ALDA+ in collaboration with Progetto SUD: new course in October

ALDA + has always been able to provide valuable and professional courses on several topics, and this time is glad to present a new course!

Developed in collaboration with Progetto Sud – Trade Union Institute for International Cooperation promoted by UIL – the labour trade union –   this training will have a strong focus on “Development cooperation: design and management techniques and methodologies”, and it is planned to star in October 2021.


New course starting in October!


Experts and professional will be at your disposal during the course, which will last 80-hour and it will be divided into 5 modules:

  • module 1 – International development cooperation: actors, actions, themes
  • module 2 – Techniques, methodologies and tools for drafting development cooperation projects: a path to generate change
  • module 3 – EU Project management techniques: the management of a development cooperation project for lasting, sustainable and measurable change
  • module 4 – Financial reporting of projects: aspects, criteria and tools
  • module 5 – Working on a project proposal: reflection, analysis, processing and evaluation of the project idea

Do not miss this great occasion, and stay tuned: more information on the way!


ALDA+ an excellent player in supporting UNDP Turkey - LAR III

When it comes to support and assistance, ALDA+ is among the well-experienced and skilled partner, with which carry out relevant projects. Thus, a great example is the collaboration with an outstanding international stakeholder. In fact, ALDA+ is currently supporting UNDP Turkey in developing a comparative assessment within the framework of the project LAR III, Local Administration Reform Project (Phase III).

The overall objective of the latter is to ensure effective, inclusive, accountable, and participatory local governance in Turkey, through support to further implementation of the local administration reform process undertaken between 2003-2013, in line with international standards


Strengthen the administrative capacity ensuring the effective implementation of the new local administration model


More in details, going deeper into the specific aims, the ad-hoc objective is to strengthen the administrative capacity ensuring the effective implementation of the new local administration model according to principles of democratic governance.

Concretely on the role of ALDA+, the latter is overseeing the organisation of online interviews on different services provided by some relevant European Municipalities, cities and towns in an exchange of best practices aiming at producing a comparative assessment for each service. On the agenda, the following topics will be at the core of this comparative exercise:

  • Water & Sewerage
  • Municipality Led – Enterprises

European towns and cities, Local Authorities interested in this great initiative are invited to contact us!


Toolkit and Advocacy paper to promote the migrants’ labour inclusion - LIME Project

Migration and integration of non-European Union citizens (third country nationals) is a crucial issue of the European Union, but it is also a great resource, especially for the labour market. However, in 2019, the employment rate of Third Country Nationals (TCN) declined to 60%, some 13,8 points below the average for national citizens, with women and refuges struggling more. And even when they have a job, TCNs often work below their qualification and skills. Yet, the labour market integration of TCNs is a key element for their effective integration in European societies.

This idea is the spirit of the LIME project – a project ran by ALDA and several partners from France, Italy and Spain, which aims to promote and foster the swift integration of third country nationals into the labour market.

In order to do so, the project designed and developed a new approach: the Migrants Economic Integration Cluster (MEIC) approach. It aims to strengthen the cooperation and mobilisation of employers and social and economic partners through the activation of “cluster networks” at the local level, meaning a local multi-stakeholders network enabling to manage the multidimensional process of migrants’ integration.


Promote and foster the swift integration of third country nationals into the labour market


Recently, the project has released two useful papers to make this approach and the project’s results accessible and replicable in other local contexts:

– “A toolkit for designing cluster interventions”. This instructive document, and more especially the section 3 “How to activate and consolidate the MEIC Approach: some operational suggestions”, will give you the basics of this new methodology: how to engage institutional and private stakeholders, how to manage the cluster to respond to specific needs, how to ensure the long term sustainability in the context, and much more! Have a look at it here

– An advocacy paper: “Implement in cluster: a new form of governance to empower social capital of local networks for Third Country Nationals’ labour inclusion.” This second document addresses several recommendations from the LIME project in order to foster the migrants’ labour inclusion, such as promoting the involvement of beneficiaries in the co-design of labour inclusion programs at the local level, recognizing the qualification recognition procedures for third country nationals, etc. Learn more about it here

You can read it in English, Italian and Spanish

Would you like to know more about the LIME project? Check the website


Local activity within VALID project organised in Subotica

On 4th June Local Democracy Agency in Subotica  (LDA Subotica) organised a local path activity within the project VALID – European Cities – Strengthening Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme.

The event focused on the topic of exercising the right of citizens to participate in the adoption and creation of public policies as well as the prospects for the development of local self-government, good and responsible governance at the local level, with the principles of intercultural and social dialogue.

The objective of the meeting was to discuss local policy actions to improve the culture of participation, while focusing on intercultural dialogue

Representatives of CSOs, academia, local institutions as well as citizens gathered to elaborate the prospects of local democracy and pathways for improving citizen’s participation in the local community. The objective of the meeting was to discuss local policy actions of importance for improving the culture of participation, while focusing on intercultural dialogue.

More into depth, participants discussed the need of more inclusive approaches of citizen’s participation in policy making emphasising, as well, the Citizens forum as a possible mechanism for dialogue with the local government.  Local initiatives on relevant topics to the citizens were mentioned as effective tools to increase participation and citizens’ engagement. Similarly, art and culture were emphasised as important instruments in facilitating dialogue and participation which can be further used in the next stages of the project.

Increasing intercultural and social approaches in policy design and decision making process is the focal point of VALID project which will be implemented during the year.

On 4th June Local Democracy Agency in Subotica  (LDA Subotica) organised a local path activity within the project VALID – European Cities – Strengthening Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme.

The event focused on the topic of exercising the right of citizens to participate in the adoption and creation of public policies as well as the prospects for the development of local self-government, good and responsible governance at the local level, with the principles of intercultural and social dialogue.

The objective of the meeting was to discuss local policy actions to improve the culture of participation, while focusing on intercultural dialogue

Representatives of CSOs, academia, local institutions as well as citizens gathered to elaborate the prospects of local democracy and pathways for improving citizen’s participation in the local community. The objective of the meeting was to discuss local policy actions of importance to improve the culture of participation, while focusing on intercultural dialogue.

More into depth, participants discussed the need of more inclusive approaches of citizen’s participation in policy making emphasising, as well, the Citizens forum as a possible mechanism for dialogue with the local government.  Local initiatives on relevant topics to the citizens were mentioned as effective tools to increase participation and citizens’ engagement. Similarly, art and culture were emphasised as important instruments in facilitating dialogue and participation which can be further used in the next stages of the project.

Increasing intercultural and social approaches in policy design and decision making process is the focal point of VALID project which will be implemented during the year.


Pigafetta, herbs and spices in Vicenza

On Tuesday 6th of July 2021, within the “Gruppo Scintilla” projects, locals had the occasion to jump into history and meet Antonio Pigafetta, a geographer and writer, who walked down the streets of Vicenza, back in the XV° century.  The association Pigafetta 500, together with ALDA, organised an event dedicated precisely to him. Being an “active citizen”,  more than 500 years ago, his actions positively affected the Italian history. Let’s find out why.

As recalled by Stefano Soprana – President of the association, this historic figure is still quite mysterious. Thanks to research and analysis, today we know that he took part in the first tour around the world, together with Magellano, with whom he had a strong and trustful relationship. More in detail, his  fame is related to the  journal he wrote during his adventure around the Earth, which still represents a milestone not only in history, but also in cuisine.

People from different generations gathered together in “Firenze street”, and let themselves be involved in this event

Hence, bringing back herbs and spices from his travel, Pigafetta brought innovation also in the daily routine of people. Inspired by this, the event was based on interaction with participants, who had to fill a world-picture, with different elements: from herbs to bark; from spices to sand. Kids, parents and grandparents, all together to play and get engaged in finding out more about this great traveller and writer.

People from different generations gathered together in “Firenze street”, and let themselves be involved in this event. Max, a guy living in this street, played music from his balcony; Igi, musician and storyteller, read some extracts from Pigafetta’s book. Storekeepers opened their shops, shared electricity and products with participants: everyone was there to join!

 The occasion also served as a moment of fundraising for the Scintilla Group, with which this event was related to.  After such a great day, ALDA looks forward to the next meetings which will take place on July 31st at 6 PM CET  at “Pampas – Il Giardino Inclusivo”. More information soon!

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To know more about “Pigafetta 500” visit the website

Take a look at the picture, and follow Gruppo Scintilla

On Tuesday 6th of July 2021, within the “Gruppo Scintilla” projects, locals had the occasion to jump into history and meet Antonio Pigafetta, a geographer and writer, who walked down the streets of Vicenza, back in the XV° century.  The association Pigafetta 500, together with ALDA, organised an event dedicated precisely to him. Being an “active citizen”,  more than 500 years ago, his actions positively affected the Italian history. Let’s find out why.

As recalled by Stefano Soprana – President of the association, this historic figure is still quite mysterious. Thanks to research and analysis, today we know that he took part in the first tour around the world, together with Magellano, with whom he had a strong and trustful relationship. More in detail, his  fame is related to the  journal he wrote during his adventure around the Earth, which still represents a milestone not only in history, but also in cuisine.

People from different generations gathered together in “Firenze street”, and let themselves be involved in this event

Hence, bringing back herbs and spices from his travel, Pigafetta brought innovation also in the daily routine of people. Inspired by this, the event was based on interaction with participants, who had to fill a world-picture, with different elements: from herbs to bark; from spices to sand. Kids, parents and grandparents, all together to play and get engaged in finding out more about this great traveller and writer.

People from different generations gathered together in “Firenze street”, and let themselves be involved in this event. Max, a guy living in this street, played music from his balcony; Igi, musician and storyteller, read some extracts from Pigafetta’s book. Storekeepers opened their shops, shared electricity and products with participants: everyone was there to join!

 The occasion also served as a moment of fundraising for the Scintilla Group, with which this event was related to.  After such a great day, ALDA looks forward to the next meetings which will take place on July 31st at 6 PM CET  at “Pampas – Il Giardino Inclusivo”. More information soon!

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To know more about “Pigafetta 500” visit the website

Take a look at the picture, and follow Gruppo Scintilla


The Rude Awakening project brings you back into history with a videogame

The Rude Awakening project brings you back into history!

Within the “Rude Awakening” project, a videogame has been developed so that to both bring the younger generation back to the museum; and to learn about history.

After more than a year, ALDA together with all the partner of the project is glad to announce that the main output of this project is now ready to use.

The game retraces the life of soldiers during the First World War. Check it!

Realised by the Rome-based creative hub Centounopercento – 101% studios on the initiative of the Foundation Belvedere-Gschwent (Lavarone, Italy), the video game offers the possibility to undertake a multimedia journey to discover life “on the front line”, to find out more about how historic events have influenced everyday life. Besides, it allows us to also reflect on the present in which we are living in. More in details, the game retraces the life of soldiers during the First World War, and it will be soon available at Forte Belvedere in Lavarone (Italy) from 19 August and from September in all the museum sites of the European project partners in Austria, Slovenia, and North Macedonia.

Last but not least, the video presentation of the game “The Rude Awakening”, with Renzo Carbonera and Daniele Azara, respectively art and creative director of the project, is now available online.

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Take a look the video trailer in English

Read the press release (ENG)
Read the press release (IT)
Read the press release (MK)
Read the press release (FR)

The Rude Awakening project brings you back into history!

Within the “Rude Awakening” project, a videogame has been developed so that to both bring the younger generation back to the museum; and to learn about history.

After more than a year, ALDA together with all the partner of the project is glad to announce that the main output of this project is now ready to use.

The game retraces the life of soldiers during the First World War. Check it!

Realised by the Rome-based creative hub Centounopercento – 101% studios on the initiative of the Foundation Belvedere-Gschwent (Lavarone, Italy), the video game offers the possibility to undertake a multimedia journey to discover life “on the front line”, to find out more about how historic events have influenced everyday life. Besides, it allows us to also reflect on the present in which we are living in. More in details, the game retraces the life of soldiers during the First World War, and it will be soon available at Forte Belvedere in Lavarone (Italy) from 19 August and from September in all the museum sites of the European project partners in Austria, Slovenia, and North Macedonia.

Last but not least, the video presentation of the game “The Rude Awakening”, with Renzo Carbonera and Daniele Azara, respectively art and creative director of the project, is now available online.

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Take a look the video trailer in English
Read the press release (ENG)
Read the press release (IT)
Read the press release (MK)
Read the press release (FR)


ALDA within the Lands of Water Cultural Association

We are pleased to inform you that ALDA has recently entered the network of Paesi dell’Acqua (PDA) (Lands of Water) Cultural Association. In line with its commitment in support of sustainable and green policies at local level, joining the PDA network represents for ALDA a chance to engage on a debate with other CSOs and LAs focusing on creating awareness towards the sustainable management of such an important resource as water. 

PDA – was established in 2015 as a natural consequence of a process developed in collaboration with the Municipality of Sassinoro (BN), in conjunction with the World Water Day created by the United Nations.

Development and protection of water resources by developing a national and international network

It aims to address the issue of development and protection of water resources by developing a national and international network of professionals able to collect good practices, to respond effectively to environmental criticality, to promote studies and research in order to develop a lively debate that would also involve the communities, a debate that effectively boosts participation and implementation of best practices characterised by innovation and development.

The Association is looking for developing effective collaborations with Municipalities, Associations, and other Organisations to create an intangible network committed to the protection of environment and sustainable management of water resources. This network – RETE DEI PAESI DELL’ACQUA (PDA Network) – will aim to effectively respond to territorial challenges, to promote initiatives, studies and research and to encourage a constant debate through the exchange of good practices and trigger innovative processes. 

The network is growing faster and has been joined by several international organisations brought together by the common purpose of taking care of water resources. Last but not least, every year PDA organises the public event ‘Sassinoro Paese dell’Acqua’, a forum on best practices about water management and environmental sustainability, which celebrates its  13th edition! The latter will take place from August 19th to 24th, 2021 in Sassinoro – BN (Italy). 

ALDA is very much glad to be part of this network, and it looks forward to share its knowledge when it comes to water management and green. Together for the planet!

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To get more information about Paesi dell’Acqua, click HERE.

We are pleased to inform you that ALDA has recently entered the network of Paesi dell’Acqua (PDA) (Lands of Water) Cultural Association. In line with its commitment in support of sustainable and green policies at local level, joining the PDA network represents for ALDA a chance to engage on a debate with other CSOs and LAs focusing on creating awareness towards the sustainable management of such an important resource as water. 

PDA – was established in 2015 as a natural consequence of a process developed in collaboration with the Municipality of Sassinoro (BN), in conjunction with the World Water Day created by the United Nations.

Development and protection of water resources by developing a national and international network

It aims to address the issue of development and protection of water resources by developing a national and international network of professionals able to collect good practices, to respond effectively to environmental criticality, to promote studies and research in order to develop a lively debate that would also involve the communities, a debate that effectively boosts participation and implementation of best practices characterised by innovation and development.

The Association is looking for developing effective collaborations with Municipalities, Associations, and other Organisations to create an intangible network committed to the protection of environment and sustainable management of water resources. This network – RETE DEI PAESI DELL’ACQUA (PDA Network) – will aim to effectively respond to territorial challenges, to promote initiatives, studies and research and to encourage a constant debate through the exchange of good practices and trigger innovative processes. 

The network is growing faster and has been joined by several international organisations brought together by the common purpose of taking care of water resources. Last but not least, every year PDA organises the public event ‘Sassinoro Paese dell’Acqua’, a forum on best practices about water management and environmental sustainability, which celebrates its  13th edition! The latter will take place from August 19th to 24th, 2021 in Sassinoro – BN (Italy). 

ALDA is very much glad to be part of this network, and it looks forward to share its knowledge when it comes to water management and green. Together for the planet!

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To get more information about Paesi dell’Acqua, click HERE.


AVATAR project and digitalisation: call for best practices

The AVATAR project (Alto Vicentino, Alleanza per Azioni in Rete) strongly believes in the importance of sharing and exchanging practices, activities and experiences with other organisations and networks whose projects are coherent with AVATAR objectives. To this end, we have launched a “Call for Best Practices on e-government and Open government” addressed to local authorities in the European Union and in the neighbouring countries.

Fill in the form to join the call

This initiative allows us to establish close relationships and contacts with new partners and projects, with the aim to promote collaboration among various local realities. From this it follows that, the overall goal is to foster greater coordination and harmonisation of activities and practices, benefitting both project, and the involvement of citizens of small realities in Italy and abroad.

Thanks also to the contribution and commitment of public administrators who strongly believe in digitalisation as a means to strengthen citizens’ participation in local self-government, by sharing and exchange of best practices we intend to increase the value of the AVATAR project itself.

Last but not least, digitalisation is an essential aspect when promoting a transparent and efficient relationship between citizens and public administrations.

Fill in the form to join the call

The AVATAR project (Alto Vicentino, Alleanza per Azioni in Rete) strongly believes in the importance of sharing and exchanging practices, activities and experiences with other organisations and networks whose projects are coherent with AVATAR objectives. To this end, we have launched a “Call for Best Practices on e-government and Open government” addressed to local authorities in the European Union and in the neighbouring countries.

Fill in the form to join the call

This initiative allows us to establish close relationships and contacts with new partners and projects, with the aim to promote collaboration among various local realities. From this it follows that, the overall goal is to foster greater coordination and harmonisation of activities and practices, benefitting both project, and the involvement of citizens of small realities in Italy and abroad.

Thanks also to the contribution and commitment of public administrators who strongly believe in digitalisation as a means to strengthen citizens’ participation in local self-government, by sharing and exchange of best practices we intend to increase the value of the AVATAR project itself.

Last but not least, digitalisation is an essential aspect when promoting a transparent and efficient relationship between citizens and public administrations.

Fill in the form to join the call


A fresh restart: back in presence from Ukraine

For the first time in recent history, something uncontrollable made us stop and think about the World in which we were living. During the long isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we all posed questions to ourselves on the reality in which we have been living, our lifestyle, and on the one we would like to live in, and build for our future. 

ALDA, as well, has been carrying on a deep and elaborated reflection aimed at ensuring the continuity of its activities and providing support to all its members and partners, even from a distance.

Thus, after a long break, on the 4th of July, ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida flew to Ukraine to deliver a series of trainings  within the programme Platform for Good Governance and Environmental Protection”, financed by UNDP in Ukraine. 


ALDA: working for the people and with the people


More in details, Ms. Valmorbida is leading seven interactive and participative trainings, from July 5th until July 14th, on the following topics:

  • Raising awareness of professional competencies of representatives of local authorities and public leaders of target communities;
  • Creativity and innovation in local governance;
  • Responsible local governance: publicity, transparency, innovation and partnership

These activities, carried out in presence, are essential aspects of the overall mission of ALDA: working for the people and with the people. If on the one hand the above-mentioned trainings mark a small, yet important step; on the other, this achievement would have not been possible without a constant commitment of ALDA throughout 2020. Thus, the association and its staff managed to re-designing its projects, not by changing its objectives; on the contrary by re-scheduling its activities, events and methods.

ALDA, guided by its experiences and vision, has been able to successfully overcome this intense year, turning challenges into opportunities, and opportunities in reality… and now is finally ready to meet again its partners and friends!

Stay tuned for further updates!