Innovative and sustainable financial instruments for local governments

From 21st to 23rd of October 2019, Lisbon will be the host-city of the 3rd International event of the project “RECOV – REthinking Collaborative Values for public services».

The main topic of the conference is “Innovative and sustainable financial instruments for local governments”, focusing on European rules and mechanisms and on new sustainable financial instruments for public authorities in response to the economic crisis. For all participants, it will be a possibility to acquire knowledge and information about sustainable financial instruments and to actively participate in the exchange of practices.

Different working sessions are proposed in the agenda such as Public presentation, Open space methodology, study visits and debates.

The 2-day event will gather the project partners coming from 9 countries and local participants. It is expected to reach around 100 participants.

The Conference is organized by the Clube Intercultural Europeu, Amadora – Portugal. RECOV: Rethinking collaborative values for public services is a 2-year-long project coordinated by European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA. The lead partner of the project is Municipality of Centar. The project is supported by Europe for Citizens programme.

From 21st to 23rd of October 2019, Lisbon will be the host-city of the 3rd International event of the project “RECOV – REthinking Collaborative Values for public services».

The main topic of the conference is “Innovative and sustainable financial instruments for local governments”, focusing on European rules and mechanisms and on new sustainable financial instruments for public authorities in response to the economic crisis. For all participants, it will be a possibility to acquire knowledge and information about sustainable financial instruments and to actively participate in the exchange of practices.

Different working sessions are proposed in the agenda such as Public presentation, Open space methodology, study visits and debates.

The 2-day event will gather the project partners coming from 9 countries and local participants. It is expected to reach around 100 participants.

The Conference is organized by the Clube Intercultural Europeu, Amadora – Portugal. RECOV: Rethinking collaborative values for public services is a 2-year-long project coordinated by European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA. The lead partner of the project is Municipality of Centar. The project is supported by Europe for Citizens programme.


Nino Khukhua is now a member of the EU - Georgia Civil Society Platform

Nino Khukhua, Executive Director of the Local Democracy Agency Georgia has been recently elected as a member of the EU – Georgia Civil Society Platform Group. The Civil Society Platform is based on Article 412 of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union. Its purpose is to monitor the implementation of the Agreement, to develop and deliver recommendations to the EU highest level, Georgian co- operation institutions, government and parliament. This is an outstanding news for the Local Democracy Agency Georgia, officially establishing itself as one of the leading organizations to promote European integration and regional development policies in Georgia.

Congratulations, Nino!

Nino Khukhua, Executive Director of the Local Democracy Agency Georgia has been recently elected as a member of the EU – Georgia Civil Society Platform Group. The Civil Society Platform is based on Article 412 of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union. Its purpose is to monitor the implementation of the Agreement, to develop and deliver recommendations to the EU highest level, Georgian co- operation institutions, government and parliament. This is an outstanding news for the Local Democracy Agency Georgia, officially establishing itself as one of the leading organizations to promote European integration and regional development policies in Georgia.

Congratulations, Nino!


Hey man/woman, where are you going…

The Local Democracy Agency Montenegro in cooperation with the NGO Bona Fide, organized the first local workshop in the framework of the project IMPACT- “Inclusion matters! Using performing arts towards cohesion and tolerance” on the 4th of October 2019 in Pljevlja, a northern border town of Montenegro.  The representatives of the organizations and the artists gathered with 13 refugees from Nepal, Syria, Morocco, Algeria… and spent time exploiting their painting skills and artistic visions as a different form of communication.

LDA Montenegro managed to pull out the refugees from everyday grey mood of uncertainty waiting to cross the borders by offering them the chance to enjoy an activity that is so common for everyday lives.  The laughters resonated in the room, till the doorway of the hostel where the workshop was taking place. The participants felt appreciated, relaxed and happy to get involved and be included. “We feel happy because you have come and we did something good together” said Riden, a refugee from Nepal. From this workshop, the project team could deduct that this target group needs more every-day and common activities in order to get rid of constant feeling of suspense and uncertainty, and to feel accepted.

Le projet IMPACT est soutenu par le programme Erasmus+ de l'Union européenne et mis en œuvre par VIFIN - Videnscenter for Integration en coopération avec ALDA, La Piccionaia - Centre pour la production théâtrale, LDA Monténégro, LDA Mostar, Coalition des organisations de jeunesse SEGA, Association pour le développement du travail volontaire Novo Mesto (DRPDNM) et Urban Development Center.

The Local Democracy Agency Montenegro in cooperation with the NGO Bona Fide, organized the first local workshop in the framework of the project IMPACT- “Inclusion matters! Using performing arts towards cohesion and tolerance” on the 4th of October 2019 in Pljevlja, a northern border town of Montenegro.  The representatives of the organizations and the artists gathered with 13 refugees from Nepal, Syria, Morocco, Algeria… and spent time exploiting their painting skills and artistic visions as a different form of communication.

LDA Montenegro managed to pull out the refugees from everyday grey mood of uncertainty waiting to cross the borders by offering them the chance to enjoy an activity that is so common for everyday lives.  The laughters resonated in the room, till the doorway of the hostel where the workshop was taking place. The participants felt appreciated, relaxed and happy to get involved and be included. “We feel happy because you have come and we did something good together” said Riden, a refugee from Nepal. From this workshop, the project team could deduct that this target group needs more every-day and common activities in order to get rid of constant feeling of suspense and uncertainty, and to feel accepted.

Le projet IMPACT est soutenu par le programme Erasmus+ de l'Union européenne et mis en œuvre par VIFIN - Videnscenter for Integration en coopération avec ALDA, La Piccionaia - Centre pour la production théâtrale, LDA Monténégro, LDA Mostar, Coalition des organisations de jeunesse SEGA, Association pour le développement du travail volontaire Novo Mesto (DRPDNM) et Urban Development Center.


ALDA Vice President meets the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council on the migrant crisis in Bihać

The Vice President of ALDA Alessandro Perelli met in Trieste at the Regional Assembly the Councillor Andrea Ussai, member of the Committee on International Cooperation. Michela Vogrig, President of CosmE, consortium of social cooperatives and member of ALDA, was also present.

The theme of the serious and worrying situation that has been created in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where in the heights on the border with Croatia, tens of thousands of migrants are in desperate conditions, crammed into dilapidated refugee camps with disastrous sanitary conditions.

Councillor Ussai witnessed this directly during an institutional visit to the city of Bihać where he met the local authorities. The Vice President of ALDA, Alessandro Perelli, expressed the interest of the Association to intervene, in accordance with its mission of promotion of European values, in front of a state of affairs that offends the dignity of human beings and is likely to worsen further, given the progressive increase of migration flows along the Balkan route.

Perelli also undertook to report to the Board of Directors of ALDA on the evolution of the situation. For her part, Michela Vogrig announced the interest of CosmE, which already works alongside Caritas in Bosnia and Serbia, to develop its action in the field of social cooperation in these territories.

The Vice President of ALDA Alessandro Perelli met in Trieste at the Regional Assembly the Councillor Andrea Ussai, member of the Committee on International Cooperation. Michela Vogrig, President of CosmE, consortium of social cooperatives and member of ALDA, was also present.

The theme of the serious and worrying situation that has been created in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where in the heights on the border with Croatia, tens of thousands of migrants are in desperate conditions, crammed into dilapidated refugee camps with disastrous sanitary conditions.

Councillor Ussai witnessed this directly during an institutional visit to the city of Bihać where he met the local authorities. The Vice President of ALDA, Alessandro Perelli, expressed the interest of the Association to intervene, in accordance with its mission of promotion of European values, in front of a state of affairs that offends the dignity of human beings and is likely to worsen further, given the progressive increase of migration flows along the Balkan route.

Perelli also undertook to report to the Board of Directors of ALDA on the evolution of the situation. For her part, Michela Vogrig announced the interest of CosmE, which already works alongside Caritas in Bosnia and Serbia, to develop its action in the field of social cooperation in these territories.


The project in Eastern Europe takes action with the training on participative democracy in Mariupol

During the last week of September, from the 24th to the 26th, the project “Empowering local authorities and civil society to deliver solutions with participative democracy” , supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) programme, entered a new phase. After the first step of assessment-visits in the targeted cities of Ukraine and Moldova, a detailed report has been drafted, describing and analysing the findings, through the Eloge methodology. Different local authorities and civil society organisations have been interviewed in order to identify the real needs of the communities, through the understanding of trends, weaknesses and existing best-practices. On that basis, the first cycle of training has been delivered, starting from the city of Mariupol. The 3-day course addressed local authorities, deputies and civil society organisations and it aimed at transferring knowledge skills on participative democracy and concrete methods of participation in order to enable participants to put in place such a process to find shared solutions to local problems.

Our Secretary-General, Antonella Valmorbida, who delivered the training, stated that participants were ready and inclined to acquire that kind of information.
All in all, a fertile ground has been found and two possible plans of actions were put forward as follow-up to the training activity: the first concerns youth, the other applies to the optimisation management of services.

During the last week of September, from the 24th to the 26th, the project “Empowering local authorities and civil society to deliver solutions with participative democracy” , supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) programme, entered a new phase. After the first step of assessment-visits in the targeted cities of Ukraine and Moldova, a detailed report has been drafted, describing and analysing the findings, through the Eloge methodology. Different local authorities and civil society organisations have been interviewed in order to identify the real needs of the communities, through the understanding of trends, weaknesses and existing best-practices. On that basis, the first cycle of training has been delivered, starting from the city of Mariupol. The 3-day course addressed local authorities, deputies and civil society organisations and it aimed at transferring knowledge skills on participative democracy and concrete methods of participation in order to enable participants to put in place such a process to find shared solutions to local problems.

Our Secretary-General, Antonella Valmorbida, who delivered the training, stated that participants were ready and inclined to acquire that kind of information.
All in all, a fertile ground has been found and two possible plans of actions were put forward as follow-up to the training activity: the first concerns youth, the other applies to the optimisation management of services.


Join the AGREED project to support local public administrative reforms in Moldova

The EU-funded project AGREED – “Activating Governance Reform for Enhancing Development” in the Republic of Moldova gets into action. The aim of the project being to build a growingly concerted mechanism between civil society and the local authorities in the policy making process, we are now seeking a resource to develop such a system.
Thus, it has been launched the recruitment for an independent individual or group of expert(s) or specialized organization to develop a methodology of voluntary amalgamation of administrative territorial units (ATUs) to support the Decentralization and Local Public Administrative Reform.
The selected expert(s)/organization will work to elaborate the voluntary amalgamation methodology, identify the needed modifications within the normative framework and harmonization of the legislative framework, possible reorganization of municipal enterprises, etc.
The final result will be officially presented to central government representatives.

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2019, 23:59 local time in Chisinau. 

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The EU-funded project AGREED – “Activating Governance Reform for Enhancing Development” in the Republic of Moldova gets into action. The aim of the project being to build a growingly concerted mechanism between civil society and the local authorities in the policy making process, we are now seeking a resource to develop such a system.
Thus, it has been launched the recruitment for an independent individual or group of expert(s) or specialized organization to develop a methodology of voluntary amalgamation of administrative territorial units (ATUs) to support the Decentralization and Local Public Administrative Reform.
The selected expert(s)/organization will work to elaborate the voluntary amalgamation methodology, identify the needed modifications within the normative framework and harmonization of the legislative framework, possible reorganization of municipal enterprises, etc.
The final result will be officially presented to central government representatives.

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2019, 23:59 local time in Chisinau. 

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ALDA is now a member of the EESC Liaison Group

ALDA has proudly become a member of the Groupe de liaison du Comité économique et social européen (CESE). The Liaison Group was set up by EESC in 2004 in order to “provide a framework for political dialogue and cooperation between the EESC and the European organisations and networks the Group liaises with, as well as other EU institutions, on cross-cutting issues of common interest”.

The main task of the Liaison Group is to strengthen the links between various European civil society organizations and to provide them with space for a constructive dialogue concerning the EU agenda.

By establishing vertical civil dialogue with civil society organizations and EU institutions, the Liaison Groups allows them to influence the decision-making process on the European level. The Liaison Groups also provides a forum for civil society organizations to meet and discuss issues relevant to them by inviting them the round table and hence, initiating horizontal civil dialogue. Results of the discussions are then transformed into proposals influencing the EU agenda regarding civil society organizations and their essential interest.
ALDA is very proud to become a member and enter their network and thus take the promotion of civil dialogue and support of citizens‘ concerns a step further, on the European level.

Vérifiez Liaison Group’s Newsletter !

ALDA has proudly become a member of the Groupe de liaison du Comité économique et social européen (CESE). The Liaison Group was set up by EESC in 2004 in order to “provide a framework for political dialogue and cooperation between the EESC and the European organisations and networks the Group liaises with, as well as other EU institutions, on cross-cutting issues of common interest”.

The main task of the Liaison Group is to strengthen the links between various European civil society organizations and to provide them with space for a constructive dialogue concerning the EU agenda.

By establishing vertical civil dialogue with civil society organizations and EU institutions, the Liaison Groups allows them to influence the decision-making process on the European level. The Liaison Groups also provides a forum for civil society organizations to meet and discuss issues relevant to them by inviting them the round table and hence, initiating horizontal civil dialogue. Results of the discussions are then transformed into proposals influencing the EU agenda regarding civil society organizations and their essential interest.
ALDA is very proud to become a member and enter their network and thus take the promotion of civil dialogue and support of citizens‘ concerns a step further, on the European level.

Vérifiez Liaison Group’s Newsletter !


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