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MoDE - Mobility for Democracy in Europe


The present project is designed to encourage a constant engagement of the civil society in exchanges preventing democracy of falling into possible gaps. ALDA’s approach is based on one of the EU’s fundamental value: mobility. Mode will encourage mentoring activities between NGOs but also between NGOs and volunteers hoping to deepen mobility experiences and to establish a long-lasting transnational partnership.
The partnership, built with 7 partners from 6 countries (2 accession ones), is planned to strengthen relations between European NGOs, help break down barriers between people and groups, promote the learning of other cultures but also support the multiplication of NGOs and NGO networks.





Association of Local Democracy Agencies


FR - France

NGO Horizont


AL - Albania

National Forum Alternatives, Practice, Initiative


BG - Bulgaria

Local Democracy Agency Sisak


HR - Croatia

Active Creative and Reforming Organisati


GR - Greece

Kendro Merimnas Eikoyennias kai Pediou


GR - Greece

Identità e Dialogo


IT - Italy



The project is launched in Strasbourg in April.


MoDE project leaflet
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MoDE Final Report

Objectives of the project

The general objectives of the project are to:

-foster citizens’ participation and interaction between citizens’ and NGOs through debates on how to improve EU’s policies and civic participation, with a focus on volunteering. Citizens will express their opinion on the Union’s future

-raise awareness on the common values of democracy, citizenship and participation. Thus it will contribue to the development of a sense of European identity. As 2 partners are from candidate countries the project will also help developing a sense of European identity in the wider Europe

-promote citizens’ involvment at European level through debates and exchanges abroad, fostering interculturality, a better understanding and thus appropriation of the EU
The permanent priorities of MoDE project are:
-Project’s focus: is the capacity of civil society organisations and volunteering, as core value of the EU. Given the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, the 7 exchange experience meetings will use in their methodology a debate on the future of the EU especially in accession countries
-Active European citizenship: is a core value of the EU’s policy at large scale, reason for us to involve candidate countries. The exchange of good practices between old and future EU members may help it become a tool addressing European challenges.
-MoDE integrates mobility as a methodology of intercultural dialogue, encouraging and multiplying dialogue between European communities
-Immigration will be discussed not as economic immigration but as a method of building knowledge intesive societies and an essetial freedom of the EU
-Using creative and innovative ways to promote European we address the 2009 European year of creativity. Furthermore we are to use mentoring sessions on-line and create a new methodology encouraging brain circulation and deepen the sense of European identity.
-Volunteering: is a key component of active citizenship. In the light of the Year of Volunteering, the project focuses on the dimension and role of volunteering. The topic addresses big challenges both in EU and pre-accession countries. All partners have relevant experience in this field and are willing to raise awareness about it in the context of improving citizen participation


Activities of the project

The project will take place in 6 countries from April 2010 to January 2011.
Action Step

1.Preparation phase &1st steering committee
2.Mobility support meeting (launching event) discussing methodology and gaps to be bridged in the European democracy and in the relation between civil society organizations
3.Transnational mentoring sessions and local meetings with international partners
4.Working groups on volunteering at local level
5.Two weeks mobility for volunteers and staff
6.Mentoring sessions on-line for volunteers
7.creation of leaflets and brochures on volunteering & 2nd steering committee

Through MoDE more than 550 persons will acquire new information, knowledge and skills in the field of volunteering and other types of mobility thanks to:


Supporting international mobility between NGOs through

  • A one to one meeting in Strasbourg, in April 2010

debating nowadays challenges and needs in terms of democracy; it is to discuss a functioning                                                                                    methodology for transnational mobility

  • 7 transnational mentoring sessions: exchange experience meetings and 7 mentoring sessions at local level for local NGOs
  • 2 weeks mobility exchanges, between NGOs (staff personnel and volunteers)

Supporting volunteering exchanges:

  • 7 workshops for volunteers fostering active citizenship and civic participation


  • Mentoring sessions online for volunteers with the support of the partners
  • Creation of leaflets and brochures giving information about mobility programmes and the influence of participative democracy on the European well-being


Visibility of the project

The action will be promoted at a large in local towns of partners. Participanting NGOs will draft a communication plan during the first steering committee meeting, covering both the local & the European level

The following METHODS will ensure project’s visibility:

Media will play an important role for the promotion of project's activities & results being involved in all phases (local &international), reaching the citizens interested in volunteering (1 of the core target groups). Partners will contribute to the visibility by involving their press offices. Written press, radio and television will be engaged at all levels.
Website: an important mean to promote both project's activities & the final results. It will be the key tool for external and internal communication and interaction. Forums and intranets will be build for each partner’s website to be used as channel for mentoring and technical support giving to volunteers. It is to be used also by fellows in mobility actions for disseminating their reports during their exchange.
A specific Logo will be designed to ensure an easy but high visibility of the project.
Leaflets & newsletters: will be produced in several languages and printed in 2000 copies.
EU support Visibility: a particular attention will be paid to make EU visible during events and in all the material diffused

Results will be disseminated through different tools:

Media: written press, radio & television will play a key role in disseminating the final outcomes. It will be engaged at local/regional levels and at the European one.
Publications: will include the outcomes of the project, focusing in particular on the  mobility actions & citizen participation, including recommendations drafted during the process/evaluation results.
Website: is considered an important mean to promote the final results. All the relevant documents(including final recommendations and evaluation results) will be up-loaded on the website promoting them thus on an extensive basis.
Partners’ Networks: Project's activities and final results will be spread out through the network. It is important to underline that the partners’ members will act as an important information/dissemination platforms for the project.


Expected results of the project

Expected impact on the target group:

Through this project more than 550 persons from 6 different countries will acquire new information, knowledge and skills in the field of volunteering and other types of mobility. Involved NGO personnel will improve not only their knowledge and skills but also their cultural and life experience through mobility exchanges. Since NGOs are the main target groups, we expect to create a synergie between our partners operating for the improvement of their skills, especially in Croatia and Albania.
A large number of participants are future or present volunteers that will benefit from the technical support, trainings and mentoring of qualified NGO personnel.
Generally, we expect for participants to be more aware of the barriers faced by European identity and challenges of building a knowledge-skilled EU society.
The project will also have a relevant impact on indirect targets: through the partners’ networks, publications and websites. These collateral categories are to be motivated to get involved and to learn more on active citizenship, volunteering and the EU.

Multiplier Effects

The present proposal supports itself on the wide experience of ALDA in projects on European citizenship and its methodology to teach Active citizenship methods. MoDE seeks to deepen the connexions between NGOs and foster long lasting relations between structures in pre-accession countries and those in EU member states. It is to create more than a platform of mobility, but a network encouraging European values, especially tolerance and sustainable development in order to reduce disparities in terms of Democracy and well being between different regions of Europe. MoDe will create an important channel of communication between NGOs but also between citizens and the EU (since these NGOs are active in EU programmes). This communication line will grant an added valued in terms of multiplying effects. Another effect expected is the widening of citizens’ activities by further familiarizing them with the European identity and citizenship.


For more information, please contact:
Meike Westerhaus, ALDA Project Manager Active Citizenship

(; +33 (0)3 90 21 45 93).

Barbara Elia, ALDA Financial Officer

Biljana Zasova, ALDA Senjor implementation Coordinator


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