ALDA and its member association Consorzio Leonardo in Greece for TOPSA – Patras closing conference

On 8th June 2015, the closing conference of the project TOPSA Patras took place. The project aimed at the activation and mobilization of local bodies for ensuring the creation of job placements for unemployed engineers and social scientists (target group- 80 beneficiaries). TOPSA Patras focused on the needs and the specificity of the labour market of the city and the region of Patras, in Western Greece.

The project involved the Municipality of Patras, the Social Organisation of the Municipality of Patras – KODIP, the University of Patras, “PRACTICA Western Greece” Vocational Training Centre, “EUROTEAM” Vocational Training Centre, Technical Chamber of Greece – Branch of Western Greece, and DATA RESEARCH & CONSULTING SA. ALDA represented the international partner. Also in July 2014 the Association organized a study visit in Vicenza and, besides, has been in charge of drafting a publication about the System of Social Cooperatives in Italy, which will be disseminated in Greece.

In the final conference, the main partners of the project were present as speakers and ALDA was represented by Mr Mattia Brazzale. The other speakers were Dimitris Skouras, Dimitris Tzelepis, and Konstantinos Tsekouras (University of Patras), Chrissa Geraga (TOPSA Project Manager and Head of ADEP Programming-Networking and International Affairs Department). The second panel of the conference involved representatives of Italian social cooperatives (e.g. ALDA Member, Consorzio Leonardo, and Karpòs social cooperative) as well as some representatives of the business sector of Patras.

During the event ALDA had the opportunity to strengthen the relation with its member the City of Patras, and with the major local partners of the project.

In the framework of the visit, ALDA representative Mattia Brazzale also met the Mayor of Patras, Mr. Kostas Peletidis. Read more about the meeting (ici.

Please, find here the photo gallery of the International Conference

On 8th June 2015, the closing conference of the project TOPSA Patras took place. The project aimed at the activation and mobilization of local bodies for ensuring the creation of job placements for unemployed engineers and social scientists (target group- 80 beneficiaries). TOPSA Patras focused on the needs and the specificity of the labour market of the city and the region of Patras, in Western Greece.

The project involved the Municipality of Patras, the Social Organisation of the Municipality of Patras – KODIP, the University of Patras, “PRACTICA Western Greece” Vocational Training Centre, “EUROTEAM” Vocational Training Centre, Technical Chamber of Greece – Branch of Western Greece, and DATA RESEARCH & CONSULTING SA. ALDA represented the international partner. Also in July 2014 the Association organized a study visit in Vicenza and, besides, has been in charge of drafting a publication about the System of Social Cooperatives in Italy, which will be disseminated in Greece.

In the final conference, the main partners of the project were present as speakers and ALDA was represented by Mr Mattia Brazzale. The other speakers were Dimitris Skouras, Dimitris Tzelepis, and Konstantinos Tsekouras (University of Patras), Chrissa Geraga (TOPSA Project Manager and Head of ADEP Programming-Networking and International Affairs Department). The second panel of the conference involved representatives of Italian social cooperatives (e.g. ALDA Member, Consorzio Leonardo, and Karpòs social cooperative) as well as some representatives of the business sector of Patras.

During the event ALDA had the opportunity to strengthen the relation with its member the City of Patras, and with the major local partners of the project.

In the framework of the visit, ALDA representative Mattia Brazzale also met the Mayor of Patras, Mr. Kostas Peletidis. Read more about the meeting (ici.

Please, find here the photo gallery of the International Conference


Introductory training for the staff of the LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region

On 3rd and 4th June, an introductory training was held by the staff of ALDA for the new staff of the ADL de la région de Dnipropetrovsk.

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Ms Anzhelica Pylypenko and Mr Kirill Batalov, respectively the Delegate and the Deputy Delegate of the new established LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region (Ukraine), have been invited in ALDA office in Brussels for an introductory training held by ALDA staff.

The aim of the training was to better understand how ALDA is structured, the role of each staff member and how we can efficiently cooperate all together to achieve important results for the new LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk region and all the Ukrainian area.

Among the most important meetings hold in the framework of the training, we want to mention the ones with Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, Ms Ela Horoszko, Project Manager and Eastern Partnership Coordinator, Mrs Barbara Elia, Financial Officer, Mr Marco Boaria, Head of Resources and Development Unit, and Ms Irene Zanetti, Communication Officer.

Mrs Pilipenko and Mr Batalov also participated in European Development Days and in Launching Conference of LADDER project, furthermore they met the representatives of Lower Silesia Region (Poland), the main partner of ALDA.


Formation initiale pour le staff de l’ADL de la Région de Dnipropetrovsk

Le 3 et le 4 juin, une formation initiale pour le staff de l’ADL de la Région de Dnipropetrovsk a été faite par le personnel d’ALDA.

Anzhelika Pilipenko et Kirill Batalov, respectivement la Déléguée et le Vice Délégué de l’Agence de la Démocratie de la Région de Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine), inaugurée il y a juste un mois, ont été invités au bureau d’ALDA à Bruxelles pour un training introductif avec les collègues d’ALDA.

L’objectif de la formation était de comprendre la structure d’ALDA, le rôle des membres du staff, et structurer une coopération efficace pour l’ADL de la Région di Dnipropetrovsk, et pour le travail en Ukraine.

Parmi les rencontres les plus importantes de ces journées, celle avec Antonella Valmorbida, Secrétaire Générale d’ALDA; Ela Horoszko, Coordinatrice du Partenariat Oriental; Barbara Elia, Responsable Financière; Marco Boaria, Responsable du Département Ressources et Développement; et Irène Zanetti, Responsable de la Communication.

En plus, Pilipenko et Batalov ont participé aux European Development Days et à la conférence de lancement du projet LADDER, et ont rencontré les représentants de la Région de la Basse-Silésie (Pologne), partenaire principal de l’ADL.


Formazione iniziale per lo staff dell’ADL della Regione di Dnipropetrovsk

Il 3 e 4 giugno, una formazione iniziale per lo staff dell’ADL della Regione di Dnipropetrovsk è stata condotta dal personale di ALDA.

Anzhelika Pilipenko e Kirill Batalov, rispettivamente la Delegata e il Vice Delegato dell’Agenzia della Democrazia della Regione di Dnipropetrovsk (Ucraina), inaugurata appena un mese fa, sono stati invitati presso l’ufficio di ALDA a Bruxelles per un training introduttivo con i colleghi di ALDA.

Obiettivo della formazione era comprendere la struttura di ALDA, il ruolo dei membri dello staff, e strutturare una cooperazione efficiente ed efficace per l’ADL della Regione di Dnipropetrovsk, e per il lavoro in Ucraina.

Tra gli incontri più importanti di queste giornate, quello con Antonella Valmorbida, Segretario Generale di ALDA; Ela Horoszko, Coordinatrice del Partenariato Orientale; Barbara Elia, Responsabile Finanziaria; Marco Boaria, Responsabile del Dipartimento Risorse e Sviluppo; e Irene Zanetti, Responsabile Comunicazione.

Inoltre, Pilipenko e Batalov hanno partecipato agli European Development Days e alla conferenza di lancio del progetto LADDER, e hanno incontrato i rappresentanti della Regione della Bassa Slesia (Polonia), partner principale dell’ADL.


Начальное обучение для команды ADL Днепропетровской области

3 и 4 июня сотрудниками ALDA было проведено начальное обучение для команды ADL Днепропетровской области

Анжелика Пилипенко и Кирилл Баталов, соответственно делегат и заместитель делегата Агентства демократии Днепропетровской области (Украина), торжественно открытого только месяц назад, были приглашены в офис ALDA в Брюссель для вводного тренинга с коллегами ALDA.

Цель обучения состояла в том, чтобы понять структуру ALDA, роль её членов, и организовать действенное и эффективное сотрудничество для ADL Днепропетровской области и для работы в Украине.

Среди наиболее важных встреч этих дней были встречи с Антонеллой Вальморбида, Генеральным секретарем ALDA; Элой Хорошко, координатором Восточного Партнерства; Барбарой Элия, ответственной по финансовым вопросам; Марко Боария, ответственным отдела ресурсов и развития; и Ирене Дзанетти, ответственной по информационным вопросам.

Кроме того, Пилипенко и Баталов участвовали в European Development Days и в конференции по запуску проекта LADDER, а также встретились с представителями региона Нижней Силезии (Польша), основным партнером ADL.


Uvodni trening za osoblje ALD Dnjepropetrovsk

3. i 4. juna, održan je uvodni trening od strane tima ALDA za osoblje novootvorenog ALD Dnjepropetrovsk regiona.

Angelica Pilipenko i Kiril Batalov, delegat i zamenik delegat novootvorenog ALD Dnjpropetrovsk regiona (Ukrajina), pozvani su u ALDA kancelariju u Briselu na uvodni treninga održan od strane ALDA osoblja.

Cilj obuke bio je da se upoznaju sa strukturom ALDA, ulogom svakog zaposlenog i kako možemo efikasno međusobno da sarađujemo radi postizanja značajnih rezultate za novu ALD Dnjepropetrovsk region i celu Ukrajinu.

Među najznačajnijim sastancima održanim u okviru obuke, želeli bismo da pomenemo one sa Atonellom Valmorbidom, generalnim sekretarom ALDA, Elom Horoszko, projektnim menadžerom i koordinatorom Istočnog partnerstva, Barbarom Eliom, finansijskim menadžerom, Marcom Boaria, šefom jedinice za resurse i razvoj i Irenom Zanetti, menadžerom za komunikacije.

On 3rd and 4th June, an introductory training was held by the staff of ALDA for the new staff of the ADL de la région de Dnipropetrovsk.

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Ms Anzhelica Pylypenko and Mr Kirill Batalov, respectively the Delegate and the Deputy Delegate of the new established LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region (Ukraine), have been invited in ALDA office in Brussels for an introductory training held by ALDA staff.

The aim of the training was to better understand how ALDA is structured, the role of each staff member and how we can efficiently cooperate all together to achieve important results for the new LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk region and all the Ukrainian area.

Among the most important meetings hold in the framework of the training, we want to mention the ones with Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, Ms Ela Horoszko, Project Manager and Eastern Partnership Coordinator, Mrs Barbara Elia, Financial Officer, Mr Marco Boaria, Head of Resources and Development Unit, and Ms Irene Zanetti, Communication Officer.

Mrs Pilipenko and Mr Batalov also participated in European Development Days and in Launching Conference of LADDER project, furthermore they met the representatives of Lower Silesia Region (Poland), the main partner of ALDA.


Formation initiale pour le staff de l’ADL de la Région de Dnipropetrovsk

Le 3 et le 4 juin, une formation initiale pour le staff de l’ADL de la Région de Dnipropetrovsk a été faite par le personnel d’ALDA.

Anzhelika Pilipenko et Kirill Batalov, respectivement la Déléguée et le Vice Délégué de l’Agence de la Démocratie de la Région de Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine), inaugurée il y a juste un mois, ont été invités au bureau d’ALDA à Bruxelles pour un training introductif avec les collègues d’ALDA.

L’objectif de la formation était de comprendre la structure d’ALDA, le rôle des membres du staff, et structurer une coopération efficace pour l’ADL de la Région di Dnipropetrovsk, et pour le travail en Ukraine.

Parmi les rencontres les plus importantes de ces journées, celle avec Antonella Valmorbida, Secrétaire Générale d’ALDA; Ela Horoszko, Coordinatrice du Partenariat Oriental; Barbara Elia, Responsable Financière; Marco Boaria, Responsable du Département Ressources et Développement; et Irène Zanetti, Responsable de la Communication.

En plus, Pilipenko et Batalov ont participé aux European Development Days et à la conférence de lancement du projet LADDER, et ont rencontré les représentants de la Région de la Basse-Silésie (Pologne), partenaire principal de l’ADL.


Formazione iniziale per lo staff dell’ADL della Regione di Dnipropetrovsk

Il 3 e 4 giugno, una formazione iniziale per lo staff dell’ADL della Regione di Dnipropetrovsk è stata condotta dal personale di ALDA.

Anzhelika Pilipenko e Kirill Batalov, rispettivamente la Delegata e il Vice Delegato dell’Agenzia della Democrazia della Regione di Dnipropetrovsk (Ucraina), inaugurata appena un mese fa, sono stati invitati presso l’ufficio di ALDA a Bruxelles per un training introduttivo con i colleghi di ALDA.

Obiettivo della formazione era comprendere la struttura di ALDA, il ruolo dei membri dello staff, e strutturare una cooperazione efficiente ed efficace per l’ADL della Regione di Dnipropetrovsk, e per il lavoro in Ucraina.

Tra gli incontri più importanti di queste giornate, quello con Antonella Valmorbida, Segretario Generale di ALDA; Ela Horoszko, Coordinatrice del Partenariato Orientale; Barbara Elia, Responsabile Finanziaria; Marco Boaria, Responsabile del Dipartimento Risorse e Sviluppo; e Irene Zanetti, Responsabile Comunicazione.

Inoltre, Pilipenko e Batalov hanno partecipato agli European Development Days e alla conferenza di lancio del progetto LADDER, e hanno incontrato i rappresentanti della Regione della Bassa Slesia (Polonia), partner principale dell’ADL.


Начальное обучение для команды ADL Днепропетровской области

3 и 4 июня сотрудниками ALDA было проведено начальное обучение для команды ADL Днепропетровской области

Анжелика Пилипенко и Кирилл Баталов, соответственно делегат и заместитель делегата Агентства демократии Днепропетровской области (Украина), торжественно открытого только месяц назад, были приглашены в офис ALDA в Брюссель для вводного тренинга с коллегами ALDA.

Цель обучения состояла в том, чтобы понять структуру ALDA, роль её членов, и организовать действенное и эффективное сотрудничество для ADL Днепропетровской области и для работы в Украине.

Среди наиболее важных встреч этих дней были встречи с Антонеллой Вальморбида, Генеральным секретарем ALDA; Элой Хорошко, координатором Восточного Партнерства; Барбарой Элия, ответственной по финансовым вопросам; Марко Боария, ответственным отдела ресурсов и развития; и Ирене Дзанетти, ответственной по информационным вопросам.

Кроме того, Пилипенко и Баталов участвовали в European Development Days и в конференции по запуску проекта LADDER, а также встретились с представителями региона Нижней Силезии (Польша), основным партнером ADL.


Uvodni trening za osoblje ALD Dnjepropetrovsk

3. i 4. juna, održan je uvodni trening od strane tima ALDA za osoblje novootvorenog ALD Dnjepropetrovsk regiona.

Angelica Pilipenko i Kiril Batalov, delegat i zamenik delegat novootvorenog ALD Dnjpropetrovsk regiona (Ukrajina), pozvani su u ALDA kancelariju u Briselu na uvodni treninga održan od strane ALDA osoblja.

Cilj obuke bio je da se upoznaju sa strukturom ALDA, ulogom svakog zaposlenog i kako možemo efikasno međusobno da sarađujemo radi postizanja značajnih rezultate za novu ALD Dnjepropetrovsk region i celu Ukrajinu.

Među najznačajnijim sastancima održanim u okviru obuke, želeli bismo da pomenemo one sa Atonellom Valmorbidom, generalnim sekretarom ALDA, Elom Horoszko, projektnim menadžerom i koordinatorom Istočnog partnerstva, Barbarom Eliom, finansijskim menadžerom, Marcom Boaria, šefom jedinice za resurse i razvoj i Irenom Zanetti, menadžerom za komunikacije.


Intervention by Mrs Gaye Doganoglu at the Launching Conference of LADDER project

Mrs Gaye Doganoglu, Vice-President of the Congress, took part to the Launching Conference of LADDER project delivering a speech on the role of local authorities in the promotion of development education and awareness raising of citizens.

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“The key to sustainable achievements in this respect is to make citizens believe that they can make a difference through their actions,” stated Mrs Doganoglu addressing the participants at the debate on “Local for Global – From localisation to globalisation”.

“The Congress plays a crucial role in delivering this message to local authorities, and through them, reaches out to the citizens. Based on the human rights approach of development, notably the promotion, at local level, of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, the Congress has undertaken several activities to raise awareness of democracy through education,” she explained.

Mrs. Doganoglu highlighted, in particular, the European Local Democracy Week which will be dedicated in 2015 to “Living together in multicultural societies: respect, dialogue, interaction”.

Lire la full speech of Mrs. Doganoglu

Mrs Gaye Doganoglu, Vice-President of the Congress, took part to the Launching Conference of LADDER project delivering a speech on the role of local authorities in the promotion of development education and awareness raising of citizens.

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“The key to sustainable achievements in this respect is to make citizens believe that they can make a difference through their actions,” stated Mrs Doganoglu addressing the participants at the debate on “Local for Global – From localisation to globalisation”.

“The Congress plays a crucial role in delivering this message to local authorities, and through them, reaches out to the citizens. Based on the human rights approach of development, notably the promotion, at local level, of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, the Congress has undertaken several activities to raise awareness of democracy through education,” she explained.

Mrs. Doganoglu highlighted, in particular, the European Local Democracy Week which will be dedicated in 2015 to “Living together in multicultural societies: respect, dialogue, interaction”.

Lire la full speech of Mrs. Doganoglu


Launching Conference of LADDER project – “Empowering and engaging citizens in global issues”

On 5th June 2015 the Launching Conference of LADDER project was held in Brussels, hosted by the Committee of the Regions.

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The public event gathered all associates and co-applicants of the project, and it was a great occasion to publicly present the whole mission of LADDER, focusing on “Empowering and engaging citizens in global issues” and discussing the main goals supposed to be achieved.

The event started with the opening words of Mr Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, Mr Karl Heinz Lambertz, Vice President of the Committee of the Regions, and Mrs Valentina Auricchio, Head of Sector DEAR programme – DG DEVCO, which welcomed all participants attending the event stressing the importance of the promotion of Development Education at local level.

The conference focused then on the crucial role of Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness, presenting in details all features of LADDER project, including methodology, objectives and LADDER Roadmap.

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, introduced the heart of the event, focusing on one of the most relevant aspects of LADDER project: the action from Local to Global – how acting locally can have an essential impact globally, and so, consequently, the switch from Localisation to Glocalisation.

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida also moderated the debate between panellists and audience. Among the speakers: Mr Silvio Lazzari, DG DEVCO, Mr Nikos Gamouras, Project Manager of ALDA, Mrs Gaye Doganoglu, Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities from the Council of Europe, Mr Flavio Zanonato, Member of the European Parliament, and Mrs Sinziana Poiana, EU Eastern Neighborhood from DG NEAR (EC).

The event was closed by some key contributions by partners of LADDER project and the precious testimony by Mr Branislav Bugarsk, AP Vojvodina Secretary for inter-regional co-operation and local self-government, on the successful involvement of LAs engaged in development, making particular reference to the project IPA 2007-2013.

On 5th June 2015 the Launching Conference of LADDER project was held in Brussels, hosted by the Committee of the Regions.

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The public event gathered all associates and co-applicants of the project, and it was a great occasion to publicly present the whole mission of LADDER, focusing on “Empowering and engaging citizens in global issues” and discussing the main goals supposed to be achieved.

The event started with the opening words of Mr Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, Mr Karl Heinz Lambertz, Vice President of the Committee of the Regions, and Mrs Valentina Auricchio, Head of Sector DEAR programme – DG DEVCO, which welcomed all participants attending the event stressing the importance of the promotion of Development Education at local level.

The conference focused then on the crucial role of Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness, presenting in details all features of LADDER project, including methodology, objectives and LADDER Roadmap.

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, introduced the heart of the event, focusing on one of the most relevant aspects of LADDER project: the action from Local to Global – how acting locally can have an essential impact globally, and so, consequently, the switch from Localisation to Glocalisation.

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida also moderated the debate between panellists and audience. Among the speakers: Mr Silvio Lazzari, DG DEVCO, Mr Nikos Gamouras, Project Manager of ALDA, Mrs Gaye Doganoglu, Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities from the Council of Europe, Mr Flavio Zanonato, Member of the European Parliament, and Mrs Sinziana Poiana, EU Eastern Neighborhood from DG NEAR (EC).

The event was closed by some key contributions by partners of LADDER project and the precious testimony by Mr Branislav Bugarsk, AP Vojvodina Secretary for inter-regional co-operation and local self-government, on the successful involvement of LAs engaged in development, making particular reference to the project IPA 2007-2013.


Contribution of Mr Flavio Zanonato for the Launching Conference of LADDER project

Mr Flavio Zanonato, member of the European Parliament, took part to the Launching Conference of LADDER delivering a speech on Development Education.

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“Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations are essential actors for Development Education and for raising awareness among citizens” says Mr Zanonato during his speech held in the framework of the Launching Conference of LADDER project of the 5th June 2015. “In my opinion, it’s fundamental that European citizens understand that a Union looking outwards can contribute and ensure a global sustainability. Consequently, the awareness on global interdependence should be increased and it should clarify that development is something more than the sole aid”.

Mr Zanonato underlined how LADDER project is perfectly included in the framework of DEAR, informing citizens on issues related to development, mobilising a stronger public support to the fight against poverty and providing citizens with tools for critical confrontations with global issues.

“Several times the European Parliament supported the need for the Union to commit itself more and more in creating responsible, transparent and inclusive relations between governments, civil society organisations and local authorities, in order to achieve better results in terms of sustainable development”, says Mr Zanonato. And he adds: “Few weeks ago the European Parliament adopted the Report on Financing for Development, which points out the need for Europe and the member states to re-affirm their political leadership and to support the financing of the post-2015 development agenda”.

Lire la full speech in Italian (.pdf)

Mr Flavio Zanonato, member of the European Parliament, took part to the Launching Conference of LADDER delivering a speech on Development Education.

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“Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations are essential actors for Development Education and for raising awareness among citizens” says Mr Zanonato during his speech held in the framework of the Launching Conference of LADDER project of the 5th June 2015. “In my opinion, it’s fundamental that European citizens understand that a Union looking outwards can contribute and ensure a global sustainability. Consequently, the awareness on global interdependence should be increased and it should clarify that development is something more than the sole aid”.

Mr Zanonato underlined how LADDER project is perfectly included in the framework of DEAR, informing citizens on issues related to development, mobilising a stronger public support to the fight against poverty and providing citizens with tools for critical confrontations with global issues.

“Several times the European Parliament supported the need for the Union to commit itself more and more in creating responsible, transparent and inclusive relations between governments, civil society organisations and local authorities, in order to achieve better results in terms of sustainable development”, says Mr Zanonato. And he adds: “Few weeks ago the European Parliament adopted the Report on Financing for Development, which points out the need for Europe and the member states to re-affirm their political leadership and to support the financing of the post-2015 development agenda”.

Lire la full speech in Italian (.pdf)


Geographical and Thematic Working Groups of LADDER

On 5th June, in the framework of The Launching Conference of LADDER project, the Geographical and Thematic Working Groups took place.

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Among the several activities, LADDER project enjoys two different paths: the Geographical Path and the Thematic one.

The Geographical Path includes four Working Groups: the European Union, the Mediterranean area, the South Eastern Europe and the Eastern Partnership. On the other hand the Thematic Path includes six Working Groups related to the following topics: Youth in development, Migration, Citizens’ participation in development, Environmental and sustainable development, European Year for Development & follow up.

All associates and co-applicants involved in the project, according to their geographical area and their interests, can take part to the several working groups, discussing on issues related to Development Education and Raising Awareness. Participating to the discussions they can recognise the new challenges, come up with proposals, solutions and activities, and analyse all achievements.

At the end of the Launching Conference, the Working Groups took place, hosted by the Committee of the Regions and the Council of Europe, and all participants discussed the several challenges they will work on in the very next future.

On 5th June, in the framework of The Launching Conference of LADDER project, the Geographical and Thematic Working Groups took place.

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Among the several activities, LADDER project enjoys two different paths: the Geographical Path and the Thematic one.

The Geographical Path includes four Working Groups: the European Union, the Mediterranean area, the South Eastern Europe and the Eastern Partnership. On the other hand the Thematic Path includes six Working Groups related to the following topics: Youth in development, Migration, Citizens’ participation in development, Environmental and sustainable development, European Year for Development & follow up.

All associates and co-applicants involved in the project, according to their geographical area and their interests, can take part to the several working groups, discussing on issues related to Development Education and Raising Awareness. Participating to the discussions they can recognise the new challenges, come up with proposals, solutions and activities, and analyse all achievements.

At the end of the Launching Conference, the Working Groups took place, hosted by the Committee of the Regions and the Council of Europe, and all participants discussed the several challenges they will work on in the very next future.


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Project BESPAT – ALDA contributing to the outcomes of the visibility event in Brussels

Representatives of ALDA attended and contributed to the outcomes of the international seminar “The Personal and Household Service Sector in Europe: challenges and opportunities” coordinated by its partner DIESIS (European Research and Development Service for the Social Economy). The event was held in Brussels on 4th June and took place within the framework of the Progress funded project BESPAT – Best European Policies, Analysis and Transference in Personal and Household Services (PHS). It gathered together key stakeholders and European networks to exchange and debate on the professionalization of PHS.

The participants discussed the efficiency of several innovative tools in PHS such as service vouchers and the use of ICT and presented various views on the professionalization of PHS as well as the current development of the sector of social economy supported by the work of many international organizations and the European Commission.

ALDA has involved its members and partners to the ongoing process of collection and analysis of best practices in PHS all around Europe. For more information about the participation please contact Aldo Xhani

Representatives of ALDA attended and contributed to the outcomes of the international seminar “The Personal and Household Service Sector in Europe: challenges and opportunities” coordinated by its partner DIESIS (European Research and Development Service for the Social Economy). The event was held in Brussels on 4th June and took place within the framework of the Progress funded project BESPAT – Best European Policies, Analysis and Transference in Personal and Household Services (PHS). It gathered together key stakeholders and European networks to exchange and debate on the professionalization of PHS.

The participants discussed the efficiency of several innovative tools in PHS such as service vouchers and the use of ICT and presented various views on the professionalization of PHS as well as the current development of the sector of social economy supported by the work of many international organizations and the European Commission.

ALDA has involved its members and partners to the ongoing process of collection and analysis of best practices in PHS all around Europe. For more information about the participation please contact Aldo Xhani


LDA Mostar has opened Youth Info Point

On the 26th of May 2015, an Youth information point has been opened at the permisses of LDA Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Info Point aims to provide information and increase the accessibility of youth towards opportunities within and outside their communities with a special focus on so far disregarded youth groups. Increasing awareness of youth participation as well as the promotion of open dialogue between youth and decision makers are the main focus of this Youth Info Point. Young people will have the opportunity to access information related to education, mobility, capacity building and scholarships, particularly regarding EU educational programs.

The Youth Info Point was opened within the framework of the program “Balkan regional platform for dialogue and participation of young people of the Balkans”, financially supported by IPA Operational Grant project funded by the EU, through the program Civil Society Facility – Operating Grants to IPA CSO Associations. The program is coordinated by the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies together with 8 LDAs from 5 Balkan countries: Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Within the „Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue“ 7 other Info Points will be opened in the next period. All Info Points will be connected and coordinated in order to provide the most relevant information for the local communities and young people from the Balkans as a whole.

On the 26th of May 2015, an Youth information point has been opened at the permisses of LDA Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Info Point aims to provide information and increase the accessibility of youth towards opportunities within and outside their communities with a special focus on so far disregarded youth groups. Increasing awareness of youth participation as well as the promotion of open dialogue between youth and decision makers are the main focus of this Youth Info Point. Young people will have the opportunity to access information related to education, mobility, capacity building and scholarships, particularly regarding EU educational programs.

The Youth Info Point was opened within the framework of the program “Balkan regional platform for dialogue and participation of young people of the Balkans”, financially supported by IPA Operational Grant project funded by the EU, through the program Civil Society Facility – Operating Grants to IPA CSO Associations. The program is coordinated by the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies together with 8 LDAs from 5 Balkan countries: Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Within the „Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue“ 7 other Info Points will be opened in the next period. All Info Points will be connected and coordinated in order to provide the most relevant information for the local communities and young people from the Balkans as a whole.


Focus on citizen participation at local level – ALDA capitalizes 15 years experience in Western Balkans

The international conference “Promoting citizen participation in democratic local policy-making in Western Balkans: status and perspectives?” will be one of our main initiatives in 2015 in Western Balkans as an occasion to capitalise the work developed in the field of citizen participation at the local level since the establishment of the first Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in Subotica. The event will take place in Prijedor (BiH) on 9 June and will gather together key European and local stakeholders in order to assess the achievements and challenges ahead in the EU integration process in Western Balkans.

The conference will launch the final three day activity of the project DECIDE – DEmocratic Compact: Improving Democracy in Europe. DECIDE is a key initiative to promoting citizen participation in public life and in the decision making process at the local level. The project, funded by the Europe for Citizens programme, aims, through the establishment of a thematic network of towns and by adopting a bottom-up approach, to develop a democratic compact, namely a set of measures to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation at local level both in the EU and Western Balkans.

More than 30 good practices have been identified, exchanged, further elaborated and tested by the consortium of 24 municipalities and civil society organisations coming from 14 different countries in wider Europe: 4 countries of the “old” EU15, 6 countries accessing the EU between 2004 and 2007 and 4 IPA countries. This has allowed an enriching exchange among partners with different track record in the EU and its enlargement area, therefore contributing to develop a sense of belonging to a common “house”.

The international conference “Promoting citizen participation in democratic local policy-making in Western Balkans: status and perspectives?” will be one of our main initiatives in 2015 in Western Balkans as an occasion to capitalise the work developed in the field of citizen participation at the local level since the establishment of the first Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in Subotica. The event will take place in Prijedor (BiH) on 9 June and will gather together key European and local stakeholders in order to assess the achievements and challenges ahead in the EU integration process in Western Balkans.

The conference will launch the final three day activity of the project DECIDE – DEmocratic Compact: Improving Democracy in Europe. DECIDE is a key initiative to promoting citizen participation in public life and in the decision making process at the local level. The project, funded by the Europe for Citizens programme, aims, through the establishment of a thematic network of towns and by adopting a bottom-up approach, to develop a democratic compact, namely a set of measures to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation at local level both in the EU and Western Balkans.

More than 30 good practices have been identified, exchanged, further elaborated and tested by the consortium of 24 municipalities and civil society organisations coming from 14 different countries in wider Europe: 4 countries of the “old” EU15, 6 countries accessing the EU between 2004 and 2007 and 4 IPA countries. This has allowed an enriching exchange among partners with different track record in the EU and its enlargement area, therefore contributing to develop a sense of belonging to a common “house”.