Kick-off of the Horizon 2020 project RE.CRI.RE – ALDA coordinates a network of universities and research centres reflecting on social changes in Europe

The kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 funded project RE.CRI.RE was successfully launched last 9-11 June in Mesagne, Italy. RE.CRI.RE is a three year initiative aimed at analysing the change the crisis has produced in European societies and, upon this basis, the impact and the effectiveness of policies at all levels of governance in this post-crisis scenario.

The project will represent a milestone within ALDA’s citizenship programme in the upcoming three years. ALDA, in cooperation with its strategic partner ISBEM, is the coordinator of a network of 14 universities coming from 12 different countries across Europe. Promoting good governance and citizen participation calls for a deeper reflection on the symbolic universes grounding social identity in order to analyse whether a major change occurred in European societies as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis. Reflecting upon the categories citizens adopt in representing the outside world is key to develop effective policies at all levels of governance.

The project brings therefore together academics and practitioners in accordance with the new approach of the Horizon 2020 programme focused on applied research. Besides the coordination of the partnership, ALDA will strongly contribute to the initiative by providing a network of more than 180 members as communities where to develop case studies and test the outcomes of the research.

The kick-off meeting in Mesagne was an occasion to gather together all the partners and officially set up the governing bodies of the project. It also was an opportunity to deeply define the scientific methodology in collecting and analysing the data as well as to agree on a long term action plan with defined objectives, tasks and deliverables. The three day event was closed by the seminar “Local cultures, social demands and territorial development”. Ms Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, Mr Alessandro Distante, President of ISBEM and Mr Sergio Salvatore, UniSalento were the keynote speakers and addressed the audience on the importance of the multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach in tackling societal challenges.

The kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 funded project RE.CRI.RE was successfully launched last 9-11 June in Mesagne, Italy. RE.CRI.RE is a three year initiative aimed at analysing the change the crisis has produced in European societies and, upon this basis, the impact and the effectiveness of policies at all levels of governance in this post-crisis scenario.

The project will represent a milestone within ALDA’s citizenship programme in the upcoming three years. ALDA, in cooperation with its strategic partner ISBEM, is the coordinator of a network of 14 universities coming from 12 different countries across Europe. Promoting good governance and citizen participation calls for a deeper reflection on the symbolic universes grounding social identity in order to analyse whether a major change occurred in European societies as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis. Reflecting upon the categories citizens adopt in representing the outside world is key to develop effective policies at all levels of governance.

The project brings therefore together academics and practitioners in accordance with the new approach of the Horizon 2020 programme focused on applied research. Besides the coordination of the partnership, ALDA will strongly contribute to the initiative by providing a network of more than 180 members as communities where to develop case studies and test the outcomes of the research.

The kick-off meeting in Mesagne was an occasion to gather together all the partners and officially set up the governing bodies of the project. It also was an opportunity to deeply define the scientific methodology in collecting and analysing the data as well as to agree on a long term action plan with defined objectives, tasks and deliverables. The three day event was closed by the seminar “Local cultures, social demands and territorial development”. Ms Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, Mr Alessandro Distante, President of ISBEM and Mr Sergio Salvatore, UniSalento were the keynote speakers and addressed the audience on the importance of the multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approach in tackling societal challenges.


Bringing in ALDA’s perspective on citizen participation within the Civil Society week in Brussels

ALDA will bring in its perspective on how to promote citizen participation in public and political life in all key events organised in Brussels this week. On 15th June, Aldo Xhani is attending the Civil Dialogue meeting where participants discuss the policy developments related to the Citizenship portfolio and the “Europe for Citizens” Programme.

This event will be followed by the annual Civil Society Day, which is taking place on the 16th June. This year`s event, which holds a title “Civil dialogue: a tool for better legislation in the general interest” aims at laying down principles and guidelines for a permanent and structured civil dialogue at European level. The works of the conference is based on the Road Map that was adopted at the NGO Forum in Riga in March 2015 and focuses on how to implement it through specific actions.

ALDA also regularly follows the events on European Citizens’ Initiative and will be present on the conference titled as “The European citizens` initiative and the promise of participatory democracy” on the 16th June. The aim of the conference is to inform about ECI, analyze its weaknesses and place the instrument in the broader context of European participatory democracy and growing citizen expectations for more direct involvement in public policy, including via digital platforms.

ALDA will bring in its perspective on how to promote citizen participation in public and political life in all key events organised in Brussels this week. On 15th June, Aldo Xhani is attending the Civil Dialogue meeting where participants discuss the policy developments related to the Citizenship portfolio and the “Europe for Citizens” Programme.

This event will be followed by the annual Civil Society Day, which is taking place on the 16th June. This year`s event, which holds a title “Civil dialogue: a tool for better legislation in the general interest” aims at laying down principles and guidelines for a permanent and structured civil dialogue at European level. The works of the conference is based on the Road Map that was adopted at the NGO Forum in Riga in March 2015 and focuses on how to implement it through specific actions.

ALDA also regularly follows the events on European Citizens’ Initiative and will be present on the conference titled as “The European citizens` initiative and the promise of participatory democracy” on the 16th June. The aim of the conference is to inform about ECI, analyze its weaknesses and place the instrument in the broader context of European participatory democracy and growing citizen expectations for more direct involvement in public policy, including via digital platforms.


Support the Summer school “Urban Synapse” MOSTAR 2015 – A great opportunity for youngsters by LDA Mostar!

The Centre for Architecture, Dialogue and Art ADA Mostar is launching the Summer School “Urban Synapse” MOSTAR 2015 which will take place on 29th July – 5th August in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The aim of the Summer School is to gather 25 students from Mostar, Sarajevo, Tokyo, Vienna, Zagreb and Belgrade to exchange the views, dialogue and practical work to produce architecture design for The Center – ADA. The important part of the Summer School program is Public lecture by one of the world’s most famous architects, prof. Kengo Kuma, who is going to be President of the Jury of the Summer School.

Also you can support the realization of this interesting project! With the financial contribution you can make this event more accessible for the students because there is an effort to provide participants with the scholarships to cover part of their participation costs. According to the estimated budget, 220 euros will be sufficient for one student to cover part of lodging and travel costs.

By supporting youth participation in the Summer school with the outstanding professors, you also support the whole idea of ADA Center to become an independent platform for dialogue, where art and architecture are means of articulation. You support a platform as innovative approach to deal with the issue of division of the City of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Region in whole, the issue that citizens of this wounded city struggling for two decades.

Centre for Architecture, Dialogue and Art ADA Mostar is an independent platform on which citizens, public institutions, associations and representatives of economic and social areas can meet and consume the city as a cultural expression through art and architecture beyond the theory.

Centre ADA is established within the LDA Mostar in April this year, after three years of activities focused to reach this goal. More about ADA centre please read on the new web site.

Please find here more information about the Summer School

See also the news item about LDA Mostar has opened Youth Info Point

The Centre for Architecture, Dialogue and Art ADA Mostar is launching the Summer School “Urban Synapse” MOSTAR 2015 which will take place on 29th July – 5th August in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The aim of the Summer School is to gather 25 students from Mostar, Sarajevo, Tokyo, Vienna, Zagreb and Belgrade to exchange the views, dialogue and practical work to produce architecture design for The Center – ADA. The important part of the Summer School program is Public lecture by one of the world’s most famous architects, prof. Kengo Kuma, who is going to be President of the Jury of the Summer School.

Also you can support the realization of this interesting project! With the financial contribution you can make this event more accessible for the students because there is an effort to provide participants with the scholarships to cover part of their participation costs. According to the estimated budget, 220 euros will be sufficient for one student to cover part of lodging and travel costs.

By supporting youth participation in the Summer school with the outstanding professors, you also support the whole idea of ADA Center to become an independent platform for dialogue, where art and architecture are means of articulation. You support a platform as innovative approach to deal with the issue of division of the City of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Region in whole, the issue that citizens of this wounded city struggling for two decades.

Centre for Architecture, Dialogue and Art ADA Mostar is an independent platform on which citizens, public institutions, associations and representatives of economic and social areas can meet and consume the city as a cultural expression through art and architecture beyond the theory.

Centre ADA is established within the LDA Mostar in April this year, after three years of activities focused to reach this goal. More about ADA centre please read on the new web site.

Please find here more information about the Summer School

See also the news item about LDA Mostar has opened Youth Info Point


Konferencija o decentralizaciji i socijalnoj koheziji u Tunisu

11. lipnja 2015. u Tunisu se održala Međunarodna konferencija o decentralizaciji i socijalnoj koheziji. Događaj su organizirali PASC - Program d'Appui à la Société Civile - i CFAD, u suradnji s ATERDAL-om - L'Association Tunisienne d'études et récherches en démocratie et affaires locales, ALDA - Europskim udruženjem za lokalnu demokraciju - i sa podrška kluba iz Madrida. ALDA-u su predstavljale koordinatorica Med. Anne-Laure Joedicke, voditeljica njezina ureda u Skoplju Ivana Dimitrovska, komunikacijska podrška Elena Debonis, a stručnjak za decentralizaciju donio je Murat Daoudov, predsjednik Bliskoistočne razvojne mreže i profesor Sveučilište Marmara u Istanbulu.

Nakon pozdravnih riječi riječ je dobio gospodin José Rodriguez Zapatero, bivši španjolski premijer, koji je razgovarao o tranzicijskom procesu s kojim se Tunis suočava u okviru svog procesa demokratizacije. Gospodin Zapatero se usredotočio na važnost budućnosti slobode, prava i napretka, ističući važnost ustava Tunisa kao rješenja i modela koji će zahvaljujući svojoj originalnosti i funkcionalnosti dovesti do kohezije. Također je spomenuo teroristički napad 18. ožujka: „Ne postoji politika u terorizmu. Postoji samo nasilje i razaranje. Nijedna religija ne može opravdati nasilje ”, rekao je. Također je dodao: „Međunarodna zajednica i Europska unija moraju podržati tuniski proces demokratizacije. Tunis je naša nada među arapskim zemljama ”.

Gospodin Zapatero naveo je Španjolsku kao primjer najdecentralizirane zemlje: „Nakon 40 godina diktature, tijekom 10 godina vodili smo proces demokratizacije, motivirani vrijednošću pluralnosti. Centralizacija i decentralizacija vrlo su zanimljiva pitanja i za Španjolsku. Zahvaljujući političkom, socijalnom i ekonomskom konsenzusu, uspjet ćete u ovoj tranziciji. Ali imajte uvijek na umu da se morate kretati korak po korak ”.

Dodao je da je neophodno imati demokratizaciju s većom participacijom: također najmanja i najsiromašnija sela imaju pravo sudjelovati u društvenom i političkom životu. A međuregionalna solidarnost igra temeljnu ulogu: u Španjolskoj solidarnost ima jednaku vrijednost i u bogatim i u siromašnim regijama. Nadalje, dodao je važnost uključivanja žena u politička pitanja.

Među govornicima:

• gosp. Imed Abdeljaoued, Direktor PASC-a, koji je predstavio program, njegove ciljeve i izazove, dajući pregled rada koji vode.

• g Jean-Luc Boeuf, teritorijalni stručnjak i profesor povijesti i financija zajednica, koji je održao prezentaciju o temeljnim elementima koji utječu na uspjeh decentralizacije, poput države, financija, desnice i napretka.

• g Lotfi Tarchouna, Predsjednik ATERDAL-a, održao je govor o promjenama koje je dao ustav Tunisa od 27. siječnja 2014., usredotočujući se na iste detalje kako bi bolje razumio kako je tuniški sustav organiziran na lokalnoj razini.

• g Murat Daoudov, Predsjednik Bliskoistočne razvojne mreže i predavač na Sveučilištu Marmara u Istanbulu, napravio je pregled uređenja teritorija u Turskoj i Francuskoj, istaknuo kriterije definicije optimalne veličine teritorijalnih vlada i dao primjere uspješne metropolizacije proces u Turskoj i njegov utjecaj na gradove poput Gaziantepa.

• g Thomas Fiegle, Istraživač, iznio je svoje iskustvo o federalizmu u Njemačkoj, dok je g. Mohamed Lazhar Mazigh održao govor o tuniskom ustavu.

Događaj je bio prekretnica za raspravu i promišljanje o izazovima koji su pred Tunisom i svim dionicima uključenim u proces decentralizacije. ALDA nastavlja raditi u zemlji s lokalnim i međunarodnim partnerima na promicanju dobrog upravljanja i sudjelovanja građana na lokalnoj razini, a u tijeku su pripremni radovi za pokretanje buduće Agencije lokalne demokracije Tunis.

Ovdje možete pronaći a video 

11. lipnja 2015. u Tunisu se održala Međunarodna konferencija o decentralizaciji i socijalnoj koheziji. Događaj su organizirali PASC - Program d'Appui à la Société Civile - i CFAD, u suradnji s ATERDAL-om - L'Association Tunisienne d'études et récherches en démocratie et affaires locales, ALDA - Europskim udruženjem za lokalnu demokraciju - i sa podrška kluba iz Madrida. ALDA-u su predstavljale koordinatorica Med. Anne-Laure Joedicke, voditeljica njezina ureda u Skoplju Ivana Dimitrovska, komunikacijska podrška Elena Debonis, a stručnjak za decentralizaciju donio je Murat Daoudov, predsjednik Bliskoistočne razvojne mreže i profesor Sveučilište Marmara u Istanbulu.

Nakon pozdravnih riječi riječ je dobio gospodin José Rodriguez Zapatero, bivši španjolski premijer, koji je razgovarao o tranzicijskom procesu s kojim se Tunis suočava u okviru svog procesa demokratizacije. Gospodin Zapatero se usredotočio na važnost budućnosti slobode, prava i napretka, ističući važnost ustava Tunisa kao rješenja i modela koji će zahvaljujući svojoj originalnosti i funkcionalnosti dovesti do kohezije. Također je spomenuo teroristički napad 18. ožujka: „Ne postoji politika u terorizmu. Postoji samo nasilje i razaranje. Nijedna religija ne može opravdati nasilje ”, rekao je. Također je dodao: „Međunarodna zajednica i Europska unija moraju podržati tuniski proces demokratizacije. Tunis je naša nada među arapskim zemljama ”.

Gospodin Zapatero naveo je Španjolsku kao primjer najdecentralizirane zemlje: „Nakon 40 godina diktature, tijekom 10 godina vodili smo proces demokratizacije, motivirani vrijednošću pluralnosti. Centralizacija i decentralizacija vrlo su zanimljiva pitanja i za Španjolsku. Zahvaljujući političkom, socijalnom i ekonomskom konsenzusu, uspjet ćete u ovoj tranziciji. Ali imajte uvijek na umu da se morate kretati korak po korak ”.

Dodao je da je neophodno imati demokratizaciju s većom participacijom: također najmanja i najsiromašnija sela imaju pravo sudjelovati u društvenom i političkom životu. A međuregionalna solidarnost igra temeljnu ulogu: u Španjolskoj solidarnost ima jednaku vrijednost i u bogatim i u siromašnim regijama. Nadalje, dodao je važnost uključivanja žena u politička pitanja.

Među govornicima:

• gosp. Imed Abdeljaoued, Direktor PASC-a, koji je predstavio program, njegove ciljeve i izazove, dajući pregled rada koji vode.

• g Jean-Luc Boeuf, teritorijalni stručnjak i profesor povijesti i financija zajednica, koji je održao prezentaciju o temeljnim elementima koji utječu na uspjeh decentralizacije, poput države, financija, desnice i napretka.

• g Lotfi Tarchouna, Predsjednik ATERDAL-a, održao je govor o promjenama koje je dao ustav Tunisa od 27. siječnja 2014., usredotočujući se na iste detalje kako bi bolje razumio kako je tuniški sustav organiziran na lokalnoj razini.

• g Murat Daoudov, Predsjednik Bliskoistočne razvojne mreže i predavač na Sveučilištu Marmara u Istanbulu, napravio je pregled uređenja teritorija u Turskoj i Francuskoj, istaknuo kriterije definicije optimalne veličine teritorijalnih vlada i dao primjere uspješne metropolizacije proces u Turskoj i njegov utjecaj na gradove poput Gaziantepa.

• g Thomas Fiegle, Istraživač, iznio je svoje iskustvo o federalizmu u Njemačkoj, dok je g. Mohamed Lazhar Mazigh održao govor o tuniskom ustavu.

Događaj je bio prekretnica za raspravu i promišljanje o izazovima koji su pred Tunisom i svim dionicima uključenim u proces decentralizacije. ALDA nastavlja raditi u zemlji s lokalnim i međunarodnim partnerima na promicanju dobrog upravljanja i sudjelovanja građana na lokalnoj razini, a u tijeku su pripremni radovi za pokretanje buduće Agencije lokalne demokracije Tunis.

Ovdje možete pronaći a video 


European Volunteering Capital competition

The European Volunteer Centre (Centre européen du volontariat, CEV) launched a new initiative called European Volunteering Capital Competition to promote and develop volunteering at local and regional level.

The European Volunteering Capital Competition aims to promote volunteering at the local level by giving recognition to municipalities that support and strengthen partnerships with volunteer centres and volunteer involving organizations and celebrate and promote volunteering and the impact made by volunteers.

The European Volunteer Centre is a European network of over 80 national, regional and local volunteer centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe. Through its network they work together to promote and support volunteering through advocacy, knowledge sharing and capacity building and training.

The municipalities can apply to this competition and need to show the implementation of the PAVE (the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe) recommendations. The deadline for the applications is 21 September 2015.

The European Volunteer Centre (Centre européen du volontariat, CEV) launched a new initiative called European Volunteering Capital Competition to promote and develop volunteering at local and regional level.

The European Volunteering Capital Competition aims to promote volunteering at the local level by giving recognition to municipalities that support and strengthen partnerships with volunteer centres and volunteer involving organizations and celebrate and promote volunteering and the impact made by volunteers.

The European Volunteer Centre is a European network of over 80 national, regional and local volunteer centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe. Through its network they work together to promote and support volunteering through advocacy, knowledge sharing and capacity building and training.

The municipalities can apply to this competition and need to show the implementation of the PAVE (the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe) recommendations. The deadline for the applications is 21 September 2015.


ALDA and the new LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region, Ukraine, in the spotlight in Trieste

On 11th June 2015, a meeting with Yevhen PERELYGIN, the newly elected ambassador of Ukraine to Italy, Gianni Torrenti, the regional councillor for culture, Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA, and Marco Toson, the Honorary Consul of Ukraine for North-eastern Italy, took place in Piazza Unità d’Italia, at the regional palace, in Trieste.

During this meeting, the Vice President of ALDA, Alessandro Perelli, expressed the importance of the recently inaugurated LDA Dnipropetrovsk, which was opened on 19 May 2015. The ambassador was really interested in the inauguration and the activities, which ALDA develops in Ukraine. He expressed the willingness to deepen the aspects of the recent project of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia which involves the Eastern Partnership and the LDA Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia presented by the Municipality of Monfalcone.

On 11th June 2015, a meeting with Yevhen PERELYGIN, the newly elected ambassador of Ukraine to Italy, Gianni Torrenti, the regional councillor for culture, Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA, and Marco Toson, the Honorary Consul of Ukraine for North-eastern Italy, took place in Piazza Unità d’Italia, at the regional palace, in Trieste.

During this meeting, the Vice President of ALDA, Alessandro Perelli, expressed the importance of the recently inaugurated LDA Dnipropetrovsk, which was opened on 19 May 2015. The ambassador was really interested in the inauguration and the activities, which ALDA develops in Ukraine. He expressed the willingness to deepen the aspects of the recent project of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia which involves the Eastern Partnership and the LDA Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia presented by the Municipality of Monfalcone.


Youth fair in the heart of Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina as a part of final event of project DECIDE

On 10th June 2015, the Youth fair was organized in the city center of Prijedor in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Youth fair was part of the Final event of the project DECIDE which celebrated the end of a successful two-year project.

The Youth fair gathered together several local youth organizations and all the partners of the DECIDE project. Each of them had the possibility to have a stand there and promote their work and activities, and off course, the project DECIDE.

The project DECIDE developed several good practices on youth participation and the youth fair was an occasion to promote them in this territory.  At least 300 people attended the fair raising their awareness about different type of organizations in their region and abroad which are dealing with the topics such as citizen participation, democracy and good governance. So the visitors had the possibility to improve their knowledge about these topics and could have learnt about different approaches of each organization. The local media were also present to this event.

On 10th June 2015, the Youth fair was organized in the city center of Prijedor in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Youth fair was part of the Final event of the project DECIDE which celebrated the end of a successful two-year project.

The Youth fair gathered together several local youth organizations and all the partners of the DECIDE project. Each of them had the possibility to have a stand there and promote their work and activities, and off course, the project DECIDE.

The project DECIDE developed several good practices on youth participation and the youth fair was an occasion to promote them in this territory.  At least 300 people attended the fair raising their awareness about different type of organizations in their region and abroad which are dealing with the topics such as citizen participation, democracy and good governance. So the visitors had the possibility to improve their knowledge about these topics and could have learnt about different approaches of each organization. The local media were also present to this event.


Meeting between ALDA and the Mayor of Patras

In the framework of ALDA participation in the final conference of the Project TOPSA Patras, Mr. Mattia Brazzale, met the new mayor of Patras, Mr. Kostas Peletidis, elected in 2014. Mrs Chrissa Geraga, ADEP S.A. Head of Programming-Networking and International Affairs Department, was also present.

During the meeting, many topics were touched and the mayor said that the city wanted to continue to cooperate with ALDA, thanks to the support that ALDA network has given so far to the city.

ALDA is convinced that Patras represents a strategic and important partner in the development of the future actions of the association, notably in the Balkans and in the Mediterranean.

In accordance with the mayor and with the priorities of the municipalities, ALDA will improve the initiatives in cooperation with the city, in the fields of social-economic issues, in cross-border cooperation, and for the inclusion of disadvantaged groups.

In the framework of ALDA participation in the final conference of the Project TOPSA Patras, Mr. Mattia Brazzale, met the new mayor of Patras, Mr. Kostas Peletidis, elected in 2014. Mrs Chrissa Geraga, ADEP S.A. Head of Programming-Networking and International Affairs Department, was also present.

During the meeting, many topics were touched and the mayor said that the city wanted to continue to cooperate with ALDA, thanks to the support that ALDA network has given so far to the city.

ALDA is convinced that Patras represents a strategic and important partner in the development of the future actions of the association, notably in the Balkans and in the Mediterranean.

In accordance with the mayor and with the priorities of the municipalities, ALDA will improve the initiatives in cooperation with the city, in the fields of social-economic issues, in cross-border cooperation, and for the inclusion of disadvantaged groups.


European Development Days Auditorium Debate - The voice of ALDA on “Global citizens can change the world!”

On 4th June 2015, ALDA participated to the Auditorium Debate of the European Development Days in Brussels on the topic “Global citizens can change the world!”.

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The Auditorium Debate took place from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm at Tour et Taxis.

The organising partners of the debate were ALDA, CONCORD, DEEEP, CIVICUS, GENE and North-South Centre. They presented different ways to put Global Citizenship in action, and the debate was followed by an interactive discussion on how to support citizens’ engagement in the implementation of the new development agenda and ensuring global justice for all.

Mr David Melua, Executive director of NALAG, member of ALDA, and parter of the project LADDER – Local Authorities for Development Education and Raising Awareness – represented ALDA during the Debate.

The aim of the debate was to show that everyone can have a role to play in the promotion of Global Citizenship, answering in particular 3 questions:

  • What is Global Citizenship?
  • Why is it important to engage citizens in global development?
  • What has to be done to increase its reach?

See the video of the conference

On 4th June 2015, ALDA participated to the Auditorium Debate of the European Development Days in Brussels on the topic “Global citizens can change the world!”.

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The Auditorium Debate took place from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm at Tour et Taxis.

The organising partners of the debate were ALDA, CONCORD, DEEEP, CIVICUS, GENE and North-South Centre. They presented different ways to put Global Citizenship in action, and the debate was followed by an interactive discussion on how to support citizens’ engagement in the implementation of the new development agenda and ensuring global justice for all.

Mr David Melua, Executive director of NALAG, member of ALDA, and parter of the project LADDER – Local Authorities for Development Education and Raising Awareness – represented ALDA during the Debate.

The aim of the debate was to show that everyone can have a role to play in the promotion of Global Citizenship, answering in particular 3 questions:

  • What is Global Citizenship?
  • Why is it important to engage citizens in global development?
  • What has to be done to increase its reach?

See the video of the conference


Focus on citizen participation at local level – ALDA capitalizes 15 years experience in Western Balkans during the final conference of the project DECIDE

On 9-11th June 2015, the final event of project DECIDE took place in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Active Citizenship Project Manager, Aldo Xhani, was in charge of this important event.
The project DECIDE – DEmocratic Compact: Improving Democracy in Europe focused on developing the set of measures to improve the quality of democracy and citizen participation in Europe through establishment of thematic network of towns and by adopting a bottom-up approach.

To the International Conference, Promoting citizen participation in democratic local policy-making in Western Balkans: status and perspectives?, held on 9th June 2015, were present several speakers who discussed the issues such as citizen participation in democratic local policy-making in Western Balkans and the local perspectives to citizen participation. The speakers were:

  • Mr Giulio Zanni, Head of Banja Luka Office at Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ms Zeljka Mirkovic, Democratic Development Officer, OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ms Vladimira Vucic, Senior Programme Manager, National Democratic Institute
  • Ms Milanka Sopin, Assistant of Minister of Public Administration and Local government
  • Ms Cristina Bertotti, Associazione Progetto Prijedor, on behalf of Ms Sara Ferrari, Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy
  • Ms Dzenana Dedic, Delegate Local Democracy Agency Mostar
  • Mr Dragan Došen, Director of LDA Prijedor
  • Mr Miso Reljic, Director of the PREDA, Agency for Economic Development of the Municipality of Prijdor
  • Ms Murisa Maric, Executive Director of Association of citizens “DON”
  • Ms Ljuljjeta Goranci Brkic, Nansen Dialogue Center Prijedor
  • Ms Sladana Bundalo, UNDP Local Democracy Project (LOD)

At the end of the International Conference the partners of project DECIDE signed the Memorandum of Understanding committing themselves to continue with long-lasting cooperation, so the sustainability of the project was assured.

The Final event in Prijedor gathered all partners of the project whose task was to talk about their experiences with implementing different approaches and think about the measures, which can be used to improve democracy in European countries, thus developing a full, innovative “Democratic compact”.

Please see two Local TV reportages in Bosnian (ovdje) i (ovdje)

On 9-11th June 2015, the final event of project DECIDE took place in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Active Citizenship Project Manager, Aldo Xhani, was in charge of this important event.
The project DECIDE – DEmocratic Compact: Improving Democracy in Europe focused on developing the set of measures to improve the quality of democracy and citizen participation in Europe through establishment of thematic network of towns and by adopting a bottom-up approach.

To the International Conference, Promoting citizen participation in democratic local policy-making in Western Balkans: status and perspectives?, held on 9th June 2015, were present several speakers who discussed the issues such as citizen participation in democratic local policy-making in Western Balkans and the local perspectives to citizen participation. The speakers were:

  • Mr Giulio Zanni, Head of Banja Luka Office at Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ms Zeljka Mirkovic, Democratic Development Officer, OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ms Vladimira Vucic, Senior Programme Manager, National Democratic Institute
  • Ms Milanka Sopin, Assistant of Minister of Public Administration and Local government
  • Ms Cristina Bertotti, Associazione Progetto Prijedor, on behalf of Ms Sara Ferrari, Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy
  • Ms Dzenana Dedic, Delegate Local Democracy Agency Mostar
  • Mr Dragan Došen, Director of LDA Prijedor
  • Mr Miso Reljic, Director of the PREDA, Agency for Economic Development of the Municipality of Prijdor
  • Ms Murisa Maric, Executive Director of Association of citizens “DON”
  • Ms Ljuljjeta Goranci Brkic, Nansen Dialogue Center Prijedor
  • Ms Sladana Bundalo, UNDP Local Democracy Project (LOD)

At the end of the International Conference the partners of project DECIDE signed the Memorandum of Understanding committing themselves to continue with long-lasting cooperation, so the sustainability of the project was assured.

The Final event in Prijedor gathered all partners of the project whose task was to talk about their experiences with implementing different approaches and think about the measures, which can be used to improve democracy in European countries, thus developing a full, innovative “Democratic compact”.

Please see two Local TV reportages in Bosnian (ovdje) i (ovdje)