Herceg Novi hosts capacity building programme for ALDA members in Montenegro
ALDA organised a training for its network members in Montenegro, hosted by the municipality of Herceg Novi and organised by Ms. Branka Mracevic, ALDA Vice President.
Herceg Novi become proud ALDA’s member in 2015 and in only three years, we have successfully fundraised more than 1.2 million euros of EU funds from various programs, such as cross border cooperation, Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens etc. The broad network of ALDA’s members provided us with many opportunities to connect with other local self-governances across Europe, get to know about their best practice in delivering services to local citizens and in a relatively short period of time, we have experienced socio-economic development in areas such as tourism, culture, protection of nature etc.
Our project partners are in the most cases ALDA’s members, and without this network, our success wouldn’t be reached so fast and so easily. Capacity building for local public servants and civil society organisations for designing and preparing quality project ideas within the upcoming calls for application of three CBC Programmes, learning the skills of the log-frame approach for young participants, networking and best practice exchange were the main focus of this two- day training, gathering some 20 participants.
In his introductory note, Mr. Miodrag Raceta, head of Territorial co-operation unit in the EU integration Office of Montenegro expressed the need for furthering the co-operation between local public authorities and CSOs as the grounds for preparing the projects relevant to the needs of the local population in border area.
Ms. Simonida Kordic, head of the municipal office for international relations presented the intensive town-twinning and project based co-operation taking place with a large number of partners both in the Balkans and with the cities in EU, most of them being used for institutional capacity building and urban development projects. Through ALDA, we have already established partnerships for the projects we are currently preparing and some of which are already on-going.
In this way, Herceg Novi is well connected with other organizations and cities, through the networks of the European Union such as ALDA. Through these, but other types of networking, the Office for International Cooperation allows Herceg Novi to gain new experiences, new contents and, of course, become the beneficiary of funds and money available, which we have not used so far to the extent that we can or should.
Apart from the practical training workshops delivered by Stanka Parac Damjanovic, ALDA Regional programme coordinator and Kerim Medjedovic, LDA Montenegro delegate, participants were introduced with the priorities and requirements of the new cycle of three CBC programmes currently open for applications:
• Interreg CBC Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro, presented by Mr. Dragan Djurisic, Project Manager
• IPA CBC Programme Montenegro – Kosovo, IPA CBC Programme Montenegro - Albania presented by Ms. Sanja Todorovic, Head of Joint Technical Secretariat
• IPA CBC Programme Montenegro – Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented by Mr. Goran Djurovic, head of Niksic Antena Office of JTS.
Following the log-frame matrix approach, the trainees from both the municipal administration and local CSOs developed the project idea to be shared and further elaborated with relevant partners from the border area of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.