The implementation of civic initiatives at the local level: the experience of Belarus
This year is particularly significant for ALDA, marking 10 years of activities in Belarus. On this occasion, the successful cases of the 10-year cooperation between ALDA and the local organization Lev Sapieha Foundation have been collected in a publication.
The publication has been presented on the occasion of the last days of activities of the EU-funded project TANDEM III - Cooperation for citizen participation and community development in Belarus - jointly implemented by ALDA and Lev Sapieha Foundation, and completed on 30 June 2017. This project was very fruitful and its completion marked a very important step in the cooperation between ALDA and NGO Lev Sapieha Foundation in Belarus.
The publication provides an overview on the results of the joint project activities carried out over the last 10 years by ALDA and the Lev Sapieha Foundation in the framework of their cooperation in the field of local self-government and civic participation at the local level in the Republic of Belarus.
It includes examples of best practices of citizens' participation in addressing local issues and citizens’ interaction with local authorities, and describes the issues of motivation and cooperation at the local level among various groups of society and ways of development of public dialogue in Belarus.
Numerous are the other joint activities and projects implemented by ALDA and Lev Sapieha Foundation in Belarus, whose stories and best practices are also collected in the book. Among them: REACT, ACSOBE, TANDEM I, TANDEM II, SPREAD, and SPREAD II.
With a varied public audience and a wide range of readers – among others, activists of public associations and civic initiatives, deputies of local councils and civil servants of local government, teachers of public disciplines and students, the publication is also addressed to all those who are interested in problems of local government and civic participation at the local level.