Quality

European Solidarity Corps Quality Label: LDA Montenegro 3 fruitful years

Since February 2019 LDA Montenegro (LDA MN) is awarded European Solidarity Corps Quality Label both as a sending and hosting organization, making the year 2021 as dedicated to the capacity building activities.

Thus, representatives of LDA MNE attended several capacity building and networking events organized by SALTO-YOUTH  network as well as TOSCA – training and support for organisations active in the volunteering actions.

From a general perspective, LDA MNE youth program aims at strengthening youth participation, volunteering and activism at local level. In addition, in 2014, the Agency started a new initiative, dedicated to young generations: Info Point Niksic. More in details, the latter serves as a service that provides information on skill development via non-formal education; opportunities for youth, while involving youth in LDAs project activities and helping them in realizing their own initiatives.


Since February 2019 LDA Montenegro is awarded with the "European Solidarity Corps Quality Label" both as a sending and hosting organization


In addition, in 2021 the project “Cooperazione Montenegro”, financed and supported by Monfalcone Municipality and Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, successfully brought great results and outcomes. Hence, it consisted of workshops, trainings and public events in order to strengthen youth participation capacities at local level and develop critical opinion among youth.

Moreover, “Youth Taking – over Day”, usually traditionally realized by LDA Montenegro at the end of the year and in cooperation with schools, CSOs, universities, brings together groups of young and local decision-and-policy makers.  Dialogue and debates are developed upon youth needs and challenges at European, national and local level, strategic especially for youth, plans such as: unemployment, education, health, culture, participation, leisure etc.

Finally, LDA MNE is open for cooperation on Erasmus and ESC projects, believe itself as a good potential partner for other organizations, since its along 20 year, LDA Montenegro realized numerous youth project and youth activities. The award of the European Solidarity Corps Quality Label is a sign of LDA Montenegro skills in supporting youth!


Shirak

Advocacy at the local level in Shirak: updates from LDA Armenia

Shirak

Two months of interesting and challenging work were dedicated to the implementation of the project “Advocacy at the local level-Shirak”, within the framework of “Local Democracy School”. More specifically, in cooperation with Communities’ Finance Officers Association (CFOA), and in the form of sub-granting scheme, the “Local Democracy Agency Armenia” foundation implemented a series of meetings in several consolidated communities in the Shirak region with the participation of administrative leaders, council members, municipalities’ staff and active citizens.


Two months of interesting and challenging work were dedicated to the implementation of the project “Advocacy at the local level-Shirak”


Hence, four meetings were held in Artik, Ani, Ashotsk enlarged communities to face and discuss community issues, accordingly to the advanced proposed topics, while getting suggestions to solve problem. The latter have been presented to the local authorities for further consideration via advocacy.

The above-mentioned meetings were of great importance: in fact, simple discussions and conversations with the locals can help in understanding the reality from grass root perspective, reflecting communities’ needs and problems.

From a general perspective, the action is a part of larger project that implements similar actions throughout Armenia, both at the local and regional level.

Finally, the package of suggestions received from each region will be elaborated by the CFOA experts and sent to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure.

 

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“School of Local Democracy” is established by Communities’ Finance Officers Association (CFOA); Eurasia foundation; Information systems Development and Training Centre in the frames of The Civic Engagement in Local Governance (CELoG) Program financed USAID.


Imereti

Imereti Regional Hub: sharing information, experience and opportunities

Imereti

The works of Imereti Regional Hub are run by Local Democracy Agency Georgia (LDA Georgia) within the framework of the European Union (EU) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) funded project “Civil Society STAR initiative: CSOs as Sustainable, Transparent, Accountable and Resilient Development Actors in Georgia” (2021-2025). The project aims to strengthen civil society as an independent, sustainable, transparent, and accountable development actor across Georgia; while the Hub is targeted to support the sharing of information, experience and opportunities.

Specifically, it spreads information about the project activities in the region, communicates with the local actors via consultation, networking, advocacy and monitoring, strengthens local CSOs, CBOs, civil activists and increases public awareness on their role and works.

Beyond supporting main activities under the “Civil Society STAR Initiative “, the Hub implements following activities:

  • LDA Georgia conducts trainings for CSOs / CBOs from Imereti region on the following topics: advocacy; fundraising; project writing; financial management of projects.
  • In the framework of the project will be held study visits of CSO’s / CBO’s representatives of Imereti region to successful civil society organizations in the regions of Western Georgia.


The aim of the Imereti Regional Hub is to support the sharing of information, experience and opportunities


  • CSO’s and CBO’s representatives can get consultation on management issues of the organization in order to strengthen them, the information about the grant competitions announced in Imereti region.
  • The SMS platfrom was created to proactively provide information to CSO and CBO representatives in the region about various activities.
  • During the project formed several youth clubs to change the attitudes of young people / students towards civil society and community- based organizations; Each course of seminars continues for three months.
  • The public consultations will be provided at the regional level to discuss important issues at the regional level with the involvement of relevant actors.
  • The Meetings are held with the persons responsible for relations with the non-governmental organizations of the municipalities. The aim of the activity is to promote the role of civil society in public policy.
  • Imereti regional hub offers hotline service any interested persons who will be able to receive information remotely on a legal issue of interest to them/not only;

  • Newly established CSO and CBO organizations will be selected to support their development with whom the organization will work on refining its structure, developing internal management documents.
  • Regional Civil Society Forums will be held to increase the accountability of civil society and improve public attitudes. Connect with potential sponsors and funding seekers.
  • Imereti regional hub supports to strengthen youth club in Baghdati municipality. During the project will be created a model of mayor’s order, model of provision, will be held trainings and youth conferences, will be funded youth initiatives.

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The project “Civil Society STAR initiative: CSOs as Sustainable, Transparent, Accountable and Resilient Development Actors in Georgia” (2021-2025).  is implemented by the Consortium led by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and composed of the following CSOs: Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Civil Society Institute (CSI), Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC), Education Development and Employment Center (EDEC), and Institute for European Politics (IEP).


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 and 2

FR Newsletter 1 and 2


A special EU meeting in Thiene: The Conference on the Future of Europe and the New MFF 2021-2027

In the afternoon of Monday 6 September was held, at the Council Chamber of the Town Hall of Thiene, a training event on the Conference on the Future of Europe and the annexed presentation of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, organised by SEI – European Intermunicipal Service with the collaboration of ALDA+, ALDA’s Benefit Company, which has been working for over 20 years in favour of local realities in Italy and across Europe, promoting the active participation of citizens and helping administrations and associations to access the funding tools offered by the European Union, and beyond.

After the welcome by the local authorities, the meeting opened with a speech by Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA on the Conference on the Future of Europe. Valmorbida offered participants a comprehensive overview not only of the meaning 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 coming years. More importantly, the Secretary General of ALDA offered a practical demonstration on the use of the online platform that allows citizens to interact, showing them how to register, write their ideas and discuss those of others, search for events in their surroundings.


Since its foundation, ALDA+ supports municipalities in accessing EU and non EU funding for the good of local communities


The conference continued on a European note with the presentation of the New Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union, by Marco Boaria, Director of Programmes & Development Department of ALDA and CEO of ALDA+. This investment plan sets out the budget and priorities on which the European Union wants to invest from now until 2027 – explained Boaria – adding that it is an unprecedented economic investment plan, which together with the 750 billion euro “Next Generation EU” recovery tool, should represent a valuable instrument for the recovery from the covid-19 pandemic.

Finally, Marco Boaria presented the new funding programmes, which municipalities will be able to try to access and obtain precious funds for the realisation of works useful to the territory and citizens.

The meeting was addressed – among others – to the municipalities of the upper Vicenza area active in SEI, the Intermunicipal European Service coordinated by the Municipality of Thiene and involving Breganze, Marano Vicentino, Villaverla and Zugliano – as well as to the Municipality of Malo, interested in actively cooperating with SEI in the near future. The seminar was an opportunity to get informed about the news related to the new programming, in order to plan the SEI’s project activities in the coming months.


Regional Best Practice Fair in Skopje

The Balkan Network for Local Democracy – BNLD is organising a Regional Best Practice Fair on the 2nd and 3rd September 2021 in Skopje. This two-day hybrid event will bring together representatives from CSOs, youth groups, local public authorities and members of BNLD coming from the 6 Western Balkan countries.

The objective of this interactive fair is to create a positive environment open for exchanging and rethinking the cooperation between local authorities and civil society. During this hybrid event, the physical and virtual audience can participate on a combination of presentations and peer-to-peer exchanges.  The sessions will offer a modern perspective on citizens’ participation adapted to the new reality. The networking will foster the creation of a mutual understanding and cooperation in order to jointly face the challenges in the respective communities


To join the event virtually connect HERE


During the event the delegations will present their best practices in setting up and running concrete mechanisms for citizens’ participation and programmes of education for active citizenship. They will be encouraged to create presentations that will showcase the full potential for replication of their mechanisms. By the end of the event, participants will vote up 3 best practices with most potential for multiplying effect that will be promoted further within the regional awareness raising campaign of the project.

Sharing best practices is an excellent way to improve the performance, productivity, fill knowledge gaps, improve efficiency, encourage leadership, and more.

To join the event virtually connect HERE.

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The event is organised in the framework of the project “CSOs networking for better local democracy in the Balkans”, financially supported within the Project “Protecting Civic Space – Regional Civil Society Development Hub” financed by SIDA and implemented by BCSDN.