Fighting discrimination in our communities is possible!

The Steering Committee of the project “PAL – Fighting discrimination and anti-Gypsyism in education and employment in EU” met on 4-6 October in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

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The Mayor of Reggio Emilia, Luca Vecchi, welcomed the international delegation of the two-year project in the “Sala del Tricolore”, where Italian flag was born. Mr. Vecchi highlighted the historical tradition of openness to diversity and dialogue of the city, whcih closely resembles the objectives of the project.

 

A number of Italian good practices in the field of inclusion of Roma and Sinti population were presented to the audience. This inspiring moment was concluded with the words of Matteo Sassi, Vice Mayor for Social Welfare of Reggio Emilia: “From bad politics and from bad discourse, nothing good can arise. And before entering politics, populism is a widespread mood. For this, we should not tolerate any kind of discriminations, in our communities”.

 

While project PAL will be completed at the end of 2017, these words remind us that our efforts towards inclusion and empowerment of all citizens need to be the core of our action.

 

The city of Reggio Emilia, internationally renown as en excellency of good local governance, has a long tradition of cooperation with ALDA. Member of the Association for over a decade, Reggio Emilia has been involved in several projects and activities promoting local participation.

 

 

Useful resources:

Project PAL website 

Project PAL Facebook page

Project PAL Twitter

The Steering Committee of the project “PAL – Fighting discrimination and anti-Gypsyism in education and employment in EU” met on 4-6 October in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

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The Mayor of Reggio Emilia, Luca Vecchi, welcomed the international delegation of the two-year project in the “Sala del Tricolore”, where Italian flag was born. Mr. Vecchi highlighted the historical tradition of openness to diversity and dialogue of the city, whcih closely resembles the objectives of the project.

 

A number of Italian good practices in the field of inclusion of Roma and Sinti population were presented to the audience. This inspiring moment was concluded with the words of Matteo Sassi, Vice Mayor for Social Welfare of Reggio Emilia: “From bad politics and from bad discourse, nothing good can arise. And before entering politics, populism is a widespread mood. For this, we should not tolerate any kind of discriminations, in our communities”.

 

While project PAL will be completed at the end of 2017, these words remind us that our efforts towards inclusion and empowerment of all citizens need to be the core of our action.

 

The city of Reggio Emilia, internationally renown as en excellency of good local governance, has a long tradition of cooperation with ALDA. Member of the Association for over a decade, Reggio Emilia has been involved in several projects and activities promoting local participation.

 

 

Useful resources:

Project PAL website 

Project PAL Facebook page

Project PAL Twitter


Awarding the winner of Gianfranco Martini scholarship 2017

“Albania stands at a crossroads regarding its local democracy” – this is the title of the research led by Klodjan Seferaj from the Open Society Foundation for Albania, awarded this year with the Gianfranco Martini scholarship.

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Klodjan Seferaj from the Open Society Foundation for Albania has been selected among many valuable researchers who applied for the scholarship Gianfranco Martini 2017. Announced during the last General Assembly of ALDA in May 2017 as the winner, his research named “Albania stands at a crossroads regarding its local democracy” focuses on the state of local democracy and the empowerment of local actors in Albania and in the region.

The scholarship has been officially awarded in the frame of the 54th Governing Board of ALDA, kindly hosted by Birgu City Council (Malta) and its mayor, Mr. John Boxall, at the presence of all members of our Board.

The scholarship Gianfranco Martini is awarded once a year to a student or researcher proposing a study or work project focusing on local democracy, engagement of civil society or interethnic dialogue. It intends to keep alive Gianfranco Martini’s memory and his lesson of engagement and fight supporting the European project and European values.

Discover more about Scholarship Gianfranco Martini.

“Albania stands at a crossroads regarding its local democracy” – this is the title of the research led by Klodjan Seferaj from the Open Society Foundation for Albania, awarded this year with the Gianfranco Martini scholarship.

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Klodjan Seferaj from the Open Society Foundation for Albania has been selected among many valuable researchers who applied for the scholarship Gianfranco Martini 2017. Announced during the last General Assembly of ALDA in May 2017 as the winner, his research named “Albania stands at a crossroads regarding its local democracy” focuses on the state of local democracy and the empowerment of local actors in Albania and in the region.

The scholarship has been officially awarded in the frame of the 54th Governing Board of ALDA, kindly hosted by Birgu City Council (Malta) and its mayor, Mr. John Boxall, at the presence of all members of our Board.

The scholarship Gianfranco Martini is awarded once a year to a student or researcher proposing a study or work project focusing on local democracy, engagement of civil society or interethnic dialogue. It intends to keep alive Gianfranco Martini’s memory and his lesson of engagement and fight supporting the European project and European values.

Discover more about Scholarship Gianfranco Martini.


The Municipality of Birgu hosts the 54° meeting of Governing Board of ALDA

ohn Boxall, Mayor of Birgu (Malta), a long-term member of ALDA, welcomed the 54° meeting of the Governing Board of the Association on 6 October.

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The meeting had a variety of items for discussion and decision. In primis, the future establishment of a Local Democracy Agency in Mariupol (Ukraine), the easternmost city in Europe, was approved. The work to establish another LDA is also confirmed, the future LDA Morocco, key to support local democracy in the Mediterranean together with LDA Kairouan (Tunisia).
Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, presented the newly developed ‘Charter of Values’ of the Association, containing all values that move and inspire our work and allow us to strive for more democratic, open and transparent local communities.
We thank the City Council of Birgu (Malta) and the mayor John Boxall for the warm welcome. ALDA’s network is a big family connecting the whole enlarged Europe!

Useful Resources:
Birgu’s Municipality website

ohn Boxall, Mayor of Birgu (Malta), a long-term member of ALDA, welcomed the 54° meeting of the Governing Board of the Association on 6 October.

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The meeting had a variety of items for discussion and decision. In primis, the future establishment of a Local Democracy Agency in Mariupol (Ukraine), the easternmost city in Europe, was approved. The work to establish another LDA is also confirmed, the future LDA Morocco, key to support local democracy in the Mediterranean together with LDA Kairouan (Tunisia).
Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, presented the newly developed ‘Charter of Values’ of the Association, containing all values that move and inspire our work and allow us to strive for more democratic, open and transparent local communities.
We thank the City Council of Birgu (Malta) and the mayor John Boxall for the warm welcome. ALDA’s network is a big family connecting the whole enlarged Europe!

Useful Resources:
Birgu’s Municipality website


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ALDA Governing Board statement on the situation in Cataluña

The situation in Cataluña is very critical and must be immediately addressed at all levels in order to avoid violent escalations which ALDA and its partners and members have seen too often, and that only lead to devastation. Within legality and with full respect for human rights, the people and citizens have the right to freely express their opinion. Violence against ordinary citizens has no justification.

The situation in Cataluña is very critical and must be immediately addressed at all levels in order to avoid violent escalations which ALDA and its partners and members have seen too often, and that only lead to devastation. Within legality and with full respect for human rights, the people and citizens have the right to freely express their opinion. Violence against ordinary citizens has no justification.


Manaki brothers’ work studied and promoted within Normandy-Macedonia cooperation

The monograph “Manaki – story in pictures about Janaki and Milton” by the photographer Robert Jankulovski was promoted on the 29th of September in Bitola. This study, together with a documentary movie about Manaki brothers and an exhibition, is a result of 15-year-long research of the work of the two pioneers. The research was supported by ALDA, through the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.

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There are over 17,000 photographs made by Manaki brothers kept in the department of the National archives in Bitola. Robert Jankulovski is the first one to start digitalizing and saving the negatives from the original photographs. His work motivated the archives to continue with the process of digitalization of the rest of the material.
“Bitola is a photo-city more than it’s a cinema city”, Jankulovski said during the book promotion, referring to the work of Janaki and Milton Manaki in that region. Apart from the technical part, he referred to the esthetic elements that are being present in the work of the brothers.
The monograph was promoted during the International film festival “Manaki brothers”, which is being organized every year in Bitola. A documentary film about Manaki brothers was premiered at the festival, and there was also an exhibition with part of the photographs.
Jankulovski’s research was supported by ALDA through the Decentralized cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.

The monograph “Manaki – story in pictures about Janaki and Milton” by the photographer Robert Jankulovski was promoted on the 29th of September in Bitola. This study, together with a documentary movie about Manaki brothers and an exhibition, is a result of 15-year-long research of the work of the two pioneers. The research was supported by ALDA, through the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.

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There are over 17,000 photographs made by Manaki brothers kept in the department of the National archives in Bitola. Robert Jankulovski is the first one to start digitalizing and saving the negatives from the original photographs. His work motivated the archives to continue with the process of digitalization of the rest of the material.
“Bitola is a photo-city more than it’s a cinema city”, Jankulovski said during the book promotion, referring to the work of Janaki and Milton Manaki in that region. Apart from the technical part, he referred to the esthetic elements that are being present in the work of the brothers.
The monograph was promoted during the International film festival “Manaki brothers”, which is being organized every year in Bitola. A documentary film about Manaki brothers was premiered at the festival, and there was also an exhibition with part of the photographs.
Jankulovski’s research was supported by ALDA through the Decentralized cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.


Project ENLARGE launches a new deliberative event in Milan!

On October 16-17, project ENLARGE launches a new deliberative event in Milan. Delegates from local authorities, civil society organisations and private businesses will be present!
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Representatives of the 30 selected practices on participatory processes in co-designing and co-producing policies in the sustainable energy fields will reunite on 16-17 October 2017 in Milan, Italy, to pool their knowledge and experience. The event will be a unique exchange opportunity, since 100 representatives of local authorities, civil society organisations, business sector and experts from all across Europe will directly participate in and contribute to the activity.

 

The project will support the participation of 3 representatives from each of the selected practices. Delegations will be preferably composed by one member from the public administration that promoted the process, either an elected official or a civil servant, one representative of the stakeholders involved (environmental groups, firms, citizens’ committees, ordinary citizens) and one practitioner who helped design and manage the process.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and produce a shared and reasoned assessment of the participatory processes at stake, in order to identify the factors and mechanisms that can explain their effectiveness (or lack of), sustainability and legitimacy. The event will also be a unique occasion for the development of the CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure) book on citizen involvement on local sustainable energy policies.

 

ENLARGE is a 2-year project led by Istituto per la ricerca sociale (IRS) and funded by the European Union. The project aims to generate and disseminate shared, structured and constructive knowledge on participatory governance (co-design and co-production participatory processes) through an intense process of dialogue and communication among policy makers, civil society actors and practitioners.

 

ALDA participates as a partner to the realization of project ENLARGE.


Useful Resources:

Project ENLARGE web stranica

On October 16-17, project ENLARGE launches a new deliberative event in Milan. Delegates from local authorities, civil society organisations and private businesses will be present!
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Representatives of the 30 selected practices on participatory processes in co-designing and co-producing policies in the sustainable energy fields will reunite on 16-17 October 2017 in Milan, Italy, to pool their knowledge and experience. The event will be a unique exchange opportunity, since 100 representatives of local authorities, civil society organisations, business sector and experts from all across Europe will directly participate in and contribute to the activity.

 

The project will support the participation of 3 representatives from each of the selected practices. Delegations will be preferably composed by one member from the public administration that promoted the process, either an elected official or a civil servant, one representative of the stakeholders involved (environmental groups, firms, citizens’ committees, ordinary citizens) and one practitioner who helped design and manage the process.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and produce a shared and reasoned assessment of the participatory processes at stake, in order to identify the factors and mechanisms that can explain their effectiveness (or lack of), sustainability and legitimacy. The event will also be a unique occasion for the development of the CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure) book on citizen involvement on local sustainable energy policies.

 

ENLARGE is a 2-year project led by Istituto per la ricerca sociale (IRS) and funded by the European Union. The project aims to generate and disseminate shared, structured and constructive knowledge on participatory governance (co-design and co-production participatory processes) through an intense process of dialogue and communication among policy makers, civil society actors and practitioners.

 

ALDA participates as a partner to the realization of project ENLARGE.


Useful Resources:

Project ENLARGE web stranica