Reinforcing local democracy through cooperation - Trainings for LAs and CSOs underway

The first of four trainings that will be realized between 23 November and 7 December is in progress. Representatives of local authorities and civil society organizations are in Bitola at the moment to attend the training “Tools for local democracy”, which is implemented within the project “CSOs making local democracy work”.

Three more trainings will follow for an overall of 120 representatives of LAs and CSOs. The trainings will focus on several topics, such as useful tools for local democracy, budgeting and transparency when managing local funds, financing CSOs with budgets from LAs and project cycle management and EU funds.
Guest speakers at the official opening of the series of trainings were the Mayor of the Municipality of Novaci, Mr Ljube Kuzmanovski and Ms Kaliopa Krivashija Stilinovik, honorary consul of France in the Republic of Macedonia. During the training, an info-session for the sub-granting scheme in the project was also held.
The series of trainings is organized within the project “CSOs making local democracy work”, financed by the European Union through the IPA programme for civil society and media programme 2015. The trainings were supported by the Decentralized cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.
The project is realized by ALDA Skopje, Association of financial workers from Veles and European Movement Macedonia.Useful links
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The first of four trainings that will be realized between 23 November and 7 December is in progress. Representatives of local authorities and civil society organizations are in Bitola at the moment to attend the training “Tools for local democracy”, which is implemented within the project “CSOs making local democracy work”.

Three more trainings will follow for an overall of 120 representatives of LAs and CSOs. The trainings will focus on several topics, such as useful tools for local democracy, budgeting and transparency when managing local funds, financing CSOs with budgets from LAs and project cycle management and EU funds.
Guest speakers at the official opening of the series of trainings were the Mayor of the Municipality of Novaci, Mr Ljube Kuzmanovski and Ms Kaliopa Krivashija Stilinovik, honorary consul of France in the Republic of Macedonia. During the training, an info-session for the sub-granting scheme in the project was also held.
The series of trainings is organized within the project “CSOs making local democracy work”, financed by the European Union through the IPA programme for civil society and media programme 2015. The trainings were supported by the Decentralized cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.
The project is realized by ALDA Skopje, Association of financial workers from Veles and European Movement Macedonia.Useful links
ОГО заставляют работать местную демократию


New approaches to teach students the meaning of peace

The first international event of the project Balkan Kaleidoscope was held on 15 – 18 November in Osijek (Croatia), hosted by the project partner “Centre for Peace and Non-violence”.

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The project will engage teachers to show students the importance and meaning of peace and European integration, by using innovative narrative and learning approaches including personal stories and oral tales.

Thirteen partner organisations from 8 countries were represented in the training on multiperspective approaches in history teaching. Twenty-six history teachers, pedagogues, sociologists, young scholars, youth workers, CSOs practitioners were actively engaged in the workshops combining theoretic concepts and practical approaches in present days history teaching, with a special focus on the breakup of former Yugoslavia and the consequent armed conflicts in the Balkans during the 1990s.

To kick off the meeting, Angel Cabarkapa on behalf of the host organisation and Stanka Parac Damjanovic on behalf of the lead applicant and coordinator presented the overall project concept, which focuses on teachers and students, while the very learning process is the core activity. The partnership established as well as the consolidated local expertise will allow a real promotion of multiperspective in history teaching and learning.

Ms Veselinka Kastratovic, member and activist of the Centre for Peace and Non-violence was the guest speaker on the first day presenting the local context in Croatia – with particular reference to war crimes trials and reconciliation process.

Among the speakers in the workshops dr. Jovana Trbovc Mihajlović (Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Professor Rudolf Weiss, a history teacher from Subotica and president of the German People’s Alliance in Serbia.

The first international event of the project Balkan Kaleidoscope was held on 15 – 18 November in Osijek (Croatia), hosted by the project partner “Centre for Peace and Non-violence”.

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The project will engage teachers to show students the importance and meaning of peace and European integration, by using innovative narrative and learning approaches including personal stories and oral tales.

Thirteen partner organisations from 8 countries were represented in the training on multiperspective approaches in history teaching. Twenty-six history teachers, pedagogues, sociologists, young scholars, youth workers, CSOs practitioners were actively engaged in the workshops combining theoretic concepts and practical approaches in present days history teaching, with a special focus on the breakup of former Yugoslavia and the consequent armed conflicts in the Balkans during the 1990s.

To kick off the meeting, Angel Cabarkapa on behalf of the host organisation and Stanka Parac Damjanovic on behalf of the lead applicant and coordinator presented the overall project concept, which focuses on teachers and students, while the very learning process is the core activity. The partnership established as well as the consolidated local expertise will allow a real promotion of multiperspective in history teaching and learning.

Ms Veselinka Kastratovic, member and activist of the Centre for Peace and Non-violence was the guest speaker on the first day presenting the local context in Croatia – with particular reference to war crimes trials and reconciliation process.

Among the speakers in the workshops dr. Jovana Trbovc Mihajlović (Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Professor Rudolf Weiss, a history teacher from Subotica and president of the German People’s Alliance in Serbia.


Building capacities of Turkish civil society in Izmir

Experts from ALDA run a 2-days training on networking, communication, storytelling and fundraising addressed to representatives of civil society organizations in Izmir, Turkey.

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The activities were organized in cooperation with the association Yayade – Slow Living, and with the hosting municipality of Karsiyaka, both active members of ALDA. Through non-formal learning methodologies including exercises, role games and simulations, participants were offered a set of tool and knowledge to increase their effectiveness in networking with different stakeholders, communicating their associations and activities, and raising funds and support for their work.

Participants represented CSOs working in the field of environment protection, youth, and migration. Participants gladly engaged in the training activities proposed, thus ensuring the days together were a great learning opportunities, for all those involved – including ALDA’s staff.

The training was organized in the framework of Civil Society Exchange Programme, a cooperation between the Sivil Toplum Çalışmaları Merkezi and MitOst e.V., and funded by Stiftung Mercator.

Experts from ALDA run a 2-days training on networking, communication, storytelling and fundraising addressed to representatives of civil society organizations in Izmir, Turkey.

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The activities were organized in cooperation with the association Yayade – Slow Living, and with the hosting municipality of Karsiyaka, both active members of ALDA. Through non-formal learning methodologies including exercises, role games and simulations, participants were offered a set of tool and knowledge to increase their effectiveness in networking with different stakeholders, communicating their associations and activities, and raising funds and support for their work.

Participants represented CSOs working in the field of environment protection, youth, and migration. Participants gladly engaged in the training activities proposed, thus ensuring the days together were a great learning opportunities, for all those involved – including ALDA’s staff.

The training was organized in the framework of Civil Society Exchange Programme, a cooperation between the Sivil Toplum Çalışmaları Merkezi and MitOst e.V., and funded by Stiftung Mercator.


The migration challenge - LADDER gathers experts and best practices in Istanbul

Migration experts from Turkey and other countries, as well as LADDER partners working on the migration path projects, met in Istanbul on 16 November, for a high level conference about the challenges of migration management. The event was organized by Marmara Municipality Union, part of LADDER consortium and member of ALDA.

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Local governments in Turkey are on the frontline in tackling migration coming from the Middle East. After the initial emergency management, the situation in Syria, main origin of refugees in the country, is not improving.Communities have therefore faced a number of challenges related to managing refugees inclusion in the mid-long term, and many of them showed incredible goodwill, innovative solutions, and proved that migration per se is never a problem. It is a reality that we need to face together. Delegates from the municipalities of Gaziantep, Avcılar, and Sultanbeyli presented their experiences, and the heroic efforts and mechanisms put in place to ensure a complete integration of refugees in their communities.Following the greetings of the Secretary General of Marmara Municipality Union Dr. Cemil Aslan, Irene Zanetti took the floor on the behalf of ALDA and its President, stressing how crucial local governments are in the day-to-day management of migration, as the work implemented by LADDER migration path points out.

Lorna Muscat from SOS Malta presented more in depth the activities and accomplishments of LADDER migration path, which works on two levels: advocacy, to raise the voice of local and regional governments and change EU policies; and knowledge production and sharing, to allow multiplication of best practices in communities facing similar issues.

Among the institutions represented in the panels are the Turkish Ministry of Interior, UNHCR, ICMPD, Beirut University. All together, the participants transformed the event into a real exchange between representatives of local governments, practitioners, academics, and experts.

The final and very emotional speech was delievered by Mohammed A. Faris, former Syrian astronaut, who fled his country with his family to seek refuge in Turkey. He said that from up above in space he looked at our planet Earth and did not see Syria, but saw the World, of which we are all sons, and brothers one to each other. Mr Cemil Arslan stressed the importance of considering the humans behind numbers when talking about migration and refugees, as well as to conduct awareness raising initiatives aimed at educating citizens in the enlarged Europe on this topic.

Participants were welcomed by a photo exhibition by Mustafa Kocakoç, AFIAP, that set the right mood to starting the debate.

Useful Resources

Read more about LADDER project

Marmara Municipality Union веб-сайт

Migration experts from Turkey and other countries, as well as LADDER partners working on the migration path projects, met in Istanbul on 16 November, for a high level conference about the challenges of migration management. The event was organized by Marmara Municipality Union, part of LADDER consortium and member of ALDA.

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Local governments in Turkey are on the frontline in tackling migration coming from the Middle East. After the initial emergency management, the situation in Syria, main origin of refugees in the country, is not improving.Communities have therefore faced a number of challenges related to managing refugees inclusion in the mid-long term, and many of them showed incredible goodwill, innovative solutions, and proved that migration per se is never a problem. It is a reality that we need to face together. Delegates from the municipalities of Gaziantep, Avcılar, and Sultanbeyli presented their experiences, and the heroic efforts and mechanisms put in place to ensure a complete integration of refugees in their communities.Following the greetings of the Secretary General of Marmara Municipality Union Dr. Cemil Aslan, Irene Zanetti took the floor on the behalf of ALDA and its President, stressing how crucial local governments are in the day-to-day management of migration, as the work implemented by LADDER migration path points out.

Lorna Muscat from SOS Malta presented more in depth the activities and accomplishments of LADDER migration path, which works on two levels: advocacy, to raise the voice of local and regional governments and change EU policies; and knowledge production and sharing, to allow multiplication of best practices in communities facing similar issues.

Among the institutions represented in the panels are the Turkish Ministry of Interior, UNHCR, ICMPD, Beirut University. All together, the participants transformed the event into a real exchange between representatives of local governments, practitioners, academics, and experts.

The final and very emotional speech was delievered by Mohammed A. Faris, former Syrian astronaut, who fled his country with his family to seek refuge in Turkey. He said that from up above in space he looked at our planet Earth and did not see Syria, but saw the World, of which we are all sons, and brothers one to each other. Mr Cemil Arslan stressed the importance of considering the humans behind numbers when talking about migration and refugees, as well as to conduct awareness raising initiatives aimed at educating citizens in the enlarged Europe on this topic.

Participants were welcomed by a photo exhibition by Mustafa Kocakoç, AFIAP, that set the right mood to starting the debate.

Useful Resources

Read more about LADDER project

Marmara Municipality Union веб-сайт


The City of Sceaux joins the network of ALDA!

Philippe Laurent, Mayor of Sceaux (France), and Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, signed a Memorandum of understanding on Saturday to pave the way for an intense cooperation in the field of citizens participation and empowerment, in particular in the field of social innovation and social economy. The signature has been witnessed by the City Councillor of Sceaux, dedicated to social innovation and partnership, Mr. Othmane Khaoua.

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Sceaux is joining the network of ALDA, bringing with it its well knowns competencies in the field of co-design efforts between local authorities and civil society. Thanks to their innovative and participative approach, a number of social initiatives and social enterprises have taken place both in the town and in its neighbourhoods.

During the annual city Forum dedicated to social innovation and social economy many different consortii were present and working on the up-said topics. This dynamism makes the city of Sceaux very active and apt..

Sceaux is also an active partner of ALDA in project Co-Created, which is engaging more than 30 municipalities in France and hundreds of them across Europe and aims at strengthening competences of medium-sized municipalities in the field of co-creation of public local polices, citizens engagement and local authorities.

This partnership promises to be extremely important both in developing ALDA’s competences in the field of social innovation, together with its members.

Useful Resources

Sceaux municipality веб-сайт
Project Co-Created

Philippe Laurent, Mayor of Sceaux (France), and Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, signed a Memorandum of understanding on Saturday to pave the way for an intense cooperation in the field of citizens participation and empowerment, in particular in the field of social innovation and social economy. The signature has been witnessed by the City Councillor of Sceaux, dedicated to social innovation and partnership, Mr. Othmane Khaoua.

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Sceaux is joining the network of ALDA, bringing with it its well knowns competencies in the field of co-design efforts between local authorities and civil society. Thanks to their innovative and participative approach, a number of social initiatives and social enterprises have taken place both in the town and in its neighbourhoods.

During the annual city Forum dedicated to social innovation and social economy many different consortii were present and working on the up-said topics. This dynamism makes the city of Sceaux very active and apt..

Sceaux is also an active partner of ALDA in project Co-Created, which is engaging more than 30 municipalities in France and hundreds of them across Europe and aims at strengthening competences of medium-sized municipalities in the field of co-creation of public local polices, citizens engagement and local authorities.

This partnership promises to be extremely important both in developing ALDA’s competences in the field of social innovation, together with its members.

Useful Resources

Sceaux municipality веб-сайт
Project Co-Created


Voluntary associations gathered in Lecce to discover ALDA and reaffirm our European Values!

On November 16th 2017, the event “L’Europa siamo noi” – organised by ALDA – took place in Lecce , Italy. The event gathered together voluntary organisations from the entire region.

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Delegates from local authorities also joined the event. Deputy Mayor Alessandro Delli Noci delivered the opening speech to the crowd, highlighting the city’s commitment to the European Values and to the realisation of local European projects.

The event was moderated by Ms. Maria Antonietta Nuzzo, member of ALDA’s advisory board, while Mr. Alessandro Perelli (ALDA’s vice president), Ms. Anna Ditta (ALDA’s senior project manager), Salvatore Modeo (The Qube Startup incubator) and Ada Manfreda (President of Espero) joined the conference as speakers.
Alessandro Perelli highlighted the necessity to overcome the nationalistic and isolationist pushes happening all over Europe, to better shape a new concept of Europe and fight back against the dangers of incurring new applications of Art.50 of the Treaty of the European Union, as it already occurred with the ongoing “Brexit” process.
Folowing this intervention, Anna Ditta has presented the services and opportunities offered audience offered by ALDA to its members, such as project development assistance, European grants search support, access to a wide European Network of institutional and private contacts and capacity-building structures for local authorities, NGOs and other actors.

During the debate, Mr. Alessandro Distante – president of ISBEM – drafted the agenda of the event, which will be presented to the Governing Board of ALDA by Mr. Perelli.

On November 16th 2017, the event “L’Europa siamo noi” – organised by ALDA – took place in Lecce , Italy. The event gathered together voluntary organisations from the entire region.

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Delegates from local authorities also joined the event. Deputy Mayor Alessandro Delli Noci delivered the opening speech to the crowd, highlighting the city’s commitment to the European Values and to the realisation of local European projects.

The event was moderated by Ms. Maria Antonietta Nuzzo, member of ALDA’s advisory board, while Mr. Alessandro Perelli (ALDA’s vice president), Ms. Anna Ditta (ALDA’s senior project manager), Salvatore Modeo (The Qube Startup incubator) and Ada Manfreda (President of Espero) joined the conference as speakers.
Alessandro Perelli highlighted the necessity to overcome the nationalistic and isolationist pushes happening all over Europe, to better shape a new concept of Europe and fight back against the dangers of incurring new applications of Art.50 of the Treaty of the European Union, as it already occurred with the ongoing “Brexit” process.
Folowing this intervention, Anna Ditta has presented the services and opportunities offered audience offered by ALDA to its members, such as project development assistance, European grants search support, access to a wide European Network of institutional and private contacts and capacity-building structures for local authorities, NGOs and other actors.

During the debate, Mr. Alessandro Distante – president of ISBEM – drafted the agenda of the event, which will be presented to the Governing Board of ALDA by Mr. Perelli.


“Promoting Development Education through a multi-topic approach”: LADDER Thematic Handbook

In the framework of LADDER project, it has been published a Thematic Handbook named “Promoting Development Education through a multi-topic approach

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This handbook gathers the work of LADDER’s community on advocacy related to six main themes, the project “thematic paths” – namely Youth in Development, Migration, Citizen’s Participation in Development, Environmental and Sustainable Development, Private Cooperation *in Development, and European Year for Development 2015 & Follow Up.
The message that we want to share through this publication is that working together, besides all prejudices, threats and fears, is more than an opportunity – it is the solution. Globalization means also global responsibility, and it affects all the aspects of our living together on this planet, including social and economic issues, environment, migration, demography, and many more.
Take a read and discover what the project LADDER was able to achieve!
Useful resources:
Promoting Development Education through a multi-topic approach – LADDER Thematic Handbook

In the framework of LADDER project, it has been published a Thematic Handbook named “Promoting Development Education through a multi-topic approach

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This handbook gathers the work of LADDER’s community on advocacy related to six main themes, the project “thematic paths” – namely Youth in Development, Migration, Citizen’s Participation in Development, Environmental and Sustainable Development, Private Cooperation *in Development, and European Year for Development 2015 & Follow Up.
The message that we want to share through this publication is that working together, besides all prejudices, threats and fears, is more than an opportunity – it is the solution. Globalization means also global responsibility, and it affects all the aspects of our living together on this planet, including social and economic issues, environment, migration, demography, and many more.
Take a read and discover what the project LADDER was able to achieve!
Useful resources:
Promoting Development Education through a multi-topic approach – LADDER Thematic Handbook


LADDER Storybook - “IN A BETTER WORLD”

LADDER Storybook – “IN A BETTER WORLD” – A JOURNEY WITH THE LADDER PROJECT PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION THROUGH CULTURE

Storybook

LADDER Storybook – “IN A BETTER WORLD” – A JOURNEY WITH THE LADDER PROJECT PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION THROUGH CULTURE

Storybook

LADDER Thematic Handbook - Promoting Development Education through a Multi-Topic Approach

LADDER Thematic Handbook – Promoting Development Education through a Multi-Topic Approach

Handbook

LADDER Thematic Handbook – Promoting Development Education through a Multi-Topic Approach

Handbook

LDA Mostar participation in 3.S. for Intercultural Citizenship Education

Two representatives of Local Democracy Agency Mostar participated in 3.S. for Intercultural Citizenship Education, the cross Network activity implemented by the Turkish ALF Network in collaboration with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Morocco, Slovenia & UK ALF Networks.

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The activity aimed at organizing 3 Seminars to strengthen the advanced level of mutual understanding and to develop an Intercultural Citizenship Education (ICE) platform in the Euro-Med region; the Seminars took place in Morocco (Tangier, 2-8 August), Italy (Mazara del Vallo, 17-23 August) and Turkey (Bursa, 7-15 September).

LDA Mostar participated with one delegate in the event in Tangier, Morocco, which focused on Cultural diversity for Intercultural Citizenship Education. The Seminar aimed at exploring diversity in its multi aspects, with special regard to the harmonious coexistence of minorities and different religions in Tangier, in order to promote a model of intercultural diversity management to reach a system of equal interaction between people from different cultures and share cultural expressions through dialogue and mutual respect. A special attention was given to the interaction with local people, both in formal and informal way.

”I was really impressed by the outdoor workshops where participants learned about Moroccan culture through the tasks of finding certain cultural and historical sites only by using extremely limited knowledge of the Arabic language and to buy certain foods with a limited amount of money using their bargaining skills”, said the representative of LDA Mostar.

The second delegate of LDA Mostar participated in the Creative and Social Entrepreneur Seminar for a better intercultural integration в Bursa, Turkey, which was the last stage of the 3.S. for Intercultural Citizenship Education activity. During the first two days, the seminar focused on the Intercultural Citizenship Education as a key concept to foster socio-cultural integration and a deeper and mutual understanding between people with different cultural backgrounds. A session of the Seminar was dedicated to Intercultural Literacy and different perspectives to highlight similarities and differences between diverse Euro-med cultures. The participants of the Seminar had also the opportunity to meet Syrian refugees who were currently living in Bursa.

‘’The Seminar was an extraordinary opportunity for me to gain new knowledge on intercultural issues. I will try to use these new skills to find the right solutions to the problems in my community’’, stated the participant of LDA Mostar following the Bursa activity.

Two representatives of Local Democracy Agency Mostar participated in 3.S. for Intercultural Citizenship Education, the cross Network activity implemented by the Turkish ALF Network in collaboration with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Morocco, Slovenia & UK ALF Networks.

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The activity aimed at organizing 3 Seminars to strengthen the advanced level of mutual understanding and to develop an Intercultural Citizenship Education (ICE) platform in the Euro-Med region; the Seminars took place in Morocco (Tangier, 2-8 August), Italy (Mazara del Vallo, 17-23 August) and Turkey (Bursa, 7-15 September).

LDA Mostar participated with one delegate in the event in Tangier, Morocco, which focused on Cultural diversity for Intercultural Citizenship Education. The Seminar aimed at exploring diversity in its multi aspects, with special regard to the harmonious coexistence of minorities and different religions in Tangier, in order to promote a model of intercultural diversity management to reach a system of equal interaction between people from different cultures and share cultural expressions through dialogue and mutual respect. A special attention was given to the interaction with local people, both in formal and informal way.

”I was really impressed by the outdoor workshops where participants learned about Moroccan culture through the tasks of finding certain cultural and historical sites only by using extremely limited knowledge of the Arabic language and to buy certain foods with a limited amount of money using their bargaining skills”, said the representative of LDA Mostar.

The second delegate of LDA Mostar participated in the Creative and Social Entrepreneur Seminar for a better intercultural integration в Bursa, Turkey, which was the last stage of the 3.S. for Intercultural Citizenship Education activity. During the first two days, the seminar focused on the Intercultural Citizenship Education as a key concept to foster socio-cultural integration and a deeper and mutual understanding between people with different cultural backgrounds. A session of the Seminar was dedicated to Intercultural Literacy and different perspectives to highlight similarities and differences between diverse Euro-med cultures. The participants of the Seminar had also the opportunity to meet Syrian refugees who were currently living in Bursa.

‘’The Seminar was an extraordinary opportunity for me to gain new knowledge on intercultural issues. I will try to use these new skills to find the right solutions to the problems in my community’’, stated the participant of LDA Mostar following the Bursa activity.