Forum “EU perspectives for Local Authorities” concluded in a document

80 participants attended numerous lectures, debates, trainings and presentations during the Forum “EU perspectives for the local authorities” which was held from the 29th to 31st of March 2017 in Bitola. Representatives of the EU delegation in Macedonia, national institutions and local authorities were speakers at the forum, while the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA facilitated the trainings.

The forum was the first one of its kind realized in the country. Overall, it combined 6 panel discussions, 4 presentations and 4 training-sessions facilitated by 30 speakers and trainers who are experts in the field. The participants involved representatives of municipalities, ministries, centers for regional development and civil society organizations.
The valuable inputs of both the speakers and participants are presented in the official report (in Macedonian language) which can be found (ovdje).

Down below, you can also watch the video about the forum.

The Forum was realized within the Programme for Decentralized cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Self-Government and the Secretariat for European Affairs. It was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and the Normandy region.

80 participants attended numerous lectures, debates, trainings and presentations during the Forum “EU perspectives for the local authorities” which was held from the 29th to 31st of March 2017 in Bitola. Representatives of the EU delegation in Macedonia, national institutions and local authorities were speakers at the forum, while the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA facilitated the trainings.

The forum was the first one of its kind realized in the country. Overall, it combined 6 panel discussions, 4 presentations and 4 training-sessions facilitated by 30 speakers and trainers who are experts in the field. The participants involved representatives of municipalities, ministries, centers for regional development and civil society organizations.
The valuable inputs of both the speakers and participants are presented in the official report (in Macedonian language) which can be found (ovdje).

Down below, you can also watch the video about the forum.

The Forum was realized within the Programme for Decentralized cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Self-Government and the Secretariat for European Affairs. It was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and the Normandy region.


By sitting all around the same table we can improve our communities - LDA Armenia in action

Since 2016, LDA Armenia has implemented monitoring activities in the kindergartens in the community. As LDA’s host partner, Gyumri municipality is open to all initiatives that can bring a touchable result and added value to the local institutions.

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The monitoring showed that almost all kindergartens have numerous problems; a working group including the municipality Educational department and directors of all kindergartens decided though a participatory approach two kindergartens to be presented to the donor. LDA Armenia initiatied the process with “Paros” foundation for the floors renovation of “Bell” kindergarten, which took place in June-October 2017.

The opening of the renovated kindergarten was held on 8 December 2017, with the participation of the director Mr. Peter Abajyan and other representatives of “Paros” foundation, head of educational department Mr. Sultanyan of Gyumri municipality, and director of LDA Armenia Mrs. Lusine Aleksandryan. Representatives of Paros were pleased with the results and emphasized the fact that the project was unique – for the first time, local foundations, the municipality, and “Paros” foundation worked hand-in-hand. “Not only did the project solve the problem of the damaged floors, but it also improved the security of the children” stated Mr. Sultanyan.

For LDA Armenia this cooperation was key, as the cooperation between civil society and local authorities proved to be the way to solve community issues. The results of the project are also extremely promising in terms of further cooperation with “Paros” foundation.

Useful resources
Watch the media video-report
Read more about LDA Armenija

Since 2016, LDA Armenia has implemented monitoring activities in the kindergartens in the community. As LDA’s host partner, Gyumri municipality is open to all initiatives that can bring a touchable result and added value to the local institutions.

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The monitoring showed that almost all kindergartens have numerous problems; a working group including the municipality Educational department and directors of all kindergartens decided though a participatory approach two kindergartens to be presented to the donor. LDA Armenia initiatied the process with “Paros” foundation for the floors renovation of “Bell” kindergarten, which took place in June-October 2017.

The opening of the renovated kindergarten was held on 8 December 2017, with the participation of the director Mr. Peter Abajyan and other representatives of “Paros” foundation, head of educational department Mr. Sultanyan of Gyumri municipality, and director of LDA Armenia Mrs. Lusine Aleksandryan. Representatives of Paros were pleased with the results and emphasized the fact that the project was unique – for the first time, local foundations, the municipality, and “Paros” foundation worked hand-in-hand. “Not only did the project solve the problem of the damaged floors, but it also improved the security of the children” stated Mr. Sultanyan.

For LDA Armenia this cooperation was key, as the cooperation between civil society and local authorities proved to be the way to solve community issues. The results of the project are also extremely promising in terms of further cooperation with “Paros” foundation.

Useful resources
Watch the media video-report
Read more about LDA Armenija


Consultations for Patras Integrated Action Plan during 2017's Migrant’s Day

On December the 18th, Patras Municipal Enterprise for Planning & Development-ADEP SA was selected for completing the work meetings of Patras ULG for 2017 and design the Integrated Action Plan.

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This decision falls within the transnational project “ARRIVAL CITIES”, funded by the URBACT III program (2014-2020), under axe 1.1.2, which states that the goal of the program should be:  “To improve the design of sustainable urban strategies and action plans in cities”.
The Municipality of Amadora (Portugal) coordinates the project, while the partnership includes the cities of Patras and Thessaloniki from Greece, Riga (Latvia), Roquetas de Mar (Spain), Vantaa (Finland), Messina (Italy), Oldenburg and Dresden (Germany), as well as Val Le Marne (France).

The harmonious integration of immigrants into the societies in which they live and work is a key objective of the project. To address the number of interrelated challenges this project entails, cities-partners are developing an integrated action plan (IAP) , a tool that will allow them to coordinate the development of similar initiatives.

The consultation that took place among the members of Patras ULG has led to significant insights into the content of the local IAP, which will be finalized by the end of February 2018. The IAP is expected to be presented in a special dissemination event in March 2018 in Patras., which will promote the project and its results.

It is noteworthy that the “ARRIVAL CITIES” project perfectly correlates to the activation of Patras as part of the Intercultural Cities-ICC network of the Council of Europe, as well as being a long-standing member of ALDA, with which it shares the effort of promoting democratic values in practice.

On December the 18th, Patras Municipal Enterprise for Planning & Development-ADEP SA was selected for completing the work meetings of Patras ULG for 2017 and design the Integrated Action Plan.

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This decision falls within the transnational project “ARRIVAL CITIES”, funded by the URBACT III program (2014-2020), under axe 1.1.2, which states that the goal of the program should be:  “To improve the design of sustainable urban strategies and action plans in cities”.
The Municipality of Amadora (Portugal) coordinates the project, while the partnership includes the cities of Patras and Thessaloniki from Greece, Riga (Latvia), Roquetas de Mar (Spain), Vantaa (Finland), Messina (Italy), Oldenburg and Dresden (Germany), as well as Val Le Marne (France).

The harmonious integration of immigrants into the societies in which they live and work is a key objective of the project. To address the number of interrelated challenges this project entails, cities-partners are developing an integrated action plan (IAP) , a tool that will allow them to coordinate the development of similar initiatives.

The consultation that took place among the members of Patras ULG has led to significant insights into the content of the local IAP, which will be finalized by the end of February 2018. The IAP is expected to be presented in a special dissemination event in March 2018 in Patras., which will promote the project and its results.

It is noteworthy that the “ARRIVAL CITIES” project perfectly correlates to the activation of Patras as part of the Intercultural Cities-ICC network of the Council of Europe, as well as being a long-standing member of ALDA, with which it shares the effort of promoting democratic values in practice.


Assessing the Impact of Local Democracy Agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Publication Assessing the Impact of Local Democracy Agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Publication Assessing the Impact of Local Democracy Agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Open call for external evaluator

The European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA Skopje, The Association of finance officers of the local governments and public entreprises and the European Movement implement the project “CSOs for making local democracy work”, financed by the EU Delegation in Skopje through the IPA programme for financial support of the civil society and media 2015.

The project oversees a sub-granting scheme for financial support to small projects implemented by Civil society organizations. The main aim of the scheme is to support innovative ideas for improving the cooperation between Civil society organizations and Local authorities.
The partners launch a public call for 1 external evaluator that will do external evaluation of the projects that will apply for a grant. The evaluation will be realized within the month of January.

The European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA Skopje, The Association of finance officers of the local governments and public entreprises and the European Movement implement the project “CSOs for making local democracy work”, financed by the EU Delegation in Skopje through the IPA programme for financial support of the civil society and media 2015.

The project oversees a sub-granting scheme for financial support to small projects implemented by Civil society organizations. The main aim of the scheme is to support innovative ideas for improving the cooperation between Civil society organizations and Local authorities.
The partners launch a public call for 1 external evaluator that will do external evaluation of the projects that will apply for a grant. The evaluation will be realized within the month of January.


Go further to democratize the European Union!

Declaration of the members of MEF’s General Assembly adopted in November 19th, La Rochelle.

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The presidential election of spring 2017 delivered a clear message: the vast majority of our compatriots wish for France to remain members of the European Union (EU), and their priority is to be involved in the evolution of the European project and decisions made on our behalf.

Some democratic advances have helped to strengthen the influence of citizens on the invese of the EU: among them, the election of MEPs by directs universal suffrage and the continuous strengthening of their powers, including at a time of designation of the President of the European Commission. But we must go much further, when the cohesion and the future of the EU provoke a lively debate, to democratize European political life.

Let us go further, first, by reforming the voting methods for the European elections. The creation of 13 new regions in metropolitan France offers a historic opportunity to adopt euro-constituencies closer to the ground and that make sense to voters. Let us use them for the elections of the spring of 2019, associating the new less populated regions with their neighbors in order to avoid excessive demographic imbalances. Beware of the backtracking of returning to a single national constituency, on the basis of a poll whose elected representatives would be chosen by political parties corporates without local connection!

With the impending departure on our British friends, we stand use their 73 seats of deputies to experiment transnational lists from 2019, reinforcing the European dimension of the electoral campaign. But let us not go so far as to elect half of the MEPs on the basis of transnational lists in 2024, as proposed by the President of the Republic, since that would again break the necessary local anchoring of the elected representatives of Strasbourg.

We must go further also with regard to the transparency of European decisions. Jean-Claude Juncker was right to publish draft negotiating mandates for trade agreements, which must be subject to political and citizen controls commensurate with the issues at stake: member states should do likewise once these mandates are adopted and throughout the duration of the negotiations.

Controversies over the authorization of glyphosate show that transparency must also be strengthened for everything that comes under the decisions of the “committees” of national representatives governing the action of the Commission. These committees adopt seemingly technical and in fact very sensitive, standards: when will a public inventory of the positions expressed by the Member States at each of their meetings be made?

Council of Ministers meetings adopting legislative decisions are also supposed to be public, but it is difficult to access their retransmissions.

Going further in the democratization of the EU, it is better to control those who decide in our name. The planned demise of the “Troika”, which brought together the Commission, the Central Bank and the IMF side by side with countries like Greece, will put an end to a confusion and opacity very damaging on a civic level. The establishment of a full-time President of the Eurogroup and a subcommittee dedicated to the euro area in the European Parliament would also allow us to see more clearly!

We also need to better control our national representatives: France has the only Head of State and Government who does not report to Parliament on the decisions it takes in the framework of the European Council. Why not allow the President to do so through the announced reform of our Constitution, as proposed by the Bartolone-Winock Report?

The “democratic conventions” on Europe held in 2018 must put such proposals on the table as all at reviving European construction and reforming EU policies. The activists of the European Movement – France will mobilize throughout the territory to guarantee the popular and pluralistic dimension of these Conventions and the taking into account of the recommendations they will issue. They will activate their networks to reinforce the European character of the Conventions so that they are marked by the openness needed a better Europe.

The revival of the European project and its democratization must progress at the same time: reinforces the cohesion which the EU needs more than ever before the extraordinary political and geopolitical challenges that it faces.

Declaration of the members of MEF’s General Assembly adopted in November 19th, La Rochelle.

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The presidential election of spring 2017 delivered a clear message: the vast majority of our compatriots wish for France to remain members of the European Union (EU), and their priority is to be involved in the evolution of the European project and decisions made on our behalf.

Some democratic advances have helped to strengthen the influence of citizens on the invese of the EU: among them, the election of MEPs by directs universal suffrage and the continuous strengthening of their powers, including at a time of designation of the President of the European Commission. But we must go much further, when the cohesion and the future of the EU provoke a lively debate, to democratize European political life.

Let us go further, first, by reforming the voting methods for the European elections. The creation of 13 new regions in metropolitan France offers a historic opportunity to adopt euro-constituencies closer to the ground and that make sense to voters. Let us use them for the elections of the spring of 2019, associating the new less populated regions with their neighbors in order to avoid excessive demographic imbalances. Beware of the backtracking of returning to a single national constituency, on the basis of a poll whose elected representatives would be chosen by political parties corporates without local connection!

With the impending departure on our British friends, we stand use their 73 seats of deputies to experiment transnational lists from 2019, reinforcing the European dimension of the electoral campaign. But let us not go so far as to elect half of the MEPs on the basis of transnational lists in 2024, as proposed by the President of the Republic, since that would again break the necessary local anchoring of the elected representatives of Strasbourg.

We must go further also with regard to the transparency of European decisions. Jean-Claude Juncker was right to publish draft negotiating mandates for trade agreements, which must be subject to political and citizen controls commensurate with the issues at stake: member states should do likewise once these mandates are adopted and throughout the duration of the negotiations.

Controversies over the authorization of glyphosate show that transparency must also be strengthened for everything that comes under the decisions of the “committees” of national representatives governing the action of the Commission. These committees adopt seemingly technical and in fact very sensitive, standards: when will a public inventory of the positions expressed by the Member States at each of their meetings be made?

Council of Ministers meetings adopting legislative decisions are also supposed to be public, but it is difficult to access their retransmissions.

Going further in the democratization of the EU, it is better to control those who decide in our name. The planned demise of the “Troika”, which brought together the Commission, the Central Bank and the IMF side by side with countries like Greece, will put an end to a confusion and opacity very damaging on a civic level. The establishment of a full-time President of the Eurogroup and a subcommittee dedicated to the euro area in the European Parliament would also allow us to see more clearly!

We also need to better control our national representatives: France has the only Head of State and Government who does not report to Parliament on the decisions it takes in the framework of the European Council. Why not allow the President to do so through the announced reform of our Constitution, as proposed by the Bartolone-Winock Report?

The “democratic conventions” on Europe held in 2018 must put such proposals on the table as all at reviving European construction and reforming EU policies. The activists of the European Movement – France will mobilize throughout the territory to guarantee the popular and pluralistic dimension of these Conventions and the taking into account of the recommendations they will issue. They will activate their networks to reinforce the European character of the Conventions so that they are marked by the openness needed a better Europe.

The revival of the European project and its democratization must progress at the same time: reinforces the cohesion which the EU needs more than ever before the extraordinary political and geopolitical challenges that it faces.


Series of trainings for LAs and CSOs completed within the new project of ALDA Skopje

A series of four trainings for local authorities and civil society representatives took place from 23rd November to 7th December. The free two-day trainings were held for a total of 120 representatives from local authorities and civil society organizations. At the trainings, the participants learned about useful tools for local democracy, budgeting and transparency of the local finances, funding of civil society organizations from the local government budget and project cycle management and the EU funds.

The following four trainings were held:

– “Local Democracy Tools” – 23-24 November, Bitola;
– “Project Cycle Management and EU Funds” – 7-28 November, Struga;
– “Local Finance: Budgeting and Transparency” – 30 November – 1 December, Veles;
– “How to Create a Transparent Process for Financing CSOs from the Budget of Local Governments – Methodology” – 6-7 December, Strumica.
The official opening of the trainings was held on 23th November in Bitola, with the official statements of the Mayor of the municipality of Novaci, Mr. Ljube Kuzmanovski and Ms. Kaliopa Krivasija Stilinovic, the honorary consul of France to the Republic of Macedonia. His Excellency Mr.Christian Timmonier, the Ambassador of France, opened the training “Project Cycle Management and EU Funds” in Struga.
The training in Strumica, “How to Create a Transparent Process for Financing CSOs from the Budget of Local Governments – Methodology“ was opened by Mr. Kosta Janevski, Mayor of Strumica. The training “Local Finance: Budgeting and Transparency” was opened by Mr. Ace Kocevski, Mayor of Veles.
The trainings were organized within the framework of the project “CSOs for making local democracy work”, funded by the European Union through the IPA Civil Society Program and the Media Program 2015. The trainings were supported by the Decentralized cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.

This project is implemented by the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA Skopje, the Association of financial workers from Veles and the European Movement.

A series of four trainings for local authorities and civil society representatives took place from 23rd November to 7th December. The free two-day trainings were held for a total of 120 representatives from local authorities and civil society organizations. At the trainings, the participants learned about useful tools for local democracy, budgeting and transparency of the local finances, funding of civil society organizations from the local government budget and project cycle management and the EU funds.

The following four trainings were held:

– “Local Democracy Tools” – 23-24 November, Bitola;
– “Project Cycle Management and EU Funds” – 7-28 November, Struga;
– “Local Finance: Budgeting and Transparency” – 30 November – 1 December, Veles;
– “How to Create a Transparent Process for Financing CSOs from the Budget of Local Governments – Methodology” – 6-7 December, Strumica.
The official opening of the trainings was held on 23th November in Bitola, with the official statements of the Mayor of the municipality of Novaci, Mr. Ljube Kuzmanovski and Ms. Kaliopa Krivasija Stilinovic, the honorary consul of France to the Republic of Macedonia. His Excellency Mr.Christian Timmonier, the Ambassador of France, opened the training “Project Cycle Management and EU Funds” in Struga.
The training in Strumica, “How to Create a Transparent Process for Financing CSOs from the Budget of Local Governments – Methodology“ was opened by Mr. Kosta Janevski, Mayor of Strumica. The training “Local Finance: Budgeting and Transparency” was opened by Mr. Ace Kocevski, Mayor of Veles.
The trainings were organized within the framework of the project “CSOs for making local democracy work”, funded by the European Union through the IPA Civil Society Program and the Media Program 2015. The trainings were supported by the Decentralized cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.

This project is implemented by the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA Skopje, the Association of financial workers from Veles and the European Movement.


Happy birth-day, Local Democracy Agency Mariupol!

On 9 December, Local Democracy Agency Mariupol (Ukraine) became a reality. Mayors, members of the Ukrainian Parliament, representatives of civil societies and NGOs assembled for this important step toward the promotion of local democracy and good governance in the easternmost city in Europe.

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The event marked the conclusion of a long process that began last year, which managed under the same common goal ALDA, the municipality of Gdańsk (Poland), the city of Mariupol, the NGO Mariupol Development Fund, and the municipality of Akmene (Lithuania). The event was held in the premises of the hosting city of Mariupol.

ALDA was represented by the Secretary General, Antonela Valmorbida i Imislawa Gorska, Vice-president, who explained the importance of this milestone and the reason why acting at the local level impacts the whole world.

The Mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, followed up the initial speech by presenting the audience the results achieved by his administration in the field of administrative efficiency, security and education. In the last year, the municipality opened up 3 new universities for Internally Displaced People (IDP), financed the creation of a state-of-the-art TSNAP and monitoring center and trained 70% of the city council managers to give them the competencies necessary to tackle the issues of sustainable development.

Paweł Adamowicz
, Mayor of Gdańsk, highlighted the importance of the event and of Ukraine as a beacon of European Values in the East, a historical link worth upholding and defending: “Ukraine was part of Europe, is part of Europe and will be part of Europe”, he said. This concept was further reinforced by Mr. Bogdan Oleszek, Chairman of Gdańsk city council, who stated that the opening of the LDA in Mariupol will initiate a strong and long-lasting cooperation between the two city councils, confirming the support of Gdańsk to ALDA’s activities.

The historical role of Mariupol as the easternmost city in Europe was also the topic of Mr. Serhiy Taruta’s intervention. Mr. Taruta – Member of the Ukrainian Parliament and author of the three “peace pillars” for Donbass, among many other achievements – stressed the important friendly relationship that links the cities of Mariupol and Gdańsk, depicting Mariupol as the city that defends European value here in the East.

The event was closed by the words of Tetiana Lomakina, Advisor of the Mayor of Mariupol and neo-appointed delegate for LDA. Mrs Lomakina said that the values of the citizens of Mariupol are unity, solidarity, mutual trust, and opportunity of self-actualization. Today, our community more than ever seeks to cooperate and have an open dialogue with local authorities to give birth to local initiatives, in particular in the domains of culture and youth. The opening of LDA Mariupol thus reveals new opportunities to share the best practices for the development of local democracy, good governance, and human development.

The event was followed by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, which officially sanctioned the coming into existence of LDA Mariupol. The partners of the LDA then moved to visit to the premises of the new LDA, and a debate with active citizens closed the day, addressing questions, ideas and concerns of people regarding the future actions of the brand new LDA.

On 9 December, Local Democracy Agency Mariupol (Ukraine) became a reality. Mayors, members of the Ukrainian Parliament, representatives of civil societies and NGOs assembled for this important step toward the promotion of local democracy and good governance in the easternmost city in Europe.

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The event marked the conclusion of a long process that began last year, which managed under the same common goal ALDA, the municipality of Gdańsk (Poland), the city of Mariupol, the NGO Mariupol Development Fund, and the municipality of Akmene (Lithuania). The event was held in the premises of the hosting city of Mariupol.

ALDA was represented by the Secretary General, Antonela Valmorbida i Imislawa Gorska, Vice-president, who explained the importance of this milestone and the reason why acting at the local level impacts the whole world.

The Mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, followed up the initial speech by presenting the audience the results achieved by his administration in the field of administrative efficiency, security and education. In the last year, the municipality opened up 3 new universities for Internally Displaced People (IDP), financed the creation of a state-of-the-art TSNAP and monitoring center and trained 70% of the city council managers to give them the competencies necessary to tackle the issues of sustainable development.

Paweł Adamowicz
, Mayor of Gdańsk, highlighted the importance of the event and of Ukraine as a beacon of European Values in the East, a historical link worth upholding and defending: “Ukraine was part of Europe, is part of Europe and will be part of Europe”, he said. This concept was further reinforced by Mr. Bogdan Oleszek, Chairman of Gdańsk city council, who stated that the opening of the LDA in Mariupol will initiate a strong and long-lasting cooperation between the two city councils, confirming the support of Gdańsk to ALDA’s activities.

The historical role of Mariupol as the easternmost city in Europe was also the topic of Mr. Serhiy Taruta’s intervention. Mr. Taruta – Member of the Ukrainian Parliament and author of the three “peace pillars” for Donbass, among many other achievements – stressed the important friendly relationship that links the cities of Mariupol and Gdańsk, depicting Mariupol as the city that defends European value here in the East.

The event was closed by the words of Tetiana Lomakina, Advisor of the Mayor of Mariupol and neo-appointed delegate for LDA. Mrs Lomakina said that the values of the citizens of Mariupol are unity, solidarity, mutual trust, and opportunity of self-actualization. Today, our community more than ever seeks to cooperate and have an open dialogue with local authorities to give birth to local initiatives, in particular in the domains of culture and youth. The opening of LDA Mariupol thus reveals new opportunities to share the best practices for the development of local democracy, good governance, and human development.

The event was followed by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, which officially sanctioned the coming into existence of LDA Mariupol. The partners of the LDA then moved to visit to the premises of the new LDA, and a debate with active citizens closed the day, addressing questions, ideas and concerns of people regarding the future actions of the brand new LDA.


A number of achievements – LADDER’s figures at a glance!

After 36 months of fruitful work in cooperation with its 27 co-applicants and 19 associates, the LADDER project can strike a successful balance. Our metrics are not only the brilliant debates and the smiles of participants during the final conference, but also the figures. The cooperation of local authorities and civil society organisations did promote Development Education & Awareness Raising (DEAR) in the European Union and beyond.

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LADDER worked along five dimensions:

  1. Izvršna Research dimension produced 5 documents, in form of toolkits, about DEAR and SDGs, and 1 survey on the outreach of DEAR which involved 1,268 participants.
  2. Izvršna Capacity Building and Peer-to-Peer Education dimension can look back on 123 Capacity Building Activities which managed to foster the capacity of EU and non-EU LAs and CSOs concerning their capacity in implementing DEAR policies and foster citizens’ participation for development in their communities, as well as the drafting of 1 Methodological Handbook on DEAR best practices.
  3. Advocacy actions were carried out in 3 Geographical Paths (Mediterranean, Eastern Partnership area and South-East Europe) as well as in 6 Thematic Paths: Youth in Development, Migration, Citizens’ participation in development, Environmental and Sustainable Development, Public-Private Cooperation for Development and EYD 2015 & Follow up. Combined, they organized 21 events reaching a wide public, and published recommendations and other advocacy papers.
  4. Supporting Grass-Root Actions & Citizens brought about the Citizen Journalist initiative, with more than 60 young people writing 130 articles about sustainable development and contributing to the LADDER’s mission. A Slogan Competition was also launched and revealed to be extremely popular receiving 773 slogan proposals from students all over Europe. At the same time, through the re-granting scheme, LADDER supported 73 micro projects at the local level in various EU countries.
  5. Finally, the Creative Component wrote and performed an emotional and insightful theatre play about migration. 11 Performances in a European tour spread the message of inter-cultural understanding and hope to more than 700 spectators.

As the Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, concluded at the project’s Final Conference in Strasbourg (November 2017): “LADDER has cultivated diverse and multiple actions and has established a large network of local actors, representatives of civil society and local authorities. LADDER’s seeds have been sown, and together, we will continue working to awake an awareness of sustainable development in the daily lives of citizens.”

Citizen journalists decided to continue their work in their own local communities, making sure every single person is made aware of the impact of local actions for the whole world. This is the legacy of LADDER – a pan European network of people, local authorities, and organisations committed to making a real change at local level for a better planet.

Stay tuned and follow the results of what we have built together!

Read more about project LADDER
Follow #LADDERproject

After 36 months of fruitful work in cooperation with its 27 co-applicants and 19 associates, the LADDER project can strike a successful balance. Our metrics are not only the brilliant debates and the smiles of participants during the final conference, but also the figures. The cooperation of local authorities and civil society organisations did promote Development Education & Awareness Raising (DEAR) in the European Union and beyond.

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LADDER worked along five dimensions:

  1. Izvršna Research dimension produced 5 documents, in form of toolkits, about DEAR and SDGs, and 1 survey on the outreach of DEAR which involved 1,268 participants.
  2. Izvršna Capacity Building and Peer-to-Peer Education dimension can look back on 123 Capacity Building Activities which managed to foster the capacity of EU and non-EU LAs and CSOs concerning their capacity in implementing DEAR policies and foster citizens’ participation for development in their communities, as well as the drafting of 1 Methodological Handbook on DEAR best practices.
  3. Advocacy actions were carried out in 3 Geographical Paths (Mediterranean, Eastern Partnership area and South-East Europe) as well as in 6 Thematic Paths: Youth in Development, Migration, Citizens’ participation in development, Environmental and Sustainable Development, Public-Private Cooperation for Development and EYD 2015 & Follow up. Combined, they organized 21 events reaching a wide public, and published recommendations and other advocacy papers.
  4. Supporting Grass-Root Actions & Citizens brought about the Citizen Journalist initiative, with more than 60 young people writing 130 articles about sustainable development and contributing to the LADDER’s mission. A Slogan Competition was also launched and revealed to be extremely popular receiving 773 slogan proposals from students all over Europe. At the same time, through the re-granting scheme, LADDER supported 73 micro projects at the local level in various EU countries.
  5. Finally, the Creative Component wrote and performed an emotional and insightful theatre play about migration. 11 Performances in a European tour spread the message of inter-cultural understanding and hope to more than 700 spectators.

As the Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, concluded at the project’s Final Conference in Strasbourg (November 2017): “LADDER has cultivated diverse and multiple actions and has established a large network of local actors, representatives of civil society and local authorities. LADDER’s seeds have been sown, and together, we will continue working to awake an awareness of sustainable development in the daily lives of citizens.”

Citizen journalists decided to continue their work in their own local communities, making sure every single person is made aware of the impact of local actions for the whole world. This is the legacy of LADDER – a pan European network of people, local authorities, and organisations committed to making a real change at local level for a better planet.

Stay tuned and follow the results of what we have built together!

Read more about project LADDER
Follow #LADDERproject


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