The future and potential of migrant entrepreneurship at EMEN's final events

The EMEN – European Migrants Entrepreneurship Network project is coming to its conclusion, and we are happy to share with you an invitation to their last online event taking place on September 24th as part of the web-conference titled Growing Europe. Boosting migrant entrepreneurship networks!

Together with AEIDL, DIESIS, Social Impact, Thuas-Fine, UNITEE, Eurochambres, ETUC, REVES, CECOP-CICOPA, EURADAand KMOP, ALDA is a proud partner of the project, which aims to share approaches and lessons learnt on migrant entrepreneurship across and between public administrations; business development and financial organisations; social enterprises; non-profit organisations; educational institutions; and other public and private organisations in support of migrant entrepreneurship at all institutional levels.

More specificially, EMEN wants to share and support the best practices not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs, but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefiting migrants, so as to develop and promote good schemes that could lead to a more inclusive society in the long term.

Join the last EMEN's online event taking place on September 24th

It is with this in mind that, to mark the conclusion of the project, the EMEN consortium has organized a series of online events together with M-UP and Magnet, which have been taking place during 4 Thursdays of September with a focus on the current and future challenges of migrant entrepreneurship. In the first three events these past few weeks, a number of topics were tackled ranging from the importance of the very existence of migrant entrepreneurs to the development of this phenomena and its trends, passing by insightful discussions on the needs and support of migrant entrepreneurs so as to make being one as inclusive as possible.

We now invite you to take part in the last day of the series, on September 24th, dedicated to the “Future and potential of migrant entrepreneurship”. Visit the EMEN website and choose between three webinars, all held by distinguished experts in the field:

We wish EMEN and all partners a great conclusion of the project!

The EMEN – European Migrants Entrepreneurship Network project is coming to its conclusion, and we are happy to share with you an invitation to their last online event taking place on September 24th as part of the web-conference titled Growing Europe. Boosting migrant entrepreneurship networks!

Together with AEIDL, DIESIS, Social Impact, Thuas-Fine, UNITEE, Eurochambres, ETUC, REVES, CECOP-CICOPA, EURADAand KMOP, ALDA is a proud partner of the project, which aims to share approaches and lessons learnt on migrant entrepreneurship across and between public administrations; business development and financial organisations; social enterprises; non-profit organisations; educational institutions; and other public and private organisations in support of migrant entrepreneurship at all institutional levels.

More specificially, EMEN wants to share and support the best practices not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs, but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefiting migrants, so as to develop and promote good schemes that could lead to a more inclusive society in the long term.

Join the last EMEN's online event taking place on September 24th

It is with this in mind that, to mark the conclusion of the project, the EMEN consortium has organized a series of online events together with M-UP and Magnet, which have been taking place during 4 Thursdays of September with a focus on the current and future challenges of migrant entrepreneurship. In the first three events these past few weeks, a number of topics were tackled ranging from the importance of the very existence of migrant entrepreneurs to the development of this phenomena and its trends, passing by insightful discussions on the needs and support of migrant entrepreneurs so as to make being one as inclusive as possible.

We now invite you to take part in the last day of the series, on September 24th, dedicated to the “Future and potential of migrant entrepreneurship”. Visit the EMEN website and choose between three webinars, all held by distinguished experts in the field:

We wish EMEN and all partners a great conclusion of the project!


Italy fighting against the virus: we will make it!

Statement of Antonella Valmorbida,

Secretary General of ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy

Chair of the Board of Directors of the European Partnership for Democracy

 

Italy and its 60 million inhabitants are fighting against the Coronavirus. In a week, our life has been transformed and I guess nothing will ever be the same.

With an unprecedented decision, the Prime Minister has suspended activities in all schools in the country in order to avoid movement of people in buses and trains and in schools, of course. All group activities are cancelled (congresses, events, working meetings, private events – even marriages, which need to be organized behind closed doors). We need to avoid contact with others and we are recommended to speak at 1,5 m distance, at least. Students are all studying from home and the schools and universities are soon or already providing classes online, via various platforms, going through a quantum leap in… 7 days.

The consequent immense blow on the economy will come soon: the tourist sector is already hit with 100% cancelation sin die. Arts, theatres, museums and cinemas are also closed. We are deeply suffering from this social and artistic limitations. We will soon need help and support to address a crisis, which will re-discuss a number of priorities.

Read the whole statement here

Statement of Antonella Valmorbida,

Secretary General of ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy

Chair of the Board of Directors of the European Partnership for Democracy

 

Italy and its 60 million inhabitants are fighting against the Coronavirus. In a week, our life has been transformed and I guess nothing will ever be the same.

With an unprecedented decision, the Prime Minister has suspended activities in all schools in the country in order to avoid movement of people in buses and trains and in schools, of course. All group activities are cancelled (congresses, events, working meetings, private events – even marriages, which need to be organized behind closed doors). We need to avoid contact with others and we are recommended to speak at 1,5 m distance, at least. Students are all studying from home and the schools and universities are soon or already providing classes online, via various platforms, going through a quantum leap in… 7 days.

The consequent immense blow on the economy will come soon: the tourist sector is already hit with 100% cancelation sin die. Arts, theatres, museums and cinemas are also closed. We are deeply suffering from this social and artistic limitations. We will soon need help and support to address a crisis, which will re-discuss a number of priorities.

Read the whole statement here


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“Flowers of Europe”: street art as instrument of social inclusion through the STAR project

In order to promote youth social inclusion, creativity, cohesion and contamination between different cultures and atypical artistic forms, on Thursday 1st October 2020 the painting art lab “Flowers of Europe” took place in Arcugnano as an activity of the STAR project.

The event has encountered a large success, as approximately thirty children, between three and ten years old, from each school of the municipality took part to it, having the amusing opportunity to benefit from the recreational activities which were proposed. The participants were provided with a giant horizontal 160sqm canva realised by artist Jerico, born in the Philippines and currently living in Rome. After a first moment exploring the canva, conducted by Nadia Di Iulio, project manager at ALDA, the children participating could play using all their imagination and then painted using the colours of the artist and their bodies to paint.

Parents were involved as well, since in this occasion 27 citizen-enquiry questionnaires have been recolted, in order to find an agreement about where to realise the graffittis which will the output of the STAR project.

At the end of the event, the giant Jerico’s canva has been cut in 14 pieces donated to the project’s partners, the Municipality and its schools; whereas on Saturday 3rd October took place the temporary exhibition “Flowers of Europe”, preceded by a speech of the Major of Arcugnano and open to the public until Saturday 10th October.

The event was organised in the framework of the STAR – Street ARt project, aiming to promote love for inclusion and to infuse to the younger generations the values of union and solidarity. Co-funded by the European Union programme “Europe for citizens”, the Municipality of Arcugnano is the lead partner, in collaboration with organisations and European municipalities belonging to 14 European countries, as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the Netherlands.

In order to promote youth social inclusion, creativity, cohesion and contamination between different cultures and atypical artistic forms, on Thursday 1st October 2020 the painting art lab “Flowers of Europe” took place in Arcugnano as an activity of the STAR project.

The event has encountered a large success, as approximately thirty children, between three and ten years old, from each school of the municipality took part to it, having the amusing opportunity to benefit from the recreational activities which were proposed. The participants were provided with a giant horizontal 160sqm canva realised by artist Jerico, born in the Philippines and currently living in Rome. After a first moment exploring the canva, conducted by Nadia Di Iulio, project manager at ALDA, the children participating could play using all their imagination and then painted using the colours of the artist and their bodies to paint.

Parents were involved as well, since in this occasion 27 citizen-enquiry questionnaires have been recolted, in order to find an agreement about where to realise the graffittis which will the output of the STAR project.

At the end of the event, the giant Jerico’s canva has been cut in 14 pieces donated to the project’s partners, the Municipality and its schools; whereas on Saturday 3rd October took place the temporary exhibition “Flowers of Europe”, preceded by a speech of the Major of Arcugnano and open to the public until Saturday 10th October.

The event was organised in the framework of the STAR – Street ARt project, aiming to promote love for inclusion and to infuse to the younger generations the values of union and solidarity. Co-funded by the European Union programme “Europe for citizens”, the Municipality of Arcugnano is the lead partner, in collaboration with organisations and European municipalities belonging to 14 European countries, as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the Netherlands.


On participatory democracy in Moldova and Ukraine to empower LAs and civil society

On September 29th and 30th, 2020, a conference was held respectively in Moldova and in Ukraine under the joint partnership of ALDA, the Kettering Foundation and KAS – Konrad Adenauer Stiftungon the topic of “Empowering local authorities and civil society to deliver solutions with participative democracy: implementation in Moldova and Ukraine”.

Both online events saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida and of Eastern Partnership Coordinator Alexandru Coica and Assistant Viorica Bulat, as well as of the delegates of the local LDAs and of a selected number of key stakeholders involved in the research project behind the matter at discussion.

It was a small project, but with great results […] and we invite you to make such projects again in the future” commented the Mayor of Cimislia (Moldova), Mr Sergiu Andronachi; “The report aptly shows the current situation, it is well-prepared and well thought out and we are waiting to have Ms. Antonella as a guest again“. The representative of the Comrat Town Hall, Ms. Irina Cara took the occasion to congratulate the work as well: “Thank you for this project: it was a wonderful workshop in Comrat, we received a lot of information“.

The Deputy of the Dnipro City Council, Mr Artiom Pavlov, similarly expressed his enthusiasm, highlighting that the cooperation with ALDA is extremely important for the Dnipropetrovosk region and remarking that “We appreciate this fruitful cooperation and hope to demonstrate a closer approximation of the local government in Ukraine to the high European standards in the nearest future“.

On ALDA’s side, it was highlighted that local public administrations must engage all citizens even if they seem like a weak link, as this creates the critical mass for cooperation that is necessary to produce change; and encouragement was provided as per the immense work that can be done together for the better of both local authorities and citizens.

All in all, the events were fruitful and satisfactory: in the words of Alexandru Coica, “The most important thing for us was to hear that the comprehensive research work that was done is useful for local authorities and grassroot civil society. I was delighted to hear that all engaged stakeholders will use the recommendations to improve their work“.

We’re very much looking forward to continuing these wonderful collaborations in the Eastern Partnership!

On September 29th and 30th, 2020, a conference was held respectively in Moldova and in Ukraine under the joint partnership of ALDA, the Kettering Foundation and KAS – Konrad Adenauer Stiftungon the topic of “Empowering local authorities and civil society to deliver solutions with participative democracy: implementation in Moldova and Ukraine”.

Both online events saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida and of Eastern Partnership Coordinator Alexandru Coica and Assistant Viorica Bulat, as well as of the delegates of the local LDAs and of a selected number of key stakeholders involved in the research project behind the matter at discussion.

It was a small project, but with great results […] and we invite you to make such projects again in the future” commented the Mayor of Cimislia (Moldova), Mr Sergiu Andronachi; “The report aptly shows the current situation, it is well-prepared and well thought out and we are waiting to have Ms. Antonella as a guest again“. The representative of the Comrat Town Hall, Ms. Irina Cara took the occasion to congratulate the work as well: “Thank you for this project: it was a wonderful workshop in Comrat, we received a lot of information“.

The Deputy of the Dnipro City Council, Mr Artiom Pavlov, similarly expressed his enthusiasm, highlighting that the cooperation with ALDA is extremely important for the Dnipropetrovosk region and remarking that “We appreciate this fruitful cooperation and hope to demonstrate a closer approximation of the local government in Ukraine to the high European standards in the nearest future“.

On ALDA’s side, it was highlighted that local public administrations must engage all citizens even if they seem like a weak link, as this creates the critical mass for cooperation that is necessary to produce change; and encouragement was provided as per the immense work that can be done together for the better of both local authorities and citizens.

All in all, the events were fruitful and satisfactory: in the words of Alexandru Coica, “The most important thing for us was to hear that the comprehensive research work that was done is useful for local authorities and grassroot civil society. I was delighted to hear that all engaged stakeholders will use the recommendations to improve their work“.

We’re very much looking forward to continuing these wonderful collaborations in the Eastern Partnership!