Steering Committee of the cooperation partners between Normandy and Macedonia

November 13, 2017, the partners of the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia have met for a Steering committee at the city hall of the City of Colombelle.

At the meeting, representatives of authorities and associations involved in the program had the opportunity to present the activities with their counterparts in Macedonia and the activities planned for the following period.
The partners discussed the administrative and financial aspects of the project and its continuation.
This stage of the program of Normandy-Macedonia cooperation is implemented between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018 under the direction of the city of Colombelle and the city of Novaci, and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. ALDA is the administrative and financial coordinator of the project.

November 13, 2017, the partners of the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia have met for a Steering committee at the city hall of the City of Colombelle.

At the meeting, representatives of authorities and associations involved in the program had the opportunity to present the activities with their counterparts in Macedonia and the activities planned for the following period.
The partners discussed the administrative and financial aspects of the project and its continuation.
This stage of the program of Normandy-Macedonia cooperation is implemented between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018 under the direction of the city of Colombelle and the city of Novaci, and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. ALDA is the administrative and financial coordinator of the project.


Call for offers for design and printing

ALDA Skopje is launching a call for offers for design and production of banners and brochures for the needs of the project “CSOs making local democracy work”.
Please find the official call for the production of banner (ovdje).
Please find the official call for the production of brochure (ovdje).

ALDA Skopje is launching a call for offers for design and production of banners and brochures for the needs of the project “CSOs making local democracy work”.
Please find the official call for the production of banner (ovdje).
Please find the official call for the production of brochure (ovdje).


Memorial dedicated to Macedonian soldiers in Colombelles

The names of 33 Macedonian soldiers of Novaci, killed in the First World War on the Oriental Front, were engraved on a memorial erected at Colombelles in Normandy. The monument was erected in commemoration of the centenary of the First World War and was officially unveiled November 13, 2017 at Colombelles.

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A Macedonian delegation from Novaci, led by Mayor Ljube Kuzmanovski, attended the festivities. In his speech, the mayor of Novaci stressed the importance of the monument dedicated to the fallen Macedonian soldiers on the East Front of the Great War. The solemn unveiling was followed by the execution of the Macedonian anthem and the raising of the Macedonian flag, followed by the laying of flowers on the monument by the delegation.
The remembrance stone of Macedonian soldiers is part of a joint memorial of four memorials dedicated to Macedonian, German, French and Nigerian soldiers, erected in the Peace Park in Colombelles.
The Mayor of Colombelles, Marc Pottier, had the aim to convey a message of peace and reconciliation through this project. Colombelles, with the twinned municipalities of Macedonia, Niger and Germany, through the memory of the dead soldiers, established a culture of peace and reconciliation.
The Municipalities of Novaci and Colombelles cooperate and develop projects on this subject for several years. Their cooperation was initiated in the framework of the cooperation program between Normandy and Macedonia.

The names of 33 Macedonian soldiers of Novaci, killed in the First World War on the Oriental Front, were engraved on a memorial erected at Colombelles in Normandy. The monument was erected in commemoration of the centenary of the First World War and was officially unveiled November 13, 2017 at Colombelles.

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A Macedonian delegation from Novaci, led by Mayor Ljube Kuzmanovski, attended the festivities. In his speech, the mayor of Novaci stressed the importance of the monument dedicated to the fallen Macedonian soldiers on the East Front of the Great War. The solemn unveiling was followed by the execution of the Macedonian anthem and the raising of the Macedonian flag, followed by the laying of flowers on the monument by the delegation.
The remembrance stone of Macedonian soldiers is part of a joint memorial of four memorials dedicated to Macedonian, German, French and Nigerian soldiers, erected in the Peace Park in Colombelles.
The Mayor of Colombelles, Marc Pottier, had the aim to convey a message of peace and reconciliation through this project. Colombelles, with the twinned municipalities of Macedonia, Niger and Germany, through the memory of the dead soldiers, established a culture of peace and reconciliation.
The Municipalities of Novaci and Colombelles cooperate and develop projects on this subject for several years. Their cooperation was initiated in the framework of the cooperation program between Normandy and Macedonia.


Steering committee meeting of the France-Balkans platform

The Steering committee of the France-Balkans platform held a meeting in Paris on November 10, 2017, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the leadership of Pays Vichy Auvergne.

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It gathered the partners of the project, representatives of local authorities and associations to discuss and synchronise ongoing activities ensuring that it meets the objectives lead out in the Platform in an effective manner. The lead partner presented the stay of play of their partnership.

The meeting was an opportunity to discuss further development of the programme, and to present activities in the next period. The steering committee group also outlined specific needs for supporting the development of the platform.

The programme has been created in 2008 in order to produce a platform allowing to bring up new common projects between the French local authorities and the Balkan territories and to integrate them in an open approach about Europe. ALDA participates and supports the programme, sharing its experience of multilateral decentralized cooperation in order to multiply the effects of the actions of the project.

 

Réunion du Comité de pilotage de la plateforme France – Balkans

La réunion du Comité de pilotage de la plateforme France – Balkans s’est tenue le 10 novembre 2017, à Paris, au ministère des Affaires étrangères, sous la direction du Pays Vichy-Auvergne.

Elle a rassemblé les partenaires du projet, les représentants des autorités locales et les associations pour discuter et synchroniser les activités en cours en veillant à ce qu’elles répondent efficacement aux objectifs fixés par la plateforme. Le partenaire principal a présenté l’état des lieux de leur partenariat.

La réunion a été l’occasion de discuter du développement du programme et de présenter les activités à venir. Le groupe du Comité de pilotage a également souligné les besoins spécifiques au soutien du développement de la plateforme.

Le programme a été créé en 2008 afin de créer une plateforme permettant de faire émerger de nouveaux projets communs entre les collectivités locales françaises et les territoires des Balkans, et de les intégrer dans une démarche ouverte sur l’Europe. ALDA soutient et participe au programme, en partageant son expérience de coopération décentralisée multilatérale, afin de multiplier les effets des actions du projet.

The Steering committee of the France-Balkans platform held a meeting in Paris on November 10, 2017, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the leadership of Pays Vichy Auvergne.

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It gathered the partners of the project, representatives of local authorities and associations to discuss and synchronise ongoing activities ensuring that it meets the objectives lead out in the Platform in an effective manner. The lead partner presented the stay of play of their partnership.

The meeting was an opportunity to discuss further development of the programme, and to present activities in the next period. The steering committee group also outlined specific needs for supporting the development of the platform.

The programme has been created in 2008 in order to produce a platform allowing to bring up new common projects between the French local authorities and the Balkan territories and to integrate them in an open approach about Europe. ALDA participates and supports the programme, sharing its experience of multilateral decentralized cooperation in order to multiply the effects of the actions of the project.

 

Réunion du Comité de pilotage de la plateforme France – Balkans

La réunion du Comité de pilotage de la plateforme France – Balkans s’est tenue le 10 novembre 2017, à Paris, au ministère des Affaires étrangères, sous la direction du Pays Vichy-Auvergne.

Elle a rassemblé les partenaires du projet, les représentants des autorités locales et les associations pour discuter et synchroniser les activités en cours en veillant à ce qu’elles répondent efficacement aux objectifs fixés par la plateforme. Le partenaire principal a présenté l’état des lieux de leur partenariat.

La réunion a été l’occasion de discuter du développement du programme et de présenter les activités à venir. Le groupe du Comité de pilotage a également souligné les besoins spécifiques au soutien du développement de la plateforme.

Le programme a été créé en 2008 afin de créer une plateforme permettant de faire émerger de nouveaux projets communs entre les collectivités locales françaises et les territoires des Balkans, et de les intégrer dans une démarche ouverte sur l’Europe. ALDA soutient et participe au programme, en partageant son expérience de coopération décentralisée multilatérale, afin de multiplier les effets des actions du projet.


Subgranting scheme - Call for local projects in Macedonia

The European Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) Skopje, the Association of Financial Workers of the Local Government and Public Enterprises – Veles and the European Movement are publishing call for sub-granting projects of CSOs within the project “CSOs for Making Local Democracy Work”. The project is funded by the Delegation of the European Union in Skopje through the IPA Program for Civil Society Support and Media Program 2015.
The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the role of local civil society organizations to contribute to public policy making on local level.
Specific objectives of the project:
– To create conditions for civil society organizations more enabling legal and financial environment on local level;
– To establish and develop sustainable mechanism for partnership building and cooperation between the civil society and the local public authorities;
– To develop local capacities of civil society organizations in order to become relevant stakeholder in civil dialogue and public policy making on local level;
– To encourage best practice exchange, networking and partnership at national, regional and European level.
Small projects of the civil society organizations will be supported through this project’s re-granting scheme for financial assistance. Grants will be awarded to the projects contributing to the main goal of the project. Innovative ideas for improving the cooperation between civil society organizations (CSOs) and local self-governments (LSs) will be supported.
Applications must be submitted no later than 17:00 hours, 24.12.2017, on the following address: cso.democracy@aldaintranet.org
ALDA Skopje in cooperation with the partner organizations will organize four informative meetings for the interested candidates in this call in Bitola, Struga, Veles and Strumica. The exact term of the information meetings will be published on the project partners’ websites.

The European Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) Skopje, the Association of Financial Workers of the Local Government and Public Enterprises – Veles and the European Movement are publishing call for sub-granting projects of CSOs within the project “CSOs for Making Local Democracy Work”. The project is funded by the Delegation of the European Union in Skopje through the IPA Program for Civil Society Support and Media Program 2015.
The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the role of local civil society organizations to contribute to public policy making on local level.
Specific objectives of the project:
– To create conditions for civil society organizations more enabling legal and financial environment on local level;
– To establish and develop sustainable mechanism for partnership building and cooperation between the civil society and the local public authorities;
– To develop local capacities of civil society organizations in order to become relevant stakeholder in civil dialogue and public policy making on local level;
– To encourage best practice exchange, networking and partnership at national, regional and European level.
Small projects of the civil society organizations will be supported through this project’s re-granting scheme for financial assistance. Grants will be awarded to the projects contributing to the main goal of the project. Innovative ideas for improving the cooperation between civil society organizations (CSOs) and local self-governments (LSs) will be supported.
Applications must be submitted no later than 17:00 hours, 24.12.2017, on the following address: cso.democracy@aldaintranet.org
ALDA Skopje in cooperation with the partner organizations will organize four informative meetings for the interested candidates in this call in Bitola, Struga, Veles and Strumica. The exact term of the information meetings will be published on the project partners’ websites.


The impact of LDAs in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Gianfranco Martini Scholarship bears fruit

ALDA is proud and honoured to announce that the research funded by Gianfranco Martini scholarship in 2016 is now published.

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What are the impact and outcomes of LDA Mostar and LDA Zavidovići on their local communities? The research conducted by Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová of the Department of Development & Environmental Studies at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic) digging the role and impact of LDAs in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now publicly available.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the work of the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) in Mostar and Zavidovići to provide a deeper understanding of the processes and changes the LDAs instigated through their activities. The authors found that the LDAs have been key, reliable stakeholders enabling social reconciliation across the country, helping with the post-conflict recovery process. Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová then proceeded to formulate recommendations for LDAs and for ALDA on what actions these actors might consider undertake in order to improve their effectiveness.

Gianfranco Martini Scholarship is awarded once a year to a student or researcher proposing a study or work project focusing on local democracy, engagement of civil society and/or interethnic dialogue. Its aim is to receive high-quality academic research and analysis for ALDA’s fields of activity in order to develop further strategies on these topics, prioritizing the projects targeting regions where ALDA is active. In 2017, the scholarship has been awarded to Klodjan Sefaraj, from the University of Tirana, Albania, for his work on Local Democracy in Albania, titled “Albania stands at a crossroads regarding its local democracy”.

Useful resources:

Gianfranco Martini scholarship
Read the full publication “Assessing the Impact of Local Democracy Agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (pdf.)

ALDA is proud and honoured to announce that the research funded by Gianfranco Martini scholarship in 2016 is now published.

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What are the impact and outcomes of LDA Mostar and LDA Zavidovići on their local communities? The research conducted by Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová of the Department of Development & Environmental Studies at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic) digging the role and impact of LDAs in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now publicly available.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the work of the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) in Mostar and Zavidovići to provide a deeper understanding of the processes and changes the LDAs instigated through their activities. The authors found that the LDAs have been key, reliable stakeholders enabling social reconciliation across the country, helping with the post-conflict recovery process. Mrs. Lenka Dušková and Mrs. Eva Komlossyová then proceeded to formulate recommendations for LDAs and for ALDA on what actions these actors might consider undertake in order to improve their effectiveness.

Gianfranco Martini Scholarship is awarded once a year to a student or researcher proposing a study or work project focusing on local democracy, engagement of civil society and/or interethnic dialogue. Its aim is to receive high-quality academic research and analysis for ALDA’s fields of activity in order to develop further strategies on these topics, prioritizing the projects targeting regions where ALDA is active. In 2017, the scholarship has been awarded to Klodjan Sefaraj, from the University of Tirana, Albania, for his work on Local Democracy in Albania, titled “Albania stands at a crossroads regarding its local democracy”.

Useful resources:

Gianfranco Martini scholarship
Read the full publication “Assessing the Impact of Local Democracy Agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (pdf.)


Paving the way to the future LDA Morocco

A delegation composed by ALDA’s Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, MED area Coordinator Anne-Laure Joedicke, and Observing Expert of the Governing Board Mohammed Salhi, Ambassador for northern Africa, is visiting our members in Morocco, discussing joint initiatives, and seizing the opportunities for the establishment of the first Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in the country.

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The delegation visited representatives of the Region Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, of the City of Tanger and the City of Tetouan, member of ALDA, as well as the City of Chefchaouen, potential partner of the upcoming LDA Morocco.

A meeting hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences of Rabat V University, member of ALDA, was dedicated to the discussion about priorities in the field of local governance and development, as well as to the “Chart on local democracy” developed in the framework of the project LADDER – Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness.

The mission is strengthening ongoing cooperations and developing new friendships and possible synergies. Stay in touch for further updates about our action with members and partners in Morocco and the future LDA!

A delegation composed by ALDA’s Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, MED area Coordinator Anne-Laure Joedicke, and Observing Expert of the Governing Board Mohammed Salhi, Ambassador for northern Africa, is visiting our members in Morocco, discussing joint initiatives, and seizing the opportunities for the establishment of the first Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in the country.

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The delegation visited representatives of the Region Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, of the City of Tanger and the City of Tetouan, member of ALDA, as well as the City of Chefchaouen, potential partner of the upcoming LDA Morocco.

A meeting hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences of Rabat V University, member of ALDA, was dedicated to the discussion about priorities in the field of local governance and development, as well as to the “Chart on local democracy” developed in the framework of the project LADDER – Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness.

The mission is strengthening ongoing cooperations and developing new friendships and possible synergies. Stay in touch for further updates about our action with members and partners in Morocco and the future LDA!


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Konferencija o pokretanju PARFAIT-a

Početak konferencije projekta PARFAIT, u studenom 2017. u Tunisu (Tunis).


Patras LSG organizes next steps of "ARRIVAL CITIES" project

ALDA is proud to report about an active stance of Patras Municipality (Greece) in ARRIVAL CITIES project. Patras Municipality, member of ALDA, confirms its commitment in supporting the values of democracy and citizen participation at local level.

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Patras LSG members of ARRIVAL CITIES project met on 2 November 2017 aiming at identifying next steps of action.
First of all, a vivid discussion took place regarding the outcomes and best practices of Oldenburg thematic workshop of last September; later Patras LSG members exchanged their views on the current content of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), giving their opinions on the information to be put in it. The discussion included exchange on the envisaged risks as well as on the monitoring and evaluation systems to be designed.
It is noteworthy that the ARRIVAL CITIES project perfectly relates to the activation of Patras in the “Intercultural Cities-ICC” network of the Council of Europe and ALDA – European Association of Local Democracy, where the city is an active member for many years now, trying to use diversity as an advantage and also to apply democratic values in practice.
Patras Municipality intends to continuously exploit its own local, regional, national and international networks, in order to achieve a multiplier effect on the dissemination and implementation of ARRIVAL CITIES results.

ALDA is proud to report about an active stance of Patras Municipality (Greece) in ARRIVAL CITIES project. Patras Municipality, member of ALDA, confirms its commitment in supporting the values of democracy and citizen participation at local level.

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Patras LSG members of ARRIVAL CITIES project met on 2 November 2017 aiming at identifying next steps of action.
First of all, a vivid discussion took place regarding the outcomes and best practices of Oldenburg thematic workshop of last September; later Patras LSG members exchanged their views on the current content of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), giving their opinions on the information to be put in it. The discussion included exchange on the envisaged risks as well as on the monitoring and evaluation systems to be designed.
It is noteworthy that the ARRIVAL CITIES project perfectly relates to the activation of Patras in the “Intercultural Cities-ICC” network of the Council of Europe and ALDA – European Association of Local Democracy, where the city is an active member for many years now, trying to use diversity as an advantage and also to apply democratic values in practice.
Patras Municipality intends to continuously exploit its own local, regional, national and international networks, in order to achieve a multiplier effect on the dissemination and implementation of ARRIVAL CITIES results.