The ReCAP project partners meet in Madrid for their second Transnational Meeting!

The second in-person Transnational Meeting of the ReCAP project represented a key moment to explore the work undertaken so far by the partners and to define together the next steps of the project.

The very first phase of the meeting was devoted to the presentation of the report “Local context and needs analysis” by Solidaridad Sin Fronteras, developed within the framework of the first Project Result. It was an essential moment to collect feedback and suggestions from the project partners for its validation.

The above-mentioned report will be the starting point to develop tools and methods to train youth workers and involve youngsters with fewer opportunities.

Afterwards, La Piccionaia et CESIE introduced the next key activities related to the second and the third project results, giving the chance to the participants to discuss together the upcoming tasks and share relevant inputs.

Using art methods and creative tools, the youth workers will stimulate participation and civic engagement of young people in vulnerable situations

The ReCAP project is specifically addressed to young people in vulnerable situations, such as NEETs, people with a migrant background, minorities, youths from the LGBTIAQ+ community, with a particular attention to girls. Through the use of art methods and creative tools, the youth workers in the different partner countries will stimulate participation et civic engagement of young people who are more affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second Transnational Project Meeting in Madrid was an intense and fruitful opportunity that underlined the power of a great collaboration with the aim of supporting vulnerable young people through art and creativity.

AUTREMENT Project - Call for contributions for the Inter-regional Forum on Active Mobilities!

In the framework of the projet AUTREMENT, the consortium is launching a Call for contributions for the Inter-regional Forum on Active Mobilities that will take place in Mahdia (Tunisia) on 24th-25th May 2023. Are you an expert of active mobilities in the Tunisian or Mediterranean context and you would like to participate? Have a read to the call and apply to contribute!

[The call is only available in French🇫🇷]

Dans le cadre du projet AUTREMENT, le consortium du projet a lancé un Appel à contributions pour le Forum inter-régional sur la mobilité active qui aura lieu à Mahdia (Tunisie) les 24-25 mai 2023. Si vous êtes vous un.e expert.e de mobilité active dans le contexte tunisien ou méditerranéen et vous souhaitez participez, lisez l’appel et envoyez votre proposition de contribution !

Les propositions de contribution doit être envoyée en remplissant le formulaire dans l’appel avant le 28 février 2023.

Lisez l’appel ici.


The new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master CCD-STeDe opens the 1st call for applications – scholarships available!

Are you interested in topics like sustainability, climate change and diversity? Would you like to study in a unique and multilingual environment?

Apply to the new Erasmus Mundus joint Master course in Climate Change and Diversity: Sustainable Territorial Development (CCD – SteDe)!

Starting from the academic year 2023/2024 until 2026/2027, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master CCD -SteDe will support 80 talented students with study scholarships. Two of those are directed towards people from Albanie, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo * et Monténégro.

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master CCD -SteDe is a world leading programme in the field of sustainable territorial Development targeting climate justice

CCD-STeDe is organised in 4 academic paths, which combine different languages and teaching methods, in presence, blended and online:

  1. Climate change, Sustainability and Development at Università degli Studi di Padova and Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar – Ecuador
  2. Regional and Local Studies at University of Padova and Universidade da Madeira
  3. Territorial management at University of Padova and Université Joseph Ki Zerbo
  4. Environmental management at University of Padova and University of Johannesburg

Promoted and co-funded by the European Union, the 2-year Master course has been recently complimented for its successful implementation and for the innovative approaches, flexibility and adaptability shown during the COVID-19 pandemic, which underlines the strong commitment of the consortium, which ALDA has been part of since 2014, towards the students.

Do not miss this unique opportunity, apply to the first call for applications. This is the only call with the possibility of being selected for a scholarship!

Date limite: March 10, 2023.

Read more about the programme and apply ici.

"Co-créer des futurs ruraux": l'ALDA contribue à la vision à long terme de l'Union européenne pour les zones rurales

La conférence de deux jours, intitulée "Co-créer des futurs ruraux", a constitué un moment clé pour présenter les travaux entrepris par les partenaires du projet SHERPA en 2022 et discuter de leur contribution à la vision à long terme de l'Union européenne pour les zones rurales (LTVRA).

Sur un plan plus technique, la conférence s'est concentrée sur le rôle des plateformes multi-acteurs (MAP) et de la gouvernance multi-acteurs dans la mise en œuvre de la LTVRA et a réfléchi à la durabilité des MAP SHERPA après la fin du projet. Mais dans quelle mesure les citoyens peuvent-ils y contribuer et comment la société peut-elle en bénéficier?

Apporter le point de vue d'une organisation de la société civile, notamment dans le cadre de la session "Gouvernance et adhésion aux plates-formes multi-acteurs" et dans le secteur de la politique des zones rurales

Didier Duboisset (observateur externe de l'AADL et représentant du GAL Pays Vichy Auvergne) et Valeria Fantini (chef de projet et responsable du pôle "environnement" de l'AADL) ont participé à la conférence, apportant ainsi la perspective d'une organisation de la société civile, notamment dans la session "Gouvernance et adhésion aux plateformes multi-acteurs". Ainsi, la gouvernance joue le rôle principal dans le dernier cycle des MAPs (renforcement des zones rurales dans les processus de gouvernance à plusieurs niveaux), soulignant la valeur ajoutée de l'ALDA en contribuant à cet aspect spécifique du projet.

Enfin, la conférence annuelle a été l'occasion de présenter les points forts des prises de position de SHERPA et du MAP sur la dimension sociale des zones rurales, les chaînes de valeur durables et résilientes, le changement climatique et l'utilisation des terres, et la numérisation.


La 3e conférence annuelle "CO-CREATING RURAL FUTURES" du projet SHERPA a eu lieu à Montpellier (France) les 31 Janvier et 1er Février 2023.

A propos du projet SHERPA:

Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors (SHERPA) est un projet de quatre ans (2019-2023) avec 17 partenaires financé par le programme Horizon 2020. Il vise à rassembler des connaissances qui contribuent à la formulation de recommandations pour les futures politiques pertinentes pour les zones rurales de l'UE, en créant une interface science-société-politique qui constitue un hub pour les connaissances et les politiques.

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500 projects to empower citizens and contribute to the creation of a democratic society in Europe and beyond


From civic engagement to migration; from environment to youth and social inclusion: ALDA crossed the line of 500 projects implemented!

Words are not enough to express this important achievement, which is the demonstration of the ALDA’s fruitful first insight: believe in the power of citizens as change makers and democracy promoters. Changing people’s lives for better is the goal behind every single action; thus, easing the conditions in which people are living in, and supporting a democratic outcome of every initiative.

Yet, the world has posed several challenges since the very beginning: fundamental values are at stake and extreme behaviours are spreading all around. What can we do? How can Civil Society Organisation act and counterbalance this anti-democratic drift?

There is a necessity of investing in the democratic culture, in the participatory mechanisms and in the empowerment of future generations: ALDA’s 500 projects do that

By localising actions, by engaging with local communities and by creating a space of dialogue among institutions and citizens. There is a necessity of investing in the culture démocratique, au sein de la participatory mechanisms and in the empowerment of future generations: ALDA’s 500 projects do that.

On the one hand, having a consortium of different stakeholders within each project favours an intercultural exchange and cooperation; on the other, it increases mutual knowledge and the sense of community, thus encouraging the development of a collective approach to common matters.

With its projects, ALDA is addressing the above-mentions issues through decentralised cooperation and participatory mechanisms, enabling people with new tools to react and face problems. The Rude Awakening project, for example, developed an interactive videogame taking place during the WWI. Aimed at raising awareness on European historical and cultural heritage, while stressing new educational and emotional perspective on war and peace, through this output the project not only stimulate the reflection on the present situation, but also it firmly underlines the importance of peace and the necessity of its safeguard.

More on a scientific note, but still having the well-being of people at the centre and still focusing on the necessity of local community, the LIFE Beware project addresses climate change and the consequence of it in the urban and rural areas. It calls for experts and CSOs to collaborate to reach a common strategy for climate adaptation, especially on flooding risks.

 Last but not least, leading an international membership, made of 300 realities, and being in its turn member of several global network, all ALDA’s projects have a world-wide ranging, and meet one or more Objectifs de développement durable, thus localising the latter and cooperating to the achievements of the UN AGENDA 2030


More on examples among the 500 projects:

  • Youth Empowerment and Education Thematic: H.E.Y!
  • Digital and innovation Thematic: P-CUBE
  • Gender, Inclusion and Human Rights Thematic: STAND-UP
  • Migration Thematic: EPIC

Watch the video of the projects implemented within the CERV (Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme), and see the impact of them!


ALDA at the 16th CIVEX Commission: where EU priority issues meet civil society

Possibly defined as the operational branch of the Comité des régions (CoR), the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) oversees the coordination of the institutional policies on local democracy, future of Europe and law-making; just to name a few.

Taking place on 1ème February 2023 and chaired by Mr. Bianco; the 16, CIVEX Commission fully addresses the Eastern Partnership, with special reference to the local and regional perspective; together with the Enlargement Package and the Media Freedom Act while discussing the involvement of local and regional Authorities to strengthen the European Democracy.

Being the CIVEX addressed to European civil society actors, ALDA is a key player in the discussion, representing in turn a network of 300 stakeholders

The latter represents a key milestone in the conduct of ALDA, stressing once again the crucial position of the Association: bridging people and networking with institution to achieve a common goal: building a democratic society in Europe and beyond.

 Thus, in light of a long-lasting partnership and in line with the mission of ALDA, our Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida was present at the CIVEX Commission. Indeed, being the CIVEX addressed to European civil society actors, from local and regional authorities to NGOs and civil society organisations, ALDA represents a key player in the discussion, representing in turn a network of 300 stakeholders among local authorities and associations across the Enlarged Europe.

 On this note, Ms. Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Mayor of Gdanks (Poland) and member of ALDA, was also present as CIVEX as Chair of the CoR Working Group on Ukraine, underlying in her speech the essential role of ALDA as a change maker, driving policies into actions.

Overall, considering the multiple stimuli and challenges that Europe is now facing, this 16, CIVEX Commission represents a high moment within ALDA’s agenda, allowing the Association to further increase its expertise and addressing its activities to meet the European priorities as well as the civil society necessitates.


SMELT Final Conference: the conclusion of a path characterised by professionalism, humanity and empathy

The journey of the SMELT project – Skilling Marginalised people to Enter the Labour markeT, started back in 2020, came to an end.

After two years of hard work, on January 16, 2023, the Final Conference of the project took place in Schio (Italy) within the framework of the fifth and last Transnational Partners Meeting.

During the Final Conference, the project partners presented to the audience, composed of Local Authorities, Civil Society Organisations, Associations and professionals working in the field of social inclusion, the achievements and results of the project.

After a brief but in-depth introduction made by Cooperativa Samarcanda Onlus, leader of the project, the three Intellectual Outputs were showcased.

The first one led to the creation of a manual, so-called ‘Easy Handbook', aimed at bringing marginalised people closer to the labour market. The Easy Handbook is composed of two different parts, one addressed to operators/staff working in NGOs, VET Institutions or other entities entitled of delivering the training to facilitate access to the labour market of vulnerable groups, and another part directly targeting vulnerable people.

Despite the formal end of the SMELT project, the tools achieved by its implementation are timeless

The second Intellectual Output resulted in the production of a ‘Training Manual’, a guide that includes basic knowledge on how to look for a job in the welding sector. It contains the labour regulatory frameworks of the countries involved in the project, it explores the different steps foreseen during the application procedure (e.g. how to write a CV, how to manage an interview etc.) and the soft skills needed to succeed in the recruitment process.

Finally, the partners presented the Intellectual Output 3, a collection of projects addressed to the ‘people on the move’ (refugees, migrants etc.).

Each partner conducted this third and last phase in a very different way, according to the tools and expertise at their disposal. During the Final Conference, the prototypes of Cooperativa Samarcanda, which conducted a Hackathon with more than 50 participants, were showcased.

The Final Conference represented a great conclusion for a successful project which exceeded the expectations of the partners, who not only shared professionalism et bonnes pratiques mais aussi humanity et empathy, values that characterised SMELT from the beginning to the very end.

The project partners will continue, with their daily work, promoting the insertion of vulnerable people into the society, through employment and other means. Despite the formal end of the project, the tools achieved by its implementation are timeless.


This is us: commitment, awareness and teamwork. ALDA Staff Meeting 2023


Starting from the local to promote and encourage democratic development, while placing citizens and members at the center. This was the guiding light for the ALDA Staff Meeting 2023!

Hence, from 24 to 26 January 2023, ALDA colleagues met in Vicenza, for three-days full immersion discussing together the milestone of the Association, getting to know each other better, and strengthening the sense of community.

From North Macedonia to Tunisia, from Belgium to Moldova via France and Italy: our heterogeneous and intercultural team of 50 people seized the occasion to see each other again, and as stressed by Abdelaziz BouslehHead of the Tunis Office “despite the distance, it is the best opportunity to feel the scope of the activities and the crucial effort behind”. Exactly this: behind the scenes, ALDA is more than an Association: it is people, it is ideas and commitment. It is a one single team that shares together values and energy to make a change, to act locally while thinking globally.

Thus, as also recalled by Antonella Valmorbida, our secrétaire général, it is about “working in concert with members, with partners to promote a sustainable agenda, which aims to give impetus to initiatives with a broad European, Eastern Neighborhood, Balkan and Mediterranean scope”.

Staff Meeting 2023: working in concert with members, with partners to promote a sustainable agenda

Aiming at engaging in such a wide area represents, to some extent, the expertise of ALDA on decentralised cooperation, while stimulating citizens’ engagement for a sustainable and locally developed democracy. Similarly, being active in different areas allow the Association to continuously implement its mission, starting from the various necessities that each community is facing. Furthermore, thanks to its partnership extended in more than 40 countries, ALDA has been able to empower realities to express themselves and concretize essential projects, encouraging a collaboration with local authorities, as also explained by Maddalena Alberti, from the Association of LDA Zavidovici.

Stimulated by several exchanges with partners and stakeholders, working in unison to put into practice both the guidelines of the European Union and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, different Thematic Hubs have been designed to maximize the impact on specific areas: be they – environment, youth, inclusion and gender issues together with migration. The latter was also the core aspect of the speech delivered by Andrea Rilievo, representative of the ALDA Governing Board. Thus, the Association not only has already implemented a series of initiatives targeting the phenomenon, but it is also working on a specific agenda, fully dedicated to migration.

To conclude on a positive note, a very first outcome of this new approach based in hubs, is already available: the Gender, Equality and Anti-Discrimination Policy has been released and presented during the staff meeting. ALDA will be in first line to make sure that the policy will be followed, and it will work together with members and stakeholders to further progress on this topic.

We thank every colleague who joined the meeting, together we can reach the impossible! Happy “Staff Meeting 2023” everyone!


La perception de l'Europe : voix et attentes des migrants

Le symposium final du projet "span style="text-decoration: underline;">PERCEPTIONS - Comprendre l'impact des récits et des perceptions de l'Europe sur la migration et fournir des pratiques, des outils et des guides aux praticiens" a eu lieu les 19th et 20th janvier à Bologne, en Italie. Les partenaires se sont réunis pour discuter des résultats obtenus au cours de ces trois dernières années et demie de recherche et de développement sur le terrain.

L'objectif du projet était d'examiner comment l'Europe et l'Union européenne sont perçues par les personnes qui y ont migré ou qui ont l'intention de le faire. Les recherches menées ont permis de déterminer quelles perceptions et images de l'Europe existent parmi les migrants, les réfugiés et les demandeurs d'asile, comment elles se forment, si elles correspondent à la réalité et quel rôle elles jouent pour influencer les décisions de migration. Le projet a également examiné comment le flux d'informations pouvait être déformé et a créé des boîtes à outils de mesures créatives et innovantes pour contrer les informations déformées, en tenant compte des aspects sociaux, sociétaux et structurels.

L'objectif du projet était d'étudier les différentes perceptions de l'Europe, ainsi que les problèmes qui se posent lorsque les attentes et la réalité ne correspondent pas

L'événement final du projet était ouvert au grand public et a réuni des décideurs politiques, des universitaires, des agents chargés de l'application de la loi, des migrants, des demandeurs d'asile, des ONG, des organisations internationales et des organisations de la société civile pour discuter des conclusions du projet et des possibilités de recherche et de pratique futures.

Au cours de la première journée de conférence, les participants ont eu l'occasion de partager leurs points de vue et d'expérimenter les matériaux et ressources développés tout au long du projet. Après une table ronde éclairante sur les connaissances et les résultats de Perceptions, le grand public a eu l'occasion d'assister à une exposition de tapis R.E.D., qui comprenait une séance de dessin en direct et de lecture de poèmes, et qui a conclu la journée.

Le deuxième et dernier jour de la conférence, en revanche, s'est concentré sur l'avenir de Perceptions, soulignant comment les résultats du projet ouvrent la voie à de nouvelles pratiques et possibilités de recherche à explorer à l'avenir.

L'événement s'est conclu par les salutations des membres de l'équipe de l'Université de Bologne, hôte de l'événement, et la projection du film "Dystopia". Les participants ont également eu la possibilité de prendre part au "Bologna Migrantour" qui a eu lieu dans l'après-midi, après la fin de la conférence.


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Erasmus+ Project “STeDe” flagged as good practice at European level

Le Master course in Climate Change and Diversity: Sustainable Territorial Development (CCD- STeDe), an Erasmus+ Project, has been complimented for its successful implementation, creating a stable partnership network with real involvement of associated and industrial partners, which was also of a benefit for the students. 

ALDA has been a partner within the Master course CCD- STeDe since 2014, closely collaborating with University of Padova. 

CCD-STeDe is a world leading programme in the field of sustainable territorial development in the context of climate justice. This Master course is aimed at training researchers and professionals to support organisations acting in the territory and to draft sustainable development and climate adaptation policies for economic, social, environmental, international and intercultural management.

STeDe project scored 93/100 in the EACEA evaluation and is riconfirmed as good practice at EU level.

Thanks to its excellent work in the field of sustainable development, the University of Padova managed to influence and be a leader and to address most of the challenges of the European Higher Education Area, as stated by the EACEA.

The Joint master programme has been attractive, not only to the students, but also beneficial for all partners, as it increased their visibility and internationalisation.

What has been appreciated are also the innovative approaches, flexibility and adaptability shown during the pandemic period, in order to efficiently re-adapt the study programme to the sensitive period we lived in, thus showing the consortium a strong commitment toward the students.

This positive evaluation by the EACEA reflects the work and commitment of all partners to this project. 

On these positive notes, the new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master CCD-STeDe has opened the 1st call for applications: this is the only call with the possibility of being selected for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship!


The Master has four academic paths to choose from: 

  • Climate change, sustainability and development at Università degli Studi di Padova and Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar – Ecuador
  • Regional and Local Studies at University of Padova and Universidade da Madeira
  • Territorial Management at University of Padova and Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo
  • Environmental Management at University of Padova and University of Johannesburg


Le deadline for the first round of applications is 10th March 2023.

Read about the programme and apply here