Training for youth workers on volunteering and combating radicalisation, Črnomelj (SI).

Local Democracy Agency Sisak partners in an international project “Youth Work and Volunteering Against Radicalisation”, that recognises a value of non-formal learning and its necessity for quality youth work at the local level. The initiative is funded by the Erasmus Plus Program.
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Project leader, Youth Centre BIT organised an advanced training for youth workers on 8-15 November 2016 in Črnomelj (Slovenia). The main objective of the training was to build professional development of youth workers and equip them with competences and methods needed for preventing violent radicalisation of young people, especially those who are marginalised or recently migrated.
It gathered 24 youth workers from Croatia, Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom. Participants exchanged examples of good practice, improved their leadership skills, gained competences and learned new methods for radicalisation recognition and prevention. Karlo Štengl and Matea Strižić participated on behalf of the LDA Sisak – ALDA Operating partner, who will use their newly gained knowledge and experiences in work with local the youth.
“This training is unforgettable experience for me. I will try to use all I learnt in my community no matter what job would I do in a future. These kind of projects puts you in contact with different cultures and people, influencing to professional and to personal growth. The trainers were superb as professionals but as persons too. In just one week, they help broaden my horizons and attitudes toward life and work, realising that I can do much even living in small community.” – say Karlo Štengl. 

Local Democracy Agency Sisak partners in an international project “Youth Work and Volunteering Against Radicalisation”, that recognises a value of non-formal learning and its necessity for quality youth work at the local level. The initiative is funded by the Erasmus Plus Program.
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Project leader, Youth Centre BIT organised an advanced training for youth workers on 8-15 November 2016 in Črnomelj (Slovenia). The main objective of the training was to build professional development of youth workers and equip them with competences and methods needed for preventing violent radicalisation of young people, especially those who are marginalised or recently migrated.
It gathered 24 youth workers from Croatia, Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom. Participants exchanged examples of good practice, improved their leadership skills, gained competences and learned new methods for radicalisation recognition and prevention. Karlo Štengl and Matea Strižić participated on behalf of the LDA Sisak – ALDA Operating partner, who will use their newly gained knowledge and experiences in work with local the youth.
“This training is unforgettable experience for me. I will try to use all I learnt in my community no matter what job would I do in a future. These kind of projects puts you in contact with different cultures and people, influencing to professional and to personal growth. The trainers were superb as professionals but as persons too. In just one week, they help broaden my horizons and attitudes toward life and work, realising that I can do much even living in small community.” – say Karlo Štengl. 


ALDA at 16th Summit of Francophonie in Madagascar

The 16th edition of the Summit of la Francophonie was held from the 22 to the 27 November 2016, in Madagascar.

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State leaders and government officials of the Francophone family countries, where French is a common language, reflected on their perspectives of: “Shared Growth and Responsible Development: Conditions for Stability around the world and within the Francophone”. 

Our colleague Katica Janeva from the ALDA office in Skopje participated in the Summit as a member of both, the official Macedonian delegation and drafting committee of the Francophone Youth Declaration. She had an opportunity to take part in various sessions of the La Francophonie Permanent Council, the Ministerial Conference and the Summit of Heads of State and Government.

The 16th Summit of la Francophonie is the first summit to integrate young people into delegations as well as in the decision-making bodies of La Francophonie.

The 16th edition of the Summit of la Francophonie was held from the 22 to the 27 November 2016, in Madagascar.

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State leaders and government officials of the Francophone family countries, where French is a common language, reflected on their perspectives of: “Shared Growth and Responsible Development: Conditions for Stability around the world and within the Francophone”. 

Our colleague Katica Janeva from the ALDA office in Skopje participated in the Summit as a member of both, the official Macedonian delegation and drafting committee of the Francophone Youth Declaration. She had an opportunity to take part in various sessions of the La Francophonie Permanent Council, the Ministerial Conference and the Summit of Heads of State and Government.

The 16th Summit of la Francophonie is the first summit to integrate young people into delegations as well as in the decision-making bodies of La Francophonie.


ALDA feels Slovenia! More and more Slovenian members join the network

The number of Slovenian members of ALDA kept increasing over the last months, thanks to the synergic activity of ALDA and our long time member “Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto”.

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The collaboration with the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto dates back to 2010, and the Association has participated in a number of projects together with ALDA – including DECIDE и WeNet, to name a few.

The last General Assembly of ALDA last May in Paris was attended by a wider delegation from Slovenia: together with Mitja Bukovec, Project Coordinator of the Association, Nataša Jakopin from the Municipality of Novo Mesto, brand new member of ALDA at the time, attended. “The Assembly was an incredible occasion to get to know the possibilities of cooperation with ALDA, as well as the Board and staff members, and other participants”, stated Mrs Jakopin. “It is really inspiring discussing important issues and searching solutions for local communities with knowledgeable, dedicated people from all over Europe!”.

Among the most recent members joining ALDA there are Development Centre Novo Mesto, Consultation and Development Ltd; the Muncipality of Grosuplje; and the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica. Thanks to the first-hand experiences of the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto, they understood the potentialities of opening their doors to Europe and become part of a consolidated European organization such as ALDA.

ALDA is glad to welcome them in its network, and looks forward to a fruitful cooperation!

Useful resources:

Slovenian members of ALDA
How to become a member of ALDA


ALDA aime la Slovénie ! Les membres slovènes sont de plus en plus nombreux dans le réseau

Ces derniers mois, les membres slovènes sont de plus en plus nombreux à se joindre au réseau d’ALDA, grâce à la synergie des activités d’ALDA et à notre membre, l’ « Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto » (Association pour développer le volontariat – Novo Mesto).

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La collaboration avec l’ « Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto » date de 2010, et depuis,  l’Association a participé dans un grand nombre de projets en partenariat avec ALDA – entre autre les projets DECIDE et WeNet.

Une grande délégation de Slovénie a répondu présente à l’Assemblée Générale de l’ALDA en mai 2016 à Paris parmi lesquels étaient : Mitja Bukovec, Coordinateur de projet de l’ « Association for Developing Voluntary Work » et Nataša Jakopin, représentante de la Municipalité de Novo Mesto, en tant que nouveau membre d’ALDA. « L’Assemblée était une très bonne occasion pour se renseigner sur les possibilités de coopération avec ALDA, ainsi que de rencontrer les membres du Conseil d’administration et de l’équipe d’ALDA et les nombreux partenaires. », a déclaré Mme Jakopin. « C’est très enrichissant d’échanger sur les problèmes importants et de chercher ensemble des solutions pour les communautés locales avec des personnes compétentes et dévouées de toute l’Europe ! »

Les nouveaux membres d’ALDA sont l’organisation « Development Centre Novo Mesto » ; l’organisation « Consultation and Development Ltd » ; la Municipalité de Grosuplje; et la Municipalité d’Ivančna Gorica. Grâce à l’expérience de l’ « Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto » avec l’ALDA, ils ont découvert le potentiel que représente l’ouverutre de leur porte à l’Europe et de prendre part à une organisation européenne telle qu’ALDA.

ALDA a le plaisir de les accueillir dans son réseau et se réjouit à la perspective d’une coopération fructueuse !

Liens utiles:
Membres slovènes d’ALDA
Comment devenir un membre d’ALDA


La Slovenia c’è e si sente! Tanti nuovi soci sloveni si aggiungono al network di ALDA

Il numero dei soci sloveni che si uniscono ad ALDA è cresciuto negli ultimi mesi grazie alle attività in sinergia con il socio consolidato “Associazione per lo Sviluppo del Lavoro Volontario Novo Mesto”.

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La collaborazione con l’Associazione per lo Sviluppo del Lavoro Volontario Novo Mesto ha avuto inizio nel 2010, e l’Associazione ha partecipato attivamente a numerosi progetti con ALDA – compresi i progetti DECIDE e We-Net, per citarne alcuni.

All’ultima Assemblea Generale di ALDA tenutasi lo scorso maggio a Parigi, ha partecipato una consistente delegazione slovena: tra i partecipanti Mitja Bukovec, Coordinatore di Progetto dell’Associazione, e Nataša Jakopin, rappresentante del comune di Novo Mesto, diventato socio proprio in quel periodo. “L’Assemblea è stata un’incredibile occasione per scoprire le possibilità di cooperazione con ALDA, e per conoscerne il Consiglio Direttivo, lo staff, e gli altri partecipanti”, ha dichiarato Nataša Jakopin. “È davvero stimolante discutere di questioni importanti e cercare soluzioni per le comunità locali assieme a persone competenti e dedicate da tutta Europa!”.

Tra i recenti nuovi soci che si sono uniti ad ALDA c’è il Centro di Sviluppo Novo Mesto per la Consultazione e lo Sviluppo, il comune di Grosuplje, ed il comune di Ivančna Gorica. Grazie all’esperienza esemplare dall’Associazione per lo Sviluppo del Lavoro Volontario Novo Mesto, tutti gli altri hanno compreso il potenziale nell’aprire le porte all’Europa diventando parte di una consolidata organizzazione europea come lo è ALDA.

ALDA è felice di dare il benvenuto ai nuovi soci nel network, e non vede l’ora di intraprendere una fruttuosa cooperazione.

Risorse utili:
Soci sloveni di ALDA
Come diventare socio di ALDA


ALDA «словениизируется»! Все больше и больше членов из Словении присоединиться к сети

Число словенских членов в ALDA продолжало расти в течение последних месяцев благодаря синергии деятельности ALDA и нашего старого члена – Ассоциации развития волонтерства в г. Ново Место.

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Сотрудничество с Ассоциацией развития волонтерства в г. Ново Место стартовало с 2010 года; Ассоциация приняла участие в ряде совместных проектов с ALDA, включая проекты DECIDE и WeNeT.

На последнем заседании Генеральной Ассамблеи ALDA в мае прошлого года в Париже приняла участие делегация из Словении: Митя Буковец, координатор проекта Ассоциации, Наташа Якопин, муниципалитет Ново Место, новый член ALDA на то время. «Ассамблея стала отличным поводом узнать возможности сотрудничества с ALDA, а также познакомиться с руководством и сотрудниками, а также другими участниками», – заявила г-жа Якопин. «Это действительно вдохновляет на обсуждение важных вопросов и поиска решений для местных общин, знающих и преданных своему делу людей со всей Европы!».

Среди самых «свежих» членов ALDA можно указать Центр развития Ново Место, ООО по консультированию и развитию; из муниципалитета Гросупле; и муниципалитета Иванчна Горица. Благодаря опыту Ассоциации развития волонтерства в г. Ново Место, они узнали о потенциальных возможностях, открывающихся в Европе и стали частью консолидированной европейской организации ALDA.

ALDA рада приветствовать их в своей сети и надеется на плодотворное сотрудничество!

Полезные ссылки:
Члены ALDA из Словении
Как стать членом ALDA


ALDA i Slovenija! Sve više i više slovenačkih članova se pridružuju mreži

Broj slovenačkih članova ALDA se stalno povećava tokom poslednjih meseci, zahvaljujući sinergijskoj aktivnosti ALDA i našeg dugogodišnjeg člana “Udruženja za razvoj volonterskog rada Novo Mesto”.

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Saradnja sa Udruženjem za razvoj volonterskog rada Novo Mesto datira od 2010., koje je učestvovalo u brojnim projektima zajedno sa ALDA – uključujući  DECIDE i WeNet, da pomenemo samo neke.

Poslednjoj Generalna skupština ALDA u maju prošle godine u Parizu je prisustvovala šira delegacije iz Slovenije: Zajedno sa Mitjom Bukovec, koordinatorom projekta Udruženja, prisustvovala je i Nataša Jakopin iz opštine Novo Mesto, potpuno novog člana ALDA u to vrem. “Skupština je neverovatna prilika da se upoznamo sa mogućnostima saradnje sa ALDA, kao i sa članovima Upravnog odbora, čitavim timom ALDA, kao i ostalim učesnicima”, izjavila je gospođa Jakopin. “To je zaista inspirativno, imati priliku da raspravljamo o važnim pitanjima i tražimo rešenja za lokalne zajednice sa obaveštenim i posvećenim ljudima iz cele Evrope!”.

Među najnovijim članovima ALDA tu su: Centar za razvoj, Novo Mesto, Konsultacije i razvoj doo; Opština Grosuplje; i Opština Ivančna Gorica. Zahvaljujući iskustvu iz prve ruke, Udruženja za razvoj volonterskog rada Novo Mesto, oni su uvideli potencijale otvaranja svojih vrata Evropi, postajući deo objedinjene evropske organizacije kao što je ALDA.

ALDA im želi toplu dobrodošlicu u svojoj mreži, i raduje se plodnoj saradnji!

Korisni izvori:
Slovenački članovi ALDA
Kako postati član ALDA

ألدا تشعر بسلوفينيا. ما انفك عدد السلوفينيين الذين التحقوا بالشبكة يتضاعف

ما انفك عدد الأعضاء السلوفينيين, الذين التحقوا بألدا خلال الأشهر الماضية, يتضاعف, وذلك بفضل الأنشطة المتناغمة بين ألدا وعضوتنا التي التحقت بشبكتنا منذ وقت طويل “جمعية نوفو موسترو لتنمية العمل التطوعي”.

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يعود التعاون مع جمعية نوفو موسترو لتنمية العمل التطوعي إلى سنة 2010 حيث أن الجمعية شاركت في عدد من المشاريع المشتركة مع ألدا – بما في ذلك دسايد ووي نت, على سبيل الذكر لا الحصر.

شهدت آخر جمعية عامة, نظمتها ألدا خلال شهر ماي (آيار) الماضي بباريس, حضور وفد كبير من سلوفينيا: إضافة إلى متيا بيكوفاتش, منسقة مشروع الجمعية, ناتاشا ياكوبن من بلدية نوفو ماسترو, عضو جديد التحق لتوه بألدا. “مثلت الجمعية فرصة رائعة للاطلاع على كافة فرص التعاون مع ألدا, وكذلك مجلس اإدارة والموظفين والعديد من المشاركين الآخرين” كما جاء على لسان السيدة ياكوبن.
من بين آخر الأعضاء الذين التحقوا بألدا حديثا, نذكر مركز نوفو ميسترو للتنمية والاستشارة والتنمية المحدودة وبلدية غروسبلي وبلدية إيفشنا غرريكا. بفضل التجربة الفريدة والمباشرة التي تتمتع بها جمعية نوفو موسترو لتنمية العمل التطوعي, أدرك المسؤولون هناك أهمية استغلال كافة الإمكانات المتعلقة بفتح أبوابهم أمام أوروبا لكي يصبحوا جزءا لا يتجزأ من منظمة أوروبية قوية وفاعلة مثل ألدا.
ألدا سعيدة بالترحيب بكم صلب شبكتها وتتطلع إلى إقامة علاقات تعاون مفيدة ومثمرة معكم.

روابط مفيدة:
أعضاء ألدا السلوفينيين
كيف تصبح عضوا بألدا

 

 

 

In the picture: Nataša Jakopin, from Municipality of Novo Mesto, receives a member certificate awarded by ALDA and the Congress of the Council of Europe on the occasion of ALDA General Assembly meeting in Paris, May 2016 

The number of Slovenian members of ALDA kept increasing over the last months, thanks to the synergic activity of ALDA and our long time member “Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto”.

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The collaboration with the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto dates back to 2010, and the Association has participated in a number of projects together with ALDA – including DECIDE и WeNet, to name a few.

The last General Assembly of ALDA last May in Paris was attended by a wider delegation from Slovenia: together with Mitja Bukovec, Project Coordinator of the Association, Nataša Jakopin from the Municipality of Novo Mesto, brand new member of ALDA at the time, attended. “The Assembly was an incredible occasion to get to know the possibilities of cooperation with ALDA, as well as the Board and staff members, and other participants”, stated Mrs Jakopin. “It is really inspiring discussing important issues and searching solutions for local communities with knowledgeable, dedicated people from all over Europe!”.

Among the most recent members joining ALDA there are Development Centre Novo Mesto, Consultation and Development Ltd; the Muncipality of Grosuplje; and the Municipality of Ivančna Gorica. Thanks to the first-hand experiences of the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto, they understood the potentialities of opening their doors to Europe and become part of a consolidated European organization such as ALDA.

ALDA is glad to welcome them in its network, and looks forward to a fruitful cooperation!

Useful resources:

Slovenian members of ALDA
How to become a member of ALDA


ALDA aime la Slovénie ! Les membres slovènes sont de plus en plus nombreux dans le réseau

Ces derniers mois, les membres slovènes sont de plus en plus nombreux à se joindre au réseau d’ALDA, grâce à la synergie des activités d’ALDA et à notre membre, l’ « Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto » (Association pour développer le volontariat – Novo Mesto).

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La collaboration avec l’ « Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto » date de 2010, et depuis,  l’Association a participé dans un grand nombre de projets en partenariat avec ALDA – entre autre les projets DECIDE et WeNet.

Une grande délégation de Slovénie a répondu présente à l’Assemblée Générale de l’ALDA en mai 2016 à Paris parmi lesquels étaient : Mitja Bukovec, Coordinateur de projet de l’ « Association for Developing Voluntary Work » et Nataša Jakopin, représentante de la Municipalité de Novo Mesto, en tant que nouveau membre d’ALDA. « L’Assemblée était une très bonne occasion pour se renseigner sur les possibilités de coopération avec ALDA, ainsi que de rencontrer les membres du Conseil d’administration et de l’équipe d’ALDA et les nombreux partenaires. », a déclaré Mme Jakopin. « C’est très enrichissant d’échanger sur les problèmes importants et de chercher ensemble des solutions pour les communautés locales avec des personnes compétentes et dévouées de toute l’Europe ! »

Les nouveaux membres d’ALDA sont l’organisation « Development Centre Novo Mesto » ; l’organisation « Consultation and Development Ltd » ; la Municipalité de Grosuplje; et la Municipalité d’Ivančna Gorica. Grâce à l’expérience de l’ « Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto » avec l’ALDA, ils ont découvert le potentiel que représente l’ouverutre de leur porte à l’Europe et de prendre part à une organisation européenne telle qu’ALDA.

ALDA a le plaisir de les accueillir dans son réseau et se réjouit à la perspective d’une coopération fructueuse !

Liens utiles:
Membres slovènes d’ALDA
Comment devenir un membre d’ALDA


La Slovenia c’è e si sente! Tanti nuovi soci sloveni si aggiungono al network di ALDA

Il numero dei soci sloveni che si uniscono ad ALDA è cresciuto negli ultimi mesi grazie alle attività in sinergia con il socio consolidato “Associazione per lo Sviluppo del Lavoro Volontario Novo Mesto”.

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La collaborazione con l’Associazione per lo Sviluppo del Lavoro Volontario Novo Mesto ha avuto inizio nel 2010, e l’Associazione ha partecipato attivamente a numerosi progetti con ALDA – compresi i progetti DECIDE e We-Net, per citarne alcuni.

All’ultima Assemblea Generale di ALDA tenutasi lo scorso maggio a Parigi, ha partecipato una consistente delegazione slovena: tra i partecipanti Mitja Bukovec, Coordinatore di Progetto dell’Associazione, e Nataša Jakopin, rappresentante del comune di Novo Mesto, diventato socio proprio in quel periodo. “L’Assemblea è stata un’incredibile occasione per scoprire le possibilità di cooperazione con ALDA, e per conoscerne il Consiglio Direttivo, lo staff, e gli altri partecipanti”, ha dichiarato Nataša Jakopin. “È davvero stimolante discutere di questioni importanti e cercare soluzioni per le comunità locali assieme a persone competenti e dedicate da tutta Europa!”.

Tra i recenti nuovi soci che si sono uniti ad ALDA c’è il Centro di Sviluppo Novo Mesto per la Consultazione e lo Sviluppo, il comune di Grosuplje, ed il comune di Ivančna Gorica. Grazie all’esperienza esemplare dall’Associazione per lo Sviluppo del Lavoro Volontario Novo Mesto, tutti gli altri hanno compreso il potenziale nell’aprire le porte all’Europa diventando parte di una consolidata organizzazione europea come lo è ALDA.

ALDA è felice di dare il benvenuto ai nuovi soci nel network, e non vede l’ora di intraprendere una fruttuosa cooperazione.

Risorse utili:
Soci sloveni di ALDA
Come diventare socio di ALDA


ALDA «словениизируется»! Все больше и больше членов из Словении присоединиться к сети

Число словенских членов в ALDA продолжало расти в течение последних месяцев благодаря синергии деятельности ALDA и нашего старого члена – Ассоциации развития волонтерства в г. Ново Место.

***
Сотрудничество с Ассоциацией развития волонтерства в г. Ново Место стартовало с 2010 года; Ассоциация приняла участие в ряде совместных проектов с ALDA, включая проекты DECIDE и WeNeT.

На последнем заседании Генеральной Ассамблеи ALDA в мае прошлого года в Париже приняла участие делегация из Словении: Митя Буковец, координатор проекта Ассоциации, Наташа Якопин, муниципалитет Ново Место, новый член ALDA на то время. «Ассамблея стала отличным поводом узнать возможности сотрудничества с ALDA, а также познакомиться с руководством и сотрудниками, а также другими участниками», – заявила г-жа Якопин. «Это действительно вдохновляет на обсуждение важных вопросов и поиска решений для местных общин, знающих и преданных своему делу людей со всей Европы!».

Среди самых «свежих» членов ALDA можно указать Центр развития Ново Место, ООО по консультированию и развитию; из муниципалитета Гросупле; и муниципалитета Иванчна Горица. Благодаря опыту Ассоциации развития волонтерства в г. Ново Место, они узнали о потенциальных возможностях, открывающихся в Европе и стали частью консолидированной европейской организации ALDA.

ALDA рада приветствовать их в своей сети и надеется на плодотворное сотрудничество!

Полезные ссылки:
Члены ALDA из Словении
Как стать членом ALDA


ALDA i Slovenija! Sve više i više slovenačkih članova se pridružuju mreži

Broj slovenačkih članova ALDA se stalno povećava tokom poslednjih meseci, zahvaljujući sinergijskoj aktivnosti ALDA i našeg dugogodišnjeg člana “Udruženja za razvoj volonterskog rada Novo Mesto”.

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Saradnja sa Udruženjem za razvoj volonterskog rada Novo Mesto datira od 2010., koje je učestvovalo u brojnim projektima zajedno sa ALDA – uključujući  DECIDE i WeNet, da pomenemo samo neke.

Poslednjoj Generalna skupština ALDA u maju prošle godine u Parizu je prisustvovala šira delegacije iz Slovenije: Zajedno sa Mitjom Bukovec, koordinatorom projekta Udruženja, prisustvovala je i Nataša Jakopin iz opštine Novo Mesto, potpuno novog člana ALDA u to vrem. “Skupština je neverovatna prilika da se upoznamo sa mogućnostima saradnje sa ALDA, kao i sa članovima Upravnog odbora, čitavim timom ALDA, kao i ostalim učesnicima”, izjavila je gospođa Jakopin. “To je zaista inspirativno, imati priliku da raspravljamo o važnim pitanjima i tražimo rešenja za lokalne zajednice sa obaveštenim i posvećenim ljudima iz cele Evrope!”.

Među najnovijim članovima ALDA tu su: Centar za razvoj, Novo Mesto, Konsultacije i razvoj doo; Opština Grosuplje; i Opština Ivančna Gorica. Zahvaljujući iskustvu iz prve ruke, Udruženja za razvoj volonterskog rada Novo Mesto, oni su uvideli potencijale otvaranja svojih vrata Evropi, postajući deo objedinjene evropske organizacije kao što je ALDA.

ALDA im želi toplu dobrodošlicu u svojoj mreži, i raduje se plodnoj saradnji!

Korisni izvori:
Slovenački članovi ALDA
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ألدا تشعر بسلوفينيا. ما انفك عدد السلوفينيين الذين التحقوا بالشبكة يتضاعف

ما انفك عدد الأعضاء السلوفينيين, الذين التحقوا بألدا خلال الأشهر الماضية, يتضاعف, وذلك بفضل الأنشطة المتناغمة بين ألدا وعضوتنا التي التحقت بشبكتنا منذ وقت طويل “جمعية نوفو موسترو لتنمية العمل التطوعي”.

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يعود التعاون مع جمعية نوفو موسترو لتنمية العمل التطوعي إلى سنة 2010 حيث أن الجمعية شاركت في عدد من المشاريع المشتركة مع ألدا – بما في ذلك دسايد ووي نت, على سبيل الذكر لا الحصر.

شهدت آخر جمعية عامة, نظمتها ألدا خلال شهر ماي (آيار) الماضي بباريس, حضور وفد كبير من سلوفينيا: إضافة إلى متيا بيكوفاتش, منسقة مشروع الجمعية, ناتاشا ياكوبن من بلدية نوفو ماسترو, عضو جديد التحق لتوه بألدا. “مثلت الجمعية فرصة رائعة للاطلاع على كافة فرص التعاون مع ألدا, وكذلك مجلس اإدارة والموظفين والعديد من المشاركين الآخرين” كما جاء على لسان السيدة ياكوبن.
من بين آخر الأعضاء الذين التحقوا بألدا حديثا, نذكر مركز نوفو ميسترو للتنمية والاستشارة والتنمية المحدودة وبلدية غروسبلي وبلدية إيفشنا غرريكا. بفضل التجربة الفريدة والمباشرة التي تتمتع بها جمعية نوفو موسترو لتنمية العمل التطوعي, أدرك المسؤولون هناك أهمية استغلال كافة الإمكانات المتعلقة بفتح أبوابهم أمام أوروبا لكي يصبحوا جزءا لا يتجزأ من منظمة أوروبية قوية وفاعلة مثل ألدا.
ألدا سعيدة بالترحيب بكم صلب شبكتها وتتطلع إلى إقامة علاقات تعاون مفيدة ومثمرة معكم.

روابط مفيدة:
أعضاء ألدا السلوفينيين
كيف تصبح عضوا بألدا

 

 

In the picture: Nataša Jakopin, from Municipality of Novo Mesto, receives a member certificate awarded by ALDA and the Congress of the Council of Europe on the occasion of ALDA General Assembly meeting in Paris, May 2016 


Cultural heritage as a key to civic participation. CHOICE project in Ukraine

Within the activities of the EU-funded project CHOICE, Ihor Savcha from the Centre for Cultural Management visited Albertyna Buchynska and Roman Tarnavsky, Coordinators of the re-granted activities in Boryslav (Ukraine). The short interview highlights the key achievements of the action, and the strong link between cultural heritage and local civic participation.

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What kind of activities have you implemented by now?
We have held a joint meeting with the municipality of the Boryslav town where we have presented the project and discussed possible ways of partnership in order to make the best use of the activities planned for the development of local community.
The archive, print and historical sources about the monuments in Boryslav and Skhidnytsya were analysed by scientific experts of the Project. The objects for the catalogue were separated and the materials about them were collected.
The 85 separated objects were included in the catalogue of historical and cultural monuments of Boryslav and Skhidnytsya. The catalogue is published on the web page. The filling of e-catalogue lasts and will be complete in November 2016.

How many citizens have you involved?

Some 50 inhabitants of the town have participated in the activities within the project already – municipality officers, local entrepreneurs, historians, museum professionals, civil society activists.

What is your main success?

The project attracted the attention of local authorities, and Ihor Yavorsky, Mayor of Boryslav, has pledged the support the project at all levels. Co-financing of the project from local budget has been secured in addition to the major financial support provided by the European Union.

Five excursion thematic routes for tourists are worked out:

  • regional-historical route;
  • historically-industrial route;
  • sacral route;
  • pilgrim route;
  • literary and artistic route.
The selected routes will be presented in maps and guidebooks, to be printed within the project.
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The project “CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement” is funded by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

Led by ALDA, it aims at enhancing civil society’s role and to build its capacities to develop a heritage-friendly living environment in Belarus, Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine.


For further information about CHOICE, please contact Nino TVALTVADZE, ALDA Eastern Partnership Coordinator – nino.tvaltvadze@aldaintranet.org

Within the activities of the EU-funded project CHOICE, Ihor Savcha from the Centre for Cultural Management visited Albertyna Buchynska and Roman Tarnavsky, Coordinators of the re-granted activities in Boryslav (Ukraine). The short interview highlights the key achievements of the action, and the strong link between cultural heritage and local civic participation.

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What kind of activities have you implemented by now?
We have held a joint meeting with the municipality of the Boryslav town where we have presented the project and discussed possible ways of partnership in order to make the best use of the activities planned for the development of local community.
The archive, print and historical sources about the monuments in Boryslav and Skhidnytsya were analysed by scientific experts of the Project. The objects for the catalogue were separated and the materials about them were collected.
The 85 separated objects were included in the catalogue of historical and cultural monuments of Boryslav and Skhidnytsya. The catalogue is published on the web page. The filling of e-catalogue lasts and will be complete in November 2016.

How many citizens have you involved?

Some 50 inhabitants of the town have participated in the activities within the project already – municipality officers, local entrepreneurs, historians, museum professionals, civil society activists.

What is your main success?

The project attracted the attention of local authorities, and Ihor Yavorsky, Mayor of Boryslav, has pledged the support the project at all levels. Co-financing of the project from local budget has been secured in addition to the major financial support provided by the European Union.

Five excursion thematic routes for tourists are worked out:

  • regional-historical route;
  • historically-industrial route;
  • sacral route;
  • pilgrim route;
  • literary and artistic route.
The selected routes will be presented in maps and guidebooks, to be printed within the project.
***
The project “CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement” is funded by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

Led by ALDA, it aims at enhancing civil society’s role and to build its capacities to develop a heritage-friendly living environment in Belarus, Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine.


For further information about CHOICE, please contact Nino TVALTVADZE, ALDA Eastern Partnership Coordinator – nino.tvaltvadze@aldaintranet.org


SDG Watch Europe’s reaction to the EC Communication on European Action for Sustainability

On 22 November, the European Commission published a package of three Communications which includes a proposal for the new Consensus for Development, the building blocks for a renewed Partnership with partner countries and the Communication on the next steps for a Sustainable European Future.

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Representing a cross-sectoral alliance of Civil Society Organizations, the SDG Watch Europe read carefully the documents and expressed its concerns, especially with regards to the third document, the so called “Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future – European action for sustainability”.

From SDG Watch Europe perspective, the EC Communication does not provide enough information on how the EU intends to transform the Agenda 2030 into a reality in Europe or around the world. Particularly, SDG Watch Europe is concerned by the lack of clear European road-map for the implementation of the SDGs, despite the fact the “Agenda 2030” was adopted more than one year ago. The Communication does not define, nor mention, the need of creating an EU Sustainable Development Strategy with a 2030 timeline and it does not incorporate it to the EU internal and external action. In addition, the SDG Watch Europe alliance stresses the lack of constructive consultation and cooperation between the EC and the European civil society in the preparation of the above mentioned Communication. “Agenda 2030” promotes an open, participatory and inclusive multi-stakeholders approach, which was not taken into account in the process of “mapping” existing EU policy frameworks, and identifying the gaps in relation to SDGs commitments..

As a conclusion, SDG Watch Europe stated that “It will be impossible to implement the vision of Agenda 2030 without changing current EU and Member State policies and paradigms to become more coherent with the Sustainable Development Goals”, adding “There is little, if anything, in the substance of the EC Communication just published which suggests that the European Commission understands this reality or is prepared to take the necessary steps to realise the transformative vision of Agenda 2030, within the EU or in its external action”.

SDG Watch Europe is an informal, civil society alliance of more than 70 organisations working in Europe and beyond on development, environmental, social, human rights and other issues. We have come together to support the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the EU and its Member States. ALDA & the LADDER Project are part of this alliance.

 

Useful Links:

SDG Watch Europe: Statement on the European Commission’s Communication on European action for sustainability

European Commission’s Communications: Next steps for a Sustainable European Future

On 22 November, the European Commission published a package of three Communications which includes a proposal for the new Consensus for Development, the building blocks for a renewed Partnership with partner countries and the Communication on the next steps for a Sustainable European Future.

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Representing a cross-sectoral alliance of Civil Society Organizations, the SDG Watch Europe read carefully the documents and expressed its concerns, especially with regards to the third document, the so called “Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future – European action for sustainability”.

From SDG Watch Europe perspective, the EC Communication does not provide enough information on how the EU intends to transform the Agenda 2030 into a reality in Europe or around the world. Particularly, SDG Watch Europe is concerned by the lack of clear European road-map for the implementation of the SDGs, despite the fact the “Agenda 2030” was adopted more than one year ago. The Communication does not define, nor mention, the need of creating an EU Sustainable Development Strategy with a 2030 timeline and it does not incorporate it to the EU internal and external action. In addition, the SDG Watch Europe alliance stresses the lack of constructive consultation and cooperation between the EC and the European civil society in the preparation of the above mentioned Communication. “Agenda 2030” promotes an open, participatory and inclusive multi-stakeholders approach, which was not taken into account in the process of “mapping” existing EU policy frameworks, and identifying the gaps in relation to SDGs commitments..

As a conclusion, SDG Watch Europe stated that “It will be impossible to implement the vision of Agenda 2030 without changing current EU and Member State policies and paradigms to become more coherent with the Sustainable Development Goals”, adding “There is little, if anything, in the substance of the EC Communication just published which suggests that the European Commission understands this reality or is prepared to take the necessary steps to realise the transformative vision of Agenda 2030, within the EU or in its external action”.

SDG Watch Europe is an informal, civil society alliance of more than 70 organisations working in Europe and beyond on development, environmental, social, human rights and other issues. We have come together to support the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the EU and its Member States. ALDA & the LADDER Project are part of this alliance.

 

Useful Links:

SDG Watch Europe: Statement on the European Commission’s Communication on European action for sustainability

European Commission’s Communications: Next steps for a Sustainable European Future


Nov. 25: ALDA vice president reiterates commitment to equal formal and substantive opportunity

“ALDA’s adherence to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is not intended to be a formal fact derived from a generic intention.

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ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, has experienced directly and through the Local Democracy Agencies established in the Balkans the tragedy and the violence perpetrated against defenseless citizens, especially women, during the recent war. Through its activity ithas experienced the abuses and humiliations that women in other parts of the world have suffered and are continuing to suffer, often not denounced for fear or fear of repercussions, even in European countries.

Among the values on which our work is based, it is fundamental to protect and defend women from those violence that is not only physical, but made of moral and concrete penalties in life and in the workplace, as well as injuries to dignity. The equal opportunities mentioned in words in many constitutions or statutes of States must find normative and legislative applications and must be ensured in practice.

The celebration of November 25 is an active testimony by ALDA of a commitment that we intend to pursue and reconfirm in our activities, towards local authorities, among citizens”.

Alessandro Perelli, Vice President of ALDA
International Relations of the Autonomous Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia

“ALDA’s adherence to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is not intended to be a formal fact derived from a generic intention.

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ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, has experienced directly and through the Local Democracy Agencies established in the Balkans the tragedy and the violence perpetrated against defenseless citizens, especially women, during the recent war. Through its activity ithas experienced the abuses and humiliations that women in other parts of the world have suffered and are continuing to suffer, often not denounced for fear or fear of repercussions, even in European countries.

Among the values on which our work is based, it is fundamental to protect and defend women from those violence that is not only physical, but made of moral and concrete penalties in life and in the workplace, as well as injuries to dignity. The equal opportunities mentioned in words in many constitutions or statutes of States must find normative and legislative applications and must be ensured in practice.

The celebration of November 25 is an active testimony by ALDA of a commitment that we intend to pursue and reconfirm in our activities, towards local authorities, among citizens”.

Alessandro Perelli, Vice President of ALDA
International Relations of the Autonomous Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Young Macedonians explored the First World War, reconciliation and conflict prevention process in Bitola

The training “Exploring the battlefield of the First World War through multimedia” took place on 18th and 19th of November 2016 in Bitola (Macedonia). Thank to several experts, invited by ALDA Skopje, 30 young pupils from Bitola, Skopje, Strumica, Bogdanci, Dojran and Tetovo deepened their knowledge on the history of WW1 in Macedonia.
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The training was the first step of “The role of youth in conflict prevention (through prism of WW1)” project and other two events will take place until March 2017. The aim of the project is to contribute to the conflict prevention through organising public awareness activities in high schools around the geopolitical reasoning of the WW1, the British contribution to WW1 battles in Macedonia, and the lessons learned from this conflict. Coordinated by ALDA Skopje and supported by British Embassy Skopje.
During the event, youngsters learned the general context, historical and geographical aspects of the War and then analysed maps, pictures, videos, official and political communication during that time. They discussed various ways to decode and interpret messages transmitted through the visual media. Taking it further, the youngsters were invited to talk about peace, conflict prevention and particularly the role of Youth in the Reconciliation process. Finally, during an interactive exercise they described their perfect society as the place where there is more tolerance, peace and justice for all.
In the evening, young people were invited to watch the documentary «Battle of the Somme», from the perspective of the British army, filmed in 1916 during the Great War. They prolonged it by a discussion on Saturday morning, exchanging their impressions and understanding of the film.
The training continued on the mountain Pelister, overlooking the city of Bitola (located in the heart of the battles), where the group had the opportunity to visit and document the remainders of the German trenches of the Eastern Front line. The training was concluded by presentation of the photography collection of Manaki Brothers, the first photographers of the Balkan Region. It brought a testimony of army and civilian daily life during the conflict, and the visual memory of the Great War.

The training “Exploring the battlefield of the First World War through multimedia” took place on 18th and 19th of November 2016 in Bitola (Macedonia). Thank to several experts, invited by ALDA Skopje, 30 young pupils from Bitola, Skopje, Strumica, Bogdanci, Dojran and Tetovo deepened their knowledge on the history of WW1 in Macedonia.
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The training was the first step of “The role of youth in conflict prevention (through prism of WW1)” project and other two events will take place until March 2017. The aim of the project is to contribute to the conflict prevention through organising public awareness activities in high schools around the geopolitical reasoning of the WW1, the British contribution to WW1 battles in Macedonia, and the lessons learned from this conflict. Coordinated by ALDA Skopje and supported by British Embassy Skopje.
During the event, youngsters learned the general context, historical and geographical aspects of the War and then analysed maps, pictures, videos, official and political communication during that time. They discussed various ways to decode and interpret messages transmitted through the visual media. Taking it further, the youngsters were invited to talk about peace, conflict prevention and particularly the role of Youth in the Reconciliation process. Finally, during an interactive exercise they described their perfect society as the place where there is more tolerance, peace and justice for all.
In the evening, young people were invited to watch the documentary «Battle of the Somme», from the perspective of the British army, filmed in 1916 during the Great War. They prolonged it by a discussion on Saturday morning, exchanging their impressions and understanding of the film.
The training continued on the mountain Pelister, overlooking the city of Bitola (located in the heart of the battles), where the group had the opportunity to visit and document the remainders of the German trenches of the Eastern Front line. The training was concluded by presentation of the photography collection of Manaki Brothers, the first photographers of the Balkan Region. It brought a testimony of army and civilian daily life during the conflict, and the visual memory of the Great War.


Radio interview on local democracy and awareness raising

In the framework of the European Local Democracy Week (an initiative of the Council of Europe) in Greece, University of Patras Radio Up Fm interviewed LADDER project manager, Nikos Gamouras on the importance of local democarcy and the ongoing activities regarding awareness raising.
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The questions of the journalists focused on the role that local stakeholders have to play in the education and cultural inclusion in the environment of refugee flows, as well as the importance of Local Democracy. Among others, the challenges of “remaining local”, supporting local stakeholders and the opportunities that the network of ALDA offers to different stakeholders were discussed.
By representing both ALDA and experience in LADDER project, Mr Gamouras shared the challenges local authorities and CSOs face  when implementing activities and engaging citizens. He stressed the importance of informing citizens and engaging them in those contexts, taking strongly into accountthe local realities, involving citizens and communities while addressing the needs and issues of the global level, a position that ALDA is promoting since its early years of existence.
Useful links:

In the framework of the European Local Democracy Week (an initiative of the Council of Europe) in Greece, University of Patras Radio Up Fm interviewed LADDER project manager, Nikos Gamouras on the importance of local democarcy and the ongoing activities regarding awareness raising.
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The questions of the journalists focused on the role that local stakeholders have to play in the education and cultural inclusion in the environment of refugee flows, as well as the importance of Local Democracy. Among others, the challenges of “remaining local”, supporting local stakeholders and the opportunities that the network of ALDA offers to different stakeholders were discussed.
By representing both ALDA and experience in LADDER project, Mr Gamouras shared the challenges local authorities and CSOs face  when implementing activities and engaging citizens. He stressed the importance of informing citizens and engaging them in those contexts, taking strongly into accountthe local realities, involving citizens and communities while addressing the needs and issues of the global level, a position that ALDA is promoting since its early years of existence.
Useful links:


Annual training of volunteer coordinators in Sisak (Croatia)

During October and November 2016, Local Democracy Agency Sisak – ALDA Operating partner – organised a four-day intensive training for volunteer coordinators, based on a Croatian Network of Volunteer Centre curriculum.
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The training is part of the projects “Sisak Volunteer’ Network" и "Volunteer’ Centre Sisak” which LDA Sisak implements in partnership with City of Sisak and Centre for Social Welfare Sisak, Culture Home “Cristal cube of serenity” and Sisak Tourist Board. The training gathered 23 persons from 14 different associations and institutions in Sisak area. It was conducted by Mrs Jela Prgić Znika from the Volunteer Centre Zagreb and Mrs Paula Raužan from the LDA Sisak, on the premises offered by Centre for Social Welfare and Home for elderly and dependence people.
Participants were familiarised with the concept and values of volunteering, systematic approaches to manage the work of volunteers and to support them in developing competences required. Besides capacity building, the training has opened new cooperation opportunities for the future high-quality volunteer programs, focused on improvement of the life quality of the vulnerable and marginalised groups. All volunteer coordinators of the training will receive the Certificates of Qualification.
Participants say about the training: 
“Getting new contacts and meeting other stakeholders of our community is a valuable experience. It is important for networking, as well as for the further development of volunteering and volunteer programs.” – Ivona Hodak, Head of Children Home Vrbina.
“Excellent education. I, do, look forward to the future cooperation!” – Sadika Nazić, Children Home Vrbina.
“It was interesting and inspiring, I learned a lot! Keep me in the loop!” – Marijana Milas, Gymnasium Sisak.

Networking between associations and institutions contributes to the awareness raising of volunteering benefits, which is an important resource for proactive engagement that builds social cohesion and improves life quality of the local community.

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During October and November 2016, Local Democracy Agency Sisak – ALDA Operating partner – organised a four-day intensive training for volunteer coordinators, based on a Croatian Network of Volunteer Centre curriculum.
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The training is part of the projects “Sisak Volunteer’ Network" и "Volunteer’ Centre Sisak” which LDA Sisak implements in partnership with City of Sisak and Centre for Social Welfare Sisak, Culture Home “Cristal cube of serenity” and Sisak Tourist Board. The training gathered 23 persons from 14 different associations and institutions in Sisak area. It was conducted by Mrs Jela Prgić Znika from the Volunteer Centre Zagreb and Mrs Paula Raužan from the LDA Sisak, on the premises offered by Centre for Social Welfare and Home for elderly and dependence people.
Participants were familiarised with the concept and values of volunteering, systematic approaches to manage the work of volunteers and to support them in developing competences required. Besides capacity building, the training has opened new cooperation opportunities for the future high-quality volunteer programs, focused on improvement of the life quality of the vulnerable and marginalised groups. All volunteer coordinators of the training will receive the Certificates of Qualification.
Participants say about the training: 
“Getting new contacts and meeting other stakeholders of our community is a valuable experience. It is important for networking, as well as for the further development of volunteering and volunteer programs.” – Ivona Hodak, Head of Children Home Vrbina.
“Excellent education. I, do, look forward to the future cooperation!” – Sadika Nazić, Children Home Vrbina.
“It was interesting and inspiring, I learned a lot! Keep me in the loop!” – Marijana Milas, Gymnasium Sisak.

Networking between associations and institutions contributes to the awareness raising of volunteering benefits, which is an important resource for proactive engagement that builds social cohesion and improves life quality of the local community.

Photo gallery


Sarajevo-Aleppo, 20 years after

The conference on “Sarajevo-Aleppo, 20 years after” took place in Torino at Polo del ‘900, on Friday 18 November, organised by the Embassy of the LDA Zavidovići ONLUS.
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The event, moderated by William Bonapace, offered an important occasion to discuss about the two conflicts, guided by the expertise of Maria Perino (member of ALDA’s Advisory Board and Researcher at the Department of Social Research of the University of Eastern Piedmont), Agostino Zanotti (Embassy of the LDA Zavidovići ONLUS), Monica Cerutti, Christian Costamagna, Enrico Da Vià and Simona Sordo.
The conference aimed at analysing and comparing the conflict of early ’90 in the Balkans and the one experienced in these days in Syria, with a particular attention to the welcoming of refugees, the humanitarian aid, and the approach of European Institutions, local authorities, civil society organisations and citizens towards the issue. The Embassy of the LDA Zavidovići, has always been directly involved in activities of solidarity regarding the Balkans, and in particular Bosnia and Herzegovina. After 20 years, the crucial values that still need to be defended are the same: activism, decentralised cooperation, grass root engagement, humanitarian corridors, wide welcoming, involvement of local authorities, international twinning activities, the concept of community, and many more.
A shared commitment was experienced through all activities run 20 years ago, starting by the engagement of citizens and involving the whole Europe. And now? How did we change, how our approach changed, and which is the European welcoming approach towards refugees today?
Further analysis followed in the discussion, trying to define the historical and political reasons that brought to the current situation, and how local authorities and civil society organisations can work together to let welcomed and welcoming people meet together, in order to know each other and facilitate the inclusion in personal, social and working life, helped by a civic and linguistic education and support.
Knowing each other is a sensitive moment, in which unexpected phobias can pop up. The result of the meeting is a patchwork of feeling – How do I perceive the other? How do I describe the other? Do I tend to build a bridge or a wall between me and the other? But also, how much am I responsible for the situation affecting the other?
A very participative conference, where lot of questions, answers and reflections raised. And conflicts, phobias, urgencies apart, there is maybe a quote that can make us more flexible and sensitive to the issue of reception and welcoming:
“There seems to be in the man, as in the bird, a need for migration, a vital need to feel elsewhere.”
Margurite Yourcenar
The need of moving and being somewhere else is natural and commonly shared by all human beings. When it is done for an external need or urgency, that affects human dignity and human life itself, it deserves even more to be helped and facilitated.

The conference on “Sarajevo-Aleppo, 20 years after” took place in Torino at Polo del ‘900, on Friday 18 November, organised by the Embassy of the LDA Zavidovići ONLUS.
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The event, moderated by William Bonapace, offered an important occasion to discuss about the two conflicts, guided by the expertise of Maria Perino (member of ALDA’s Advisory Board and Researcher at the Department of Social Research of the University of Eastern Piedmont), Agostino Zanotti (Embassy of the LDA Zavidovići ONLUS), Monica Cerutti, Christian Costamagna, Enrico Da Vià and Simona Sordo.
The conference aimed at analysing and comparing the conflict of early ’90 in the Balkans and the one experienced in these days in Syria, with a particular attention to the welcoming of refugees, the humanitarian aid, and the approach of European Institutions, local authorities, civil society organisations and citizens towards the issue. The Embassy of the LDA Zavidovići, has always been directly involved in activities of solidarity regarding the Balkans, and in particular Bosnia and Herzegovina. After 20 years, the crucial values that still need to be defended are the same: activism, decentralised cooperation, grass root engagement, humanitarian corridors, wide welcoming, involvement of local authorities, international twinning activities, the concept of community, and many more.
A shared commitment was experienced through all activities run 20 years ago, starting by the engagement of citizens and involving the whole Europe. And now? How did we change, how our approach changed, and which is the European welcoming approach towards refugees today?
Further analysis followed in the discussion, trying to define the historical and political reasons that brought to the current situation, and how local authorities and civil society organisations can work together to let welcomed and welcoming people meet together, in order to know each other and facilitate the inclusion in personal, social and working life, helped by a civic and linguistic education and support.
Knowing each other is a sensitive moment, in which unexpected phobias can pop up. The result of the meeting is a patchwork of feeling – How do I perceive the other? How do I describe the other? Do I tend to build a bridge or a wall between me and the other? But also, how much am I responsible for the situation affecting the other?
A very participative conference, where lot of questions, answers and reflections raised. And conflicts, phobias, urgencies apart, there is maybe a quote that can make us more flexible and sensitive to the issue of reception and welcoming:
“There seems to be in the man, as in the bird, a need for migration, a vital need to feel elsewhere.”
Margurite Yourcenar
The need of moving and being somewhere else is natural and commonly shared by all human beings. When it is done for an external need or urgency, that affects human dignity and human life itself, it deserves even more to be helped and facilitated.