Addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General

addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

On the first panel opening the dialogue with Civil Society on elections mechanmism and participation after the Covid 19

 

Excellencies, dear all participants and friends from the panel,

It is a great privilege for ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, to take the floor in such a distinguished panel addressing you all those difficult times. I speak on behalf of our 350 members (local authorities and civil society groups) from all over Europe and beyond, committed to the cause of local democracy and citizens participation. We were established by the Councill of Europe 20 years ago and we have structured relationship with the Congress of local and regional authorities and now with the Centre of Expertise for good governance. We implemented so far almost 450 projects, which had an impact on  about 25 millions of people.

Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General

addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

On the first panel opening the dialogue with Civil Society on elections mechanmism and participation after the Covid 19

 

Excellencies, dear all participants and friends from the panel,

It is a great privilege for ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, to take the floor in such a distinguished panel addressing you all those difficult times. I speak on behalf of our 350 members (local authorities and civil society groups) from all over Europe and beyond, committed to the cause of local democracy and citizens participation. We were established by the Councill of Europe 20 years ago and we have structured relationship with the Congress of local and regional authorities and now with the Centre of Expertise for good governance. We implemented so far almost 450 projects, which had an impact on  about 25 millions of people.


VALID kick off meeting

Do not miss the first international meeting of VALID project!

First of all, do you know what VALID stands for? It is the acronym for: European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue and it will be implemented for the next two years by a consortium of 12 partners in 10 countries across Europe

More in depth, the kick off meeting will be the perfect occasion to discuss different aspects of the project itself. On April 22nd, participants, after a first overview, will reflect on key objectives, such as: 

  • Local practices in social inclusion and intercultural education and dialogue;
  • Participatory processes in policy decision making and 
  • Integration and cohesion at local level

Furthermore, during the second day of the event, April 23rd, the kick off meeting will tackle several aspects, among which participants will discuss:

  • Raise awareness in civic engagement
  • Capacity building and facilitation methods and tools for intercultural dialogue

Those who are willing to participate can find more information here:

Do not miss the first international meeting of VALID project!

First of all, do you know what VALID stands for? It is the acronym for: European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue and it will be implemented for the next two years by a consortium of 12 partners in 10 countries across Europe

More in depth, the kick off meeting will be the perfect occasion to discuss different aspects of the project itself. On April 22nd, participants, after a first overview, will reflect on key objectives, such as: 

  • Local practices in social inclusion and intercultural education and dialogue;
  • Participatory processes in policy decision making and 
  • Integration and cohesion at local level

Furthermore, during the second day of the event, April 23rd, the kick off meeting will tackle several aspects, among which participants will discuss:

  • Raise awareness in civic engagement
  • Capacity building and facilitation methods and tools for intercultural dialogue

Those who are willing to participate can find more information here:


FOREST: 3rd Transnational Meeting

The 3rd Transnational Meeting organised within the FORESTA project took placed both on 15 and 16 April, focusing on the topic of certification and qualification in the forestry sector. The meeting, held in virtual mode, was hosted by the project partner Grm Novo Mesto.

The agenda was full of great initiatives and updates. Thus, on April 15th, following the institutional greetings of the project partner Grm Novo Mesto, a public conference served as the perfect occasion for each partner to present an overview of the existing certifications and qualifications at national level, outlining both the legislative and training aspects. Furthermore, criticalities in terms of standardisation compared to other European countries were also discussed. Forestry technicians and trainers from 5 European countries (Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria) working in the project partner organisations joined the meeting.

Safety in the workplace, certification, sustainability and innovation, and female inclusion in the forestry sector

Moving on, the main focus discussed on the second day was the development of a manual for the standardisation of forest workers’ competences. The technical book represents, in fact, one of the main project output. More in depth, the latter will collect all the good practices that emerged from the project including: safety in the workplace, certification, sustainability and innovation, and female inclusion in the forestry sector. In particular, the handbook will also contain a comparative analysis of forestry training programs among the 5 project partner countries, highlighting strengths and gaps; while proposing recommendations and suggestions to achieve a European standardisation of forestry training.

From a general perspective, partners discussed what were the main issues to tackle within the project; how to develop the manual, while defining key points of the publication and a possible index. In particular, special attention was given to comparative analysis. Hence, through interactive brainstorming, partners reflected and defined which are the main targets to address in the publication; and what are the objectives they want to achieve.

Finally, partners started to discuss and reflect on methodology and the activities that will follow.

Last but not least, the latter aspect will be further analysed in a next meeting scheduled for May. Join us and do not miss any updates!

The 3rd Transnational Meeting organised within the FORESTA project took placed both on 15 and 16 April, focusing on the topic of certification and qualification in the forestry sector. The meeting, held in virtual mode, was hosted by the project partner Grm Novo Mesto.

The agenda was full of great initiatives and updates. Thus, on April 15th, following the institutional greetings of the project partner Grm Novo Mesto, a public conference served as the perfect occasion for each partner to present an overview of the existing certifications and qualifications at national level, outlining both the legislative and training aspects. Furthermore, criticalities in terms of standardisation compared to other European countries were also discussed. Forestry technicians and trainers from 5 European countries (Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria) working in the project partner organisations joined the meeting.

Safety in the workplace, certification, sustainability and innovation, and female inclusion in the forestry sector

Moving on, the main focus discussed on the second day was the development of a manual for the standardisation of forest workers’ competences. The technical book represents, in fact, one of the main project output. More in depth, the latter will collect all the good practices that emerged from the project including: safety in the workplace, certification, sustainability and innovation, and female inclusion in the forestry sector. In particular, the handbook will also contain a comparative analysis of forestry training programs among the 5 project partner countries, highlighting strengths and gaps; while proposing recommendations and suggestions to achieve a European standardisation of forestry training.

From a general perspective, partners discussed what were the main issues to tackle within the project; how to develop the manual, while defining key points of the publication and a possible index. In particular, special attention was given to comparative analysis. Hence, through interactive brainstorming, partners reflected and defined which are the main targets to address in the publication; and what are the objectives they want to achieve.

Finally, partners started to discuss and reflect on methodology and the activities that will follow.

Last but not least, the latter aspect will be further analysed in a next meeting scheduled for May. Join us and do not miss any updates!


«Freedom award» We voted, did you?

On April 15th 2021, ALDA and the Human Rights and Peace Institute of Caen have organised a workshop held in French for the young Macedonians francophone, on the “Freedom award”.

This online workshop gathered 16 participants, interested in finding out more on the “Freedom award”, the nominees while discussing democracy, inclusion, and digital citizenship.

The workshop started with a quick quiz on topics such as: women’s right to vote and the importance of digital technologies during the elections.

Then, it continued with a series of useful visuals thanks to which participants discovered the profiles and backgrounds of the 3 nominees, and the reasons why they were chosen:

  • Sonita Alizadeh, Afghan activist against forced child marriage;
  • Agnes Chow, democracy activist in Hong Kong and
  • Omar Radi, imprisoned Moroccan investigative journalist.

The Freedom award is the results of a pedagogical project aiming at raising awareness on the notions of peace, freedom, and respect for human rights

Finally, the Human Rights and Peace Institute moderators have guided the young participants throughout the entire process of voting for their favorite nominee.

The Freedom award is the results of a pedagogical project aiming to raise awareness on the notions of peace, freedom, e respect for human rights. It targets young people across the world and making them a unique jury. In that respect, youth generations –  aged from 15 to 25 – get to vote and elect the winners they consider as the most deserving. The Freedom award represents a strong tribute to every person that fought and will keep fighting in reaching this ideal of peace.

The workshop has been organised as part of the “Normandie pour la Paix” actions, by ALDA along with the Human Rights and Peace Institute of Caen.

To know more about “Normandie pour la Paix” please visit their website

You can find further information on the Human Rights and Peace Institute at the following link

On April 15th 2021, ALDA and the Human Rights and Peace Institute of Caen have organised a workshop held in French for the young Macedonians francophone, on the “Freedom award”.

This online workshop gathered 16 participants, interested in finding out more on the “Freedom award”, the nominees while discussing democracy, inclusion, and digital citizenship.

The workshop started with a quick quiz on topics such as: women’s right to vote and the importance of digital technologies during the elections.

Then, it continued with a series of useful visuals thanks to which participants discovered the profiles and backgrounds of the 3 nominees, and the reasons why they were chosen:

  • Sonita Alizadeh, Afghan activist against forced child marriage;
  • Agnes Chow, democracy activist in Hong Kong and
  • Omar Radi, imprisoned Moroccan investigative journalist.

The Freedom award is the results of a pedagogical project aiming at raising awareness on the notions of peace, freedom, and respect for human rights

Finally, the Human Rights and Peace Institute moderators have guided the young participants throughout the entire process of voting for their favorite nominee.

The Freedom award is the results of a pedagogical project aiming to raise awareness on the notions of peace, freedom, e respect for human rights. It targets young people across the world and making them a unique jury. In that respect, youth generations –  aged from 15 to 25 – get to vote and elect the winners they consider as the most deserving. The Freedom award represents a strong tribute to every person that fought and will keep fighting in reaching this ideal of peace.

The workshop has been organised as part of the “Normandie pour la Paix” actions, by ALDA along with the Human Rights and Peace Institute of Caen.

To know more about “Normandie pour la Paix” please visit their website

You can find further information on the Human Rights and Peace Institute at the following link


Shaping Inclusive societies: the promising path of innovation

MI20, MIICT and FACE Projects joint webinar about innovation and social inclusion

At the occasion of the final event of the Mind Inclusion project, celebrate inclusion and innovation during the 4th Mind Inclusion Webinar!

Inclusion is a daily challenge, strengthened once more by the current global health crisis. The need to talk about the struggles of those that are unheard and to reflect on actions to take in order to “leave no one behind”, becomes stronger every day. It is with this purpose that the three European projects Mind Inclusion 2.0, MIICT e VISO come together in one joint event to talk about innovation and inclusion: Shaping inclusive societies: the promising path of innovation.

The 6th of May at 15:00 CEST, three experts involved in the development of services fostering inclusion will hold a panel discussion about how innovation can bring new opportunities and perspectives in the fight for inclusion. Departing from their own experiences and the lessons learnt through their work, the experts will focus specifically on three groups: people with disabilities, migrants, and youth.

The event will provide the participants with the opportunity to reflect about and to learn from the expertise of the three panellists and from the best practices developed in the framework of the three projects. In this way, each of us can make a step forward in this daily challenge, towards a more inclusive society!

SPEAKERS:

  • Andrea Giaretta, Project Manager, Cooperativa Margherita
  • Kurt Abela, Service Coordinator, kellimni.com
  • Florian Huber, Project Manager, SYNYO GmbH

JOIN THE WEBINAR:

Register and Join us to these great talks!

MI2.0, MIICT and FACE Projects joint webinar about innovation and social inclusion

#MI20Webinar

About the projects :

MIICT ICT Enabled Public Services for Migration is a project funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program and addressing the challenge of migration integration through ICT-enabled solutions.Through a co-design approach with multidisciplinary stakeholders, MIICT project aims to provide migrants and refugees access to key public services, public agencies and NGOs with ICT enabled services and the necessary agency to take advantage of those services; as well as to promote inclusion and to reduce the potential for discrimination and bias. More information: https://www.miict.eu/

Started in November 2018 and funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission, the Mind Inclusion 2.0 project aims to find sustainable and inclusive solutions that help caregivers improve their skills, on one hand, and allow disabled individuals to participate in social life on the other hand. The APP that the project is developing wishes to help the People with Disabilities to have access to public spaces and to exercise their rights. The project consortium gathers lead partner Margherita: Società Cooperativa Onlus (Italy) together with Polibienestar Research Institute, INTRAS Foundation (Spain), Social IT Software & Consulting Srl (Italy), Lietuvos sutrikusio intelekto zmoniu globos bendrija «Viltis» (Lithuania) and ALDA (France). More information: https://www.mindinclusion.eu/

L' VISO progetto is a project funded by the European Commission through the ERASMUS+ program. Based on the recognition that there is a lack of knowledge and tools on how to handle the increasing phenomenon of cyberbullying amongst teens and children the project aims at developing guidelines, materials, networks and innovative methodologies combining multidisciplinary artistic approaches to tackle this important issue. FACE is designed to involve the following different target groups (youth workers, students, parents, local authorities and other stakeholders) to design together tools to prevent and fight cyberbullying among youth. More information: https://face.oonion.eu/

MI2.0, MIICT and FACE Projects joint webinar about innovation and social inclusion

At the occasion of the final event of the Mind Inclusion project, celebrate inclusion and innovation during the 4th Mind Inclusion Webinar!

Inclusion is a daily challenge, strengthened once more by the current global health crisis. The need to talk about the struggles of those that are unheard and to reflect on actions to take in order to “leave no one behind”, becomes stronger every day. It is with this purpose that the three European projects Mind Inclusion 2.0, MIICT e VISO come together in one joint event to talk about innovation and inclusion: Shaping inclusive societies: the promising path of innovation.

The 6th of May at 15:00 CEST, three experts involved in the development of services fostering inclusion will hold a panel discussion about how innovation can bring new opportunities and perspectives in the fight for inclusion. Departing from their own experiences and the lessons learnt through their work, the experts will focus specifically on three groups: people with disabilities, migrants, and youth.

The event will provide the participants with the opportunity to reflect about and to learn from the expertise of the three panellists and from the best practices developed in the framework of the three projects. In this way, each of us can make a step forward in this daily challenge, towards a more inclusive society!

SPEAKERS:

  • Andrea Giaretta, Project Manager, Cooperativa Margherita
  • Kurt Abela, Service Coordinator, kellimni.com
  • Florian Huber, Project Manager, SYNYO GmbH

JOIN THE WEBINAR:

Register and Join us to these great talks!

MI2.0, MIICT and FACE Projects joint webinar about innovation and social inclusion

#MI20Webinar

About the projects :

MIICT ICT Enabled Public Services for Migration is a project funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program and addressing the challenge of migration integration through ICT-enabled solutions.Through a co-design approach with multidisciplinary stakeholders, MIICT project aims to provide migrants and refugees access to key public services, public agencies and NGOs with ICT enabled services and the necessary agency to take advantage of those services; as well as to promote inclusion and to reduce the potential for discrimination and bias. More information: https://www.miict.eu/

Started in November 2018 and funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission, the Mind Inclusion 2.0 project aims to find sustainable and inclusive solutions that help caregivers improve their skills, on one hand, and allow disabled individuals to participate in social life on the other hand. The APP that the project is developing wishes to help the People with Disabilities to have access to public spaces and to exercise their rights. The project consortium gathers lead partner Margherita: Società Cooperativa Onlus (Italy) together with Polibienestar Research Institute, INTRAS Foundation (Spain), Social IT Software & Consulting Srl (Italy), Lietuvos sutrikusio intelekto zmoniu globos bendrija «Viltis» (Lithuania) and ALDA (France). More information: https://www.mindinclusion.eu/

L' VISO progetto is a project funded by the European Commission through the ERASMUS+ program. Based on the recognition that there is a lack of knowledge and tools on how to handle the increasing phenomenon of cyberbullying amongst teens and children the project aims at developing guidelines, materials, networks and innovative methodologies combining multidisciplinary artistic approaches to tackle this important issue. FACE is designed to involve the following different target groups (youth workers, students, parents, local authorities and other stakeholders) to design together tools to prevent and fight cyberbullying among youth. More information: https://face.oonion.eu/


A powerful cooperation network in Tunisia

ALDA has been supporting the communication between civil society, local associations and authorities in Tunisia for many years. 

ALDA Tunisia under the leadership of Solidarité Laïque gave birth to Municivile project. The project aims to contribute to the construction of an effective local democracy in Tunisia, taking into account the needs of all citizens, including the most vulnerable groups, and to strengthen the participation of Tunisian civil society in the implementation of the decentralisation process in the country.

To better do that, the project was divided into three main action fronts, each administered with the mutual cooperation of a Tunisian and a French institution: 

  • Education
  • Social and Solidarity Economy
  • Local and participative democracy

ALDA and Scouts Tunisiens associations, coordinator of the local and participative democracy pole, established the MUNICIVIL project which designed an extensive plan of actions, focused on advocacy and capacity building to help CSOs to reach citizens, understand their needs and contribute to the construction of an inclusive and participative democracy in Tunisia. Their main actions involve:

  • Trainings of Trainers (ToT) (administrative staff, elected officials and civil society actors);
  • Training on local democracy and participation
  • Local public consultations;
  • Exchange visits between France and Tunisia
  • Financing Masters studies and promoting Civic engagement of Sub Saharan Master students.

Promoting a long lasting and durable transformation towards the reduction of inequalities, expansion of local participation and to the decentralisation process in Tunisia

From a general perspective, PCPA trainings reached out not only CSOs involved, but also local government and educational institutions; promoting a long lasting and durable transformation towards the reduction of inequalities, expansion of local participation and to the decentramento process in Tunisia. Significant improvements from it can already be observed:

  • CSOs have increased their capacity to understand and voice the citizens’ needs, while  improving their methods on the implementation of an effective participatory democracy and enhancing their engagement in local and national decision-making process;
  • Methods from the trainings have been spread to other CSOs, local government and educational institutions
  • The communication and dissemination of project results have been more effective
  • Tunisian and European local authorities have been progressing towards the decentralisation process by strengthening their cooperation

Yet, this is not everything. Thus, activities are still going on, focusing on:  

  • The third training session for administrative staff, elected officials and civil society actors from a range of selected municipalities;
  • L' partnership with Faculty of political, social and juridical sciences (Faculté des sciences juridiques, politiques et sociales) de Tunis in order to fund 3 master thesis on Local Governance and related themes;
  • The launch of local events on 12 different municipalities to promote civil society consultation and municipality commissions trainings;

Bear in mind that these are only a few actions developed within the PCPA’s framework and a series of other actions are expected to be put in place throughout the rest of the  year. 

To know more about Société Laïque, please visit their website: https://www.solidarite-laique.org/ 

ALDA has been supporting the communication between civil society, local associations and authorities in Tunisia for many years. 

ALDA Tunisia under the leadership of Solidarité Laïque gave birth to Municivile project. The project aims to contribute to the construction of an effective local democracy in Tunisia, taking into account the needs of all citizens, including the most vulnerable groups, and to strengthen the participation of Tunisian civil society in the implementation of the decentralisation process in the country.

To better do that, the project was divided into three main action fronts, each administered with the mutual cooperation of a Tunisian and a French institution: 

  • Education
  • Social and Solidarity Economy
  • Local and participative democracy

ALDA and Scouts Tunisiens associations, coordinator of the local and participative democracy pole, established the MUNICIVIL project which designed an extensive plan of actions, focused on advocacy and capacity building to help CSOs to reach citizens, understand their needs and contribute to the construction of an inclusive and participative democracy in Tunisia. Their main actions involve:

  • Trainings of Trainers (ToT) (administrative staff, elected officials and civil society actors);
  • Training on local democracy and participation
  • Local public consultations;
  • Exchange visits between France and Tunisia
  • Financing Masters studies and promoting Civic engagement of Sub Saharan Master students.

Promoting a long lasting and durable transformation towards the reduction of inequalities, expansion of local participation and to the decentralisation process in Tunisia

From a general perspective, PCPA trainings reached out not only CSOs involved, but also local government and educational institutions; promoting a long lasting and durable transformation towards the reduction of inequalities, expansion of local participation and to the decentramento process in Tunisia. Significant improvements from it can already be observed:

  • CSOs have increased their capacity to understand and voice the citizens’ needs, while  improving their methods on the implementation of an effective participatory democracy and enhancing their engagement in local and national decision-making process;
  • Methods from the trainings have been spread to other CSOs, local government and educational institutions
  • The communication and dissemination of project results have been more effective
  • Tunisian and European local authorities have been progressing towards the decentralisation process by strengthening their cooperation

Yet, this is not everything. Thus, activities are still going on, focusing on:  

  • The third training session for administrative staff, elected officials and civil society actors from a range of selected municipalities;
  • L' partnership with Faculty of political, social and juridical sciences (Faculté des sciences juridiques, politiques et sociales) de Tunis in order to fund 3 master thesis on Local Governance and related themes;
  • The launch of local events on 12 different municipalities to promote civil society consultation and municipality commissions trainings;

Bear in mind that these are only a few actions developed within the PCPA’s framework and a series of other actions are expected to be put in place throughout the rest of the  year. 

To know more about Société Laïque, please visit their website: https://www.solidarite-laique.org/ 


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 e 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, e communication.

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 e 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, e communication.

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 Committee of Ministers’ hearing session at the Council of Europe

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 e citizens’ participation; welcoming and boosting for this initiative of mutual-share among CSOs and institutions.

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Link utili:

Read Antonella Valmorbida’s full speech

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 e citizens’ participation; welcoming and boosting for this initiative of mutual-share among CSOs and institutions.

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Link utili:

Read Antonella Valmorbida’s full speech

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 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 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