Climate of Change: join the sub-granting call (focus: Belgium)

Are you a Belgian youth association who is sensitive to raising awareness on the effects of climate change and understanding the links with migration?

We are looking for you! Lead the change and participate in our call for proposals with your project idea!

تم عقد اجتماع . project – co-funded by the EU under the برنامج التوعية من أجل التنمية والتوعية (DEAR) and promoted by the italian NGO WeWorld-GVC together with 16 project partners in 13 countries, including ALDA – will support grass-root initiatives in the field of raising awareness on youth role in fighting climate change and involve smaller youth organizations based in France interested in joining the action but lacking the necessary means to do so.

What is the main objective of the call of proposal?

The project will support actions developed by youth organisations in Belgium committed in the field of environmental awareness raising, especially climate change induced migration, and targeting young people (15-35 years old).

What is the main objective of the call of proposal?

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


Sub-granting call will be open until 19 June 2022


ما هي المحاور التي تم التركيز عليها؟

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

One activity will be compulsory  which is the promotion of the Climate of Change petition in all organised activities by the applicant until the end of October 2022 (the end of the petition period).

أين يمكن تنفيذ مثل هذه المشاريع؟

Activities must take place in Belgium.

كيف يمكن تقديم الترشحات؟

Read the full call for proposals to have more information about the call and how to apply! The call will be open from May 19th,2022 to June 19th,2022.

Infos

All the questions related to the present call for proposals and the participation modalities have to be addressed to the project manger Célia C.

#ClimateOfChange!

 

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دعوة لتقديم مقترحات

Annex A – Application form

Annex B – Budget proposal

Annex C – Frequently asked questions

Annex D – Human economy report (English only)

Annex E – Campaign guide #ClimateOfChange (English only)


Bauhaus

PART-Y at the New European Bauhaus Festival

The Part-Y project has been selected to be part of the FAIR Mobile Exhibition fleet for the New European Bauhaus Festival and we could not be more excited! Come and meet us on the stand to exchange with us on placemaking, urban planning and discover our handbook to support young people in placemaking activities! 

 

About the Festival

The festival will take place from the 9th to 12th of June and it will spread its activities all over the EU. The Part-Y project will participate in the heart of the festival, in Brussels, where we will share our spot with over 30 artistic & cultural performances, more than 100 projects and prototypes and 55 side events.


The Part-Y project will participate in the heart of the New European Bauhaus Festival, in Brussels


The New European Bauhaus is a cultural, human-centered, positive and tangible experience for everyone, promoting the transformation and adaptation of our cities all around Europe. The Festival’s main themes are beauty, sustainability and inclusiveness. It will feature debates, great speakers, artistic performances, exhibitions and networking opportunities. It aims to build connections between different activities and individuals, bridging the worlds of research, science and technology, to those of education and civil engagement, and of art, culture and architecture.

The event will be divided into two main phases: there will be the Fest, which will include performances and the exchange of ideas across Brussels and it is where you will find us, and the Forum, which consists of a series of the debates on the Green deal, education, regional development and other key issues. 

How to join?

You can join the event both online and onsite, so don’t miss out and register هنا.

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Sremski Karlovci

Sremski Karlovci welcomed the partners of the project DESIRE!

From the 8th to the 11th of May, Danube 1245 and the beautiful city of Sremski Karlovci welcomed European partners of the project DESIRE.

At the occasion of the Europe Day, the partner of the DESIRE project gathered for the first time face-to-face after the start of the project at the end of 2020, during the COVID19 pandemic. This international event was the opportunity to present the work and activities done by each partner. All the partners came out with creative and innovative ideas in order to talk about the European Union, its value and especially the Schuman Declaration. The objective was to actively involve youth in approaching history in a proactive way.


Sremski Karlovci welcomed European partners of the project DESIRE


Through the co-creation of artistic tools, as videos, theatre, games, audio narratives, partners accompanied groups of youth citizens in re-discovering history and in debating on EU values as intercultural dialogue, peace and solidarity.

Although we are leaving in different countries, we are sharing a common heritage and values. Discover the work done by the partners in the DESIRE website and on the DESIRE youtube channel. Have a look and get inspired!

 

←عن مشروع "ديزاير":

DEclaration of Schuman: Initiative for Revitalizing Europe (DESIRE) is a Europe for Citizens funded project. The project aims to raise people and especially youth’s awareness on the historical importance and the meaning of the Declaration of Schuman for the EU. The consortium is leading by بلدية لافاروني (Comune di Lavarone) (إيطاليا), ويتركب من مؤسسة بلفديري-غيشفانت (إيطاليا), Union of bulgarian black sea local authorities (بلغاريا), بلدية فالونغو (البرتغال), و دانوب 1245 (صربيا) معهد زدروجاني لتنمية البلديات (Zdruzenie Institut za razvoj na zaednicata) (جمهورية مقدونيا اليوغسلافية سابقا), , الإدارة البلدية بغراس-دواسو (بلجيكا), و مؤسسة بلدية فالنسيا للتراث الصناعي (إسبانيا)، مركز أوزياك الثقافي (كرواتيا) ألدا (فرنسا).

 

For more information on the project, please contact


Agencies

Supporting Local Democracy Agencies programme and support Local Democracy Agencies in Ukraine

Acting locally, establishing connections with citizens, listening to people’s needs has always been at the heart of ALDA’s commitment to implement democracy, change and participation.

Living in a period of uncertainty, in which the protection of Human Rights and State sovereignty are at stake, while the democratic international asset is under pressure, the Association is ready to further invest its energy and to stress its commitment in order to ensure the safeguard of rights and freedoms.

The current war in Ukraine is urging institutions, CSOs and international players to take concrete actions: ALDA is doing its part. Hence, within the framework of its الجمعية العامة, which took place in Strasbourg on 6 May 2022, the Association has approved the document entitled “Local Democracy Agencies: A powerful instrument for supporting communities affected by crises and by the war"


Local Democracy Agencies: A powerful instrument for supporting communities affected by crises and by the war"


Thus, ALDA not only strongly believes in the power of acting locally; but also it is based on the daily relations with the Local Democracy Agencies. The latter, specifically, were created, as a programme, by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, already in 1993 to support the community of their own Countries.

More in concrete, starting from this document, ALDA calls for the entire community to support the Local Democracy Agencies as an instrument of local Democracy, Peace and Resilience; especially those in Mariupol and Dnipro by involving them in projects and activities so that to, as a spillover effect, help and support people in the Country. At the same time, the Association supports the possibility to open other LDAs in Odessa و Vinnitza or other areas of Ukraine.

What is the next step? ALDA has already organised a conference to gather support for our LDAs on 22nd June to meet together and to further turn what has been approved into facts, and support people, colleagues and friends in Ukraine.

#ALDAforUkraine


Participatory Democracy in Algeria – A specialised training for Administrative Units

ALDA’s action in Algeria goes on: after the successful past experiences in delivering training-courses on good governance and citizens involvement, ALDA Secretary General is back to the country.

Welcomed as specialised professional in delivering capacity building activities for Local Authorities on participative democracy, Ms. Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General – has been selected by SOFRECO, a worldwide leading company in consultancy with a mandate from the Algerian Ministry of Interiors, to deliver these technical trainings.

From 14 until 27 of May 2022, Ms. Valmorbida will be in charge of providing in-depth assistance, while illustrating the different tools that are necessary in terms of developing and spurring participative democracy at local level.

Starting from the head of Daïra, the administrative units in Algeria similar to what in English may be known as a “district”, ALDA Secretary General, together with Mohamed Sakri and Moufida Oueslati, will engage with more than 200 people, attending the trainings up until September 2022. The cities involved in this first round of activities are Constantine, Algiers and Djelfa; while representatives from Oran and Tlemcen will participate at the June session.


Back on the field to train Algerian administrative units on participatory democracy


From a broader perspective, participative democracy and good governance are among the priorities of the Association, together with citizens’ participation and sustainable development. Thus, already in 2017 and in 2019, Ms. Valmorbida was appointed to train more than 100 civil servants in Algeria, testifying the role of ALDA as a reliable and specialised partners not only in Europe but also in the Mediterranean area.

Being responsible for this year edition of capacity building activities, based on a mandate from the Algerian Ministry of Interiors, it is a further confirm not only that ALDA is a strategic player in the region, but also that changes and the path undertaken years ago is now become systematic, providing positive results.


resilience

ALDA General Assembly 2022: Institutions, Local Authorities, members and delegates all united for peace, democracy and resilience

A sunny Strasbourg welcomed the Governing Board members, the delegates of the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), members and colleagues of ALDA for the Association’s most important event of the year, ALDA General Assembly 2022, and related events.

 

Indeed, from May 5th to 7th, the network of ALDA gathered together, for the first in-presence Assembly since 2019, for 3 days of conferences, trainings and round-tables, culminating on 6 May 2022 with the ALDA General Assembly, entitled  “والصمود السالم ودعم ، المحلية الديمقراطية دعم". 

Moreover, this 3-day occurrence took place within the framework of the Strasbourg Summit, underlying ALDA’s involvement and commitment in the Conference of the Future of Europe and its follow-ups.

 

No words can explain the thrilling and enthusiastic atmosphere of the moment, smiling faces and happy chats all over the hall of Region Grand-Est Headquarters, main venue of the Assembly. The conclusion of the "المؤتمر من أجل مستقبل أوروبا؟" and the current war in Ukraine were not only at the centre of the Assembly, but also among colleagues, friends and delegates’ topics of discussion. 

Gathered all together in the Hemicycle room, وخلال Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, posed a question to the whole audience: “who would have said that a city in Ukraine, where ALDA established the Local Democracy Agency, would become a symbol of resistance to terror?” Nobody could answer. Nobody has an answer to it. Nonetheless, President Otočan recalled that “the first Local democracy agencies were established in the former Yugoslavia following the war period as a support of the Council of Europe for the establishment of peace, tolerance, and the democratic development of the society at the local level”. There is, in other words, a peaceful answer to war times as demonstrated by the history of ALDA itself.


As recalled by President Otočan there is  a peaceful answer to war times as demonstrated by the history of ALDA itself, in its path towards democracy and resilience


The necessity of peace, and support to civilians in Ukraine was expressed by  واألمين العام. Christian Debève, Regional Councillor and President of the Cross-Border Outreach, Europe and International Relations Commission, Region Grand Est; while Gilles Pelayo, Head of Unit of the programme Europe for Citizens Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), stressed how “ALDA is a strategic partner in working with the civil society and for its participation” especially in these hard times.

Similarly, Ms. Martine Dieschburg-Nickels, Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, underlined how the commitment and work of the Congress and that of ALDA are both directed to provide solutions and answers to overcome this crucial period “characterised by multiple crises on the European continent and worldwide”. Among them the one of the environment is definitely a crucial one as well. Thus, Mr. Thibaut Guignard, Mayor of Ploeuc-l’Hermitage, President of Leader France, by mentioning the “Climate of Change” project as a positive initiative, further called for the necessity of coherent and united actions within this framework.

Environment, democracy, human rights were at the heart of the initiatives that ALDA has developed within the "المؤتمر من أجل مستقبل أوروبا؟" platform in order to animate it, involving youths and people to join this bottom-up exercise, while sending clear messages to the institutions. Thanks to this effort, as well as the role of Ms. فرنسا, in the ن اتفاقية المجتمع المدني لمؤتمر مستقبل, ALDA during the 2021 has always worked in order to make people’s voices heard, calling for a Europe closer to its citizens.

Coherently with its mission in promoting democracy, and protecting human rights, while considering the deep and strong bond that ALDA has with its LDAs, and considering its commitment in providing assistance to Ukraine, Ms. Tetiana Lomakina, delegate from LDA Mariupol, has been appointed as Chair of the 2022 Assembly. This decision brought the audience to its feet, for a moment of profound emotion. Being closer to people, showing support to Ukraine can be understood and carried out in several ways. Appointing Ms. Lomakina as Chair definitely stressed the will of the Association to further work closely and hand in hand with colleagues from the LDAs and friends in Ukraine: together calling for a peace.

Listening to inspiring speeches, learning from the experiences and expertise of other institutions and Local Authorities marked an occasion for the audience, and guests to gain a broader knowledge on the surrounding realities as well as possible and potential solutions.

As previously mentioned, the ALDA General Assembly, as is customary, includes a series of related events, this year focusing on the environment, within the Climate of Change project, and on Solidarity with Ukraine, together with EPIC project partners, JEF Europe and within the Strasbourg Summit.

 

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Events related to the General Assembly


The European Capital of Democracy: Apply and make your city ambassador of democracy!

What if Democracy had a home? A visible place where citizens come together to share experiences, learn, and enjoy under the banner of democratic values, freedom and peace?

This is indeed the vision of the brand-new project the “European Capital of Democracy”: an initiative which will designate every year, starting from 2022, a city in Europe representing and strengthening Democracy.

Fully supporting this initiative, and certain of its added value in fostering democratic development, promoting social and political innovation and exchange, ALDA is proud to announce that its Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, has been appointed as a member of the Experts’ Jury. Thus, she will be among the few experts and practitioners who will examine all applications and shortlist the 5 Nominee Cities which will be then voted by European citizens.

In fact, all cities (with a population of 100,000+) within the Council of Europe member states, can apply to be elected the first European Capital off Democracy!
The winning city will host a one-year-long programme of exciting events, festivals and activities designed to improve and strengthen democracy, which puts citizens’ participation at the heart of it.


In light of its mission and expertise, ALDA is proud to be part of the Experts’ Jury shortlisting the 5 Nominee Cities


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR THE WINNING CITY?

  • Highly visible as a beacon of European democratic best practice
  • Citizens will actively develop new forms of democratic politics
  • Inspire politicians and innovators from across Europe to spark change through the city’s new ideas, activities and networks

HOW DOES A CITY BECOME A EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF DEMOCRACY?

  • Cities apply for the title, presenting a portfolio of their best democratic practices and new project ideas
  • An experts’ jury evaluates the projects and decides on a shortlist of three to five cities
  • A jury of 10,000 European citizens votes for the city to become the European Capital of Democracy

 

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Please find further details on the European Capital of Democray (ECoD) Call document and supporting information:


Solidarity

Solidarity with Ukraine: Testimonies of war

Ukrainian flags, rag-dolls wearing traditional clothes, pictures of Ukrainian cities: this is the image that each of the participants got when entering the “Aubette” Hall – Place Klebert, in Strasbourg, on Friday 6 May 2022 in the occasion of الجمعية العمومية لشركة ALDA.

Dozens of people were there just for one single reason: peace. Young people, children, old ladies and men concealed pain and suffering behind smiles and greetings. Nobody could ever imagine such a terrific reality for the Country of Kiev. Nobody.

Discussing, sharing and showing concrete support to Ukrainian citizens is a daily commitment for ALDA, which, together with the Young European Federalist (JEF) and within the Strasbourg Summit, organised the event “Solidarity with Ukraine: Testimonies of war”.


“Solidarity with Ukraine: Testimonies of war” to urge institutions, other organisations, single citizens to call for immediate peace and end of war


Right at the eve of the closing of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and the Europe Day, the two organisations urged institutions, other organisations, single citizens to call for immediate peace and end of war. 

Testimonies came from different realities, yet all aiming at the same goal: تيتيانا لوماكينا, from LDA ماريوبول gave her opening speech, showed a sadly well-know brutal situation in her Country, in which people are suffering, yet very much committed to speak up for their freedoms in her city and all over Ukraine. Mariupol, one of the most attacked area, as recalled by فرنسا, was, and still is, the hometown of one of the two Local Democracy Agency, which is a place of democracy, a place of positive change, a place which today is facing an unjust war.

Marta Siciarek, from Gdansk Region and Partner of EPIC Project, stressed the solidarity actions expressed from Poland towards Ukraine: the red and white Country is thus welcoming hundreds of hundreds of refugees. Similarly Christelle Savall, Vice-President of JEF Europe, underlined the need of welcoming Ukraine as a candidate Country to join the Union.

Future hopes, needs and actions which have to be taken to support the Country of ​​blue sky above the yellow field of wheat, as expressed by Andriy Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv. At the same time Iryna Orel, from Promote Ukriane, underlined the need to design a quality information space showing real events taking place in Ukraine. Similarly, in a gentle and powerful voice Inna Volkova, from the Odessa Regional Council, after having showed pictures of bombing, hanging the demaged flag of Ukraine, she called for “Slava Ukrainii”.


Future

Conference on the Future of Europe: what’s next?

Nearly a year after the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe and the related online platform, this ambitious experiment has officially reached its end, all in all in a successful and satisfactory way.

On Monday, May 9th 2022, Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, together with colleagues from the Strasbourg Office were pleased to be invited to the closing ceremony of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Indeed ALDA, in the person of Ms Valmorbida and many other colleagues, actively joined this bottom-up approach, by being fully engaged in the ن اتفاقية المجتمع المدني لمؤتمر مستقبل, both as Member of the Steering Committee, and as Chair of the Democracy Cluster.

Generally speaking, during the last 12 months, European randomly selected citizens were invited to give their opinion on the future of the European Union, to discuss the improvement and issues that the EU will have to tackle in the coming years.


Ms Valmorbida and many other colleagues, actively joined this bottom-up approach to ensure citizens’ participation, to reduce the gap between institutions and people for the Europe of the future


This debate and collaboration among citizens and politicians culminated in a report centered around 49 proposals that include concrete objectives and more than 320 recommendations for the EU institutions to follow up, based on nine topics: climate change and the environment; health; a stronger economy, social justice and jobs; EU in the world; values and rights, rule of law, security, digital transformation, European democracy, migration, education, culture, youth and sport.

In a closing ceremony, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, President Emmanuel Macron on behalf of the Council Presidency and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen received the above-mentioned report.

Yet, one question remains: how will institutions now follow up effectively on these proposals, each within their own spheres of competence and in accordance with the Treaties? First answers and feedbacks will be delivered during a dedicated event, which will take place to update citizens in autumn 2022.

ALDA together with other Civil Society Organisations, and European partners will keep its commitment to closely follow the process, willing to ensure citizens’ participation, while reducing the gap between institutions and people.


Nature

Safeguarding natural resources, ALDA’s engagement in Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) projects

Taking care of the environment means taking care of our own lives, our neighbors and people sharing the planet with us. Yet, each year water resources are diminishing, and the negative effects of pollution are leading to a climate change, which has to stop now. 

 

With the will to turn UN SDGs into a concrete reality, while spreading the culture of environmental respect, and working to implement the green transition,  ALDA is very active on the topic of climate change adaptation, especially as far as Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) concern.  Therefore, believing in a bottom-up and participative approach, the Association is delighted to share some relevant material that was developed in the context of three European projects managed by ALDA.

Starting with the Erasmus + “Green Skills 4 Cities Project" which has just started and it is aimed at creating a transdisciplinary education platform targeted to civil servants and local administrators and focusing on the development of skills in the field of NBS for cities.  If you are interested in knowing more about the project and give your input for the design of the curricula, please fill this survey (15 minutes).



Similarly, Life Beware Project is intended to develop a strategy for adaptation to climate change and flood risk in urban and rural areas, through the implementation of NBS and the active involvement of the local community. The project produced an online on demand Training on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), targeted to Municipalities, public technicians and local administrators that are interested in replicating the pilot interventions implemented and tested by the project. The training is in Italian with English subtitles and it’s available (هنا)

Last but not least, Life Metro Adapt Project which targets the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation strategies (i.a. Nature-Based Solutions) in a metropolitan area, specifically the Metropolitan Area of Milan (CMM). The project designed a practical handbook that offers an overview of the methodology used by the project that allowed the CMM to both develop NBS on the territory and to implement them in the Territorial Plan. The handbook is available (هنا) in english

Join ALDA, its team and partners to turn green goals into fact!