DEVOTEd meeting in Zonguldak - back in presence!

Recently ALDA colleagues, Giulia and Lea from Middle East and Africa Department joined the DEVOTE meeting in Zonguldak, Turkey. Yet, what was it about?

Teams from the 6 partner organizations attended a hybrid transnational meeting on September 15 and 16 in Zonguldak, Turkey and through the Zoom platform online. It was the occasion to finally meet in person, but also to discuss the progress made after one year of project’s implementation and to talk about the future steps to be taken.


Zonguldak was the occasion to finally meet in person, but also to discuss the progress made


What we achieved so far:

  • The publication of our report of primary research and literature review outlining the current situation of the integration of students with migrant backgrounds into schools.

The very next step:

  • The publication of the Educational content translated in all 6 languages of our partner organizations – coming soon

DEVOTE – Developing the Competencies of Teachers to Integrate Students from Migrant Background into European Schools, is a project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and implemented by a consortium of 6 organizations from France, Slovenia, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Belgium.

The aim of the project? Equipping teachers and educators with skills and tools to strengthen the inclusion of students with migrant backgrounds and to improve their success in education.

With great enthusiasm, the DEVOTE project is making great steps forward, and this meeting Zonguldak, Turkey, encouraged once more partners and people involved in keeping on with this initiative, supporting students and teachers in Europe and beyond!

 

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Check DEVOTE’s website, subscribe to its newsletter and follow the project on social medias if you want to know more:

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Joining the European Meetings on Participation in Amiens

ALDA colleague Morgane Egerton has been participating in the event "European Meetings on Participation – Inventing together the democracy of tomorrow"

The five day event, which took place all over the city of Amiens (France) for the first three days and held online for the last two, was a sizable gathering of many different people. Every day was filled with various activities, like workshops, tours and talks, that functioned as learning experiences as well as moments to socialise and network, all in the name of citizen participation. Participants were encouraged to choose from an array of possibilities to fill their day with as many informative and constructive opportunities as they wished.


In Amiens, inventing together the democracy of tomorrow


The main focus that brought everyone together was the one sentence at the heart of the event  «Imaginer ensemble la démocratie de demain».

During the three days of in-person debates on citizen participation, many speakers – coming from different structures – were able to share their ideas, opinions on different topics linked to the main focus, and thus provided an opportunity for all participants to reflect on their own practices, learn and share new and more effective ones and then bring that knowledge home.

Thanks to Morgane’s participation in this event, ALDA is certain that learning about this amazing experience from her will be greatly beneficial to our cause and future plans concerning citizen participation.


Public Administration as a Green Leader

ALDA Secretary General ; أنتونلا فالموربيدا will be among the keynote speakers at the Webinar “Public Administration as a Green Leader” that will take place on 23 September 2021, via Facebook Live.

In light of the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report the focus of governance should shift in order to reflect the needs of citizens concerned about climate change and its consequences. One way to do this is to “turn public administration green”. But what does that mean? “Turning public administration green means formulating a vision to be shared with and by the population and upholding a commitment to sacrifice short-term (economic) interests to ensure long-term sustainability. "


Turning public administration green means formulating a vision to be shared with and by the population


The webinar will also showcase best practices to make office buildings more environmentally sustainable, minimise the impacts of meetings and events, promote sustainable commuting and business travel etc.

It will be moderated by the Head of the Department of Democracy and Governance, Dan Popescu, and the other speakers are: 

  • Maja Marincek, Undersecretary, Public Procurement Directorate, Ministry of Public Administration, Slovenia;
  • Marion Rumpl, Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement at the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany;
  • Gerhard Weiner, Head of the Service Center of the Sustainable Public Procurement Action Plan in Austria

ALDA is glad to be part of the event, and sharing its experience and knowledge with other international realities, together for a greener Europe and world!

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GEM IN: Embrace intercultural education!

What is the best way to learn?  Playing of course!

The “Game to EMbrace INtercultural education” – GEM IN project builds on this incentive to promote intercultural education by using non-formal and playful approaches, enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences to young people.

The purpose of the project is to support intercultural education at school and in non-formal youth environments as a vehicle to foster social inclusion, cross-cultural dialogue and active citizenship by promoting European values.

At the same time, the project intends to provide inputs and policy recommendations for intervention strategies to promote intercultural education and active citizenship through an innovative educational framework.


What is the best way to learn?  Playing of course with GEM IN!


The educational framework’s aim is to be a guide for all the teachers, educators, project managers and people using the game as an educational resource thanks to its complete explanation of all the steps that were taken to create the game and its contents, keeping in mind the values and the methodology promoted through the whole project GEM IN

For example, during the piloting phase of the project in Cyprus, children had the opportunity to learn about another culture and what inclusion means through the game developed by GEM IN; and not even the covid-19 pandemic could stop this learning (by playing) experience when students were able to play and interact with the game online, as well as offering insightful and constructive feedback.

For more information, you can visit the project website and read both newsletters.

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ENG Newsletter 1 و 2

FR Newsletter 1 و 2


Free webinar for Members on the Conference on the Future of Europe and its tools

ALDA is pleased to announce that the next webinar in the ALDATalks series has been officially scheduled for September the 24th 2021, at 2 pm CEST.

The event is open exclusively to Members of ALDA, and it will be held online in English, with the possibility of French simultaneous translation.

اشتغلت Conference for the Future of Europe (CoFoE)  represents a crucial occasion for the European Parliament, Council of Europe and European Commission to listen and collect citizens’ ideas and opinions on the future of the European Union. 

ALDA is organising various activities within the conference, which you are warmly invited to join, but this webinar specifically is a chance to share with members new tools and opportunities to understand how you and your organisation/s can contribute ideas, clarify any doubts and answer every question.


If you are a Member check your email and get the link to register!


Join ALDA’s active participation in the Conference and you too can give a meaningful contribution to the identification of the next European challenges and priorities! 

جدول أعمال 

  • Explanation of the concept and main objectives behind the CoFoE. By ; أنتونلا فالموربيدا – General Secretary of ALDA and member of the Steering Committee of the Civil Society Convention
  • Presentation the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe, a joint declaration which ensures the effective involvement of citizens. By Ruth-Marie Henckes – Advocacy and Communications Coordinator at EPD – European Partnership for Democracy 
  • Explanation of how the  CoFoE platforms work and how you can contribute with your ideas, comments and suggestions By Sofia Gatteri – Communication Officer at ALDA 

ALDA invites its members to register at the following link!

#TheFutureIsYours


In memory of our colleague, Victor Cotruta

It is with great sorrow and profound sadness that we inform you that our colleague, Victor Cotruta, in charge of projects in Eastern Europe with our team in Chisinau, passed away yesterday, September 14th.

Victor will remain in our memory as a great colleague, motivated and committed to its work which he’s always carried on with a rare enthusiasm. But Victor was even a better person, goodhearted, helpful, and a real friend of many of us also outside work.

Victor had an experience of over 25 years working in the field of project management and coordination, with a particular focus on environment, participation and education.

He held a PhD in statistics and was Professor at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, but his passion was the third sector, thus since 2009 when the Eastern Partnership (EaP) was launched, he was deeply involved in activities related to the promotion of the initiative, managing projects implemented in Moldova and in other EaP partner countries.

Before joining the team, he was already a partner of ALDA, through his own organisation in Moldova, working together with ALDA for the establishment of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership, where Victor and Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, were members of the Steering Committee for the first years.

We all were lucky enough to work with Victor and got a chance to see what a great man he was. We will terribly miss him.

Our Secretary General will attend the funerals in Chisinau with our colleagues, tomorrow.

In his memory, ALDA is announcing a day of mourning, on Monday September 20th, when all offices will be closed for a time of reflection in our network, with a moment of commemoration. More information will be sent to all colleagues, friends, and partners.

Our deepest sympathies to its family, his close colleagues in our Chisinau office, friends and to all who knew and loved him.

من عند

Oriano Otocan, President of ALDA; 

Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA; 

The whole Staff of ALDA; 

the Governing Board of ALDA

The colleagues Delegates of the LDAs


ALDA: concrete steps toward democracy

"Believe and invest in every single citizen” – with these words ALDA Secretary General – Antonella Valmorbida commented on the key role that democracy plays in our society. Yet, since its very beginning, the Association has been committed to spread democracy as a shared value, as well as a living condition. In light of that, on the occasion of Democracy Week 2021, ALDA is happy to celebrate this anniversary inviting everyone to play an active role! 

Yet, how to, and how is ALDA turning this complex idea into concrete actions? Check out these three examples on how the Association is making democracy a real fact!

1) Democracy is Choice, Freedom, Participation.
Building conditions that allow people to live freely, to choose freely are among the milestones of Europe, as well as ALDA’s mission. Yet, making this possible is a daily exercise that requires the participation of different actors, and players. Having that in mind, it comes with itself that ALDA not only stimulates civic engagement, and citizens’ involvement; but it is also a crucial player in creating bridges between people and institutions. Thus, since the beginning of the 2021, ALDA is fully engaged in the Civil Society Convention on the Conference on the Future of Europe, having Ms. Valmorbida as elected member of the Steering Committee. Furthermore, the Association is actively promoting several events on the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) platform, and it will be glad to see many of its members, partners and friends online too, shaping the Future of Europe together.

2)Democracy is Synergy و Dialogue.
Based on these two aspects as well as a multi-stakeholder approach, ALDA is committed to reach common goals together with its great network. Counting on more than 350 members, be they Local Authorities, Civil Society Organisations, and thanks to the 15 Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), the Association is still investing in the development of a network composed of actors and representatives coming from the different components of communities. Thus, the idea is to support the development of democracy in Europe and beyond, as clearly explained within the ALDA flagship initiative ”الدعم الأوروبي للديمقراطية المحلية" a valuable manual with concrete examples and tools on how to make democracy a reality.

3)Democracy is Glocal.
By supporting local democracy and citizens engagement in Europe, the Neighbourhood and beyond, ALDA is a strategic partner when it comes to localising أهداف التنمية المستدامة (SDGs).  Hence, when developing its projects, ALDA has the 17 SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to not only raise awareness on them, but also to stimulate a change and promote concrete actions for their success. As testified by its المشاريع, ALDA is able to turn international goals into a daily and local attitude, which calls on every citizen to join. 

Finally, democracy, as the origin of the word suggests [demos = people], is integral to the society and to its people. Hence, ALDA is very much committed, as demonstrated in more than 20 years of activities, to support citizens, organisations and bodies that are willing to make the difference and work for the implementation of it in Europe and beyond. 

Happy Democracy Week 2021 from ALDA!


A successful closure for the project JOURNEY

"It was an interesting trip and thank you very much for this project” – here is the comment of a young participant during the final conference of the project JOURNEY.

JOURNEY – Joint Organization to Unite Rural Networks of Entrepreneurial, funded by the Erasmus+ programme, was implemented by a consortium of 8 organizations from 5 countries: Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

The online event was attended by a great number of participants and by several stakeholders, among which:

  • Mr Christelle Philips, Project officer of EACEA- European Education and Culture Executive Agency from the European Commission,
  • Mr Petro Krainik, National Erasmus+ Office in Ukraine,
  • Ms Olha Oliinyk, Lead Coordinator of Journey Project and Deputy Head of the Secretariat Head of the Center for Сommunications, Еxternal relations and Fundraising of Vinnytsia Regional Association of Local Self Government Bodies

During its two years of implementation, JOURNEY worked to reduce youth unemployment in the countries of the Eastern Partnership by increasing the entrepreneurship competencies of youth living in rural areas. In this vein, the experts from the Associations “Microfinanza e Sviluppo ONLUS” Mr Matteo Solivo, “DYPALL Network” Mr Mateusz Hoffmann, and “Sustainable development solutions” Ms Silvia Bivol, shared their experience and knowledge in the field of the Erasmus for young entrepreneurs, the involvement of young people in rural entrepreneurship and skills of entrepreneurship.


Check the platform رحلة and discover the free online courses


The teams from Georgia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan, both mentors and trainees, expressed their positive experience and acquired knowledge and information within the programme.

Coming to the project achievement, JOURNEY proudly achieved all the planned results and objectives:
– 21 mentors trained;
– 1 course of 10 modules in 4 languages for rural youth;
– 9 online trainings (27 hours) for 3 target countries;
– the new web platform “JOURNEY”;
– 3 Stakeholders Committees to discuss about the main problems youth faced and the ways to support them;
– 10 Clubs of Young Entrepreneurs (6 local+1 central Club – in Ukraine, 2 – in Georgia and 1 – in Azerbaijan);
– 3 Follow-up workshops gathered 90 youngsters in Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan (face-to-face!);
– 1 digital Youth Exchange


Media Dialogue: between monitoring visits and business entrepreneurship

Actions to reform the media sector in قيرغيزستان are going on, as never before… with الحوار الإعلامي!

On one side, a campaign against hate speech – #ChallengeHate – has been launched on September 6th, by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Institute of Civic Development. Such a campaign comes right during the run up to the country’s Parliamentary elections… and that’s not the fate! Indeed, Media Dialogue wants to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections.

For this reason, last Wednesday September 8th, Alexandru Coica, ALDA Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia held a series of monitoring visits with the beneficiaries of the grants, aimed at stimulating a bigger impact at the local and national level.


The actions implemented allowed to test alternative business development strategies in the media sector


These grantees have implemented projects in the field of media entrepreneurship in Kyrgyzstan and the actions implemented allowed to test alternative business development strategies in the media sector and thus demonstrate their efficiency.

The meetings were attended by several organizations, as “TV Academy”, LLC “Tentek”, LLC “Bakai Nur Mega” (Next TV), PF “New Media” (Temirov Live).


A conference to celebrate the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU

On September 17th 2021, ALDA is organising a special conference meeting to welcome the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021.

The event will start at 12pm and will take place in hybrid form, with some participants and speakers in Novo Mesto and others connected online. Organised within the framework of the Week of Culture of Novo Mesto, the Conference will be launched by Antonella Valmorbida – Secretary General of ALDA and Steering Committee member of the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe. Ms Valmorbida will give participants a comprehensive overview of the significance and importance of the Conference as a unique opportunity for citizens from all over Europe to freely express opinions and suggestions that will shape European policies in the years to come.

Keeping in mind that in 2021 Slovenia is also celebrating 30 years of independence, the conference aims at offering an exchange platform for a fertile discussion on the recent history of the European Union, its past challenges and future perspectives, taking into consideration the key role of citizens in shaping the future of the Union.


A discussion on the recent history of the European Union, its past, challenges and future perspectives


The first project in the spotlight, the مشروع رغبة, funded by the Europe for Citizens programme, focuses on the importance of the Schumann Declaration for the constitution of the European Union;  follows the مشروع PERCEPTIONS which is working to identifying and understanding the narratives and (mis)perceptions of the European Union in non-EU countries.  Finally, we will talk about DEVOTE, a project aiming to strengthen the integration of students with migrant background in schools, prevent early school leaving and improve their success in education by providing training, coaching and guidance to teachers.

To join the conference online, register through this link

جدول أعمال

12:00 -12:15  – Tools and opportunities offered by the Conference on the Future of Europe – Antonella Valmorbida – General Secretary of ALDA and Steering Committee member of the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe.

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12:15 -12:30 – Presentation of the project DESIRE – DEclaration of Schuman: Initiative for Revitalizing Europe. What is the Schumann Declaration and what has been its role in the constitution of the European Community? – Dejan Gluvacevic, Dunav 1245

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12:30 -12:45 – Presentation of the project PERCEPTIONS – Identifying and understanding narratives, imaginations and perceptions of the EU – held outside of Europe – and the way they are distributed via various channels, especially social media channels – Celia Charre, Project Manager at ALDA.

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12:45 -13:00 – Presentation of the project DEVOTES “Developing the Competencies of Teachers to Integrate Students from Migrant Background into European Schools” project – Eva Trentin – Membership officer at ALDA.