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ALDA offers an annual scholarship in memory of its Honorary President, Gianfranco Martini. Gianfranco Martini was among the initiators of the concept of Local Democracy Agencies and became the first President of ALDA when it was founded in 1999. Throughout his active life he remained passionate about the promotion of local democracy, the engagement of civil society and the encouragement of interethnic dialogue in Europe with a particular focus on the Western Balkans. He passed away in October 2012, therefore since 2013 ALDA set up this scholarship on his memory.
This scholarship is awarded once a year to a student or researcher proposing a study or work project focusing on local democracy, engagement of civil society and/or interethnic dialogue. Its aim is to receive high-quality academic research and analysis for ALDA’s fields of activity in order to develop further strategies on these topics, prioritizing the projects targeting regions where ALDA is active.

Since 2013, the scholarships have been awarded to:

  • 2013 – Mr. Gianfranco Brusaporci, PhD candidate at Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria), for his research entitled “Euroregions in South Eastern Europe: how to define a good model for the development of the area”.

  • 2014 - Mr. Sratan Dumitru, Szent Istvan University (Hungary), for his work entitled: “Building Social Capital in Developing Countries on the basis of integrated community planning and cooperation”.

  • 2015 – Mr. Vedran Ðulabić, PhD Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb, for his research project “Local Government and Democracy in Western Balkans: 25 Years On. Study on Local Government and Local Democracy”.

  • 2016 – Ms. Eva Komlossyova and Ms. Lenka Dušková, from Palacký University of Olomouc, in Czech Republic, for their study project entitled "Assessing Impact of Local Democracy Agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina".

Every year, in spring, the call for candidatures is launched through ALDA's communication channels. The winner of the scholarship is invited to present his/her project during the General Assembly of the Association. Monitor our communication channels (web, social media, newsletter) as only projects received when the call is open will be evaluated.

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Scholarship Gianfranco Martini 2013 and research proposal
Scholarship Gianfranco Martini 2014 and research proposal
Scholarship Gianfranco Martini 2015 and research proposal

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