Busy week for the cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia with activities on Human Rights

Inspired by the International Day for Human Rights on 10th December 2015, ALDA office in Skopje dedicated the second week of December on activities related to Human Rights in the framework of the programme for Decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia.

From 8th to 11th December 2015, a delegation of representatives of the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace of Caen and professors from the University of Caen (Lower Normandy) organized a set of activities on Human Rights with their Macedonian partners.

On Wednesday 9th December, the 5th edition of the Day of Comparative Law between France and Macedonia was held in Skopje on the topic of “Freedom of Religion”. The event was organized by the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace in Caen and the French Embassy in Skopje, in cooperation with the University of Caen and the Faculty of Law in Skopje, Macedonia.

The French Ambassador in Macedonia, Mrs. Laurence Auer, opened the event and highlighted the importance of exchanges between France and Macedonia in the field of Human rights especially in an academic context.

On Thursday 10th December, the 11th International E-Conference was held on the subject “Freedom and Privacy on the Internet”. The Conference was organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation in cooperation with the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace in Caen. Conference topics included human rights as the foundation of modern society. The best practices in human rights education were presented during the conference, including also the tools for improving the security and privacy on the internet, journalistic standards and the prevention and fight against hate speech.

The field of human rights is of great importance for ALDA and many actions have been implemented in this field in Macedonia especially through the programme for Decentralized cooperation between Macedonia and Lower Normandy.

Inspired by the International Day for Human Rights on 10th December 2015, ALDA office in Skopje dedicated the second week of December on activities related to Human Rights in the framework of the programme for Decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia.

From 8th to 11th December 2015, a delegation of representatives of the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace of Caen and professors from the University of Caen (Lower Normandy) organized a set of activities on Human Rights with their Macedonian partners.

On Wednesday 9th December, the 5th edition of the Day of Comparative Law between France and Macedonia was held in Skopje on the topic of “Freedom of Religion”. The event was organized by the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace in Caen and the French Embassy in Skopje, in cooperation with the University of Caen and the Faculty of Law in Skopje, Macedonia.

The French Ambassador in Macedonia, Mrs. Laurence Auer, opened the event and highlighted the importance of exchanges between France and Macedonia in the field of Human rights especially in an academic context.

On Thursday 10th December, the 11th International E-Conference was held on the subject “Freedom and Privacy on the Internet”. The Conference was organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation in cooperation with the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace in Caen. Conference topics included human rights as the foundation of modern society. The best practices in human rights education were presented during the conference, including also the tools for improving the security and privacy on the internet, journalistic standards and the prevention and fight against hate speech.

The field of human rights is of great importance for ALDA and many actions have been implemented in this field in Macedonia especially through the programme for Decentralized cooperation between Macedonia and Lower Normandy.


ALDA at the 36th meeting of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee

On 14th December 2015, ALDA, represented by Stanka Parac, SEE Regional Programmes Coordinator, attended the 36th Meeting of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee of EESC in Brussels.

The meeting, chaired by Mr. Carmelo Cedrone, President of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee, aimed at presenting the draft programme for the period 2015-2018 of the Committee.

Several key points were at the core of the agenda of the meeting, such as the EU – Western Balkans relations – with specific reference to the refugee crisis that is affecting our continent, and to the EU Enlargement Policy and the stability it brings to the EU – and the main problems that Western Balkans countries have to face, namely corruption, minority rights, the lack of freedom of expression and the weakness of social partners.

The meeting was also the occasion to start the preparation work for the 6th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum and to discuss about and revise the points of interest, such as strengthening the economic and social councils and capacity building of CSOs and ensuring press and freedom of expression in the Region.

ALDA, with its long-lasting experience and in the Western Balkans, confirmed its availability to be a constant participant to the Committee for inputs.

On 14th December 2015, ALDA, represented by Stanka Parac, SEE Regional Programmes Coordinator, attended the 36th Meeting of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee of EESC in Brussels.

The meeting, chaired by Mr. Carmelo Cedrone, President of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee, aimed at presenting the draft programme for the period 2015-2018 of the Committee.

Several key points were at the core of the agenda of the meeting, such as the EU – Western Balkans relations – with specific reference to the refugee crisis that is affecting our continent, and to the EU Enlargement Policy and the stability it brings to the EU – and the main problems that Western Balkans countries have to face, namely corruption, minority rights, the lack of freedom of expression and the weakness of social partners.

The meeting was also the occasion to start the preparation work for the 6th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum and to discuss about and revise the points of interest, such as strengthening the economic and social councils and capacity building of CSOs and ensuring press and freedom of expression in the Region.

ALDA, with its long-lasting experience and in the Western Balkans, confirmed its availability to be a constant participant to the Committee for inputs.


Project LADDER from global to local: closing the first year of activities and approaching new challenges of 2016

2015 is coming to an end after an intensive activity for the consortium of the LADDER project.

After having benefited from EU-level trainings on DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) – more than 150 representatives of local authorities, networks of LAs and civil society organizations (CSOs) attended 3 training sessions held in Ireland, Croatia and Greece – the next steps of the cascade mechanism is now ongoing, with the organization of DEAR trainings at local & national level in the next weeks and months.

Acting as multipliers at national and local level, 10 of the co-applicants are running and organizing a total of 20 national level DEAR trainings (2 days each) in Slovakia, Malta, Poland, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Ireland, Italy and Bulgaria, addressing 500 representatives of LAs and CSOs. These trainings are organized with the support of The Hague Academy for Local Governance and coordinated by ALDA.

Further down in this cascade structure, the above will be followed by another round of DEAR trainings at local level, implemented in the same 10 countries, addressing representatives of local authorities and local CSOs, targeting approximately 1000 beneficiaries (“local multipliers”).

For more information & participation, stay tuned on the LADDER website or contact us.

2015 is coming to an end after an intensive activity for the consortium of the LADDER project.

After having benefited from EU-level trainings on DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) – more than 150 representatives of local authorities, networks of LAs and civil society organizations (CSOs) attended 3 training sessions held in Ireland, Croatia and Greece – the next steps of the cascade mechanism is now ongoing, with the organization of DEAR trainings at local & national level in the next weeks and months.

Acting as multipliers at national and local level, 10 of the co-applicants are running and organizing a total of 20 national level DEAR trainings (2 days each) in Slovakia, Malta, Poland, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Ireland, Italy and Bulgaria, addressing 500 representatives of LAs and CSOs. These trainings are organized with the support of The Hague Academy for Local Governance and coordinated by ALDA.

Further down in this cascade structure, the above will be followed by another round of DEAR trainings at local level, implemented in the same 10 countries, addressing representatives of local authorities and local CSOs, targeting approximately 1000 beneficiaries (“local multipliers”).

For more information & participation, stay tuned on the LADDER website or contact us.


LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region at Social Partnership Forum

On 10th December 2015, approximately 400 participants, guests and representatives of international and Ukrainian donors participated in the 1st Forum for the social partnership development between CSOs and international foundations.

From the side of donors there were representatives of UNDP Ukraine, USAID, Embassy of Poland in Ukraine, German Consulate, local office of DRC etc.

The Forum was opened by the welcome speech of the Deputy Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, Mr. Glib Prigunov.

During different sessions, the donors presented their possibilities and priorities for 2016, inspiring civil society to develop social projects and contribute to the prosperity of the region.

LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region made connections with USAID (UCBI project) and UNDP initiative to support IDPs in Ukraine, by presenting its objectives and agreeing on mutual cooperation next year.

On 10th December 2015, approximately 400 participants, guests and representatives of international and Ukrainian donors participated in the 1st Forum for the social partnership development between CSOs and international foundations.

From the side of donors there were representatives of UNDP Ukraine, USAID, Embassy of Poland in Ukraine, German Consulate, local office of DRC etc.

The Forum was opened by the welcome speech of the Deputy Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, Mr. Glib Prigunov.

During different sessions, the donors presented their possibilities and priorities for 2016, inspiring civil society to develop social projects and contribute to the prosperity of the region.

LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region made connections with USAID (UCBI project) and UNDP initiative to support IDPs in Ukraine, by presenting its objectives and agreeing on mutual cooperation next year.


Project “Mobilised society for local democracy” – training for young community leaders in Georgia

From 5th to 8th December in Tbilisi, Georgia, ALDA delivered a training for young community leaders. The training was envisaged in the frame of the EU project حشد المجتمع من أجل الديمقراطية المحلية, funded under the programme Civil Society Facility of the European Commission, namely the DG Development and Cooperation.

The goal of the project is to strengthen the role of regional CSOs (NGOs and CBOs) in Georgia and their mobilization for support to decentralization. The lead applicant of the project is NALAG – National Association of Local Authorities in Georgia – while ALDA and LDA Georgia are partners. The first three days of the trainings were delivered by ALDA and namely by Anna Ditta, ALDA Project Development Officer. NALAG was in charge for the last day of the dynamic learning and focused on the role of local authorities in the management of communities and how CSOs and CBOs can efficiently relate with them for the promotion of local development.

22 young people aged between 20 and 30 years old, some of them representing local associations or small municipalities around the various Georgian regions, joined this training, aimed at providing the youth with skills in project development, in order for them to be able to prepare good quality proposals to be submitted for funding and supporting the development of their local communities.

The project indeed foresees a subgrant scheme that is expected to allocate small grants to various Georgian communities.The training was a preparatory action anticipating the launch of the subgrant scheme.

The training employed a non-formal education approach, which combined theoretical sessions with practical exercises into groups, and which led to development of concrete projects to be potentially presented for funding. The methodology also involved group activities aimed at developing specific skills useful for the project development, such as team building and responsibilities sharing, communication among partners, and the choice of project strategies.

From 5th to 8th December in Tbilisi, Georgia, ALDA delivered a training for young community leaders. The training was envisaged in the frame of the EU project حشد المجتمع من أجل الديمقراطية المحلية, funded under the programme Civil Society Facility of the European Commission, namely the DG Development and Cooperation.

The goal of the project is to strengthen the role of regional CSOs (NGOs and CBOs) in Georgia and their mobilization for support to decentralization. The lead applicant of the project is NALAG – National Association of Local Authorities in Georgia – while ALDA and LDA Georgia are partners. The first three days of the trainings were delivered by ALDA and namely by Anna Ditta, ALDA Project Development Officer. NALAG was in charge for the last day of the dynamic learning and focused on the role of local authorities in the management of communities and how CSOs and CBOs can efficiently relate with them for the promotion of local development.

22 young people aged between 20 and 30 years old, some of them representing local associations or small municipalities around the various Georgian regions, joined this training, aimed at providing the youth with skills in project development, in order for them to be able to prepare good quality proposals to be submitted for funding and supporting the development of their local communities.

The project indeed foresees a subgrant scheme that is expected to allocate small grants to various Georgian communities.The training was a preparatory action anticipating the launch of the subgrant scheme.

The training employed a non-formal education approach, which combined theoretical sessions with practical exercises into groups, and which led to development of concrete projects to be potentially presented for funding. The methodology also involved group activities aimed at developing specific skills useful for the project development, such as team building and responsibilities sharing, communication among partners, and the choice of project strategies.


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Approaching the second phase of the project CHOICE: workshop with applicants of the regranting scheme organised in Gyumri, Armenia

CHOICE is the partnership project of ALDA (France), EuroBelarus (Lithuania), Centre for Cultural Management (Ukraine), ICOM (Moldova), Millenium Foundation (Armenia) and Centre of Social Innovations (Belarus) that aims to preserve cultural heritage and strengthen the cooperation among organizations working in the sphere of culture.

The project is implemented in Armenia, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. The partners launched in their countries a call for proposal for organisations. Afterwards, once the selection of applicants was completed, the partners also organised an event of information and dissemination for the selected organisations. In the end, around 35 projects will get funded from the 4 above mentioned countries.

In Gyumri, on 5-7 December, Millenium Foundation organized the workshop for Armenian applicants together with participants from Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. “Local Democracy Agency” Foundation, which also applied to the call and passed the second phase, participated in the workshop. The workshop was animated by an expert from Belarus, Igor Rahansky, who presented the concept of heritage, culture, perceptions of those concepts from the point of view of different cultures and values, while, Tatyana Poshevalova, Director of EuroBelarus, presented the main demands and strong points of the application for the second phase, and Vyacheslav Chernyavski, Financial manager of EuroBelarus, explained the points for the financial management and reporting of the project. The workshop was accompanied by active discussions, answers and questions that promoted the perception of the project and made it more understandable and tangible. Finally, the President of Union of Non-Governmental organizations, Mr. Tshartaryan, delivered a speech about the cultural programme in Armenia and Gyumri, the difficulties and visions.

The workshop was successful as it really addressed the understanding of cultural heritage and the concrete steps for further elaboration of the applications with positive remarks.

The project ‘CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement’ is funded by the European Union. You may find further information on the project webpage.

CHOICE is the partnership project of ALDA (France), EuroBelarus (Lithuania), Centre for Cultural Management (Ukraine), ICOM (Moldova), Millenium Foundation (Armenia) and Centre of Social Innovations (Belarus) that aims to preserve cultural heritage and strengthen the cooperation among organizations working in the sphere of culture.

The project is implemented in Armenia, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. The partners launched in their countries a call for proposal for organisations. Afterwards, once the selection of applicants was completed, the partners also organised an event of information and dissemination for the selected organisations. In the end, around 35 projects will get funded from the 4 above mentioned countries.

In Gyumri, on 5-7 December, Millenium Foundation organized the workshop for Armenian applicants together with participants from Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. “Local Democracy Agency” Foundation, which also applied to the call and passed the second phase, participated in the workshop. The workshop was animated by an expert from Belarus, Igor Rahansky, who presented the concept of heritage, culture, perceptions of those concepts from the point of view of different cultures and values, while, Tatyana Poshevalova, Director of EuroBelarus, presented the main demands and strong points of the application for the second phase, and Vyacheslav Chernyavski, Financial manager of EuroBelarus, explained the points for the financial management and reporting of the project. The workshop was accompanied by active discussions, answers and questions that promoted the perception of the project and made it more understandable and tangible. Finally, the President of Union of Non-Governmental organizations, Mr. Tshartaryan, delivered a speech about the cultural programme in Armenia and Gyumri, the difficulties and visions.

The workshop was successful as it really addressed the understanding of cultural heritage and the concrete steps for further elaboration of the applications with positive remarks.

The project ‘CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement’ is funded by the European Union. You may find further information on the project webpage.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016! Statement by Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA

Reviewing the last twelve months, we have sadly seen the dramatic events of migration that affected the whole continent, and the attempts of the European countries trying to develop plans for accommodation and regulation, in order to assure humane conditions both to refugees and European citizens. We have seen the economic problems of Greece, which left all Europe breathless, calling into question the stability of the European Union, and consequently the capacity to deal all together with difficulties. Furthermore, worry and concern are still alive in our hearts from the terroristic attacks affecting our cities and the Neighbouring countries. We are all involved in this fight against terrorism, and we really intend to defend the values of democracy and peace that characterise our European identity.

For this purpose ALDA, thanks to the support of all of you, undertakes to continue on the path of democracy and respect of human rights, working in the European Union and in the Neighbour countries with the same determination and motivation that have been animating it since the beginning of its activity, 16 years ago.

Reviewing the last twelve months, we have sadly seen the dramatic events of migration that affected the whole continent, and the attempts of the European countries trying to develop plans for accommodation and regulation, in order to assure humane conditions both to refugees and European citizens. We have seen the economic problems of Greece, which left all Europe breathless, calling into question the stability of the European Union, and consequently the capacity to deal all together with difficulties. Furthermore, worry and concern are still alive in our hearts from the terroristic attacks affecting our cities and the Neighbouring countries. We are all involved in this fight against terrorism, and we really intend to defend the values of democracy and peace that characterise our European identity.

For this purpose ALDA, thanks to the support of all of you, undertakes to continue on the path of democracy and respect of human rights, working in the European Union and in the Neighbour countries with the same determination and motivation that have been animating it since the beginning of its activity, 16 years ago.


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