Training on volunteers' management by LDA Sisak : 8 new local volunteers' centres to be open in upcoming month

Three-day training on a topic of „Volunteers’ management in local community – setting up local volunteers’ centres“ is successfully implemented from 6 to 8 March 2013. The training was held in Laktaši (Bosnia and Herzegovina) with 25 participants from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 It was organised by Local Democracy Agency Sisak – LDA Sisak (Croatia) and Youth Communicative Centre Banja Luka – OKC (Bosnia and Herzegovina), as a part of projects „Cross-border Volunteers’ Networking for Local Development“ and „Volunteers Make Change“.

„There is a huge help needed by volunteers in smaller communities, especially in social sector. Non-existence of organised work with volunteers and absence of permanent promotion of volunteering is great problem. Therefore we trained representatives of non-governmental organisations and public institutions from 8 local communities where setting up of local volunteers’ centres are planed. The aim was to transfer our knowledge in order to built their capacities for successfully linking volunteers with those seeking for volunteers and for developing useful and sustainable volunteer’ programs“ – said Mrs Irena Đumić Jurić-Marijanović from OKC, who alongside with Mrs Paula Raužan from LDA Sisak, conducted the training.

Project „Cross-border Volunteers’ Networking for Local Development“ are implementing LDA Sisak and OKC Banja Luka, financed by the European Union through IPA Cross-border Program Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the project’ objective is opening of local volunteers’ centres in towns Ozalj and Vrginmost (Croatia) and in towns Gradiška and Laktašti (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Through the project „Volunteers Make Change“, implemented by OKC Banja Luka, financed by the International Centre Olof Palme, is foreseen opening of four more local volunteers’ centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in towns Zvornik, Jablanica, Gračanica and Srbac.

Three-day training on a topic of „Volunteers’ management in local community – setting up local volunteers’ centres“ is successfully implemented from 6 to 8 March 2013. The training was held in Laktaši (Bosnia and Herzegovina) with 25 participants from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 It was organised by Local Democracy Agency Sisak – LDA Sisak (Croatia) and Youth Communicative Centre Banja Luka – OKC (Bosnia and Herzegovina), as a part of projects „Cross-border Volunteers’ Networking for Local Development“ and „Volunteers Make Change“.

„There is a huge help needed by volunteers in smaller communities, especially in social sector. Non-existence of organised work with volunteers and absence of permanent promotion of volunteering is great problem. Therefore we trained representatives of non-governmental organisations and public institutions from 8 local communities where setting up of local volunteers’ centres are planed. The aim was to transfer our knowledge in order to built their capacities for successfully linking volunteers with those seeking for volunteers and for developing useful and sustainable volunteer’ programs“ – said Mrs Irena Đumić Jurić-Marijanović from OKC, who alongside with Mrs Paula Raužan from LDA Sisak, conducted the training.

Project „Cross-border Volunteers’ Networking for Local Development“ are implementing LDA Sisak and OKC Banja Luka, financed by the European Union through IPA Cross-border Program Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the project’ objective is opening of local volunteers’ centres in towns Ozalj and Vrginmost (Croatia) and in towns Gradiška and Laktašti (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Through the project „Volunteers Make Change“, implemented by OKC Banja Luka, financed by the International Centre Olof Palme, is foreseen opening of four more local volunteers’ centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in towns Zvornik, Jablanica, Gračanica and Srbac.


ALDA at THE ITALIAN YOUTH FORUM: NEW EUROPEAN CITIZENS TAKE THE FLOOR

ALDA, as initiator of the Italian Alliance for the European Year of Citizens and member of the Steering Committee of the European Alliance, was invited to participate to the three-day event “Proposta 2013”, organised by the Italian National Youth Forum. Alfonso Aliberti, ALDA Project Manager and recently appointed as board member of the Advisory Youth Council at Civicus took part to the round table on European Citizenship.

About 150 young people, coming from 5 different countries debated on European topics, headed by some national and international experts. The main topic of this annual event was “Citizenship”, according to EC’s decision to declare 2013, the European Year of Citizens.

The main intention was to focus on three issues, which was discussed in three round-tables:
–  Youth Citizens and Participation;
–  Immigration, Citizenship and Participation;
–  European Citizenship.

The three round-tables offered to participants the possibility of debating, confronting, and exchanging ideas on Citizenship’s matters. Moreover, the promoters decided to add an additional round-table, focusing on “Civil Service for everyone “.

In particular, the event represented the opportunity to discuss the theme of immigrants’ naturalisation, which is strongly related to European citizenship. Indeed, according to EUROSTAT data 2011, the organisers showed that about one third of immigrants, living and working in EU’s member States have obtained the citizenship in their respective destination country.

Besides the event offered the opportunity to analyse the issue of European sense of ownership, which is very high among the population of some countries, such as Luxembourg, Finland and Germany, and lower in other ones.

ALDA, as initiator of the Italian Alliance for the European Year of Citizens and member of the Steering Committee of the European Alliance, was invited to participate to the three-day event “Proposta 2013”, organised by the Italian National Youth Forum. Alfonso Aliberti, ALDA Project Manager and recently appointed as board member of the Advisory Youth Council at Civicus took part to the round table on European Citizenship.

About 150 young people, coming from 5 different countries debated on European topics, headed by some national and international experts. The main topic of this annual event was “Citizenship”, according to EC’s decision to declare 2013, the European Year of Citizens.

The main intention was to focus on three issues, which was discussed in three round-tables:
–  Youth Citizens and Participation;
–  Immigration, Citizenship and Participation;
–  European Citizenship.

The three round-tables offered to participants the possibility of debating, confronting, and exchanging ideas on Citizenship’s matters. Moreover, the promoters decided to add an additional round-table, focusing on “Civil Service for everyone “.

In particular, the event represented the opportunity to discuss the theme of immigrants’ naturalisation, which is strongly related to European citizenship. Indeed, according to EUROSTAT data 2011, the organisers showed that about one third of immigrants, living and working in EU’s member States have obtained the citizenship in their respective destination country.

Besides the event offered the opportunity to analyse the issue of European sense of ownership, which is very high among the population of some countries, such as Luxembourg, Finland and Germany, and lower in other ones.


ALDA PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN IMPLEMENTING AND DISSEMINATION OF RESULTS OF SAPUCCA PROJECT

A series of three seminars were held gathering more than one hundred local participants tackling a wide range of issues related with the legislation and practice in confiscating and administering property acquired from criminal activity in selected Western Balkan countries – Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro.

Comparative experience and local practices were presented by the institutional representatives from respective countries including Prosecutors’ Offices for organised crime, Police Departments for organised crime investigation, Government Offices for administering the confiscated property, Tax Administration offices, Anticorruption Agencies, Research institutes, civil society organisations and local media.

The key note speakers in introductory panels were the project partners led by the Province of Caserta, Department for Community Programmes represented by Mr. Francesco Paolo De Felice, and Mr. Mario Battello, General manager of TECLA Association, while an important contribution to promoting the achievements through bilateral and regional co-operation programmes in this field was made by the Ambassadors: Mr. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Serbia, Mr. Fabio Cristiani, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Macedonia, Mr. Sergio Barbanti, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Montenegro, Mrs Maja Nikolova Dobreva, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Montenegro, Mr. Aleksandar Jordanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Macedonia.

Local experience and practices presented in the seminars have shown the importance and need for more structured regional co-operation and exchange among the legislators, policy/decision makers and respective institutions, while particular attention is needed to further institutional and organisational capacity building in the field of managing and administering the confiscated property. Follow-up co-operation and communication between the SAPUCCA partners and local stakeholders were strongly supported by the participants.

A series of three seminars were held gathering more than one hundred local participants tackling a wide range of issues related with the legislation and practice in confiscating and administering property acquired from criminal activity in selected Western Balkan countries – Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro.

Comparative experience and local practices were presented by the institutional representatives from respective countries including Prosecutors’ Offices for organised crime, Police Departments for organised crime investigation, Government Offices for administering the confiscated property, Tax Administration offices, Anticorruption Agencies, Research institutes, civil society organisations and local media.

The key note speakers in introductory panels were the project partners led by the Province of Caserta, Department for Community Programmes represented by Mr. Francesco Paolo De Felice, and Mr. Mario Battello, General manager of TECLA Association, while an important contribution to promoting the achievements through bilateral and regional co-operation programmes in this field was made by the Ambassadors: Mr. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Serbia, Mr. Fabio Cristiani, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Macedonia, Mr. Sergio Barbanti, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Montenegro, Mrs Maja Nikolova Dobreva, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Montenegro, Mr. Aleksandar Jordanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Macedonia.

Local experience and practices presented in the seminars have shown the importance and need for more structured regional co-operation and exchange among the legislators, policy/decision makers and respective institutions, while particular attention is needed to further institutional and organisational capacity building in the field of managing and administering the confiscated property. Follow-up co-operation and communication between the SAPUCCA partners and local stakeholders were strongly supported by the participants.


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EYCA Working Groups’ meeting in Brussels and Italian National Alliance Steering Committee

The second EYCA Working Groups’ meeting will be held in Brussels on the 5th March. ALDA Director, Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, will co-chair with Diogo Pinto (EMI) the Working Group I on Participatory Citizenship and Civil Dialogue.

During the session participants will be involved in a creative laboratory to identify solutions to tackle the obstacles to participation and civil dialogue identified by the WG1 during its first meeting.  The objective of WG1 is to identify and formulate shared recommendations aimed at strengthening the involvement of European citizens in EU policy-making and engage them on a comprehensive civil dialogue. The result of the WG’s work will be integrated into the general position that the European Alliance will submit to all EU Institutions by the end of the year.

ALDA, as one of the promoters of National Alliance in Italy, participated on the 1st of March to the Steering Committee in Rome. The Italian Alliance is one of the established National Coalitions, which will develop in the EU Member states the vision of active and participatory citizenship.

All the representatives of national Working Groups participated to the meeting reporting about WG organization and next steps.  The Steering Committee discussed about the organization and participation to main national events along the year in line with principles of the EYCA.

The second EYCA Working Groups’ meeting will be held in Brussels on the 5th March. ALDA Director, Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, will co-chair with Diogo Pinto (EMI) the Working Group I on Participatory Citizenship and Civil Dialogue.

During the session participants will be involved in a creative laboratory to identify solutions to tackle the obstacles to participation and civil dialogue identified by the WG1 during its first meeting.  The objective of WG1 is to identify and formulate shared recommendations aimed at strengthening the involvement of European citizens in EU policy-making and engage them on a comprehensive civil dialogue. The result of the WG’s work will be integrated into the general position that the European Alliance will submit to all EU Institutions by the end of the year.

ALDA, as one of the promoters of National Alliance in Italy, participated on the 1st of March to the Steering Committee in Rome. The Italian Alliance is one of the established National Coalitions, which will develop in the EU Member states the vision of active and participatory citizenship.

All the representatives of national Working Groups participated to the meeting reporting about WG organization and next steps.  The Steering Committee discussed about the organization and participation to main national events along the year in line with principles of the EYCA.


Training Course on Youthpass Process and Human Resources Development

2 young participants selected by ALDA will participate to the Training course on Human Resources Development, in the framework of the project YOUTHPASS+HRD #EMPLOYABILITY, from 4th to 10th March 2013, in Murcia (Spain),

The course is co-financed by the Youth in Action Programme and led by INTER-ACCION (www.inter-accion.org) and will be attended by 27 participants, from 10 different programme countries.

The main goal of the Training Course is debate the common points between the Youthpass process and the Human Resources Development, in order to support youth employability.

2 young participants selected by ALDA will participate to the Training course on Human Resources Development, in the framework of the project YOUTHPASS+HRD #EMPLOYABILITY, from 4th to 10th March 2013, in Murcia (Spain),

The course is co-financed by the Youth in Action Programme and led by INTER-ACCION (www.inter-accion.org) and will be attended by 27 participants, from 10 different programme countries.

The main goal of the Training Course is debate the common points between the Youthpass process and the Human Resources Development, in order to support youth employability.


15th VIT local event in Wolverhampton (UK) on 8th and 9th May

On 8th and 9th May 2013, Wolverhampton City Council will organise in Wolverhampton (UK) a workshop, which will focus on “Volunteers, Voluntary Organisations and Localism – Promoting community sustainability & engagement”.

This workshop will be the 15th local event organised within the framework of the project Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town (VIT), in which ALDA is the lead partner.
See the programme of the conference

For more information and for registration, please contact Kuldip Khela
kuldip.khela@wolverhampton.gov.uk

On 8th and 9th May 2013, Wolverhampton City Council will organise in Wolverhampton (UK) a workshop, which will focus on “Volunteers, Voluntary Organisations and Localism – Promoting community sustainability & engagement”.

This workshop will be the 15th local event organised within the framework of the project Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town (VIT), in which ALDA is the lead partner.
See the programme of the conference

For more information and for registration, please contact Kuldip Khela
kuldip.khela@wolverhampton.gov.uk


Support for networking and twinning at European level – Training for town twinning in Sremski Karlovci near Novi Sad, Serbia 27th and 28th of February

In the framework of the project Support for networking and twinning at  European level, financed by the European Union, IPA CBC Programme Croatia-Serbia, an international training was held in Sremski Karlovci on the 27th and 28th of February.

This training is aimed at enhancing the capacity of municipalities and cities in the border regions of Serbia and Croatian effective collaboration and networking with municipalities and cities in the regional and European level and contributing to fostering active citizenship in local communities.

The training brought together 15 representatives from 12 cities and municipalities in the border area of Croatia and Serbia who had the opportunity to learn about the objectives and the funding possibilities of the Europe for Citizens programme, which were presented by the experienced coach Marco Boaria, ALDA Resource and Development Unit Coordinator and Suzana Mackovic senior trainer from Serbia. Special emphasis was put on two measures related to cooperation and networking between cities.

Participants also had the opportunity to work in groups and develop a project idea that could be formed into a joint project in the coming deadlines for submission of proposals and thus further contribute to mutual collaboration.

The representatives of local communities were given the opportunity to establish contacts with colleagues from Serbia and Croatia and familiarize themselves with the possibilities of cooperation within Europe for Citizens Programme for which both countries are now eligible.

In the framework of the project Support for networking and twinning at  European level, financed by the European Union, IPA CBC Programme Croatia-Serbia, an international training was held in Sremski Karlovci on the 27th and 28th of February.

This training is aimed at enhancing the capacity of municipalities and cities in the border regions of Serbia and Croatian effective collaboration and networking with municipalities and cities in the regional and European level and contributing to fostering active citizenship in local communities.

The training brought together 15 representatives from 12 cities and municipalities in the border area of Croatia and Serbia who had the opportunity to learn about the objectives and the funding possibilities of the Europe for Citizens programme, which were presented by the experienced coach Marco Boaria, ALDA Resource and Development Unit Coordinator and Suzana Mackovic senior trainer from Serbia. Special emphasis was put on two measures related to cooperation and networking between cities.

Participants also had the opportunity to work in groups and develop a project idea that could be formed into a joint project in the coming deadlines for submission of proposals and thus further contribute to mutual collaboration.

The representatives of local communities were given the opportunity to establish contacts with colleagues from Serbia and Croatia and familiarize themselves with the possibilities of cooperation within Europe for Citizens Programme for which both countries are now eligible.