Capacity Building Workshops for a BRIGHTer future!

Capacity

Two more Capacity Building Workshops (CBW) to go before the Final Conference of SVJETLI projekt!

As the one taking place in mid November in Calabria, a southern region of Italy, Spain and Greece will host the fourth and fifth CBWs respectively. 

What is the idea behind these interactive meetings? From a general perspective, BRIGHT Capacity Building Workshops, five in total, are intended to enhance the capability of local institutions, as well as European countries, to rely on participatory governance systems – be they Collaboration Agreements – as far as enabling mobile women in decision-making processes.  


Capacity Building Workshops discussing the broad topic of “mobile women’ inclusion” employed in the sector of agriculture in other similar areas of 3rd sector


As for the previous occasion, also these two CBS will see the participation of several stakeholders, discussing the broad topic of “mobile women’ inclusion” employed in the sector of agriculture in other similar areas of 3rd sectors (as cleaning and care services) sectors on how to address the need for new and innovative strategies to guarantee access to fair, adequate, and sensitive public services. The way to reach underrepresented groups is a joint effort of authorities, social services, trade unions, citizens, and employers in order to design innovative and inclusive welfare solutions.

Based on this, the BRIGHT project, not only is willing to overcome this gap, but also it has set 5 CBWs to produce and design concrete outputs to be shared at European level. Within this framework project’s partners will join the workshops, and invite people to join:

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).


More activities in 2022 to fight climate of change

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2021 was a year filled with activities for the Climate of Change project, despite many challenges arising from the Covid 19 pandemic!

After the first year of implementation, 2021 marked the launch, in all 13 countries of the project, of the debate contest: an educational activity that included – among others – familiarizing with climate change and migration related issues; developing analyses skills and the ability to synthesize data and information to take position and be critical.

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.



Additionally, ALDA participated in the drafting of the campaign guide #ClimateOfChange. The output has been published on the website and used by all partners to promote the campaign at national level, while producing surveys and factsheets. Overall, the objective is to highlight the connection among migration, climate and the need to transform our economy and everyday lives. The campaign will last until the end of the project in 2023.

Finally, “End Climate Change, Start a Climate of Change” petition was launched, demanding policy changes that will safeguard a healthy and sustainable tomorrow. (Sign the petition!).

 

What will happen next year?

In 2022, the lead partner WeWorld will develop a 4-episode webseries on the topic of climate justice, aimed at promoting the campaign through online platform and across Europe.

In addition, this year focuses on research work to support an evidence-based narrative on the nexus between migration and climate. Specifically, it is intended to produce 4 case studies in Cambodia, Guatemala, Senegal and Kenya and to give voice to local communities most affected by climate change.

Meanwhile, some national and international events will enable the partners to introduce the public to the outputs and outcomes of the project, especially the results of case-studies and advocacy actions while promoting the petition.


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PIECE by PIECE: here is the cornerstone of our project building!

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The research paper, aimed at analyzing the needs of communities and community workers in Europe, has been released by the PIECE project’s partners

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.

With this report, the partners tried to understand what are the current needs of community workers to improve their work and enhance the local community participation. Hence, this output highlights both common and different needs amongst European countries and regions, such as:

  • learning practical and educational tools to apply to their work;
  • gaining soft skills and ability to engage further their communities;
  • dealing with important issues (gender, racism, sustainability, etc.), or
  • knowing how to create a safe online community space.


This last research brought something: the international and cross-sectorial elements


Moreover, this theoretical work is a key step within the project. Furthermore, it will be the foundation for the next stages, mainly by raising some difficulties that would be addressed through the creation of training materials and an e-learning platform for the target group.

Finally, the overall objective of PIECE project is to up-skill and empower community workers. This will consequently allow beneficiaries to enhance social inclusion, skills and employability of the people they will train or involve in their activities.

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/

If you want to find out more, have a look at the Facebook stranica.


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Research findings on youth radicalisation: RADEX comprehensive report

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As previously announced, the RADEX consortium has produced a comprehensive report of the research phase of the project. This included the findings on youth violent radicalisation from 5 countries the UK, Belgium, France, Greece and Cyprus.

What is it about? The research considered both online and offline youth radicalisation patterns, comprising literature reviews, interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis and online research on social media, apps and chatrooms. Therefore, the report contributes as a summary of general trends of research studies, but also as an in-depth analysis of social network research.


The comprehensive report provides readers with hints on how, when and where young people become objects of radicalisation


The comprehensive report provides readers with hints on how, when and where young people become objects of radicalisation. At the same time, it identifies strengths and positive skills that young people can use in their benefit to build a stronger fence against radicalisation. The research includes a specific focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic within this processes.

More than a simple state of the art of youth violent radicalisation in the 5 target countries, this report will serve as a basis of the main project output: an e-course about positive skills youth can develop to prevent this phenomenon, directed to youth workers and educators.

Finally, the RADEX consortium also produced an executive summary in 4 different languages, you can find them here:


Presidency

ALDA welcomes the French EU Council Presidency

This newly started 2022 has also marked the inauguration of a new Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Following Slovenia, from the 1sv of January 2022, France has taken over the Presidency for the next six months, until June 30., 2022.

In light of the delicate and peculiar situation the Union and the whole World are going through, the French Presidency will focus its mandate according to citizens’ expectations and needs, trying to bring the needed changes in a concrete way, as stated in the latest news.

2022 starts with the beginning of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union

From a general perspective the trio programma, that means the overall mission of French, Czech and Swedish Presidencies, up until the beginning of 2023 will focus on:

  • Protecting citizens and freedoms; based on European values;
  • Promoting a new growth and investment model for Europe, inspired by sustainable green growth;
  • Building a greener and more socially equitable Europe, with special regard to health and
  • global Europe that promotes multilateralism and renewed international partnerships

Specifically on the French Presidency, its main priorities around three emblematic areas: climate, digital and social. At the same time, it will work to lay the basis for important changed and achievements linked to the economic sphere, youth, health and culture.

ALDA welcomes with enthusiasm the new French Presidency and encourages it to keep the active participation of citizens in the European governance high in the political agenda, thus giving the needed impetus to the closing phase of the Conference on the Future of Europe!

 

Check the Presidency website


ALDA mournes the loss of David Sassoli, European Parliament President

[Picture source: www.theparliamentmagazine.eu]

 

It’s with great sadness that we acknowledge the loss of David Sassoli, European Parliament President and former journalist.

On behalf of the whole staff of ALDA, its Governing Board and entire network, we will always remember Mr Sassoli as a convinced and committed European politician and activist, a person who could wisely lead one of the most important but complex Institution, as the European Parliament, since July 2019.

Davide Sassoli contributed to lead European policies and politics  in an extremely difficult period with a remarkable know-how and a solid set of principles: respect, loyalty and coherence to the cause.

Being the Parliament the EU institution which best represents its citizens, since its members are directly elected every five years through universal suffrage, David Sassoli perfectly represented the values carried on by ALDA: citizens participation, active commitment, solidarity, tolerance, equality, justice and much more.

Our condolences go to its family, his close colleagues, friends and to all who knew and appreciated him.

May he rest in peace.


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Online fake news and local democracy: The final international event of the DIGITAL project

From 17 to 19 November 2021, the 5th and final event of the DIGITAL project – Supporting Democratic Union and Active Citizenship in Digital Era  – took place in Madrid, Spain. The event entitled “Fake news: How to counter the fake news and disinformation that spread online?” was held both online and offline and offered the possibility to debate and share opinions on topics such as the impact of digitalization, the future of the European Union, and the place of citizens in this digital transformation. For ALDA it was attended by Elisabetta Uroni, Head of the Communication Department.

Projekat DIGITAL project is led by the Federation of Municipalities of Madrid (FMM) and financed by the Europe for Citizens Programme. Its aim was to assemble policymakers and citizens from 15 European countries to enhance democratic and civic participation across Europe.

The first day of the event focused on the proliferation of fake news in the digital age and included interventions by José Antonio Sánchez Serrano, the Deputy Minister of Local Administration and Digitization of the Community of Madrid, and Cristina Moreno Moreno, the General Manager of FMM. In addition, conclusions were drawn from the previous international events, including through interactive sessions.


The event focused on the proliferation of fake news in the digital age; the effects on on local democracy  and on digital transition


The second day focused on issues such as the effects of fake news on local democracy with speakers José Manuel Hoyo, the Mayor of Brunete and Vice President of the Information Society Commission, Alfredo García-Plata, the Mayor of Torrelodones and Member of the Information Society Commission, Jorge Alberto Campos, the Mayor of Paracuellos del Jarama and Member of the Governing Board FMM, and Asensio Martínez Agraz, the Mayor of Sevilla la Nueva and Member of the Governing Board of the FMM. Furthermore, strategies, methods, and techniques in the fight against fake news were discussed together with Francisco Serrato iz The Objective, Vincenzo Tiani, Advisory expert in Digital Policies and professor at the IULM University (Milan), Andrés Jiménez, the MALDITO BULO Coordinator, and an expert from NEWTRAL. The day closed with an interactive session on good local practices with regard to fake news.

The third day started with a round table discussion on best practices that make a significant contribution to the “digital transition” at EU level, presented by Cristina Moreno Moreno and featuring Myrian Redondo from VerificaRTVE. This was followed by a presentation of the conclusions of the teamwork of day 2 and the closing session.

The event provided an important forum for analyzing and discussing the issue of fake news and its impact on local democracy from a variety of perspectives. It brought together a number of experts and stakeholders but also allowed citizens to actively participate.


Communication officer (Italy)

ALDA is looking for a Communication Officer. He/she will work under the supervision of ALDA’s Secretary General and the Head of the Communication department.
S/he will be in charge of, among others:

  • Writing, editing, and translating texts for several outputs (website, publications, newsletter, etc.)
  • Managing web and social media content
  • Liasing with different Project Managers, in order to keep updated the different platforms of the projects;
  • Supporting Project Managers in implementing the communication plan of the projects;
  • Producing graphic and visual materials, such as flyers, posters, postcards, PPT,…
  • Supporting media relations, including writing and disseminating press releases, statements, and increasing the media contact database
  • Supporting communications with the members of the organization
  • Supporting project managers with communication-related issues

Interested applicants should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English, including contact details of 3 references, to posao@aldaintranet.org, stating in the subject line: “Application – Communication Officer

Applications must be received on or before 15th January 2022. Interviews will take place the following week and might be followed by a written test.

ALDA is looking for a Communication Officer. He/she will work under the supervision of ALDA’s Secretary General and the Head of the Communication department.
S/he will be in charge of, among others:

  • Writing, editing, and translating texts for several outputs (website, publications, newsletter, etc.)
  • Managing web and social media content
  • Liasing with different Project Managers, in order to keep updated the different platforms of the projects;
  • Supporting Project Managers in implementing the communication plan of the projects;
  • Producing graphic and visual materials, such as flyers, posters, postcards, PPT,…
  • Supporting media relations, including writing and disseminating press releases, statements, and increasing the media contact database
  • Supporting communications with the members of the organization
  • Supporting project managers with communication-related issues

Interested applicants should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English, including contact details of 3 references, to posao@aldaintranet.org, stating in the subject line: “Application – Communication Officer

Applications must be received on or before 15th January 2022. Interviews will take place the following week and might be followed by a written test.


CSOs Networking for Better Local Democracy in the Balkans – What did we do?

CSOs Networking for Better Local Democracy in the Balkans is a project with a self-explanatory name. The main focus of the project is to address the challenges of civil society organizations within the region of the Western Balkans. It concluded its affairs around October of 2021 and is implemented by the Balkan Network for Local Democracy and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, or SIDA.

There are many challenges in the region related to the CSOs sector, and this project seeks to highlight and support it and its development. The project has the goal of being a major resource for civil society in the region, through methods such as research, providing and spreading information, and encouraging further capacity building in the sector, on local and regional levels. To be able to accomplish that sort of goal, a knowledge sharing platform is necessary, which this project seeks to provide.


Raise awareness, provide resources, facilitate exchange, create cooperation, and strengthen CSOs


An important principle within the function of this project is general awareness raising and promotion. To accomplish this end, under the banner of the project we have seen :

  • 9 animated videos,
  • 9 video interviews,
  • 2 newsletters,
  • 1 large social media campaign,
  • the creation of a resource hub for information,
  • 3 extensive comparative studies and
  • 9 individual local-level case studies, and it was all highlighted with a regional Best Practice Fair.

Projekat 3 comparative studies all examined local factors such as self-government, CSO cooperation with government and involvement in local-level processes, decentralization, and public participation in policymaking. The resource hub, meanwhile, is a designated area of the website that compiles together resources, documents, infographics, studies, research, etc. all about local democracy within the Western Balkans region.

The time spent on this project was highlighted with the Best Practice Fair, a two-day hybrid event that brought together multiple CSO representatives, BNLD members, public authorities, and members of other groups, where the individual delegations present their best practices for encouraging participation of citizens in local government. This event provided a good opportunity for the participating parties to exchange ideas and programmes. The comparative studies and the individual case studies were presented here, along with their findings and accomplishments respectively.

In conclusion, this project has taken steps necessary to raise awareness, provide resources, facilitate exchange, create cooperation, and generally strengthen CSOs within the realm of the Western Balkans.

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The project “CSOs Networking for Better Local Democracy in the Balkans” was supported by the Project “Protecting Civic Space – Regional Civil Society Development Hub” financed by Sida and implemented by BCSDN”.


Belgrade

Sastanak partnera DAFLS projekta u Beogradu

Belgrade

Drugi transnacionalni sastanak u okviru DAFLS projekta „Razvoj primenjenih veština stranih jezika“ održan je 18. i 19. oktobra 2021. godine u Beogradu. Domaćin manifestacije bio je Filološki fakultet Univerziteta u Beogradu. Oko 20 učesnika iz partnerskih organizacija pratilo je prezentacije o stvaranju diploma primenjenih stranih jezika na Univerzitetu u Beogradu i Univerzitetu „Sveti Ćirilo i Metodije“ iz Skoplja.

Od sledeće godine, studenti u Srbiji i Severnoj Makedoniji će imati priliku da razviju svoje veštine u upravljanju projektima kroz kurseve jezika za učenje na daljinu na osnovnim i master studijama. Predloženi studijski kursevi imaju za cilj da ponude viši nivo obrazovanja studentima kako bi ostali konkurentni drugim univerzitetima. Ambiciozni i motivisani nastavni timovi sa oba univerziteta prihvatiće izazov kreiranja novog kursa.


Domaćin manifestacije bio je Filološki fakultet Univerziteta u Beogradu


Novi studijski program će ponuditi razvoj digitalnih obrazovnih resursa po uzoru na master diplomu iz upravljanja evropskim projektima na Univerzitetu u Kaenu (Francuska).  

Bliska saradnja sa profesionalcima u ovoj oblasti smatra se obaveznom kako bi se studenti motivisali i predstavili im tržišne realnosti. 

To je originalni studijski itinerer koji kombinuje lokalni projektni inženjering sa evropskom dimenzijom. Njegov cilj je da obuči stručnjake za postavljanje i upravljanje projektima u transnacionalnom okviru, koji rade na razvoju jedne teritorije na ekonomskom, naučnom i kulturnom nivou.

ALDA-in tim iz kancelarije u Skoplju podržava ovaj projekat konkretnim primerima upravljanja projektima u EU i kako raditi sa lokalnim akterima.

Projekat finansira Erasmus+ program Evropske komisije, a sprovode ga Univerzitet u Kaenu, Normandija, Univerzitet Sveti Ćirilo i Metodije u Skoplju,, Univerzitet u Beogradu i kancelarija ALDA u Skoplju.