A ski center for a healthier and more prosperous rural Armenia!

Last Saturday the 26th of January, ALDA, thanks to the support of the European Union, and in collaboration with the Communities Finance Officers Association (CFOA) and the Communities Association of Armenia (UCA) have inaugurated the Ashotsk Ski Centre.
The pavillon is funded through the “Citizens Voice and actions in Consolidated Communities” project that is strengthening the capacity of 52 recently consolidated communities – of which most are in rural and remote locations – to engage citizens in local tourism development with a focus on outdoor activities and fostering a healthy lifestyle. The project will also pilot citizens budgeting in Armenia, which will provide citizens in at least 52 communities opportunities to implement small initiatives on their own. The communities will be supported with trainings and examples from Europe and Georgia of similar initiatives.

The pavilion is intended to support Ashotsk community to further develop the cross-country skiing potential and to attract local tourists to have fun in the snow and competitive skiers for training and competitions. The Ashotsk Ski Centre will be jointly managed by the Armenian Ski Federation and the Ashotsk local community.

The event took place at the Ashotsk Ski Centre on the Northern side of Ashotsk and it included a tour of the pavilion led by the Armenian architect and the construction company, speeches and Question & Answer session for the media.


Un centro sciistico per l’Armenia rurale, più sana e fiorente!

Sabato 26 gennaio, ALDA, grazie al supporto dell’Unione Europea, e in collaborazione con Communities Finance Officers Association (CFOA) e la Communities Association of Armenia (UCA), ha inaugurato il Centro Sciistico Ashotsk.

La struttura nasce dal progetto “Citizens Voice and actions in Consolidated Communities”, che sta rafforzando la capacità di 52 comunità – di cui molte in aree rurali e remote – di coinvolgimento dei cittadini nello sviluppo del turismo locale, specializzandosi su attività all’aperto e promuovendo uno stile di vita sano. Il progetto guiderà anche alla pianificazione dei bilanci, permettendo così ai cittadini di queste comunità d’investire nella piccola impresa. Gli interessati riceveranno formazioni e corsi specifici, sulla base di esempi di iniziative simili, sia europee che georgiane.

La struttura intende sostenere la comunità di Ashotsk per sviluppare in futuro la potenzialità sciistica di fondo e attirare sia turisti locali per divertirsi sulla neve che sciatori agonistici per allenamenti e gare. Il Centro sciistico Ashotsk è co-gestito dalla Federazione Sciistica Armena e dalla comunità locale.

L’evento di inaugurazione ha avuto luogo al Centro Sciistico Ashotsk, a Nord della città, e ha incluso un tour della struttura guidato dal suo architetto e dalla compagnia di costruzione, oltre a interventi e una sessione Domande & Risposte per i media.


Лыжный центр для процветающей провинциальной Армении!

В прошлую субботу, 26 января, ALDA, благодаря поддержке Европейского Союза и в сотрудничестве с Ассоциацией финансовых служащих Сообщества (CFOA) и Ассоциацией Сообществ Армении (UCA), открыли Ашотский лыжный центр.
Павильон финансируется в рамках проекта «Голос граждан и действия в консолидированных сообществах», который укрепляет потенциал 52 недавно консолидированных общин, большинство из которых находятся в сельских и отдаленных районах, для вовлечения граждан в развитие местного туризма с акцентом на мероприятия на свежем воздухе и воспитания здорового образа жизни. Проект также будет пилотировать гражданское бюджетирование в Армении, что предоставит гражданам по крайней мере в 52 общинах возможность самостоятельно реализовать небольшие инициативы. Сообщества будут поддерживаться тренингами и примерами подобных инициатив из Европы и Грузии
.
Павильон призван поддержать Ашоцкую общину в дальнейшем развитии потенциала для катания на лыжах и привлечь местных туристов для веселья на снегу, и конкурентоспособных лыжников для тренировок и соревнований. Лыжный центр Ашоцка будет совместно управляться Федерацией лыжного спорта Армении и местной общиной Ашоцка.
Мероприятие состоялось в Ашоцком лыжном центре на северной стороне Ашоцка и включало в себя экскурсию по павильону под руководством архитектора и строительной компании, выступления и сессию вопросов и ответов для СМИ.


Ski centar za zdraviju i prosperitetniju ruralnu Jermeniju!

Prošle subote, 26. januara, ALDA je, zahvalјujući podršci Evropske unije, i u saradnji sa Asocijacijom udruženja finansijskih službenika (CFOA) i Asocijacijom zajednica Jermenije (UCA) otvorila Ski centar Ashotsk.
Pavilјon se finansira kroz projekat “Glas građana i akcije u konsolidovanim zajednicama” koji osnažuje kapacitet 52 nedavno konsolidovane zajednice – od kojih je većina u ruralnim i udalјenim lokacijama – kako bi se uklјučili građani u razvoj lokalnog turizma sa fokusom na aktivnosti na otvorenom i podsticanje zdravog načina života. Projekat će takođe usmeravati građane za budžetiranje u Jermeniji, koji će građanima u najmanje 52 zajednice omogućiti da samostalno implementiraju slične inicijative. Zajednice će dobiti podršku kroz treninge i primere dobre prakse iz Evrope i Gruzije o sličnim inicijativama.

Pavilјon ima za cilј da podrži Ashotsku zajednicu da dalјe razvija potencijale za cross-country skijanje i da privuče lokalne turiste da se zabave u snegu, ali i skijaše takmičare za obuku i takmičenja. Ashotskim skijaškim centrom zajednički će upravlјati Jermenski skijaški savez i lokalna zajednica Ashotsk.

Događaj se održao u skijaškom centru Ashotsk na severnoj strani Ashotska i obuhvatio je obilazak pavilјona na čelu sa jermenskim arhitektom i građevinskom kompanijom, govore i press konferenciju za pitanja i odgovore.

Last Saturday the 26th of January, ALDA, thanks to the support of the European Union, and in collaboration with the Communities Finance Officers Association (CFOA) and the Communities Association of Armenia (UCA) have inaugurated the Ashotsk Ski Centre.
The pavillon is funded through the “Citizens Voice and actions in Consolidated Communities” project that is strengthening the capacity of 52 recently consolidated communities – of which most are in rural and remote locations – to engage citizens in local tourism development with a focus on outdoor activities and fostering a healthy lifestyle. The project will also pilot citizens budgeting in Armenia, which will provide citizens in at least 52 communities opportunities to implement small initiatives on their own. The communities will be supported with trainings and examples from Europe and Georgia of similar initiatives.

The pavilion is intended to support Ashotsk community to further develop the cross-country skiing potential and to attract local tourists to have fun in the snow and competitive skiers for training and competitions. The Ashotsk Ski Centre will be jointly managed by the Armenian Ski Federation and the Ashotsk local community.

The event took place at the Ashotsk Ski Centre on the Northern side of Ashotsk and it included a tour of the pavilion led by the Armenian architect and the construction company, speeches and Question & Answer session for the media.


Un centro sciistico per l’Armenia rurale, più sana e fiorente!

Sabato 26 gennaio, ALDA, grazie al supporto dell’Unione Europea, e in collaborazione con Communities Finance Officers Association (CFOA) e la Communities Association of Armenia (UCA), ha inaugurato il Centro Sciistico Ashotsk.

La struttura nasce dal progetto “Citizens Voice and actions in Consolidated Communities”, che sta rafforzando la capacità di 52 comunità – di cui molte in aree rurali e remote – di coinvolgimento dei cittadini nello sviluppo del turismo locale, specializzandosi su attività all’aperto e promuovendo uno stile di vita sano. Il progetto guiderà anche alla pianificazione dei bilanci, permettendo così ai cittadini di queste comunità d’investire nella piccola impresa. Gli interessati riceveranno formazioni e corsi specifici, sulla base di esempi di iniziative simili, sia europee che georgiane.

La struttura intende sostenere la comunità di Ashotsk per sviluppare in futuro la potenzialità sciistica di fondo e attirare sia turisti locali per divertirsi sulla neve che sciatori agonistici per allenamenti e gare. Il Centro sciistico Ashotsk è co-gestito dalla Federazione Sciistica Armena e dalla comunità locale.

L’evento di inaugurazione ha avuto luogo al Centro Sciistico Ashotsk, a Nord della città, e ha incluso un tour della struttura guidato dal suo architetto e dalla compagnia di costruzione, oltre a interventi e una sessione Domande & Risposte per i media.


Лыжный центр для процветающей провинциальной Армении!

В прошлую субботу, 26 января, ALDA, благодаря поддержке Европейского Союза и в сотрудничестве с Ассоциацией финансовых служащих Сообщества (CFOA) и Ассоциацией Сообществ Армении (UCA), открыли Ашотский лыжный центр.
Павильон финансируется в рамках проекта «Голос граждан и действия в консолидированных сообществах», который укрепляет потенциал 52 недавно консолидированных общин, большинство из которых находятся в сельских и отдаленных районах, для вовлечения граждан в развитие местного туризма с акцентом на мероприятия на свежем воздухе и воспитания здорового образа жизни. Проект также будет пилотировать гражданское бюджетирование в Армении, что предоставит гражданам по крайней мере в 52 общинах возможность самостоятельно реализовать небольшие инициативы. Сообщества будут поддерживаться тренингами и примерами подобных инициатив из Европы и Грузии
.
Павильон призван поддержать Ашоцкую общину в дальнейшем развитии потенциала для катания на лыжах и привлечь местных туристов для веселья на снегу, и конкурентоспособных лыжников для тренировок и соревнований. Лыжный центр Ашоцка будет совместно управляться Федерацией лыжного спорта Армении и местной общиной Ашоцка.
Мероприятие состоялось в Ашоцком лыжном центре на северной стороне Ашоцка и включало в себя экскурсию по павильону под руководством архитектора и строительной компании, выступления и сессию вопросов и ответов для СМИ.


Ski centar za zdraviju i prosperitetniju ruralnu Jermeniju!

Prošle subote, 26. januara, ALDA je, zahvalјujući podršci Evropske unije, i u saradnji sa Asocijacijom udruženja finansijskih službenika (CFOA) i Asocijacijom zajednica Jermenije (UCA) otvorila Ski centar Ashotsk.
Pavilјon se finansira kroz projekat “Glas građana i akcije u konsolidovanim zajednicama” koji osnažuje kapacitet 52 nedavno konsolidovane zajednice – od kojih je većina u ruralnim i udalјenim lokacijama – kako bi se uklјučili građani u razvoj lokalnog turizma sa fokusom na aktivnosti na otvorenom i podsticanje zdravog načina života. Projekat će takođe usmeravati građane za budžetiranje u Jermeniji, koji će građanima u najmanje 52 zajednice omogućiti da samostalno implementiraju slične inicijative. Zajednice će dobiti podršku kroz treninge i primere dobre prakse iz Evrope i Gruzije o sličnim inicijativama.

Pavilјon ima za cilј da podrži Ashotsku zajednicu da dalјe razvija potencijale za cross-country skijanje i da privuče lokalne turiste da se zabave u snegu, ali i skijaše takmičare za obuku i takmičenja. Ashotskim skijaškim centrom zajednički će upravlјati Jermenski skijaški savez i lokalna zajednica Ashotsk.

Događaj se održao u skijaškom centru Ashotsk na severnoj strani Ashotska i obuhvatio je obilazak pavilјona na čelu sa jermenskim arhitektom i građevinskom kompanijom, govore i press konferenciju za pitanja i odgovore.


CROSS OVER first international event: “What is the European Union?”

Research around the world shows the low involvement of youth in electoral processes, and this is confirmed in Croatia. In order to encourage citizens, especially young people, to participate to the next elections and actively engage in political processes,a conference will be organized in occasion of the event “What is the European Union?” and it will be held at Hotel International in Zagreb, Croatia on 4 th of February.

The event is organised by the Croatian County Association in cooperation with AGORA CE and will bring together representatives of the European institutions, civil society associations and experts from different countries to exchange knowledge, experience and good practices. The event is part of the CROSS OVER project, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme. The project aims at encouraging young people to reflect on political accountability through increased participation in the elections for the European Parliament. The basic idea of the project is to devise and stimulate actions that will effectively solve the lack of interest of youth in voting at the European level.

For more information, contact Mateja Jalušić at mateja.jalusic@hrvzz.hr

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Research around the world shows the low involvement of youth in electoral processes, and this is confirmed in Croatia. In order to encourage citizens, especially young people, to participate to the next elections and actively engage in political processes,a conference will be organized in occasion of the event “What is the European Union?” and it will be held at Hotel International in Zagreb, Croatia on 4 th of February.

The event is organised by the Croatian County Association in cooperation with AGORA CE and will bring together representatives of the European institutions, civil society associations and experts from different countries to exchange knowledge, experience and good practices. The event is part of the CROSS OVER project, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme. The project aims at encouraging young people to reflect on political accountability through increased participation in the elections for the European Parliament. The basic idea of the project is to devise and stimulate actions that will effectively solve the lack of interest of youth in voting at the European level.

For more information, contact Mateja Jalušić at mateja.jalusic@hrvzz.hr

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Citizens' participation at the core of an upcoming event organised by ALDA in Spain.

ALDA is organizing, in cooperation with IDEAT, the event “PARTICIPACIÓN CIUDADANA UNA NUEVA FORMA DE GESTIONAR LA CIUDAD” (Citizens participation: new ways to manage the cities)  which will take place in Torrent, Spain, the next 13th of February.

The purpose of this day is to inspire and share good practices in citizen participation in Spain and in other cities or regions of Europe. Many times, in fact, methodologies and tools can be transferred easily to other cities if there is a political will.

The event will also feature a discussion with different experts on how the management of cities has changed in the last years with respect to these aspects.
The event is motivated by the current increase in the extremist and anti-european movements sometimes caused by the feeling of abandonment experimented by many citizens.
In response to this situation, ALDA and its partners believe that the initiatives that seek the involvement of citizens in decision making to promote more transparent policies are crucial to preserving the European values along with the same democracy.

ALDA is organizing, in cooperation with IDEAT, the event “PARTICIPACIÓN CIUDADANA UNA NUEVA FORMA DE GESTIONAR LA CIUDAD” (Citizens participation: new ways to manage the cities)  which will take place in Torrent, Spain, the next 13th of February.

The purpose of this day is to inspire and share good practices in citizen participation in Spain and in other cities or regions of Europe. Many times, in fact, methodologies and tools can be transferred easily to other cities if there is a political will.

The event will also feature a discussion with different experts on how the management of cities has changed in the last years with respect to these aspects.
The event is motivated by the current increase in the extremist and anti-european movements sometimes caused by the feeling of abandonment experimented by many citizens.
In response to this situation, ALDA and its partners believe that the initiatives that seek the involvement of citizens in decision making to promote more transparent policies are crucial to preserving the European values along with the same democracy.


Two-year successful implementation of CSOs for Making Local Democracy Work

Two years have passed from launching the project CSOs for Making Local Democracy Work and since then the project partners have implemented numerous activities specially designed to increase the impact of the civil society organizations in public policies on local level in Macedonia.
Here are only few of the local activities that ALDA Skopje, The European movement and The Association of Finance Officers have implemented in 2018.
As part of the the sub- granting scheme, twelve ideas presented by civil society organizations or informal groups were rewarded with grands in order to focus on implementing small actions that will promote increasing transparency, accountability and local democracy. Four trainings on different topics were organized in order to help the grantees to strengthen their capacities.

Our sub-grantees implemented their activities for six months in their local communities with success. You can read more in the Subgranting section of our internet site.
The international conference “European integration trough the perspective of cooperation between civil society and local authorities” was organized in November by the European movement. The aim of this conference was sharing good practices from Macedonia, the Balkan region and the European Union countries focusing on the cooperation between civil society and the local authorities and the role of such cooperation in the European integration process.
The conference was an opportunity to present two publications on the cooperation between municipalities and the civil sector titled “Co-operation between public authorities and civil society at local level in Republic of Macedonia” and “Financial and non-financial support from local authorities to civil society organisations”.

The year was finalized by the local forums and panel discussions that were organized in different cities in Macedonia by The European movement and The Association of Finance Officers, were the local community and local civil society had the opportunity to share their experience with their municipalities.
2019 is the last year of the project and the project partners have still a great number of activities to implement.
Follow the internet site of the project for new information of our activities.

Two years have passed from launching the project CSOs for Making Local Democracy Work and since then the project partners have implemented numerous activities specially designed to increase the impact of the civil society organizations in public policies on local level in Macedonia.
Here are only few of the local activities that ALDA Skopje, The European movement and The Association of Finance Officers have implemented in 2018.
As part of the the sub- granting scheme, twelve ideas presented by civil society organizations or informal groups were rewarded with grands in order to focus on implementing small actions that will promote increasing transparency, accountability and local democracy. Four trainings on different topics were organized in order to help the grantees to strengthen their capacities.

Our sub-grantees implemented their activities for six months in their local communities with success. You can read more in the Subgranting section of our internet site.
The international conference “European integration trough the perspective of cooperation between civil society and local authorities” was organized in November by the European movement. The aim of this conference was sharing good practices from Macedonia, the Balkan region and the European Union countries focusing on the cooperation between civil society and the local authorities and the role of such cooperation in the European integration process.
The conference was an opportunity to present two publications on the cooperation between municipalities and the civil sector titled “Co-operation between public authorities and civil society at local level in Republic of Macedonia” and “Financial and non-financial support from local authorities to civil society organisations”.

The year was finalized by the local forums and panel discussions that were organized in different cities in Macedonia by The European movement and The Association of Finance Officers, were the local community and local civil society had the opportunity to share their experience with their municipalities.
2019 is the last year of the project and the project partners have still a great number of activities to implement.
Follow the internet site of the project for new information of our activities.


Europe calls, Vicenza answers - Participate in the Quizzone and fly to Brussels!

On 6 February, Europe is coming to Vicenza! More precisely, at the cultural centre Porto Burci, which will host an unprecedented event for the town: the European Quizzone.

The European Quizzone will take place on Wednesday 6 February 2019, from 6 to 8 pm at Porto Burci (Contrà dei Burci, 27 – Vicenza), and will be organised by ALDA in collaboration with the campaign #Stavoltavoto of the European Parliament.

All participants will compete in pairs in a super quiz on the European Union, with a goliardic and informal character, and the lucky winners will receive an exceptional prize: two tickets to fly to Brussels!

After the quiz, a convivial aperitif will follow for all participants.

This is a unique opportunity to measure oneself and discuss European issues in a dynamic and entertaining way and, above all, to participate with greater awareness in the next elections!

The “European Quizzone” is a free event, open to all those who wish to spend a different, fun and stimulating evening!

Free participation upon registration at the email address quizzone@aldaintranet.org or through the FORM ONLINE, by 5 February 2019.
To find out more, vai alla pagina Facebook dell’evento!

 

 

On 6 February, Europe is coming to Vicenza! More precisely, at the cultural centre Porto Burci, which will host an unprecedented event for the town: the European Quizzone.

The European Quizzone will take place on Wednesday 6 February 2019, from 6 to 8 pm at Porto Burci (Contrà dei Burci, 27 – Vicenza), and will be organised by ALDA in collaboration with the campaign #Stavoltavoto of the European Parliament.

All participants will compete in pairs in a super quiz on the European Union, with a goliardic and informal character, and the lucky winners will receive an exceptional prize: two tickets to fly to Brussels!

After the quiz, a convivial aperitif will follow for all participants.

This is a unique opportunity to measure oneself and discuss European issues in a dynamic and entertaining way and, above all, to participate with greater awareness in the next elections!

The “European Quizzone” is a free event, open to all those who wish to spend a different, fun and stimulating evening!

Free participation upon registration at the email address quizzone@aldaintranet.org or through the FORM ONLINE, by 5 February 2019.
To find out more, vai alla pagina Facebook dell’evento!

 


Reviving the flame in the Mediterranean: Mahdia at the heart of a message of hope

On January 12, the Municipality of Mahdia joined other administrations around the Mediterranean to light a fire from a surveillance fort on the Mediterranean coast, at dusk. This event, initiated by the Council of Majorca in 2017 and bringing together the entities and institutions of the Mediterranean countries in which the city implements cooperation and humanitarian emergency projects, aims to raise the awareness on the Mediterranean historical heritage and on the situation of migrants undertaking the crossing of the Mediterranean.

While lighthouses are a real symbol for the preservation of human rights in this context, the Municipality of Mahdia has lit two torches at the Ottoman fort of Borj El Kebir, a landmark of the city, both for its history and its imposing architecture. This was followed by the reading of a manifesto.

The municipality of Mahdia has, for the implementation of this initiative, received the support of the Local Democracy Agency (ADL) of Tunisia, which coordinated the activity and ensured the contact between the Fons Mallorquí Solidaritat i Cooperació (mandated by the Council of Majorca for the concretization of this event in the different partner cities) and the Municipal Council of Mahdia.

The mobilization of the various participating Mediterranean nations, taking into account the issues raised by this event, is really promising and reinforces the strong cooperation existing in the region. ADL Tunisia hopes to see in 2020 the continuation of this initiative in other Tunisian cities and reaffirms its full support for this project.

On January 12, the Municipality of Mahdia joined other administrations around the Mediterranean to light a fire from a surveillance fort on the Mediterranean coast, at dusk. This event, initiated by the Council of Majorca in 2017 and bringing together the entities and institutions of the Mediterranean countries in which the city implements cooperation and humanitarian emergency projects, aims to raise the awareness on the Mediterranean historical heritage and on the situation of migrants undertaking the crossing of the Mediterranean.

While lighthouses are a real symbol for the preservation of human rights in this context, the Municipality of Mahdia has lit two torches at the Ottoman fort of Borj El Kebir, a landmark of the city, both for its history and its imposing architecture. This was followed by the reading of a manifesto.

The municipality of Mahdia has, for the implementation of this initiative, received the support of the Local Democracy Agency (ADL) of Tunisia, which coordinated the activity and ensured the contact between the Fons Mallorquí Solidaritat i Cooperació (mandated by the Council of Majorca for the concretization of this event in the different partner cities) and the Municipal Council of Mahdia.

The mobilization of the various participating Mediterranean nations, taking into account the issues raised by this event, is really promising and reinforces the strong cooperation existing in the region. ADL Tunisia hopes to see in 2020 the continuation of this initiative in other Tunisian cities and reaffirms its full support for this project.


Co-working and co-housing: new frontiers to foster urban development and social inclusion

The province of Vicenza, Italy, has recently been in the spotlight, hosting various relevant events. Following ALDA staff meeting, from 16th to18th of January, the international conference of the project RECOV took place in the Municipality of Santorso.
This conference was entitled “Collaborative public services: building and managing of public co-working spaces and co-housing” and it was co-organized by ALDA and the Municipality of Santorso, in the framework of “RECOV: Rethinking Collaborative Values for public services” project.

Franco Balzi, major of Santorso, welcomed all participants and presented the activities of the municipality for the promotion of collaborative public services. In turn, Alessandro Perelli, vice president of ALDA, highlighted its importance for local communities in Italy and Europe, while Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA’s Secretary General, explained how the European Union is also actively present to foster development at the local level.

During the conference, the panelists shared their experience about co-working and co-housing, then opened a discussion to understand why and how local communities should engage in co-working spaces and co-housing. Within this framework, several regional co-working initiatives were presented, such as Megahub, Spazio Hub and Urban Center Thiene.

The aim of this event was to facilitate and promote an open discussion between participants, based on practical experiences regarding the benefits of co-working, and co-housing spaces, important factors for urban development and social inclusion.
This activity was part of the project “RECOV: REthinking Collaborative Values for public services”, supported by the European program “Europe for citizens”. The lead partner of the project is the Macedonian Municipality of Centar, in Skopje region.


Co-travail et co-logement: nouvelles frontières pour favoriser le développement urbain et l’inclusion sociale

La province de Vicence, en Italie, a récemment été sous les projecteurs en organisant divers événements importants. Après la réunion du personnel de l’ALDA, la conférence internationale du projet RECOV s’est tenue dans la municipalité de Santorso.
La conférence était intitulée «Services publics collaboratifs: construction et gestion d’espaces publics de co- travail et de co-logement», organisée par ALDA en collaboration avec la municipalité de Santorso, dans le cadre du projet «RECOV: REthinking Collaborative Values for public services».

Le maire de la municipalité de Santorso, Franco Balzi, a souhaité la bienvenue aux participants en partageant les pratiques de la municipalité promouvant les services publics collaboratifs. Alessandro Perelli, vice-président de l’ALDA, a souligné l’importance des communautés locales en Europe et en Italie, tandis qu’Antonella Valmorbida, Secrétaire Générale de l’ALDA, a expliqué comment l’Union européenne est également présente pour favoriser le développement au niveau local.
Au cours de la conférence, les panélistes ont partagé leur expérience en matière de co-travail et de co-logement, puis ont ouvert une discussion pour comprendre pourquoi et comment les communautés locales devraient s’engager dans des espaces de co-travail et de co-logement. Dans ce contexte, plusieurs initiatives de collaboration régionales ont été présentées, telles que Megahub, Spazio Hub et Urban Center Thiene.

L’objectif de cet événement était de faciliter une discussion ouverte entre les participants sur la base d’une expérience pratique sur les avantages des espaces de co-travail et de co-logement, importants pour le développement des villes et l’amélioration de l’inclusion sociale.
Cette activité fait partie du projet « RECOV: REthinking Collaborative Values for public services », soutenu par le programme européen « Europe pour les Citoyens » dont le partenaire principal est la municipalité macédonienne de Centar, située dans la région de Skopje.


Coworking e co-housing: nuove frontiere per favorire lo sviluppo urbano e l’inclusione sociale

La provincia di Vicenza è stata recentemente sotto i riflettori, ospitando vari eventi rilevanti. Dopo le riunioni dello staff e del Consiglio Direttivo di ALDA, si è tenuta nel Comune di Santorso la conferenza internazionale del progetto RECOV.
La conferenza, intitolata “Servizi pubblici collaborativi: costruzione e gestione di spazi di co-working pubblico e co-housing”, è stata organizzata congiuntamente da ALDA e dal Comune di Santorso, nell’ambito del progetto “RECOV: ripensamento dei valori collaborativi per i servizi pubblici” (RECOV: Rethinking Collaborative Values for public services).

Franco Balzi, sindaco di Santorso, ha dato il benvenuto a tutti i partecipanti ed ha presentato le attività del comune per la promozione di servizi pubblici collaborativi. A sua volta, Alessandro Perelli, vice presidente di ALDA, ha sottolineato l’importanza di tali spazi per le comunità locali in Italia e in Europa, mentre Antonella Valmorbida, segretario generale di ALDA, ha illustrato come l’Unione Europea sia attivamente presente nella promozione dello sviluppo a livello locale.

Durante la conferenza, i relatori hanno condiviso la loro esperienza in materia di co-working e co-housing, ed hanno intavolato una discussione per capire i meccanismi attraverso i quali le comunità locali dovrebbero impegnarsi in spazi di co-working e co-housing. Sono state presentate diverse iniziative regionali di co-working, come Megahub, Spazio Hub e Urban Center Thiene.
Lo scopo dell’evento è stato quello di facilitare e promuovere una discussione aperta tra i partecipanti, basata su esperienze pratiche riguardanti i benefici del lavoro in co-working, e degli spazi di co-housing, fattori importanti per lo sviluppo urbano e per l’inclusione sociale.

Questa attività si è iscritta all’interno del progetto “RECOV: ripensare i valori collaborativi per i servizi pubblici”, supportato dal programma europeo “Europa per i cittadini”. Il principale partner del progetto è la municipalità macedone di Centar, situata nella regione di Skopje.


Коворкинг и совместное проживание: новые рубежи, способствующие развитию городов и социальной интеграции  

В последнее время итальянская провинция Виченца находится в центре внимания, где проводятся различные мероприятия. После встречи персонала ALDA, с 16 по 18 января, в муниципалитете Санторсо состоялась международная конференция проекта RECOV.

Эта конференция называлась «Совместные общественные услуги: создание и управление общественными площадками для совместной работы и проживания», и она была организована ALDA вместе с муниципалитетом Санторсо в рамках проекта “RECOV: Переосмысление совместных ценностей для государственных служб».
Франко Бальзи, майор Санторсо, приветствовал всех участников и представил деятельность муниципалитета по продвижению совместных общественных услуг. В свою очередь, Алессандро Перелли, вице-президент ALDA, подчеркнул его важность для местных общин в Италии и Европе, а Антонелла Вальморбида, генеральный секретарь ALDA, объяснила, как Европейский Союз также активно содействует развитию на местном уровне
.
Во время конференции участники поделились опытом коворкинга и совместного проживания, а затем открыли дискуссию, чтобы понять, почему и как местные сообщества должны в этом участвовать. В рамках этого было представлено несколько региональных инициатив по сотрудничеству, таких как Megahub, Spazio Hub и Urban Center Thiene.
Цель этого мероприятия состояла в том, чтобы облегчить и продвинуть открытое обсуждение между участниками на основе практического опыта, касающегося преимуществ совместной работы и совместного жилья, важных факторов для городского развития и социальной интеграции.

Это мероприятие было частью проекта «RECOV: переосмысление совместных ценностей для государственных служб», поддержанного европейской программой «Европа для граждан». Главным партнером проекта является македонский муниципалитет Центар в регионе Скопье.


"Co-working” i “co-housing”: novi horizonti za podsticanje urbanog razvoja i društvene inkluzije

Provincija Vićenca u Italiji, nedavno je bila u središtu pažnje, kao domaćin raznih relevantnih događaja, propraćeno sastankom zaposlenih ALDA-e, od 16. do 18. januara, međunarodne konferencije projekta “RECOV” održane u opštini Santorso.
Konfrenecija je imala naslov “Zajedničke javne usluge: izgradnja i upravljanje javnim co-working i co-housing prostorima” i bila je zajednički organizovana od strane ALDA-e i opštine Santorso, u okviru projekta “RECOV: Rethinking Collaborative Values for public services».

Franco Balzi, predsednik opštine Santorso, pozdravio je sve učesnike i predstavio aktivnosti opštine koje se tiču promocije zajedničkih javnih usluga. Usledio je Alessandro Perelli, potpredsednik ALDA-e, koji je naglasio značaj ovih aktivnosti za lokalne zajednice u Italiji i Evropi, dok je Antonella Valmorbida, generalna sekretarka ALDA-e, objasnila kako je i Evropska unija aktivno prisutna kako bi podstakla razvoj na lokalnom nivou.

Tokom konferencije, govornici su podelili svoja iskustva o co-working-u i co-housing-u, zatim otvorili diskusiju kako bi razumeli zašto i kako bi lokalne zajednice mogle i trebale da se uključe u co-working i co-housing koncepte. U okviru ovoga predstavljeno je nekoliko regionalnih inicijativa za saradnju, kao što su Megahub, Spazio Hub i Urban Center Thiene.

Cilj ovog događaja bio je da se olakša i promoviše otvorena diskusija među učesnicima, zasnovana na praktičnim iskustvima vezanim za prednosti co-working i co-housing prostora, važnih faktora za urbani razvoj i društvenu inkluziju.
Ova aktivnost je bila deo projekta „RECOV: REthinking Collaborative Values for public services“, podržanog od strane evropskog programa „Evropa za građane i građanke“. Vodeći partner projekta je makedonska opština Centar, iz Skoplja.

 

العمل المشترك والإيواء المشترك: حدود جديدة لتعزيز التنمية العمرانية والمشاركة الاجتماعية

كانت مقاطعة فيتشانزا الايطالية حديثا تحت الأضواء باحتضانها العديد من التظاهرات ذات الصلة. على إثر الاجتماع الذي نظمته ألدا لفائدة الموظفين, خلال الفترة 16-18 جانفي (كانون الثاني ) 2019, انعقد المؤتمر الدولي لمشروع ريكاف (RECOV), وذلك بمقر بلدية سانتورسو.

انعقد هذا المؤتمر تحت عنوان “خدمات عمومية مشتركة: بناء وإدارة فضاءات عمومية مشتركة للتعاون والإيواء”, وذلك بتنظيم مشترك من قبل ألدا وبلدية سانتورسو, وذلك في إطار مشروع“ريكاف (RECOV>): إعادة التفكير في القيم المشتركة حول المرافق العمومية”.

خلال هذه التظاهرة, تناول الكلمة فرانكو بازي, عمدة مدينة سانتورسو, للترحيب بكافة المشاركين وتقديم الأنشطة التي تضطلع بها البلدية لتعزيز العمل المشترك حول المرافق العمومية. كما تناول الكلمة تباعا كل من ألساندرو بيرالي, نائب رئيس ألدا, للتركيز على أهمية المجتمعات المحلية في إيطاليا وأوروبا, وأنتونلا فلموربيدا, الأمينة العامة لألدا, للتوضيح كيف أن الاتحاد الأوروبي يلعب دورا محوريا في تعزيز المنظومة التنموية على المستوى المحلي كذلك.

خلال هذا المؤتمر, استغل المشاركون المناسبة لتبادل التجارب حول التعاون المشترك والإيواء المشترك, وذلك قبل أن يفتح النقاش أمام الحضور لمزيد التعمق في الحوار وفهم سبب وطريقة إشراك المجتمعات المحلية في الفضاءات المشتركة ومنظومة الإيواء المشتركة. وفي ذات السياق, تم تقديم العديد من المبادرات الخاصة بالعمل الإقليمي المشترك, على غرار ميغاهاب والمركز الفضائي والمركز العمراني لمدينة ثين.
الهدف من تنظيم هذه التظاهرة هو تسهيل وتعزيز الخطاب المفتوح بين المشاركين وذلك على أساس التجارب الملموسة المسجلة في هذا المجال حول المزايا التي يوفرها العمل المشترك وتقدمها فضاءات الإيواء المشترك كذلك, والتي تعتبر كلها عوامل مؤثرة ومهمة صلب منظومة التنمية المحلية والإشراك الاجتماعي.

كان هذا النشاط جزءا لا يتجزأ من مشروع “ريكاف (RECOV>): إعادة التفكير في القيم المشتركة حول المرافق العمومية”, المدعوم من قبل البرنامج الأوروبي “أوروبا لفائدة المواطنين”. كما أن الشريك الأساسي لهذا المشروع هي بلدية سانتار المقدونية  الواقعة بمنطقة سكوبيو.

The province of Vicenza, Italy, has recently been in the spotlight, hosting various relevant events. Following ALDA staff meeting, from 16th to18th of January, the international conference of the project RECOV took place in the Municipality of Santorso.
This conference was entitled “Collaborative public services: building and managing of public co-working spaces and co-housing” and it was co-organized by ALDA and the Municipality of Santorso, in the framework of “RECOV: Rethinking Collaborative Values for public services” project.

Franco Balzi, major of Santorso, welcomed all participants and presented the activities of the municipality for the promotion of collaborative public services. In turn, Alessandro Perelli, vice president of ALDA, highlighted its importance for local communities in Italy and Europe, while Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA’s Secretary General, explained how the European Union is also actively present to foster development at the local level.

During the conference, the panelists shared their experience about co-working and co-housing, then opened a discussion to understand why and how local communities should engage in co-working spaces and co-housing. Within this framework, several regional co-working initiatives were presented, such as Megahub, Spazio Hub and Urban Center Thiene.

The aim of this event was to facilitate and promote an open discussion between participants, based on practical experiences regarding the benefits of co-working, and co-housing spaces, important factors for urban development and social inclusion.
This activity was part of the project “RECOV: REthinking Collaborative Values for public services”, supported by the European program “Europe for citizens”. The lead partner of the project is the Macedonian Municipality of Centar, in Skopje region.


Co-travail et co-logement: nouvelles frontières pour favoriser le développement urbain et l’inclusion sociale

La province de Vicence, en Italie, a récemment été sous les projecteurs en organisant divers événements importants. Après la réunion du personnel de l’ALDA, la conférence internationale du projet RECOV s’est tenue dans la municipalité de Santorso.
La conférence était intitulée «Services publics collaboratifs: construction et gestion d’espaces publics de co- travail et de co-logement», organisée par ALDA en collaboration avec la municipalité de Santorso, dans le cadre du projet «RECOV: REthinking Collaborative Values for public services».

Le maire de la municipalité de Santorso, Franco Balzi, a souhaité la bienvenue aux participants en partageant les pratiques de la municipalité promouvant les services publics collaboratifs. Alessandro Perelli, vice-président de l’ALDA, a souligné l’importance des communautés locales en Europe et en Italie, tandis qu’Antonella Valmorbida, Secrétaire Générale de l’ALDA, a expliqué comment l’Union européenne est également présente pour favoriser le développement au niveau local.
Au cours de la conférence, les panélistes ont partagé leur expérience en matière de co-travail et de co-logement, puis ont ouvert une discussion pour comprendre pourquoi et comment les communautés locales devraient s’engager dans des espaces de co-travail et de co-logement. Dans ce contexte, plusieurs initiatives de collaboration régionales ont été présentées, telles que Megahub, Spazio Hub et Urban Center Thiene.

L’objectif de cet événement était de faciliter une discussion ouverte entre les participants sur la base d’une expérience pratique sur les avantages des espaces de co-travail et de co-logement, importants pour le développement des villes et l’amélioration de l’inclusion sociale.
Cette activité fait partie du projet « RECOV: REthinking Collaborative Values for public services », soutenu par le programme européen « Europe pour les Citoyens » dont le partenaire principal est la municipalité macédonienne de Centar, située dans la région de Skopje.


Coworking e co-housing: nuove frontiere per favorire lo sviluppo urbano e l’inclusione sociale

La provincia di Vicenza è stata recentemente sotto i riflettori, ospitando vari eventi rilevanti. Dopo le riunioni dello staff e del Consiglio Direttivo di ALDA, si è tenuta nel Comune di Santorso la conferenza internazionale del progetto RECOV.
La conferenza, intitolata “Servizi pubblici collaborativi: costruzione e gestione di spazi di co-working pubblico e co-housing”, è stata organizzata congiuntamente da ALDA e dal Comune di Santorso, nell’ambito del progetto “RECOV: ripensamento dei valori collaborativi per i servizi pubblici” (RECOV: Rethinking Collaborative Values for public services).

Franco Balzi, sindaco di Santorso, ha dato il benvenuto a tutti i partecipanti ed ha presentato le attività del comune per la promozione di servizi pubblici collaborativi. A sua volta, Alessandro Perelli, vice presidente di ALDA, ha sottolineato l’importanza di tali spazi per le comunità locali in Italia e in Europa, mentre Antonella Valmorbida, segretario generale di ALDA, ha illustrato come l’Unione Europea sia attivamente presente nella promozione dello sviluppo a livello locale.

Durante la conferenza, i relatori hanno condiviso la loro esperienza in materia di co-working e co-housing, ed hanno intavolato una discussione per capire i meccanismi attraverso i quali le comunità locali dovrebbero impegnarsi in spazi di co-working e co-housing. Sono state presentate diverse iniziative regionali di co-working, come Megahub, Spazio Hub e Urban Center Thiene.
Lo scopo dell’evento è stato quello di facilitare e promuovere una discussione aperta tra i partecipanti, basata su esperienze pratiche riguardanti i benefici del lavoro in co-working, e degli spazi di co-housing, fattori importanti per lo sviluppo urbano e per l’inclusione sociale.

Questa attività si è iscritta all’interno del progetto “RECOV: ripensare i valori collaborativi per i servizi pubblici”, supportato dal programma europeo “Europa per i cittadini”. Il principale partner del progetto è la municipalità macedone di Centar, situata nella regione di Skopje.


Коворкинг и совместное проживание: новые рубежи, способствующие развитию городов и социальной интеграции  

В последнее время итальянская провинция Виченца находится в центре внимания, где проводятся различные мероприятия. После встречи персонала ALDA, с 16 по 18 января, в муниципалитете Санторсо состоялась международная конференция проекта RECOV.

Эта конференция называлась «Совместные общественные услуги: создание и управление общественными площадками для совместной работы и проживания», и она была организована ALDA вместе с муниципалитетом Санторсо в рамках проекта “RECOV: Переосмысление совместных ценностей для государственных служб».
Франко Бальзи, майор Санторсо, приветствовал всех участников и представил деятельность муниципалитета по продвижению совместных общественных услуг. В свою очередь, Алессандро Перелли, вице-президент ALDA, подчеркнул его важность для местных общин в Италии и Европе, а Антонелла Вальморбида, генеральный секретарь ALDA, объяснила, как Европейский Союз также активно содействует развитию на местном уровне
.
Во время конференции участники поделились опытом коворкинга и совместного проживания, а затем открыли дискуссию, чтобы понять, почему и как местные сообщества должны в этом участвовать. В рамках этого было представлено несколько региональных инициатив по сотрудничеству, таких как Megahub, Spazio Hub и Urban Center Thiene.
Цель этого мероприятия состояла в том, чтобы облегчить и продвинуть открытое обсуждение между участниками на основе практического опыта, касающегося преимуществ совместной работы и совместного жилья, важных факторов для городского развития и социальной интеграции.

Это мероприятие было частью проекта «RECOV: переосмысление совместных ценностей для государственных служб», поддержанного европейской программой «Европа для граждан». Главным партнером проекта является македонский муниципалитет Центар в регионе Скопье.


"Co-working” i “co-housing”: novi horizonti za podsticanje urbanog razvoja i društvene inkluzije

Provincija Vićenca u Italiji, nedavno je bila u središtu pažnje, kao domaćin raznih relevantnih događaja, propraćeno sastankom zaposlenih ALDA-e, od 16. do 18. januara, međunarodne konferencije projekta “RECOV” održane u opštini Santorso.
Konfrenecija je imala naslov “Zajedničke javne usluge: izgradnja i upravljanje javnim co-working i co-housing prostorima” i bila je zajednički organizovana od strane ALDA-e i opštine Santorso, u okviru projekta “RECOV: Rethinking Collaborative Values for public services».

Franco Balzi, predsednik opštine Santorso, pozdravio je sve učesnike i predstavio aktivnosti opštine koje se tiču promocije zajedničkih javnih usluga. Usledio je Alessandro Perelli, potpredsednik ALDA-e, koji je naglasio značaj ovih aktivnosti za lokalne zajednice u Italiji i Evropi, dok je Antonella Valmorbida, generalna sekretarka ALDA-e, objasnila kako je i Evropska unija aktivno prisutna kako bi podstakla razvoj na lokalnom nivou.

Tokom konferencije, govornici su podelili svoja iskustva o co-working-u i co-housing-u, zatim otvorili diskusiju kako bi razumeli zašto i kako bi lokalne zajednice mogle i trebale da se uključe u co-working i co-housing koncepte. U okviru ovoga predstavljeno je nekoliko regionalnih inicijativa za saradnju, kao što su Megahub, Spazio Hub i Urban Center Thiene.

Cilj ovog događaja bio je da se olakša i promoviše otvorena diskusija među učesnicima, zasnovana na praktičnim iskustvima vezanim za prednosti co-working i co-housing prostora, važnih faktora za urbani razvoj i društvenu inkluziju.
Ova aktivnost je bila deo projekta „RECOV: REthinking Collaborative Values for public services“, podržanog od strane evropskog programa „Evropa za građane i građanke“. Vodeći partner projekta je makedonska opština Centar, iz Skoplja.

 

العمل المشترك والإيواء المشترك: حدود جديدة لتعزيز التنمية العمرانية والمشاركة الاجتماعية

كانت مقاطعة فيتشانزا الايطالية حديثا تحت الأضواء باحتضانها العديد من التظاهرات ذات الصلة. على إثر الاجتماع الذي نظمته ألدا لفائدة الموظفين, خلال الفترة 16-18 جانفي (كانون الثاني ) 2019, انعقد المؤتمر الدولي لمشروع ريكاف (RECOV), وذلك بمقر بلدية سانتورسو.

انعقد هذا المؤتمر تحت عنوان “خدمات عمومية مشتركة: بناء وإدارة فضاءات عمومية مشتركة للتعاون والإيواء”, وذلك بتنظيم مشترك من قبل ألدا وبلدية سانتورسو, وذلك في إطار مشروع“ريكاف (RECOV>): إعادة التفكير في القيم المشتركة حول المرافق العمومية”.

خلال هذه التظاهرة, تناول الكلمة فرانكو بازي, عمدة مدينة سانتورسو, للترحيب بكافة المشاركين وتقديم الأنشطة التي تضطلع بها البلدية لتعزيز العمل المشترك حول المرافق العمومية. كما تناول الكلمة تباعا كل من ألساندرو بيرالي, نائب رئيس ألدا, للتركيز على أهمية المجتمعات المحلية في إيطاليا وأوروبا, وأنتونلا فلموربيدا, الأمينة العامة لألدا, للتوضيح كيف أن الاتحاد الأوروبي يلعب دورا محوريا في تعزيز المنظومة التنموية على المستوى المحلي كذلك.

خلال هذا المؤتمر, استغل المشاركون المناسبة لتبادل التجارب حول التعاون المشترك والإيواء المشترك, وذلك قبل أن يفتح النقاش أمام الحضور لمزيد التعمق في الحوار وفهم سبب وطريقة إشراك المجتمعات المحلية في الفضاءات المشتركة ومنظومة الإيواء المشتركة. وفي ذات السياق, تم تقديم العديد من المبادرات الخاصة بالعمل الإقليمي المشترك, على غرار ميغاهاب والمركز الفضائي والمركز العمراني لمدينة ثين.
الهدف من تنظيم هذه التظاهرة هو تسهيل وتعزيز الخطاب المفتوح بين المشاركين وذلك على أساس التجارب الملموسة المسجلة في هذا المجال حول المزايا التي يوفرها العمل المشترك وتقدمها فضاءات الإيواء المشترك كذلك, والتي تعتبر كلها عوامل مؤثرة ومهمة صلب منظومة التنمية المحلية والإشراك الاجتماعي.

كان هذا النشاط جزءا لا يتجزأ من مشروع “ريكاف (RECOV>): إعادة التفكير في القيم المشتركة حول المرافق العمومية”, المدعوم من قبل البرنامج الأوروبي “أوروبا لفائدة المواطنين”. كما أن الشريك الأساسي لهذا المشروع هي بلدية سانتار المقدونية  الواقعة بمنطقة سكوبيو.


First meetings of ALDA staff and Governing Board in 2019 - motivation for action!

ALDA international staff met and worked hard together during their first meeting of 2019, which took place in Vicenza in January. Every year the staff meeting represents a moment of deep reflection, analysis and team-building, useful to review ALDA’s action in all its facets: all members take the floor and present strategy and challenges, progress of activities and projects, membership, developments for current and future local democracy agencies, and much more.

Before starting, the Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida mourned the loss of our friend Pavel Adamowicz, mayor of Gdansk (Poland), whose death left all the staff deeply sad and outraged. This tragic event led to a reflection on the situation and atmosphere prevailing in Europe at the present moment, increasing the awareness on the importance European institutions and Associations, like ALDA, may play in order to mitigate this wave of violence and spread hope and optimism.

The Governing Board of the Association met on 18 January in Thiene, Italy, hosted in the beautiful Villa Fabris, a building from 1700 hosting the European Centre for Heritage Jobs, as well as start-ups and associations. The Mayor of Thiene Giovanni Casarotto and the Director of Villa Fabris Giovanni Giuliari welcomed the delegation, stating that together, we are building a new and better Europe, and we must believe in this common project.

ALDA international staff met and worked hard together during their first meeting of 2019, which took place in Vicenza in January. Every year the staff meeting represents a moment of deep reflection, analysis and team-building, useful to review ALDA’s action in all its facets: all members take the floor and present strategy and challenges, progress of activities and projects, membership, developments for current and future local democracy agencies, and much more.

Before starting, the Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida mourned the loss of our friend Pavel Adamowicz, mayor of Gdansk (Poland), whose death left all the staff deeply sad and outraged. This tragic event led to a reflection on the situation and atmosphere prevailing in Europe at the present moment, increasing the awareness on the importance European institutions and Associations, like ALDA, may play in order to mitigate this wave of violence and spread hope and optimism.

The Governing Board of the Association met on 18 January in Thiene, Italy, hosted in the beautiful Villa Fabris, a building from 1700 hosting the European Centre for Heritage Jobs, as well as start-ups and associations. The Mayor of Thiene Giovanni Casarotto and the Director of Villa Fabris Giovanni Giuliari welcomed the delegation, stating that together, we are building a new and better Europe, and we must believe in this common project.


WEMIN partners meet in Florence, and discover the city with a migrant tour

ALDA took part in the third WEMIN partner meeting, held in Florence (Italy) on 9th and 10th of January, hosted by OXFAM ITALIA. ALDA was represented by Solène Falk, project manager and Irene Zanetti, head of communications.

WEMIN is a two-years project funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Found of the European Union, which stands for “Migrant Women Empowerment and Integration”. Concretely, the project implements a new integration model for refugee and migrant women of all ages in all the communities involved, through a deep exchange between migrant and local women, shared on intercultural dialogue, languages training, mentoring sessions, several cultural activities.
Partners thoroughly discussed the ongoing and future challenges of the project, thinking together of strategies to maximise the impact of the work, in such a sensitive time in Europe.
After the discussion, OXFAM invited all participants to discover Florence through a special “migrant tour”, guided by two migrants from Africa, which showed lots of hidden beauties, highlighting the multicultural soul of Florence and its welcome network. Finally, all participants tasted a traditional cardamom tea in a Somali café, where Florentine Somalis meet. That was a brilliant activity to stress migrants’ deep integration into social and cultural fabric of Florence, as well as the key activity of Italian and international volunteers.
Read more about this project on its website 

ALDA took part in the third WEMIN partner meeting, held in Florence (Italy) on 9th and 10th of January, hosted by OXFAM ITALIA. ALDA was represented by Solène Falk, project manager and Irene Zanetti, head of communications.

WEMIN is a two-years project funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Found of the European Union, which stands for “Migrant Women Empowerment and Integration”. Concretely, the project implements a new integration model for refugee and migrant women of all ages in all the communities involved, through a deep exchange between migrant and local women, shared on intercultural dialogue, languages training, mentoring sessions, several cultural activities.
Partners thoroughly discussed the ongoing and future challenges of the project, thinking together of strategies to maximise the impact of the work, in such a sensitive time in Europe.
After the discussion, OXFAM invited all participants to discover Florence through a special “migrant tour”, guided by two migrants from Africa, which showed lots of hidden beauties, highlighting the multicultural soul of Florence and its welcome network. Finally, all participants tasted a traditional cardamom tea in a Somali café, where Florentine Somalis meet. That was a brilliant activity to stress migrants’ deep integration into social and cultural fabric of Florence, as well as the key activity of Italian and international volunteers.
Read more about this project on its website 


European decentralised cooperation in the spotlight at CoR – Join the event on 5th February

"Working with communities, in a long term participative and local approach, decentralised cooperation has a great power for change and for reaching and impacting on citizens and institutions. The fact that – sometimes – it cannot reach the results expected is not due to the fact that the methods is wrong per se but it is due to the fact that it remains often underfunded and with not enough support, including the political one, in the medium and long term."

This quote by Antonella Valmorbida briefly describes the core concept of her newly published book, “The European Decentralised Cooperation: Acting for development engaging local authorities and civil society”. Ms. Valmorbida, based upon her proven expertise in field, states that the European continent can be a real leader in this perspective, since it based its own development on local and regional autonomy.

The book presentation will take place on February 5th, 2019 at the Committee of the Regions documentation centre (JDE 1st floor), in Brussels, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, as side event of the Forum of Cities & Regions for Development Cooperation.
The presentation won’t be a simple introduction of the book, but it will be designed as a round table, in order to establish a constructive exchange on the place of decentralised cooperation in Europe nowadays and its conceivable future.

Ken Godfrey, European Partnership for Democracy’s Executive Director, will moderate the session, animated by Ms. Afef Zaddem, Delegate of the Local Democracy Agency (LDA) of Kairouan, Tunisia, Mr. Radouène Bouden, Mayor of Kairouan and Ms. Serena Foracchia, Councillor for International City of Reggio Emilia, Italy (tbc).

"We should not be totally blind and look at our reality only through the lenses of fear and catastrophic approach. Community approach to problems and its added value is a characteristic of the EU member states’ governance, and we should be ready to share it with our neighbours, while picking up also all their good experiences. The process of citizens’ empowerment – especially at the local level – is irreversible”.

The event is organised by the European Commission for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).

To register, please contact Francesco Pala to francesco.pala@aldaintranet.org by February 1st, 2019.

"Working with communities, in a long term participative and local approach, decentralised cooperation has a great power for change and for reaching and impacting on citizens and institutions. The fact that – sometimes – it cannot reach the results expected is not due to the fact that the methods is wrong per se but it is due to the fact that it remains often underfunded and with not enough support, including the political one, in the medium and long term."

This quote by Antonella Valmorbida briefly describes the core concept of her newly published book, “The European Decentralised Cooperation: Acting for development engaging local authorities and civil society”. Ms. Valmorbida, based upon her proven expertise in field, states that the European continent can be a real leader in this perspective, since it based its own development on local and regional autonomy.

The book presentation will take place on February 5th, 2019 at the Committee of the Regions documentation centre (JDE 1st floor), in Brussels, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, as side event of the Forum of Cities & Regions for Development Cooperation.
The presentation won’t be a simple introduction of the book, but it will be designed as a round table, in order to establish a constructive exchange on the place of decentralised cooperation in Europe nowadays and its conceivable future.

Ken Godfrey, European Partnership for Democracy’s Executive Director, will moderate the session, animated by Ms. Afef Zaddem, Delegate of the Local Democracy Agency (LDA) of Kairouan, Tunisia, Mr. Radouène Bouden, Mayor of Kairouan and Ms. Serena Foracchia, Councillor for International City of Reggio Emilia, Italy (tbc).

"We should not be totally blind and look at our reality only through the lenses of fear and catastrophic approach. Community approach to problems and its added value is a characteristic of the EU member states’ governance, and we should be ready to share it with our neighbours, while picking up also all their good experiences. The process of citizens’ empowerment – especially at the local level – is irreversible”.

The event is organised by the European Commission for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).

To register, please contact Francesco Pala to francesco.pala@aldaintranet.org by February 1st, 2019.