Meet the candidates to the new Governing Board of ALDA!

The upcoming ALDA General Assembly will be an important moment not only for the statutory changes that will be voted by the members but also for the election of the new Governing Board.
We are presenting hereafter the twelve candidates to the next ALDA Governing Board, which are to be elected on 9th October 2020 during the ALDA General Assembly.
Please find here their names and countries of origin:
– Maurizio Camin, Italy
– Emir Coric, North Macedonia
– Didier Duboisset, France
– Shorena Khukhua, Georgia
– Roger Lawrence, UK
– Dobrica Milovanovic, Serbia
– Bartek Ostrowski, Poland
– Oriano Otocan, Croatia
– Alessandro Perelli, Italy
– Andrea Rilievo, Italy
– Natasa Vuckovic, Serbia
– Francesco Zarzana, Italy
Finally, we would like to draw your attention on the fact that the election will take place online, during the annual Assembly of our Association.
In order to participate to the General Assembly of ALDA, happening on Friday 9th October, we warmly encourage all our members to register online before the 4th October, trough THIS LINK.

The upcoming ALDA General Assembly will be an important moment not only for the statutory changes that will be voted by the members but also for the election of the new Governing Board.
We are presenting hereafter the twelve candidates to the next ALDA Governing Board, which are to be elected on 9th October 2020 during the ALDA General Assembly.
Please find here their names and countries of origin:
– Maurizio Camin, Italy
– Emir Coric, North Macedonia
– Didier Duboisset, France
– Shorena Khukhua, Georgia
– Roger Lawrence, UK
– Dobrica Milovanovic, Serbia
– Bartek Ostrowski, Poland
– Oriano Otocan, Croatia
– Alessandro Perelli, Italy
– Andrea Rilievo, Italy
– Natasa Vuckovic, Serbia
– Francesco Zarzana, Italy
Finally, we would like to draw your attention on the fact that the election will take place online, during the annual Assembly of our Association.
In order to participate to the General Assembly of ALDA, happening on Friday 9th October, we warmly encourage all our members to register online before the 4th October, trough THIS LINK.


Get free ALDA membership! A call for municipalities

In its 20 years of activity, ALDA – the European Association of Local Democracy has strenuously supported good governance and empowered local communities all over Europe and in neighbouring countries by sharing best practices in order to encourage a resilient approach to new challenges. In these unprecedented times, dismayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all aware that local authorities are confronted by significant defies. For this reason and in line with its mission, ALDA wants to offer everything that is in its power to support and assist particularly affected municipalities, and to share new tools to overcome these challenges as well as respond effectively to the needs of their communities.

 CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: in order to support Local Authorities heavily affected by the Covid-19 crisis, ALDA is selecting a group of 30 municipalities, that are not yet members, which are creating impact in severely affected communities and providing services to people that have been adversely touched.

ALDA will offer the selected candidates a one-year free membership that will give the municipalities access to a number of services in order to assist the new members in the recovery process with ad-hoc information on specific funding programmes, free training and capacity-building opportunities, invitations to events and networking occasions.

ALDA’S BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS: being a member of ALDA already normally offers a scope of opportunities such as information exchange, participation in international events, opportunities to join EU consortia and transnational projects, assistance in finding the proper funding opportunities (we regularly monitor 400 public and private funding programmes), searches for international partners, and visibility and promotion of the member’s activities within our network.

In addition to that, ALDA has launched a few new activities that are member-specific to celebrate its 20th Anniversary:

  1. The ALDATalks, monthly webinars on a specific topic of interest involving the Association’s members as speakers, with a chance for them to showcase their projects;
  2. Two free trainings per year, including a presentation of the main funding opportunities for the new programming period (2021-2027) and new tools to face the consequences of the covid-19;
  3. Weekly visibility on our social media to one of our members;
  4. Coming soon: a new dedicated section for members within our website.

Interested in joining us for free and receiving the support from our big network?

HOW TO APPLY: municipalities wishing to apply to this call are requested to fill in the registration form by October 31st, 2020 including precise information regarding:

  • number of inhabitants
  • number of infected people
  • number of covid-19 related deaths
  • main affected sectors (education, tourism, agriculture, industry…)

You will also be requested to upload a text file describing at least one example of good practice that the Municipality has put in place in order to contain and fight the disease and the social and medical effects of it – highlighting, if possible, the cooperation that was established with the local Civil Society.

Be one of those 30 and take advantage of the benefits of ALDA membership… contact us before 31st October 2020!

In its 20 years of activity, ALDA – the European Association of Local Democracy has strenuously supported good governance and empowered local communities all over Europe and in neighbouring countries by sharing best practices in order to encourage a resilient approach to new challenges. In these unprecedented times, dismayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all aware that local authorities are confronted by significant defies. For this reason and in line with its mission, ALDA wants to offer everything that is in its power to support and assist particularly affected municipalities, and to share new tools to overcome these challenges as well as respond effectively to the needs of their communities.

 CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: in order to support Local Authorities heavily affected by the Covid-19 crisis, ALDA is selecting a group of 30 municipalities, that are not yet members, which are creating impact in severely affected communities and providing services to people that have been adversely touched.

ALDA will offer the selected candidates a one-year free membership that will give the municipalities access to a number of services in order to assist the new members in the recovery process with ad-hoc information on specific funding programmes, free training and capacity-building opportunities, invitations to events and networking occasions.

ALDA’S BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS: being a member of ALDA already normally offers a scope of opportunities such as information exchange, participation in international events, opportunities to join EU consortia and transnational projects, assistance in finding the proper funding opportunities (we regularly monitor 400 public and private funding programmes), searches for international partners, and visibility and promotion of the member’s activities within our network.

In addition to that, ALDA has launched a few new activities that are member-specific to celebrate its 20th Anniversary:

  1. The ALDATalks, monthly webinars on a specific topic of interest involving the Association’s members as speakers, with a chance for them to showcase their projects;
  2. Two free trainings per year, including a presentation of the main funding opportunities for the new programming period (2021-2027) and new tools to face the consequences of the covid-19;
  3. Weekly visibility on our social media to one of our members;
  4. Coming soon: a new dedicated section for members within our website.

Interested in joining us for free and receiving the support from our big network?

HOW TO APPLY: municipalities wishing to apply to this call are requested to fill in the registration form by October 31st, 2020 including precise information regarding:

  • number of inhabitants
  • number of infected people
  • number of covid-19 related deaths
  • main affected sectors (education, tourism, agriculture, industry…)

You will also be requested to upload a text file describing at least one example of good practice that the Municipality has put in place in order to contain and fight the disease and the social and medical effects of it – highlighting, if possible, the cooperation that was established with the local Civil Society.

Be one of those 30 and take advantage of the benefits of ALDA membership… contact us before 31st October 2020!


Register now for ALDA's General Assembly 2020 - online!

The annual ALDA General Assembly is approaching fast! On Friday, October 9th this 20th anniversary edition will be streamed online from 10:00 am from Brussels in the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities: all ALDA members are warmly encouraged to participate to this crucial occasion, which is open for registration until October 4th, 2020.

 Click HERE to register now: it only takes a minute!

As the Extraordinary Assembly of September 25th did not reach the necessary quorum of 50% + 1 of ALDA’s active members, according to ALDA’s Statute it is convened  again 15 days later without necessary quorum, meaning that the General Assembly of October 9th will also include voting on a series of important Statutory amendments, which will be approved if at least two thirds of the attending members vote in favour without the need of reaching a quorum.

The day will as well be marked by a series of contributions in celebration of ALDA’s 20 years of activity and in recognition of the remarkable achievements of the whole network of members and partners. Even if online, it will be a powerful moment for all members to meet again or to get to know one another for the first time; not to mention the election of the new Governing Board for the next 4-year mandate!

The annual ALDA General Assembly is approaching fast! On Friday, October 9th this 20th anniversary edition will be streamed online from 10:00 am from Brussels in the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities: all ALDA members are warmly encouraged to participate to this crucial occasion, which is open for registration until October 4th, 2020.

 Click HERE to register now: it only takes a minute!

As the Extraordinary Assembly of September 25th did not reach the necessary quorum of 50% + 1 of ALDA’s active members, according to ALDA’s Statute it is convened  again 15 days later without necessary quorum, meaning that the General Assembly of October 9th will also include voting on a series of important Statutory amendments, which will be approved if at least two thirds of the attending members vote in favour without the need of reaching a quorum.

The day will as well be marked by a series of contributions in celebration of ALDA’s 20 years of activity and in recognition of the remarkable achievements of the whole network of members and partners. Even if online, it will be a powerful moment for all members to meet again or to get to know one another for the first time; not to mention the election of the new Governing Board for the next 4-year mandate!


This is not the end! Monumental 9 hands its mission to CulTours

On September 22nd and 23rd, 2020, the closing conference of the Monumental 9 project was held in Nikšić, Montenegro officially announcing the end of the project activities.

The outcomes of Monumental 9 included online trainings for young local greeters, vloggers and bloggers as well as, most importantly, the creation of 3 pilot tours to promote memorial tourism – the first in Konjic, Jablanica, Mostar and Nikšić; the second in Brezovica, Kruševo, Niš; and the last in Prijedor, Šid and Užice. An interactive and friendly website containing audio, visual and written narratives of the nine magnificent WWII monuments in question was also created, giving the possibility to explore the Balkan adventure of the project stakeholders, and can be visited at www.monumental9.org.

The values at the core of the project will now see a follow-up with the new CulTours activities funded by the Western Balkan Fund, which aim to create a mobile application for the promotion and dissemination of local cultural heritage.

Monumental 9 was supported by the Regional Cooperation Council through the Tourism Development & Promotion Project’s Grant Programme, and funded by European Union. Implemented by the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro as lead partner, its consortium involved LDA Mostar, LDA Kosovo, LDA Zavidovici, LDA Prijedor, LDA Knjazevac, LDA Subotica & ALDA Skopje and drew on the cultural heritage monuments dedicated to WWII in the Western Balkans.

On September 22nd and 23rd, 2020, the closing conference of the Monumental 9 project was held in Nikšić, Montenegro officially announcing the end of the project activities.

The outcomes of Monumental 9 included online trainings for young local greeters, vloggers and bloggers as well as, most importantly, the creation of 3 pilot tours to promote memorial tourism – the first in Konjic, Jablanica, Mostar and Nikšić; the second in Brezovica, Kruševo, Niš; and the last in Prijedor, Šid and Užice. An interactive and friendly website containing audio, visual and written narratives of the nine magnificent WWII monuments in question was also created, giving the possibility to explore the Balkan adventure of the project stakeholders, and can be visited at www.monumental9.org.

The values at the core of the project will now see a follow-up with the new CulTours activities funded by the Western Balkan Fund, which aim to create a mobile application for the promotion and dissemination of local cultural heritage.

Monumental 9 was supported by the Regional Cooperation Council through the Tourism Development & Promotion Project’s Grant Programme, and funded by European Union. Implemented by the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro as lead partner, its consortium involved LDA Mostar, LDA Kosovo, LDA Zavidovici, LDA Prijedor, LDA Knjazevac, LDA Subotica & ALDA Skopje and drew on the cultural heritage monuments dedicated to WWII in the Western Balkans.


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EPIC’s highlights from ALDA Talk 2.1 on friendly cities and migrants' inclusion

We receive and share the following news from the EPIC project:

On the 22nd of September some of EPIC partners, Solidaridad Sin Fronteras, ALDA and kitev, joined for the 1st session of a new edition of the ALDA Talks to share with the audience what the EPIC project is about and what integration initiatives the different partners are carrying out in their territories.

Dolinda Cavallo, project manager at ALDA and project coordinator of EPIC, started introducing the project, highlighting our keywords: cooperation among local authorities (LA) and NGOs.

Starting with a series of research activities (surveys, interviews, focus groups and desk research) about migrants’ integration in the 8 cities covered by EPIC, the project will identify thematic priority areas where the partners will exchange knowledge and experiences via job shadowing activities to, later on, be able to test new local services for migrants’ integration.

Irene Soria, project manager at Solidaridad Sin Fronteras (SSF) in Madrid presented the cooperation model that her NGO has with the municipality of Alcorcon, a city in the south of Madrid where 11% of the citizens are from migrant background. Among a large number of current projects (first reception and legal counselling, social and health support, etc.), SSF and the municipality of Alcorcon have teamed-up to set up a cooperation protocol in the field of access to employment for migrants.

A total of 1,300 users have already benefited of this initiative that provide both individual and group support through individual intervention, workshops, internships, capacity building, job placement, or psychological support. They do a closing monitoring of each beneficiary and every 2 months, SSF sends a report to the social workers. The coordination system between the municipality and SSF (employment workgroup with regular meetings, calls, online interaction, monitoring reports, etc.) has been key to ensure the success of this joint collaboration. Now other municipalities in Madrid are asking to replicate this model in their territory.

Gianna Gardeweg from the organisation kitev in Oberhausen shared then the socio cultural initiatives they are implementing to revitalise the area and change the narrative on migration through cultural exchanges.

Based in the old water tower at the central train station in Oberhausen, kitev works with other artists Europe-wide to transform the area into a vibrant quarter using art and culture. Following a renovation, largely stemmed by the association itself, the tower hosts events, workshops and workspace for creative people from all over Europe. In kitev’s work, participation is a crucial principle and culture is a fundamental dimension of sustainable development.

Recently, kitev has been testing collaborative working methods. One of those is the Free University they started two and a half years ago. Following consultations with the Oberhausen neighbours, kitev launched this initiative that currently includes 20 courses focused on participation, addressing the bottom-up needs and feedback received from the local citizens.

Their main objective is to empower people, create new stories to be shared with all the live together in the city and to change wrong perceptions and stereotypes about migration. Their motto: ‘Who builds, changes. And who knows that they can change something becomes a player in an active community’.

See the original piece of news here and explore the EPIC website!

We receive and share the following news from the EPIC project:

On the 22nd of September some of EPIC partners, Solidaridad Sin Fronteras, ALDA and kitev, joined for the 1st session of a new edition of the ALDA Talks to share with the audience what the EPIC project is about and what integration initiatives the different partners are carrying out in their territories.

Dolinda Cavallo, project manager at ALDA and project coordinator of EPIC, started introducing the project, highlighting our keywords: cooperation among local authorities (LA) and NGOs.

Starting with a series of research activities (surveys, interviews, focus groups and desk research) about migrants’ integration in the 8 cities covered by EPIC, the project will identify thematic priority areas where the partners will exchange knowledge and experiences via job shadowing activities to, later on, be able to test new local services for migrants’ integration.

Irene Soria, project manager at Solidaridad Sin Fronteras (SSF) in Madrid presented the cooperation model that her NGO has with the municipality of Alcorcon, a city in the south of Madrid where 11% of the citizens are from migrant background. Among a large number of current projects (first reception and legal counselling, social and health support, etc.), SSF and the municipality of Alcorcon have teamed-up to set up a cooperation protocol in the field of access to employment for migrants.

A total of 1,300 users have already benefited of this initiative that provide both individual and group support through individual intervention, workshops, internships, capacity building, job placement, or psychological support. They do a closing monitoring of each beneficiary and every 2 months, SSF sends a report to the social workers. The coordination system between the municipality and SSF (employment workgroup with regular meetings, calls, online interaction, monitoring reports, etc.) has been key to ensure the success of this joint collaboration. Now other municipalities in Madrid are asking to replicate this model in their territory.

Gianna Gardeweg from the organisation kitev in Oberhausen shared then the socio cultural initiatives they are implementing to revitalise the area and change the narrative on migration through cultural exchanges.

Based in the old water tower at the central train station in Oberhausen, kitev works with other artists Europe-wide to transform the area into a vibrant quarter using art and culture. Following a renovation, largely stemmed by the association itself, the tower hosts events, workshops and workspace for creative people from all over Europe. In kitev’s work, participation is a crucial principle and culture is a fundamental dimension of sustainable development.

Recently, kitev has been testing collaborative working methods. One of those is the Free University they started two and a half years ago. Following consultations with the Oberhausen neighbours, kitev launched this initiative that currently includes 20 courses focused on participation, addressing the bottom-up needs and feedback received from the local citizens.

Their main objective is to empower people, create new stories to be shared with all the live together in the city and to change wrong perceptions and stereotypes about migration. Their motto: ‘Who builds, changes. And who knows that they can change something becomes a player in an active community’.

See the original piece of news here and explore the EPIC website!


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