Mrs. Francesca CAMPANAFons Mallorquí de Solidaritat i Cooperació, Spain
- How and why you got in contact with ALDA's work?
We met ALDA in the "Forum on municipal cooperation from the European Union" that the Fons Mallorquí organized in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 2014. From that moment, we start conversations and collaborations and at the end of 2015 we decided to become members and to enter in the Governing Board.
- What motivated you to be a candidate for the Governing Board?
We really appreciate the way ALDA is working, coordinating the challenges of Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations, because it is our way of working too. For this reason, we think we can learn a lot and bring our experience by being a member of the Governing Board.
- Why fighting for local democracy and citizen participation – how does that contribute to a better world?
To build a better world we have to start from the reality around us, the local dimension is essential in the building of democracy, and we cannot pretend to build democracy without participatory processes that can stimulate the participation of all the local actors. Only a bottom-up decision-making approach can generate an inclusive and sustainable world.
- What is the biggest achievement of ALDA so far?
I think the main goal is to manage a huge network of different actors and find synergies among them to build a better world.
- And what is your dream for ALDA – how will it look like at the end of your mandate?
On the one hand I think ALDA will enlarge its influence in Spain and in all the Mediterranean area. On the other hand, ALDA will consolidate its role as the voice of local authorities and civil society organizations in front of European institutions collaborate with them and lobby them, when necessary.
- What will your motto be, during the next four years in ALDA's Governing Board?
The smile of the Mediterranean: working for local democracy with enthusiasm.