What is alda*

ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy, is a French-registered association dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level in the European Union and its Neighborhood.

What is alda*

ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy, is a French-registered association dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level in the European Union and its Neighborhood.

ALDA is a key stakeholder in the field of local democracy, active citizenship, and cooperation between local authorities and civil society in Europe and its neighborhood, mainly acting through participative methods and decentralized cooperation.

As a core element, ALDA supports citizens and groups of citizens in their initiatives aimed at improving their local context, building bridges with local authorities in order to make this change real.

ALDA was 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.

ALDA is a membership-based organisation gathering today more than 350 members, including local authorities, associations of local authorities, and civil society organisations, coming from more than 45 countries in the enlarged Europe.
ALDA is funded through membership fees, as well as project funding from the European
Commission, the Council of Europe and other public and private donors.

ALDA is a key stakeholder in the field of local democracy, active citizenship, and cooperation between local authorities and civil society in Europe and its neighborhood, mainly acting through participative methods and decentralized cooperation.

As a core element, ALDA supports citizens and groups of citizens in their initiatives aimed at improving their local context, building bridges with local authorities in order to make this change real.

ALDA was 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.

ALDA is a membership-based organisation gathering today more than 350 members, including local authorities, associations of local authorities, and civil society organisations, coming from more than 45 countries in the enlarged Europe.
ALDA is funded through membership fees, as well as project funding from the European
Commission, the Council of Europe and other public and private donors.

1994

LDAs establishment

The Council of Europe founded the Local Democracy Agencies in the Balkans to support the civil society recovery in the aftermath of the conflict.

1999

LDAs, an expiring mission

After 5 years of grassroots actions, the LDAs were supposed to have achieved their mission and had to be closed.

2000

ALDA: the need for more

At the initiative of the Council of Europe, ALDA Association of Local Democracy Agencies was established to coordinate and support the LDAs network, as an “umbrella organisation”.

2020

ALDA & LDAs: partners in projects

Today ALDA mission has changed, together with its acronym. Despite their intrinsic tie, ALDA - European Association for Local Democracy - has broaden its purpose. ALDA & LDAs are established and independent realities collaborating with each-other in many projects and activities.

1994

LDAs establishment

The Council of Europe founded the Local Democracy Agencies in the Balkans to support the civil society recovery in the aftermath of the conflict.

1999

LDAs, an expiring mission

After 5 years of grassroots actions, the LDAs were supposed to have achieved their mission and had to be closed.

2000

ALDA: the need for more

At the initiative of the Council of Europe, ALDA Association of Local Democracy Agencies was established to coordinate and support the LDAs network, as an “umbrella organisation”.

2020

ALDA & LDAs: partners in projects

Today ALDA mission has changed, together with its acronym. Despite their intrinsic tie, ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy – has broaden its purpose. ALDA & LDAs are established and independent realities collaborating with each-other in many projects and activities.

ALDA, today

ALDA  is a global alliance of associations, civil society organizations and local governments supporting local democracy and citizens engagement in Europe, the Neighborhood and beyond. It works with members and partners to develop projects supporting its mission so to reach the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030*.

 During its 20 years of activities*  ALDA has developed more than 450 projects* and reached almost 25 million citizens. 

Today, ALDA is a wide, consolidated network, counting over 350 members* from 45 countries, 15 Local Democracy Agencies* (LDAs) and 3 Operational Partners (OPs). 

ALDA has capitalized its experience in the flagship initiative, the EUROPEAN SUPPORT TO LOCAL DEMOCRACY*, which is today disseminated all over the World.

ALDA operates throughout the Enlarged Europe, thanks to its staff*  made of nearly 45 people working from 6 offices, in Strasbourg, Brussels, Vicenza, Skopje, Chisinau and Tunis.  

ALDA is led by a Governing Board*  elected every four years, composed of its members’ representatives and engaged in fulfilling the mission. 

ALDA is mainly active in the territories of the European Union, in the Balkans, in the Eastern Partnership and in the Mediterranean area. Thanks to its strategic views 2021-2024*  it is now going global and implementing its programme all over the globe. 

ALDA is a key actor in policy-making and advocacy toward national, European and international stakeholders*. Through its projects, publications* and recommendations* implementing its mission and political vision, it brings an added value to the cause of local governance and citizens engagement. ALDA in Europe fights for a stronger and deeper Europe for communities inclusive and sustainable. 

In 2017 ALDA launched ALDA+, the benefit corporation owned by ALDA and dedicated to the provision of trainings, ad hoc consultancies and specialized services in all the fields where ALDA has been operating for more than 20 years. Indeed, ALDA+ represents the capitalization of the experience of ALDA in the fields of local democracy, participatory processes and project-cycle management.

StatuteOur 20 years of activity

ALDA, today

ALDA  is a global alliance of associations, civil society organizations and local governments supporting local democracy and citizens engagement in Europe, the Neighborhood and beyond. It works with members and partners to develop projects supporting its mission so to reach the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030*.

 During its 20 years of activities*  ALDA has developed more than 450 projects* and reached almost 25 million citizens. 

Today, ALDA is a wide, consolidated network, counting over 350 members* from 45 countries, 15 Local Democracy Agencies* (LDAs) and 3 Operational Partners (OPs). 

ALDA has capitalized its experience in the flagship initiative, the EUROPEAN SUPPORT TO LOCAL DEMOCRACY*, which is today disseminated all over the World.

ALDA operates throughout the Enlarged Europe, thanks to its staff*  made of nearly 45 people working from 6 offices, in Strasbourg, Brussels, Vicenza, Skopje, Chisinau and Tunis.  

ALDA is led by a Governing Board*  elected every four years, composed of its members’ representatives and engaged in fulfilling the mission. 

ALDA is mainly active in the territories of the European Union, in the Balkans, in the Eastern Partnership and in the Mediterranean area. Thanks to its strategic views 2021-2024*  it is now going global and implementing its programme all over the globe. 

ALDA is a key actor in policy-making and advocacy toward national, European and international stakeholders*. Through its projects, publications* and recommendations* implementing its mission and political vision, it brings an added value to the cause of local governance and citizens engagement. ALDA in Europe fights for a stronger and deeper Europe for communities inclusive and sustainable. 

In 2017 ALDA launched ALDA+, the benefit corporation owned by ALDA and dedicated to the provision of trainings, ad hoc consultancies and specialized services in all the fields where ALDA has been operating for more than 20 years. Indeed, ALDA+ represents the capitalization of the experience of ALDA in the fields of local democracy, participatory processes and project-cycle management.

StatuteOur 20 years of activity

What we do

To promote good governance and citizen participation at the local level in the whole Europe and beyond, ALDA leads a wide range of actions supporting local, national and international stakeholders in achieving their goals in the fields of European integration, decentralisation, human rights, social inclusion, sustainable development, civic initiatives and much more. It works with a multistakeholder approach looking at a broad spectrum of the potential resources in the local communities. ALDA represents a broad network of citizens and local authorities fully committed and engaged to support local democracy and empowerment of local communities through citizens participation, in Europe and beyond.

Since 2020, it brings its experience in local democracy over the European borders and the neighbourhood, reaching out to other regions of the world in need of assistance and support in our field of expertise (ALDA going global*

In 20 years of activities, with its members and partners, supported by European institutions and various other donors, ALDA had an impact on 25 million citizens of the Enlarged Europe, and further.

ALDA leads its activities through different forms of actions and channels:

  •  Conducting a myriad of projects* in the field of good governance and citizen participation at the local level in Europe and beyond with its members, its partners and the Local Democracy Agencies
  •  Coordinating and supporting the 15 Local Democracy Agencies*  and 3 Operational Partners
  • Managing and supporting its wide network of members* , made of over 350 stakeholders including local authorities, associations of local authorities, provinces, counties, civil society organisations, and academic institution
  • Collaborating with European and worldwide networks*  on campaigns, statements and joint initiatives to let citizens be heard and contribute to the decision-making process of their communities. It cooperates as official partners of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities*  and it is a long-term partner of the programme Europe for Citizens* and other key policies and programmes of the European Commission. 
  •  Supporting local stakeholders’ initiatives by providing ALDA’s unique expertise gained during its over 20 years of activity in the European Union and its Neighbourhood through the establishment of partnerships* and the identification of relevant stakeholders to cooperate with, scouting funding opportunities to implement project ideas, and assuring dissemination and visibility of their initiatives
  • Leading advocacy and lobbying activities, raising the voice of its members and partners in order to orient local, national and European policies in our field of activities to make a stronger and more cohesive Europe, based on the principle of equality, democracy and human rights.
Strategic ViewsEuropean Support to Local Democracy

What we do

To promote good governance and citizen participation at the local level in the whole Europe and beyond, ALDA leads a wide range of actions supporting local, national and international stakeholders in achieving their goals in the fields of European integration, decentralisation, human rights, social inclusion, sustainable development, civic initiatives and much more. It works with a multistakeholder approach looking at a broad spectrum of the potential resources in the local communities. ALDA represents a broad network of citizens and local authorities fully committed and engaged to support local democracy and empowerment of local communities through citizens participation, in Europe and beyond.

Since 2020, it brings its experience in local democracy over the European borders and the neighbourhood, reaching out to other regions of the world in need of assistance and support in our field of expertise (ALDA going global*

In 20 years of activities, with its members and partners, supported by European institutions and various other donors, ALDA had an impact on 25 million citizens of the Enlarged Europe, and further.

ALDA leads its activities through different forms of actions and channels:

  •  Conducting a myriad of projects* in the field of good governance and citizen participation at the local level in Europe and beyond with its members, its partners and the Local Democracy Agencies
  •  Coordinating and supporting the 15 Local Democracy Agencies*  and 3 Operational Partners
  • Managing and supporting its wide network of members* , made of over 350 stakeholders including local authorities, associations of local authorities, provinces, counties, civil society organisations, and academic institution
  • Collaborating with European and worldwide networks*  on campaigns, statements and joint initiatives to let citizens be heard and contribute to the decision-making process of their communities. It cooperates as official partners of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities*  and it is a long-term partner of the programme Europe for Citizens* and other key policies and programmes of the European Commission. 
  •  Supporting local stakeholders’ initiatives by providing ALDA’s unique expertise gained during its over 20 years of activity in the European Union and its Neighbourhood through the establishment of partnerships* and the identification of relevant stakeholders to cooperate with, scouting funding opportunities to implement project ideas, and assuring dissemination and visibility of their initiatives
  • Leading advocacy and lobbying activities, raising the voice of its members and partners in order to orient local, national and European policies in our field of activities to make a stronger and more cohesive Europe, based on the principle of equality, democracy and human rights.
Strategic ViewsEuropean Support to Local Democracy

Mission & Values

The ALDA model for partnership building:a state of art for good local governance and citizen participation

As its core element, ALDA supports citizens and groups of citizens in their initiatives aimed at improving their local context, building bridges with local authorities in order to make the change real. Every day, we develop projects with our members and partners to support their activities for the good of the whole community.

Thus, we are experts in identifying all possible means to make our work – and our members’ work possible, such as funding sources, partnerships establishment, ... In this framework, we work through a participatory approach and the method of multilateral decentralized cooperation, always focusing on strong partnerships between local authorities and civil society organisations.

Value CharterCode of Ethics & ConductChild Protection Policy

Mission & Values

The ALDA model for partnership building: a state of art for good local governance and citizen participation

As its core element, ALDA supports citizens and groups of citizens in their initiatives aimed at improving their local context, building bridges with local authorities in order to make the change real. Every day, we develop projects with our members and partners to support their activities for the good of the whole community.

Thus, we are experts in identifying all possible means to make our work – and our members’ work possible, such as funding sources, partnerships establishment, … In this framework, we work through a participatory approach and the method of multilateral decentralized cooperation, always focusing on strong partnerships between local authorities and civil society organisations.

Value CharterCode of Ethics & ConductChild Protection Policy

Where we work

ALDA works in most of the European Union and in the European Neighborhood countries.

Activities in the European Union are mainly oriented to the promotion of active citizenship and to strengthen the European values and identity, while the work in the Western Balkans and in the European Neighborhood focuses on good governance, citizen participation, European integration and decentralisation.

As coordinator and supporter of the network of the Local Democracy Agencies, a natural focus is given to the Western Balkans, where the majority of them are located.

Nonetheless, thanks to the incessant work of our team, this network does not stop growing and spreading. The most recent LDA was created on April 2019 in Tétouan, Morocco, only a few years after the establishment of the LDA in Kairouan (Tunisia), Cimișlia (Moldova) and Mariupol (Ukraine). ALDA is also leading projects and developing partnerships in other European neighboring countries, such as Belarus and Turkey, as well as starting promising collaborations with key stakeholders in North America and Southern Africa.

Where we work

ALDA works in most of the European Union and in the European Neighborhood countries.

Activities in the European Union are mainly oriented to the promotion of active citizenship and to strengthen the European values and identity, while the work in the Western Balkans and in the European Neighborhood focuses on good governance, citizen participation, European integration and decentralisation.

As coordinator and supporter of the network of the Local Democracy Agencies, a natural focus is given to the Western Balkans, where the majority of them are located.

Nonetheless, thanks to the incessant work of our team, this network does not stop growing and spreading. The most recent LDA was created on April 2019 in Tétouan, Morocco, only a few years after the establishment of the LDA in Kairouan (Tunisia), Cimișlia (Moldova) and Mariupol (Ukraine). ALDA is also leading projects and developing partnerships in other European neighboring countries, such as Belarus and Turkey, as well as starting promising collaborations with key stakeholders in North America and Southern Africa.

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