ALDA SUPPORTS THE EC-UN JOINT MIGRATION DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

ALDA supports the Ec-Un Joint Migration Development Initiative.The JMDI would like to seek the collaboration of NGOs and local authorities to gather information on initiatives by local authorities that seek to capitalize the development potential of migrants. This information will feed into a global mapping exercise that is currently being undertaken by the JMDI.

This ‘mapping exercise’ will allow the JMDI to acquire a better understanding of the methodologies local authorities have developed to link migration and development and identify initiatives to be potentially scaled up through funding and support from the JMDI, as well as to continue its work in connecting local authorities globally in order for them to share lessons learned, good practices and identify new potential partners.
Therefore, by sending their locally led initiatives, the organization and their initiatives could be identified as a key initiative to receive additional funding and support by the JMDI and will be made more visible for other donors and organizations.
JMDIis not looking at integration initiative in the country of residence but rather at initiatives together with local authorities in migrants’ countries of origin, that are implemented by partnerships of local authorities and domestic NGOs, international and diaspora NGOs, the private sector, and municipalities in the countries of residence of the migrants (e.g., city-to-city partnerships). ‘Local authorities’ include all levels of government below the central government, including regions, provinces, districts and municipalities.
JMDI is looking for a wide range of projects that could be connected to remittances, trade, protection of human rights, investment, philanthropy, skills and knowledge transfer, etc. Initiatives may aim at social and economic development in the migrant’s region of origin in the broader sense. Some projects may also affect the migrant community in their country of residence and their integration into the host society. For more information, please see the information below.
JMDI therefore asksto be helped by sending locally led migration and development initiatives and the details as indicated below.
Information has to be sent preferably before 31 August 2012 to daniel.naujoks@undp.org و cprivat8@gmail.com.
Mapping Local Authorities’ Practices in the field of Migration and Development
The initiative must
– Be lead by a local authority or local authorities must be involved in the implementation of the initiative;
– Engage with civil society organizations;
– Aim to maximize the benefits of migration for development.
Of particular interest are:
• Initiatives using innovative approaches and methodologies.
• Initiatives that follow an integrated approach including social and environmental, as well as rights and economic issues.
• Initiatives that contribute to further promoting gender equality.
• Initiatives that are related to South-South migration.
• Initiatives that have strong and sustainable effects on local economic development, including employment, importance for SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) of the value chain (i.e., on companies and persons in the supply chains and distribution networks).
This is, however, not an exhaustive list. The mapping includes the widest possible range of initiatives and development objectives. Some projects may also affect the migrant community in the country of residence and their integration into the host society.
Initiatives’ description must be detailed and must include:
• Achievements, results and lessons learned
• Description of the initiative that includes the main objectives and the main activities carried out to achieve these objectives
• Description of the main beneficiaries and target group
• Description of the countries where the initiative was implemented and the partner countries, governments, local authorities and all other actors involved and their subsequent roles.
• Description of the main thematic areas touched on
• Identify which JMDI focus areas are touched on
• Identify which MDG are targeted through the initiative
• Practical details such as start and end date, budget, donors
• Additional and any relevant information such project documents and reports

Please click (هنا) to consult the project database for example initiatives.
The European Commission and the United Nations launched the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) in 2009, which reflects the emerging acceptance of a strong nexus between migration and development. The programme, fully funded by the European Commission and run out of UNDP Brussels, also represents a major innovation as a first joint UN programme of its kind, not only with the European Commission, but also in its approach to inter-agency cooperation. Four agencies – IOM, ILO, UNHCR and UNFPA – are directly engaged in the management and direction of the programme and contribute their institutional knowledge, expertise and extensive networks to ensure its success.

ALDA supports the Ec-Un Joint Migration Development Initiative.The JMDI would like to seek the collaboration of NGOs and local authorities to gather information on initiatives by local authorities that seek to capitalize the development potential of migrants. This information will feed into a global mapping exercise that is currently being undertaken by the JMDI.

This ‘mapping exercise’ will allow the JMDI to acquire a better understanding of the methodologies local authorities have developed to link migration and development and identify initiatives to be potentially scaled up through funding and support from the JMDI, as well as to continue its work in connecting local authorities globally in order for them to share lessons learned, good practices and identify new potential partners.
Therefore, by sending their locally led initiatives, the organization and their initiatives could be identified as a key initiative to receive additional funding and support by the JMDI and will be made more visible for other donors and organizations.
JMDIis not looking at integration initiative in the country of residence but rather at initiatives together with local authorities in migrants’ countries of origin, that are implemented by partnerships of local authorities and domestic NGOs, international and diaspora NGOs, the private sector, and municipalities in the countries of residence of the migrants (e.g., city-to-city partnerships). ‘Local authorities’ include all levels of government below the central government, including regions, provinces, districts and municipalities.
JMDI is looking for a wide range of projects that could be connected to remittances, trade, protection of human rights, investment, philanthropy, skills and knowledge transfer, etc. Initiatives may aim at social and economic development in the migrant’s region of origin in the broader sense. Some projects may also affect the migrant community in their country of residence and their integration into the host society. For more information, please see the information below.
JMDI therefore asksto be helped by sending locally led migration and development initiatives and the details as indicated below.
Information has to be sent preferably before 31 August 2012 to daniel.naujoks@undp.org و cprivat8@gmail.com.
Mapping Local Authorities’ Practices in the field of Migration and Development
The initiative must
– Be lead by a local authority or local authorities must be involved in the implementation of the initiative;
– Engage with civil society organizations;
– Aim to maximize the benefits of migration for development.
Of particular interest are:
• Initiatives using innovative approaches and methodologies.
• Initiatives that follow an integrated approach including social and environmental, as well as rights and economic issues.
• Initiatives that contribute to further promoting gender equality.
• Initiatives that are related to South-South migration.
• Initiatives that have strong and sustainable effects on local economic development, including employment, importance for SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) of the value chain (i.e., on companies and persons in the supply chains and distribution networks).
This is, however, not an exhaustive list. The mapping includes the widest possible range of initiatives and development objectives. Some projects may also affect the migrant community in the country of residence and their integration into the host society.
Initiatives’ description must be detailed and must include:
• Achievements, results and lessons learned
• Description of the initiative that includes the main objectives and the main activities carried out to achieve these objectives
• Description of the main beneficiaries and target group
• Description of the countries where the initiative was implemented and the partner countries, governments, local authorities and all other actors involved and their subsequent roles.
• Description of the main thematic areas touched on
• Identify which JMDI focus areas are touched on
• Identify which MDG are targeted through the initiative
• Practical details such as start and end date, budget, donors
• Additional and any relevant information such project documents and reports

Please click (هنا) to consult the project database for example initiatives.
The European Commission and the United Nations launched the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) in 2009, which reflects the emerging acceptance of a strong nexus between migration and development. The programme, fully funded by the European Commission and run out of UNDP Brussels, also represents a major innovation as a first joint UN programme of its kind, not only with the European Commission, but also in its approach to inter-agency cooperation. Four agencies – IOM, ILO, UNHCR and UNFPA – are directly engaged in the management and direction of the programme and contribute their institutional knowledge, expertise and extensive networks to ensure its success.


FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO BE A “VOLUNTEER 4 DEMOCRACY”.ONE-WEEK SEMINAR IN SIDI BOU SAID, TUNISIA, 1-5 September 2012

The first opportunity offered by ALDA’s project “volunteer 4 democracy” will be a one-week seminar in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia, from 1st to 5th of September 2012.
The deadline for registering is the 22nd ofAugust. More info on the text below.

After a careful analysis of needs and constraints facing Youth and governments following protests and uprisings currently expressed in different forms, it has become obvious that the citizen participation in political life in general, and democratic processes in particular, has to be increased in each country of the South and Eastern Mediterranean. Aware of this need, ALDA’s partner in this project, the J.I.D association proposed to increase and reinforce the participation of youth of civil societies in the decision-making process in the Mediterranean countries. This project will enable Youth to exchange their experience and discuss effective ways in order to increase social inclusion and promote inter-institutional dialogue.
The project would gather Youth from Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, France and Italy. Each group involved is expected to produce proposals and final returns, which would help to establish a detailed plan for youth cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Participants will work during workshops, seminars and roundtables and a final conference will be devoted for the presentation of the outcome of the workshops and the final statements.
The project will last 5 days – three days of work and two day in travel from the 1st to 5th September – and the schedule will be as follow:
1st day: arrival and welcoming of guests/ welcoming dinner
2nd day: breakfast/presentation of the different associations/lunch/workshops/Dinner/food and drinks party (we will be asked to bring some of your traditional food and cloths)
3rd day: Breakfast/workshops/lunch/discovering the beauty of the city (Sidi Bou Said)/Dinner/Free time
4th day: breakfast/workshops/lunch/ceremony/Excursion and visit of the city/Dinner/free time
5th day: departure

JID will fully finance your accommodation and travelling expenses. You will only need to buy the plane ticket yourself and to prepare the visa. JID will reimburse you as soon as you get here.The only condition for the Plane ticket is that the Price should not exceed 250 euro, the excess of this amount will be on the burden of the participants. The receipt of the tickets must be presented to get reimbursement.

For further information, please contact Biljana Zasova, ALDA’s Project Co-ordinator at: biljana.zasova@aldaintranet.org.

The first opportunity offered by ALDA’s project “volunteer 4 democracy” will be a one-week seminar in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia, from 1st to 5th of September 2012.
The deadline for registering is the 22nd ofAugust. More info on the text below.

After a careful analysis of needs and constraints facing Youth and governments following protests and uprisings currently expressed in different forms, it has become obvious that the citizen participation in political life in general, and democratic processes in particular, has to be increased in each country of the South and Eastern Mediterranean. Aware of this need, ALDA’s partner in this project, the J.I.D association proposed to increase and reinforce the participation of youth of civil societies in the decision-making process in the Mediterranean countries. This project will enable Youth to exchange their experience and discuss effective ways in order to increase social inclusion and promote inter-institutional dialogue.
The project would gather Youth from Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, France and Italy. Each group involved is expected to produce proposals and final returns, which would help to establish a detailed plan for youth cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Participants will work during workshops, seminars and roundtables and a final conference will be devoted for the presentation of the outcome of the workshops and the final statements.
The project will last 5 days – three days of work and two day in travel from the 1st to 5th September – and the schedule will be as follow:
1st day: arrival and welcoming of guests/ welcoming dinner
2nd day: breakfast/presentation of the different associations/lunch/workshops/Dinner/food and drinks party (we will be asked to bring some of your traditional food and cloths)
3rd day: Breakfast/workshops/lunch/discovering the beauty of the city (Sidi Bou Said)/Dinner/Free time
4th day: breakfast/workshops/lunch/ceremony/Excursion and visit of the city/Dinner/free time
5th day: departure

JID will fully finance your accommodation and travelling expenses. You will only need to buy the plane ticket yourself and to prepare the visa. JID will reimburse you as soon as you get here.The only condition for the Plane ticket is that the Price should not exceed 250 euro, the excess of this amount will be on the burden of the participants. The receipt of the tickets must be presented to get reimbursement.

For further information, please contact Biljana Zasova, ALDA’s Project Co-ordinator at: biljana.zasova@aldaintranet.org.


EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES TO IMPROVE THE MILK QUALITY IN MACEDONIA AND LOWER NORMANDY

The Federation of Farmers from Republic of Macedonia (FFRM) organised a visit in Macedonia for the French farmers, representatives of the association AFDI (French Farmers and international development), from 8 to 15 August 2012. During the seven-day visit of the delegation from Lower Normandy, they had, and will have, meetings with farmers and visited several dairies in Macedonia.

They also had a working meeting with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture in Macedonia, Mr Zoran Konjanovski. During the meeting with the Deputy Minister, they had the opportunity to learn more about Macedonian agricultural policy as well as the issues facing the country in this field.
According to Andrija Sekulovski, President of the FFRM, improving the milk quality met many challenges, because the owners of small farms are not able to make the necessary investments. The consequences will be even worse if farmers do not meet and do not follow the milk quality standards.
The problem of milk quality in France appeared 40 years ago and is now resolved. According to French experts, Macedonia should also work to overcome this problem and to obtain competitive products on the market. Within the Federation of Farmers from Macedonia, a group on milk production was created in order to improve the milk quality.
This activity is part of the component: Agriculture Development within the Project for decentralized cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and the region of Lower Normandy – France, managed by ALDA, implemented by the FFRM (Federation of Farmers from Republic of Macedonia) – Macedonia and the AFDI (French Farmers and international development )– France. For more information please contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org, or visit the موقع الكتروني of the cooperation.

The Federation of Farmers from Republic of Macedonia (FFRM) organised a visit in Macedonia for the French farmers, representatives of the association AFDI (French Farmers and international development), from 8 to 15 August 2012. During the seven-day visit of the delegation from Lower Normandy, they had, and will have, meetings with farmers and visited several dairies in Macedonia.

They also had a working meeting with the Deputy Minister of Agriculture in Macedonia, Mr Zoran Konjanovski. During the meeting with the Deputy Minister, they had the opportunity to learn more about Macedonian agricultural policy as well as the issues facing the country in this field.
According to Andrija Sekulovski, President of the FFRM, improving the milk quality met many challenges, because the owners of small farms are not able to make the necessary investments. The consequences will be even worse if farmers do not meet and do not follow the milk quality standards.
The problem of milk quality in France appeared 40 years ago and is now resolved. According to French experts, Macedonia should also work to overcome this problem and to obtain competitive products on the market. Within the Federation of Farmers from Macedonia, a group on milk production was created in order to improve the milk quality.
This activity is part of the component: Agriculture Development within the Project for decentralized cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and the region of Lower Normandy – France, managed by ALDA, implemented by the FFRM (Federation of Farmers from Republic of Macedonia) – Macedonia and the AFDI (French Farmers and international development )– France. For more information please contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org, or visit the موقع الكتروني of the cooperation.


LAST CALL: GRANTS STILL AVAILABLE TO PARTICIPATE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON FEDERALISM IN EUROPE AND IN THE WORLD, VENTOTENE (IT), 2-7 September 2012

In view of the participation of ALDA at the 29th International Seminar on “Federalism in Europe and in the world”, taking place in Ventotene (Italy) from the 2nd to the 7th September 2012, jointly with MFE, the European Federalist Movement, ALDA has launched a call for a grant supporting the participation of Croatian participants to attend this event.
The deadline for submission of a letter of intent as well as a developed CV  (In English) is the 20th of August. Decision will be communicated by the 25th of August.

The ALDA call for participants is meant to be a great opportunity for Croatian participants (soon EU citizens too) to know more about Europe, share opinions and debate about European future perspectives. ALDA is looking for representatives from Croatia to participate to the Seminar offering them a grant covering accommodation and board.
The European Federalist Movement yearly purposes an International seminar in Ventotene Island with a tight program concerning federalism in Europe and in the world.
Ventotene, an island off the Italian coast, was the place where Altiero Spinelli, author of the Federalist Ventotene Manifesto, was imprisoned during the Second World War. Each year, young Federalists gather here to discuss with leading experts from the European and World Federalist Movement federalist ideas European and global issues. The seminar is a unique and intensive experience on European and Federalist studies.
Topics & Structure of the 2012 seminar:
– What future for the nation states and the federal state in Europe?
– Peace today in a globalized world
– A European initiative on energy, environmental protection and scientific research
– Strategies and actions at local and global levels of federalist organisations
– The federalist proposal for a new economic and monetary world order
– For a European sustainable development plan

Download the programme of the International Seminar on “Federalism in Europe and in the world” (هنا).
Further info at www.istitutospinelli.org.

In view of the participation of ALDA at the 29th International Seminar on “Federalism in Europe and in the world”, taking place in Ventotene (Italy) from the 2nd to the 7th September 2012, jointly with MFE, the European Federalist Movement, ALDA has launched a call for a grant supporting the participation of Croatian participants to attend this event.
The deadline for submission of a letter of intent as well as a developed CV  (In English) is the 20th of August. Decision will be communicated by the 25th of August.

The ALDA call for participants is meant to be a great opportunity for Croatian participants (soon EU citizens too) to know more about Europe, share opinions and debate about European future perspectives. ALDA is looking for representatives from Croatia to participate to the Seminar offering them a grant covering accommodation and board.
The European Federalist Movement yearly purposes an International seminar in Ventotene Island with a tight program concerning federalism in Europe and in the world.
Ventotene, an island off the Italian coast, was the place where Altiero Spinelli, author of the Federalist Ventotene Manifesto, was imprisoned during the Second World War. Each year, young Federalists gather here to discuss with leading experts from the European and World Federalist Movement federalist ideas European and global issues. The seminar is a unique and intensive experience on European and Federalist studies.
Topics & Structure of the 2012 seminar:
– What future for the nation states and the federal state in Europe?
– Peace today in a globalized world
– A European initiative on energy, environmental protection and scientific research
– Strategies and actions at local and global levels of federalist organisations
– The federalist proposal for a new economic and monetary world order
– For a European sustainable development plan

Download the programme of the International Seminar on “Federalism in Europe and in the world” (هنا).
Further info at www.istitutospinelli.org.


"PACE IN BICI", A BIKE TOUR FOR PEACE IN ISTRIA, SLOVENIA AND ITALY (5-9 August 2012)

On the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a manifestation for peace in the world without nuclear and other weapons took place in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
“Pace in bici” (Peace on bike), was organized by the NGO “Beati costruttori di Pace” with the coordination of Local Democracy Agency in Verteneglio/Brtonigla (Croatia), and this year for the first time it was extended , from Italy, to the Croatian and Slovenian part of Istria.

The event also promoted a worldwide membership in the Association of Mayors for Peace, coordinated by the Mayor of Hiroshima.
Fifty Italian cyclists of all ages, on bicycles decorated with flags in the colors of the rainbow and with the inscription “Pace” (Peace), left on 05th August 2012 Poreč and headed for Vižinada, Opatija, Grožnjan and Buje, on a part of the Parenzana route. The day after the participants continued their path from Buje, where was held, exactly at 8:15 am, the Commemoration in memory of the victims of Hiroshima.
The Head of the Department of International Cooperation and EU Integration of the  Region of Istria and President of ALDA Oriano Otočan, Mayor of City of Buje, Edi Andreašić, president of the NGO “Beati costruttori di Pace”, Albino Bizzoto, Marino Vocci and LDA Brtonigla delegate Umberto Ademollo, welcomed cyclists and citizens. The event was attended by peace activist and representative of the Association Mayors for Peace Lisa Clark and mayors of Istrian municipalities Brtonigla, Grožnjan and Oprtalj: Doriano Labinjan, Rino Duniš and Aleksander Krt. From Buje the parade went to Piran, Izola, Koper and Trieste. The last day, Thursday 9th August, the event was closed by a public ceremony in front of the USAF air base in Aviano.

On the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a manifestation for peace in the world without nuclear and other weapons took place in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
“Pace in bici” (Peace on bike), was organized by the NGO “Beati costruttori di Pace” with the coordination of Local Democracy Agency in Verteneglio/Brtonigla (Croatia), and this year for the first time it was extended , from Italy, to the Croatian and Slovenian part of Istria.

The event also promoted a worldwide membership in the Association of Mayors for Peace, coordinated by the Mayor of Hiroshima.
Fifty Italian cyclists of all ages, on bicycles decorated with flags in the colors of the rainbow and with the inscription “Pace” (Peace), left on 05th August 2012 Poreč and headed for Vižinada, Opatija, Grožnjan and Buje, on a part of the Parenzana route. The day after the participants continued their path from Buje, where was held, exactly at 8:15 am, the Commemoration in memory of the victims of Hiroshima.
The Head of the Department of International Cooperation and EU Integration of the  Region of Istria and President of ALDA Oriano Otočan, Mayor of City of Buje, Edi Andreašić, president of the NGO “Beati costruttori di Pace”, Albino Bizzoto, Marino Vocci and LDA Brtonigla delegate Umberto Ademollo, welcomed cyclists and citizens. The event was attended by peace activist and representative of the Association Mayors for Peace Lisa Clark and mayors of Istrian municipalities Brtonigla, Grožnjan and Oprtalj: Doriano Labinjan, Rino Duniš and Aleksander Krt. From Buje the parade went to Piran, Izola, Koper and Trieste. The last day, Thursday 9th August, the event was closed by a public ceremony in front of the USAF air base in Aviano.


ANNA LINDH FOUNDATION LAUNCHES INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

The Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) has announced the launch of its Internship Programme for 2012. This programme aims at fostering interdisciplinary knowledge as well as building practical know-how, targeting young, talented undergraduate and graduate students, willing to gain practical experience in a field relevant to the Foundation through their full involvement in daily work.

Applications for internship are welcome from residents of the 43 Euro-Med countries. Any application from a resident outside the 43 countries can be accepted provided that their cost will not be covered by ALF. North-South Regional balance in the selection of the interns will be among the selection criteria
Further info (هنا).

The Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) has announced the launch of its Internship Programme for 2012. This programme aims at fostering interdisciplinary knowledge as well as building practical know-how, targeting young, talented undergraduate and graduate students, willing to gain practical experience in a field relevant to the Foundation through their full involvement in daily work.

Applications for internship are welcome from residents of the 43 Euro-Med countries. Any application from a resident outside the 43 countries can be accepted provided that their cost will not be covered by ALF. North-South Regional balance in the selection of the interns will be among the selection criteria
Further info (هنا).


ITINERARY SEMINAR IN THE BALKANS FOR THIRTY YOUNG FRENCH AND BALKANS JOURNALISTS (from 5 to 24 August)

Fostering a sense of adventure, curiosity and openness to other cultures among young people with talent for journalism is the main objective of a tour in the Balkans, which will involve thirty young journalists, bloggers and photographers from France, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia. While traveling in different Balkan towns from 5 to 24 of August, they will produce film documentary, reportages, interviews and photos.

The tour is part of the multilateral decentralized cooperation programme France-Balkans on good local governance. Co-financed by the French Ministry of Foreign affairs, this project is lead by the Vichy-Auvergne County. It is supported by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA and the Local democracy agencies from Subotica (Serbia), Osjek (Croatia). Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Niksic (Montenegro), Shkodra (Albania) and the ALDA office in Skopje (Macedonia).

Many French local authorities are taking part of this project such as the cities of Saint Denis and Dijon, Regional Council of Lower Normandy and European House from Caen, Regional Council of Auvergne, General Council of Allier and Vichy Val d’Allier. This project is supported by: France Television, the Alexandre Varenne Foundation as well as other Balkan local authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, partners from Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Romania, MACIF and EDF Foundations, but also the delegation of the European Union in Paris, the EU Directorate general for Enlargement, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

The young journalists will follow the steps of the famous French reporter Albert Londres (1884-1932), who travelled extensively through the Balkans in XIX. century. The project aims to put these young journalists in contact with local communities and the civil society in territories that have known in their modern history painful and bloody interethnic conflicts, and are now energetically building their integration to the European Union. This is a project of intercultural dialogue aiming peace and promotion of the integration of the Balkans in the European Union.

During their journey, these thirty young journalists will work with journalism and communication professionals who will assist them in creating and using a computer platform that includes a WEB-RADIO and a WEB-TV, in creating reportages, interviews, articles, photos and more.

For young participants, the mission is to become “ambassadors” of the communities involved in the project, creating a network of exchanges between people from different countries through a site that was opened for the project: http://www.sur-les-pas-d-albert-londres.fr.
The trip will start in Serbia, Subotica, where young people will meet on 5 August. In the following days and up to 24 August, the tour will then stop in Osijek (Croatia), Tuzla, Sarajevo, and Mostar, (Bosnia Herzegovina) Niksic (Montenegro) Shkodra (Albania), Skopje (Macedonia), Nis and Subotica (Serbia).

Fostering a sense of adventure, curiosity and openness to other cultures among young people with talent for journalism is the main objective of a tour in the Balkans, which will involve thirty young journalists, bloggers and photographers from France, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia. While traveling in different Balkan towns from 5 to 24 of August, they will produce film documentary, reportages, interviews and photos.

The tour is part of the multilateral decentralized cooperation programme France-Balkans on good local governance. Co-financed by the French Ministry of Foreign affairs, this project is lead by the Vichy-Auvergne County. It is supported by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA and the Local democracy agencies from Subotica (Serbia), Osjek (Croatia). Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Niksic (Montenegro), Shkodra (Albania) and the ALDA office in Skopje (Macedonia).

Many French local authorities are taking part of this project such as the cities of Saint Denis and Dijon, Regional Council of Lower Normandy and European House from Caen, Regional Council of Auvergne, General Council of Allier and Vichy Val d’Allier. This project is supported by: France Television, the Alexandre Varenne Foundation as well as other Balkan local authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, partners from Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Romania, MACIF and EDF Foundations, but also the delegation of the European Union in Paris, the EU Directorate general for Enlargement, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

The young journalists will follow the steps of the famous French reporter Albert Londres (1884-1932), who travelled extensively through the Balkans in XIX. century. The project aims to put these young journalists in contact with local communities and the civil society in territories that have known in their modern history painful and bloody interethnic conflicts, and are now energetically building their integration to the European Union. This is a project of intercultural dialogue aiming peace and promotion of the integration of the Balkans in the European Union.

During their journey, these thirty young journalists will work with journalism and communication professionals who will assist them in creating and using a computer platform that includes a WEB-RADIO and a WEB-TV, in creating reportages, interviews, articles, photos and more.

For young participants, the mission is to become “ambassadors” of the communities involved in the project, creating a network of exchanges between people from different countries through a site that was opened for the project: http://www.sur-les-pas-d-albert-londres.fr.
The trip will start in Serbia, Subotica, where young people will meet on 5 August. In the following days and up to 24 August, the tour will then stop in Osijek (Croatia), Tuzla, Sarajevo, and Mostar, (Bosnia Herzegovina) Niksic (Montenegro) Shkodra (Albania), Skopje (Macedonia), Nis and Subotica (Serbia).