Balkan Youth and Mobility: This is what the new research tells us

New regional research titled “Youth Mobility in the Western Balkans – the Present Challenges and Future Perspectives” brings into light improvements, but also the problems that Balkan youngsters are facing when it comes to mobility, employment and education. The research was realized during 2016 and it involved young people from 5 different Balkan countries: Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

***

This publication is a result of an extensive field research work carried out by the team of experts, youth workers and the project partner LDA steam members within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue. Field research, focus group meetings, field and online surveys were conducted in around thirty smaller local communities across the region.

Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue is a project designed to contribute to structuring regional thematic cooperation and coordination between civil society and public authorities in the Western Balkan countries primarily aimed to improve environment for youth activism and participation.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

Please find the publication, together with the conclusions and recommendations below.

Korisni linkovi:

Youth Mobility in the Western Balkans: Present challenges and future perspectives

Conclusions and Recommendations from research

New regional research titled “Youth Mobility in the Western Balkans – the Present Challenges and Future Perspectives” brings into light improvements, but also the problems that Balkan youngsters are facing when it comes to mobility, employment and education. The research was realized during 2016 and it involved young people from 5 different Balkan countries: Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

***

This publication is a result of an extensive field research work carried out by the team of experts, youth workers and the project partner LDA steam members within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue. Field research, focus group meetings, field and online surveys were conducted in around thirty smaller local communities across the region.

Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue is a project designed to contribute to structuring regional thematic cooperation and coordination between civil society and public authorities in the Western Balkan countries primarily aimed to improve environment for youth activism and participation.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

Please find the publication, together with the conclusions and recommendations below.

Korisni linkovi:

Youth Mobility in the Western Balkans: Present challenges and future perspectives

Conclusions and Recommendations from research


The added value of participation in local sustainable energy policies

The partners of the Project ENLARGE launched their first dissemination action last 20th of June, in the city of Mestre, as a moment to present some of the key outcomes reached by the project in its first phase of implementation.

***
The event was organised in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, led by the Association NordEstSudOvest, and it was an opportunity to discuss with more than 50 stakeholders (local authorities, civil society associations, experts, academics, ordinary citizens, etc.) from all across Veneto Region the added value of participatory processes in the co-design and co-creation of sustainable energy policies.

ALDA was represented by Marco Boaria, Head of Resources and Development Unit, who showcased ALDA’s experience in promoting communities’ development through stronger citizen participation mechanisms. The event offered the opportunity to debate and exchange experience and good practice related to models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy and strongly contributed to the mapping action within ENLARGE.

ENLARGE is a two-year project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme aiming at at exploring existing models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy and, in particular, their legitimacy, effectiveness, sustainability and success mechanisms, by drawing together theoretical knowledge and on-the-ground experiences. The key outcome will be the production of an interactive knowledge tool to raise awareness among public administrators about different alternative participatory approaches, methodologies and tools, and the potential consequences of these alternative scenarios based on concrete experiences and pragmatic examples.

Korisni linkovi:

Pročitajte više ENLARGE project

The partners of the Project ENLARGE launched their first dissemination action last 20th of June, in the city of Mestre, as a moment to present some of the key outcomes reached by the project in its first phase of implementation.

***
The event was organised in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, led by the Association NordEstSudOvest, and it was an opportunity to discuss with more than 50 stakeholders (local authorities, civil society associations, experts, academics, ordinary citizens, etc.) from all across Veneto Region the added value of participatory processes in the co-design and co-creation of sustainable energy policies.

ALDA was represented by Marco Boaria, Head of Resources and Development Unit, who showcased ALDA’s experience in promoting communities’ development through stronger citizen participation mechanisms. The event offered the opportunity to debate and exchange experience and good practice related to models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy and strongly contributed to the mapping action within ENLARGE.

ENLARGE is a two-year project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme aiming at at exploring existing models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy and, in particular, their legitimacy, effectiveness, sustainability and success mechanisms, by drawing together theoretical knowledge and on-the-ground experiences. The key outcome will be the production of an interactive knowledge tool to raise awareness among public administrators about different alternative participatory approaches, methodologies and tools, and the potential consequences of these alternative scenarios based on concrete experiences and pragmatic examples.

Korisni linkovi:

Pročitajte više ENLARGE project


EPD and the World Bank event ‘Governance, Development and Democracy’ - Antonella Valmorbida among the speakers

Antonella Valborbida, Secretary General of ALDA, will act as speaker at the event organised by EPD and the World Bank event ‘Governance, Development and Democracy’ on 21 June.
***
The Secretary General of ALDA, Ms Antonella Valborbida, also President of EPD, will act as speaker at the presentation of ‘World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law’ (WDR), organised by the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) and the World Bank.
The launch in Brussels of WDR 2017 aims to answer a fundamental question: What makes some policies work while others fail? Frequently, policies that fail to generate development outcomes endure across countries and over time. Putting governance front and centre of the development debate is essential for promoting sustained economic growth and encouraging more equitable and peaceful societies.
The presentation will be followed by a discussion on ways forward based on the findings of this report, and on possible implications for the European Union. The event will offer a space for civil society representatives, development practitioners, and EU officials to reflect upon the process by which state and non-state actors interact to design and implement development policies.
Useful resources:

Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary-General of ALDA, will act as a speaker at the event organised by EPD and the World Bank event ‘Governance, Development and Democracy’ on 21 June.
***
The Secretary-General of ALDA, Ms Antonella Valborbida, also President of EPD, will act as a speaker at the presentation of ‘World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law’ (WDR), organised by the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) and the World Bank.
The launch in Brussels of WDR 2017 aims to answer a fundamental question: What makes some policies work while others fail? Frequently, policies that fail to generate development outcomes endure across countries and over time. Putting governance front and centre of the development debate is essential for promoting sustained economic growth and encouraging more equitable and peaceful societies.
The presentation will be followed by a discussion on ways forward based on the findings of this report, and on possible implications for the European Union. The event will offer a space for civil society representatives, development practitioners, and EU officials to reflect upon the process by which state and non-state actors interact to design and implement development policies.
Useful resources:


The diversity advantage: transfer of knowledge on migrants’ integration

Ten different local communities from wider Europe exchanged knowledge, experience, and good practice on migrants’ integration last 7 June in Venice, Italy, within the framework of the 3-day international activity “Reframing urban cohesion in European cities”, the second transnational step of the project URGENT.

***
URGENT, Urban ReGeneration, European Network of Towns, is a 2-year project funded by the programme Europe for Citizens, that aims at improving social cohesion in local communities by promoting migrants’ integration through the development of urban policies fostering intercultural dialogue and the use of common spaces.

The event was an occasion to exchange creative solutions to bring positive change at the local level. Local authorities, civil society associations, academics, and ordinary citizens shared their expertise while acknowledging the need of acting through multi-stakeholder approaches in order to put into network resources and knowledge that already exist in all communities.

International and local stakeholders had an opportunity to deeply exchange in the framework of the public seminar held on 7 June. The opening session was moderated by Laura Fregolent, IUAV University of Venice, with the contributions of Véronique Daugent, Head of Culture Unit of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences and Culture in Europe Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, Head of Office, Council of Europe Programme Office in Venice, Giuseppe Aiello, Representative of Veneto Region, and Aldo Xhani, ALDA European Citizenship programmes Coordinator, who stressed the need to work on the governance model as a fundamental element to successfully promote migrants‘ integration in our communities.

An interesting view on the migration issue from the other side of the world was given by Josefina Perez Espino, from RECFronteras, who joined the conference to bring in similarities and differences between the US-Mexico and European migration process. Under the moderation of Elena Ostanel, SSIIM UNESCO Chair of IUAV University of Venice, the second panel benefitted from the contributions of Marcello Balbo, Director of SSIIM UNESCO Chair, IUAV University of Venice, Lorna Muscat, Representative of SOS Malta and Chair of the Migration Path of LADDER project, and Francesca Lionetti, Representative of the Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe.

The last session, chaired by Giovanna Marconi, SSIIM UNESCO Chair from IUAV University of Venice, was dedicated to showcasing concrete local policies labelled as good practice. Natalia Maramotti, Councillor for Security, Culture of Legality, and Historic City of Reggio Emilia Municipality, Gianfranco Bonesso, Representative of Venice Municipality, Jean-François Maljean, Project Manager of the Municipality of Etterbeek (Belgium), and Alexander Van Leuven, Project Officer in charge of Positive Identity and Society Education from the Municipality of Mechelen (Belgium) presented key successful examples.

Korisni linkovi:

Read more about URGENT project
Video of interviews

Ten different local communities from wider Europe exchanged knowledge, experience, and good practice on migrants’ integration last 7 June in Venice, Italy, within the framework of the 3-day international activity “Reframing urban cohesion in European cities”, the second transnational step of the project URGENT.

***
URGENT, Urban ReGeneration, European Network of Towns, is a 2-year project funded by the programme Europe for Citizens, that aims at improving social cohesion in local communities by promoting migrants’ integration through the development of urban policies fostering intercultural dialogue and the use of common spaces.

The event was an occasion to exchange creative solutions to bring positive change at the local level. Local authorities, civil society associations, academics, and ordinary citizens shared their expertise while acknowledging the need of acting through multi-stakeholder approaches in order to put into network resources and knowledge that already exist in all communities.

International and local stakeholders had an opportunity to deeply exchange in the framework of the public seminar held on 7 June. The opening session was moderated by Laura Fregolent, IUAV University of Venice, with the contributions of Véronique Daugent, Head of Culture Unit of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences and Culture in Europe Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, Head of Office, Council of Europe Programme Office in Venice, Giuseppe Aiello, Representative of Veneto Region, and Aldo Xhani, ALDA European Citizenship programmes Coordinator, who stressed the need to work on the governance model as a fundamental element to successfully promote migrants‘ integration in our communities.

An interesting view on the migration issue from the other side of the world was given by Josefina Perez Espino, from RECFronteras, who joined the conference to bring in similarities and differences between the US-Mexico and European migration process. Under the moderation of Elena Ostanel, SSIIM UNESCO Chair of IUAV University of Venice, the second panel benefitted from the contributions of Marcello Balbo, Director of SSIIM UNESCO Chair, IUAV University of Venice, Lorna Muscat, Representative of SOS Malta and Chair of the Migration Path of LADDER project, and Francesca Lionetti, Representative of the Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe.

The last session, chaired by Giovanna Marconi, SSIIM UNESCO Chair from IUAV University of Venice, was dedicated to showcasing concrete local policies labelled as good practice. Natalia Maramotti, Councillor for Security, Culture of Legality, and Historic City of Reggio Emilia Municipality, Gianfranco Bonesso, Representative of Venice Municipality, Jean-François Maljean, Project Manager of the Municipality of Etterbeek (Belgium), and Alexander Van Leuven, Project Officer in charge of Positive Identity and Society Education from the Municipality of Mechelen (Belgium) presented key successful examples.

Korisni linkovi:

Read more about URGENT project
Video of interviews


"Civil society involvement in local decision-making at the local level" event in Cimișlia

The event, which will take place on June 23rd 2017 in Cimișlia, is organised by the Agency of Local Democracy Moldova, in collaboration with the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA and Nation Endowment for Democracy.

***
It will be an opportunity to participate in the discussion on the current situation of Moldavian civil society and on the difficulties of establishing a functioning one in Moldova.
During the panel discussion, the problems and the solutions for its consolidation will be identified; civil society relations with local authorities will be described and the ways of developing local democracy and obtaining a stronger participation in the decision-making process at the local level will be discussed.
Useful resources:

The event, which will take place on June 23rd 2017 in Cimișlia, is organised by the Agency of Local Democracy Moldova, in collaboration with the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA and Nation Endowment for Democracy.

***
It will be an opportunity to participate in the discussion on the current situation of Moldavian civil society and on the difficulties of establishing a functioning one in Moldova.
During the panel discussion, the problems and the solutions for its consolidation will be identified; civil society relations with local authorities will be described and the ways of developing local democracy and obtaining a stronger participation in the decision-making process at the local level will be discussed.
Useful resources:


A whole city turning into theatre stage: Caravan Next at Holstebro Festuge

The whole consortium of the project Caravan Next travels to Holstebro in Denmark, during the week of its festuge. ALDA will be represented by our South East Europe manager, Stanka Parac.
***
During “The Wild West – Roots and Shoots”, a “country city from the west of Denmark” will turn into an exploding cultural festive week of large diversity. In Holstebro Festive week the inhabitants in Holstebro do not only participate as audience but are active engaged through their work and recreational interests. Together with 150 foreign actors, dancers, musicians, they will create more than 200 rare, funny, scary, unforgettable and thought provoking events.
Various local milieus that do not naturally interact together will meet, and establish collaborations and mutual innovative projects. Each project is unique and surprising and may be seen as the expression of an organised performance: Sports clubs, educational institutions, churches and their parishioners, ethnic and religious minorities, the military, business and commercial associations, hospitals and care homes – more than 100 milieus participate in a multitude of inter-related activities within a theatrical framework created by Odin Teatret and guest artists.
Useful resources:

The whole consortium of the project Caravan Next travels to Holstebro in Denmark, during the week of its festuge. ALDA will be represented by our South East Europe manager, Stanka Parac.
***
During “The Wild West – Roots and Shoots”, a “country city from the west of Denmark” will turn into an exploding cultural festive week of large diversity. In Holstebro Festive week the inhabitants in Holstebro do not only participate as audience but are active engaged through their work and recreational interests. Together with 150 foreign actors, dancers, musicians, they will create more than 200 rare, funny, scary, unforgettable and thought provoking events.
Various local milieus that do not naturally interact together will meet, and establish collaborations and mutual innovative projects. Each project is unique and surprising and may be seen as the expression of an organised performance: Sports clubs, educational institutions, churches and their parishioners, ethnic and religious minorities, the military, business and commercial associations, hospitals and care homes – more than 100 milieus participate in a multitude of inter-related activities within a theatrical framework created by Odin Teatret and guest artists.
Useful resources:


June

Read or download our Newsletter

ENGFRAITASERRUSARA

Read or download our Newsletter

ENGFRAITASERRUSARA

ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida new President of EPD

The Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, was elected new President of EPD – European Partnership for Democracy. Since 2016, she has been sitting in the Board of Directors.

***
The Annual General Meeting of European Partnership for Democracy – EPD took place in Brussels on 6 June. On the agenda were the election of the new Board of Directors of the organization, as well as several strategic choices for the upcoming years. The Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, was elected new President of EPD. Since 2016, she has been sitting in the Board of Directors.

“I feel proud and honoured of the decision of the Board to elect me as President of EPD. Our Association represents the strongest community of practitioners in Europe with all the facets of democracy support, from local democracy to parliaments, from research to electoral support” said Mrs. Valmorbida.

“I see my role as a leader of EPD’s community mostly as an animator of all these experiences and programmes, to maximize the impact of our work supporting democracy. We need to make the difference and reaffirm, day after day, that democracy and Human rights are essential values of Europe, within our borders and beyond. Together with all the Board Members, I shall continue working on the important and fundamental path followed by our outgoing President, Hans Bruning (former Executive Director of NIMD) and of course, with the support of our Secretariat and the Executive Director, Ken Godfrey” she concluded.

***
The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is a non-profit organisation supporting democracy worldwide. It comprises fourteen European civil and political society organisations from eleven EU Member States present in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Located at the heart of the EU district in Brussels, EPD has established itself as a key player on EU democracy support, both vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and the member states, as well as the wider democracy support community.


Useful resources:

EPD website
EPD Board of Directors

The Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, was elected new President of EPD – European Partnership for Democracy. Since 2016, she has been sitting in the Board of Directors.

***
The Annual General Meeting of European Partnership for Democracy – EPD took place in Brussels on 6 June. On the agenda were the election of the new Board of Directors of the organization, as well as several strategic choices for the upcoming years. The Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, was elected new President of EPD. Since 2016, she has been sitting in the Board of Directors.

“I feel proud and honoured of the decision of the Board to elect me as President of EPD. Our Association represents the strongest community of practitioners in Europe with all the facets of democracy support, from local democracy to parliaments, from research to electoral support” said Mrs. Valmorbida.

“I see my role as a leader of EPD’s community mostly as an animator of all these experiences and programmes, to maximize the impact of our work supporting democracy. We need to make the difference and reaffirm, day after day, that democracy and Human rights are essential values of Europe, within our borders and beyond. Together with all the Board Members, I shall continue working on the important and fundamental path followed by our outgoing President, Hans Bruning (former Executive Director of NIMD) and of course, with the support of our Secretariat and the Executive Director, Ken Godfrey” she concluded.

***
The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is a non-profit organisation supporting democracy worldwide. It comprises fourteen European civil and political society organisations from eleven EU Member States present in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Located at the heart of the EU district in Brussels, EPD has established itself as a key player on EU democracy support, both vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and the member states, as well as the wider democracy support community.


Useful resources:

EPD website
EPD Board of Directors


Open call for applications for local youth initiatives in Macedonia

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) Skopje invites formal and informal youth groups/ operating in the territory of municipality of Centar and Kavadarci to submit applications for local youth initiatives.

***

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) Skopje invites formal and informal youth groups/ operating in the territory of municipality of Centar and Kavadarci to submit applications for local youth initiatives that will contribute to:

  • Strengthened capacities of youth (informal groups and youth CSOs) for active citizenship and participation in the life of their communities, and particularly in cultural participation processes;
  • Increased youth access to culture and usage of creative tools, especially youth with fewer opportunities;
  • Increased focus of public authorities in local community on the needs of youth and establishment of greater multi-sectorial cooperation in fostering youth participation;

Informative sessions and online Q&A will be organized additionally. Check the fan-page of ALDA Skopje for additional information.

The deadline for applying is 5th July 2017.

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) Skopje invites formal and informal youth groups/ operating in the territory of municipality of Centar and Kavadarci to submit applications for local youth initiatives.

***

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) Skopje invites formal and informal youth groups/ operating in the territory of municipality of Centar and Kavadarci to submit applications for local youth initiatives that will contribute to:

  • Strengthened capacities of youth (informal groups and youth CSOs) for active citizenship and participation in the life of their communities, and particularly in cultural participation processes;
  • Increased youth access to culture and usage of creative tools, especially youth with fewer opportunities;
  • Increased focus of public authorities in local community on the needs of youth and establishment of greater multi-sectorial cooperation in fostering youth participation;

Informative sessions and online Q&A will be organized additionally. Check the fan-page of ALDA Skopje for additional information.

The deadline for applying is 5th July 2017.