2018 kicks off with a record - 14 operational Local Democracy Agencies
For the first time in the history of ALDA and Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), our Governing Board approved the yearly programme, including a record-breaking network of 14 LDAs full steam ahead. This is the result of the incredible work carried out in the past years, as well as of the commitment of 100 LDAs partners. ALDA is also working with three Operational Partners - former LDAs - in Croatia.
The Local Democracy Agencies are a unique feature of ALDA, and a concrete example of decentralised cooperation. Decentralised cooperation means partners in Europe and in cooperation countries work together, and in our case this translated into the implementation of hundreds of programmes supporting good local governance and creating inclusive, successful communities. 2018 will be the most challenging year for ALDA to manage and empowering the network of LDAs, now covering all the Balkans (enlargement countries), the Eastern Partnership, and a relevant part of the Southern Neighbourhood. ALDA and the LDAs are more than ever a powerful instrument to promote local democracy and to support our value-based approach.
Local Democracy Agencies are supported by ALDA and their partners, and receive financial support from various donors, in particular the European Commission. They are also part of the programmes and activities of the Council of Europe and its Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.
“This is a great achievement for ALDA, and also a big responsibility that we are happy to bear together with our members and partners in Europe and beyond” stated the President of ALDA Oriano Otočan during the meeting of the Governing Board, hosted by the Council of Europe on 2 February 2018.