Capacity Building Workshops for a BRIGHTer future!

Capacity

Two more Capacity Building Workshops (CBW) to go before the Final Conference of BRIGHT project!

As the one taking place in mid November in Calabria, a southern region of Italy, Spain and Greece will host the fourth and fifth CBWs respectively. 

What is the idea behind these interactive meetings? From a general perspective, BRIGHT Capacity Building Workshops, five in total, are intended to enhance the capability of local institutions, as well as European countries, to rely on participatory governance systems – be they Collaboration Agreements – as far as enabling mobile women in decision-making processes.  


Capacity Building Workshops discussing the broad topic of “mobile women’ inclusion” employed in the sector of agriculture in other similar areas of 3rd sector


As for the previous occasion, also these two CBS will see the participation of several stakeholders, discussing the broad topic of “mobile women’ inclusion” employed in the sector of agriculture in other similar areas of 3rd sectors (as cleaning and care services) sectors on how to address the need for new and innovative strategies to guarantee access to fair, adequate, and sensitive public services. The way to reach underrepresented groups is a joint effort of authorities, social services, trade unions, citizens, and employers in order to design innovative and inclusive welfare solutions.

Based on this, the BRIGHT project, not only is willing to overcome this gap, but also it has set 5 CBWs to produce and design concrete outputs to be shared at European level. Within this framework project’s partners will join the workshops, and invite people to join:

Last but not least, follow the project on social media, and do not miss the final conference, which will take place in Brussels on February 22nd-23rd (dates TBC).


More activities in 2022 to fight climate of change

Change

2021 was a year filled with activities for the Climate of Change project, despite many challenges arising from the Covid 19 pandemic!

After the first year of implementation, 2021 marked the launch, in all 13 countries of the project, of the debate contest: an educational activity that included – among others – familiarizing with climate change and migration related issues; developing analyses skills and the ability to synthesize data and information to take position and be critical.

More in depth, coordinated by ALDA in partnership with FINEP, participants, divided into two groups (students from high school and from universities) joined a training module session and the drafting of debate papers for all partners. ALDA implemented the activity in both France and Belgium. At the end, the national winning teams in each age group met in Brussels in November to dispute the Pan-European Debate Finals with the other national teams (see our previous article).

Furthermore, last November, ALDA in cooperation with the European Environmental Bureau welcomed the circus show MadgaClan in Brussels for the final dates of the Pan-European Street Action Tour. The tour was scheduled during the EU debate finals to allow students to participate in the activity.



Additionally, ALDA participated in the drafting of the campaign guide #ClimateOfChange. The output has been published on the website and used by all partners to promote the campaign at national level, while producing surveys and factsheets. Overall, the objective is to highlight the connection among migration, climate and the need to transform our economy and everyday lives. The campaign will last until the end of the project in 2023.

Finally, “End Climate Change, Start a Climate of Change” petition was launched, demanding policy changes that will safeguard a healthy and sustainable tomorrow. (Sign the petition!).

 

What will happen next year?

In 2022, the lead partner WeWorld will develop a 4-episode webseries on the topic of climate justice, aimed at promoting the campaign through online platform and across Europe.

In addition, this year focuses on research work to support an evidence-based narrative on the nexus between migration and climate. Specifically, it is intended to produce 4 case studies in Cambodia, Guatemala, Senegal and Kenya and to give voice to local communities most affected by climate change.

Meanwhile, some national and international events will enable the partners to introduce the public to the outputs and outcomes of the project, especially the results of case-studies and advocacy actions while promoting the petition.


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PIECE by PIECE: here is the cornerstone of our project building!

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The research paper, aimed at analyzing the needs of communities and community workers in Europe, has been released by the PIECE project’s partners

The research is based on a survey spread out by every partner through their networks (see our previous article); as well as on 25 in-depth interviews. This last analysis brought something new compared to others: the international and cross-sectorial elements.

With this report, the partners tried to understand what are the current needs of community workers to improve their work and enhance the local community participation. Hence, this output highlights both common and different needs amongst European countries and regions, such as:

  • learning practical and educational tools to apply to their work;
  • gaining soft skills and ability to engage further their communities;
  • dealing with important issues (gender, racism, sustainability, etc.), or
  • knowing how to create a safe online community space.


This last research brought something: the international and cross-sectorial elements


Moreover, this theoretical work is a key step within the project. Furthermore, it will be the foundation for the next stages, mainly by raising some difficulties that would be addressed through the creation of training materials and an e-learning platform for the target group.

Finally, the overall objective of PIECE project is to up-skill and empower community workers. This will consequently allow beneficiaries to enhance social inclusion, skills and employability of the people they will train or involve in their activities.

The report can be used by everyone out of the project; it is freely available on the outputs page of the project’s website : https://pieceproject.eu/

If you want to find out more, have a look at the صفحة الفيسبوك.


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Research findings on youth radicalisation: RADEX comprehensive report

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As previously announced, the RADEX consortium has produced a comprehensive report of the research phase of the project. This included the findings on youth violent radicalisation from 5 countries the UK, Belgium, France, Greece and Cyprus.

What is it about? The research considered both online and offline youth radicalisation patterns, comprising literature reviews, interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis and online research on social media, apps and chatrooms. Therefore, the report contributes as a summary of general trends of research studies, but also as an in-depth analysis of social network research.


The comprehensive report provides readers with hints on how, when and where young people become objects of radicalisation


The comprehensive report provides readers with hints on how, when and where young people become objects of radicalisation. At the same time, it identifies strengths and positive skills that young people can use in their benefit to build a stronger fence against radicalisation. The research includes a specific focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic within this processes.

More than a simple state of the art of youth violent radicalisation in the 5 target countries, this report will serve as a basis of the main project output: an e-course about positive skills youth can develop to prevent this phenomenon, directed to youth workers and educators.

Finally, the RADEX consortium also produced an executive summary in 4 different languages, you can find them here:


Presidency

ALDA welcomes the French EU Council Presidency

This newly started 2022 has also marked the inauguration of a new Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Following Slovenia, from the 1ش of January 2022, France has taken over the Presidency for the next six months, until June 30th, 2022.

In light of the delicate and peculiar situation the Union and the whole World are going through, the French Presidency will focus its mandate according to citizens’ expectations and needs, trying to bring the needed changes in a concrete way, as stated in the latest news.

2022 starts with the beginning of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union

From a general perspective the trio programma, that means the overall mission of French, Czech and Swedish Presidencies, up until the beginning of 2023 will focus on:

  • Protecting citizens and freedoms; based on European values;
  • Promoting a new growth and investment model for Europe, inspired by sustainable green growth;
  • Building a greener and more socially equitable Europe, with special regard to health and
  • أ global Europe that promotes multilateralism and renewed international partnerships

Specifically on the French Presidency, its main priorities around three emblematic areas: climate, digital and social. At the same time, it will work to lay the basis for important changed and achievements linked to the economic sphere, youth, health and culture.

ALDA welcomes with enthusiasm the new French Presidency and encourages it to keep the active participation of citizens in the European governance high in the political agenda, thus giving the needed impetus to the closing phase of the "المؤتمر من أجل مستقبل أوروبا؟"!

 

Check the Presidency website


ALDA mournes the loss of David Sassoli, European Parliament President

[Picture source: www.theparliamentmagazine.eu]

 

It’s with great sadness that we acknowledge the loss of David Sassoli, European Parliament President and former journalist.

On behalf of the whole staff of ALDA, its Governing Board and entire network, we will always remember Mr Sassoli as a convinced and committed European politician and activist, a person who could wisely lead one of the most important but complex Institution, as the European Parliament, since July 2019.

Davide Sassoli contributed to lead European policies and politics  in an extremely difficult period with a remarkable know-how and a solid set of principles: respect, loyalty and coherence to the cause.

Being the Parliament the EU institution which best represents its citizens, since its members are directly elected every five years through universal suffrage, David Sassoli perfectly represented the values carried on by ALDA: citizens participation, active commitment, solidarity, tolerance, equality, justice and much more.

Our condolences go to its family, his close colleagues, friends and to all who knew and appreciated him.

May he rest in peace.


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Online fake news and local democracy: The final international event of the DIGITAL project

From 17 to 19 November 2021, the 5th and final event of the DIGITAL project – Supporting Democratic Union and Active Citizenship in Digital Era  – took place in Madrid, Spain. The event entitled “Fake news: How to counter the fake news and disinformation that spread online?” was held both online and offline and offered the possibility to debate and share opinions on topics such as the impact of digitalization, the future of the European Union, and the place of citizens in this digital transformation. For ALDA it was attended by Elisabetta Uroni, Head of the Communication Department.

اشتغلت DIGITAL project is led by the Federation of Municipalities of Madrid (FMM) and financed by the Europe for Citizens Programme. Its aim was to assemble policymakers and citizens from 15 European countries to enhance democratic and civic participation across Europe.

The first day of the event focused on the proliferation of fake news in the digital age and included interventions by José Antonio Sánchez Serrano, the Deputy Minister of Local Administration and Digitization of the Community of Madrid, and Cristina Moreno Moreno, the General Manager of FMM. In addition, conclusions were drawn from the previous international events, including through interactive sessions.


The event focused on the proliferation of fake news in the digital age; the effects on on local democracy  and on digital transition


The second day focused on issues such as the effects of fake news on local democracy with speakers José Manuel Hoyo, the Mayor of Brunete and Vice President of the Information Society Commission, Alfredo García-Plata, the Mayor of Torrelodones and Member of the Information Society Commission, Jorge Alberto Campos, the Mayor of Paracuellos del Jarama and Member of the Governing Board FMM, and Asensio Martínez Agraz, the Mayor of Sevilla la Nueva and Member of the Governing Board of the FMM. Furthermore, strategies, methods, and techniques in the fight against fake news were discussed together with Francisco Serrato من عند The Objective, Vincenzo Tiani, Advisory expert in Digital Policies and professor at the IULM University (Milan), Andrés Jiménez, the MALDITO BULO Coordinator, and an expert from NEWTRAL. The day closed with an interactive session on good local practices with regard to fake news.

The third day started with a round table discussion on best practices that make a significant contribution to the “digital transition” at EU level, presented by Cristina Moreno Moreno and featuring Myrian Redondo from VerificaRTVE. This was followed by a presentation of the conclusions of the teamwork of day 2 and the closing session.

The event provided an important forum for analyzing and discussing the issue of fake news and its impact on local democracy from a variety of perspectives. It brought together a number of experts and stakeholders but also allowed citizens to actively participate.


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Towards the creation of an online course for professors teaching students from migrant backgrounds!

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This month, ALDA welcomed the partners of the DEVOTE project (Developing the Competencies of Teachers to Integrate Students from Migrant Background into European Schools) in Strasbourg in order to work together on the development of the online course foreseen by the project. In addition, the consortium discussed the sustainability of the project, especially after its completion, while having preliminary discussions on the Community of Educators. The latter will be created for teachers to support each other;  and exchange good practices. Of course participants took some informal time to discover Strasbourg and its Christmas sparkle!


Promote the "Whole School Approach", to set up an assessment of students with migrant backgrounds and to learn from good practices


From a general perspective, المشروع aims to strengthen the integration of students with migrant backgrounds in schools and improve their success in education by providing training, coaching and guidance to teachers equipping school leaders and educators with the necessary skills and innovative tools to support secondary students in the process, strengthening collaboration between schools, families, and other external stakeholders.

To this end, at the core of the project is the creation of a brand new online course for teachers to strengthen their approach towards language support, parental support, psycho-social support, but also to enable them to promote the Whole School Approach, to set up an assessment of students with migrant backgrounds and to learn from good practices already used across Europe.

The course, currently under development, brings together the expertise of 5 project partners (4 associations and 2 universities) with complementary expertise on issues related to inclusion, support for migrant populations, education and digital training.

The meeting in Strasbourg was a necessary step to discuss the technical development of the platform, the content of the modules, the evaluation of the learners: The online course is expected to be available in 2022!


Vicenza

Junior Reporting Officer, Vicenza (Italy)

Vicenza

Among the main tasks:

  • Financial reporting of projects working hand in hand with project manager and the senior staff of ALDA;
  • Updating the ALDA financial instruments for analytic accountability and registration.

Among the skills needed:

  • Diploma of accounting or economic degree
  • 1 year Experience in financial reporting of projects, in particular to the European Commission and international private and public stakeholders;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Italian (both written and spoken) is required; knowledge of French would be an asset;

Terms of contract

The contract will be for a full-time person based in فيتشنزا integrating our administration and finances office for 1 year (renewable) starting from the second half of January 2022.

الموعد النهائي
Send CV and cover letter in English by January 25th, 2022 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Reporting Officer".

Vicenza

Among the main tasks:

  • Financial reporting of projects working hand in hand with project manager and the senior staff of ALDA;
  • Updating the ALDA financial instruments for analytic accountability and registration.

Among the skills needed:

  • Diploma of accounting or economic degree
  • 1 year Experience in financial reporting of projects, in particular to the European Commission and international private and public stakeholders;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Italian (both written and spoken) is required; knowledge of French would be an asset;

Terms of contract

The contract will be for a full-time person based in فيتشنزا integrating our administration and finances office for 1 year (renewable) starting from the second half of January 2022.

الموعد النهائي
Send CV and cover letter in English by January 25th, 2022 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Reporting Officer".


Tre giorni di formazione in progettazione europea a Pescara

نوفا تابا لكل نوسترو لابوراتوريو برايكو دي يورو بروجيتازيوني! Questa volta la meta è la città di Pescara، che ci ospiterà per una formazione Intensiva di tre giorni.

دال 28 آل 30 نوفمبر la nostra collega e trainer esperta Anna Ditta si troverà dunque a Pescara dove ، في تعاون مع شريك اجتماعي "Polis Vestina" ، وهو برنامج خاص بالتركيز على برنامج "Europa Creativa".

يوروبا كرياتيفا è é il programma europeo a sostegno dei Settori Culturali e creativi per simple l'accesso ad crescita e di apertura a livello nazionale edternazionale.
لا فورمولا إنتينسيفا ديل لابوراتوريو برايكو دي يورو بروجيتازيون ميرا أ فورنيري سترمينتي أوبريتيفي كونكريتى إي دي ألتو بروفيلو لكل لا ستيسورا ، عرض تقديمي إي لا جستيون دي بروجيتى فاينانزياتي دالا جنة أوروبا ، في ريسبوستا باندي محدد ، آلا لوس ديلا ، برنامج 2014-2020 يجب مراعاة الأولويات الحالية لكل فترة زمنية للبرنامج 2021-2027.
يمكنك الحصول على مجموعة كاملة من وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي من خلال مجموعة كاملة من البرامج في أوروبا!
Le lezioni si svolgeranno presso l'Hotel Carlton (Viale della Riviera 35، Pescara)، dalle ore 9:00 all ore 13:00، e il pomeriggio dalle ore 14:30 all 17:30.
Il corso ha un costo total di 750 euro (iva inclusa) تقدم فئة خاصة بخاصية إمكانية الوصول.
ليسكريزيوني ألا حصص ريدوتا دي 620 يورو (iva inclusa) è disponibile per tutti coloro che si iscriveranno entro il 17 novembre e per le seguenti fasce di pubblico:
- أنا giovani fino ai 26 anni
- I soci ALDA - Associazione Europea per la Democrazia Locale (www.alda-europe.eu)
- Futuri soci ALDA
- Individui appartenenti ad Ordini Professionali
- أنا ديبندنتي دي أمينسرازيوني بوبليش
Per tutti coloro che desiderano pernottare presso l'Hotel، gli iscritti al corso godranno di tariffe agevolate sul costo delle stanze.
Registratevi attraverso il استمارة على الإنترنت e versate l'acconto per riservare il vostro posto!

نوفا تابا لكل نوسترو لابوراتوريو برايكو دي يورو بروجيتازيوني! Questa volta la meta è la città di Pescara، che ci ospiterà per una formazione Intensiva di tre giorni.

دال 28 آل 30 نوفمبر la nostra collega e trainer esperta Anna Ditta si troverà dunque a Pescara dove ، في تعاون مع شريك اجتماعي "Polis Vestina" ، وهو برنامج خاص بالتركيز على برنامج "Europa Creativa".

يوروبا كرياتيفا è é il programma europeo a sostegno dei Settori Culturali e creativi per simple l'accesso ad crescita e di apertura a livello nazionale edternazionale.
لا فورمولا إنتينسيفا ديل لابوراتوريو برايكو دي يورو بروجيتازيون ميرا أ فورنيري سترمينتي أوبريتيفي كونكريتى إي دي ألتو بروفيلو لكل لا ستيسورا ، عرض تقديمي إي لا جستيون دي بروجيتى فاينانزياتي دالا جنة أوروبا ، في ريسبوستا باندي محدد ، آلا لوس ديلا ، برنامج 2014-2020 يجب مراعاة الأولويات الحالية لكل فترة زمنية للبرنامج 2021-2027.
يمكنك الحصول على مجموعة كاملة من وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي من خلال مجموعة كاملة من البرامج في أوروبا!
Le lezioni si svolgeranno presso l'Hotel Carlton (Viale della Riviera 35، Pescara)، dalle ore 9:00 all ore 13:00، e il pomeriggio dalle ore 14:30 all 17:30.
Il corso ha un costo total di 750 euro (iva inclusa) تقدم فئة خاصة بخاصية إمكانية الوصول.
ليسكريزيوني ألا حصص ريدوتا دي 620 يورو (iva inclusa) è disponibile per tutti coloro che si iscriveranno entro il 17 novembre e per le seguenti fasce di pubblico:
- أنا giovani fino ai 26 anni
- I soci ALDA - Associazione Europea per la Democrazia Locale (www.alda-europe.eu)
- Futuri soci ALDA
- Individui appartenenti ad Ordini Professionali
- أنا ديبندنتي دي أمينسرازيوني بوبليش
Per tutti coloro che desiderano pernottare presso l'Hotel، gli iscritti al corso godranno di tariffe agevolate sul costo delle stanze.
Registratevi attraverso il استمارة على الإنترنت e versate l'acconto per riservare il vostro posto!