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The European Youth Capital (EYC) 2025 – applications now open

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The call for applications to become the European Youth Capital (EYC) for 2025 has just been opened. This is already the 17. time that this title will be awarded: The first European Youth Capital was Rotterdam in 2009, while for 2024 this distinction will go to Ghent.

What is the European Youth Capital (EYC)?

The European Youth Capital (EYC) is a title awarded by the European Youth Forum and is designed to empower young people, boost youth participation and strengthen European identity. Young people should have equal opportunities to shape social, economic, and political life wherever they live.



They bring new and innovative ideas to refresh local democracy which is to the advantage of all residents of the city. This project helps young people and cities to work closely together and sets an example for other European municipalities to follow.

Ko može da se prijavi?

The European Youth Capital (EYC) competition is open to any local authority from the Member States of the Council of Europe, which are parties to the European Cultural Convention. You can apply ovdje.

The deadline for applications is 21 February 2022.

Za više informacija posetite the European Youth Forum’s website.

As for last year, ALDA is willing to spread this great opportunity, inviting everyone to join the call!


Workshops on social and entrepreneurial skills - focus Spain

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The partners of the ERASMUS project SMELT – Skilling Marginalised people to enter the Labour markeT – are now working on their first project’s output, namely the delivering of a workshops on social and entrepreneurial skills to enter the labour market. The training is targeting vulnerable people, unemployed and those that are struggling in finding a job. What competences are participants going to acquire?

  • Writing CV;
  • Attending a job interview and
  • Learning how to find a job

Furthermore, from a general perspective the module will develop participants’ knowledge on their rights as workers; while, on a more specific level, the course will provide insights on different types of contracts existing in Spain, as well as on the European and Spanish labour market. Thus, SMELT partner “Asociacion Mar Violeta”, based in Spain- Gijon, will launch the training course on the 8. of February.


Join the workshops on social and entrepreneurial skills - focus: Spain


At the end of the course an easy handbook will be designed together with participants, with the purpose of creating a user-friendly manual synthetizing the content of the training and accessible to everyone.

Korisne informacije:

  • the training will be organized in 4 days, from 8. to 11. of February, from 10AM to 2PM and delivered by experts of the “Association Mar Violeta
  • online training
  • language course: Spanish
  • contacts: asocmarvioleta@gmail.com
  • at the end of the course a certificate of attendance will be issued

Project partners are looking for participants, who feel they need to improve their competences within the working sector. Do not hesitate to join: the social and entrepreneurial workshop is ready to help you!

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Check the dedicate page of SMELT project


ALDA priznata u Okvirnom partnerstvu CERV programa 2022-2025

ALDA je jedan od korisnika operativnog granta programa „Evropa za građane“ EACEA – Izvršne agencije za obrazovanje, audiovizuelnu tehniku i kulturu Evropske unije.

Stoga, sa oduševljenjem možemo da objavimo da je i ove godine ALDA potvrđena kao korisnik operativnog granta za Program za građane, jednakost, prava i vrednosti (CERV) Evropske unije!!

CERV proizilazi iz fuzije prethodnih programa „Evropa za građane i građanke“ i „Program prava, jednakosti i građana“, a ima za cilj da zaštiti i promoviše prava i vrednosti kako su utvrđena u Ugovorima EU i Povelji o osnovnim pravima, posebno da podrži organizacije civilnog društva koje su aktivne na lokalnom, regionalnom, nacionalnom i transnacionalnom nivou.


Ovaj grant dokazuje efikasnost ALDA-ine akcije za promociju demokratije i učešća građana u Evropi i šire


Preciznije , upravo dodeljeni operativni grant je namenjen mrežama, organizacijama ili „tink tenkovima“ koji doprinose implementaciji programskih ciljeva, uključujući aktivnosti obuke i izgradnje kapaciteta, konferencije, uzajamno učenje, saradnju, podizanje svesti, komunikaciju i aktivnosti širenja.

Cela ALDA je počastvovana što je ponovo među malobrojnim korisnicima, dokazujući delotvornost akcija ALDA-e za promociju demokratije i učešća građana u Evropi.

Velika prilika i važna odgovornost: ALDA je spremna da deluje više nego ikada kao pokretač učešća, demokratije i evropskih vrednosti, dajući snažan doprinos postizanjuCiljeva održivog razvoja i i Agende 2030..


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Nijanse demokratije - “Shades of Democracy”, novi ALDA podkast

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ALDA podcast: nova i sveža inicijativa direktno iz našeg odeljenja za komunikacije!

The Association, as well as its network and friends, is engaged in concrete and tangible actions. Willing to promote positive change and democracy, through dialogue and interaction, ALDA has launched this new multimedia project: Shades of Democracy, the ALDA podcast

Zašto podcast? Zato što ne moramo da uzimamo teške knjige da bismo naučili o demokratiji i demokratskim praksama. Sa ovom novom serijom podkasta, želimo da se približimo ljudima, na neformalniji način, pretvarajući ono što može izgledati kao apstraktna tema u svakodnevnu vežbu.


Nijanse demokratije: vaša mesečna pilula dobrih, demokratskih priča


What do we mean by “Democracy”? When can we talk about citizen engagement and participatory process? Through our podcast “Shades of Democracy” we give explanations, examples and hopefully inspiration, with the objective of stimulating your curiosity and stimulating dialogue and interaction.

Želite da saznate više o angažovanju građana, crovdfundingu, kulturi i učešću mladih? O svemu ovome i još mnogo toga ćemo razgovarati u „Nijansama demokratije“, ali ovo je samo početak. Mnogo toga se sada dešava, a novi intervjui i razgovori su već zakazani.

Svakog meseca potpuno nova epizoda direktno u vašim slušalicama, da biste razumeli kako lokalna demokratija izgleda u našim svakodnevnim životima. 

Šta čekaš? Pronađi nas na glavnim podkast platformama:

Spotify
Google Podcast
Spreaker
Deezer


ALDA recognised in the Framework Partnership of the CERV Programme 2022-2025

ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy, is proud to be recognised by the European Commission as one of the 59 most active organisations that work to protect and promote Union values.

Indeed, ALDA has been recognised in the Framework Partnership Agreement of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV) of the European Union for the period 2022-2025.

Such framework partnership is of great importance for ALDA, being both a confirmation of the effectiveness of ALDA’s work in supporting good governance and citizen participation in Europe; as well as evidence of the confidence that the European Commission has in ALDA as a strategic partner in the implementation of the new EU priorities for the next 4 years.


ALDA is proud to be recognised by the European Commission as one of the 59 most active organisations that work to protect and promote Union values


More in depth, the agreement consists in a long-term cooperation between the Commission and the selected partners with the aim to contribute to the objectives of the Union policy in the following areas:

  • promoting and protecting Union values;
  • promoting equality, preventing and combating discrimination;
  • promoting gender equality;
  • combating racism, xenophobia and all forms of intolerance;
  • protecting and promoting the rights of the child;
  • promoting European remembrance;
  • promoting citizen engagement;
  • preventing and combating gender-based violence;
  • preventing and combating violence against children.

 

Visit the dedicated web page of the European Commission to learn more and click OVDE to have a glance of ALDA’s main activities for the 4-year period, titled “Local democracy: shaping the future together"


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Project AVATAR: updates on the digital transition in the Alto Vicentino territory

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The AVATAR project – Alto Vicentino Territorial Alliance for Networked Actions, which aims to spread digital literacy in a territory involving some 155,000 inhabitants, has concluded its third semester. During these months, the focus of activities has been on digital literacy to promote the use of public services such as SPID and PA portals, but also to show useful tools in everyday life.

In addition to numerous citizens, the growing participation saw the involvement of PA operators, freelancers and Third Sector organisations. For the latter, important digital tools and strategies were presented, such as:
– crowdfunding
– digital communication and
– cloud systems to manage their activities.


AVATAR project: spreading digital literacy in the Alto Vicentino territory


Thanks to numerous collaborations and the enlargement of the community of interest, AVATAR is constantly enriched with new contents such as the “App Wednesdays” that present useful applications for smartphones to citizens, or the cycle of webinars on digital hot topics such as fake news, infodemics, media literacy.

The year 2022 has already begun full of new collaborations to continue the digital learning process thanks to volunteers who will guide and assist citizens, to future sessions dedicated to change management to meet the challenges posed by digitalisation and with a full calendar of seminars, courses, webinars, meetings to transfer skills and accompany citizens, PA, schools and third sector in the digital transition already underway.

AVATAR is also a fortnightly newsletter full of reflections, events and opportunities to keep up with digitalisation: subscribe_newsletter


BRIGHT → Radionice za izgradnju kapaciteta za SVETLIJU budućnost!

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Još dve radionice za izgradnju kapaciteta (CBW) pre Završne konferencije projekta BRIGHT!!

Kao onaj koji se održava sredinom novembra u Kalabriji, južnom regionu Italije, Španija i Grčka biće domaćini četvrtog i petog CBW-a. 

Koja je ideja iza ovih interaktivnih sastanaka? Iz opšte perspektive, “BRIGHT” radionice za izgradnju kapaciteta, ukupno pet, imaju za cilj da unaprede sposobnost lokalnih institucija, kao i evropskih zemalja, da se oslone na sisteme participativnog upravljanja – bilo da su to sporazumi o saradnji – u meri da omogućavaju ženama da učestvuju u procesima donošenja odluka.


Radionice za izgradnju kapaciteta na kojima se raspravlja o širokoj temi „inkluzije žena“ zaposlenih u sektoru poljoprivrede i drugim sličnim oblastima trećeg sektora


Kao i prilikom prethodnih događaja, i ova dva CBW-a će imati učešće nekoliko zainteresovanih strana, raspravljajući o širokoj temi „inkluzije žena“ zaposlenih u sektoru poljoprivrede i drugim sličnim oblastima trećeg sektora (kao usluge čišćenja i nege), i o tome kako odgovoriti na potrebu za novim i inovativnim strategijama za garantovanje pristupa pravičnim, adekvatnim i osetljivim javnim uslugama. Način da se dođe do nedovoljno zastupljenih grupa je zajednički napor vlasti, socijalnih službi, sindikata, građana i poslodavaca kako bi se osmislila inovativna i inkluzivna rešenja za svačiju dobrobit.

Na osnovu ovoga, projekat “BRIGHT” ne samo da je voljan da prevaziđe ovaj jaz, već je takođe postavio 5 CBW-a za proizvodnju i projektovanje konkretnih rezultata koji će se deliti na evropskom nivou. U okviru ovoga, partneri projekta će se pridružiti radionicama i pozvati ljude da se pridruže:

Last but not least, follow the project on social media, and do not miss the final conference, which will take place in Brussels on February 22nd-23rd (dates TBC).

 

🟡  Upcoming next: the Holistic Online Facilitation training 🟡

This new learning experience shows you how to create interactive online workshops and to avoid online fatigue; while finding out new tools helping you to facilitate online events in a holistic and interactive way. The training will take place online on 10, 15, 17, 22 & 24 February 3-5pm CET, and it will be in English. Special price for ALDA Members: only 150€ instead of 190€.

This training has been organized in cooperation with MitOst e.V.
Registration are open here: http://ow.ly/UgpZ50HFcgC


Više aktivnosti u 2022. za borbu protiv klimatskih promena

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2021. je bila godina ispunjena aktivnostima za projekat “Climate of Change”, uprkos mnogim izazovima koji su proizašli iz pandemije Covid 19!

Nakon prve godine implementacije, 2021. je obeležila pokretanje debatnog takmičenja u svih 13 zemalja projekta: obrazovne aktivnosti koja je uključivala – između ostalog – upoznavanje sa klimatskim promenama i pitanjima vezanim za migracije; razvijanje veština analize i sposobnosti da se sintetizuju podaci i informacije kako bi zauzeli poziciju i bili kritični.

More in depth, coordinated by ALDA in partnership with FINEP, participants, divided into two groups (students from high school and from universities) joined a training module session and the drafting of debate papers for all partners. ALDA implemented the activity in both France and Belgium. At the end, the national winning teams in each age group met in Brussels in November to dispute the Pan-European Debate Finals with the other national teams (see our previous article).

Furthermore, last November, ALDA in cooperation with the European Environmental Bureau welcomed the circus show MadgaClan in Brussels for the final dates of the Pan-European Street Action Tour. The tour was scheduled during the EU debate finals to allow students to participate in the activity.



Pored toga, ALDA je učestvovala u izradi vodiča za kampanju #ClimateOfChange. Rezultat je objavljen na veb stranici i korišćen od strane svih partnera za promociju kampanje na nacionalnom nivou, uz izradu anketa. Sve u svemu, cilj je da se istakne veza između migracija, klimatskih promena i potrebe da se transformiše naša ekonomija i svakodnevni život. Kampanja će trajati do završetka projekta 2023. godine.

Konačno, pokrenuta je peticija „End Climate Change, Start a Climate of Change“, zahtevajući promene politike koje će zaštititi zdravo i održivo sutra.(Potpišite peticiju!).

 

Šta će biti sledeće godine?

U 2022. godini, vodeći partner “WeVorld” će razviti veb seriju od 4 epizode na temu klimatske pravde, čiji je cilj promovisanje kampanje putem onlajn platformi i širom Evrope.

Pored toga, ova godina se fokusira na istraživački rad kako bi se podržao narativ zasnovan na dokazima o vezi između migracije i klimatskih promena. Konkretno, predviđeno je da se proizvedu 4 studije slučaja u Kambodži, Gvatemali, Senegalu i Keniji i da se da glas lokalnim zajednicama koje su najviše pogođene klimatskim promenama.

U međuvremenu, neki nacionalni i međunarodni događaji će omogućiti partnerima da upoznaju javnost sa rezultatima i ishodima projekta, posebno sa rezultatima studija slučaja i akcijama zastupanja tokom promocije peticije.


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“PIECE by PIECE”: kamen temeljac naših projekata!

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Istraživački rad, koji ima za cilj da analizira potrebe zajednica i radnika u Evropi, objavili su partneri “PIECE” projekta.

The research is based on a survey spread out by every partner through their networks (see our previous article); as well as on 25 in-depth interviews. This last analysis brought something new compared to others: the international and cross-sectorial elements.

Ovim izveštajem, partneri su pokušali da razumeju koje su trenutne potrebe radnika u zajednici da unaprede svoj rad i povećaju učešće lokalne zajednice. Dakle, ovaj rezultat naglašava i zajedničke i različite potrebe među evropskim zemljama i regionima, kao što su:

  • učenje praktičnih i obrazovnih alata za primenu u svom radu;
  • sticanje mekih veština i sposobnosti da dalje angažuju svoje zajednice;
  • bavljenje važnim pitanjima (rod, rasizam, održivost, itd), ili
  • praktična znanja kako stvoriti bezbedan prostor u zajednici onlajn.


Ovo poslednje istraživanje donelo je nešto: međunarodne i međusektorske elemente


Štaviše, ovaj teorijski rad je ključni korak u okviru projekta. To će biti osnova za naredne faze, uglavnom isticanjem nekih poteškoća koje bi se rešavale kroz kreiranje materijala za obuku i platforme za e-učenje za ciljnu grupu.

Konačno, opšti cilj “PIECE” projekta je da se osposobe i osnaže radnici u zajednici. Ovo će posledično omogućiti korisnicima da unaprede socijalnu uključenost, veštine i zapošljivost ljudi koje će obučavati ili uključiti u svoje aktivnosti.

The report can be used by everyone out of the project; it is freely available on the outputs page of the project’s website : https://pieceproject.eu/

Ako želite da saznate više, pogledajte Facebook stranicu.


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SMELT project: free workshops by Center for Democracy Foundation

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As part of the SMELT project, the Center for Democracy Foundation organized free workshops in order to strengthen the capacity and increase the knowledge of participants as far as their labor rights concern, while encouraging them to actively participate in the labor market.

With much enthusiasm, more than 30 participants took part in the workshops, joining the training, organised from 14 to 22 December 2021. Developed  through two modules, the workshops was held both on line and in presence (hybrid form), so that to allow participants to attend this training opportunity regardless of their location.


Center for Democracy Foundation organized free workshops in order to strengthen the capacity and increase the knowledge of participants as far as their labor rights concern


From a general perspective, the goal of the training was to increase the level of knowledge of participants on:

  • the structure of unemployment;
  • the labor market in the EU and Serbia:
  • areas where the percentage of workers is critical;
  • the position of vulnerable groups;
  • the importance of training, education, and skills of active job search and networking and
  • the role of social media in job search, participation in job interviews.

The above-mentioned topics were tackled and explained by lecturers and trainers, experts in the field of labor rights, trade union representatives and civil society organizations.

Finally, these series of meetings and training had a positive impact on participants, ad on the overall project!

 

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The project is implemented in cooperation with 8 partners – Samarcanda società cooperativa sociale Onlus, Italy; SSOU Mosha Pijade, Northern Macedonia; SYNTHESIS Center for Research and Education Ltd, Cyprus; Asociación Mar Violeta, Spain; Sdruzhenie Yuni Partners, Bulgaria; European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA), France; Ecor International SpA, Italy and the Center for Democracy Foundation, Serbia. The project is funded by the European Union through the Erasmus + program.

[Thank you to Center for Democracy Foundation for the news]