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ALDA signed the Magna Charta of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

Signing ceremony of the Magna Charta for an International League of Democracy Cities

On September the 24. 2022, ALDA Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, took part in the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, in the city of Lucerne, Switzerland. Being the largest gathering devoted to direct democracy worldwide, the forum welcomed  participants from academic, political and civil society perspectives. 

From a general standpoint, the goal of the initiative is to bring together people with different experiences and backgrounds, so as to give activists and organisations the opportunity to share their insights and connect with others working on the same issues. Thus, this forum stems from the fact that democracy is challenged on all political levels today, in the world as much as in the host country of this year’s Global Forum, Switzerland.

The Forum was  coordinated by an international consortium under the leadership of the Swiss Democracy Foundation, chaired by Adrian Schmid, and Democracy International, where Global Manager for PR & Community Building Caroline Vernaillen brings together the threads from all over the world.

Within this context, ALDA Secretary General took the floor during the Concluding Plenary Panel on how to save Democracy, presented by SwissInfo ChannelThe focus of this panel was on the big challenges and crises that democracy is facing in this era, such as authoritarianism, fake news, pandemics and war; particular relevance has been put on the need for deep inclusion, resilience and a just democracy.

As each year’s forum, also the GFMDD 22 ended with a final declaration drawn up and adopted by the participants, summarising the content of the conference and defining proposals for further cooperation.


Ms. Valmorbida signed the Magna Charta of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy on behalf of ALDA, with the mandate from the Governing Board


The first draft of the document was developed and agreed upon at the 2018 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy in Rome, with the strong support of that city’s parliament and of representatives of cities across the globe. Since then, it has been the subject of extensive global discussion. In its current version, the Magna Charta identifies 20 different democracy dimensions at the local level — so that citizens and urban institutions can formulate an idea of where their own cities rank in terms of democracy development.

During the last day of the Forum, the signing ceremony of the Magna Charta for an International League of Democracy Cities took place. The Charter commits the signatories to implement policies on citizens engagement at the local level.

 

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Apart from ALDA signing the Magna Charta, also representatives from 6 cities joined, namely Valongo (PT), Nancy (F), Lausanne (CH), León (ES), Amsterdam (NL), Bucharest (RO) and as well as from network organisations and projects like the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the European Capital of Democracy (ECoD), where
Ms. Valmorbida is Chairwoman of the Experts’ Jury


Vacancy: Financial and Administration Assistant in Chisinau (Moldova)

ALDA is looking for a Financial and Administration Assistant to join the team in Chisinau, Moldova. S/he will be in charge of

Among main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate Unit’s financial operations;
  • Assisting the Unit in overseeing the correct spending of funds by third parties according to different projects and grants;
  • Monitoring, whether all financial documents, invoices and cash settlements are in line with ALDA procedures and policies as well as local legislation/rules but also are correctly assigned for different grants received from various donors;

Among the skills needed:

  • Flexibility, eagerness to learn quickly;
  • Respect for hierarchy, positive and collaborative attitude;
  • Ability to work under pressure, respecting tight deadlines. When necessary open to work extra-hours or on weekends (with follow up recuperation of working extra- time);
  • Ability to work in team and autonomously, with a pleasant and respectful behavior;

Education, languages and tools required:

  • BA and/or master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration or related field;
  • At least 2 years general work experience involving accounting, financial and/or administrative management and contract/financing processing;
  • Intermediary knowledge of written and oral English which will allow efficient verbal and written communication with colleagues from other offices in Europe. Good knowledge of Romanian. Russian would be an asset;

Where and when:

1 year, full time, starting at the latest on November 1st, 2022 – ALDA office in Chisinau (Moldova)

How to apply:

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English  by September  28th, 2022 (23.59 CET Time) to posao@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Financial and Administration Assistant – Chisinau".


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Stav o češkom predsedavanju Evropskim savetom

Češko predsedavanje, kao što su to ranije uradile druge zemlje, odredilo je svoje smernice koje će se sprovoditi tokom svog mandata, za drugo polugodište 2022. godine.

Prateći „tri R“ svog mota: „Evropa kao zadatak: preispitati, obnoviti, obnoviti vlast“, ​​prioriteti se mogu rasporediti na sledeći način:

  1. Upravljanje izbegličkom krizom i posleratni oporavak Ukrajine
  2. Energetska sigurnost
  3. Jačanje odbrambenih kapaciteta Evrope i bezbednost sajber-prostora
  4. Strateška otpornost Evropske privrede
  5. Otpornost demokratskih institucija 
Ovih pet stubova takođe ispunjava i sprovodi ALDA u svojoj posvećenosti osnaživanju evropskih građana i negovanju uloge Evrope kao regionalnog i međunarodnog strateškog aktera


Strategije ALDA ispunjavaju prioritete predsedništva Češke Republike 


Počevši od prvog prioriteta, na posleratnom oporavku Ukrajine, od samog početka, još u februaru 2022, ALDA je pokrenula ne samo niz inicijativa; ali je i konkretno doprineo pružanju opipljive podrške lokalnim zajednicama. „ Poziv za otvaranje novih LDA “ je među najnovijim.

Istovremeno, Udruženje je u skladu sa prioritetom češkog predsedništva u pogledu energetske bezbednosti . Tako je, koristeći razvoj i implementaciju nekoliko projekata, ALDA uspela da podstakne energetsku bezbednost angažovanjem sa ljudima. Tačnije, podržavanjem lokalnih akcija za borbu protiv klimatskih promena, uz fokusiranje na čistu i obnovljivu energiju; velika posvećenost je posvećena senzibilizaciji građana po ovom pitanju.

Gore pomenuto je samo nekoliko primera rada ALDA. Za dalje informacije pročitajte „“ Rad o češkom programu za predsedavanje Evropskom unijom“.


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Prateći „tri R“ svog mota: „Evropa kao zadatak: preispitati, obnoviti, obnoviti vlast“, ​​prioriteti se mogu rasporediti na sledeći način:

Join the call: become a partner of the Local Democracy Agencies in Ukraine, support democracy and community engagement now and in the months and years to come!

Ukraine has been experiencing an unjust and inhuman invasion from Russian troops since February 2022. Yet, the resistance and resilience of Ukrainian people is heroic and without precedent. It is for those people that are now living under the war, that the Association has strongly worked, as also demonstrated with the campaign #ALDAforUkraine.

Since the very beginning, ALDA has been active in Ukraine, with members and partners developing a series of initiatives aimed to improve people’s lives. Thus, thanks to the Local Democracy Agency Dnipro, established in 2014 with the support of Lower Silesia – Poland; and Democracy Agency Mariupol (funded in 2017 with the support of Gdansk – Poland), the Association is a strategic player in the Country. Specifically, the  two above-mentioned LDAs, based on the decentalised cooperation mechanism, work together with civil society to support peace, and community development.



For almost 10 years, ALDA has thus worked and built strong relations with local actors, and communities. This is why it is now in the front line to provide help to Ukrainian citizens, as also marked by the “Donors Conference”, one of the most recent events, organised within this framework.

In light of this, the Association is now willing to further encourage its network, partners and friends to also take part in this commitment to support people in Ukraine. How?

  1. By asking for more information on the overall work of ALDA and the LDAs in Ukraine
  2. By joining the call and becoming a partner of the LDA Odessa and LDA Vinnytsia, which soon are going to be open (apply by 30 October 2022)

Let’s work together for Ukraine, and its people!

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For more information you can email the ALDA4Ukraine unit

🔸🔸To become a partner, read the call🔸🔸

 

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Press Release: In Italy, people with a migratory background are excluded from the public discussion

Milan, 1 August 2022 – People and communities with migratory backgrounds are not involved in the public discussion and strongly distrust the Italian institutions. That was highlighted by the research conducted by WeWorld – an organisation committed for 50 years to guaranteeing the rights of women, girls and children in 27 countries around the world, including Italy – as part of the new project SHAPE (SHaring Actions for the Participation and Empowerment of migrant communities and Local Authorities) co- funded by the European Fund AMIF (Transnational Actions on Asylum, Migration and Integration). 

Pročitajte saopštenje za javnost

Milan, 1 August 2022 – People and communities with migratory backgrounds are not involved in the public discussion and strongly distrust the Italian institutions. That was highlighted by the research conducted by WeWorld – an organisation committed for 50 years to guaranteeing the rights of women, girls and children in 27 countries around the world, including Italy – as part of the new project SHAPE (SHaring Actions for the Participation and Empowerment of migrant communities and Local Authorities) co- funded by the European Fund AMIF (Transnational Actions on Asylum, Migration and Integration). 

Pročitajte saopštenje za javnost

Membership

Membership Days: from the ALDATalk to trainings and funding possibilities

Membership Days: 26 September; 3-6 October 2022

Members are a vital part of the Association. That is why ALDA is now presenting a five-day event specifically dedicated to its network!

From a general perspective, through this tailor-made meeting, ALDA is willing  to provide participants with the latest news and updates not only on the activities of ALDA, but also to further illustrate the possibilities and benefits of joining the network. Furthermore, the event will be the perfect occasion to gain necessary knowledge and learn new tools necessary when operating within the field of citizens’ participation and EU Project Development. 


Membership Days: to further engage the network, and to build stronger relations


Therefore, the agenda has been structured as follows:

  • 26th September: ALDATalk on the elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina with ALDA Governing Board Member and Secretary General of the Zaklada Centar za demokraciju" Nataša Vučković
  • 3rd October: Meeting the new Members
  • 4th October: Working Groups meeting – plan and debate about the topics and proposals that the WGs could work on
  • 5th October: From European to local level – Training on local events and citizens’ engagement, with European Programme Manager of “Democracy International” Daniela Vancic 
  • 6th October: Training on EU funding and Project Cycle Management

Those attending will receive a certificate awarded by ALDA, strategic partner of the European Commission and of the Council of Europe!

Overall, since its first day, ALDA is stimulating and fostering exchange with its network, willing to promote and improve the exchange of best practices in the field of local governance and citizens’ active participation. Thanks to the variety of origins and the different field of actions of each member, the network is a multicultural professional group that enriches not only the Association, but the participants themselves.

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For further information please email the Membership Officer through this link


Antonella Valmorbida se zalaže za poziciju generalne sekretarke Kongresa Vijeća Evrope

Septembar donosi sjajne vijesti i otvara nove puteve, ne samo u ALDA-i nego i na međunarodnom planu! S velikim entuzijazmom, kolege iz kancelarija u Strazburu, Vićenci, Skoplju, Moldaviji i Tunisu rado podržavaju kandidaturu Antonele Valmorbide za poziciju generalne sekretarke Kongresa.

Na osnovu svog prethodnog iskustva ne samo kao generalne sekretarke ALDA -e i predsjednice EPD-a - Evropskog partnerstva za demokratiju; ali i kao članice Upravnog odbora Komisije civilnog društva za Konferenciju o budućnosti Evrope, a odnedavno i kao predsjedavajuće žirija Evropske prijestolnice demokratije, gospođa Valmorbida stavlja vrijednost demokratije kao vodilju u svom svakodnevnom radu i posvećenost.


Kandidatura Antonele Valmorbide: "za jači, relevantniji i strateški" Kongres


Kako je dalje naglašeno u njenom manifestu, „biti će neophodno identifikovati i valorizovati snažnu dodatnu vrijednost kao jedinstvenu lokalnu demokratsku skupštinu, koja predstavlja veliku Evropu“. Dakle, sadašnji SG ALDA od samog početka radi s lokalnim zajednicama, polazeći od potreba ljudi i boreći se za njihova prava.

Ovo je također u tema mnogih edukacija koje je gdje gdja. Valmorbida vodila, zajedno sa profesionalcima i zainteresovanim stranama kao što su UN Habitat i UNDP u različitim oblastima, od Sjeverne Afrike do Zapadnog Balkana i Kavkaza. Nadalje, sa stručnjacima iz Ujedinjenih naroda, gospođa Valmorbida je u potpunosti bila uključena u edukacije „participativne demokratije“ u Ukrajini, tako da ima duboko razumijevanje lokalnog konteksta.

Sada, u ALDA-i svi smo oduševljeni ovom novom avanturom koju poduzima naš generalna sekretarka. Svako od nas je podržava, sigurni da će njena strast i stručnost biti od suštinskog značaja za sljedeću godinu i budućnost Kongresa Savjeta Evrope.

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Posjetite web stranicu Antonella Valmorbida i pročitajte njen manifest

 

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“Promovisanje demokratije kroz lokalne vlasti”: podsticanje angažmana zajednice u Libiji

Od 5. do 11. septembra 2022., generalna sekretarka ALDA-e Antonella Valmorbida zajedno s trenericom ALDA-e Anna Ditta održala je kurs „Promviranja demokratije kroz lokalne vlasti” s posebnim fokusom na libijsku stvarnost.

Osatjući se u okviru projekta REBUILD ,, koji finansira Evropska komisija i vodi Autonomnu pokrajinu Trento, ovaj kurs, posebno nazvan training of trainers” (ToT), bio je namijenjen za 20 profesora sa 10 sveučilišta raspoređenih u 10 različitih libijskih općina.

Detaljnije, ToT se bavi sa 3 različita modula: 

  1. Transparentnost, odgovornost, etika i dobro upravljanje; 
  2. Upravljanje krizama;
  3. Strategije i alati za inkluzivno učešće građana u procesu donošenja odluka. 

Dakle, sudionici su vođeni u učenju i debatovanju o karakteristikama i principima dobrog lokalnog upravljanja, prema “„Evropskoj povelji o lokalnoj samoupravi“; ”; dok rade na upravljanju krizama i procjeni rizika.


“Obuka trenera” namjenjena je za 20 profesora sa 10 sveučilišta raspoređenih u 10 različitih libijskih općina.


Štaviše, obuka je također predstavljala priliku da se prođe kroz različite korake građanskog učešća i nauči o principima i alatima korisnim da se ono učini djelotvornim.

Sve u svemu, teorija je kombinovana s individualnim i radnim grupama, igrama uloga, prezentacijom studija slučaja i terenskim posjetama. Očekuje se da će 20 profesora koji pohađaju ToT-u održati obuku u svojim općinama. 

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Obuku je realizovala ALDA, u saradnji s International Cooperation Centre (Trento - Italija), a održana je u Kairouanu (Tunis)

 

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ALDA na „Međunarodnom danu demokratije 2022.“ čiji je domaćin Komitet regije u Briselu

ALDA je učestvovala na Međunarodnom danu demokratije 15. septembra 2022. godine, čiji je domaćin bio Komitet regija u Briselu.

Dan se sastojao od različitih sesija sa širokim spektrom govornika na visokom nivou, međunarodnih zagovornika demokratije i aktivista s obje strane Atlantika i globalnog juga, koje su se bavile izazovima novog svjetskog poretka za demokratiju. Fokus su bili mehanizmi zaštite i podrške demokratiji širom svijeta.

Jutarnja sesija bavila se demokratijom u eri geopolitike, a domaćin je bila Međunarodna IDEA. Otvorena je ključnim govorom Rane Ayyub, indijske novinarke koja radi za Washington Post, te je ukazala na situaciju u Indiji, s posebnim osvrtom na kršenje ljudskih prava u najvećoj demokratiji na svijetu.

Diskusija je potom nastavljena razmjenama sa Jerzyjem Pomianowskim, izvršnim direktorom European Endowment for Democracy, i Christinom Kokkinakisom, zamjenicom globalnog generalnog direktora za vrijednosti i multilateralne odnose u European External Action Service (EEAS). (EEAS).

Drugi panel bio je fokusiran na EU predsjedavanja i EU Agendu vanjske demokratije, uz zanimljiv doprinos Cecilije Ruthström-Ruin, švedske ambasadorice za ljudska prava, demokratiju i vladavinu prava o tome kako demokratije ne ratuju jedna protiv druge, te o posvećenosti Švedske u odbrani .


Međunarodni dan demokratije 2022.: ALDA je prisutna u Komitetu regija kako bi podijelila iskustva sa drugim OCD-ovima i institucijama


Dan je završen panelom Evropskog partnerstva za demokratiju (EPD), mreže u okviru koje je aktivni član ALDA, o političkom učešću mladih ljudi, uz intervencije različitih govornika, među kojima Chiara Adamo, vd direktorice za ljudski razvoj, migracije, upravljanje i mir u Evropskoj komisiji.

Stoga je demokratska dimenzija u srži rada asocijacije, a događaji poput onoga održanog u Briselu su dobar primjer kako se angažirati s drugima i razmjenjivati ​​ideje o statusu demokratije širom svijeta, jer je 2021. Godina, bila godina daljnjeg nazadovanja demokratije u mnogim zemljama svijeta. Stoga se principi ALDA-e oslanjaju na uvjerenje da globalni demokratski svijet može počivati ​​samo na demokratskim lokalnim zajednicama, o čemu svjedoče i organizovani događaji i inicijative; među njima i Generalna skupština 2022.

Konačno, ALDA tim je aktivno učestvovato i imao priliku razmijeniti mišljenja o temi demokratije, njenim izazovima i kako uključiti ljude u političke procese. 

 

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Paper on Czech Republic program for European Council Presidency

The purpose of the document is to highlight the work and experiences that the organisation promotes through the implementation of initiatives and processes that can contribute to the priorities defined by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the second semester of 2022. 

The points of reflection on which we want to contribute with this document therefore start from the grounding of actions that on the one hand, directly involve citizens and civil society, and on the other can strengthen the multi-level and multi-actor dialogue. 

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The purpose of the document is to highlight the work and experiences that the organisation promotes through the implementation of initiatives and processes that can contribute to the priorities defined by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the second semester of 2022. 

The points of reflection on which we want to contribute with this document therefore start from the grounding of actions that on the one hand, directly involve citizens and civil society, and on the other can strengthen the multi-level and multi-actor dialogue. 

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