Our concern about the blockage of the EU accession process of North Macedonia

In December 2020, North Macedonia didn’t get the long expected date for the start of the negotiation process for EU accession due to blockage from its neighbour country, Bulgaria. This is due to the fact that “Bulgaria is offended by the interpretation of certain historical moments and personalities in North Macedonia and considers as an issue the historical heritage and the nature of the Macedonian identity and Macedonian language.”

“We will not stop encouraging cooperation, democracy and dialogue to foster EU integration”

ALDA Governing Board expresses concern about the “decision of the EU not to start yet the negotiation talks with North Macedonia and not adopting the proposed negotiating framework” and all its “openness and willingness to contribute at the establishment of decentralized dialogue between communities and people to people actions that will increase tolerance and intercultural dialogue in the region.”

That’s why ALDA continues working with our members and partners both in North Macedonia and in Bulgaria to foster cooperation between people and enhancing European values.

 

Read the full Governing Board statement here.

In December 2020, North Macedonia didn’t get the long expected date for the start of the negotiation process for EU accession due to blockage from its neighbour country, Bulgaria. This is due to the fact that “Bulgaria is offended by the interpretation of certain historical moments and personalities in North Macedonia and considers as an issue the historical heritage and the nature of the Macedonian identity and Macedonian language.”

“We will not stop encouraging cooperation, democracy and dialogue to foster EU integration”

ALDA Governing Board expresses concern about the “decision of the EU not to start yet the negotiation talks with North Macedonia and not adopting the proposed negotiating framework” and all its “openness and willingness to contribute at the establishment of decentralized dialogue between communities and people to people actions that will increase tolerance and intercultural dialogue in the region.”

That’s why ALDA continues working with our members and partners both in North Macedonia and in Bulgaria to foster cooperation between people and enhancing European values.

 

Read the full Governing Board statement here.


International day of education: learning by playing video games or how video game can be at the service of education?

Since the beginning of the COVID19 crisis, a lot of sacrifices were made to ensure and guarantee the health of the population. Unfortunately, education was one of the fields to make sacrifices. The closure of schools, universities and other learning institutions, as well as the interruption of many literacy and lifelong learning programmes, has affected the lives of 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries, as highlighted by the United Nation report “Recover and revitalize education for the COVID-19 generation” . Nevertheless, there is hope, as emphasized by Sun Tzu in The Art of War, active 6th century B.C. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” The Art of War from Sun Tzu is still relevant in our current time. By seeing opportunities, innovation can emerge and be developed. This crisis is also the opportunity to rebuild a better world where inclusive and equitable quality education is accessible to everyone.

If the future of education is digital and especially if video games can be used to be in the service of education. Instead of learning by doing, we go to learning by playing video games. It’s the bet of 2 European projects, The Rude Awakening and P-CUBE, started during the health crisis. They put digital tools at the heart of their strategy to highlight and make the topics closer to the younger generation. How can video games support the education of the younger generation?

 

Teaching a common history by playing or how to speak about WW1

War is not an easy topic to talk about and the consequences of it are not easy to explain. Nevertheless, there is a need to speak about it, to teach it and to raise awareness of it. The European project The Rude Awakening made the choice to use digital tools to teach the younger generation war and peace. A video game enables to recreate the atmosphere of WW1, to teach the common cultural and European history the countries are sharing and most of all, it enables to play a game and to put you in the shoes of a WW1 soldier. Learning via playing a game needs to make sure that the information and content are accurate. The project makes it a point of honour to make sure that players learn true and accurate information. That is why the narration is based on accurate documentation, real testimonials, memories, letters, pictures,… But the identification with fictional character(s) is the innovative frame through which the player discovers the everyday life of a soldier at war, everyday struggles for food, water, fights against the cold, the hot, the tiredness, the death. By developing this video game, the project wants to make the players, especially the younger generation more connected to European historical and cultural heritage.

Learning by playing. Learning by feeling and experiencing. Learning solidarity and citizenship!

Teaching public policy making or how to foster civic engagement

Citizenship is at the heart of our society and the youth need to understand how it works. They will be the ones leading and taking the key decision in the near future and they need to have the knowledge to understand how such decisions should be taken: What is a public policy? How are the decisions taken? How can these decisions have an impact on our society and our life? The European project P-CUBE wants to develop an educational game for teaching public policy theory. The project aims to go from a game board to a video game, from offline to online. The purpose is to contribute towards dispelling misconceptions around the way innovations in public policies are taken by presenting the process through an interesting and realistic model, through a video game. The game will help players to become more familiar with the complexities of public policy making, and show that there are several different ways to overcome the obstacles that prevent current governance systems from tackling collective problems.

 

Learning by doing. Learning by playing public policy. Learning to grow up as a citizen. Learning and be sure that the next generation is ready to lead!

 

Education & Digital

Digital can be a real pillar to help in the fight against inequalities and increase inclusion. Digital tools can provide wider access to education for everyone. But the education system needs to be ready for this change and implicate that the internet, phone, computer and other digital tools have to be accessible to every citizen. Being equal in the face of digital access. The pandemic is providing us a unique opportunity to have a new vision on the education system, on the use of digital tools to learn and teach and to find new innovative ways to make have an inclusive and accessible education.

This crisis is pushing every citizen, government, and international institutions to make sacrifices and is changing our way of living. Nevertheless and on the occasion of the International Day of Education, we should remember how education is the key to the development of a country and to build and rebuild our societies. As video games, any form of educational methodology should be considered to rebuild and redefine our world and especially make sure to not forget this statement: Education is a human right.

Since the beginning of the COVID19 crisis, a lot of sacrifices were made to ensure and guarantee the health of the population. Unfortunately, education was one of the fields to make sacrifices. The closure of schools, universities and other learning institutions, as well as the interruption of many literacy and lifelong learning programmes, has affected the lives of 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries. Nevertheless, there is hope. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” The Art of War from Sun Tzu is still relevant in our current time. By seeing opportunities, innovation can emerge and be developed. This crisis is also the opportunity to rebuild a better world where inclusive and equitable quality education is accessible to everyone.

If the future of education is digital and especially if video games can be used to be in the service of education. Instead of learning by doing, we go to learning by playing video games. It’s the bet of 2 European projects, The Rude Awakening and P-CUBE, started during the health crisis. They put digital tools at the heart of their strategy to highlight and make the topics closer to the younger generation. How can video games support the education of the younger generation?

 

Teaching a common history by playing or how to speak about WW1

War is not an easy topic to talk about and the consequences of it are not easy to explain. Nevertheless, there is a need to speak about it, to teach it and to raise awareness of it. The European project “The Rude Awakening” made the choice to use digital tools to teach the younger generation war and peace. A video game enables to recreate the atmosphere of WW1, to teach the common cultural and European history the countries are sharing and most of all, it enables to play a game and to put you in the shoes of a WW1 soldier. Learning via playing a game needs to make sure that the information and content are accurate. The project makes it a point of honour to make sure that players learn true and accurate information. That is why the narration is based on accurate documentation, real testimonials, memories, letters, pictures,… But the identification with fictional character(s) is the innovative frame through which the player discovers the everyday life of a soldier at war, everyday struggles for food, water, fights against the cold, the hot, the tiredness, the death. By developing this video game, the project wants to make the players, especially the younger generation more connected to European historical and cultural heritage.

Learning by playing. Learning by feeling and experiencing. Learning solidarity and citizenship!

Teaching public policy making or how to foster civic engagement

Citizenship is at the heart of our society and the youth need to understand how it works. They will be the ones leading and taking the key decision in the near future and they need to have the knowledge to understand how such decisions should be taken: What is a public policy? How are the decisions taken? How can these decisions have an impact on our society and our life? The European project P-CUBE wants to develop an educational game for teaching public policy theory. The project aims to go from a game board to a video game, from offline to online. The purpose is to contribute towards dispelling misconceptions around the way innovations in public policies are taken by presenting the process through an interesting and realistic model, through a video game. The game will help players to become more familiar with the complexities of public policy making, and show that there are several different ways to overcome the obstacles that prevent current governance systems from tackling collective problems.

Learning by doing. Learning by playing public policy. Learning to grow up as a citizen. Learning and be sure that the next generation is ready to lead!

 

Education & Digital

Digital can be a real pillar to help in the fight against inequalities and increase inclusion. Digital tools can provide wider access to education for everyone. But the education system needs to be ready for this change and implicate that the internet, phone, computer and other digital tools have to be accessible to every citizen. Being equal in the face of digital access. The pandemic is providing us a unique opportunity to have a new vision on the education system, on the use of digital tools to learn and teach and to find new innovative ways to make have an inclusive and accessible education.

This crisis is pushing every citizen, government, and international institutions to make sacrifices and is changing our way of living. Nevertheless and on the occasion of the International Day of Education, we should remember how education is the key to the development of a country and to build and rebuild our societies. As video games, any form of educational methodology should be considered to rebuild and redefine our world and especially make sure to not forget this statement: Education is a human right.


Sasa Marinkov, Delegate of the LDA Central and Southern Serbia passed away today

It’s with deepest regret and profound sadness we inform you that our Sasa Marinkov has passed away today, Saturday 23rd of January 2021.
As delegate of the Local Democracy Agency Central and Southern Serbia, Sasa has been part of ALDA and the Balkan Network for Local Democracy – BNLD for more than a decade.
Today, we have lost a valuable member of our family. He was modest and visionary, committed worker, a fighter for positive changes in the community.
Most importantly, today we lost a true friend that was alongside with us in all our ups and downs. Friend that we would truly remember and adore till the end of days.
Sasa, we thank you for everything you have done for us and your community. We will continue fighting for your cause: it’s the only thing we can do to reach your vision.
We’ll miss him immensely now and so it will be in the future.
 
Farwell, Sasa
From Oriano Otocan, President of ALDA; Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA; the Staff of ALDA; the Governing Board of ALDA and the colleagues Delegates

It’s with deepest regret and profound sadness we inform you that our Sasa Marinkov has passed away today, Saturday 23rd of January 2021.
As delegate of the Local Democracy Agency Central and Southern Serbia, Sasa has been part of ALDA and the Balkan Network for Local Democracy – BNLD for more than a decade.
Today, we have lost a valuable member of our family. He was modest and visionary, committed worker, a fighter for positive changes in the community.
Most importantly, today we lost a true friend that was alongside with us in all our ups and downs. Friend that we would truly remember and adore till the end of days.
Sasa, we thank you for everything you have done for us and your community. We will continue fighting for your cause: it’s the only thing we can do to reach your vision.
We’ll miss him immensely now and so it will be in the future.
 
Farwell, Sasa
From Oriano Otocan, President of ALDA; Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA; the Staff of ALDA; the Governing Board of ALDA and the colleagues Delegates


EU goes local in Western Balkans: meeting with DG NEAR

On 21 January ALDA and the Balkan Network for Local Democracy (BNLD) held a meeting with representatives from the European Commission. The staff of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) working on Western Balkans had the chance to get to know better the Projects ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) are implementing in the Region as well as the feedbacks from the activities we have been carrying on at the local level.

Mrs. Stanka Parac, the President of the Balkan Network for Local Democracy, introduced the BNLD and our approach to support regional cooperation while emphasising the efforts BNLD and the LDAs are doing to promote EU integration processes. The creation of the BNLD itself was the result of EC support for networking and partnership building. When comes to EU accession, our main focus is the Public Administration Reform, economic and democratic governance, social questions and the rule of law. We are known in the Region for our work on peace and reconciliation in the last 20 years, especially with young people. 

Mr. Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit for Regional cooperation and Programmes confirmed the importance for the local level to be part of the EU integration process. The local authorities are significant stakeholders responsible for the implementation of many EU policies in the respective countries. Democratic processes start from the local level and should be nurtured there. The European Commission is supporting the cooperation of civil society and local authorities with the regional programme RELOAD whose second phase has just started.

Moreover, during the meeting, the LDAs delegates had the chance to take the floor and share their views on the main issue of each Country, from the situation of democratic processes, to the status of democracy in the post-election period in Montenegro, the results from thelong-awaited local elections in Mostar, to bilateral issues and key reforms in North Macedonia…

Democratic processes start from the local level and should be nurtured there

The DG NEAR staff working on the different Western Balkan countries confirmed that the European Union is doing significant efforts in making EU accession processes more visible on local level, in every community. Indeed, in the next programming period the EU will put more emphasis on projects with local authorities.

The European Commissions, DG NEAR and the Delegations in all countries are making significant efforts to include civil society in policy making and programming. In that respect, ALDA and the BNLD took active part in the consultations for planning of the Instruments of Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III) and the drafting of Guidelines for civil society in Enlargement Region 2021-2027.

This meeting, attended by more than 30 representatives from European Commission and ALDA, the BNLD and the LDAs delegates has proven how inclusive policy making should be and how important dialogue is. ALDA and the BNLD continue following attentively the European Commission policies in the Western Balkans and support the EU accession processes in the Region.

On 21 January ALDA and the Balkan Network for Local Democracy (BNLD) held a meeting with representatives from the European Commission. The staff of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) working on Western Balkans had the chance to get to know better the Projects ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) are implementing in the Region as well as the feedbacks from the activities we have been carrying on at the local level.

Mrs. Stanka Parac, the President of the Balkan Network for Local Democracy, introduced the BNLD and our approach to support regional cooperation while emphasising the efforts BNLD and the LDAs are doing to promote EU integration processes. The creation of the BNLD itself was the result of EC support for networking and partnership building. When comes to EU accession, our main focus is the Public Administration Reform, economic and democratic governance, social questions and the rule of law. We are known in the Region for our work on peace and reconciliation in the last 20 years, especially with young people. 

Mr. Colin Wolfe, Head of Unit for Regional cooperation and Programmes confirmed the importance for the local level to be part of the EU integration process. The local authorities are significant stakeholders responsible for the implementation of many EU policies in the respective countries. Democratic processes start from the local level and should be nurtured there. The European Commission is supporting the cooperation of civil society and local authorities with the regional programme RELOAD whose second phase has just started.

Moreover, during the meeting, the LDAs delegates had the chance to take the floor and share their views on the main issue of each Country, from the situation of democratic processes, to the status of democracy in the post-election period in Montenegro, the results from thelong-awaited local elections in Mostar, to bilateral issues and key reforms in North Macedonia…

Democratic processes start from the local level and should be nurtured there

The DG NEAR staff working on the different Western Balkan countries confirmed that the European Union is doing significant efforts in making EU accession processes more visible on local level, in every community. Indeed, in the next programming period the EU will put more emphasis on projects with local authorities.

The European Commissions, DG NEAR and the Delegations in all countries are making significant efforts to include civil society in policy making and programming. In that respect, ALDA and the BNLD took active part in the consultations for planning of the Instruments of Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III) and the drafting of Guidelines for civil society in Enlargement Region 2021-2027.

This meeting, attended by more than 30 representatives from European Commission and ALDA, the BNLD and the LDAs delegates has proven how inclusive policy making should be and how important dialogue is. ALDA and the BNLD continue following attentively the European Commission policies in the Western Balkans and support the EU accession processes in the Region.


PCPA training in Hammamet: three days of hard work

Within the framework of the coordination of the Local and Participative Democracy Pole of the PCPA project, set up with the Tunisian scouts, ALDA organised a training course taking place from 11 to 13 December 2020 in Hammamet, Tunisia.

The PCPA project – Programme concerté pluri-actifs/active multi-actors is the largest network of Franco-Tunisian associations. The Local and Participative Democracy cluster covers 15 Governorates and mobilises 30 Tunisian associations as well as 7 between associations and French departments.

A unique training of empowerment on communication techniques and principles of andragogy

The training in question was part of a cycle of three training sessions for candidates from the cluster’s member associations. This first session was dedicated to “Initiation to training engineering“.

Our trainer Sihem Sehli masterfully led the course, which was held in a pleasant atmosphere of trustworthy and friendly relations between the various participants, most of whom already knew each other. The contributions of the participants showed a real interest in the content delivered by Ms. Sehli, which focused on the following themes: introduction to the training session, communication techniques and the concept of andragogy.

During three days of work, the twenty participants were able to master the theoretical tools of the training course as well as perform oral speeches exercises which were continuously monitored and evaluated by the trainer.

Please note that this training cycle has only just begun, given that the two remaining sessions will be implemented over the next few months!

Following these capacity building sessions, ALDA is planning to organise on-site training sessions in town halls for administrative staff, as well as for elected officials and civil society actors from a range of selected municipalities.

Within the framework of the coordination of the Local and Participative Democracy Pole of the PCPA project, set up with the Tunisian scouts, ALDA organised a training course taking place from 11 to 13 December 2020 in Hammamet, Tunisia.

The PCPA project – Programme concerté pluri-actifs/active multi-actors is the largest network of Franco-Tunisian associations. The Local and Participative Democracy cluster covers 15 Governorates and mobilises 30 Tunisian associations as well as 7 between associations and French departments.

A unique training of empowerment on communication techniques and principles of andragogy

The training in question was part of a cycle of three training sessions for candidates from the cluster’s member associations. This first session was dedicated to “Initiation to training engineering“.

Our trainer Sihem Sehli masterfully led the course, which was held in a pleasant atmosphere of trustworthy and friendly relations between the various participants, most of whom already knew each other. The contributions of the participants showed a real interest in the content delivered by Ms. Sehli, which focused on the following themes: introduction to the training session, communication techniques and the concept of andragogy.

During three days of work, the twenty participants were able to master the theoretical tools of the training course as well as perform oral speeches exercises which were continuously monitored and evaluated by the trainer.

Please note that this training cycle has only just begun, given that the two remaining sessions will be implemented over the next few months!

Following these capacity building sessions, ALDA is planning to organise on-site training sessions in town halls for administrative staff, as well as for elected officials and civil society actors from a range of selected municipalities.


New Year’s Greetings from ALDA

We finally reached to the end of a year which tested us from various perspectives, placing each of us in front of personal, social and economic challenges.

From our side, ALDA did its best to stay close to all each members and network and accompany them through this difficult period.

On behalf of the whole team of ALDA, – stated our President Mr Oriano Otocanwe are deeply convinced that 2020 proved like never before the value and the power of belonging to a united and resilient community. ALDA’s network itself could be compared to such a community, or better, a community of communities: a strong and consolidated entity, where no one is left behind. Indeed, we are very proud of the twenty years of our existence and successful work and cooperation with hundreds of non-governmental organisations, cities, municipalities and regions.”

The year behind us has not been easy and many have suffered – continues Mr Otocan –Problems related to the Covid-19 pandemic may have slowed us down but definitely not stopped us. Above and beyond, my wish for the year approaching is to see ALDA’s network grow and become a global example and point of reference of good governance and participation. Shall the spreading of values such as peace, solidarity and civic engagement serve to avoid the repeating of conflicts and human rights’ violations we have been witnessing in 2020.”

“Lastly, but not less important – concludes our President – may 2021 be the year we all get to gather, together, again! I wish everyone all the best!  I wish you a better, calmer, safer and happier 2021!”

A special wish to the whole network of ALDA has been recorded by our Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida: choose your language of preference among EnglishItalian, French or Russian and play the video!

We finally reached to the end of a year which tested us from various perspectives, placing each of us in front of personal, social and economic challenges.

From our side, ALDA did its best to stay close to all each members and network and accompany them through this difficult period.

On behalf of the whole team of ALDA, – stated our President Mr Oriano Otocanwe are deeply convinced that 2020 proved like never before the value and the power of belonging to a united and resilient community. ALDA’s network itself could be compared to such a community, or better, a community of communities: a strong and consolidated entity, where no one is left behind. Indeed, we are very proud of the twenty years of our existence and successful work and cooperation with hundreds of non-governmental organisations, cities, municipalities and regions.”

The year behind us has not been easy and many have suffered – continues Mr Otocan –Problems related to the Covid-19 pandemic may have slowed us down but definitely not stopped us. Above and beyond, my wish for the year approaching is to see ALDA’s network grow and become a global example and point of reference of good governance and participation. Shall the spreading of values such as peace, solidarity and civic engagement serve to avoid the repeating of conflicts and human rights’ violations we have been witnessing in 2020.”

“Lastly, but not less important – concludes our President – may 2021 be the year we all get to gather, together, again! I wish everyone all the best!  I wish you a better, calmer, safer and happier 2021!”

A special wish to the whole network of ALDA has been recorded by our Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida: choose your language of preference among EnglishItalian, French or Russian and play the video!


Unfolding ALDA’s Strategic Plan for the Eastern Partnership

Last but not least of the series of webinars promoted by ALDA to unfold our new Strategic Plan, the fourth online meeting-discussion will focus on our project and development strategy in the Eastern Partnership Countries, namely Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

As outlined by Mr Vassilis Maragos, Head of Unit – DG Near of the European Commission in a recent interview dated July 2020 “[….] shaping relations with the Eastern Partnership is a fundamental step towards European integration”. He also pointed the attention on the fact that “democracy and the rule of law remain two pillars on which every other socio-economical-political issue such as, green transition, digital transformation and fair partnerships must rely on.

Join us for an online webinar on December 21st, 2020 at 2pm to learn about our strategy in the Eastern Partnership region!

Absolutely in line with those principles, the webinar will unfold ALDA’s views and plan of action to contribute to the process of transformation and empowerment of Eastern Partnership-based communities.

The appointment, open to all ALDA members and partners, is on Monday, December 21st, 2020, at 2pm CET.

Ms Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General will open the panel and the webinar will be held by Ms Shorena Khukhua, freshly elected Governing Board member and by Mr Alexandru Coica, EaP Regional Coordinator.

 

To have a finest framework of the situation, it is essential to bear in mind that the Eastern Partnership area is a key working path for ALDA, since 2006. Our strategic objectives for the forthcoming years are to strengthen our presence in this region, by empowering local authorities and implementing decentralisation and territorial reforms.

ALDA members and partners, you can register THROUGH THIS LINK to join the conversation and give us your personal vision and opinion about our plan and start thinking about possible cooperation and projects in the area!

Last but not least of the series of webinars promoted by ALDA to unfold our new Strategic Plan, the fourth online meeting-discussion will focus on our project and development strategy in the Eastern Partnership Countries, namely Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

As outlined by Mr Vassilis Maragos, Head of Unit – DG Near of the European Commission in a recent interview dated July 2020 “[….] shaping relations with the Eastern Partnership is a fundamental step towards European integration”. He also pointed the attention on the fact that “democracy and the rule of law remain two pillars on which every other socio-economical-political issue such as, green transition, digital transformation and fair partnerships must rely on.

Join us for an online webinar on December 21st, 2020 at 2pm to learn about our strategy in the Eastern Partnership region!

Absolutely in line with those principles, the webinar will unfold ALDA’s views and plan of action to contribute to the process of transformation and empowerment of Eastern Partnership-based communities.

The appointment, open to all ALDA members and partners, is on Monday, December 21st, 2020, at 2pm CET.

Ms Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General will open the panel and the webinar will be held by Ms Shorena Khukhua, freshly elected Governing Board member and by Mr Alexandru Coica, EaP Regional Coordinator.

 

To have a finest framework of the situation, it is essential to bear in mind that the Eastern Partnership area is a key working path for ALDA, since 2006. Our strategic objectives for the forthcoming years are to strengthen our presence in this region, by empowering local authorities and implementing decentralisation and territorial reforms.

ALDA members and partners, you can register THROUGH THIS LINK to join the conversation and give us your personal vision and opinion about our plan and start thinking about possible cooperation and projects in the area!


Unfolding ALDA’s Strategic Framework for the Balkans

The origins of ALDA as the European Association we know today, deeply lay in the Balkans, region which saw, in the early Nineties, the creation of the first Local Democracy Agency, which would have given birth to ALDA in December 1999.

After almost 30 years of presence in the Balkans, how ALDA is planning to carry on its action? Which plans to support and develop the LDA network in the area and which projects of cooperation and decentralization, to support civil society and local authorities, thus facilitating the EU accession of their Countries?

Curious about ALDA's new Strategic Plan for the key Western Balkans area? Join us for an online webinar on December 17th, 2020 at 2pm!

We will provide you all answers during the first regional webinar focus exclusively on ALDA’s strategic plan in the Balkan region for the next 4 years on Thursday, December 17th, 2020, at 2pm CET is available through THIS LINK.

The conversation will be conducted by Mr Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, Ms Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, Ms Nataša Vučković, and Mr Emir Coric, Governing Board members, Ms Stanka Parac, President of the Balkan Network for Local Democracy -BNLD and Ms Ivana Petrovska, Balkans Regional Coordinator.

What is extremely valuable is your opinion and comments to know your points of view on our plan to start thinking about how to cooperate together in the regional!

The origins of ALDA as the European Association we know today, deeply lay in the Balkans, region which saw, in the early Nineties, the creation of the first Local Democracy Agency, which would have given birth to ALDA in December 1999.

After almost 30 years of presence in the Balkans, how ALDA is planning to carry on its action? Which plans to support and develop the LDA network in the area and which projects of cooperation and decentralization, to support civil society and local authorities, thus facilitating the EU accession of their Countries?

Curious about ALDA's new Strategic Plan for the key Western Balkans area? Join us for an online webinar on December 17th, 2020 at 2pm!

We will provide you all answers during the first regional webinar focus exclusively on ALDA’s strategic plan in the Balkan region for the next 4 years on Thursday, December 17th, 2020, at 2pm CET is available through THIS LINK.

The conversation will be conducted by Mr Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, Ms Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, Ms Nataša Vučković, and Mr Emir Coric, Governing Board members, Ms Stanka Parac, President of the Balkan Network for Local Democracy -BNLD and Ms Ivana Petrovska, Balkans Regional Coordinator.

What is extremely valuable is your opinion and comments to know your points of view on our plan to start thinking about how to cooperate together in the regional!


Unfolding ALDA’s Strategic Framework in the Mediterranean Area

The second of the four-webinar series dedicated to the disclosure of ALDA’s strategic views for 2020-2024, will focus on the Mediterranean area.

After having analyzed its action plan for Europe, in the second webinar Ms Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, Mr Alessandro Perelli, ALDA’s Vice President and Ms Giulia Sostero, MED area coordinator will illustrate ALDA’s views for the Mediterranean.

Join the 2nd Regional Webinar and discover our new Strategic Plan for the Mediterranean Area for 2020-2024!

The appointment is on Monday, December 14th, 2020, at 2pm CET and it is open to all ALDA members and partners willing to have an overview of our activities in the zone in the last years and learn our intentions to foster our presence and mostly cooperation with authorities and CSOs at the local level in the Mediterranean.

Indeed, ALDA has been constantly growing in number of activities and members in the MED area during the past 10 years, improvement which also brought to opening of two Local Democracy Agencies, one in Kairouan (Tunisia) and in Tétouan (Morocco).

ALDA wants to have a stronger presence in the region to contribute to da local economic development based on a more sustainable and fair approach, supporting decentralisation, local communities and civil society empowerment.

REGISTER HERE to join the conversation and let’s meet each other online on Monday, December 14th, 2020, at 2pm CET.

The second of the four-webinar series dedicated to the disclosure of ALDA’s strategic views for 2020-2024, will focus on the Mediterranean area.

After having analyzed its action plan for Europe, in the second webinar Ms Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, Mr Alessandro Perelli, ALDA’s Vice President and Ms Giulia Sostero, MED area coordinator will illustrate ALDA’s views for the Mediterranean.

Join the 2nd Regional Webinar and discover our new Strategic Plan for the Mediterranean Area for 2020-2024!

The appointment is on Monday, December 14th, 2020, at 2pm CET and it is open to all ALDA members and partners willing to have an overview of our activities in the zone in the last years and learn our intentions to foster our presence and mostly cooperation with authorities and CSOs at the local level in the Mediterranean.

Indeed, ALDA has been constantly growing in number of activities and members in the MED area during the past 10 years, improvement which also brought to opening of two Local Democracy Agencies, one in Kairouan (Tunisia) and in Tétouan (Morocco).

ALDA wants to have a stronger presence in the region to contribute to da local economic development based on a more sustainable and fair approach, supporting decentralisation, local communities and civil society empowerment.

REGISTER HERE to join the conversation and let’s meet each other online on Monday, December 14th, 2020, at 2pm CET.


Unfolding ALDA’s Strategic Framework for… Europe!

As previously announced, ALDA has revealed the launch of 4 regional webinars, free and open to ALDA’s members and partners, with the aim of unfolding the New Strategic Plan for 2020-2024.

The first online meeting-discussion will focus on the European area and ALDA’s future strategy to strengthen local democracy in the Old Continent.

Join the 1st European Regional Webinar and discover our new Strategic Plan for 2020-2024!

The appointment is on Monday, December 7th, 2020, at 2pm CET and it is open to all ALDA members and partners.

The conversation will be conducted by Mr Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, Ms Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, Mr Francesco Zarzana and Mr Bartłomiej Ostrowski, ALDA Vice Presidents.

ALDA’s network is Europe is well developed and varied: yet a further effort to engage local stakeholders is fundamental in order to make an impact and be, together, strong change drivers.

ALDA members and partners, REGISTER HERE to join the conversation and let’s meet each other online to discover our strategy, planned actions and pillar values!

As previously announced, ALDA has revealed the launch of 4 regional webinars, free and open to ALDA’s members and partners, with the aim of unfolding the New Strategic Plan for 2020-2024.

The first online meeting-discussion will focus on the European area and ALDA’s future strategy to strengthen local democracy in the Old Continent.

Join the 1st European Regional Webinar and discover our new Strategic Plan for 2020-2024!

The appointment is on Monday, December 7th, 2020, at 2pm CET and it is open to all ALDA members and partners.

The conversation will be conducted by Mr Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, Ms Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, Mr Francesco Zarzana and Mr Bartłomiej Ostrowski, ALDA Vice Presidents.

ALDA’s network is Europe is well developed and varied: yet a further effort to engage local stakeholders is fundamental in order to make an impact and be, together, strong change drivers.

ALDA members and partners, REGISTER HERE to join the conversation and let’s meet each other online to discover our strategy, planned actions and pillar values!