The impact of LDAs in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Gianfranco Martini Scholarship bears fruit

ALDA is proud and honoured to announce that the research funded by Gianfranco Martini scholarship in 2016 is now published.

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What are the impact and outcomes of LDA Mostar and LDA Zavidovići on their local communities? The research conducted by Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová of the Department of Development & Environmental Studies at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic) digging the role and impact of LDAs in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now publicly available.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the work of the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) in Mostar and Zavidovići to provide a deeper understanding of the processes and changes the LDAs instigated through their activities. The authors found that the LDAs have been key, reliable stakeholders enabling social reconciliation across the country, helping with the post-conflict recovery process. Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová then proceeded to formulate recommendations for LDAs and for ALDA on what actions these actors might consider undertake in order to improve their effectiveness.

Gianfranco Martini Scholarship is awarded once a year to a student or researcher proposing a study or work project focusing on local democracy, engagement of civil society and/or interethnic dialogue. Its aim is to receive high-quality academic research and analysis for ALDA’s fields of activity in order to develop further strategies on these topics, prioritizing the projects targeting regions where ALDA is active. In 2017, the scholarship has been awarded to Klodjan Sefaraj, from the University of Tirana, Albania, for his work on Local Democracy in Albania, titled “Albania stands at a crossroads regarding its local democracy”.

Useful resources:

Gianfranco Martini scholarship
Read the full publication “Assessing the Impact of Local Democracy Agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (pdf.)

ALDA is proud and honoured to announce that the research funded by Gianfranco Martini scholarship in 2016 is now published.

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What are the impact and outcomes of LDA Mostar and LDA Zavidovići on their local communities? The research conducted by Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová of the Department of Development & Environmental Studies at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic) digging the role and impact of LDAs in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now publicly available.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the work of the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) in Mostar and Zavidovići to provide a deeper understanding of the processes and changes the LDAs instigated through their activities. The authors found that the LDAs have been key, reliable stakeholders enabling social reconciliation across the country, helping with the post-conflict recovery process. Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová then proceeded to formulate recommendations for LDAs and for ALDA on what actions these actors might consider undertake in order to improve their effectiveness.

Gianfranco Martini Scholarship is awarded once a year to a student or researcher proposing a study or work project focusing on local democracy, engagement of civil society and/or interethnic dialogue. Its aim is to receive high-quality academic research and analysis for ALDA’s fields of activity in order to develop further strategies on these topics, prioritizing the projects targeting regions where ALDA is active. In 2017, the scholarship has been awarded to Klodjan Sefaraj, from the University of Tirana, Albania, for his work on Local Democracy in Albania, titled “Albania stands at a crossroads regarding its local democracy”.

Useful resources:

Gianfranco Martini scholarship
Read the full publication “Assessing the Impact of Local Democracy Agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (pdf.)


Paving the way to the future LDA Morocco

A delegation composed by ALDA’s Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, MED area Coordinator Anne-Laure Joedicke, and Observing Expert of the Governing Board Mohammed Salhi, Ambassador for northern Africa, is visiting our members in Morocco, discussing joint initiatives, and seizing the opportunities for the establishment of the first Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in the country.

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The delegation visited representatives of the Region Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, of the City of Tanger and the City of Tetouan, member of ALDA, as well as the City of Chefchaouen, potential partner of the upcoming LDA Morocco.

A meeting hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences of Rabat V University, member of ALDA, was dedicated to the discussion about priorities in the field of local governance and development, as well as to the “Chart on local democracy” developed in the framework of the project LADDER – Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness.

The mission is strengthening ongoing cooperations and developing new friendships and possible synergies. Stay in touch for further updates about our action with members and partners in Morocco and the future LDA!

A delegation composed by ALDA’s Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, MED area Coordinator Anne-Laure Joedicke, and Observing Expert of the Governing Board Mohammed Salhi, Ambassador for northern Africa, is visiting our members in Morocco, discussing joint initiatives, and seizing the opportunities for the establishment of the first Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in the country.

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The delegation visited representatives of the Region Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, of the City of Tanger and the City of Tetouan, member of ALDA, as well as the City of Chefchaouen, potential partner of the upcoming LDA Morocco.

A meeting hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences of Rabat V University, member of ALDA, was dedicated to the discussion about priorities in the field of local governance and development, as well as to the “Chart on local democracy” developed in the framework of the project LADDER – Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness.

The mission is strengthening ongoing cooperations and developing new friendships and possible synergies. Stay in touch for further updates about our action with members and partners in Morocco and the future LDA!


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Patras LSG organizes next steps of "ARRIVAL CITIES" project

ALDA is proud to report about an active stance of Patras Municipality (Greece) in ARRIVAL CITIES project. Patras Municipality, member of ALDA, confirms its commitment in supporting the values of democracy and citizen participation at local level.

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Patras LSG members of ARRIVAL CITIES project met on 2 November 2017 aiming at identifying next steps of action.
First of all, a vivid discussion took place regarding the outcomes and best practices of Oldenburg thematic workshop of last September; later Patras LSG members exchanged their views on the current content of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), giving their opinions on the information to be put in it. The discussion included exchange on the envisaged risks as well as on the monitoring and evaluation systems to be designed.
It is noteworthy that the ARRIVAL CITIES project perfectly relates to the activation of Patras in the “Intercultural Cities-ICC” network of the Council of Europe and ALDA – European Association of Local Democracy, where the city is an active member for many years now, trying to use diversity as an advantage and also to apply democratic values in practice.
Patras Municipality intends to continuously exploit its own local, regional, national and international networks, in order to achieve a multiplier effect on the dissemination and implementation of ARRIVAL CITIES results.

ALDA is proud to report about an active stance of Patras Municipality (Greece) in ARRIVAL CITIES project. Patras Municipality, member of ALDA, confirms its commitment in supporting the values of democracy and citizen participation at local level.

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Patras LSG members of ARRIVAL CITIES project met on 2 November 2017 aiming at identifying next steps of action.
First of all, a vivid discussion took place regarding the outcomes and best practices of Oldenburg thematic workshop of last September; later Patras LSG members exchanged their views on the current content of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), giving their opinions on the information to be put in it. The discussion included exchange on the envisaged risks as well as on the monitoring and evaluation systems to be designed.
It is noteworthy that the ARRIVAL CITIES project perfectly relates to the activation of Patras in the “Intercultural Cities-ICC” network of the Council of Europe and ALDA – European Association of Local Democracy, where the city is an active member for many years now, trying to use diversity as an advantage and also to apply democratic values in practice.
Patras Municipality intends to continuously exploit its own local, regional, national and international networks, in order to achieve a multiplier effect on the dissemination and implementation of ARRIVAL CITIES results.


Italian visit-tour to Monfalcone and Dolegna Municipalities for LDA Montenegro

Kerim Medjedovic, delegate of the Local Democracy Agency of Montenegro, took part on 21-22-23 October into a study visit to Monfalcone and Dolegna Municipalities in Friuli Venezia Giulia region (Italy), together with representatives of partner institutions and organizations: Samedin Agovic (Secretariat for entrepreneurship of the Municipality of Bijelo Polje), Pavo Perugini (Community of Italians of Montenegro) and Zlatan Medjvedovic, (Society of Montenegrin Slovenians “Vida Matjan”).
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The visit was organized for multiple reasons, first of all the coordination meeting of the Welfare Youth Development – Project Committee, that was taking place in Monfalcone: this project, implemented from January 2017 to June 2018, is funded by the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and aims to provide support to young people exposed to risky behaviour.
In addition to opportunities for development with new partnerships, this tour was also a chance for visitors from Montenegro to visit the enogastronomic-cultural event “Sapori in Cantina” in the municipality of Dolegna, province of Gorizia, on the Italian border with Slovenia. This traditional event, which aims to promote the territory and its products, is organized through a visit of 6 local winemakers together with tasting of wine and traditional dishes, accompanied by music and dance.
The Delegate had also the opportunity to meet with partners from the Montenegro Greeters project, funded by Friuli Venezia Giulia region, which will be implemented by the LDA together with the Cooperative Cramars from Tolmezzo and the Association of Young Ecologists Niksic. The project supports the development of an alternative tourist offer in Montenegro through the promotion of the model “meeting the territory by looking through my eyes”; this implies the concept of Greeter Destinations, or tourist guides – Greeters form of volunteers, who welcome smaller groups of tourists trying to present their country in an alternative way, this means as the local community member see it. Such an initiative should contribute to intercultural exchange and support sustainable tourism, which positively influences cultural heritage and brings economic benefits to local communities. The first Greeter Centre was established in 1992 in New York. The founding idea was originated by Lin Brooks, who has acquired many friends on her travels around the world over the years and wished to host them in her hometown to show them New York as she experienced it; today, many cities around the world have their own Greeters centres operating under the umbrella of the Global Greeters Network in New York. The aforementioned project will provide the creation of a primary base of alternative tourist guides, which will have their presentation on a web site; tourists will be than able to get acquainted with the undiscovered parts of Montenegro. The LDA Montenegro, together with its partners, will implement project activities with the support of Crania Greeters.
Last but not least, during the visit LDA Montenegro delegate met ALDA board member Alessandro Perelli, along with other ALDA members representatives of Monfalcone and Bijelo Polje Municipalities.

Kerim Medjedovic, delegate of the Local Democracy Agency of Montenegro, took part on 21-22-23 October into a study visit to Monfalcone and Dolegna Municipalities in Friuli Venezia Giulia region (Italy), together with representatives of partner institutions and organizations: Samedin Agovic (Secretariat for entrepreneurship of the Municipality of Bijelo Polje), Pavo Perugini (Community of Italians of Montenegro) and Zlatan Medjvedovic, (Society of Montenegrin Slovenians “Vida Matjan”).
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The visit was organized for multiple reasons, first of all the coordination meeting of the Welfare Youth Development – Project Committee, that was taking place in Monfalcone: this project, implemented from January 2017 to June 2018, is funded by the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and aims to provide support to young people exposed to risky behaviour.
In addition to opportunities for development with new partnerships, this tour was also a chance for visitors from Montenegro to visit the enogastronomic-cultural event “Sapori in Cantina” in the municipality of Dolegna, province of Gorizia, on the Italian border with Slovenia. This traditional event, which aims to promote the territory and its products, is organized through a visit of 6 local winemakers together with tasting of wine and traditional dishes, accompanied by music and dance.
The Delegate had also the opportunity to meet with partners from the Montenegro Greeters project, funded by Friuli Venezia Giulia region, which will be implemented by the LDA together with the Cooperative Cramars from Tolmezzo and the Association of Young Ecologists Niksic. The project supports the development of an alternative tourist offer in Montenegro through the promotion of the model “meeting the territory by looking through my eyes”; this implies the concept of Greeter Destinations, or tourist guides – Greeters form of volunteers, who welcome smaller groups of tourists trying to present their country in an alternative way, this means as the local community member see it. Such an initiative should contribute to intercultural exchange and support sustainable tourism, which positively influences cultural heritage and brings economic benefits to local communities. The first Greeter Centre was established in 1992 in New York. The founding idea was originated by Lin Brooks, who has acquired many friends on her travels around the world over the years and wished to host them in her hometown to show them New York as she experienced it; today, many cities around the world have their own Greeters centres operating under the umbrella of the Global Greeters Network in New York. The aforementioned project will provide the creation of a primary base of alternative tourist guides, which will have their presentation on a web site; tourists will be than able to get acquainted with the undiscovered parts of Montenegro. The LDA Montenegro, together with its partners, will implement project activities with the support of Crania Greeters.
Last but not least, during the visit LDA Montenegro delegate met ALDA board member Alessandro Perelli, along with other ALDA members representatives of Monfalcone and Bijelo Polje Municipalities.


Participative democracy in Algeria - ALDA Secretary General leads second training for civil servants

Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, participated as Team Leader in the second training for 30 middle and high level civil servants from local authorities from the whole east of Algeria.

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The activity is part of a project led by AETS, called “Participative Democracy and Citizens Participation at the local level in Algeria” and support by the European Commission and the Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities of Algeria.

The project aims at developing participative democracy in the country following the adoption of a new Constitution in 2016, which puts the accent on local and participatory democracy. In this framework, other two expert trainers led trainings for other 60 participants, all civil servants; after the upcoming elections in November, elected representatives might also be involved in similar trainings.

Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, participated as Team Leader in the second training for 30 middle and high level civil servants from local authorities from the whole east of Algeria.

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The activity is part of a project led by AETS, called “Participative Democracy and Citizens Participation at the local level in Algeria” and support by the European Commission and the Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities of Algeria.

The project aims at developing participative democracy in the country following the adoption of a new Constitution in 2016, which puts the accent on local and participatory democracy. In this framework, other two expert trainers led trainings for other 60 participants, all civil servants; after the upcoming elections in November, elected representatives might also be involved in similar trainings.


Italian best practices on cooperative entrepreneurship inspire Athens

The project COOPilot landed in Greece, with a pilot training on social economy and cooperatives involving over 100 participants.
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COOPILOT, co-financed by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, aims at tackling unemployment by promoting cooperative entrepreneurship. The Social Economy Institute from Athens, Greece organized the second meeting of the project partners on 25 September, and on 26-27 September the pilot training on social economy and entrepreneurship, with the participation of experts from the Italian Federazione Trentina per la Cooperazione bringing best case experiences to all participants.
A number of further trainings will be organized, as COOPilot transfer competencies from the more advanced countries in the field of cooperatives (Belgium, France, Italy and Spain) towards the less advanced ones (Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus).
See you in Cyprus with the next training session!
Useful resources
More information about the project COOPilot

Athens COOPilot Massive Online Open Course, created by the Social Economy Institute



COOPilot consortium posing together at the end of the event

The project COOPilot landed in Greece, with a pilot training on social economy and cooperatives involving over 100 participants.
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COOPILOT, co-financed by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, aims at tackling unemployment by promoting cooperative entrepreneurship. The Social Economy Institute from Athens, Greece organized the second meeting of the project partners on 25 September, and on 26-27 September the pilot training on social economy and entrepreneurship, with the participation of experts from the Italian Federazione Trentina per la Cooperazione bringing best case experiences to all participants.
A number of further trainings will be organized, as COOPilot transfer competencies from the more advanced countries in the field of cooperatives (Belgium, France, Italy and Spain) towards the less advanced ones (Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus).
See you in Cyprus with the next training session!
Useful resources
More information about the project COOPilot

Athens COOPilot Massive Online Open Course, created by the Social Economy Institute



COOPilot consortium posing together at the end of the event


7 LDAs and ALDA Skopje supported 20 local youth initiatives in the Balkans

20 initiatives created and implemented by around 100 youngsters from the Balkans were supported through our Local Youth Fund this year. Most of the 20 awarded youth initiatives were results of the work of non-formal groups. The Local Youth Fund supported youth initiatives and projects which explored the topic of culture and youth participation in the local community.

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7 LDAs from the Balkan region, together with ALDA Skopje successfully implemented the Local Youth Fund initiative within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue for the third time.
The supported projects included cultural events, music festivals, creative workshops, sport manifestations and urban interventions that promoted cultural and youth participation and encouraged youngsters to take active part in the initiatives.
The Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue is a project implemented by 7 LDAs and ALDA Skopje and it’s financed by the European Union through the Civil Society Facility Operating Grants program to IPA CSO Association – Support to regional thematic associations.

Find all the awarded initiatives listed (هنا).

Useful links

20 initiatives created and implemented by around 100 youngsters from the Balkans were supported through our Local Youth Fund this year. Most of the 20 awarded youth initiatives were results of the work of non-formal groups. The Local Youth Fund supported youth initiatives and projects which explored the topic of culture and youth participation in the local community.

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7 LDAs from the Balkan region, together with ALDA Skopje successfully implemented the Local Youth Fund initiative within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue for the third time.
The supported projects included cultural events, music festivals, creative workshops, sport manifestations and urban interventions that promoted cultural and youth participation and encouraged youngsters to take active part in the initiatives.
The Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue is a project implemented by 7 LDAs and ALDA Skopje and it’s financed by the European Union through the Civil Society Facility Operating Grants program to IPA CSO Association – Support to regional thematic associations.

Find all the awarded initiatives listed (هنا).

Useful links