To ensure sustainability and promote good governance and citizen participation at the local level in Europe and beyond, in February 2023 ALDA launched the call “Respond locally to Global Issues”, supporting members in achieving their goals in several fields, including European integration, decentralisation, human rights, social inclusion, sustainable development and civic initiatives.
In the framework of the Operating Grant of the CERV – Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme – ALDA led a wide range of actions aimed at empowering organisations to develop their own projects, involving citizens and targeting groups and increasing public knowledge, awareness and interest in key EU policies and strategies.
Each beneficiary of the regranting programme focused on one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as good health and well being, quality education, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, climate action. These topic areas are closely intertwined with ALDA Thematic Hubs.
ALDA assists and cooperates with local communities to address challenges related to democratic, environmental, social and economic development, encouraging a multilateral decentralised collaboration and empowering citizens and local actors.
By supporting these projects, ALDA remains committed to its objective of fostering partnerships between local authorities and civil society organisations, working to realise meaningful change
The actions funded include:
- Projects like “SEI Reloaded”, “STOP”, “YES! Youth Engagement for Sustainability”, related to the Youth Empowerment and Education Hub.
- Initiatives such as “Participatory Design and Development of a Local Health Observatory: for the common good and sustainability of cities and communities (LHO)”, “10th Danube Participation Days”, “ALL INCLUSIVE – Connected in Dichtersbuurt”, and “Working from Interculturality for a Sustainable Community”, focused on the Civic Engagement Hub.
- The workshop “ThePower of Community” and the projects “BEE Sustainable”, “CycleHub”, and “Soundiversity” for the Environment and Climate Hub.
- The Training cycle to encourage women entrepreneurship called “Osez l’entrepreneuriat féminin !” and the initiative “GREAT: GREen Answers for Territories” connected to the Gender, Inclusion and Human Rights Hub.
- The projects “Immigration and cohabitation, a necessary partnership” and ”WelcHome” for the Migration Hub.
The organisations implemented a multifaceted approach with different local strategies. This involved a combination of formal activities such as training, workshops and public events, and informal practices such as street actions, art installations or botanical experiences.
These initiatives collectively contributed to increasing the knowledge and skills of the target groups, ultimately fostering greater participation and promoting the principles of good governance.
By supporting these projects, ALDA remains committed to its objective of fostering partnerships between local authorities and civil society organisations, working to realise meaningful change.
Discover more about the actions funded in 2023 by clicking here.