LDA Mostar - Activity Report 2011

LDA Mostar – Activity Report 2011

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LDA Mostar – Activity Report 2011

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IS POSSIBLE TO APPLY TO JOIN THE MASTER ON “PUBLIC MANAGMENT OF THE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT” FOUNDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CATANIA (ITALY).

A master of second level on “Public Managment of the local development” has been founded, for the academic year 2011/2012, by the University of Catania (Italy).
The aim of the program is to build skills and new job profiles, highly flexible and able to lead, manage and implement decisions and strategies within public and private organizations engaged in different ways, even within the framework of the EU policies, in the process of sustainable development, with particular attention to local and regional level.

The Master,  to be held at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Catania, will last 12 months and provides 1,500 hours of training, including 400 teaching hours, 50 hours of tests of learning, 450 hours of internship (including 300 hours of training, 150 hours of project work) and 600 hours of personal study.
For any further information, visit www.unict.it, or contact the Master’s secretariat (+39 095 7340732 or at damicore@unict.it).
Download here the call , la leaflet  et du poster of the Master.

A master of second level on “Public Managment of the local development” has been founded, for the academic year 2011/2012, by the University of Catania (Italy).
The aim of the program is to build skills and new job profiles, highly flexible and able to lead, manage and implement decisions and strategies within public and private organizations engaged in different ways, even within the framework of the EU policies, in the process of sustainable development, with particular attention to local and regional level.

The Master,  to be held at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Catania, will last 12 months and provides 1,500 hours of training, including 400 teaching hours, 50 hours of tests of learning, 450 hours of internship (including 300 hours of training, 150 hours of project work) and 600 hours of personal study.
For any further information, visit www.unict.it, or contact the Master’s secretariat (+39 095 7340732 or at damicore@unict.it).
Download here the call , la leaflet  et du poster of the Master.


LDA OSIJEK - Activity Report 2011

LDA OSIJEK – Activity Report 2011

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LDA OSIJEK – Activity Report 2011

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LDAs NIS (CSS) AND MOSTAR PARTNERS OF THE PROJECT "THE PROMOTION OF EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR EQUALITY OF WOMEN AND MEN IN LOCAL LIFE"

LDA Central and Southern Serbia, based in Nis, and LDA Mostar (BiH) are partners to NGO “Fenomena” from Kraljevo (Serbia), NGO “Anima” from Kotor (Montenegro) and “Kvinna till Kvinna foundation” from Sweden in the implementation of the project named: “The Promotion of European Charter for equality of women and men in local life”. The project is granted by EC, Western Balkans and Turkey, Civil Society Facility programme within partnership actions: Empowerment of Woman. It will be implemented with in 12 months starting from the 01st of December 2011.

The overall objective of the project is contribution to development of the local gender sensitive policies, measures and budgeting in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, with the specific goal to create the basic preconditions for development of the local gender sensitive policies, measures and budgeting in Serbia (City of Nis – City Municipality Mediana and City of Kraljevo), Bosnia and Herzegovina (City of Mostar) and Montenegro (Municipality of Kotor) . The associate cities are City Municipality Mediana and City of Kraljevo from Serbia and City of Mostar from BiH.
The activities in short are: translation into local languages of the “European Charter for equality”, “Guide for implementation of the Charter” and ”The Town for equality”; training on gender based strategic planning and local equality action plan creation; studies methodology production;  local studies’ researches implementation (collection of relevant information broken down by gender); studies’ analysis production; production of promo video and audio material; production of network’s Internet site; local action plans publication and dissemination; network’s protocol of cooperation, participation on the European Commission’s opening and closing conference.
The first project meeting is planed for 11-12 January 2012.

LDA Central and Southern Serbia, based in Nis, and LDA Mostar (BiH) are partners to NGO “Fenomena” from Kraljevo (Serbia), NGO “Anima” from Kotor (Montenegro) and “Kvinna till Kvinna foundation” from Sweden in the implementation of the project named: “The Promotion of European Charter for equality of women and men in local life”. The project is granted by EC, Western Balkans and Turkey, Civil Society Facility programme within partnership actions: Empowerment of Woman. It will be implemented with in 12 months starting from the 01st of December 2011.

The overall objective of the project is contribution to development of the local gender sensitive policies, measures and budgeting in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, with the specific goal to create the basic preconditions for development of the local gender sensitive policies, measures and budgeting in Serbia (City of Nis – City Municipality Mediana and City of Kraljevo), Bosnia and Herzegovina (City of Mostar) and Montenegro (Municipality of Kotor) . The associate cities are City Municipality Mediana and City of Kraljevo from Serbia and City of Mostar from BiH.
The activities in short are: translation into local languages of the “European Charter for equality”, “Guide for implementation of the Charter” and ”The Town for equality”; training on gender based strategic planning and local equality action plan creation; studies methodology production;  local studies’ researches implementation (collection of relevant information broken down by gender); studies’ analysis production; production of promo video and audio material; production of network’s Internet site; local action plans publication and dissemination; network’s protocol of cooperation, participation on the European Commission’s opening and closing conference.
The first project meeting is planed for 11-12 January 2012.


ALDA’S EFFORTS WILL CONTINUE ALSO IN 2012 IN PROMOTING DEMOCRACY, RESPECT FOR HUMAN AND MINORITY RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW

Dear ALDA Members and Friends,
The year 2011 is drawing to a close and we can again say that it has been an extremely busy and successful one for our Association. The same is the case for theLocal Democracy Agencies. We have opened the 13th LDA in Gyumri in Armenia and are presently sorting out all the practical aspects so that the LDA can be fully operational soon in the new year. LDA Kosovo in Peja/Pechas been confirmed in its existence and is also now fully operational. In addition, ALDA has been closely associated with the EU’s Eastern Partnership and we are working closely with non state actors in Belarus to push for much needed democratisation of that country.

On active citizenship we have been nothing but active. Our General Assembly was held in conjunction with a well attended conference on Volunteering, a project called Stand-Up has been promoting cooperation between local authorities and civil society on facing the negative consequences of the financial crisis and yet another has been addressing the issue of Remembrance as a means to preserve a peaceful future for Europe.
2012 promises to be equally busy. Apart from our normal activities we will become more engaged with partners in the Mediterranean Region and try to offer our support and experience in assisting the civil society involved in the Arab Spring. To that end we have established a number of alliances with organisations with objectives similar to ours but also expect to rely on continuing good cooperation with European Institutions and partners.
As of late, there has been plenty of media hype about the Euro crisis and associated doomsday prophesies. However, against the background of all this noise we must not forget what the European Union has meant for peace and prosperity in Europe over the last 60 years. That is what is important! The EU’s efforts will continue and so will those of ALDA in promoting democracy, respect for human and minority rights and the rule of law.
Offering you on behalf of the ALDA Governing Board and Staff the best wishes for a Peaceful and Reflective  Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2012 I also express the wish that we may continue to work together on these worthwhile issues in the new year, irrespective of the many demanding challenges I know you are also facing in your own communities. I send you a heartfelt Thank You!

Per Vinther
Président de l'ALDA

Dear ALDA Members and Friends,
The year 2011 is drawing to a close and we can again say that it has been an extremely busy and successful one for our Association. The same is the case for theLocal Democracy Agencies. We have opened the 13th LDA in Gyumri in Armenia and are presently sorting out all the practical aspects so that the LDA can be fully operational soon in the new year. LDA Kosovo in Peja/Pechas been confirmed in its existence and is also now fully operational. In addition, ALDA has been closely associated with the EU’s Eastern Partnership and we are working closely with non state actors in Belarus to push for much needed democratisation of that country.

On active citizenship we have been nothing but active. Our General Assembly was held in conjunction with a well attended conference on Volunteering, a project called Stand-Up has been promoting cooperation between local authorities and civil society on facing the negative consequences of the financial crisis and yet another has been addressing the issue of Remembrance as a means to preserve a peaceful future for Europe.
2012 promises to be equally busy. Apart from our normal activities we will become more engaged with partners in the Mediterranean Region and try to offer our support and experience in assisting the civil society involved in the Arab Spring. To that end we have established a number of alliances with organisations with objectives similar to ours but also expect to rely on continuing good cooperation with European Institutions and partners.
As of late, there has been plenty of media hype about the Euro crisis and associated doomsday prophesies. However, against the background of all this noise we must not forget what the European Union has meant for peace and prosperity in Europe over the last 60 years. That is what is important! The EU’s efforts will continue and so will those of ALDA in promoting democracy, respect for human and minority rights and the rule of law.
Offering you on behalf of the ALDA Governing Board and Staff the best wishes for a Peaceful and Reflective  Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2012 I also express the wish that we may continue to work together on these worthwhile issues in the new year, irrespective of the many demanding challenges I know you are also facing in your own communities. I send you a heartfelt Thank You!

Per Vinther
Président de l'ALDA


OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE TANDEM PROJECT IN BELARUS: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WITH PRESENTATION OF MINI GRANT PROJECTS (Minsk 16-17 December 2011)

The project “TANDEM – cooperation for citizen participation and community development in the Republic of Belarus” was officially launched during the International Conference “Sustainability and partnership between NGOs and local authorities”, held in Minsk on December 16 and 17 2011. The conference, that was organised by ALDA and the Lev Sapieha Foundation, was devoted to the presentation and discussion of mini-grant projects that will be supported as part of TANDEM.

The conference was opened by the Head of Operations at the Delegation of the European Union in Belarus, Mr. Llewellyn Edwards and was attended by Belarusian non-governmental organisations, local authorities and community groups as well as representatives of municipalities and NGOs from Latvia and Lithuania.
The representatives from Lithuania and Latvia shared their experience of cooperation between local authorities and community organisations and told participants about the situation and work conducted in their municipalities. The Representatives of Belarusian NGOs, Local Authorities and community groups presented the goals and objectives of their projects which will be supported as part of TANDEM. A further part of the conference was devoted to project management, reporting and concrete questions on ways to manage the projects successfully.
About ten projects have been selected to receive support under TANDEM. These projects all aim at supporting cooperation between local authorities and civil society organisations and will implement activities to create sustainable development at the community level.
The variety of projects and geographical diversity is remarkable: among the projects is an initiative of a bicyclist organisation in Minsk which wants to improve the quality of bike paths in the Belarusian capital and create a micro-level bicycle infrastructure there. The Association of Gomel children and young people” (ASDEMO) in cooperation with the local authorities in Gomel will create a leisure activities place for young people in Gomel’s district number 19. Another project covering the cultural heritage will be implemented by the Information and Regional Studies Center at Golshanskaya Rural Library District Oshmyany in Northwestern Belarus. The initiative will set up a virtual museum of the Struve Geodetic Arc, a chain of commemorative plaques and obelisks which were built along the meridian line from Norway to Moldova in the 19th century. The project aims to share the knowledge of the Struve Arc and to disclose the historical and cultural potential of the regions where the Struve Arc runs. The Arc became World Heritage in 2005. The project will be implemented with the support of the Latvian municipality Gulbene, which is also situated near the line of the Arc.
The sub granting projects will now apply for registration at the Department of Humanitarian activities under the Presidential Administration of Belarus to be able to receive the allocated grants. The sub-granted projects will last 12 months.
The TANDEM project is supported by the European Union’s Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development programme and will be implemented by ALDA together with the Lev Sapieha Foundation and the Belarusian Organisation for Working Women and will last until first half of 2013.

The project “TANDEM – cooperation for citizen participation and community development in the Republic of Belarus” was officially launched during the International Conference “Sustainability and partnership between NGOs and local authorities”, held in Minsk on December 16 and 17 2011. The conference, that was organised by ALDA and the Lev Sapieha Foundation, was devoted to the presentation and discussion of mini-grant projects that will be supported as part of TANDEM.

The conference was opened by the Head of Operations at the Delegation of the European Union in Belarus, Mr. Llewellyn Edwards and was attended by Belarusian non-governmental organisations, local authorities and community groups as well as representatives of municipalities and NGOs from Latvia and Lithuania.
The representatives from Lithuania and Latvia shared their experience of cooperation between local authorities and community organisations and told participants about the situation and work conducted in their municipalities. The Representatives of Belarusian NGOs, Local Authorities and community groups presented the goals and objectives of their projects which will be supported as part of TANDEM. A further part of the conference was devoted to project management, reporting and concrete questions on ways to manage the projects successfully.
About ten projects have been selected to receive support under TANDEM. These projects all aim at supporting cooperation between local authorities and civil society organisations and will implement activities to create sustainable development at the community level.
The variety of projects and geographical diversity is remarkable: among the projects is an initiative of a bicyclist organisation in Minsk which wants to improve the quality of bike paths in the Belarusian capital and create a micro-level bicycle infrastructure there. The Association of Gomel children and young people” (ASDEMO) in cooperation with the local authorities in Gomel will create a leisure activities place for young people in Gomel’s district number 19. Another project covering the cultural heritage will be implemented by the Information and Regional Studies Center at Golshanskaya Rural Library District Oshmyany in Northwestern Belarus. The initiative will set up a virtual museum of the Struve Geodetic Arc, a chain of commemorative plaques and obelisks which were built along the meridian line from Norway to Moldova in the 19th century. The project aims to share the knowledge of the Struve Arc and to disclose the historical and cultural potential of the regions where the Struve Arc runs. The Arc became World Heritage in 2005. The project will be implemented with the support of the Latvian municipality Gulbene, which is also situated near the line of the Arc.
The sub granting projects will now apply for registration at the Department of Humanitarian activities under the Presidential Administration of Belarus to be able to receive the allocated grants. The sub-granted projects will last 12 months.
The TANDEM project is supported by the European Union’s Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development programme and will be implemented by ALDA together with the Lev Sapieha Foundation and the Belarusian Organisation for Working Women and will last until first half of 2013.


INTACT PROJECT: STUDENT MEETING ON EUROPEAN VALUES, ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP AND TWINNINGS IN BRINDISI (16th December 2011)

As a part of the INTACT project, funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, has been realized in Brindisi (Italy) an event for students of secondary schools.
The meeting, promoted by the Municipality of Brindisi with the ALDA Office cooperation in the city, the Youth Information Office and in collaboration with IPRES, took place on 16th of December in the City Hall.

During a first introductory moment the promoters presented the project and its aims and the twinning activities of the Municipality of Brindisi.
The students were then involved in a debate on active citizenship and twinnings, aimed at the identification of new needs or perceptions on those issues.
Divided into working groups, the boys discussed the issue and answered a questionnaire on European identity and the results were then presented to all participants during a plenary session.
It was possible to verify the level of knowledge of youth on twinning activities in the area and were collected moods and proposals on active citizenship, European identity and twinning programs.
The results of the plenary discussion will be shared with other partners of the INTACT project and will form an “owned” basis for all the institutions involved in the definition of new activities in international cooperation and twinning.

Download here the press clipping on the meeting
Download here a video

As a part of the INTACT project, funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, has been realized in Brindisi (Italy) an event for students of secondary schools.
The meeting, promoted by the Municipality of Brindisi with the ALDA Office cooperation in the city, the Youth Information Office and in collaboration with IPRES, took place on 16th of December in the City Hall.

During a first introductory moment the promoters presented the project and its aims and the twinning activities of the Municipality of Brindisi.
The students were then involved in a debate on active citizenship and twinnings, aimed at the identification of new needs or perceptions on those issues.
Divided into working groups, the boys discussed the issue and answered a questionnaire on European identity and the results were then presented to all participants during a plenary session.
It was possible to verify the level of knowledge of youth on twinning activities in the area and were collected moods and proposals on active citizenship, European identity and twinning programs.
The results of the plenary discussion will be shared with other partners of the INTACT project and will form an “owned” basis for all the institutions involved in the definition of new activities in international cooperation and twinning.

Download here the press clipping on the meeting
Download here a video


LDA MOSTAR: SECOND ROUND TABLE OF THE PROJECT "POPOWO" (PEOPLE ORGANIZE PREVENTION OF WATER OVERFLOW.Trebinje (BiH), 14th of December 2011

The Second Round Table of the project “Popowo” (People Organize Prevention of Water Overflow) will take place in Trebinje (BiH) on the 14th of December 2011.
The Round table aims to establish a better dialogue between all interested parties to prevent flooding in the area Popovo fields. Project is funded by the EU and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway

This second roundtable will be held on 14.12.2011 in the premises of the hotel Leotar, Trebinje (Obala Luke Vukalovića 1) starting at 11:00.
Popowo project was developed with the clear intention to, without political pressures, provide clear communication of key stakeholders in the Popov fields related to the problem of flooding of agricultural land, the establishment of informal networks and support self-organization of farmers, agricultural associations, cooperatives and business oriented to field Popovo .
Project Popowo is jointly developed and implementing by the Association for Entrepreneurship and Business Link Mostar, Local Democracy Agency Mostar and Centre for Development of Herzegovina Trebinje with the clear intention of starting a dialogue on this complex issue, which has a large impact on the socio-economic development of a large part of Herzegovina.

The Second Round Table of the project “Popowo” (People Organize Prevention of Water Overflow) will take place in Trebinje (BiH) on the 14th of December 2011.
The Round table aims to establish a better dialogue between all interested parties to prevent flooding in the area Popovo fields. Project is funded by the EU and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway

This second roundtable will be held on 14.12.2011 in the premises of the hotel Leotar, Trebinje (Obala Luke Vukalovića 1) starting at 11:00.
Popowo project was developed with the clear intention to, without political pressures, provide clear communication of key stakeholders in the Popov fields related to the problem of flooding of agricultural land, the establishment of informal networks and support self-organization of farmers, agricultural associations, cooperatives and business oriented to field Popovo .
Project Popowo is jointly developed and implementing by the Association for Entrepreneurship and Business Link Mostar, Local Democracy Agency Mostar and Centre for Development of Herzegovina Trebinje with the clear intention of starting a dialogue on this complex issue, which has a large impact on the socio-economic development of a large part of Herzegovina.


LOCAL PRODUCTS AND TRADITIONAL ARTS OF FRUILI VENEZIA GIULIA REGION IN MONTENEGRO. Kotor (MNE), 19/20 December 2011

In Kotor, Montenegro, on 19 and 20 December, at the headquarters of the Italian Community of Montenegro, will start the training provided by the Project-Activity 2.1 ” From lace to enterprise: to recover the ancient art of lace to start an economic activity”, a project co-funded by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, according to the regional law 19/2000.
The training course will be opened in the morning of December 20 with the introduction of Pavao Perugini, President of the Italian community in Montenegro and the greetings of a representative of the Municipality of Kotor.

After the presentation of the project by Marco Rossi, the training course will start officially with a discussion on “how to start a business” and the illustration of a successful case in Montenegro. In the afternoon will intervene Kerim Medjedovic, Delegate of the Local Democracy Agency of Niksic, Marco Rossi and finally there will be an illustration of a marketing plan for lace with discussion and group sharing. The initiative, which was presented last September at the Forum of Kotor by the Regional councilor to international relations, Mr. Elio De Anna – has, as partners, the city of Gorizia with its School of Lace, Confcooperative FVG, Irecoop FVG, the Italian Community of Montenegro, the Municipality of Kotor and the Local Democracy Agency of Niksic.

In Kotor, Montenegro, on 19 and 20 December, at the headquarters of the Italian Community of Montenegro, will start the training provided by the Project-Activity 2.1 ” From lace to enterprise: to recover the ancient art of lace to start an economic activity”, a project co-funded by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, according to the regional law 19/2000.
The training course will be opened in the morning of December 20 with the introduction of Pavao Perugini, President of the Italian community in Montenegro and the greetings of a representative of the Municipality of Kotor.

After the presentation of the project by Marco Rossi, the training course will start officially with a discussion on “how to start a business” and the illustration of a successful case in Montenegro. In the afternoon will intervene Kerim Medjedovic, Delegate of the Local Democracy Agency of Niksic, Marco Rossi and finally there will be an illustration of a marketing plan for lace with discussion and group sharing. The initiative, which was presented last September at the Forum of Kotor by the Regional councilor to international relations, Mr. Elio De Anna – has, as partners, the city of Gorizia with its School of Lace, Confcooperative FVG, Irecoop FVG, the Italian Community of Montenegro, the Municipality of Kotor and the Local Democracy Agency of Niksic.


ALDA AT THE EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT DAYS. Warsaw (Pl) 15-16 December 2011

ALDA will attend the European Development Days (EDD) in Warsaw (Poland) on the 15-16 December 2011. EDD is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation and it is organised by the European Commission and the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event represents an important platform to discuss topics concerning development. For more information please visit http://www.eudevdays.eu/

ALDA has been monitoring the EC policy on development during the last couple of years and has been involved as well in important European events and consultations concerning this topic. Furthermore, ALDA has been granted by the EC for the implementation of one of the three European projects selected in 2010 under Objective III of the NSA & LA Programme. The project in hand is WTD – Working Together for Development. It is a multi-annual development project designed by ALDA in cooperation with 21 international partners and associates coming from 16 different countries of the enlarged Europe. Main actors of the project are Local Authorities and Non State Actors. It aims at supporting these actors, in order to ensure their ownership of the development strategies and to favor their full involvement in the policy making process, enhancing their capacities to act as development agents in and outside Europe. The attendance of the EDD fits in this process of advocating the EU institutions to fully recognize the role of Local actors in the development processes.
For more information please contact Mr. Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA, at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org.

ALDA will attend the European Development Days (EDD) in Warsaw (Poland) on the 15-16 December 2011. EDD is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation and it is organised by the European Commission and the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event represents an important platform to discuss topics concerning development. For more information please visit http://www.eudevdays.eu/

ALDA has been monitoring the EC policy on development during the last couple of years and has been involved as well in important European events and consultations concerning this topic. Furthermore, ALDA has been granted by the EC for the implementation of one of the three European projects selected in 2010 under Objective III of the NSA & LA Programme. The project in hand is WTD – Working Together for Development. It is a multi-annual development project designed by ALDA in cooperation with 21 international partners and associates coming from 16 different countries of the enlarged Europe. Main actors of the project are Local Authorities and Non State Actors. It aims at supporting these actors, in order to ensure their ownership of the development strategies and to favor their full involvement in the policy making process, enhancing their capacities to act as development agents in and outside Europe. The attendance of the EDD fits in this process of advocating the EU institutions to fully recognize the role of Local actors in the development processes.
For more information please contact Mr. Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA, at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org.