Project WOM-COM: a mural at the University of Strasbourg

On September 29th and 30th, a dozen of young women spent two days painting a mural on the building “Le Portique” at the University of Strasbourg. This activity was organised by ALDA in the framework of the Erasmus+ WOM-COM project, whose aim is to use street art to promote intercultural exchange and solidarity among women coming from different backgrounds.

Previously, on 12th May, a graffiti workshop was organized, where twelve young women had the opportunity to learn some graffiti techniques, in preparation for the painting of the mural in autumn. That same month, 5 of them participated in a youth exchange in Croatia as the French ambassadors of the project, along with women from Italy, Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. Altogether they conceived the visual message of the mural they wanted to paint in their own cities, with the objective of addressing gender-related issues that women have to face in their local context.
The idea for the mural of Strasbourg was to paint a phrase from Rousseau “Women observe, men reason” and, on top of it, to write names of women that have had an important role in history and nowadays. As the names of brilliant women were covering the phrase, it showed the disagreement of the painters with the quote from Rousseau. Next to it, a phrase that delivers a positive message about women: “a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle”, by Gloria Steinem. Under and around the quote, more names of feminist women. Some of the women that have been represented on the wall are: Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Rupi Kaur… During the whole process, the participants were helped by professionals from the association L’Atelier du Club, and assisted by ALDA staff.
With the purpose of inaugurating this mural, and in celebration of the International Day of Rural Women, ALDA Strasbourg will host an evening dedicated to concerts of women bands. A short movie realized in the framework of the project will also be displayed, fostering reflexions and debates among participants.

On September 29th and 30th, a dozen of young women spent two days painting a mural on the building “Le Portique” at the University of Strasbourg. This activity was organised by ALDA in the framework of the Erasmus+ WOM-COM project, whose aim is to use street art to promote intercultural exchange and solidarity among women coming from different backgrounds.

Previously, on 12th May, a graffiti workshop was organized, where twelve young women had the opportunity to learn some graffiti techniques, in preparation for the painting of the mural in autumn. That same month, 5 of them participated in a youth exchange in Croatia as the French ambassadors of the project, along with women from Italy, Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. Altogether they conceived the visual message of the mural they wanted to paint in their own cities, with the objective of addressing gender-related issues that women have to face in their local context.
The idea for the mural of Strasbourg was to paint a phrase from Rousseau “Women observe, men reason” and, on top of it, to write names of women that have had an important role in history and nowadays. As the names of brilliant women were covering the phrase, it showed the disagreement of the painters with the quote from Rousseau. Next to it, a phrase that delivers a positive message about women: “a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle”, by Gloria Steinem. Under and around the quote, more names of feminist women. Some of the women that have been represented on the wall are: Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Rupi Kaur… During the whole process, the participants were helped by professionals from the association L’Atelier du Club, and assisted by ALDA staff.
With the purpose of inaugurating this mural, and in celebration of the International Day of Rural Women, ALDA Strasbourg will host an evening dedicated to concerts of women bands. A short movie realized in the framework of the project will also be displayed, fostering reflexions and debates among participants.


Rendez-vous à Paris contre les stéréotypes de genre

” Le talent n’a pas de genre “

Voici le maître mot du projet GET UP dans sa quête pour proposer des outils pour lutter contre les inégalités et les stéréotypes de genre tout au long du parcours professionnel.

Le projet GET UP organise une session de formation aux outils de lutte contre les stéréotypes de genre, de valorisation des genres et de la mixité dans l’éducation, la formation et l’orientation professionnelle. La formation aura lieu le 17 novembre au Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI), 8 rue Charles V 75004 Paris.

Cette session de formation sera l’occasion pour les professionnels de l’éducation, de la formation et de l’orientation de réfléchir aux enjeux des stéréotypes de genre et de leur impact à la fois au niveau individuel, organisationnel et sociétal. L’un des éléments de base de cette formation sera la « Norme Minimum Européenne de Compétences en Egalité des Genres » qui a été produite par le projet GET UP afin de fournir un texte de référence aux acteurs concernés pour qu’ils puissent améliorer leurs pratiques.

Vous êtes enseignant•e, formateur•rice, inspecteur•rice, psychologue de l’éducation nationale ou vous travaillez dans un poste où vous êtes amenéoes à accompagner des personnes lors des phases de transition de leur parcours professionnel ? …Venez enrichir vos compétences en matière d’égalité des genres !

La formation est gratuite et ouverte à tous, cependant les places sont limitées. Merci de vous enregistrer en ligne jusqu’au 11 Novembre en remplissant ce formulaire en ligne

Si vous avez des questions concernant votre participation à la session de formation, veuillez contacter Mme Camille Delbecq à l’adresse e-mail suivante: camille.delbecq@aldaintranet.org 

” Le talent n’a pas de genre “

Voici le maître mot du projet GET UP dans sa quête pour proposer des outils pour lutter contre les inégalités et les stéréotypes de genre tout au long du parcours professionnel.

Le projet GET UP organise une session de formation aux outils de lutte contre les stéréotypes de genre, de valorisation des genres et de la mixité dans l’éducation, la formation et l’orientation professionnelle. La formation aura lieu le 17 novembre au Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI), 8 rue Charles V 75004 Paris.

Cette session de formation sera l’occasion pour les professionnels de l’éducation, de la formation et de l’orientation de réfléchir aux enjeux des stéréotypes de genre et de leur impact à la fois au niveau individuel, organisationnel et sociétal. L’un des éléments de base de cette formation sera la « Norme Minimum Européenne de Compétences en Egalité des Genres » qui a été produite par le projet GET UP afin de fournir un texte de référence aux acteurs concernés pour qu’ils puissent améliorer leurs pratiques.

Vous êtes enseignant•e, formateur•rice, inspecteur•rice, psychologue de l’éducation nationale ou vous travaillez dans un poste où vous êtes amenéoes à accompagner des personnes lors des phases de transition de leur parcours professionnel ? …Venez enrichir vos compétences en matière d’égalité des genres !

La formation est gratuite et ouverte à tous, cependant les places sont limitées. Merci de vous enregistrer en ligne jusqu’au 11 Novembre en remplissant ce formulaire en ligne

Si vous avez des questions concernant votre participation à la session de formation, veuillez contacter Mme Camille Delbecq à l’adresse e-mail suivante: camille.delbecq@aldaintranet.org 


The future of the "Balkan Network for Local Democracy" - some endings are new beginnings!

The sixth Regional Network meeting of the project “Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue” will be held from 17 to 19 October in Novi Sad, Serbia. Being the last meeting of the project, it will be the occasion to evaluate and promote the achievements made over the past four years at a local level and, at the same time, set the route for the future of the Balkan Network for Local Democracy.

A part of the final event is dedicated to the work of the platform, including debates, evaluations and strategic meetings. The other part, extremely important, encompasses the round table with regional and local policy-makers in the field of youth, entitled “Millennials of the Balkans: making smart and long-term plans vs packing the bags and leaving in search for a more comfortable life”, as well as the meeting of the AP Vojvodina Assembly.
The final regional meeting is expected to give rise to qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the results and achievements of the project, in order to reach a common basis for the creation of a follow-up plan for the future work of the platform. The meeting will thus be the perfect occasion to further elaborate the contents of the regional cooperation platform, as well as innovative tools and skills in the field of youth gained in the past four years, with particular emphasis on communication and outreach activity planning.
Luckily, this is not the end. The partners will continue to work on the topic of youth thanks to the upcoming project “Regional Youth compact for Europe”, which will bring together the same stakeholders and young people, committed to creating an enabling environment for youth participation in Western Balkans and Turkey.
Useful resources:

Please find more information about the project “Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue”

Please find more information about the project “Regional Youth compact for Europe” 

The sixth Regional Network meeting of the project “Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue” will be held from 17 to 19 October in Novi Sad, Serbia. Being the last meeting of the project, it will be the occasion to evaluate and promote the achievements made over the past four years at a local level and, at the same time, set the route for the future of the Balkan Network for Local Democracy.

A part of the final event is dedicated to the work of the platform, including debates, evaluations and strategic meetings. The other part, extremely important, encompasses the round table with regional and local policy-makers in the field of youth, entitled “Millennials of the Balkans: making smart and long-term plans vs packing the bags and leaving in search for a more comfortable life”, as well as the meeting of the AP Vojvodina Assembly.
The final regional meeting is expected to give rise to qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the results and achievements of the project, in order to reach a common basis for the creation of a follow-up plan for the future work of the platform. The meeting will thus be the perfect occasion to further elaborate the contents of the regional cooperation platform, as well as innovative tools and skills in the field of youth gained in the past four years, with particular emphasis on communication and outreach activity planning.
Luckily, this is not the end. The partners will continue to work on the topic of youth thanks to the upcoming project “Regional Youth compact for Europe”, which will bring together the same stakeholders and young people, committed to creating an enabling environment for youth participation in Western Balkans and Turkey.
Useful resources:

Please find more information about the project “Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue”

Please find more information about the project “Regional Youth compact for Europe” 


Have your say about ENLARGE gamebook - still 2 years to improve it!

During its 2 years of life, the H2020-funded ENLARGE project developed and produced a series of outputs aiming at acquiring and sharing knowledge on collaborative processes in the sustainable energy field.

As a veritable journey, all started by the review of the existing scientific literature on collaborative governance and sustainable energy and the analysis of 31 real-life cases of European communities which run such collaborative processes. Following a full-immersion deliberative event held in Milan in 2017 and gathering over 70 participants from all over the enlarged Europe, the research-work culminated in the creation of a “Manifesto for boosting collaborative processes”, a sort of manual collecting all possible information on the topic, trying to provide general guidelines and detecting key factors able to assist or hinder collaborative processes.
Being aware that there is not optimal design in collaborative governance, the ENLARGE consortium decided to create a living tool to assist all interested communities willing to initiate such a journey. Hence, an interactive book has been created, the “Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy” gamebook, conceived as a living tool to help understanding mechanisms regulating and affecting collaborative processes in the sustainable energy field.

This gamebook could be defined as “one of a kind”, since it distinguishes itself for being imaginary and firmly based on reality at the same time.
When you decide to start the journey, you, reader and player, are immediately projected into a parallel dimension, yet remarkably real-like. You will then find yourself in the guise of the Mayor and the Executive member for the environment of a medium-size municipality which is about to implement an energy-consumption reduction plan. You will then guide the whole process, making key-decisions that lead to a variety of different scenarios, always keeping in mind that every decision may reveal itself to be ambivalent and not without necessary compromises, just like in the real life.

The “Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy” gamebook is the key output of the project ENLARGE, yet not its conclusion. Actually, the ENLARGE project aims to provide an ongoing platform for policy makers and stakeholders to share collaborative experiences and shortcomings. Moreover, for two years beyond project completion, the gamebook will keep being updated thanks to users’ feedback.

At the present moment, the gamebook is available online in five different languages: English. French, Italian, Estonian and Romanian. Even though, by the time the objective is to translate it into the highest number of languages possible, in order to make it more accessible to all interested communities.

Have you chosen your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy? If not, play with the gamebook now!
Visit the ENLARGE project website
Follow @ENLARGEproject –  #ENLARGEproject on Twitter

During its 2 years of life, the H2020-funded ENLARGE project developed and produced a series of outputs aiming at acquiring and sharing knowledge on collaborative processes in the sustainable energy field.

As a veritable journey, all started by the review of the existing scientific literature on collaborative governance and sustainable energy and the analysis of 31 real-life cases of European communities which run such collaborative processes. Following a full-immersion deliberative event held in Milan in 2017 and gathering over 70 participants from all over the enlarged Europe, the research-work culminated in the creation of a “Manifesto for boosting collaborative processes”, a sort of manual collecting all possible information on the topic, trying to provide general guidelines and detecting key factors able to assist or hinder collaborative processes.
Being aware that there is not optimal design in collaborative governance, the ENLARGE consortium decided to create a living tool to assist all interested communities willing to initiate such a journey. Hence, an interactive book has been created, the “Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy” gamebook, conceived as a living tool to help understanding mechanisms regulating and affecting collaborative processes in the sustainable energy field.

This gamebook could be defined as “one of a kind”, since it distinguishes itself for being imaginary and firmly based on reality at the same time.
When you decide to start the journey, you, reader and player, are immediately projected into a parallel dimension, yet remarkably real-like. You will then find yourself in the guise of the Mayor and the Executive member for the environment of a medium-size municipality which is about to implement an energy-consumption reduction plan. You will then guide the whole process, making key-decisions that lead to a variety of different scenarios, always keeping in mind that every decision may reveal itself to be ambivalent and not without necessary compromises, just like in the real life.

The “Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy” gamebook is the key output of the project ENLARGE, yet not its conclusion. Actually, the ENLARGE project aims to provide an ongoing platform for policy makers and stakeholders to share collaborative experiences and shortcomings. Moreover, for two years beyond project completion, the gamebook will keep being updated thanks to users’ feedback.

At the present moment, the gamebook is available online in five different languages: English. French, Italian, Estonian and Romanian. Even though, by the time the objective is to translate it into the highest number of languages possible, in order to make it more accessible to all interested communities.

Have you chosen your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy? If not, play with the gamebook now!
Visit the ENLARGE project website
Follow @ENLARGEproject –  #ENLARGEproject on Twitter


Ahead of 2019, democracy support should become a pillar of the EU narrative and plans. Let’s be clear and brave

 Déclaration d'Antonella Valmorbida,

Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partenariat européen pour la démocratie

 

Avant 2019, avec l'arrivée d'un nouveau Parlement et d'une nouvelle Commission, l'UE devrait définitivement prendre position et dire haut et fort que la démocratie fait partie de notre essence et de notre raison d'être. Sans cette vision claire, de nombreux autres aspects du projet de l'UE pourraient devenir hors de propos et être remis en cause par les nombreuses alternatives illibérales, qui se multiplient ces jours-ci. Cela concerne les règles internes de l'UE et celles des États membres, ainsi que la manière dont nous opérons dans les affaires extérieures. Lors d'une récente réunion de haut niveau au ministère finlandais des Affaires étrangères, organisée par DEMO Finland, les défis et opportunités ont été soulignés, en examinant la future présidence finlandaise de l'UE.
Some pretend that Democracy is an empty word. The excuse seems to be really convenient for those who live comfortably in a non-democratic society. I doubt that inequality and lack of freedom, which come along with the lack of democracy, satisfy most of the people, who are left out of the limited welfare zone authoritarian countries offer.

Challenged from its very core and from outside, the European project should make clear statements and concrete actions to support democracy in all its possible facets. We need consistency to have the support of citizens. The Member States of the EU should take their responsibility and make it a real and essential drive for the future. Our Union should be better than it is today – but it should not be abolished as a project, rather improved. We achieved a lot together, and all processed aiming at destroying it are extremely dangerous.
The following points help explain this position:

Democracy, development and peace are the part of the same dynamics. Certainly, social and economic development are complex processes, but there is a vast empiric recognition that the best economies, more successful and viable, are democracies – right because they are able to generate full responsibilities of citizens and therefore engender enterprises, education and long-term plans for the good of societies. Non-democracies develop, but then become stagnant. Peace, which is the most important factor of development is more preserved by democracy than by the absence of it.

The EU is a project of Democracy. It is economically successful because of that. It was built on the ashes of a terrible lack of Democracy, and we have to state that we have learned the lesson. We should not be ashamed to remember to ourselves and to others that this is what we want and request. In development policies outside of the EU (the EU and its Member States are the biggest donor for development in the world), we should make democracy support a top priority, otherwise our counterparts will not understand what is our vision, compared to other actors who are showing up on the scene. Otherwise, the citizens of these countries will not understand the consistency of the EU support.

The EU institutions and Member States should be brave and say loud and clear that development should be linked to democracy, without being shy and afraid to interfere in someone’s else governance. The EU budget supporting States, which are not democratic is also an interference – and a wrong one. We could be intelligent and strategic, but we should not be shy and fail to make our point.
Is Democracy an empty word? It is a complex one but definitely not empty – it is rather full of content and essential elements, which result to be so important when you miss them. They are also the features driving sustainable social and economic development.

Subdivision of powers is the key of the democratic principles, where judicial power is independent from governments. The action of a balanced legislative bodies, liaising with the government in a mutual form of control are the basis for limited power, which could otherwise become abused. As a matter of fact, abuse is around the corner if the system in place does not prevent it.

Democracy is the respect of multiple ideas and the expression of different visions. Finding the way to preserve and stimulate different voices (through parties, movements, activists, …) is an essential part of the survival of democracy. Slowly but surely, closing the options means to become a regime. That regards also the protection of minorities, which are weaker because they are minorities.

Democracy is freedom of expression, movement, and association. And here again, only those who have all these freedoms, can think that this is “just standard”, given for granted, non-important. Freedom of movement (for example the possibility to get a visa, to register in a specific place, to live and work where needed,) and freedom of expression (not getting pressures or warnings for what one says and writes) are strongly missing in regimes. The right to associate and gather is compromised by legislation, practices, difficulties for registering association, which make it impossible really to aggregate people… and very simply, the process of decline of democracy starts. We can also mention the possibility to count on reliable and multiple media and information tools, as a key element for democracy.

Participation and interaction of citizens with institutions and elected leaders, at all level (national and local), are part of a lively democracy. Participative democracy, with ways of engaging with citizens and associations, defining together policies and programmes is fundamental. It raises the sense of responsibility among citizens and makes democracy a rich and productive dialogue between elected leaders, public administration, private sector and citizens, who do not fear the institutions.

Needless to say, elections are a key element for a true and deep democracy. Without this, the true sense of representation is not possible and we see manipulations before and during the elections, orienting with wrong information or even violence. How can we even engage with elected representative based on biased or fraud?

Democracy and human rights are interlinked, and directly connected to the protection of citizens from abuses, the respect of the rule of law, the protection of people lives, health, and freedom – for individuals, as well as for collective groups.

Are these all empty words not worth fighting? I sincerely believe that they need our full love and support. Let’s say it loud and clear. And let’s act consequently, urging the EU Member States to take their responsibility and build a good plan for our Europe in 2019.

 Déclaration d'Antonella Valmorbida,

Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partenariat européen pour la démocratie

 

Avant 2019, avec l'arrivée d'un nouveau Parlement et d'une nouvelle Commission, l'UE devrait définitivement prendre position et dire haut et fort que la démocratie fait partie de notre essence et de notre raison d'être. Sans cette vision claire, de nombreux autres aspects du projet de l'UE pourraient devenir hors de propos et être remis en cause par les nombreuses alternatives illibérales, qui se multiplient ces jours-ci. Cela concerne les règles internes de l'UE et celles des États membres, ainsi que la manière dont nous opérons dans les affaires extérieures. Lors d'une récente réunion de haut niveau au ministère finlandais des Affaires étrangères, organisée par DEMO Finland, les défis et opportunités ont été soulignés, en examinant la future présidence finlandaise de l'UE.
Some pretend that Democracy is an empty word. The excuse seems to be really convenient for those who live comfortably in a non-democratic society. I doubt that inequality and lack of freedom, which come along with the lack of democracy, satisfy most of the people, who are left out of the limited welfare zone authoritarian countries offer.

Challenged from its very core and from outside, the European project should make clear statements and concrete actions to support democracy in all its possible facets. We need consistency to have the support of citizens. The Member States of the EU should take their responsibility and make it a real and essential drive for the future. Our Union should be better than it is today – but it should not be abolished as a project, rather improved. We achieved a lot together, and all processed aiming at destroying it are extremely dangerous.
The following points help explain this position:

Democracy, development and peace are the part of the same dynamics. Certainly, social and economic development are complex processes, but there is a vast empiric recognition that the best economies, more successful and viable, are democracies – right because they are able to generate full responsibilities of citizens and therefore engender enterprises, education and long-term plans for the good of societies. Non-democracies develop, but then become stagnant. Peace, which is the most important factor of development is more preserved by democracy than by the absence of it.

The EU is a project of Democracy. It is economically successful because of that. It was built on the ashes of a terrible lack of Democracy, and we have to state that we have learned the lesson. We should not be ashamed to remember to ourselves and to others that this is what we want and request. In development policies outside of the EU (the EU and its Member States are the biggest donor for development in the world), we should make democracy support a top priority, otherwise our counterparts will not understand what is our vision, compared to other actors who are showing up on the scene. Otherwise, the citizens of these countries will not understand the consistency of the EU support.

The EU institutions and Member States should be brave and say loud and clear that development should be linked to democracy, without being shy and afraid to interfere in someone’s else governance. The EU budget supporting States, which are not democratic is also an interference – and a wrong one. We could be intelligent and strategic, but we should not be shy and fail to make our point.
Is Democracy an empty word? It is a complex one but definitely not empty – it is rather full of content and essential elements, which result to be so important when you miss them. They are also the features driving sustainable social and economic development.

Subdivision of powers is the key of the democratic principles, where judicial power is independent from governments. The action of a balanced legislative bodies, liaising with the government in a mutual form of control are the basis for limited power, which could otherwise become abused. As a matter of fact, abuse is around the corner if the system in place does not prevent it.

Democracy is the respect of multiple ideas and the expression of different visions. Finding the way to preserve and stimulate different voices (through parties, movements, activists, …) is an essential part of the survival of democracy. Slowly but surely, closing the options means to become a regime. That regards also the protection of minorities, which are weaker because they are minorities.

Democracy is freedom of expression, movement, and association. And here again, only those who have all these freedoms, can think that this is “just standard”, given for granted, non-important. Freedom of movement (for example the possibility to get a visa, to register in a specific place, to live and work where needed,) and freedom of expression (not getting pressures or warnings for what one says and writes) are strongly missing in regimes. The right to associate and gather is compromised by legislation, practices, difficulties for registering association, which make it impossible really to aggregate people… and very simply, the process of decline of democracy starts. We can also mention the possibility to count on reliable and multiple media and information tools, as a key element for democracy.

Participation and interaction of citizens with institutions and elected leaders, at all level (national and local), are part of a lively democracy. Participative democracy, with ways of engaging with citizens and associations, defining together policies and programmes is fundamental. It raises the sense of responsibility among citizens and makes democracy a rich and productive dialogue between elected leaders, public administration, private sector and citizens, who do not fear the institutions.

Needless to say, elections are a key element for a true and deep democracy. Without this, the true sense of representation is not possible and we see manipulations before and during the elections, orienting with wrong information or even violence. How can we even engage with elected representative based on biased or fraud?

Democracy and human rights are interlinked, and directly connected to the protection of citizens from abuses, the respect of the rule of law, the protection of people lives, health, and freedom – for individuals, as well as for collective groups.

Are these all empty words not worth fighting? I sincerely believe that they need our full love and support. Let’s say it loud and clear. And let’s act consequently, urging the EU Member States to take their responsibility and build a good plan for our Europe in 2019.


Avant 2019, le soutien à la démocratie devrait devenir un pilier du discours et de l'action de l'UE. Soyons clairs et courageux.

Ahead of 2019, with a new Parliament and Commission coming up, the EU should definitively take a stand and say loud and clear that democracy is part of our essence and raison d’être. Without this clear vision, many other aspects of the EU project could become irrelevant and be challenged by the many illiberal alternatives, which are mushrooming these days. This concerns the EU’s internal rules and the Member States’, and how we operate in external affairs.

Ahead of 2019, with a new Parliament and Commission coming up, the EU should definitively take a stand and say loud and clear that democracy is part of our essence and raison d’être. Without this clear vision, many other aspects of the EU project could become irrelevant and be challenged by the many illiberal alternatives, which are mushrooming these days. This concerns the EU’s internal rules and the Member States’, and how we operate in external affairs.


Balkan Kaleidoscope - 2nd International Event - Mostar, 2018

From 4th to 7th October the city of Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted the second international event of the EU project “Kaléidoscope des Balkans“.

The two-day event, entitled “Teachers and students for multi-perceptivity in history and remembrance teaching”, brought together representatives of project partners from 7 european member states and Western Balkans countries to present activities carried out in their local communities.

The event was attended by around fifty professors and history teachers, as well as students conducting researches in the field of multi-perspectivity with an emphasis on history teaching.

During the first two days, partners from Slovenia, Macedonia and Italy presented their local activities, then participants attended a lecture at OKC Abrašević held by Michele Parente (from Forum Civil Peace Service), on the topic “Education on the culture of remembrance – connecting the dots for building trust and culture of co – operation in the Balkans”.

Afterwards, project partners from Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina presented in turn their local activities, followed by a visit to cultur sites of Mostar as part of the program “Monuments in Motion” and attended the premiere of the theatrical play by “Mostar Youth Theater”, directed by Sead Đulić, which is artistic review of the recent war history and remembrance for reconciliation.

The Balkan Kaleidoscope project is funded by the EU Programme “Europe for Citizens”, while the event was organised by the Local Democracy Agency Mostar (LDA Mostar), which figures also among the partners.

From 4th to 7th October the city of Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted the second international event of the EU project “Kaléidoscope des Balkans“.

The two-day event, entitled “Teachers and students for multi-perceptivity in history and remembrance teaching”, brought together representatives of project partners from 7 european member states and Western Balkans countries to present activities carried out in their local communities.

The event was attended by around fifty professors and history teachers, as well as students conducting researches in the field of multi-perspectivity with an emphasis on history teaching.

During the first two days, partners from Slovenia, Macedonia and Italy presented their local activities, then participants attended a lecture at OKC Abrašević held by Michele Parente (from Forum Civil Peace Service), on the topic “Education on the culture of remembrance – connecting the dots for building trust and culture of co – operation in the Balkans”.

Afterwards, project partners from Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina presented in turn their local activities, followed by a visit to cultur sites of Mostar as part of the program “Monuments in Motion” and attended the premiere of the theatrical play by “Mostar Youth Theater”, directed by Sead Đulić, which is artistic review of the recent war history and remembrance for reconciliation.

The Balkan Kaleidoscope project is funded by the EU Programme “Europe for Citizens”, while the event was organised by the Local Democracy Agency Mostar (LDA Mostar), which figures also among the partners.


Three days in Belarus to promote good governance and local development

The Eastern Partnership Coordinator of ALDA, Mr. Alexandru Coica, went to Belarus for a 3-day visit where he took part in several events.

Currently, there are more than 10 projects implemented all over Belarus thanks to the support of ALDA. The main objective is to engage citizens in local processes in order to improve and develop their communities and establish a constructive dialogue with local and regional authorities for a better implementation of local policies.

The delegate visited the “Lev Sapieha Foundation”, ALDA’s local partner for the project TANDEM IV. The aim of the project is to contribute to the community development and cohesion at the local level and to promote local democracy values by encouraging cooperation among civil society, citizens and local authorities in Belarus.
ALDA’s delegate was also invited to attend the official opening of an eco-hiking trail in Machulishe. ALDA was supporting the project which has been implemented by the Ecological Education and Development Center. The opening ceremony was largely attended as it successfully mobilized several schools, the village administration and the regional forest’s administration of the city of Minsk. Thanks to this joint effort, a unique protected area which hosts rare species of birds and plants will be preserved.

Furthermore, another important event organized in the village of Gatovo, deserves a particular attention for the achieved results. A local NGO, with the support of ALDA, involved the community into a process to rehabilitate an infrastructure and plant trees blocking future access to cars. One of the most important aspects of this project is that citizens have been involved directly in the process and played a key role in the rehabilitation process.

At the end of this visit, Mr. Alexandru Coica participated in a working meeting with the EU Delegation. In that occasion, the delegate shared ALDA’s developing mid-term plans in Belarus in order to identify common priorities.

The Eastern Partnership Coordinator of ALDA, Mr. Alexandru Coica, went to Belarus for a 3-day visit where he took part in several events.

Currently, there are more than 10 projects implemented all over Belarus thanks to the support of ALDA. The main objective is to engage citizens in local processes in order to improve and develop their communities and establish a constructive dialogue with local and regional authorities for a better implementation of local policies.

The delegate visited the “Lev Sapieha Foundation”, ALDA’s local partner for the project TANDEM IV. The aim of the project is to contribute to the community development and cohesion at the local level and to promote local democracy values by encouraging cooperation among civil society, citizens and local authorities in Belarus.
ALDA’s delegate was also invited to attend the official opening of an eco-hiking trail in Machulishe. ALDA was supporting the project which has been implemented by the Ecological Education and Development Center. The opening ceremony was largely attended as it successfully mobilized several schools, the village administration and the regional forest’s administration of the city of Minsk. Thanks to this joint effort, a unique protected area which hosts rare species of birds and plants will be preserved.

Furthermore, another important event organized in the village of Gatovo, deserves a particular attention for the achieved results. A local NGO, with the support of ALDA, involved the community into a process to rehabilitate an infrastructure and plant trees blocking future access to cars. One of the most important aspects of this project is that citizens have been involved directly in the process and played a key role in the rehabilitation process.

At the end of this visit, Mr. Alexandru Coica participated in a working meeting with the EU Delegation. In that occasion, the delegate shared ALDA’s developing mid-term plans in Belarus in order to identify common priorities.


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The commune of Kairouan in Tunisia joins the ALDA network!

On 19 September 2018, the ALDA team and the ADL Tunisia delegate travelled to Tunisia to make contact with the local authorities of Kairouan. ALDA representatives met with Mr Redouane Bouden, the new Mayor of Kairouan Municipality, Mrs Rifka Kharbouchi, 3rd Deputy Mayor of Kairouan and Mrs Khaoula Hajji, President of the Decentralised Cooperation Commission in Kairouan Municipality. This first meeting with the new municipal team, set up following the local elections held in May 2018, gave rise to fruitful exchanges. The activities of ALDA in the Mediterranean and ADL Tunisia were presented and the formation of possible cooperation axes was discussed. This collaboration is particularly conceivable in the framework of the forthcoming activities of the PARFAIT project, which aim to strengthen the capacities of women and elected officials in the area of civic participation and gender mainstreaming in public decision-making processes.

ALDA and the commune of Kairouan had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2017. In order to reinforce this agreement, the Kairouan commune joined the ALDA network in September 2018 as the first ALDA member in Tunisia!

 

On 19 September 2018, the ALDA team and the ADL Tunisia delegate travelled to Tunisia to make contact with the local authorities of Kairouan. ALDA representatives met with Mr Redouane Bouden, the new Mayor of Kairouan Municipality, Mrs Rifka Kharbouchi, 3rd Deputy Mayor of Kairouan and Mrs Khaoula Hajji, President of the Decentralised Cooperation Commission in Kairouan Municipality. This first meeting with the new municipal team, set up following the local elections held in May 2018, gave rise to fruitful exchanges. The activities of ALDA in the Mediterranean and ADL Tunisia were presented and the formation of possible cooperation axes was discussed. This collaboration is particularly conceivable in the framework of the forthcoming activities of the PARFAIT project, which aim to strengthen the capacities of women and elected officials in the area of civic participation and gender mainstreaming in public decision-making processes.

ALDA and the commune of Kairouan had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2017. In order to reinforce this agreement, the Kairouan commune joined the ALDA network in September 2018 as the first ALDA member in Tunisia!