the second round table on the future of EU was introduced by the presentation of Terri Mannarini, University of Salento, Italy, regarding the socio-political orientations in the Italian sample and of Giuseppe Veltri, University of Trento, Italy, about the cultural dynamics within the Brexit, which aim to show how the symbolic universes can be present in the everyday social and political life; then it continued with the interventions of Martin Bohle, Advisor DG RESEARCH, Stefaan Hermans, Director EAC, Diana Cristina Constantinescu, Europe Direct Emilia-Romagna, and Anna Krasteva, New Bulgarian University, Re.Cri.Re. Consortium.

The participants had the change to ask questions regarding the results of the project and the implementation of its findings, and provided significant insights from their local contexts. The conclusions of the Conference were presented by Sergio Salvatore, Scientific Coordinator of the project and Marco Boaria, Resources and Development Unit ALDA, with the aim of capitalizing the project results by concretely apply and reuse its findings.

The Conference is one sign that the Re.Cri.Re. project has developed fundamental outcomes for the contemporary European and local policy-makers and its Guidelines will be a tool for who wants to discover more about culture and social identities’ influence.
As said by a representative of the Re.Cri.Re. partnership, there is “a strong feeling that the Re.Cri.Re. project has just started to discover fundamental findings and the end of the project will be instead the launching of a new vision”.

Useful resources:

Read more about the project Re.Cri.Re on its website

On 3 May 2018, the Re.Cri.Re.  Consortium met for the final international conference of the project in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the main findings and to share the view with policy-makers and representatives of civil society. The meeting was hosted in the European Economic and Social Committee and gave to the partners the possibilities of meeting key stakeholders and to receive feedbacks and visions on the project’s outcomes.

Re.Cri.Re. is a H2020 project that gathers together 16 partners from 12 different countries to analyze the socio-economic effects of the crisis on the representations of cultures as well as on the policies in the nowadays European societies. The project involves researchers and civil society organisations with the aim of framing better policies at the local, national and European level.

The Re.Cri.Re. project has analysed the cultural dynamics presented in the European countries and has discovered the existence of five symbolic universes: these findings must be taken into account when dealing with societies through policies. This research has led to the main outcome of the project, which is the guidelines for policy-makers, with the aim of giving some inputs regarding the cultural and social dimensions in order to implement effective policies.

The final international conference was a unique opportunity to gather both local and European actors and to present them the findings of the project in an interactive way. Thus, the meeting highlighted the results and processes to be further developed after the end of the project.

The event was an occasion to meet face-to-face and to present the research on symbolic universes and the guidelines developed by the Consortium for the policy-makers, which is the main outcome of the project. On the other hand, the Conference  created the possibility to exchange ideas and suggestions for the upgrade of the project: the round tables organized saw the presence of academic experts as well as European policy-makers, which presented their points of view on the project and the practical experiences which can be improved through the methodology of Re.Cri.Re. The discussion was very fruitful and enhanced the knowledge of the project’s results.

The agenda of the event foresaw the introductory speeches of Yuri Borgmann-Prebil, DG Research & Innovation – Re.Cri.Re Policy Officer, Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General ALDA, and Sergio Salvatore, Scientific Coordinator of Re.Cri.Re., who presented the project, its context within the H2020 programme and its main findings in the field of symbolic universes. The symbolic universes are indeed a fundamental finding within the project, because they are the ways through which the people see the world, consequently, based on the different visions, they also have different beliefs ad behaviors and the presentation of Sergio Salvatore clearly illustrated the five symbolic universes discovered with the use of a questionnaire:

  • Ordered universe is characterized by a positive attitude toward the world and the identification with transcendent values, there is faith in the ordered design of the world;
  •  Interpersonal bond is the vital world of the interpersonal and emotional bonds and it promotes a moderate sense of agency, trust and openness;
  • Caring society follows a vision of the society and institutions as trustworthy providers of services and commons based on the demands, people feel they are part of a system that supports their efforts;
  • Niche of belongingness is characterized by a negative generalized connotation of the world being outside the primary network, translated in pessimism in the future, fatalism, untrustworthiness of institutions;
  • Others’ world shows a fully negative and desperate vision of the world, with untrustworthiness, sense of impotency, lack of agency, anomy, as the world belongs to those who have power and for the others is only a matter of surviving.

The following sessions presented two round tables: the first one focused on Europe as horizon of sense and hosted Bruna Zani, European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations and Jeroen Jutte, Head of Unit DG EMPL, which presented their ideas on the guidelines and on possible practical applications. Then, the second round table on the future of EU was introduced by the presentation of Terri Mannarini, University of Salento, Italy, regarding the socio-political orientations in the Italian sample and of Giuseppe Veltri, University of Trento, Italy, about the cultural dynamics within the Brexit, which aim to show how the symbolic universes can be present in the everyday social and political life; then it continued with the interventions of Martin Bohle, Advisor DG RESEARCH, Stefaan Hermans, Director EAC, Diana Cristina Constantinescu, Europe Direct Emilia-Romagna, and Anna Krasteva, New Bulgarian University, Re.Cri.Re. Consortium.

The participants had the change to ask questions regarding the results of the project and the implementation of its findings, and provided significant insights from their local contexts. The conclusions of the Conference were presented by Sergio Salvatore, Scientific Coordinator of the project and Marco Boaria, Resources and Development Unit ALDA, with the aim of capitalizing the project results by concretely apply and reuse its findings.

The Conference is one sign that the Re.Cri.Re. project has developed fundamental outcomes for the contemporary European and local policy-makers and its Guidelines will be a tool for who wants to discover more about culture and social identities’ influence.
As said by a representative of the Re.Cri.Re. partnership, there is “a strong feeling that the Re.Cri.Re. project has just started to discover fundamental findings and the end of the project will be instead the launching of a new vision”.

Useful resources:

Read more about the project Re.Cri.Re on its website


Governing Board of ALDA marks mid-term with new Strategic Framework

The Governing Board of ALDA, elected in Paris on the occasion of the General Assembly 2016, marks its mid-term with the approval of the new Strategic Framework of the association.

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The document sets the consolidation of ALDA as a pan-European organization our common goal, and stresses the strong link between local development, and local democracy, which makes the work of ALDA a true support for communities empowerment all over Europe.

The Governing Board met on 3rd May 2018 hosted by the office of Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Brussels. The Region is a long-time member of ALDA, and is represented in the Board and Bureau of the Association.

“Equality,  participation,  fairness,  commitment,  democracy  and  sustainability  are  only  few  of  the  words  that  we  use  in  our  daily  work,  but  thanks  to  that,  they  are  going  to  be  more  than  just  words,  they  are  going  to  be  a  reality  for  all  European  citizens”, stated our President Oriano Otočan.

The Governing Board of ALDA, elected in Paris on the occasion of the General Assembly 2016, marks its mid-term with the approval of the new Strategic Framework of the association.

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The document sets the consolidation of ALDA as a pan-European organization our common goal, and stresses the strong link between local development, and local democracy, which makes the work of ALDA a true support for communities empowerment all over Europe.

The Governing Board met on 3rd May 2018 hosted by the office of Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Brussels. The Region is a long-time member of ALDA, and is represented in the Board and Bureau of the Association.

“Equality,  participation,  fairness,  commitment,  democracy  and  sustainability  are  only  few  of  the  words  that  we  use  in  our  daily  work,  but  thanks  to  that,  they  are  going  to  be  more  than  just  words,  they  are  going  to  be  a  reality  for  all  European  citizens”, stated our President Oriano Otočan.


Local democracy, the commitment for Europe of 300 members of ALDA

The General Assembly of ALDA 2018 took place on 4th May in Brussels, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Over 130 members and friends of ALDA participated in the event, committed to shaping more resilient communities all over Europe.

Participants were welcomed by ALDA President Oriano Otočan, EESC President Luca Jahier, and Ivan Jakovčić, Member of the European Parliament. Jahier stressed that “the work of ALDA is key to reinforcing European spirit and preventing isolation, as well as walking us towards the decisive EP elections 2019, making people go and vote. The 300 members of ALDA represent a huge resource to reach out to European citizens and to raise their awareness, sense of ownership and involvement”. MEP Jakovčić put the accent on the local level: “Working at the local leve is fundamental, that’s why the activity of ALDA is so important, as in Croatia and Istria we have learnt on our skin. We need good news from the local level, to learn and share solutions on how issues have been solved locally. Enough bad – and fake – news!”.

An interactive panel on local governance and challenges in the EU and its Neighborhood was moderated by ALDA’s Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, with the participation of Ivan Jakovčić, Member of the European Parliament; Ken Godfrey, Executive Director EPD; Paolo Ciccarelli, DG DEVCO – Directorate of Cities, Local Authorities, Digitalisation, Infrastructure; Carla Dejonghe, Representative of the Chamber of Regions to the Congress of the Local and Regional Authorities of the CoE; and Jean-Marc Roirant, Chair of Civil Society Europe. Mr Ciccarelli stressed the commitment of the EU to support local authorities and decentralization, while Ms Cozzoli highlighted that the programme Europe for Citizens is a main partner of ALDA, but the other way round is also true: ALDA’s achievements contributed to the results of the programme as it is today.

Secretary General of ALDA Valmorbida then presented the world of ALDA and our main achievements, before electing the Chair of the General Assembly – this year Mrs Lusine Aleksandryan, Delegate of the Local Democracy Agency Gyumri, in Armenia – an important sign in light of the situation of the country.

The Assembly approved the moral report of the President, the accounts 2017 and the auditor report. The activity report of ALDA and of the Local Democracy Agencies for 2017 were presented and approved.

Then, the programme and budget 2018 were approved, as well as the Strategic views. The Values of ALDA, presented by Noel Orsat, member of the Advisory Board of ALDA, were also approved.

The winner of last year’s Gianfranco Martini scholarship, Klodjan Sefaraj, winner of Gianfranco Martini scholarship 2017, presented the outcomes of his research on local democracy in Albania. In the country, citizens need to gain confidence and understanding of democracy; they have deep trust in the EU, and are much more optimistic about Europe than European citizens.

The scholarship 2018 was awarded to Beka Chedia, for his project titled “Development of Local Democracy and Transformative Power of Europe in Georgia”. The aim is to show if Europe has an effect on building democratic institutions and its results (in the frame of a post-Soviet space).

On the occasion of the General Assembly, a number of side events were organized, including the final event of the H2020 project Re.Cri.Re, the round table on EU support to Democracy organized with European Partnership for Democracy and a dissemination event of the H2020 project ENLARGE

Useful resources

New ALDA Presentation 

The General Assembly of ALDA 2018 took place on 4th May in Brussels, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Over 130 members and friends of ALDA participated in the event, committed to shaping more resilient communities all over Europe.

Participants were welcomed by ALDA President Oriano Otočan, EESC President Luca Jahier, and Ivan Jakovčić, Member of the European Parliament. Jahier stressed that “the work of ALDA is key to reinforcing European spirit and preventing isolation, as well as walking us towards the decisive EP elections 2019, making people go and vote. The 300 members of ALDA represent a huge resource to reach out to European citizens and to raise their awareness, sense of ownership and involvement”. MEP Jakovčić put the accent on the local level: “Working at the local leve is fundamental, that’s why the activity of ALDA is so important, as in Croatia and Istria we have learnt on our skin. We need good news from the local level, to learn and share solutions on how issues have been solved locally. Enough bad – and fake – news!”.

An interactive panel on local governance and challenges in the EU and its Neighborhood was moderated by ALDA’s Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, with the participation of Ivan Jakovčić, Member of the European Parliament; Ken Godfrey, Executive Director EPD; Paolo Ciccarelli, DG DEVCO – Directorate of Cities, Local Authorities, Digitalisation, Infrastructure; Carla Dejonghe, Representative of the Chamber of Regions to the Congress of the Local and Regional Authorities of the CoE; and Jean-Marc Roirant, Chair of Civil Society Europe. Mr Ciccarelli stressed the commitment of the EU to support local authorities and decentralization, while Ms Cozzoli highlighted that the programme Europe for Citizens is a main partner of ALDA, but the other way round is also true: ALDA’s achievements contributed to the results of the programme as it is today.

Secretary General of ALDA Valmorbida then presented the world of ALDA and our main achievements, before electing the Chair of the General Assembly – this year Mrs Lusine Aleksandryan, Delegate of the Local Democracy Agency Gyumri, in Armenia – an important sign in light of the situation of the country.

The Assembly approved the moral report of the President, the accounts 2017 and the auditor report. The activity report of ALDA and of the Local Democracy Agencies for 2017 were presented and approved.

Then, the programme and budget 2018 were approved, as well as the Strategic views. The Values of ALDA, presented by Noel Orsat, member of the Advisory Board of ALDA, were also approved.

The winner of last year’s Gianfranco Martini scholarship, Klodjan Sefaraj, winner of Gianfranco Martini scholarship 2017, presented the outcomes of his research on local democracy in Albania. In the country, citizens need to gain confidence and understanding of democracy; they have deep trust in the EU, and are much more optimistic about Europe than European citizens.

The scholarship 2018 was awarded to Beka Chedia, for his project titled “Development of Local Democracy and Transformative Power of Europe in Georgia”. The aim is to show if Europe has an effect on building democratic institutions and its results (in the frame of a post-Soviet space).

On the occasion of the General Assembly, a number of side events were organized, including the final event of the H2020 project Re.Cri.Re, the round table on EU support to Democracy organized with European Partnership for Democracy and a dissemination event of the H2020 project ENLARGE

Useful resources

New ALDA Presentation 


ALDA and UNDP Tunisia together in Zarzis for an inter-city meeting

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP Tunisia) held on 23 April 2018 in Zarzis,  in the southern of  Tunisia, the second inter-city meeting within the framework of the Madinatouna project. The general objective of the program is to contribute in the Integrated Development and local governance of eight cities in Tunisia, through the reinforcement of the urban participation and strategic planning.The initiative is implemented within the framework of the Cities Alliances country program under the coordination of UNDP, and in partnership with MedCities, GIZ, CILG –VNG and the National Federation of the Tunisian Cities.

The Zarzis meeting brought together the technical and / or municipal teams from the eight tunisian cities involved in the program (Beja, Gabes, Kairouan, Medenine, Sidi Bouzid and Tataouine) as well as senior local officials and international experts.
It is within this framework and in synergy with PARFAIT project, currently implemented by ALDA in Tunisia, that the LDA Tunisia delegate, Mrs. Afaf Zaddem, as well as several women beneficiaries of PARFAIT project in Kairouan were invited to participate in this meeting.

Indeed, PARFAIT project aims to improve the participation of women in the process of local governance in Tunisia, giving women the means to fully integrate into public life, as voters ,candidates but also as knowledgeable, committed and involved citizens so that the system of local decentralization can be  a success for the entire population.

Since November 2017, 180 women from the governorates of Tunis, Jendouba, Mahdia, Kairouan, Kebili and Gafsa are following a training course aimed at strengthening their capacities and sensitizing them to the gender dimension and women’s participation in the process of decision-making.

It’s thanks to all the training courses already undertaken that the women beneficiaries of the project in Kairouan animated a workshop aiming at sensitizing the teams of the municipalities with the stakes of the inequalities of gender and with the integration of the gender dimension in the local policies and the strategies of cities.

This meeting represented an important opportunity, both for the women beneficiaries of PARFAIT project and for the representatives of the Madinatouna project’s beneficent municipalities, who were able to carry out fruitful exchange of views and highlight all the skills acquired in the framework of these two projects.

Therefore, we  very much hope that this first meeting will be followed by other joint activities, in order to continue to support local actors in the implementation of effective and gender-sensitive decentralization, in a climate of dialogue.

Read more about  project Madinatouna

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP Tunisia) held on 23 April 2018 in Zarzis,  in the southern of  Tunisia, the second inter-city meeting within the framework of the Madinatouna project. The general objective of the program is to contribute in the Integrated Development and local governance of eight cities in Tunisia, through the reinforcement of the urban participation and strategic planning.The initiative is implemented within the framework of the Cities Alliances country program under the coordination of UNDP, and in partnership with MedCities, GIZ, CILG –VNG and the National Federation of the Tunisian Cities.

The Zarzis meeting brought together the technical and / or municipal teams from the eight tunisian cities involved in the program (Beja, Gabes, Kairouan, Medenine, Sidi Bouzid and Tataouine) as well as senior local officials and international experts.
It is within this framework and in synergy with PARFAIT project, currently implemented by ALDA in Tunisia, that the LDA Tunisia delegate, Mrs. Afaf Zaddem, as well as several women beneficiaries of PARFAIT project in Kairouan were invited to participate in this meeting.

Indeed, PARFAIT project aims to improve the participation of women in the process of local governance in Tunisia, giving women the means to fully integrate into public life, as voters ,candidates but also as knowledgeable, committed and involved citizens so that the system of local decentralization can be  a success for the entire population.

Since November 2017, 180 women from the governorates of Tunis, Jendouba, Mahdia, Kairouan, Kebili and Gafsa are following a training course aimed at strengthening their capacities and sensitizing them to the gender dimension and women’s participation in the process of decision-making.

It’s thanks to all the training courses already undertaken that the women beneficiaries of the project in Kairouan animated a workshop aiming at sensitizing the teams of the municipalities with the stakes of the inequalities of gender and with the integration of the gender dimension in the local policies and the strategies of cities.

This meeting represented an important opportunity, both for the women beneficiaries of PARFAIT project and for the representatives of the Madinatouna project’s beneficent municipalities, who were able to carry out fruitful exchange of views and highlight all the skills acquired in the framework of these two projects.

Therefore, we  very much hope that this first meeting will be followed by other joint activities, in order to continue to support local actors in the implementation of effective and gender-sensitive decentralization, in a climate of dialogue.

Read more about  project Madinatouna