ALDA Secretary General will join the second Marmara Urban Forum (MARUF)

In October 2021, ALDA Secretary General – Antonella Valmorbida – will join the second Marmara Urban Forum (MARUF). Organised by the ALDA Member Marmara Municipalities Union, the event gathers experts and professionals from all over the world to discuss the necessity of rethinking the urban space and policies in the aftermath of COVID-19.

In lights of  recents events, such as the health crisis and forced migration, reconsidering the urban spaces, reflecting on the cities in relation to their people and communities are crucial aspects that need to be discussed at international level. Therefore, based on the six axes, which are “healthy,” “inclusive,” innovative,” “resilient,” “sustainable,” and “creative” cities, Marmara Urban Forum will serve as a platform of mutual learning and exchange of knowledge on these important issues.



Entitled “Cities Developing Solutions: Re-Think, Co-Act”, and in line with the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the forum is addressing daily issues from  climate change and local development; to public health and infrastructure. Over 90 partners – be they international organisations, universities, NGOs – will join the second edition of MARUF. Just to mention a few, together with ALDA, also UN-Habitat, the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Energy Cities, CDP, WRI, UNDP will be present at the event.

Ms. Valmorbida, as been invited as keynote speakers in two different sessions.

Beginning on October 1st (15.00 UCT+3), the first discussion she will join in entitled: “City Networks: Keep calm and meet globally“.
Sitting with her at the virtual table:

  1. Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES
  2. Floriane Cappelletti, Communications&Overall Coordination, Energy Cities
  3. Júlia López Ventura, European Regional Director, C40
  4. Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS

Moreover, with a special focus on “Local Administration Reform Project III” – (LAR III), Antonella Valmorbida will also participate at the session taking place on October 3rd at 14.30 (UCT+3), together with:

  • Neslihan Yumukoğlu – Project Manager, Local Administration Reform Phase III Project, UNDP
  • Metehan Gültaşlı – Senior Expert, LAR-3 Project, UNDP
  • Erbay Arıkboğa – Prof., Faculty of Political Sciences, Marmara University
  • Muhittin Acar – Prof., Political Science and Public Administration, Hacettepe University
  • Hüseyin Gül – Prof., Political Science and Public Administration, Süleyman Demirel University

 

ALDA is very much glad to be part of this great initiative, while sharing its expertise and knowledge with other stakeholders. 

 

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To register MARUF21: https://www.marmaraurbanforum.org/kayit
For more information on MARUF21: www.marmaraurbanforum.org


New course on “Project Cycle Management - the development of the project idea"

After the training on European Funding, it’s now time to better understand the project cycle management!

Starting in November 2021 the course will focus on “development of the project idea”. The course will be delivered online and in Italian. During the 4 days course attendees will be provided with concrete examples and professional insights on how to developed a project. Take a look at the the agenda and infopack here

WHY OUR COURSES?

Based on its long lasting experience, being actively operating within the sector of European democracy support and project development for more than 20 years, ALDA + is able to provide valuable and professional courses on several topics, mostly related to European funding, Policy Analysis and Project Development.

WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS GET?

By joining the course participants will get:

  • Practical knowledge to be able to understand and recognised the differences among the European funding programmes
  • Writing and Reporting Workshop during which participants will see how to write a project and manage its budget
  • Teaching materials will be provided during course, providing concrete examples of projects implemented
  • Support after the training is available! Our staff will answers questions and doubts also after the course
  • Certificate of attendance will be given at the end of the course
  • Professional Trainers will guide participants through the course


TRAINERS

Marco Boaria is the Head of ALDA’s Resources and Development Unit, since 2004. With more than 15 years of experience, he has developed projects in different areas, based on different programs of the European Union (and beyond), interacting with different DGs of the European Commission. He has worked as project coordinator, with particular focus on issues such as democracy, participation, youth and has assumed the role of external supervisor in European projects developed by public and private entities. His specialization as a trainer mainly concerns the following topics/areas: project cycle management, European funds, participatory methods, non-formal education, youth.

Anna Ditta has 10 years of experience in the field of project development and implementation, particularly with reference to European Union funding programs. She holds a degree in International Political Science from the University of Padua and a Master in European Studies and Project Management from Brussels. She worked for several years for the Veneto Region, Brussels Directorate, dealing specifically with cooperation with the Balkans. At ALDA she deals with fundraising and project development, focusing on active citizenship, youth, cooperation with third countries in the field of participatory democracy and good local governance.


USEFUL INFORMATION

TIMETABLE:
12 November 2021 15.00-18.00
19 November 2021 15.00-18.00
26 November 2021 15.00-18.00
3 December 2021 15.00-18.00

COSTS:
300 euro (10% discount for ALDA members and students under 26 years old)

REGISTRATION:
Please register at the following link
Read the agenda here

CONTACT:
Please email Eleonora Bertin for any further question or call +39 0444 54 01 46


OUR REALITY

Attendees will be involved within a reality that has more than 20 year of experiences, established in 1999 at the initiative of the Council of Europe to coordinate and support the network of Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), which are self- sustainable, locally registered NGOs acting as promoters of good governance and local self-government, with which ALDA collaborates in many activities. Our history and activities in a glance:

2500 Partners 

350 Members

450 Projects

43 Million euro budget


Course on “European Funding: new programming and new opportunities”

After the summer break it is time to start courses and trainings again… Hurry up, only 3 spots are still available!

Starting in October 2021 the online course will focus on “European Funding: new programming and new opportunities”- Italian version. During the course attendees will be provided with experience-based, good tips and insights useful to know when approaching this topic (course infopack here).

WHY OUR COURSES?

Based on ALDA’s long lasting experience, being actively operating within the sector of European democracy support and project development for more than 20 years, ALDA + is able to provide valuable and professional courses on several topics, mostly related to European funding, Policy Analysis and Project Development.

WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS GET?

By joining the course participants will get:

  • Practical knowledge to be able to understand and recognised the differences among the European funding programmes
  • Teaching materials will be distributed during course, providing concrete examples of projects implemented
  • Support after the training is available! Our staff will answers questions and doubts also after the course
  • Certificate of attendance will be given at the end of the course
  • Professional Trainers will guide participants through the course


TRAINERS

Marco Boaria is the Head of ALDA’s Resources and Development Unit, since 2004. With more than 15 years of experience, he has developed projects in different areas, based on a variety of programs of the European Union (and beyond), interacting with different DGs of the European Commission. He has worked as project coordinator, with particular focus on issues such as democracy, participation, youth and has assumed the role of external supervisor in European projects developed by public and private entities. His specialization as a trainer mainly concerns the following topics/areas: project cycle management, European funds, participatory methods, non-formal education, youth.

Anna Ditta has 10 years of experience in the field of project development and implementation, particularly with reference to European Union funding programs. She holds a degree in International Political Science from the University of Padua and a Master in European Studies and Project Management from Brussels. She worked for several years for the Veneto Region, Brussels Directorate, dealing specifically with cooperation with the Balkans. At ALDA she deals with fundraising and project development, focusing on active citizenship, youth, cooperation with third countries in the field of participatory democracy and good local governance.

Lavinia Traina works in the Programmes and Development Department of ALDA and she is in charge of the development of projects funded by the European Union. Interested in the issues of good governance, human rights, social inclusion, active citizenship, youth, environment and sustainable development, she is involved in the drafting of projects within the ERASMUS+, Europe for Citizens, LIFE, IMCAP and Creative Europe programs of the European Union. She has worked in the management of projects dealing with human rights, with particular attention to the defense of vulnerable people such as women, indigenous peoples, migrants and homeless with experiences in Italy and abroad.


USEFUL INFORMATION

ONLINE TIMETABLE:
14October 2021 17.00-19.00
21 October 2021 17.00-19.00
28 October 2021 17.00-19.00
4 November 2021 17.00-19.00

COSTS:
200 euro (10% discount for ALDA members and students under 26 years old)

AGENDA & REGISTRATION:
Please register at the following link
Read the agenda here

INFORMATION:
Please contact Eleonora Bertin for further information


UPCOMING NEXT

Do not miss the next course onProject Cycle Management – the development of the project idea“. Find out more and be among the participants!
The course will start in November 2021.

OUR REALITY

Attendees will be involved within a reality that has more than 20 year of experiences, established in 1999 at the initiative of the Council of Europe to coordinate and support the network of Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), which are self- sustainable, locally registered NGOs acting as promoters of good governance and local self-government, with which ALDA collaborates in many activities. Our history and activities in a glance:

2500 Partners 

350 Members

450 Projects

43 Million euro budget


50xcento: Young Contributing Leaders wanted!

“I don’t want young people to change country,

I want young people to change the country.”

(Rinaldo Sidoli)

ARC Research Centre of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, Alliance for Social Generativity, with the support of Fondazione Cattolica are looking for 50 young leaders to share ideas and energies and become the real engine of our country, through Social Generativity.

On 30 September in Vicenza, participate in 50xcento, a free training and activation experience on the theme of Social Generativity, a new paradigm for the development of a territory and its community, aimed at a heterogeneous group of 50 young people from the Vicenza area.


But what is
Social Generativity?

Social generativity is a new way of thinking and acting, both personal and collective, which describes the possibility of a type of socially oriented, creative, connective, productive and responsible action, capable of having a positive impact on the forms of producing, innovating, living, caring, organising and investing, by injecting new life.

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE – who are the young contribution leaders

50 young people aged 20 to 40 years, resident and/or domiciled in the territory of Vicenza and its Province, who wish to take up the challenge of the “50xcento” and share the logic of contribution, to be active protagonists of a new season of development, local and national, with people at the centre, starting from the spaces and opportunities for growth offered and present in the territory of Vicenza.

Together to be the real engine of Italian development, through Social Generativity

HOW – Learning by doing: theory at the service of practice.

Overall, the 50xcento day can be thought of as an articulated collective performance, which begins with a traditional conference setting and evolves progressively, in a crescendo.

Through the use of different and integrated languages, making the most of the performative aspects in the group work, the participants will be presented with the theme and the pillars of Social Generativity and proposed a performative action:

🟨 1st Pillar – Desire: Reflection and dialogue on the following questions: What is blocking the future today? What prevents us from looking beyond? What inhibits desire in my area?

🟧 2nd Pillar – Bringing into the world: constructing and generating elements that are considered to be positive for one’s own city, future and society  

🟦 3rd Pillar – Taking care: having lunch together to underline the importance of conviviality as a value for building sustainable and productive social dynamics.

🟪 4th Pillar – Letting go: the performative action to be carried out involves leaving the elements built in the second pillar in a point considered significant in one’s own territory, and taking a photo.

At the end of the training day, the young participants in the 50xcento will have the opportunity to participate in the presentation of the European project CAP- PERI (CAP – Peer Education Resources in Italy), co-funded by the European Union Programme IMCAP, in which the following organisations participate ALDA – Association of Local Democracy Agencies (Vicenza), IRS – Institute for Social Research (Milan), Replay Network (Rome), ISBEM – Euro Mediterranean Biomedical Scientific Institute (Mesagne) and CESIE – European Centre of Studies and Initiatives (Palermo).

Join the free training! Fill in the form

 SKILLS AND SKILLS – The 50xcento for my growth

Through this initiative, participants will acquire various soft skills that will enable them to generate and seize opportunities for development and change in their local contexts and become cultural promoters around social generativity, initiating supra-local relations and networks of exchange of reflections and generative practices with other territories.

Participation in the CAP-PERI conference offers a concrete example of the development of a project idea and also provides an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with experienced organisations and to draw inspiration, stimuli and ideas.

REGISTRATION FORM AND DEADLINE

To join the free training please fill in the form
Deadline to apply: 20 SEPTEMBER 2021

INFORMATION

Membership of the event is free of charge, there is no cost to participate.
Lunch is included.
Timetable: 9.00 – 18.00
Venue: ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy – Viale Milano 36 – Vicenza

Contact: Nadia Di Iulio (ALDA) nadia@alda-europe.eu  or (+39) 324 6257381

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50Xcento is promoted by ARC, the Research Centre of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, and by the Alliance for Social Generativity, a constantly expanding national project born from a movement developed within ARC, which brings together different organisations, especially enterprises, promoting generative culture in the country.
50xcento is sponsored by Fondazione Cattolica


DEVOTEd meeting in Zonguldak - back in presence!

Recently ALDA colleagues, Giulia and Lea from Middle East and Africa Department joined the DEVOTE meeting in Zonguldak, Turkey. Yet, what was it about?

Teams from the 6 partner organizations attended a hybrid transnational meeting on September 15th and 16th in Zonguldak, Turkey and through the Zoom platform online. It was the occasion to finally meet in person, but also to discuss the progress made after one year of project’s implementation and to talk about the future steps to be taken.


Zonguldak was the occasion to finally meet in person, but also to discuss the progress made


What we achieved so far:

  • The publication of our report of primary research and literature review outlining the current situation of the integration of students with migrant backgrounds into schools.

The very next step:

  • The publication of the Educational content translated in all 6 languages of our partner organizations – coming soon

DEVOTE – Developing the Competencies of Teachers to Integrate Students from Migrant Background into European Schools, is a project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and implemented by a consortium of 6 organizations from France, Slovenia, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Belgium.

The aim of the project? Equipping teachers and educators with skills and tools to strengthen the inclusion of students with migrant backgrounds and to improve their success in education.

With great enthusiasm, the DEVOTE project is making great steps forward, and this meeting Zonguldak, Turkey, encouraged once more partners and people involved in keeping on with this initiative, supporting students and teachers in Europe and beyond!

 

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Check DEVOTE’s website, subscribe to its newsletter and follow the project on social medias if you want to know more:

Facebook account

LinkedIn profile 


Joining the European Meetings on Participation in Amiens

ALDA colleague Morgane Egerton has been participating in the event European Meetings on Participation – Inventing together the democracy of tomorrow

The five day event, which took place all over the city of Amiens (France) for the first three days and held online for the last two, was a sizable gathering of many different people. Every day was filled with various activities, like workshops, tours and talks, that functioned as learning experiences as well as moments to socialise and network, all in the name of citizen participation. Participants were encouraged to choose from an array of possibilities to fill their day with as many informative and constructive opportunities as they wished.


In Amiens, inventing together the democracy of tomorrow


The main focus that brought everyone together was the one sentence at the heart of the event  «Imaginer ensemble la démocratie de demain».

During the three days of in-person debates on citizen participation, many speakers – coming from different structures – were able to share their ideas, opinions on different topics linked to the main focus, and thus provided an opportunity for all participants to reflect on their own practices, learn and share new and more effective ones and then bring that knowledge home.

Thanks to Morgane’s participation in this event, ALDA is certain that learning about this amazing experience from her will be greatly beneficial to our cause and future plans concerning citizen participation.


Public Administration as a Green Leader

ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida will be among the keynote speakers at the Webinar “Public Administration as a Green Leader” that will take place on 23 September 2021, via Facebook Live.

In light of the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report the focus of governance should shift in order to reflect the needs of citizens concerned about climate change and its consequences. One way to do this is to “turn public administration green”. But what does that mean? “Turning public administration green means formulating a vision to be shared with and by the population and upholding a commitment to sacrifice short-term (economic) interests to ensure long-term sustainability.”


Turning public administration green means formulating a vision to be shared with and by the population


The webinar will also showcase best practices to make office buildings more environmentally sustainable, minimise the impacts of meetings and events, promote sustainable commuting and business travel etc.

It will be moderated by the Head of the Department of Democracy and Governance, Dan Popescu, and the other speakers are: 

  • Maja Marincek, Undersecretary, Public Procurement Directorate, Ministry of Public Administration, Slovenia;
  • Marion Rumpl, Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement at the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany;
  • Gerhard Weiner, Head of the Service Center of the Sustainable Public Procurement Action Plan in Austria

ALDA is glad to be part of the event, and sharing its experience and knowledge with other international realities, together for a greener Europe and world!

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GEM IN: Embrace intercultural education!

What is the best way to learn?  Playing of course!

The “Game to EMbrace INtercultural education” – GEM IN project builds on this incentive to promote intercultural education by using non-formal and playful approaches, enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences to young people.

The purpose of the project is to support intercultural education at school and in non-formal youth environments as a vehicle to foster social inclusion, cross-cultural dialogue and active citizenship by promoting European values.

At the same time, the project intends to provide inputs and policy recommendations for intervention strategies to promote intercultural education and active citizenship through an innovative educational framework.


What is the best way to learn?  Playing of course with GEM IN!


The educational framework’s aim is to be a guide for all the teachers, educators, project managers and people using the game as an educational resource thanks to its complete explanation of all the steps that were taken to create the game and its contents, keeping in mind the values and the methodology promoted through the whole project GEM IN

For example, during the piloting phase of the project in Cyprus, children had the opportunity to learn about another culture and what inclusion means through the game developed by GEM IN; and not even the covid-19 pandemic could stop this learning (by playing) experience when students were able to play and interact with the game online, as well as offering insightful and constructive feedback.

For more information, you can visit the project website and read both newsletters.

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ENG Newsletter 1 and 2

FR Newsletter 1 and 2


Free webinar for Members on the Conference on the Future of Europe and its tools

ALDA is pleased to announce that the next webinar in the ALDATalks series has been officially scheduled for September the 24th 2021, at 2 pm CEST.

The event is open exclusively to Members of ALDA, and it will be held online in English, with the possibility of French simultaneous translation.

The Conference for the Future of Europe (CoFoE)  represents a crucial occasion for the European Parliament, Council of Europe and European Commission to listen and collect citizens’ ideas and opinions on the future of the European Union. 

ALDA is organising various activities within the conference, which you are warmly invited to join, but this webinar specifically is a chance to share with members new tools and opportunities to understand how you and your organisation/s can contribute ideas, clarify any doubts and answer every question.


If you are a Member check your email and get the link to register!


Join ALDA’s active participation in the Conference and you too can give a meaningful contribution to the identification of the next European challenges and priorities! 

AGENDA 

  • Explanation of the concept and main objectives behind the CoFoE. By Antonella Valmorbida – General Secretary of ALDA and member of the Steering Committee of the Civil Society Convention
  • Presentation the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe, a joint declaration which ensures the effective involvement of citizens. By Ruth-Marie Henckes – Advocacy and Communications Coordinator at EPD – European Partnership for Democracy 
  • Explanation of how the  CoFoE platforms work and how you can contribute with your ideas, comments and suggestions By Sofia Gatteri – Communication Officer at ALDA 

ALDA invites its members to register at the following link!

#TheFutureIsYours


Project Assistant - French Speaking (Tunisia)

[ENG] ALDA is looking for a Project Assistant. He/she will work under the supervision of the ALDA Tunisia Office Manager and will assist in the implementation of the Projects in Tunisia.

[FR] L’ALDA recherche un Assistant de Projet. Il/elle travaillera sous la supervision du Responsable bureau ALDA Tunisie et assurera l’assistance dans la mise en œuvre des Projets en Tunisie, en particulier les activités reliées à la coordination du pôle démocratie locale et participative du programme Concerté pluri-acteurs Soyons Actif/ves (PCPA). Le contrat proposé est d’un an.

Read the full opportunity