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In memory of Didier Duboisset, dear friend and partner of ALDA

It is with great sorrow and profound sadness that we learnt of the passing of our dearest partner and friend, Didier Duboisset, convinced and committed supporter of our cause and mission.

Didier has always been actively involved in our network, first as a member representing the group of French local authorities Pays Vichy-Auvergne, then as a member of the Governing Board of ALDA, until 2022.

By virtue of the quality of its contribution, he was now Observing Member of the Board and of the activities of ALDA, serving the Association with his high expertise and experience, especially in the field of local and territorial development. He was also a key figure in the relations between ALDA and the network Leader France, with which the Association has been collaborating for several years.

The entire staff of ALDA, the Secretary General, the President and the members of the Governing Board join in the grief for this terrible loss.
We will continue to remember Didier in our activities, knowing that we were fortunate to have worked with him for many years.

Our deepest sympathies to his family, colleagues, friends and to all who knew and appreciated him.


Call for participants - THE:PLACE Programme

Programme & objectives:

THE:PLACE is a collaborative exchange programme designed to establish enduring networks between Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Türkiye and the European Union. Managed by ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy et par MAD - Mekanda Adalet Derneği and supported by the Fondation Mercator, the programme aims to empower CSOs and Local Authorities(LAs) as crucial actors in local development.

The programme aims to enhance CSOs’ capacity to make a significant impact in their respective work areas, by facilitating the exchange of knowledge and cooperation among those working on local issues. It also encourages collaboration with local authorities through quadrilateral partnerships. The programme provides targeted capacity building, peer learning, et par subgrant support on joint partnership projects.

THE:PLACE will last from November 2021 to October 2025, supporting two rounds of beneficiaries (the first from February 2022 to October 2023 and the second from September 2023 to September 2025).

Who is THE:PLACE for?

We are seeking CSOs which: 

  • adopt human rights or development based approach (İnsan hakları veya kalkınma temelli yaklaşım) 
  • are non-for-profit NGOs and Foundations (Türkiye için dernek, vakıf ve kar-amacı-gütmeyen kooperatifler); 
  • are based in Türkiye or the European Union 
  • are interested in engaging in an international exchange process coupled with an enhanced engagement with a local authority at the city level (either municipalities or metropolitan municipalities/district municipalities and metropolitan municipalities in Türkiye) 
  • have an experience in project management and sufficient stability as an organisation (for example, a minimum of 3 permanent staff members for both EU and TR CSOs and preferably a maximum of 10 permanent staff members for TR, 20 for EU);

The call for participants will be open until July 7, 2023

What will we work on at THE:PLACE?

The program doesn’t have restrictions on topics in which participating CSOs would like to enhance their capacity or work on the joint project they would like to develop later as long as they align with the general framework of the Human Rights Based Approach and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And, of course, CSOs are expetected to be motivated to collaborate with local authorities and actively engage in international exchange with their counterparts through those topics.

In light of the recent earthquake disaster in Türkiye and the growing climate crisis worldwide, we believe it is crucial to incorporate a disaster resilience perspective into our works of any kind. Therefore, the program will look for participating CSOs to integrate this perspective into the projects they develop and implement later within the program.

Comment postuler?

Lisez l'appel à propositions complet pour obtenir toutes les informations sur l'appel et sur la manière de poser votre candidature!

L'appel sera ouvert du until 7 July 2023.

All the questions related to the present call for participants and the participation modalities have to be addressed to the following email address:

Any questions? Read the Frequently Asked Questions ici.

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ALDA in Belgrade to advance Civil Society Organisations governance in the EU, Western Balkans and Türkiye!

ALDA took part in the two-day Civil Society Organisation Governance Community of practice regional meeting, organised by EU TACSO 3 in Belgrade (Serbia) on 11 and 12 May 2023.

The objective of the meeting was to bring together key stakeholders from the Western Balkans region and Türkiye to share best regional and EU experiences on CSO governance and create a community of practice on governance.

The aim of the meeting was to create a community of practice on governance

At this working meeting, Milena Dimitrovska-Zurovska, ALDA Skopje project developer, shared the Association’s European and regional experiences with CSO governance, challenges and approaches to transformation. Ms. Dimitrovska-Zurovska spoke about the development of the network, the activities and different approaches adopted by ALDA during its work in the region and how these have helped the network to grow outside its original borders in the Western Balkans.

ALDA will continue to work with professionals in the region and build partnerships to ensure the development of the Western Balkans and Türkiye on its path towards the EU.

Respond Locally to Global Issues - Call for proposals for local actions on Sustainability: results are out!

In February 2022, ALDA launched a call for proposals to fund ALDA members willing to support participatory actions in the field of sustainability.

In order to promote good governance and citizen participation at the local level in Europe and beyond, ALDA leads a wide range of actions supporting local, national and international stakeholders in achieving their goals in the fields of European integration, decentralisation, human rights, social inclusion, sustainable development, civic initiatives and much more. As its core element, ALDA supports citizens and groups of citizens in their initiatives aimed at improving their local context, building bridges with local authorities in order to make the change real. In this framework, ALDA works through a participatory approach and the method of multilateral decentralised cooperation, always focusing on strong partnerships between local authorities and civil society organisations.

ALDA works with and for local resilient communities, to address the future challenges from a democratic, environmental, social and economic point of view. The call was aimed at supporting local and grass-root initiatives in the field of EU rights and values, in order to promote both a sense of belonging to the EU in view of the 2024 EU elections, and a sense of “local ownership” and engagement in the local community. This way the funded projects were able to pave the way for further activities in this sense and ensure the capitalisation of the results.

“Respond Locally to Global Issues” call for proposals: results are out!

The call was addressed to ALDA members based in the EU which presented their own projects focused on increasing public knowledge, awareness and interest about the EU key policies and strategies.

ALDA received many interesting and qualitative applications. After the evaluation carried out by an appointed  Evaluation Committee (EC), 15 organisations from 8 different countries were selected.

These organizations will implement different strategies at local level targeting different vulnerable groups in areas such as: education, health, climate action, gender equality among others.

Click here to discover the 15 beneficiaries of the regranting programme!

Welcome 3P4SSE: a new ALDA+ project on Social and Solidarity Economy

On April 18th and 19th, 2023, a new Interreg Central Europe project has kicked off in the Italian city of Trento.

Public-private-partnership for Social and Solidarity Economy (3P4SSE) – this is the project’s title – aims at filling Central Europe regional gaps in addressing weak economic sectors (with low added value) and disadvantaged people, by promoting the territorial clusterisation of Social and Solidarity Economies, creating a multilevel networks scheme at European and regional scales, based on Public-Private Partnership and a strategic EU cooperation.

Lasting 36 months, the project involves 11 partners from central Europe, led by the Autonomous Province of Trento, namely ALDA+, the National Foundation for Civil Society Development (Croatia), the Regional Development Agency ARLEG (Poland), Prizma Foundation (Slovenia), FAB – Vocational Support Association (Austria), Pannon Business Network Association (Hungary), Links Foundation (Italie), de l' Regional Development Agency for Podravje – Maribor (Slovenia), Trentino Federation of Cooperation (Italie), de l' Lower Silesian Centre for Social Policy (Poland) and Split – Dalmatia County (Croatia).

Increasing citizen participation and the democratic level in different local Western Balkans realities is the key point at the basis of the partnership between ALDA and CEI, that are currently cooperating and joining forces to give concrete support to the building of a strong local good governance expertise

3P4SSE aims at filling Central Europe regional gaps in addressing weak economic sectors and disadvantaged people, by promoting the territorial clusterisation of Social and Solidarity Economies

The Kick-off meeting took place over two days dedicated to deepening the mutual knowledge of project partners, setting-up an action plan for the following months and discovering Solidarity Economy experiences in the Region of Trento.

Indeed, the first day a field visit was organised at the Centre for Solidarity Economy, in Trento (Italy) where project partners could discover this interesting and inspiring reality and have an introduction of the Trentino Solidarity Economy System. The following day was mainly focused on getting organised for the months to come, defining an action plan for future activities and discussing some key technical elements of the project.

In the following weeks and months the first project’s activities will start locally and all social media and information channels, included the project’s website, will be fully available.

Stay tuned!

Challenges of migrants’ integration: get inspired from the experiences of Cities and NGOs - EPIC final conference

After more than 3 years of hard work, the partners of EPIC will finally have the opportunity to gather together for the Final events of the project, which will take place on the 6th and 7th June in Brussels. 

On the 6th of June, there will be the International networking path, which wants to be an opportunity to bring together public and private representatives to exchange in an interactive way on migrants’ integration, starting by looking at the project’s results and through different thematics (education, employment, legal and administrative support, housing, health, narrative, civic engagement and policy making). Marketplace space et par focus groups on the above mentioned topics will be organised, to build synergies with other participating organisations. In this context, we do believe that your contribution will bring interesting and fruitful insights to the knowledge and experience exchange and stimulate the networking, given your expertise on the topics.

The focus is to discuss and reflect on the challenges around the reception and integration of people with migration background

The following day, the final conference, named “Challenges of the integration of migrants: get inspired from the experiences of Cities and NGOs”, will take place from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. in Bruxelles, organised in the framework of the European project EPIC of which ALDA is coordinator, The event wants to be an opportunity to bring together public and private representatives to discuss and reflect on the challenges around the reception and integration of people with migration background, starting from the sharing of the project results.

The events are part of Festival et l'Assemblée générale de l'ALDA 2023, named Local Democracy will Save Democracy! The festival will include participants from the EU countries and the neighbourhood, where colleagues, members and partners of ALDA will come together for fruitful exchanges on key EU priorities, sharing knowledge and best practices on themes such as migration, inclusion, gender equality, environmental protection, sustainable development and human rights

Here you can find the agenda of the events!

If you wish to attend, please register at the following lien.

"Milan Sport United" Call for Participation in the "Sport for All" Event

Within the framework of the project “Milan Sport United», PlayMore! – leader of the initiative –  together with ALDA, are glad to announce the open call for participation in the “SPORT FOR ALL” event which will take place from 8 to 10 June 2023 in Milan, Italy.

The purpose of the project is to use sport as a medium to encourage l'intégration et par social inclusion.

⛹🏽The project consortium is looking for:

  • An NGO committed to issues of inclusion through sport, practising training and tournaments in a multicultural environment.
  • EU Member 

⛹🏽The project consortium is inviting:

 An amateur multi-sports team that can travel to Italy consisting of:

  • at least 50 % asylum seekers, refugees and holders of international protection;
  • volunteers et par local athletes;
  • 1-2 instructors/educators  as accompanying persons.

(ideal composition: 1 instructor, 1 educator, 4 local athletes, 4 refugees; mixed genders)

Invited players can choose which sport activity to join among; running, futsal, soccer, basketball and beach volley. It is possible to choose multiple options.

The event “Sport for All” is thought for you!

Through different sport activities refugees, together with citizens and local stakeholders will set up more inclusive communities. 

⛹🏽Quand et où?

L'événement aura lieu du Thursday 8 June until Saturday 10 June 2023 au centre sportif PlayMore !, in Via della Moscova, 26 – Milan, Italy.  

⛹🏽Comment participer:

If you are interested fill the form accessible ici par 26 May 2023!

, la Participation in the event is FREE.


Renforcer les collaborations dans les Balkans occidentaux: prochaines étapes et défis

Le 15 mai 2023, ALDA et de l'Initiative pour l'Europe centrale (CEI) se sont réunies à Trieste (🇮🇹) pour identifier d'autres possibilités de coopération sur la base du Protocole d'accord signé en 2022 afin de formaliser le cadre du partenariat qui combine le travail dans le Balkans occidentaux. La signature du protocole a représenté un moment officiel et crucial du lien institutionnel entre l'ALDA et la CEI car il a été le résultat d'un fil rouge de longue date qui combine l'engagement continu des deux organisations dans la région. 

ALDA Governing Board Member and Representative of the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Mr. Alessandro Perelli, ALDA Secretary General, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida together with the Director of Programmes and Corporate Strategy, Mr. Marco Boaria, met with CEI Secretary General, Mr. Roberto Antonione, and CEI Senior Officer, Mr. Ugo Poli, to discuss the next steps to undertake and strengthen the cooperation. 

Increasing citizen participation and the democratic level in different local Western Balkans realities is the key point at the basis of the partnership between ALDA and CEI, that are currently cooperating and joining forces to give concrete support to the building of a strong local good governance expertise

L'augmentation de la participation des citoyens et du niveau démocratique dans les différentes réalités locales des Balkans occidentaux est le point clé à la base du partenariat entre ALDA et la CEI

The plan foresees a key event in Skopje (North Macedonia) together with ALDA Skopje in 2023 and the presentation of the flagship initiative in Ukraine: the aim is to continue to expand LDAs range of action and strengthen their work. ALDA represents CEI’s key partner for its work in the Western Balkans: CEI Moldova representatives will also take part in ALDA Festival and General Assembly 2023 as an opportunity to further enhance this collaboration. 

These events will be marked by a festive atmosphere as 2023 is the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the first Local Democracy Agency Subotica in the Balkans: we look forward to celebrating the everyday activity of the LDAs and their delegates, the achievements of ALDA and the LDAs through the years, with the collaboration of our closest partners.

Le choix de Trieste, capitale régionale de la région autonome "Friuli Venezia Giulia" (🇮🇹) comme hôte de la réunion est symbolique puisqu'il marque la formalisation de cette collaboration de longue date entre la la région, l'ALDA et de la CEI.



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Appel à propositions Food Wave - troisième tour

Vous êtes une autorité locale, une organisation de jeunesse de la société civile ou une association sensible aux modes de production et de consommation alimentaires durables et vous souhaitez travailler avec des jeunes ? Vous avez une chance de voir votre activité financée par le projet Food Wave!

Quel est l'objectif principal de l'appel à propositions ?

Les Projet Food Wave - cofinancé par l'UE dans le cadre duprogramme DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme) et promu par la municipalité de Milan ensemble à ActionAid Italia, ACRA, Mani Tesi Onlus et par 25 partenaires de projet dans 16 pays, dont ALDA - soutiendra les initiatives locales dans le domaine des comportements de consommation alimentaire respectueux du climat et impliquera les petites organisations de jeunesse désireuses de se joindre à l'action mais ne disposant pas des moyens nécessaires pour le faire.

Le premier appel à propositions du Projet Food Wave a été lancé et s'adressait aux petites organisations de la société civile dirigées par des jeunes et promouvant des modes de production et de consommation durables pour lutter contre le changement climatique, tandis que le deuxième appel s'adressait aux villes et aux municipalités. Il est maintenant temps de lancer le le troisième appel, destiné aux autorités locales, aux organisations de jeunesse de la société civile ou aux associations afin de soutenir les initiatives locales dans le domaine des comportements de consommation alimentaire respectueux du climat!

Ne manquez pas votre chance de participer, car au moins 5 projets seront financés!

Quel est l'objectif principal de l'appel à propositions?

Le projet soutiendra des actions développées par un partenariat d'autorités locales, d'organisations de jeunesse de la société civile ou d'associations traitant du thème de la consommation et de la production alimentaires durables et ciblant les jeunes (15-35 ans).

Toute proposition soumise doit être d'un montant maximum de 15.000 EUR. Chaque candidat bénéficiera d'un d'un financement de 75% du total de l'action jusqu'à un maximum de 11.250,00 € Eur. Le budget présenté par toute proposition soumise doit être de max 15.000 EUR (financement de l'action jusqu'à un maximum de 11.250,00 € Eur) et min 9.600 EUR (financement jusqu'à un maximum de 7.200,00 € Eur).

Les 25% restants de l'action seront fournis par chaque candidat en tant que cofinancement. Le financement et le pourcentage de cofinancement restent identiques même si le coût total de l'action proposée est inférieur à 15 000 EUR. L'action générale menée par le demandeur peut être supérieure à 15 000 EUR, mais dans ce cas, le budget restant des coûts globaux de la proposition sera couvert par les ressources financières propres du demandeur.

Quel est l'axe thématique de l'appel?

Chaque action proposée doit aborder le lien entre l'alimentation et le changement climatique! Différents types d'activités peuvent être éligibles à la sous-subvention: activités avec les écoles, activités de communication, activités de promotion et de diffusion, activités de sensibilisation, formation, projets et initiatives artistiques, initiatives contre le gaspillage alimentaire, etc.

L'appel à propositions FOOD WAVE sera ouvert jusqu'au 16 juin 2023.

Quel est l'axe thématique de l'appel?

La phase de mise en œuvre sera comprise entre le 1er juillet 2023 et le 30 octobre 2023. Les activités doivent avoir lieu dans l'un des États membres de l'UE suivants: Belgique, Bulgarie, Croatie, France, Grèce, Hongrie, Italie, Pays-Bas, Pologne, Portugal, Roumanie, Slovénie, Espagne, Suède, Royaume-Uni.

Qui peut postuler?

Les propositions de projet peuvent être présentées par un partenariat composé d'au moins deux autorités locales, organisations de jeunesse de la société civile ou associations qui travailleront ensemble pour élaborer une proposition commune. Le petit réseau d'organisations choisira un "chef de file" du projet, qui sera chargé d'envoyer la candidature.

Comment postuler?

Lisez l'appel à propositions complet pour obtenir toutes les informations sur l'appel et sur la manière de poser votre candidature!

L'appel sera ouvert du 13 mai au 16 juin.

L'élection du comité d'évaluation international aura lieu du 16 au 29 juin.

Voici le lien pour envoyer votre candidature..

Les candidats recevront le soutien de l'équipe de Food Wave pendant le processus de rédaction de la proposition. Toutes les questions relatives au présent appel à propositions et aux modalités de participation doivent être adressées à l'adresse électronique suivante:

Any questions? Click ici to watch the info session on the Call for Proposals of the Food Wave project!

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#CatchTheWave et Lead the Change!


🇬🇧 Lire l'appel à propositions

🇬🇧 Annexe I - Budget

🇬🇧 Annexe II - Déclaration d'honneur

🇬🇧 Memorandum of Understanding

🇬🇧 Apply to the Call by using the Google Form accessible here

🇬🇧 Présentation du formulaire Google




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