"Partnership building for EU integration“ - Training seminar in Žepče

The training titled „Partnership building for EU integrations – project cycle management“, within the project „The European and Our Affairs“, was held on January 24th 2013 in the Municipality Hall Žepče.

This training represented the continuation of the one held in Zavidovići on December 12th 2012, and it is the second in line of pieces of training for capacity building of CSO’s that are foreseen in the project „The European and Our Affairs“, which is financed by the EU, from IPA 2011 „Information and communication“ programme.
The training was attended by 20 representatives of NGO’s and public institutions from Žepče and Zavidovići, and it was held by Stanka Parać from Subotica.
The people present expressed their satisfaction with the fact that they were given the opportunity to know more about the basics of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), writing of project proposals, and the whole process of applying to the European Union calls for project proposals.
Project “The European and our Affairs” is implemented by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), in cooperation with the LDA Zavidovici, in Zenica region and local communities Zavidovici and Zepce. The goal of the project activities is to increase awareness about the EU enlargement and pre-accession aid, with special emphasis on the role of local governments and civil society in the reform process. Our activities include strengthening of local capacity, public promotion, and knowledge exchange involving various aspects of local society.  Priority target groups are local governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, local  media and youth. The proposed activities and included knowledge exchange will serve as a learning opportunity for stakeholders, but also as a way to dispel the myths and stereotypes related to EU integration.

The training titled „Partnership building for EU integrations – project cycle management“, within the project „The European and Our Affairs“, was held on January 24th 2013 in the Municipality Hall Žepče.

This training represented the continuation of the one held in Zavidovići on December 12th 2012, and it is the second in line of trainings for capacity bulding of CSO’s that are foreseen in the project „The European and Our Affairs“, which is financed by the EU, from IPA 2011 „Information and communication“ programme.
The training was attended by 20 representatives of NGO’s and public institutions from Žepče and Zavidovići, and it was held by Stanka Parać from Subotica.
The people present expressed their satisfaction with the fact that they were given the opportunity to know more about the basics of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), writing of project proposals, and the whole process of applying to the European Union calls for project proposals.
Project “The European and our Affairs” is implemented by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), in cooperation with the LDA Zavidovici, in Zenica region and local communities Zavidovici and Zepce. The goal of the project activities is to increase awareness about the EU enlargement and pre-accession aid, with special emphasis on the role of local governments and civil society in the reform process. Our activities include strengthening of local capacity, public promotion, and knowledge exchange involving various aspects of local society.  Priority target groups are local governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, local media and youth. The proposed activities and included knowledge exchange will serve as a learning opportunity for stakeholders, but also as a way to dispel the myths and stereotypes related to EU integration.


A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT BETWEEN CITIZENS AND POLITICAL DECISION MAKERS DISCUSSED AT THE CIVICUS WORLD ASSEMBLY 2012, (Montreal, 3-7 September 2012)

At the World Assembly, more 600 civil society organisations from all over World are exchanging views on their role and participation at the local and national level. It is here time for networking, exchanging ideas and innovative approach to participative democracy and active citizenship. The topics of the World Assembly this year is the possible new social contract between citizens and the political decision makers.
In the picture, from the left: Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, David Bonbright, Chair of the Civicus Board, Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, Katsuji Imata, Acting Secretary General Civicus, at the Civicus World Assembly, 6th of September 2012 Montréal – Canada

Civil Society and human right defenders are still very much in danger in many countries of the world and they are fighting for their place and role in the community.
The Association of the Local Democracy Agencies is participating actively in the World Assembly. The Director of ALDA, Antonella VALMORBIDA, took part in a workshop on local governance, bringing examples of the LDAs and projects implemented in Europe and neighboring areas. Mrs. Valmorbida has been recently included in the Board of Civicus in particular for bringing an added value with her experience and the knowledge of ALDA in the European policies and projects but also for bringing the experience of local authorities engagement.
The President of ALDA, Mr. Oriano Otočan, participated also to some of the activities, and a specific meeting with the President of Civicus, David Bonbright, and the Acting Secretary General of Civicus, Katsuji Imata took place. Common grounds of mutual cooperation were identified like a support to Civicus in Europe and in the local governance aspect.

At the World Assembly, more 600 civil society organisations from all over World are exchanging views on their role and participation at the local and national level. It is here time for networking, exchanging ideas and an innovative approach to participative democracy and active citizenship. The topics of the World Assembly this year is the possible new social contract between citizens and the political decision-makers.
In the picture, from the left: Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, David Bonbright, Chair of the Civicus Board, Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, Katsuji Imata, Acting Secretary General Civicus, at the Civicus World Assembly, 6th of September 2012 Montréal – Canada

Civil Society and human right defenders are still very much in danger in many countries of the world and they are fighting for their place and role in the community.
The Association of the Local Democracy Agencies is participating actively in the World Assembly. The Director of ALDA, Antonella VALMORBIDA, took part in a workshop on local governance, bringing examples of the LDAs and projects implemented in Europe and neighboring areas. Mrs. Valmorbida has been recently included in the Board of Civicus in particular for bringing an added value with her experience and the knowledge of ALDA in the European policies and projects but also for bringing the experience of local authorities engagement.
The President of ALDA, Mr. Oriano Otočan, participated also to some of the activities, and a specific meeting with the President of Civicus, David Bonbright, and the Acting Secretary-General of Civicus, Katsuji Imata took place. Common grounds of mutual cooperation were identified like support to Civicus in Europe and in the local governance aspect.


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ALDA AT THE CIVICUS WORLD ASSEMBLY 2012, (Montreal, 3-7 September 2012)

Oriano Otocan, ALDA President, and Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director and member of CIVICUS International Board, will be participating in the 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly (3 – 7 September 2012) in Montreal, Canada.
In particular Mrs. Valmorbida will present ALDAs experiences on participatory governance at the workshop on “Good governance through citizen action” that will take place on 5 September (11.00-13.00), after the opening ceremony of the Assembly (9.00-9.30) and the fisrt plenary session (9.30 – 10.45).
In the panel also Mrs. Carmen Malena, Canada, Mehr Latif, Programme Manager, Asia Foundation, Pakistan and Mrs. Paola Margarita Q. Deles, Coordinator, People Power Volunteers for Reform, Philippines.
Watch the World Assembly on CIVICUS Live.

This session will share good practices and lessons in participatory governance from around the world and challenge participants to think beyond traditional forms of protest and activism to less familiar but potentially more impactful practices of ‘critical collaboration’ and participatory governance.
As citizens, publicly denouncing injustices in society is an important first step towards seeking change, but it is not enough. Real change comes when citizens not only cry out in the streets, but claim their rightful place as active participants in processes of public governance and decision-making. In recent years, a wide and exciting array of ‘participatory governance’ approaches have been tried and tested around the world. From citizens’ juries, multi-stakeholder dialogues and integrity pacts to participatory budgeting, social audits and community scorecards, citizens and CSOs are creating a multitude of innovative ways to engage in ‘critical collaboration’ with government counterparts.
The 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly will focus on defining a new social contract, through discussions on three key themes: changing nations through citizens, building partnerships for social innovation and redefining global governance.
The 2012 Assembly will see the launch of a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder process, led by CIVICUS, on defining a new social contract, that will culminate in the presentation of recommendations to the United Nations in 2015. The World Assembly comes at a pivotal moment for citizens to redefine the relationships and conditions we want for a sustainable future in a changing world.
Having a role in CIVICUS International Board, for ALDA means taking a further step to bring internationally the cause of its work: to improve citizens’ and civil society’s participation at the local level, working closely with local authorities, for development, democracy and respect of human rights.

Oriano Otocan, ALDA President, and Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director and member of CIVICUS International Board, will be participating in the 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly (3 – 7 September 2012) in Montreal, Canada.
In particular Mrs. Valmorbida will present ALDAs experiences on participatory governance at the workshop on “Good governance through citizen action” that will take place on 5 September (11.00-13.00), after the opening ceremony of the Assembly (9.00-9.30) and the fisrt plenary session (9.30 – 10.45).
In the panel also Mrs. Carmen Malena, Canada, Mehr Latif, Programme Manager, Asia Foundation, Pakistan and Mrs. Paola Margarita Q. Deles, Coordinator, People Power Volunteers for Reform, Philippines.
Watch the World Assembly on CIVICUS Live.

This session will share good practices and lessons in participatory governance from around the world and challenge participants to think beyond traditional forms of protest and activism to less familiar but potentially more impactful practices of ‘critical collaboration’ and participatory governance.
As citizens, publicly denouncing injustices in society is an important first step towards seeking change, but it is not enough. Real change comes when citizens not only cry out in the streets, but claim their rightful place as active participants in processes of public governance and decision-making. In recent years, a wide and exciting array of ‘participatory governance’ approaches have been tried and tested around the world. From citizens’ juries, multi-stakeholder dialogues and integrity pacts to participatory budgeting, social audits and community scorecards, citizens and CSOs are creating a multitude of innovative ways to engage in ‘critical collaboration’ with government counterparts.
The 2012 CIVICUS World Assembly will focus on defining a new social contract, through discussions on three key themes: changing nations through citizens, building partnerships for social innovation and redefining global governance.
The 2012 Assembly will see the launch of a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder process, led by CIVICUS, on defining a new social contract, that will culminate in the presentation of recommendations to the United Nations in 2015. The World Assembly comes at a pivotal moment for citizens to redefine the relationships and conditions we want for a sustainable future in a changing world.
Having a role in CIVICUS International Board, for ALDA means taking a further step to bring internationally the cause of its work: to improve citizens’ and civil society’s participation at the local level, working closely with local authorities, for development, democracy and respect of human rights.


ALDA AND THE MAYOR OF MOSTAR IN GENEVA FOR A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FRANCOPHONE MAYORS

The Mayor of Mostar, Mr. Ljubo Beslic, presented the experience of the City of Mostar on reconciliation and post conflict situation management and the role of the Local Democracy Agency of Mostar in this process still continuing.
His speech, at the seminar on “Local Authorities in the prevention of conflict, peace building and reconciliation” organised in Geneva, Switzerland, on 30th and 31st August, by the International association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), was very appreciated by all participants, who see in Mostar a very good example of reconciliation. Ms Marine Henry, project manager in ALDA, was also attending this meeting.

The 2 days seminar in Geneva gathered around 50 Mayors and Representative of Association of Local Authorities coming from France, Belgium, Switzerland, African countries, Lebanon, Bosnia Herzegovina, etc.
The first part was dedicated to a dialogue between European Commission and Local Authorities Representatives concerning the future communication of the European Commission on Local Authorities. This text will define the future strategy of intervention of the European Commission towards Local Authorities. Simon Compaoré, Mayor of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and General Secretary of AIMF started by reminding the context of the progressive recognition by EU of the role of Local Authorities in cooperation and development. Then Mrs Elena ASCUITTI from Europaid Department presented the new guidelines for the partnership between European Commission and Local Authorities. She invited all Local Authorities Representatives to participate to the consultation by answering to 27 questions dealing with 8 main issues. The deadline for submitting comments and suggestions is November 2012.
The second part consisted on the seminar on “Local Authorities in the prevention of conflict, peace building and reconciliation”.
The event was concluded by the presentation of a first version of a toolkit designed on the initiative of AIMF on the role of local elected people in the prevention of conflicts and diversity management on their territories. This tool divided in 5 pillars aims at giving tips on the ways for local authorities to prevent conflict in the prism of the integration of all part of population living on their territories. A more final version will be presented in the General Assembly of AIMF, which will be held in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) next November.
For more information, please contact Marine Henry, ALDA’ project manager, marine.henry@aldaintranet.org.

The Mayor of Mostar, Mr. Ljubo Beslic, presented the experience of the City of Mostar on reconciliation and post conflict situation management and the role of the Local Democracy Agency of Mostar in this process still continuing.
His speech, at the seminar on “Local Authorities in the prevention of conflict, peace building and reconciliation” organised in Geneva, Switzerland, on 30th and 31st August, by the International association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), was very appreciated by all participants, who see in Mostar a very good example of reconciliation. Ms Marine Henry, project manager in ALDA, was also attending this meeting.

The 2 days seminar in Geneva gathered around 50 Mayors and Representative of Association of Local Authorities coming from France, Belgium, Switzerland, African countries, Lebanon, Bosnia Herzegovina, etc.
The first part was dedicated to a dialogue between European Commission and Local Authorities Representatives concerning the future communication of the European Commission on Local Authorities. This text will define the future strategy of intervention of the European Commission towards Local Authorities. Simon Compaoré, Mayor of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and General Secretary of AIMF started by reminding the context of the progressive recognition by EU of the role of Local Authorities in cooperation and development. Then Mrs Elena ASCUITTI from Europaid Department presented the new guidelines for the partnership between European Commission and Local Authorities. She invited all Local Authorities Representatives to participate to the consultation by answering to 27 questions dealing with 8 main issues. The deadline for submitting comments and suggestions is November 2012.
The second part consisted on the seminar on “Local Authorities in the prevention of conflict, peace building and reconciliation”.
The event was concluded by the presentation of a first version of a toolkit designed on the initiative of AIMF on the role of local elected people in the prevention of conflicts and diversity management on their territories. This tool divided in 5 pillars aims at giving tips on the ways for local authorities to prevent conflict in the prism of the integration of all part of population living on their territories. A more final version will be presented in the General Assembly of AIMF, which will be held in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) next November.
For more information, please contact Marine Henry, ALDA’ project manager, marine.henry@aldaintranet.org.


10.000 PARTICIPANTS FROM 150 COUNTRIES WILL ATTEND THE 6TH UN-WORLD URBAN FORUM. (Naples- I, 3- 6 September 2012)

On 3rd September will be officially opened the 6th Session of the World Urban Forum, organized in Naples (ITALY) by UN-Habitat, the Government of Italy, the Campania Region and the City of Naples. The theme for this year’s meeting is The Urban Future. Over 10,000 participants from 150 countries have already registered to the event.
ALDA will be present there taking part in the discussions on cities’ inclusiveness and on the active participation of their citizens in the urban policies.

The Forum is one of the most open and inclusive gatherings of its kind on the international stage. It brings together participants from all over the world representing governments, academia, civil society and the private sector as partners working for better cities.

On 3rd September will be officially opened the 6th Session of the World Urban Forum, organized in Naples (ITALY) by UN-Habitat, the Government of Italy, the Campania Region and the City of Naples. The theme for this year’s meeting is The Urban Future. Over 10,000 participants from 150 countries have already registered to the event.
ALDA will be present there taking part in the discussions on cities’ inclusiveness and on the active participation of their citizens in the urban policies.

The Forum is one of the most open and inclusive gatherings of its kind on the international stage. It brings together participants from all over the world representing governments, academia, civil society and the private sector as partners working for better cities.


ANIMATED SHORT FILM ON CYBERBULLYING AVAILABLE IN SIX LANGUAGES

The Metamorphosis Foundation, Macedonian partner of the programme for decentralized cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy (France) and Macedonia, produced a short animated film entitled “Bully” which addresses the topic of cyberbullying.
The film is translated into five languages (French, English, Albanian, Turkish and Romani) in order to reach a broader audience. The translated versions are available at http://goo.gl/Q3O2z..

The language versions have been made as part of the project for decentralised cooperation between Macedonia and the Lower Normandy Region.
The purpose of the film is to raise awareness among young people of this phenomenon and the consequences it can have both for the harassed individual and for the bully.
Through the initiative to raise awareness of online privacy protection, 13 short films и 10 online games and quizzes were made and translated into French, Albanian, Turkish and Romani. The addressed topics are: cyber-bullying, protection of passwords, video games and chat addiction, online shopping, plagiarism…
For more information on the Decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia please consult the веб-сайт of the cooperation or contact Katica Janeva at projects@alda-europe.eu.

The Metamorphosis Foundation, Macedonian partner of the programme for decentralized cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy (France) and Macedonia, produced a short animated film entitled “Bully” which addresses the topic of cyberbullying.
The film is translated into five languages (French, English, Albanian, Turkish and Romani) in order to reach a broader audience. The translated versions are available at http://goo.gl/Q3O2z..

The language versions have been made as part of the project for decentralised cooperation between Macedonia and the Lower Normandy Region.
The purpose of the film is to raise awareness among young people of this phenomenon and the consequences it can have both for the harassed individual and for the bully.
Through the initiative to raise awareness of online privacy protection, 13 short films и 10 online games and quizzes were made and translated into French, Albanian, Turkish and Romani. The addressed topics are: cyber-bullying, protection of passwords, video games and chat addiction, online shopping, plagiarism…
For more information on the Decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia please consult the веб-сайт of the cooperation or contact Katica Janeva at projects@alda-europe.eu.