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ALDA is engaged and promotes youth engagement on global scale as part of the Youth Democracy Cohort

Summit for Democracy 2023 and Youth Democracy Cohort 

“The broad engagement and participation of young people at all levels of policymaking is the engine that drives strong and stable democracies forward. I am proud that we are joined by so many partners in launching together the Youth Participation Cohort” – stated Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships at the 2022 International Day of Democracy.

Possibly described as a multi-stakeholder platform, the Youth Democracy Cohort was launched on the occasion of the Year of Action of the Summit for Democracy. After more than a year, what is the state-of-the-art of this initiative? Definitely a milestone in the implementation of the actions within the Cohort, the Menu of Possible Commitments was presented in February 2023, collecting the 33 recommendations on how to foster youth engagement. As also reported in the document, “50% of the world’s population is under the age of 30”;  however, political institutions and decision-making bodies lack their presence.

 50% of the world’s population is under the age of 30. However, political institutions and decision-making bodies lack youth presence. Youth Democracy Cohort addresses this issue

ALDA is a key stakeholder and contributes to enhancing youth participation and democracy on a worldwide scale. When it comes to the promotion of Human Rights amongst youth, the Cohort advocates for “ensuring gender equality in youth political participation especially putting in place mechanisms that encourage and facilitate young women’s participation”. With this in mind, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) developed the Women and Youth in Democracy Initiative” (WYDE) programme, in line with the mission of the Youth Democracy Cohort, and aiming to foster inclusion of youth in all levels of democratic participation – be it nationally, regionally and globally.

In order to respond to this urgent issue, several NGOs identified five main areas, within which an increase of youth participation may be essential: from enhancing youth voice in governance and government, to supporting youth freedom of expression. The latter aspect also includes the promotion of “youth access to voting by facilitating access to citizen ID and the inclusive registration of voters via digitized civil and voter registries, and systematizing the link between the two registries”, as recommended by the Menu.

Overall, as stated by Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General and EPD President on the occasion of the Global Democracy Coalition Forum: “youth are essential for ensuring respect for human rights and democracy in the future. We need to give the floor to young people in the defense of democracy and democratic values”.


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ALDA Italia APS becomes reality: ALDA announces its launch during the press conference

With the advent of spring, ALDA launched ALDA Italia APS – Association of Social Promotion, locally registered branch of ALDA, during the Press Conference held on March 21, 2023, at ALDA’s office in Vicenza (Italy). 

The Press Conference, which saw the participation of several regionally active journalists, was opened by Ms. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA and President of ALDA Italia, who highlighted the strict link between ALDA and ALDA Italia APS “Since 1999, ALDA has grown a lot, not only at the level of implemented activities and established partnerships, but also from a structural point of view, without ever failing in its mission, values and objectives: to support municipalities and citizens in their initiatives aimed at improving the local environment”  – stated Ms. Valmorbida.

After having grown from 2 to 6 offices in Europe and its neighbourhood, having built a solid network of more than 300 members and having developed and implemented more than 500 projects, we realised that the time had come to strengthen our roots and connections at local level, in the countries where ALDA has its offices. It is from the will to become actors of local change at 360 degrees that ALDA Italia was born, to be even closer to our territory and its community.” – continued Ms. Valmorbida.

ALDA Italia APS represents an additional tool to expand ALDA’s reach and undertake more targeted and coherent activities, becoming real actors of local change

The speech of ALDA Secretary General was followed by the words of Mr. Marco Boaria, Director of ALDA Italia APS, who explained to the journalists the structure and aim of the latter: “ALDA Italia APS represents an additional tool to expand ALDA’s reach and undertake more targeted and coherent activities, becoming real actors of local change” – said Mr. Boaria. “The Italian Association, is already active with a project on territorial regeneration, and many more activities are yet to come” – concluded. 

The Press Conference ended with a presentation of the H.I.L.L. project – Habitat in Living Landscape, of which ALDA Italia is a partner, by Ms. Luisa Dal Prà, Project Manager at ALDA Italia APS.

The opening of ALDA Italia APS  is only the beginning of a process that will see the launch of local branches in all the countries where ALDA is based, in order to strengthen its presence at local level and create a solid basis to stimulate the participatory process of citizens, from the roots of civil society.


Improving media and journalism standards in North Macedonia: the Media4EU project has started!

On March 29, 2023, the kick-off conference of the Media4EU project took place in Skopje, North Macedonia. The conference, which saw the participation of 30 representatives of international bodies, national and local media and Civil Society Organisations, formally marks the beginning of the project and its activities.

“Media4EU – Civil Society Program for the participation of media in North Macedonia’s EU membership negotiation” is a 3-year long project dedicated to improving the standards of journalism and the media sphere of North Macedonia. The one-day conference began with a presentation of the project and its executives by Mr. Dimitar Nikolovski, Executive director of EUROTHINK – Center for European Strategies, leader of the project. It was followed by presentations on the importance of media and CSOs in the EU negotiation process of North Macedonia, featuring Mr. David Geer, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of North Macedonia, and Mr. Bojan Marchic, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, who highlighted the support that the government offered to the project and the importance of this type of projects in the battle against misinformation.

The conference continued with a presentation of the project activities and the grant scheme by the project consortium, composed by EUROTHINK, ALDA and BIRC – Balkan Institute for Regional Cooperation and it concluded with a Q&A session, where the participants had the opportunity to engage in constructive discussions.

Mr. Marco Boaria, Head of the Development Department of ALDA, briefly introduced the commitment of the Organisation towards the media topic, underlining the importance of the freedom of speech: “ALDA has consistently advocated for years for engagement in media and freedom of speech. A principle followed is that a plurality of voices and more opportunities for dialogue leads to better local governance and more opportunities for the grievances of citizens to be aired out.” – said Mr. Boaria.

The Media4EU project aims at improving media and journalism standards of North Macedonia

The aim of the Media4EU project is to bring the journalism and media spheres of North Macedonia up to European standards, featuring trainings, workshops, and exchanges with European journalists to strengthen the capacities of journalism in North Macedonia and contribute to raising the attractiveness of the profession for the youth. The project recognises that stronger standards for media are necessary for the country’s EU accession process and aims to be a good source of information for journalists and constituents alike, as well as allow for opportunities for cooperation among media, civil society, and state institutions. Overall, this conference promoted the project and its activities and provided an excellent opportunity for exchanges and networking in the media sector of North Macedonia.



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Climate of Change calls for proposals. Focuses: France and Belgium

Extended deadline for the calls for proposals of the Climate of Change project: Belgium ONLY!

Are you a Belgian or a Franch youth association or a small Civil Society Organisation who is sensitive to raising awareness on the effects of climate change and understanding the links with migration? We are looking for you! Lead the change and participate in our calls for proposals (one for Belgium and one for France) with your project idea!

What is the main objective of the call of proposal?

The project will support actions developed by youth organisations in Belgium or in France committed in the field of environmental awareness raising, especially climate change induced migration, and targeting young people (16-35 years old).

What is the main objective of each call of proposal?

Any submitted proposal must be of max 5.000 EUR. Each applicant will benefit from a financing of 70% of the total of the action up to a maximum of 3.500 Eur. The remaining 30% of the action (a minimum of 1.500 Eur) will be provided by each applicant as co-funding. The financing and co-financing % always remain the same even if the overall cost of the proposed action is lower than 5.000 EUR. The general action carried out by the Applicant can be higher than 5.000 EUR, but in this case the remaining budget of the overall costs of the proposal will be covered with the Applicant’s own financial resources.

The deadline for the Climate of Change sub-granting calls has been extended

until 17 April 2023 (for Belgium only!)

Which is the thematic focus?

Each proposed action needs to address the nexus between climate change and induced migration! Different types of activities can be eligible for the sub grant: communication activities, promotion and dissemination activities, awareness raising activities, training and learning-by-doing activities, art projects and initiatives, etc.

Where can the project be implemented?

Activities must take place in Belgium/France.

How to apply?

Read the full call for proposals of Climate of Change to have more information about the call and how to apply! The call will be open until 17 April 2023 (for Belgium ONLY!)


🇧🇪 Read the call for Belgium (in French)

🇧🇪 Read the call for Belgium (in English)

🇧🇪 Annex A – Formulaire for Belgium (in French)

🇧🇪 Annex A – Formulaire for Belgium (in English)

🇧🇪 Annex B – Budget Template for Belgium

🇧🇪 Annex C – FAQs for Belgium (in English)


🇫🇷 Read the call for France

🇫🇷 Annex A – Formulaire for France

🇫🇷 Annex B – Budget Template for France

🇫🇷 Annex C – FAQs for France


Infos: All the questions related to the present call for proposals and the participation modalities must be addressed to the project manager Nadia Di Iulio.



Take part in the "H.E.Y. Tell me your story!" short documentary

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Are you a young person (between 15 and 35 years old) who has migrated or returned, is unemployed, belongs to ethnic minorities/faces social, cultural and/or financial barriers?

Join the H.E.Y! Project’s initiative “H.E.Y. Tell me your story!”a narrative and storytelling workshop aimed at creating a collaborative documentary to collectivise common problems, desires and journeys. The workshops will focus on the following themes: education, employment, living conditions, physical and mental well-being, rights and political and social activism.

The activity’s goal consist in empowering young people with fewer opportunities especially Returnees and NEETs, and improving the existing local youth work practices of youth leaders and operators at local level. 

The aim is to highlight the key attitudes, beliefs, values, vulnerabilities and approaches expressed by young people participating with regards to employment, education, mental well-being,rights and social activism.

Youngsters will be the voice of their own concerns and encourage them to inspire and engage other young people to take action in conducting the changes that they want to fight for.

📍Where? Strasbourg (France)

🗓️When? On 19&20 April 2023

Discover more and register here (form in FR) by 17 April 2023.

The workshop is addressed to French speakers only.

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Êtes-vous un jeune (entre 15 et 35 ans) qui a émigré ou qui est revenu au pays, qui est au chômage, qui appartient à une minorité ethnique ou qui est confronté à des obstacles sociaux, culturels et/ou financiers ?

Participez à la création du court-métrage documentaire “H.E.Y. Racontez-moi votre histoire!” 

“H.E.Y. Racontez-moi votre histoire!” est une initiative du projet H.E.Y.! Il s’agit d’un atelier de narration visant à créer un documentaire collaboratif afin de rassembler des problèmes, des désirs et des parcours communs. Les ateliers se concentreront sur les thèmes suivants : l’éducation, l’emploi, les conditions de vie, le bien-être physique et mental, les droits et l’activisme politique et social. Le projet se concentre sur l’autonomisation des jeunes ayant moins d’opportunités, en particulier les rapatriés et les NEET, et sur l’amélioration des pratiques de travail des animateurs et des opérateurs de jeunesse au niveau local.

L’objectif est de mettre en évidence les principales attitudes, croyances, valeurs, vulnérabilités et approches exprimées par les jeunes participants en ce qui concerne l’emploi, l’éducation, le bien-être mental, les droits et l’activisme social. 

Les jeunes seront la voix de leurs propres préoccupations et seront encouragés à inspirer et à inciter d’autres jeunes à prendre des mesures pour mener à bien les changements pour lesquels ils veulent se battre.

📍Où? Strasbourg (France)

🗓️ Quand? 19 et 20 Avril 2023

Si vous êtes intéressé(e) 👉 remplir le formulaire au plus tard le 17 avril 2023

L’atelier s’adresse uniquement aux francophones.

The IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report: Action now on climate change can ensure a liveable future for all

On March 20, 2023, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the Synthesis Report of its Sixth Global Assessment. The IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. Its objective is to provide political leaders with periodic scientific assessments on climate issues. Thousands of experts around the world contribute as authors and review editors.

The aforementioned Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) is the final instalment of a cycle lasting 6-8 years and it summarises the results of the three working group reports about climate change published in 2021 and 2022. Additionally, it includes some remarks on the three special reports published since the last assessment. This document contains a complete review of the scientific global knowledge of the climate to date. 

The report shows how despite the efforts of countries to reduce global warming, it is likely that warming will exceed 1.5°C during this century. The AR6 states that limiting warming to well below 2°C by 2030 will be complicated to achieve in 7 years, yet achieving 1.5°C is still possible if we take action now considering that the current status is around 1.1°C of warming.

Human-caused climate change is already causing climate extremes across the world, intensifying environmental losses and damages that are affecting the most vulnerable populations by exacerbating poverty and increasing inequality. The current warming is already affecting almost half of the population who live in the danger zone of the climate impacts with extreme weather events such as flooding, drought, and destruction of the natural ecosystems. Experts warn that increasing to 1.5 °C warming will provoke high risks and irreversible losses. 

The IPCC suggests reducing emissions by at least 43% until 2030. To do so, the IPCC highlights the technologies already developed as opportunities to adapt and mitigate climate change focused on the areas of energy supply, adequate management of land, water and foods, settlements and infrastructure, health, society, livelihood, and economy. 

This final report is a call for governments, businesses, civil society, and individuals to act consciously about the present and future generations. This collaborative work involves mitigating the climate change impacts by aiming at climate neutrality. 

Due to climate change and its consequences, ALDA’s strategic plan (2020-2024) has prioritised environmental and sustainability projects

In line with these premises, ALDA’s strategic plan (2020-2024) has prioritised environmental and sustainability projects. In line with the European Green Deal, ALDA collaborates with key local, metropolitan, regional, and international stakeholders focusing on five main thematic areas: climate change adaptation and mitigation in urban and rural areas, flood risk mitigation and soil conservation, information and environmental governance, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable agri-food systems. 

Specifically, ALDA contributes to climate change mitigation through various projects, in line with the research process of the IPCC reports. In particular:

NEVERMORE (New Enabling Visions and tools for End-users and stakeholders thanks to a common Modeling approach towards a climate-neutral and resilient society) project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme, aims to develop integrated models and tools for simulating and assessing the impacts and risks of climate change. The project was launched following the publication of the IPCC report ‘A code red for humanity’. Since then, the project has based its activities and policy scenario formulation on the intergovernmental body’s findings. In addition, it is expected that some of the project’s research will contribute to the Seventh Assessment Report.

The latest IPCC Assessment Report is a warning that solutions must be applied in real life to prevent worse impacts, and ALDA will continue to work at the forefront of good governance and participatory processes to promote decentralised cooperation in the common endeavor to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Do not miss two active calls for proposals carried out by ALDA that can help to put in practice the solutions in line with the IPCC report:

Climate of Change calls for proposals for Youth Associations based in Belgium and France – funding for the implementation of action on the nexus between climate change and migration. Call Deadline : April 10th

Respond Locally to Global Issues – Call for proposal for local actions on Sustainability – funding for EU based ALDA members implementing activities to promote sustainability and equality. Call Deadline : April 17th


The consortium of Sports4All meets in Greece to counter Educational Poverty

From 15 to 17 March 2023, the Transnational practical workshop “Training of Trainers” of the Sports4All project, took place in Volos, Greece. The event, hosted by the Center of Education and Innovation, consisted in developing new and more inclusive methodologies to counter Educational Poverty starting from the mapping of existing ones. 

During the three-day event, the project’s leader Cooperativa Sociale Kirikù together with the partners: InnovED, TPV Volley Novo Mesto, ALDA, and  Asociación Mar Violeta discussed the monitoring questionnaires results developed over the previous months, and together with the trainers, exchanged opinions and practices about:

  • the concept of educational poverty;
  • tools to better dialogue with families;
  • activities to better stimulate cooperation and relationship with peers;
  • tools to better dialogue and exchange opinions with colleagues;
  • activities to commonly define the respect of rules;
  • providing common tools for training and suggestions. 

The participants also focused on training sessions adopted according to children’s needs, and on cooperative games that help them to play together and stay focused. 

The workshop focused on developing new and more inclusive methodologies to counter Educational Poverty

According to the definition provided by Save the Children Organisation, Educational Poverty is “The impossibility for children and teenagers to learn, experiment, develop and freely foster their capacities, talents and aspirations.” 

The Sports4All project’s main goal is to foster the competencies of trainers and coaches to work with children and young people who lack opportunities in different fields, including the right to play and participate in sports activities. 

During the event, the project’s partners, coaches, professional pedagogists and educators specialised in sport and in working with youth, identified the existing inclusion methodologies and developed new ones. The results from this meeting will be gathered together and they will form the Sports4all method, which will be tested in each partners’ country.   

The next step will consist in disseminating the Sports4All method in sport clubs, and the final result will contribute to identify a common guideline to pave the way for disadvantaged youth’s inclusion in sport, at policy, relational and educational level. 

A new ALDA Talk on a key EU priority: Defence of Democracy package

In 2023, democracy in the European Union and globally is once again facing various challenges. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine made the defence of democracy in Europe a top geopolitical, security and normative priority, and the still lingering economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and war-related economic uncertainties continue to test democracy on the socio-economic and political fronts. Recent attacks on the foundations of democracy, such as the corruption scandal in the European Parliament, clearly demonstrate the need for more transparency at the EU level. In light of these developments, as well as in view of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament in 2024 and beyond, the EU’s commitment to defending democracy is more important than ever.

ALDA and its network want to contribute in shaping the priority for the defence of Democracy by providing inputs based on its experience and its members’ best practices and opinions. We are therefore responding to the Call for interest launched by the European Commission and we want to include a broader point of view, thanks to our members’ contribution.

Thus, all ALDA members are invited to join the ALDA Talk and contribute to “Joint Priorities for the Defence of Democracy Packageon Wednesday, 5 April 2023, from 2:00 PM (CEST).

The debate will be introduced by Mr. Toma Sutic, Member of the Cabinet of the Vice President for Democracy and Demography, Commissioner Dubravka Šuica and Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General. They will shed light on the ongoing efforts of the European Commission to defend European Democracy, explain what is at stake and what “protecting democracy” means.

Join the ALDA Talk and contribute to “Joint Priorities for the Defence of Democracy Package”

Then, all members online will be invited to share their view and their thoughts on the topic, especially answering to the following questions:

  • Foreign interference: how to protect democracy without prejudice to civic space?
  • How to strengthen citizens’ participation, notably at local level?
  • Civic and democratic space: how do we propose recommendations?

To join the ALDA Talk, Register HERE.

Please note that the webinar will be in English on Zoom platform. However, we will consider possible interpretations if requests are coming by the 30th of March. Moreover, the recording of the event will be later published on ALDA YouTube channel.


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European Gender Policies: projects to foster gender equality and women empowerment


ALDA works to encourage civic and democratic participation in liaison with gender equality and equity thanks to the creation of the Gender, Inclusion and Human Rights Hub (G,I & HR Hub). The latter develops projects devoted to the social inclusion of the most vulnerable categories, while leading the drafting of the internal policy on Gender and Anti-Discrimination. During the last few years, several projects have been developed to foster gender equality and women empowerment, such as GET UP and WEMIN

For this reason, ALDA is now closely following the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) decision to establish itself as the EU knowledge center for gender equality. Also stakeholders recognised this position thanks to the EIGE gender-sensitive policies, case studies, evaluation toolkits and the Gender Equality Index. 

From a general perspective, the EIGE Gender Equality Index is published every year and reports in percentage the gender segregation in Europe, taking into account important fields such as work, money, knowledge, time, power and health. The European overall score for 2022 was 68.8 out of 100; however, some countries performed better than others. Considering the importance of EIGE data and their relevance, ALDA continues to develop projects aimed at gender inclusion with an intersectional approach, taking into account the different social identities of the individual. 

Gender Equality is one of ALDA’s priorities, and through the new Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Policy, ALDA aims to eliminate bias creating a positive workplace

Besides, if one is willing to further dig into this topic, Spain represents a positive example within the European context. Hence, it had an outstanding performance, achieving almost 92 per cent in the health sphere. Surely Spanish score for 2023 will be even higher thanks to the comprehensive law enacted last February. It has been positively welcomed by UN experts thanks to its favorable insights: 

  • It allows anyone over 16 years old to change their legally registered gender
  • Ease abortion limits for those aged 16 and 17
  • Introduce paid menstrual leave. 

As already mentioned, Gender Equality is one of ALDA’s priorities, and through the new Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Policy, ALDA aims to eliminate bias creating a positive workplace. The Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Committee, in synergy with the G, I & HR Hub, drafted this new policy willing to shape the actions of all individuals directly dealing with ALDA, starting from the Governing Board to the project partners and visitors. It is meant to promote equal participation through programs and initiatives that reduce gender inequality, disseminating those objectives in ALDA’s public sphere. 

Overall, the latest initiative against stereotypes is the MOVING-ON project that aims to improve the participation of kids from the Roma Sinti and Travellers community and travelers in the world of sports by going to understand what are the biggest physical or social barriers they face every day.