“It is not too Late” campaign: exchange of best practices to fight discrimination and anti-Gypsysm

“It is not too Late” Awareness Raising Campaign officially ended. It was carried out in the framework of PAL project with the aim of raising awareness among relevant stakeholders and public opinion concerning the benefits and popularization of education and the need to assure access to education and to fight discrimination and anti-Gypsysm.

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The campaign lasted seven months, from November 2016 to May 2017. The heart of the campaign has been the “It’s not too late” conference of exchange of best practices, held in Praha in January 2017.

During the conference 188 participants coming from more than 9 EU countries (Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Belgium etc.) met and shared experiences and best practices about inclusion of Roma people within the educational system collected in their countries. The contents of  “It’s not too late” campaign have been also in Turkey, Albania and Croatia.

Twenty local events across Europe were organized and/or attended by PAL partners: public events; presentation of reports, books and films; roundtables; meetings with private and public actors and stakeholders. “It is not too Late” campaign was addressed both to Roma youngsters, with the aim of raising awareness about the benefits of education, and to non Roma people, in order to let them understand the need to assure a full inclusion in school service to Roma families as a tool for overcoming reciprocal distrust.

More than 2000 people (experts, trainers, social workers, cultural mediators, NGOs, politicians, researchers, etc.) have been directly and indirectly impacted by “It is not too Late” campaign. Best practices collected in each country have been analysed and shared. PAL project partners collected a number of best practices and they had the opportunity to analyse and compare different levels of Roma integration in each local context, relating to specific features of each country.

Different stories have been disseminated: projects carried out by Roma associations in theatre and music (Italy), daily centres in Roma settlements (Slovenia), public campaigns to explain the importance of education among Roma families (Romania), educational approaches for cooperative teaching (Hungary) as well as success stories of individuals (Greece).

Whilst taking into account the differences of each local context, “It is not too Late” campaign highlighted a common urgency to promote the issue of integration of Roma children and families in the educational system. Need of working directly with young people emerged, as well as the important role played by the European Union, that is the heart of process of inclusion of Roma people in the mainstream educational system, by overcoming the delays of national governments in the implementation of active inclusion policies.

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Project PAL
Official video of “It is not too late” Awareness Raising Campaign

“It is not too Late” Awareness Raising Campaign officially ended. It was carried out in the framework of PAL project with the aim of raising awareness among relevant stakeholders and public opinion concerning the benefits and popularization of education and the need to assure access to education and to fight discrimination and anti-Gypsysm.

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The campaign lasted seven months, from November 2016 to May 2017. The heart of the campaign has been the “It’s not too late” conference of exchange of best practices, held in Praha in January 2017.

During the conference 188 participants coming from more than 9 EU countries (Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Belgium etc.) met and shared experiences and best practices about inclusion of Roma people within the educational system collected in their countries. The contents of  “It’s not too late” campaign have been also in Turkey, Albania and Croatia.

Twenty local events across Europe were organized and/or attended by PAL partners: public events; presentation of reports, books and films; roundtables; meetings with private and public actors and stakeholders. “It is not too Late” campaign was addressed both to Roma youngsters, with the aim of raising awareness about the benefits of education, and to non Roma people, in order to let them understand the need to assure a full inclusion in school service to Roma families as a tool for overcoming reciprocal distrust.

More than 2000 people (experts, trainers, social workers, cultural mediators, NGOs, politicians, researchers, etc.) have been directly and indirectly impacted by “It is not too Late” campaign. Best practices collected in each country have been analysed and shared. PAL project partners collected a number of best practices and they had the opportunity to analyse and compare different levels of Roma integration in each local context, relating to specific features of each country.

Different stories have been disseminated: projects carried out by Roma associations in theatre and music (Italy), daily centres in Roma settlements (Slovenia), public campaigns to explain the importance of education among Roma families (Romania), educational approaches for cooperative teaching (Hungary) as well as success stories of individuals (Greece).

Whilst taking into account the differences of each local context, “It is not too Late” campaign highlighted a common urgency to promote the issue of integration of Roma children and families in the educational system. Need of working directly with young people emerged, as well as the important role played by the European Union, that is the heart of process of inclusion of Roma people in the mainstream educational system, by overcoming the delays of national governments in the implementation of active inclusion policies.

Useful links:

Project PAL
Official video of “It is not too late” Awareness Raising Campaign


Urbanism: resilience, welcome and urban innovation

On 27 May 2017, ALDA joined forces with Science Po Paris, the City of Thessaloniki, the Institut Français de Thessaloniki, SOS Malta and the consortia LADDER and RE.CRI.RE to organise the international seminar “Urbanism: resilience, welcome and urban innovation” in Thessaloniki.

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The event is part of a set of raising awareness events on development education promoted by the Migration Path of LADDER project.

European cities face new challenges. Dealing with climate change or the refugees crisis are unheard engagements for local communities, which are obliged to develop innovative approaches at the same time. Emergencies require in fact quick actions and an inclination to innovate; while structural changes impose a long term view and complex negotiations. The seminar questioned the effort of cities to establish coherent strategies.

Cities have to combine some much needed urban transformations with a strategic approach. In particular, they have to prepare resilient answers to climate change, and sustain specific actions to welcome new arrivals and people in transit. In such a context, transformative and cooperative models of urban change acquire a greater importance, even more so when cities are struggling with the consequence of austerity.

The seminar was opened by a first panel on “EU and local policies for refuges: cities on the forefront”. Within this, fruitful contributions from the Coordinator of the Migration Path of LADDER, Ms Lorna Muscat (SOS Malta) and Ms Theodora Avgolidou (EGTC), Greek partner of the project LADDER, were brought in as inputs for discussion.

The first panel was followed by concrete experiences of policy makers at the local level such as the Deputy Mayor of the City of Thessaloniki and of the City of Rome. Finally, the last session of the seminar “Actions and development programme in Thessaloniki” proposed new solutions and actions via exchanges at transnational level to the local Greek context.

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Project RE.CRI.RE
Project LADDER

On 27 May 2017, ALDA joined forces with Science Po Paris, the City of Thessaloniki, the Institut Français de Thessaloniki, SOS Malta and the consortia LADDER and RE.CRI.RE to organise the international seminar “Urbanism: resilience, welcome and urban innovation” in Thessaloniki.

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The event is part of a set of raising awareness events on development education promoted by the Migration Path of LADDER project.

European cities face new challenges. Dealing with climate change or the refugees crisis are unheard engagements for local communities, which are obliged to develop innovative approaches at the same time. Emergencies require in fact quick actions and an inclination to innovate; while structural changes impose a long term view and complex negotiations. The seminar questioned the effort of cities to establish coherent strategies.

Cities have to combine some much needed urban transformations with a strategic approach. In particular, they have to prepare resilient answers to climate change, and sustain specific actions to welcome new arrivals and people in transit. In such a context, transformative and cooperative models of urban change acquire a greater importance, even more so when cities are struggling with the consequence of austerity.

The seminar was opened by a first panel on “EU and local policies for refuges: cities on the forefront”. Within this, fruitful contributions from the Coordinator of the Migration Path of LADDER, Ms Lorna Muscat (SOS Malta) and Ms Theodora Avgolidou (EGTC), Greek partner of the project LADDER, were brought in as inputs for discussion.

The first panel was followed by concrete experiences of policy makers at the local level such as the Deputy Mayor of the City of Thessaloniki and of the City of Rome. Finally, the last session of the seminar “Actions and development programme in Thessaloniki” proposed new solutions and actions via exchanges at transnational level to the local Greek context.

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Project RE.CRI.RE
Project LADDER


The project INCOME as a key to respond to youth unemployment

On 22-23 May, the kick-off meeting of the project INCOME (INnovating COworking Methods through Exchange), took place in Stockholm and hosted by the Contemporary Art Centre Färgfabriken, leader of the project.

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The project is co-funded by the ERASMUS + programme in the frame KA2 Strategic Partnerships in the field of youth, and will run for 24 months.

Matteo Mirigliano, Assistant to the Secretary General and Anna Ditta, Project Development Officer, participated on behalf of ALDA, together with the representatives of the 9 partners of the project.

The project focuses on the co-working approach as a way to respond to the challenges of youth unemployment, taking entrepreneurship and cultural infrastructure as a potential path out of unemployment, particularly attractive for young people tending to be more creative, dynamic and giving a preference to self-employment.

The 9 partners involved had the opportunity to share their experience in co-working from different perspectives, exchange knowledge and good practices on the topic and plan future activities at the local level. Of all the activities, the most important one will be the job shadowing among the partners, which will be enrolled in the next year with exchanging of practices among all of them, for a total of 32 mobility activities foreseen.

On 22-23 May, the kick-off meeting of the project INCOME (INnovating COworking Methods through Exchange), took place in Stockholm and hosted by the Contemporary Art Centre Färgfabriken, leader of the project.

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The project is co-funded by the ERASMUS + programme in the frame KA2 Strategic Partnerships in the field of youth, and will run for 24 months.

Matteo Mirigliano, Assistant to the Secretary General and Anna Ditta, Project Development Officer, participated on behalf of ALDA, together with the representatives of the 9 partners of the project.

The project focuses on the co-working approach as a way to respond to the challenges of youth unemployment, taking entrepreneurship and cultural infrastructure as a potential path out of unemployment, particularly attractive for young people tending to be more creative, dynamic and giving a preference to self-employment.

The 9 partners involved had the opportunity to share their experience in co-working from different perspectives, exchange knowledge and good practices on the topic and plan future activities at the local level. Of all the activities, the most important one will be the job shadowing among the partners, which will be enrolled in the next year with exchanging of practices among all of them, for a total of 32 mobility activities foreseen.


COOPilot on the starting blocks - Cooperative entrepreneurship tackling youth unemployment

On 22-23 May, the first steering committee of the project COOPilot took place in Brussels, at the headquarter of the association “Pour la Solidarité”.

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COOPilot’s objective is simple yet ambitious – the project aims to provide innovative responses for youth employment challenges in the European Union, through the promotion of cooperative entrepreneurship.

The particularly diversified consortium featuring academic institutions, cooperatives, social economy networks, public authorities, represents actors from countries were the cooperative movement is well established (France, Italy and Spain), and countries in need for training and strengthening of cooperatives (Malta, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus).

In light of our broad presence and strong network, ALDA will be in charge of the communication and dissemination throughout the project.

COOPilot is supported by the programme Horizon 2020 of the European Commission.

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Project COOpilot

On 22-23 May, the first steering committee of the project COOPilot took place in Brussels, at the headquarter of the association “Pour la Solidarité”.

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COOPilot’s objective is simple yet ambitious – the project aims to provide innovative responses for youth employment challenges in the European Union, through the promotion of cooperative entrepreneurship.

The particularly diversified consortium featuring academic institutions, cooperatives, social economy networks, public authorities, represents actors from countries were the cooperative movement is well established (France, Italy and Spain), and countries in need for training and strengthening of cooperatives (Malta, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus).

In light of our broad presence and strong network, ALDA will be in charge of the communication and dissemination throughout the project.

COOPilot is supported by the programme Horizon 2020 of the European Commission.

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Project COOpilot


Disseminating the project RE.CRI.RE in Greece

On 10th May, a working seminar in the frame of the project RE.CRI.RE was held in Greece.

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On 10th May, a working seminar around the topic “The symbolic representations of the socio-economical crisis in Greece according to Greeks’ opinion about views of life” was held in the city of Thessaloniki, in Greece, in the frame of the 16th International Congress of Psychological Research: “Individuals, Institutions, Society: The World of Psychology”. The event was organised by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Hellenic Psychological Society.

During the activity, the RE.CRI.RE local team of the Aristotle University shared their research work with other scientists. In particular, they presented the results of their analysis concerning Greek people’s vision of the socio-economic crisis. Following the presentation of the findings, participants exchanged on the implications of these findings around the implementation of social care policies and programmes concerning the processes of integration and insertion of immigrants in Greek society.

The seminar was a fruitful occasion to gather opinions and ideas of academics and relevant stakeholders on key policy areas affecting citizens’ daily life nowadays, not just for Greeks, yet for all European countries and citizens as well.

RE.CRI.RE is a three-year project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission and run by a consortium of 15 universities and coordinated by ALDA that work together to investigate what kind of social identity change is occurring in Europe in time of crisis. The objective of the project is to analyse cultures of European societies and the impacts of the socio-economic crisis on them, in order to frame better policies at local, national and European level. To this end, civil society, policy-makers and experts of social sciences are strongly involved in all actions of the project.

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Project RE.CRI.RE

On 10th May, a working seminar in the frame of the project RE.CRI.RE was held in Greece.

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On 10th May, a working seminar around the topic “The symbolic representations of the socio-economical crisis in Greece according to Greeks’ opinion about views of life” was held in the city of Thessaloniki, in Greece, in the frame of the 16th International Congress of Psychological Research: “Individuals, Institutions, Society: The World of Psychology”. The event was organised by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Hellenic Psychological Society.

During the activity, the RE.CRI.RE local team of the Aristotle University shared their research work with other scientists. In particular, they presented the results of their analysis concerning Greek people’s vision of the socio-economic crisis. Following the presentation of the findings, participants exchanged on the implications of these findings around the implementation of social care policies and programmes concerning the processes of integration and insertion of immigrants in Greek society.

The seminar was a fruitful occasion to gather opinions and ideas of academics and relevant stakeholders on key policy areas affecting citizens’ daily life nowadays, not just for Greeks, yet for all European countries and citizens as well.

RE.CRI.RE is a three-year project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission and run by a consortium of 15 universities and coordinated by ALDA that work together to investigate what kind of social identity change is occurring in Europe in time of crisis. The objective of the project is to analyse cultures of European societies and the impacts of the socio-economic crisis on them, in order to frame better policies at local, national and European level. To this end, civil society, policy-makers and experts of social sciences are strongly involved in all actions of the project.

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Project RE.CRI.RE


The results and recommendations of “Participation of CSOs in cross-border cooperation” presented in Skopje

CSOs in Macedonia are facing challenges in the implementation of projects in cross-border cooperation and greater participation into the programming of the programmes is needed, the new research “Participation of CSOs in cross-border cooperation” conducted by ALDA shows.

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The results of the research were presented today by Ivana Petrovska, director of ALDA Skopje.

“One of the challenges that CSOs are facing in the implementation of projects in cross-border cooperation programmes is the financial stability in the realization of the project. Actually, although Macedonia is the only country in the region which covers the co-financing of 15% in the projects, the finances are being transferred when the project is finished, so the time period is long and CSOs are facing financial problems,” she revealed during the presentation.

The results also show that in the cooperation between CSOs and municipalities, cross-border cooperation can be a motivation for developing partnerships. However, greater participation of CSOs in the programmes for cross-border cooperation is needed. The recommendations of the study include ensuring participation of CSOs in the decision making processes and establishing a so called “guarantee fund” that would advance money to beneficiaries.

The study was implemented within the project “CSOs: carriers of the cross-border cooperation” as part of IPA 2 Mechanism, which is a network of CSOs that work for greater participation of the civil sector in the programming of the EU funds.

The research will be available for download online soon.

CSOs in Macedonia are facing challenges in the implementation of projects in cross-border cooperation and greater participation into the programming of the programmes is needed, the new research “Participation of CSOs in cross-border cooperation” conducted by ALDA shows.

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The results of the research were presented today by Ivana Petrovska, director of ALDA Skopje.

“One of the challenges that CSOs are facing in the implementation of projects in cross-border cooperation programmes is the financial stability in the realization of the project. Actually, although Macedonia is the only country in the region which covers the co-financing of 15% in the projects, the finances are being transferred when the project is finished, so the time period is long and CSOs are facing financial problems,” she revealed during the presentation.

The results also show that in the cooperation between CSOs and municipalities, cross-border cooperation can be a motivation for developing partnerships. However, greater participation of CSOs in the programmes for cross-border cooperation is needed. The recommendations of the study include ensuring participation of CSOs in the decision making processes and establishing a so called “guarantee fund” that would advance money to beneficiaries.

The study was implemented within the project “CSOs: carriers of the cross-border cooperation” as part of IPA 2 Mechanism, which is a network of CSOs that work for greater participation of the civil sector in the programming of the EU funds.

The research will be available for download online soon.


Discussing Cultural Heritage Policy of Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine

Following the first public discussion held in Kyiv (Ukraine) on 25th April organized in the framework of the project CHOICE, ALDA – a key partner of the program – in partnership with other national organizations, had a second public discussion on the same theme, which was held last 28th April also in Chisinau (Moldova), Minsk (Belarus) and in Armenia.
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The main content offered for the discussions was methodical findings and policy recommendations on work in the sector of historical and cultural heritage, made during about two years of the realization of CHOICE.
CHOICE aims at enhancing civil society’s role and building its capacities to develop a heritage-friendly living environment in Belarus, Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine. During a half-day public discussion in the frame of the project CHOICE on the topic of cultural heritage brought local perspective on the topic – sharing the results of small projects implemented under granting scheme of the project and reflect on the role of civil society in the process of development of the cultural policy of the countries.
The event was attended in the four countries by representatives of the Ministry of Culture, diplomatic missioners, local and central authorities, business partners and experts in the field of cultural heritage, such as methodologists, philosophers, analysts, cultural anthropologist, lecturers, and researchers.
The European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century was presented within the public debate. “Strategy 21” redefines the place and role of cultural heritage in Europe and provides guidelines to promote good governance and participation in heritage identification and management, and disseminates innovative approaches to improving the environment and quality of life of European citizens. The strategy sets challenges, recommends actions and highlights best practice to be followed by all actors and stakeholders – governments, local authorities, civil society and professionals. Strategy 21 is based upon and comes in support of existing Council of Europe conventions in the field of heritage, in particular the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society.
During the public debates the results of the projects that are implemented in the four countries by the public associations in partnership with national and local museums, local and central public authorities were presented. The projects are financed by the European Union in the framework of the small grants program CHOICE.
The discussions were also devoted to the peculiarities of the national context of these countries for the work with historical and cultural heritage, the main factors and the challenges faced by field professionals daily. Special attention was given to the formation of a new, collective actor to address common professional issues of heritage protection and interpretation.

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Following the first public discussion held in Kyiv (Ukraine) on 25th April organized in the framework of the project CHOICE, ALDA – a key partner of the program – in partnership with other national organizations, had a second public discussion on the same theme, which was held last 28th April also in Chisinau (Moldova), Minsk (Belarus) and in Armenia.
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The main content offered for the discussions was methodical findings and policy recommendations on work in the sector of historical and cultural heritage, made during about two years of the realization of CHOICE.
CHOICE aims at enhancing civil society’s role and building its capacities to develop a heritage-friendly living environment in Belarus, Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine. During a half-day public discussion in the frame of the project CHOICE on the topic of cultural heritage brought local perspective on the topic – sharing the results of small projects implemented under granting scheme of the project and reflect on the role of civil society in the process of development of the cultural policy of the countries.
The event was attended in the four countries by representatives of the Ministry of Culture, diplomatic missioners, local and central authorities, business partners and experts in the field of cultural heritage, such as methodologists, philosophers, analysts, cultural anthropologist, lecturers, and researchers.
The European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century was presented within the public debate. “Strategy 21” redefines the place and role of cultural heritage in Europe and provides guidelines to promote good governance and participation in heritage identification and management, and disseminates innovative approaches to improving the environment and quality of life of European citizens. The strategy sets challenges, recommends actions and highlights best practice to be followed by all actors and stakeholders – governments, local authorities, civil society and professionals. Strategy 21 is based upon and comes in support of existing Council of Europe conventions in the field of heritage, in particular the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society.
During the public debates the results of the projects that are implemented in the four countries by the public associations in partnership with national and local museums, local and central public authorities were presented. The projects are financed by the European Union in the framework of the small grants program CHOICE.
The discussions were also devoted to the peculiarities of the national context of these countries for the work with historical and cultural heritage, the main factors and the challenges faced by field professionals daily. Special attention was given to the formation of a new, collective actor to address common professional issues of heritage protection and interpretation.

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SDG Watch Europe delivers its Recommendations to support a sustainable future

On February, 2 2021 the one-hour online conference “Doing Development Democratically: a Conversation with Jutta Urpilainen” was live-streamed. The occasion served to launch the European Democracy Hub—a new platform for research-based discussion on European democracy support, programming, and policy, aiming at engaging stakeholders and offering solutions to democratic challenges. The online conference was moderated by Mr Richard Youngs, from Carnegie Europe, which together with one of the ALDA’s members, the Европейское партнерство за демократию, co-organized the event.

Mr Ken Godfrey, European Partnership for Democracy Executive Director, introduced the discussion by highlighting how the European Democracy Hub is the result of the cooperation between the two parties, and provides an in-depth analysis and research about democracy. Then, he stressed out the importance of considering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect democracies, parliaments and freedom of expression on worldwide scale. Therefore, the essential role of the hub in this realm.

Mr. Godfrey enhanced the role of this working-group, set up by prominent academics, practitioners and policy makers to support countries which have some weaknesses in their democracy systems. He recalled, for example, the military coup в Myanmar, driving the attention on the full commitment of the working-group to jointly boost democracy around the world.

A key moment was the European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen’s speech. She addressed all her encouragement in the launch of the European Democracy Hub, underlining the importance of being resilient in crisis-period such as the one caused by the pandemic. She also remarked how we have been all witnesses, in certain parts of the World, of human rights violations, and of governments using their powers to silent the oppositions, making the pandemic as an excuse. Furthermore, she highlighted how women and children are now paying the highest price of this pandemic. As a Commissioner, she assured that the EU will continue to ensure inclusivity, sustainability, fairness and fundamental values during our global recovery.

On February, 2 2021 the one-hour online conference “Doing Development Democratically: a Conversation with Jutta Urpilainen” was live-streamed. The occasion served to launch the European Democracy Hub—a new platform for research-based discussion on European democracy support, programming, and policy, aiming at engaging stakeholders and offering solutions to democratic challenges. The online conference was moderated by Mr Richard Youngs, from Carnegie Europe, which together with one of the ALDA’s members, the Европейское партнерство за демократию, co-organized the event.

Mr Ken Godfrey, European Partnership for Democracy Executive Director, introduced the discussion by highlighting how the European Democracy Hub is the result of the cooperation between the two parties, and provides an in-depth analysis and research about democracy. Then, he stressed out the importance of considering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect democracies, parliaments and freedom of expression on worldwide scale. Therefore, the essential role of the hub in this realm.

Mr. Godfrey enhanced the role of this working-group, set up by prominent academics, practitioners and policy makers to support countries which have some weaknesses in their democracy systems. He recalled, for example, the military coup в Myanmar, driving the attention on the full commitment of the working-group to jointly boost democracy around the world.

A key moment was the European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen’s speech. She addressed all her encouragement in the launch of the European Democracy Hub, underlining the importance of being resilient in crisis-period such as the one caused by the pandemic. She also remarked how we have been all witnesses, in certain parts of the World, of human rights violations, and of governments using their powers to silent the oppositions, making the pandemic as an excuse. Furthermore, she highlighted how women and children are now paying the highest price of this pandemic. As a Commissioner, she assured that the EU will continue to ensure inclusivity, sustainability, fairness and fundamental values during our global recovery.


When exchange is key: the LADDER Tool Fair between global citizenship and SDGs

The understanding of SDGs and DEAR projects, the exchange on methodologies and lessons learnt, and the direct engagement of citizens and communities contributing to development: this is the LADDER Tool Fair!
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Organised on 10-12 May in Toruń, Poland, with the great support of the Region Kujawsko-Pomorskie, the Tool Fair has been opened by a plenary session chaired by Г-жа Имислава Горска, Vice-President of ALDA.
Among panellists, the Vice-Marshal of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region, Mr. Zbigniew Ostrowski, who mentioned the importance of cooperation between Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations, as a practice to better achieve results, but also the essentiality of creating connections, from transports to dialogue, from education to environment: “All kind of connections are essential and must be improved, cause an open city is an open society”, he said.
Mr. Jan Hofmolk, Deputy Director at the Eastern Division, Plenipotentiary of the Minister for the Eastern Partnership in the Polish MFA, stressed as well the importance of the joint cooperation of LAs and CSOs: “Local Authorities are those who can efficiently shape this generation, while the role of grass root organisations is essential since they are the ones who can help us in getting actively involved in the promotion of SDGs”. And he added: “Civil Society Organisations have the crucial role of communicating, and we need them to communicate the goals of the Eastern Partnership. We need them to prepare future generations to execute policies and take responsibility for the implementation of SDGs”.
A global perspective on what goes on in our societies and the state of affairs regarding the implementation and promotion of the SDGs was provided by Mr. Harm-Jan Fricke, Consultant in Development Education and Global Learning, who put the accent on the commitment that needs to be invested in the processes activated by DEAR projects, that often require several years to show results.
A permanent open space for the LADDER Tool Fair and exchange of practices has been set in one of the main rooms, giving the opportunity to share materials, ideas, and networking with people directly engaged in the implementation of DEAR projects and SDG-related activities. More than 170 participants attending the events had the opportunity to get to know the SDGs-related activities developed within our network.
Among participants, also some Citizen Journalists of the LADDER initiative joined the activities, getting inspired by the topics discussed and getting closer to DEAR projects and SDGs. Aim of their participation was to provide them with the opportunity of meeting the whole network, gathering new ideas and information for their future works in the field.
The opening ceremony has been followed by 6 different workshops providing important reflections and exchange of methodologies, addressing the following topics:
1. Best practices of Global citizenship in the formal education sector
2. Best practices of Global citizenship in the non-formal education sector
3. Empowering citizens and creating an enabling environment
4. Reaching out to citizens: the example of Local Democracy Agencies
5. Increasing ownership of SDGs: research findings on development education
6. Reaching out to citizens: local actors in action (Category A Co-applicants)
On the stage of the Dwor Artusa, hosting the LADDER activities in Toruń, also the theatre play “In a Better World” had its enormous success. “An example of how it is possible to represent SDGs through art. And this is the best way, since nobody is indifferent to emotions trigged by art” said a participant at the end of the play.
The event was closed by the Closing Ceremony and Presentation of LADDER results, where Г-н Ориано Оточан, Президент ALDA, Mr. Leszek Świętalski, Secretary General of URC RPMr. Mger Kuiumchyan, Deputy Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, and Mr. Dirk Bocken, Coordinator of Round Tables from GENE, shared their impressions and wishes to foster these actions, ensuring a continuity and making them as much as possible sustainable in the future.
The events of LADDER project have been organised back to back with ALDA General Assembly 2017.
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The understanding of SDGs and DEAR projects, the exchange on methodologies and lessons learnt, and the direct engagement of citizens and communities contributing to development: this is the LADDER Tool Fair!
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Organised on 10-12 May in Toruń, Poland, with the great support of the Region Kujawsko-Pomorskie, the Tool Fair has been opened by a plenary session chaired by Г-жа Имислава Горска, Vice-President of ALDA.
Among panellists, the Vice-Marshal of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region, Mr. Zbigniew Ostrowski, who mentioned the importance of cooperation between Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations, as a practice to better achieve results, but also the essentiality of creating connections, from transports to dialogue, from education to environment: “All kind of connections are essential and must be improved, cause an open city is an open society”, he said.
Mr. Jan Hofmolk, Deputy Director at the Eastern Division, Plenipotentiary of the Minister for the Eastern Partnership in the Polish MFA, stressed as well the importance of the joint cooperation of LAs and CSOs: “Local Authorities are those who can efficiently shape this generation, while the role of grass root organisations is essential since they are the ones who can help us in getting actively involved in the promotion of SDGs”. And he added: “Civil Society Organisations have the crucial role of communicating, and we need them to communicate the goals of the Eastern Partnership. We need them to prepare future generations to execute policies and take responsibility for the implementation of SDGs”.
A global perspective on what goes on in our societies and the state of affairs regarding the implementation and promotion of the SDGs was provided by Mr. Harm-Jan Fricke, Consultant in Development Education and Global Learning, who put the accent on the commitment that needs to be invested in the processes activated by DEAR projects, that often require several years to show results.
A permanent open space for the LADDER Tool Fair and exchange of practices has been set in one of the main rooms, giving the opportunity to share materials, ideas, and networking with people directly engaged in the implementation of DEAR projects and SDG-related activities. More than 170 participants attending the events had the opportunity to get to know the SDGs-related activities developed within our network.
Among participants, also some Citizen Journalists of the LADDER initiative joined the activities, getting inspired by the topics discussed and getting closer to DEAR projects and SDGs. Aim of their participation was to provide them with the opportunity of meeting the whole network, gathering new ideas and information for their future works in the field.
The opening ceremony has been followed by 6 different workshops providing important reflections and exchange of methodologies, addressing the following topics:
1. Best practices of Global citizenship in the formal education sector
2. Best practices of Global citizenship in the non-formal education sector
3. Empowering citizens and creating an enabling environment
4. Reaching out to citizens: the example of Local Democracy Agencies
5. Increasing ownership of SDGs: research findings on development education
6. Reaching out to citizens: local actors in action (Category A Co-applicants)
On the stage of the Dwor Artusa, hosting the LADDER activities in Toruń, also the theatre play “In a Better World” had its enormous success. “An example of how it is possible to represent SDGs through art. And this is the best way, since nobody is indifferent to emotions trigged by art” said a participant at the end of the play.
The event was closed by the Closing Ceremony and Presentation of LADDER results, where Г-н Ориано Оточан, Президент ALDA, Mr. Leszek Świętalski, Secretary General of URC RPMr. Mger Kuiumchyan, Deputy Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, and Mr. Dirk Bocken, Coordinator of Round Tables from GENE, shared their impressions and wishes to foster these actions, ensuring a continuity and making them as much as possible sustainable in the future.
The events of LADDER project have been organised back to back with ALDA General Assembly 2017.
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