Local Democracy Agencies
The LDAs: a unique and successful experiment of democratic support, with full engagement of local governments and civil society organisations from Europe and the neighbouring countries
ALDA coordinates and supports the network of 16 Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) in their activities. Initiated by the Council of Europe in the early ‘90s, the LDAs represent a unique and successful experiment of democratic support, with full engagement of local governments and civil society organisations from Europe and the neighbouring countries.
The LDAs are locally-based organisations, funded and supported by both local partners and international associates with a long-term joint programme providing financial and political support to fulfil their mandate and to accompany local democracy and civil society empowerment. Indeed, partnership-building is a crucial aspect for each LDA, as their work is based on the innovative method of multilateral decentralised cooperation. The LDAs are also operational in the field of city diplomacy.
With the accession of Croatia to the European Union in July 2013, the three former Local Democracy Agencies in the country became Operational Partners (OPs) of ALDA.
Balkan Network for Local Democracy (BNLD) is a regional network promoting active citizen participation, democratic governance principles, local development and co-operation between civil society organisations and local public authorities in the Western Balkan Region.
BNLD was created in 2019 and it is founded by ALDA and the 7 Local Democracy Agencies (LDA) from Western Balkans aiming to support regional cooperation. BNLD action is based on the principle of partnership and multilateral decentralised cooperation.
THE LOCAL DEMOCRACY AGENCIES
On a yearly basis, the LDAs receive from ALDA’s Governing Board , the label of the LDA after assessment of their report of activities, actions plans, partnership support and sustainability.
The LDAs are located in the Western Balkans and in the East and South Neighbourhood of Europe. The Strategy of ALDA 2021-2024* wants to open the geographic scope of the Agencies with a potential scouting in other parts of the world in need of support to decentralisation and citizens engagement.
For any interest in the Local Democracy Agencies programme and inquiries about new LDAs’ opportunities, please contact email@example.com