Educators in rehabilitation centres adopt psychomotor activities from the circus

The Agency for Local Democracy (LDA) in Tunisia has just successfully held part Ⅱ of the training Psychomotor Activities Adopted from the Circus for Social Inclusion. This activity, carried out in partnership with COPE Italy, is within the project  Je Repars de Toi (I Restart from You), which aims to reinforce rights of people with disabilities in Tunisia and promote a culture of inclusion.

While part Ⅰ lasted for 9 days in September 2020, part Ⅱ took place for 11 days from March 24 to April 07, 2021, for the benefit of 25 participants who were educators in specialised rehabilitation centres for people with disabilities and young sportspeople. During the course, the participants explored innovative, unconventional, and flexible exercises that they could employ in various contexts with different disabilities.

It was essential to provide a tolerant non-judgmental space where participants could express themselves, be creative, and develop their capacities

Thus, Tommaso Negri i Leonardo Variale – both instructors in circus arts – presented a plethora of teaching methodologies and techniques. Under their careful supervision, participants explored the importance of creating an engaging, amusing, and safe environment, in which learners acquire confidence to participate without the fear of being judged or labeled. It was essential to provide a tolerant non-judgmental space where participants could express themselves, be creative, and develop their capacities. Collaboration and cooperation among learners and educators were highlighted as key pillars to successfully carry out these activities. Indeed, the educators reinforced their competencies on a learner-centred approach that is based on the premises of teamwork, integration, progression, adaptation, i komunikacija.

The materials used in activities – be they juggling, acrobatic, and balance  – were affordable, simple, and recycled: from cans, handkerchiefs, and tennis balls; to sticks, barrels, wooden boards, and pedals. In so doing,  the rehabilitation centres could get them and adopt the exercises in their syllabus. Furthermore, using these tools testifies how creativity and innovation could be realised in our environment with already-existing objects.

It was thrilling that a total of 30 students from rehabilitation centres for people with deaf, motor, and mental disabilities visited the training. The young visitors were enthusiastic and delighted to participate in the diverse activities designed by the educators. This was also possible thanks to a prior lesson planning, thanks to which good organisation and coherence were ensured.

By the end of the training, the participants made an outstanding development in organising, adapting, and managing the sessions thanks to their commitment and motivation. It was extremely encouraging to receive their positive feedback and witness their engagement and dedication to their work.

The Agency for Local Democracy (LDA) in Tunisia has just successfully held part Ⅱ of the training Psychomotor Activities Adopted from the Circus for Social Inclusion. This activity, carried out in partnership with COPE Italy, is within the project  Je Repars de Toi (I Restart from You), which aims to reinforce rights of people with disabilities in Tunisia and promote a culture of inclusion.

While part Ⅰ lasted for 9 days in September 2020, part Ⅱ took place for 11 days from March 24 to April 07, 2021, for the benefit of 25 participants who were educators in specialised rehabilitation centres for people with disabilities and young sportspeople. During the course, the participants explored innovative, unconventional, and flexible exercises that they could employ in various contexts with different disabilities.

It was essential to provide a tolerant non-judgmental space where participants could express themselves, be creative, and develop their capacities

Thus, Tommaso Negri i Leonardo Variale – both instructors in circus arts – presented a plethora of teaching methodologies and techniques. Under their careful supervision, participants explored the importance of creating an engaging, amusing, and safe environment, in which learners acquire confidence to participate without the fear of being judged or labeled. It was essential to provide a tolerant non-judgmental space where participants could express themselves, be creative, and develop their capacities. Collaboration and cooperation among learners and educators were highlighted as key pillars to successfully carry out these activities. Indeed, the educators reinforced their competencies on a learner-centred approach that is based on the premises of teamwork, integration, progression, adaptation, i komunikacija.

The materials used in activities – be they juggling, acrobatic, and balance  – were affordable, simple, and recycled: from cans, handkerchiefs, and tennis balls; to sticks, barrels, wooden boards, and pedals. In so doing,  the rehabilitation centres could get them and adopt the exercises in their syllabus. Furthermore, using these tools testifies how creativity and innovation could be realised in our environment with already-existing objects.

It was thrilling that a total of 30 students from rehabilitation centres for people with deaf, motor, and mental disabilities visited the training. The young visitors were enthusiastic and delighted to participate in the diverse activities designed by the educators. This was also possible thanks to a prior lesson planning, thanks to which good organisation and coherence were ensured.

By the end of the training, the participants made an outstanding development in organising, adapting, and managing the sessions thanks to their commitment and motivation. It was extremely encouraging to receive their positive feedback and witness their engagement and dedication to their work.


Making citizens’ voice heard at EU level

On Tuesday, April 13th – ALDA Secretary General Secretary Antonella Valmorbida has been invited, with other experts, to take part in the Committee of Ministers' hearing session at the Council of Europe. This is the first time that Civil Society Organisations have been invited to join; thus this occasion gained particular relevance in the process of making citizens’ voice heard at European level.

Entitled “Elections during the Covid-19 crisis: the role of civil society organisation”, the informal exchange of views was structured on two rounds of questions. ALDA Secretary General was among the representatives of CSOs invited to the first moment of discussion, together with:

  • Mr Ken Godfrey, Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy;
  • Ms Tanja Hollstein, Senior Election Adviser, Westminster Foundation for Democracy;
  • Ms Ana Rusu, Senior Election Adviser, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Warsaw.

CSOs can play an essential role [...] in ensuring “that electoral processes are efficient, trusted and in line with international standards”

During the “Question A” panel, experts and professionals got the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience as far as the work of CSOs concerns, in light of the current health crisis. More in depth, guest speakers discussed how Civil Society Organisations, in general, have been able to keep contacts with  their public, to continue their work, while adapting their methods. Besides, experts reflected on how the election processes have been managed, also to ensure voter information, education and outreach.

The second half of the session was dedicated to the “Question B” panel, investigating if the Covid-19 pandemic favoured both the use of new digital technologies in electoral processes and awareness raising campaigns. Besides, guests speakers reflected on both the advantages and risks of technological tools (e-registration, e-voting, counting) themselves.

Finally, as reported in the Concluding Remarks, the role of CSOs in acting in an “unbiased and impartial way” was underlined, especially  as far as the promotion of “trust in the electoral processes” concerns. Furthermore, it has been noted how, Civil Society Organisations can play an essential role, together with authorities, in ensuring “that electoral processes are efficient, trusted and in line with international standards”

ALDA is motivated to keep its commitment both at local and international level in promoting democracy i citizens’ participation; welcoming and boosting for this initiative of mutual-share among CSOs and institutions.

To further read on the Concluding Remarks click on this link

To know more on the speakers please visit the CoE Agenda

On Tuesday, April 13th – ALDA Secretary General Secretary Antonella Valmorbida has been invited, with other experts, to take part in the Committee of Ministers' hearing session at the Council of Europe. This is the first time that Civil Society Organisations have been invited to join; thus this occasion gained particular relevance in the process of making citizens’ voice heard at European level.

Entitled “Elections during the Covid-19 crisis: the role of civil society organisation”, the informal exchange of views was structured on two rounds of questions. ALDA Secretary General was among the representatives of CSOs invited to the first moment of discussion, together with:

  • Mr Ken Godfrey, Executive Director, European Partnership for Democracy;
  • Ms Tanja Hollstein, Senior Election Adviser, Westminster Foundation for Democracy;
  • Ms Ana Rusu, Senior Election Adviser, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Warsaw.

CSOs can play an essential role [...] in ensuring “that electoral processes are efficient, trusted and in line with international standards”

During the “Question A” panel, experts and professionals got the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience as far as the work of CSOs concerns, in light of the current health crisis. More in depth, guest speakers discussed how Civil Society Organisations, in general, have been able to keep contacts with  their public, to continue their work, while adapting their methods. Besides, experts reflected on how the election processes have been managed, also to ensure voter information, education and outreach.

The second half of the session was dedicated to the “Question B” panel, investigating if the Covid-19 pandemic favoured both the use of new digital technologies in electoral processes and awareness raising campaigns. Besides, guests speakers reflected on both the advantages and risks of technological tools (e-registration, e-voting, counting) themselves.

Finally, as reported in the Concluding Remarks, the role of CSOs in acting in an “unbiased and impartial way” was underlined, especially  as far as the promotion of “trust in the electoral processes” concerns. Furthermore, it has been noted how, Civil Society Organisations can play an essential role, together with authorities, in ensuring “that electoral processes are efficient, trusted and in line with international standards”

ALDA is motivated to keep its commitment both at local and international level in promoting democracy i citizens’ participation; welcoming and boosting for this initiative of mutual-share among CSOs and institutions.

To further read on the Concluding Remarks click on this link

To know more on the speakers please visit the CoE Agenda


ALDA bringing ELoGE to Croatia and North Macedonia

Last March 29th, took place, by videoconference, the “European Stakeholders’ Platform of the Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at the Local Level” – an important session organised by the Council of Europe to review the state of the democracy and good governance in the CoE-member countries. Such an assessment has been carried out according to the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) and the 12 principles of Good Governance.

ALDA has received the accreditation to implement ELoGE in Croatia and North Macedonia until June 2023

More in particular, the meeting was the occasion for ALDA, and other European Oganisations, to presents the accreditation and renewal requests to implement ELoGE in targeted territories.

We are thus proud and excited to announce that ALDA, has received the accreditation to implement ELoGE in Croatia and North Macedonia until June 2023.

Similarly to our past actions in Moldova and Ukraine, during the next 2 years ALDA will deliver specialised trainings to local and regional authorities, civil society organisations and citizens of around 15 Croatian and North Macedonian municipalities. Such courses will provide those stakeholders with an in- depth knowledge of democratic processes and tools, enabling and monitoring the implementation of the 12 principles of good democratic governance at the local level.

We look forward to continue our mission of empowering local communities all over the Enlarged Europe, working side by side with the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, by means of our strong partnership and shared vision.

Last March 29th, took place, by videoconference, the “European Stakeholders’ Platform of the Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at the Local Level” – an important session organised by the Council of Europe to review the state of the democracy and good governance in the CoE-member countries. Such an assessment has been carried out according to the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) and the 12 principles of Good Governance.

ALDA has received the accreditation to implement ELoGE in Croatia and North Macedonia until June 2023

More in particular, the meeting was the occasion for ALDA, and other European Oganisations, to presents the accreditation and renewal requests to implement ELoGE in targeted territories.

We are thus proud and excited to announce that ALDA, has received the accreditation to implement ELoGE in Croatia and North Macedonia until June 2023.

Similarly to our past actions in Moldova and Ukraine, during the next 2 years ALDA will deliver specialised trainings to local and regional authorities, civil society organisations and citizens of around 15 Croatian and North Macedonian municipalities. Such courses will provide those stakeholders with an in- depth knowledge of democratic processes and tools, enabling and monitoring the implementation of the 12 principles of good democratic governance at the local level.

We look forward to continue our mission of empowering local communities all over the Enlarged Europe, working side by side with the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, by means of our strong partnership and shared vision.


Join the ALDA Working Groups: your expertise for the good of the community

Members’ participation and active involvement are two cornerstones of ALDA’s work and the basis of our strength and added value. 

This is not only a programmatic and theoretic approach, but also concrete actions taken by the Association, whose democratic life is relaunched and refreshed every 4 years, concurrently with the appointment of the Governing Board of ALDA, that has now approved as one of their first actions the activation and animation of the new ALDA Working Groups (WG)

As you can read in our Strategic Plan the importance of sharing and exchanging knowledge and expertise with professionals is crystal clear, as well as the importance of boosting the democratic and participatory life of our association.

Thus, the intention is to create seven Working Groups which will be focused on the main areas of interests for ALDA and its members, as  reported below:

  1. Democracy and Local Development;
  2. Environment;
  3. Digitalisation;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Eastern Partnership/Russia and Central Asia cooperation;
  6. South-Eastern Europe Cooperation and
  7. Middle-East, Africa and Turkey Cooperation

To participate  fill in this form

More in detail, each group will be animated and supported by a staff member, and co-chaired  by either a Governing Board or an Advisory Board Member appointed to that specific area and a willing member taking part in it. The objective is to set a fruitful exchange (mostly “digital”), while collaborating with ALDA Staff and among the members to turn the seven areas into events, meetings, and of course exchange opinions, cooperation, projects and expertise on that.

How to join? If you are already an ALDA Member and you are willing to participate do not hesitate to fill in this form, made specifically for you! Beside, this opportunity will be included in the Application form for new members. 

Apply by May 15th 2021. Please note: in case you are still interested in joining a WG, you can still contact us after the dealdline by email: membership@alda-europe.eu

Members’ participation and active involvement are two cornerstones of ALDA’s work and the basis of our strength and added value. 

This is not only a programmatic and theoretic approach, but also concrete actions taken by the Association, whose democratic life is relaunched and refreshed every 4 years, concurrently with the appointment of the Governing Board of ALDA, that has now approved as one of their first actions the activation and animation of the new ALDA Working Groups (WG)

As you can read in our Strategic Plan the importance of sharing and exchanging knowledge and expertise with professionals is crystal clear, as well as the importance of boosting the democratic and participatory life of our association.

Thus, the intention is to create seven Working Groups which will be focused on the main areas of interests for ALDA and its members, as  reported below:

  1. Democracy and Local Development;
  2. Environment;
  3. Digitalisation;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Eastern Partnership/Russia and Central Asia cooperation;
  6. South-Eastern Europe Cooperation and
  7. Middle-East, Africa and Turkey Cooperation

To participate  fill in this form

More in detail, each group will be animated and supported by a staff member, and co-chaired  by either a Governing Board or an Advisory Board Member appointed to that specific area and a willing member taking part in it. The objective is to set a fruitful exchange (mostly “digital”), while collaborating with ALDA Staff and among the members to turn the seven areas into events, meetings, and of course exchange opinions, cooperation, projects and expertise on that.

How to join? If you are already an ALDA Member and you are willing to participate do not hesitate to fill in this form, made specifically for you! Beside, this opportunity will be included in the Application form for new members. 

Apply by May 15th 2021. Please note: in case you are still interested in joining a WG, you can still contact us after the dealdline by email: membership@alda-europe.eu


The TEAM4TEAM project is looking for you!

Izvršna TEAM4TEAM, which stands for Turkish-European Active Movements for Training, Exchange, Action and Mobility project is a Civil Society Exchange project that aims to support exchange between civil society in Turkey and Europe on media and active citizenship. It will be divided in 3 main phases throughout the year: an online school, an exchange period and a spring school. 

  •  Online school (May-June 2021). In this 8 modules program you will  be able to learn and explore important tools, methods, processes and potentials of media and active citizenship. 
  • Exchange period of 6 months (August 2021-January 2022). 6 CSO’s representatives from Turkey and Europe will be selected to partner with each other in order to engage in activities like online job shadowing, organise an in-presence study, and much more!
  • Spring school in Barcelona (February/March 2022). This will be an opportunity to deepen the previous knowledge and reflect on the youth’s participation in the media and citizenship field.

TEAM4TEAM is looking for participants!

Be aware of the application deadline on April 30th!

The project has ALDA i MEDAR as main partners, Bilgi University i MitOst as managers and finally the Civil Society Exchange i Mercator Stiftung as the donors.

Further information on requirements, selection process and online school’s programme can be found on the call (ovdje).

Izvršna TEAM4TEAM, which stands for Turkish-European Active Movements for Training, Exchange, Action and Mobility project is a Civil Society Exchange project that aims to support exchange between civil society in Turkey and Europe on media and active citizenship. It will be divided in 3 main phases throughout the year: an online school, an exchange period and a spring school. 

  •  Online school (May-June 2021). In this 8 modules program you will  be able to learn and explore important tools, methods, processes and potentials of media and active citizenship. 
  • Exchange period of 6 months (August 2021-January 2022). 6 CSO’s representatives from Turkey and Europe will be selected to partner with each other in order to engage in activities like online job shadowing, organise an in-presence study, and much more!
  • Spring school in Barcelona (February/March 2022). This will be an opportunity to deepen the previous knowledge and reflect on the youth’s participation in the media and citizenship field.

TEAM4TEAM is looking for participants!

Be aware of the application deadline on April 30th!

The project has ALDA i MEDAR as main partners, Bilgi University i MitOst as managers and finally the Civil Society Exchange i Mercator Stiftung as the donors.

Further information on requirements, selection process and online school’s programme can be found on the call (ovdje).


The Pale Blue Dot - An incredible story of hope, wonder, beauty and despair

ALDA joins the Earth Day 2021 as a partner! Within the LIFE Metro Adapt project we will celebrate the Earth Day with the exclusive screening of the theatre performance “Pale Blue Dot” with the participation of the director and actor Andrea Brunello and the theater company Arditodesio.

On April 22nd, a month and a day after the spring equinox, the world celebrates the Earth Day, the largest environmental event that represents an extra opportunity to remind ourselves about the importance of protecting the planet, providing insights and essential information on the most urgent environmental issues such as global warming, deforestation, extreme weather events, air pollution. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”, which “focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change. It is up to each and every one of us to Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it. We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity”.

April 22 at 8:15 pm: Celebrate the Earth Day with us!

More than 1 billion people in 192 countries join the Earth Day activities each year, with thousands of events organized both online and in presence. The Metro Adapt project, funded by the LIFE programme of the European Union, joins this initiative in collaboration with the theater company Arditodesio, projecting a unique and moving theater show “Pale Blue Dot” which aims to inform and create awareness on climate change.

This incredible initiative aims to explain the risks associated with climate change (e.g. extreme weather events, flooding, thermal anomalies, etc.) and the urgent need to regenerate urban areas that are increasingly affected by the extreme weather phenomena.

The story tells of the space probe Voyager 1 whose destiny entwines with that of its suicidal creator, that of his dreamer son and that of the Planet Earth. As the spacecraft gets farther away from the solar system, everything falls into perspective, it becomes painfully clear that our little Pale Blue Dot, the Earth, is the most precious spaceship and it needs to be protected with no hesitation and no compromise. What will happen?

The show aims to question each one of us on our duty to protect the planet, and wonders if we are really ready to do so.

The show will be broadcasted Legambiente Youtube Platform i Metro Adapt Facebook page.

  • Duration: 80 min
  • The play is by and with Andrea Brunello.
  • Directed by Christian Di Domenico.
  • Music by Enrico Merlin.
  • Promoted within the LIFE Metro Adapt Project.

 

Registration is mandatory at this link: https://bit.ly/39y93Tj

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XlAarfwEVE

ALDA joins the Earth Day 2021 as a partner! Within the LIFE Metro Adapt project we will celebrate the Earth Day with the exclusive screening of the theatre performance “Pale Blue Dot” with the participation of the director and actor Andrea Brunello and the theater company Arditodesio.

On April 22nd, a month and a day after the spring equinox, the world celebrates the Earth Day, the largest environmental event that represents an extra opportunity to remind ourselves about the importance of protecting the planet, providing insights and essential information on the most urgent environmental issues such as global warming, deforestation, extreme weather events, air pollution. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”, which “focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change. It is up to each and every one of us to Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it. We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity”.

April 22 at 8:15 pm: Celebrate the Earth Day with us!

More than 1 billion people in 192 countries join the Earth Day activities each year, with thousands of events organized both online and in presence. The Metro Adapt project, funded by the LIFE programme of the European Union, joins this initiative in collaboration with the theater company Arditodesio, projecting a unique and moving theater show “Pale Blue Dot” which aims to inform and create awareness on climate change.

This incredible initiative aims to explain the risks associated with climate change (e.g. extreme weather events, flooding, thermal anomalies, etc.) and the urgent need to regenerate urban areas that are increasingly affected by the extreme weather phenomena.

The story tells of the space probe Voyager 1 whose destiny entwines with that of its suicidal creator, that of his dreamer son and that of the Planet Earth. As the spacecraft gets farther away from the solar system, everything falls into perspective, it becomes painfully clear that our little Pale Blue Dot, the Earth, is the most precious spaceship and it needs to be protected with no hesitation and no compromise. What will happen?

The show aims to question each one of us on our duty to protect the planet, and wonders if we are really ready to do so.

The show will be broadcasted Legambiente Youtube Platform i Metro Adapt Facebook page.

  • Duration: 80 min
  • The play is by and with Andrea Brunello.
  • Directed by Christian Di Domenico.
  • Music by Enrico Merlin.
  • Promoted within the LIFE Metro Adapt Project

 

Registration is mandatory at this link: https://bit.ly/39y93Tj

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XlAarfwEVE


Co.Co.Tour - sustainable tourism model in the Mediterranean

Re-conceptualising  tourism can be a solution for improving the sector while promoting the local economy and sustainable development. In this regard, the Co.Co.Tour project is doing a great job on safeguarding and promoting smart inclusive and sustainable growth of the Coastal Communities in the Mediterranean

In this purpose they have been working on the implementation of a common strategy based on community participation in the target areas. The establishment of a cross border eko-muzeja network has allowed the creation of a tourist package, the design of a smartphone application for visitors, and the improvement of the accessibility and participation of local workers and communities. This project represents a new phase of tourism in the region, which has already been proven to be a success in the cities of Himara (Albany), Herceg Novi (Montenegro) and Tricase (Italy), Corfu (Greece) and Messolonghi (Greece).

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region.

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region. By taking into account the specificities of rural hinterlands of the coastal communities, the project can provide matching resources for the potential applicants to the program. Local authorities have already recognized the importance of the implementation of the eco-museums model to support the sustainable development of tourism in the region. 

Within the PANORAMED initiative, a governance platform that supports the process of strengthening and developing multilateral cooperation frameworks in the Mediterranean region, the Co.Co.Tour project has been considered as the ideal example of how tourism can be transformed and developed in a sustainable way. Furthermore, benefiting from the above-mentioned initiative, the project is able to keep working on creating new opportunities and developing solutions to common challenges in the area. 

 

More information on:
LDA Nikšić
PANORAMED – Interreg 
Our previous news on Co.Co Tour

Re-conceptualising  tourism can be a solution for improving the sector while promoting the local economy and sustainable development. In this regard, the Co.Co.Tour project is doing a great job on safeguarding and promoting smart inclusive and sustainable growth of the Coastal Communities in the Mediterranean

In this purpose they have been working on the implementation of a common strategy based on community participation in the target areas. The establishment of a cross border eko-muzeja network has allowed the creation of a tourist package, the design of a smartphone application for visitors, and the improvement of the accessibility and participation of local workers and communities. This project represents a new phase of tourism in the region, which has already been proven to be a success in the cities of Himara (Albany), Herceg Novi (Montenegro) and Tricase (Italy), Corfu (Greece) and Messolonghi (Greece).

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region.

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region. By taking into account the specificities of rural hinterlands of the coastal communities, the project can provide matching resources for the potential applicants to the program. Local authorities have already recognized the importance of the implementation of the eco-museums model to support the sustainable development of tourism in the region. 

Within the PANORAMED initiative, a governance platform that supports the process of strengthening and developing multilateral cooperation frameworks in the Mediterranean region, the Co.Co.Tour project has been considered as the ideal example of how tourism can be transformed and developed in a sustainable way. Furthermore, benefiting from the above-mentioned initiative, the project is able to keep working on creating new opportunities and developing solutions to common challenges in the area. 

More information on:
LDA Nikšić
PANORAMED – Interreg 
Our previous news on Co.Co Tour


Call for the Advisory Board

Since 1999, ALDA has been working to promote and encourage civic engagement as a key in the creation of a democratic and participatory reality. It is guided by its Governing Board, whose role is to define the future steps and path of the association. 

In light of its great engagement both at local as well as at international level, ALDA has now launched this “call for expression of interests”, addressed to members, partners and external experts. This call consists of identifying and selecting five candidates to form the Board of Advisors. The role of the latter is to directly support the Governing Board, by giving technical advice and by sharing professional knowledge.

Fill in the obrazac by April 30th 2021

In addition, the Advisory Board will focus on five specific areas:

  1. Democracy and local development;
  2. Environment;
  3. Digitalization;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Support to Local Democracy Agencies (Decentralised Cooperation)

More in detail, the Advisory Board is asked to work for the implementation of the ALDA Strategic Framework as well as to interact and connect with external actors and stakeholders. Similarly, the advisors will be involved in five different groups according to the above-mentioned areas; while joining annual meetings with the representatives of the Secretariat and other members to discuss the implementation of the action plan.

The Advisory Board will be in charge for 4 years.

If you wish to share your expertise and join ALDA mission, apply and become a member of the new ALDA Advisory Board, please fill in this obrazac by April 30th 2021. 

Once the call is closed, we will examine all applications and select the most appropriate profiles.

Since 1999, ALDA has been working to promote and encourage civic engagement as a key in the creation of a democratic and participatory reality. It is guided by its Governing Board, whose role is to define the future steps and path of the association. 

In light of its great engagement both at local as well as at international level, ALDA has now launched this “call for expression of interests”, addressed to members, partners and external experts. This call consists of identifying and selecting five candidates to form the Board of Advisors. The role of the latter is to directly support the Governing Board, by giving technical advice and by sharing professional knowledge.

Fill in the obrazac by April 30th 2021

In addition, the Advisory Board will focus on five specific areas:

  1. Democracy and local development;
  2. Environment;
  3. Digitalization;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Support to Local Democracy Agencies (Decentralised Cooperation)

More in detail, the Advisory Board is asked to work for the implementation of the ALDA Strategic Framework as well as to interact and connect with external actors and stakeholders. Similarly, the advisors will be involved in five different groups according to the above-mentioned areas; while joining annual meetings with the representatives of the Secretariat and other members to discuss the implementation of the action plan.

The Advisory Board will be in charge for 4 years.

If you wish to share your expertise and join ALDA mission, apply and become a member of the new ALDA Advisory Board, please fill in this obrazac by April 30th 2021. 

Once the call is closed, we will examine all applications and select the most appropriate profiles.


Turning SDGs into concrete actions - Examples of our projects

From 1 to 17 the UN has defined sustainable development goals, which should guide our actions and become our compass. Yet, how can we turn those goals into actions, making them tangible and understood by all of us? Of course it is a great challenge, but with a little bit of effort everything is possible. Hence, when developing its projects, ALDA has those SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to not only raise awareness on them, but also to stimulate a change and promote concrete actions for their success. Let’s have a closer look!

 For example, SDG 4 stands for “quality education”, which goes from inclusive learning to guarantee good education as well as supporting lifelong learning. ALDA’s Piece project, just to mention one initiative, is intended to understand and react to the needs of different communities in Europe through trainings and education. In other words, empowering people, by giving them tools and knowledge to become a valuable resource for local societies. Hence, by designing this project, and by including different partners, the final outcome will be the promotion of positive and long-lasting change, while making SDG 4 as a tangible concept.

ALDA has SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to promote concrete actions for their success

But let’s continue with other goals. The SDG 16 tackles “peace, justice and strong institutions”, concepts which are pretty often used and discussed,especially the fist and the second, but how we can really address them is a different matter. Following the example above-mentioned, starting from the Schumann Declaration, the DESIRE project is willing to raise awareness on this milestone in European Union history. In detail, the project will stimulate participants to reflect on EU values – be they peace, justice and solidarity – by using different artistic and visual tools. 

As the case of the two previous projects, also EPIC project is directed to understand and address the challenges posed by the integration of migrants in medium-sized realities. And how is this connected to SDGs? Here we come: not only SDG 10 but also 11 i 17 are taken into account. SDGs are in fact strictly related to one-another spurring an holistic approach, a circular action that involves all of these goals. In fact, EPIC project aims at “reducing inequalities” (SDG 10), by supporting and developing “sustainable cities and communities” (SDG 11), within which migrants will settle and actively join. Furthermore, by including different actors – from municipalities, to universities and CSOs, EPIC has turned goal 17 on “partnership for goals” as a concrete and successful reality.

Finally, our projects also focus on the environment and planet. Here we would like to introduce to you FOREST project. It goes without saying that the aim of this initiative is within the forestry sector.  Thus, it is willing to increase and unify the fragmented knowledge as far as forestry management concerns, both at national and international levels. In this case, the project has been tailored having SDGs 13 i 15 in mind. The former is intended to fight climate change, while the latter focuses on “life on land”, that means acting in order to protect ecosystems and biodiversity. By improving the level of professionalism and competitiveness of forest workers at cross-border level for example, the idea of the project is to safeguard these green realities which are the habitat for different species and are essential for actors as far as climate concerns.

These are a bunch of examples of ALDA projects, but if you check our page you will find plenty of projects, each of them related to specific SDGs.

We are also delighted to share with you the latest issue of the SDG Watch Europe Newsletter, on which you can find several articles from which to draw inspiration, including news on our projects!

From 1 to 17 the UN has defined sustainable development goals, which should guide our actions and become our compass. Yet, how can we turn those goals into actions, making them tangible and understood by all of us? Of course it is a great challenge, but with a little bit of effort everything is possible. Hence, when developing its projects, ALDA has those SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to not only raise awareness on them, but also to stimulate a change and promote concrete actions for their success. Let’s have a closer look!

 For example, SDG 4 stands for “quality education”, which goes from inclusive learning to guarantee good education as well as supporting lifelong learning. ALDA’s Piece project, just to mention one initiative, is intended to understand and react to the needs of different communities in Europe through trainings and education. In other words, empowering people, by giving them tools and knowledge to become a valuable resource for local societies. Hence, by designing this project, and by including different partners, the final outcome will be the promotion of positive and long-lasting change, while making SDG 4 as a tangible concept.

ALDA has SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to promote concrete actions for their success

But let’s continue with other goals. The SDG 16 tackles “peace, justice and strong institutions”, concepts which are pretty often used and discussed,especially the fist and the second, but how we can really address them is a different matter. Following the example above-mentioned, starting from the Schumann Declaration, the DESIRE project is willing to raise awareness on this milestone in European Union history. In detail, the project will stimulate participants to reflect on EU values – be they peace, justice and solidarity – by using different artistic and visual tools. 

As the case of the two previous projects, also EPIC project is directed to understand and address the challenges posed by the integration of migrants in medium-sized realities. And how is this connected to SDGs? Here we come: not only SDG 10 but also 11 i 17 are taken into account. SDGs are in fact strictly related to one-another spurring an holistic approach, a circular action that involves all of these goals. In fact, EPIC project aims at “reducing inequalities” (SDG 10), by supporting and developing “sustainable cities and communities” (SDG 11), within which migrants will settle and actively join. Furthermore, by including different actors – from municipalities, to universities and CSOs, EPIC has turned goal 17 on “partnership for goals” as a concrete and successful reality.

Finally, our projects also focus on the environment and planet. Here we would like to introduce to you FOREST project. It goes without saying that the aim of this initiative is within the forestry sector.  Thus, it is willing to increase and unify the fragmented knowledge as far as forestry management concerns, both at national and international levels. In this case, the project has been tailored having SDGs 13 i 15 in mind. The former is intended to fight climate change, while the latter focuses on “life on land”, that means acting in order to protect ecosystems and biodiversity. By improving the level of professionalism and competitiveness of forest workers at cross-border level for example, the idea of the project is to safeguard these green realities which are the habitat for different species and are essential for actors as far as climate concerns.

These are a bunch of examples of ALDA projects, but if you check our page you will find plenty of projects, each of them related to specific SDGs.

We are also delighted to share with you the latest issue of the SDG Watch Europe Newsletter, on which you can find several articles from which to draw inspiration, including news on our projects!


The MIICT project: wider steps towards ICT-enabled solutions for migrants’ integration

How to turn the relationship among European societies and migrants more inclusive? In order to answer this question, we would like to share with you reliable documents which have been published within MIICT projekta. Thus, the latter already presented recommendations to various stakeholders – be they decision makers, lobbying groups and other interest groups. Released in March 2020, the first policy brief highlighted nine key policy areas to be addressed in the context of integration of migrants in Europe: starting from employment, social inclusion and anti-racism, to housing, health, education, human trafficking, legal issues as well as information and communication technology. In addition, besides expressing several suggestions regarding these areas, it also underlines country-specific recommendations for Spain, Italy and Cyprus.

Nine key policy areas to be addressed in the context of integration of migrants in Europe

More recently, in March 2021, the MIICT project issued a second policy brief  to present further recommendations on existing policies around migration issues. It is by capitalising on the findings from its first policy brief as well as on those of the Joint Migration Policy Roundtable that the latter has been organised by MIICT in cooperation with H2020-“sister”-projects (REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS and WELCOME). The roundtable discussions occurred between the 14th and the 16th of October 2020 and led to the publication of a Joint Migration Policy Whitepaper.

The MIICT second policy brief builds on the Whitepaper and expresses further MIICT-related recommendations. It emphasises:

  • the relevance of the cooperation and coordination among stakeholders and organisations rather than individuals;
  • the momentum of digitalisation of public services related to COVID-19 pandemic.

It focuses on how digital transformation and existing technological solutions (e.g. translation services) could result in multi-faceted ICT solutions that respect cultural diversity among final users. In this context, it also addresses the issue of funding and other options for the sustainability of solutions. The document concludes that the Europska komisija needs to play a pivotal role for supporting the sustainability and roll-out. Finally, the second policy brief mapped out possible obstacles and challenges that have to be taken into consideration for further policy development.

The next step will focus on the distribution and dissemination of the policy recommendations. Future local and European Policy Roundtables will be implemented during 2021 for revising and extending the recommendations against the background of the extended ICT-solution piloting.

To know more on the Policy Paper, read our prethodne vesti

Find out more: https://www.miict.eu

How to turn the relationship among European societies and migrants more inclusive? In order to answer this question, we would like to share with you reliable documents which have been published within MIICT projekta. Thus, the latter already presented recommendations to various stakeholders – be they decision makers, lobbying groups and other interest groups. Released in March 2020, the first policy brief highlighted nine key policy areas to be addressed in the context of integration of migrants in Europe: starting from employment, social inclusion and anti-racism, to housing, health, education, human trafficking, legal issues as well as information and communication technology. In addition, besides expressing several suggestions regarding these areas, it also underlines country-specific recommendations for Spain, Italy and Cyprus.

Nine key policy areas to be addressed in the context of integration of migrants in Europe

More recently, in March 2021, the MIICT project issued a second policy brief  to present further recommendations on existing policies around migration issues. It is by capitalising on the findings from its first policy brief as well as on those of the Joint Migration Policy Roundtable that the latter has been organised by MIICT in cooperation with H2020-“sister”-projects (REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS and WELCOME). The roundtable discussions occurred between the 14th and the 16th of October 2020 and led to the publication of a Joint Migration Policy Whitepaper.

The MIICT second policy brief builds on the Whitepaper and expresses further MIICT-related recommendations. It emphasises:

  • the relevance of the cooperation and coordination among stakeholders and organisations rather than individuals;
  • the momentum of digitalisation of public services related to COVID-19 pandemic.

It focuses on how digital transformation and existing technological solutions (e.g. translation services) could result in multi-faceted ICT solutions that respect cultural diversity among final users. In this context, it also addresses the issue of funding and other options for the sustainability of solutions. The document concludes that the Europska komisija needs to play a pivotal role for supporting the sustainability and roll-out. Finally, the second policy brief mapped out possible obstacles and challenges that have to be taken into consideration for further policy development.

The next step will focus on the distribution and dissemination of the policy recommendations. Future local and European Policy Roundtables will be implemented during 2021 for revising and extending the recommendations against the background of the extended ICT-solution piloting.

To know more on the Policy Paper, read our prethodne vesti

Find out more: https://www.miict.eu