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Localising SDGs - A takeaway for 3 geographical regions impacted by the LADDER project

The LADDER Project had a significant impact on strengthening Development Education & Awareness Raising (DEAR) as well as on the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In terms of the advocacy dimension the focus of the project was put on 3 geographical paths extending its outreach towards enlarged Europe.

Working in the Eastern Partnership (EaP), the Mediterranean area (MED), and the South-East Europe (SEE) paths allowed creating interdependencies between EU and its Neighbourhood by enhancing the role of LAs and CSOs in development issues, and especially their role as change makers at local level. For each of the geographical areas, a network of organisations was created being the key driver of raising awareness of different stakeholders (EU, national governments, other institutional and non-institutional actors) on SDGs, advocating and supporting the role of LAs and CSOs for development and DEAR.

The discussion of strategic approach among the members of each path in 2015 was followed by delivering outputs in 2016-2017. The overall result of the three geographic paths are 5 events and 8 outputs which strengthen DEAR and the localisation of the SDGs. Along with this, the last year of the project included reflection on the successes of the advocacy actions, best practices, recommendations for the future, etc.

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