Discover the Internet platform REMEMBRANCE OF THE MACEDONIAN FRONT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

In the framework of the action “The First World War in the Republic of Macedonia” an internet platform entitled DISCOVER REMEMBRANCE OF THE MACEDONIAN FRONT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR was created in order to capitalise on the work and research realised by the partners from Normandy and Macedonia.

The internet platform aims to raise awareness on the history of this front which has been neglected in the collective memory, and which was situated for the most part on the current territory of the Republic of Macedonia. The objective of this platform is to document the Macedonian front by gathering multidisciplinary information: from military history, social history, ethnology, geography, as well as remembrance, peace and reconciliation. The platform hosts informative, scientific and pedagogical documents on the Macedonian front. “Visit the Macedonian front” is an innovative feature of this platform which is dedicated to the memorial tourism of the Macedonian front in the Republic of Macedonia and offers indications on the locations key for the events of the First World War and which still today bear its traces and relics.

This platform is created by ALDA in the framework of the decentralised cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia, supported by the action “Normandy for peace” of the Region Normandy and the French Ministry of foreign affairs.

In the framework of the action “The First World War in the Republic of Macedonia” an internet platform entitled DISCOVER REMEMBRANCE OF THE MACEDONIAN FRONT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR was created in order to capitalise on the work and research realised by the partners from Normandy and Macedonia.

The internet platform aims to raise awareness on the history of this front which has been neglected in the collective memory, and which was situated for the most part on the current territory of the Republic of Macedonia. The objective of this platform is to document the Macedonian front by gathering multidisciplinary information: from military history, social history, ethnology, geography, as well as remembrance, peace and reconciliation. The platform hosts informative, scientific and pedagogical documents on the Macedonian front. “Visit the Macedonian front” is an innovative feature of this platform which is dedicated to the memorial tourism of the Macedonian front in the Republic of Macedonia and offers indications on the locations key for the events of the First World War and which still today bear its traces and relics.

This platform is created by ALDA in the framework of the decentralised cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia, supported by the action “Normandy for peace” of the Region Normandy and the French Ministry of foreign affairs.


Conclusions and Recommendations from Balkan Youth Forum Skopje 2018

The Balkan Youth Forum was organized from 14 to 17 May in Skopje for the fourth time within the project Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue.

The program included presentations, debates, exchange of experiences and panels. The purpose of the Forum is to establish a regional network of civil society organizations and local authorities to strengthen youth participation, especially for young people with fewer opportunities. Over 70 representatives of CSOs, local authorities and youth workers participated in the three-day forum, all of them coming from different Western Balkan countries.
The forum included an open conference, creative workshops and study visits. The young participants learned about creative innovations in the field of youth participation through positive practices. The youngsters also visited the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia during the forum, where the two youngest Members of Parliament presented themselves in front of the participants and a tour of the building was organized.
The European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA is implementing the project Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue from 2015 in partnership with 7 local democracy agencies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo and ALDA Skopje. The fourth and final year of the project is designed to continue creating an enabling environment of youth active citizenship for achieving equality, well being and tolerance of diversity in Western Balkans.
The project is financed by the European Union through the programme for Civil Society Facility Operating Grants to IPA CSO Associations. This year, the project is supported also by the Western Balkans Fund. The Balkan Youth Forum was the first event that was organized with the direct support of this fund.
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The Balkan Youth Forum was organized from 14 to 17 May in Skopje for the fourth time within the project Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue.

The program included presentations, debates, exchange of experiences and panels. The purpose of the Forum is to establish a regional network of civil society organizations and local authorities to strengthen youth participation, especially for young people with fewer opportunities. Over 70 representatives of CSOs, local authorities and youth workers participated in the three-day forum, all of them coming from different Western Balkan countries.
The forum included an open conference, creative workshops and study visits. The young participants learned about creative innovations in the field of youth participation through positive practices. The youngsters also visited the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia during the forum, where the two youngest Members of Parliament presented themselves in front of the participants and a tour of the building was organized.
The European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA is implementing the project Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue from 2015 in partnership with 7 local democracy agencies from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo and ALDA Skopje. The fourth and final year of the project is designed to continue creating an enabling environment of youth active citizenship for achieving equality, well being and tolerance of diversity in Western Balkans.
The project is financed by the European Union through the programme for Civil Society Facility Operating Grants to IPA CSO Associations. This year, the project is supported also by the Western Balkans Fund. The Balkan Youth Forum was the first event that was organized with the direct support of this fund.
Useful links:


ALDA’s showcase at EDDs 5-6 June 2018

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

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The European Development Days 2018 will take place at Tour & Taxis on 5-6 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Sessions in which ALDA will participate

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 14.45 – 16.00“Empowerment of Women: the case of the National Commission for Lebanese Women. Exchange of best practices on effective women coordination and networking mechanisms in the MENA region. Anne Laure Joedicke, Coordinator for the Mediterranean area from ALDA Strasbourg, Maggy Grabundzija, consultant Eurecna SPA and Faiza Benhadid-Messaoudi, international expert on Gender & Human Rights Center of Arab Woman for Training and Research will be the speakers. Randa Yassir, from Eurecna SpA, will be the moderator.

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 10.00 – 11.00: “(Im) Perfect day: ALDA Europe fighting for a more equal society”. Presenting the ALDA Projects related to Gender issues and promoting the Lab of the afternoon in which the project Parfait will be presented. Projects that can be presented: Get Up, Parfait, WEMIN, SW-UP. ALDA staff will ask the people that visit the stand to reflect and write down a moment when they were discriminated and how they felt. We will display these thoughts so people can read and reflect on their own experiences.

 

Sessions in which ALDA’s partners will be involved:

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 9.30 – 10.45“Fighting violence against women from a multistakeholder approach, moving beyond vulnerability narratives”, the session that will on one hand share key findings and potential solutions from different public and private actors involved in the research on violence and discrimination of women in Europe, Latin America and Africa. On the other hand, a special attention will be given to the wider political context at EU and member state level and how it influences the situation of women, with a specific focus in sexual and reproductive rights. ALDA’s partner AEXCID will be one of the organizers of the session.

 

Tuesday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 6 2018The Extremadura Region Reaffirms its Commitment with SDG 5 Gender Equality. “Strengthening Girls and Women’s voice and participation”. The Stand,organized by ALDA’s partner AEXCID, will aim to express and demonstrate the fundamental commitment of the Region of Extremadura with the SDG and will shocase the Extremadura women work in achieving the goals Through our stand we will showcase and strengthening the Extremadura Girls’ and Women’s work in the frame work SDG.

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 9.30 – 10.45: «Leaders of change in the Maghreb. Promoting female leadership in the Maghreb”. A debate session structured around three axes: The inclusion of women in municipal policies (transport, security, education…); Women’s participation in local politics (local elected women, representatives, legal provisions favoring parity…); Women leaders, leaders of influence and change in the Maghreb. See the poster of the event.

We are really looking forward to see you on 5-6 June in Brussels!

Read more about EDD 2018 и useful documents for the event

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

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The European Development Days 2018 will take place at Tour & Taxis on 5-6 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Sessions in which ALDA will participate

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 14.45 – 16.00“Empowerment of Women: the case of the National Commission for Lebanese Women. Exchange of best practices on effective women coordination and networking mechanisms in the MENA region. Anne Laure Joedicke, Coordinator for the Mediterranean area from ALDA Strasbourg, Maggy Grabundzija, consultant Eurecna SPA and Faiza Benhadid-Messaoudi, international expert on Gender & Human Rights Center of Arab Woman for Training and Research will be the speakers. Randa Yassir, from Eurecna SpA, will be the moderator.

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 10.00 – 11.00: “(Im) Perfect day: ALDA Europe fighting for a more equal society”. Presenting the ALDA Projects related to Gender issues and promoting the Lab of the afternoon in which the project Parfait will be presented. Projects that can be presented: Get Up, Parfait, WEMIN, SW-UP. ALDA staff will ask the people that visit the stand to reflect and write down a moment when they were discriminated and how they felt. We will display these thoughts so people can read and reflect on their own experiences.

 

Sessions in which ALDA’s partners will be involved:

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 9.30 – 10.45“Fighting violence against women from a multistakeholder approach, moving beyond vulnerability narratives”, the session that will on one hand share key findings and potential solutions from different public and private actors involved in the research on violence and discrimination of women in Europe, Latin America and Africa. On the other hand, a special attention will be given to the wider political context at EU and member state level and how it influences the situation of women, with a specific focus in sexual and reproductive rights. ALDA’s partner AEXCID will be one of the organizers of the session.

 

Tuesday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 6 2018The Extremadura Region Reaffirms its Commitment with SDG 5 Gender Equality. “Strengthening Girls and Women’s voice and participation”. The Stand,organized by ALDA’s partner AEXCID, will aim to express and demonstrate the fundamental commitment of the Region of Extremadura with the SDG and will shocase the Extremadura women work in achieving the goals Through our stand we will showcase and strengthening the Extremadura Girls’ and Women’s work in the frame work SDG.

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 9.30 – 10.45: «Leaders of change in the Maghreb. Promoting female leadership in the Maghreb”. A debate session structured around three axes: The inclusion of women in municipal policies (transport, security, education…); Women’s participation in local politics (local elected women, representatives, legal provisions favoring parity…); Women leaders, leaders of influence and change in the Maghreb. See the poster of the event.

We are really looking forward to see you on 5-6 June in Brussels!

Read more about EDD 2018 и useful documents for the event


The World of ALDA – Deep into local democracy

On the occasion of ALDA General Assembly 2018 and of the mid-term of the Governing Board of the Association, dive headfirst into our world!

Over 300 members are today part of the network, and together with the +215 partners, we run projects and activities in 40 different countries. Our current +40 projects are aimed at improving the social and economic conditions of European citizens all over Europe and the political scenario in which they live through the development of local democracy, an active participation of citizens in the decision-making processes and the creation of more resilient communities in terms of integration and migration issues. From its establishment, our activities have impacted over 25 million citizens throughout Europe.

We are able to pursue these targets also thanks to the unique network of Local Democracy Agencies and Operational Partners that keeps getting bigger year after year. Today we can proudly count on the support of 14 LDAs (Albania, Armenia, Central and Southern Serbia, Dnipropetrovsk Region, Georgia, Kosovo, Mariupol, Montenegro, Moldova and Cimișlia, Mostar, Prijedor, Subotica, Tunisia, Zavidovići), 3 OPs (Osijek, Sisak, Verteneglio/Brtonigla), and soon on our upcoming LDA in Morocco.

In our 18-year history we have implemented more than 250 projects, involving crucial fields such as EU values and integration, culture and media, research, social issues, decentralisation, economic development, good local governance, EU Parliament elections 2019, environment employment and entrepreneurship, gender equality, migration, minorities and vulnerable groups, youth, volunteering.

See the full presentation of ALDA and its world. What are you waiting for? We need your support to build a better Europe.

Become a member of ALDA!

On the occasion of ALDA General Assembly 2018 and of the mid-term of the Governing Board of the Association, dive headfirst into our world!

Over 300 members are today part of the network, and together with the +215 partners, we run projects and activities in 40 different countries. Our current +40 projects are aimed at improving the social and economic conditions of European citizens all over Europe and the political scenario in which they live through the development of local democracy, an active participation of citizens in the decision-making processes and the creation of more resilient communities in terms of integration and migration issues. From its establishment, our activities have impacted over 25 million citizens throughout Europe.

We are able to pursue these targets also thanks to the unique network of Local Democracy Agencies and Operational Partners that keeps getting bigger year after year. Today we can proudly count on the support of 14 LDAs (Albania, Armenia, Central and Southern Serbia, Dnipropetrovsk Region, Georgia, Kosovo, Mariupol, Montenegro, Moldova and Cimișlia, Mostar, Prijedor, Subotica, Tunisia, Zavidovići), 3 OPs (Osijek, Sisak, Verteneglio/Brtonigla), and soon on our upcoming LDA in Morocco.

In our 18-year history we have implemented more than 250 projects, involving crucial fields such as EU values and integration, culture and media, research, social issues, decentralisation, economic development, good local governance, EU Parliament elections 2019, environment employment and entrepreneurship, gender equality, migration, minorities and vulnerable groups, youth, volunteering.

See the full presentation of ALDA and its world. What are you waiting for? We need your support to build a better Europe.

Become a member of ALDA!


Student Talent Bank – «L’entrepreneuriat à l’école»

ALDA, en partenariat avec la ville de Sceaux, vous invite à participer à la conférence « L’entrepreneuriat à l’école ». L’événement aura lieu dans la salle du conseil de l’hôtel de ville de Sceaux, le 14 juin à 19h, et réunira des représentants des autorités locales, des établissements scolaires locaux, du secteur privé, des organisations de la société civile et le grand public afin d’échanger connaissances, expériences, et bonnes pratiques sur comment l’éducation entrepreneuriale et la transmission de l’esprit d’entreprise peuvent servir d’outils dans la lutte contre le décrochage scolaire.

Cette conférence marque le lancement du projet « Student Talent Bank » (description en anglais), financé par le programme ERAMUS+ de l’Union Européenne et mis en place par un consortium de 7 organisations à travers l’Europe.

Ce projet a pour but de promouvoir l’éducation entrepreneuriale dans les collèges auprès des enseignants afin d’empêcher l’abandon scolaire précoce, de faciliter la transition entre l’école et le monde du travail, et d’accroître l’engagement des élèves, en particulier dans les établissements qui enregistrent un fort pourcentage d’élèves issus de minorités ethniques ou nés à l’étranger. Dans ce but, Student Talent Bank va enrichir les enseignants en matière de compétences entrepreneuriales et d’esprit d’entreprise afin de susciter un plus grand engagement scolaire. Puis une plateforme en ligne sera créée, la Student Talent Time Bank (Banque de Talents des Élèves), qui aura à la fois un rôle de motivation et d’outil permettant aux élèves de se mobiliser, et aidera ainsi les enseignants à gérer les abandons scolaires.

Pour participer à la conférence, veuillez-vous inscrire en suivant ce lien.

Agenda de la conférence 

En savoir plus sur le projet (en anglais)
Pour plus d’informations, contactez Camille Delbecq (camille.delbecq@aldaintranet.org)

ALDA, en partenariat avec la ville de Sceaux, vous invite à participer à la conférence « L’entrepreneuriat à l’école ». L’événement aura lieu dans la salle du conseil de l’hôtel de ville de Sceaux, le 14 juin à 19h, et réunira des représentants des autorités locales, des établissements scolaires locaux, du secteur privé, des organisations de la société civile et le grand public afin d’échanger connaissances, expériences, et bonnes pratiques sur comment l’éducation entrepreneuriale et la transmission de l’esprit d’entreprise peuvent servir d’outils dans la lutte contre le décrochage scolaire.

Cette conférence marque le lancement du projet « Student Talent Bank » (description en anglais), financé par le programme ERAMUS+ de l’Union Européenne et mis en place par un consortium de 7 organisations à travers l’Europe.

Ce projet a pour but de promouvoir l’éducation entrepreneuriale dans les collèges auprès des enseignants afin d’empêcher l’abandon scolaire précoce, de faciliter la transition entre l’école et le monde du travail, et d’accroître l’engagement des élèves, en particulier dans les établissements qui enregistrent un fort pourcentage d’élèves issus de minorités ethniques ou nés à l’étranger. Dans ce but, Student Talent Bank va enrichir les enseignants en matière de compétences entrepreneuriales et d’esprit d’entreprise afin de susciter un plus grand engagement scolaire. Puis une plateforme en ligne sera créée, la Student Talent Time Bank (Banque de Talents des Élèves), qui aura à la fois un rôle de motivation et d’outil permettant aux élèves de se mobiliser, et aidera ainsi les enseignants à gérer les abandons scolaires.

Pour participer à la conférence, veuillez-vous inscrire en suivant ce lien.

Agenda de la conférence 

En savoir plus sur le projet (en anglais)
Pour plus d’informations, contactez Camille Delbecq (camille.delbecq@aldaintranet.org)


L’Europa nei Balcani Occidentali - il contributo di ALDA alla sfida della trasformazione democratica

L’evento rappresenta un momento di dibattito sul ruolo degli enti, istituzioni e associazioni europee nello sviluppo della società civile e democratica nei paesi dei Balcani Occidentali.

La conferenza si terrà il giorno Martedì, 29 Maggio 2018, dalle ore 18:00 alle 19:30 presso l’Università degli Studi di Trieste, Edificio H3, Aula 1A. Interverranno come relatori il dott. Alessandro Perelli, vicepresidente dell’ALDA European Association for Local Democracy, il dott. Francesco Pala, assistente del segretario generale dell’ALDA, il dott. Ugo Poli, Project Manager presso Central European Initiative (CEI) e il prof. Ezio Benedetti, docente di Diritto Internazionale e Team Leader del progetto Young Cell Scheme in Kosovo e Action Senior Expert nel quadro del progetto di riconciliazione regionale denominato EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans. Il moderatore sarà Nikola Sandić, studente del Corso di Laurea in Scienze Internazionali e Diplomatiche presso l’Università degli Studi di Trieste nonché vicepresidente dell’Associazione Culturale Giovanile Serba.

Tra gli obiettivi primari vi è quello di analizzare le azioni specifiche che la comunità europea adopera a sostegno degli sforzi di trasformazione sostenuti dai Balcani Occidentali in settori di reciproco interesse; così come determinare gli ostacoli delle realtà regionali e locali nello sviluppo di una società civile e democratica costruita dal basso. Si cercherà inoltre di aprire un dibattito con i presenti per capire se e attraverso quali strumenti la città di Trieste e quindi la sua Università possono assumere un ruolo attivo di collegamento con la società civile e le realtà accademiche nei paesi dei Balcani Occidentali.

L’evento (https://www.facebook.com/events/1509879695784627/) è organizzato dall’Associazione Culturale Giovanile Serba in collaborazione con l’ALDA European Association for Local Democracy e l’Università degli studi di Trieste. L’ingresso è gratuito.

L’Associazione Culturale Giovanile Serba (ACGS) di Trieste è stata costituita il 18 settembre 2017 con l’obiettivo di promuovere la cultura, l’integrazione e la formazione tra i giovani della comunità serba e non solo. L’associazione è essenzialmente impegnata nell’instaurazione di processi di innovazione dal basso con lo scopo di progettare e realizzare iniziative culturali rivolte non solo alla crescita della competitività e valorizzazione territoriale, ma anche a forme di coesione sociale ed inclusione a livello locale.

LUOGO E DATA: Trieste, 29 Maggio 2018

CONTATTI: 
Associazione Culturale Giovanile Serba
Via Pisino, 8 – 34145 Trieste (TS)
Telefono: +39 040 812657
E-mail: acgs.sko@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acgs.sko/

Per ulteriori informazioni si prega di contattare: Nikola Sandić, +39 346 0397034.

Cordiali Saluti,
Il Presidente, Ilija Janković 

L’evento rappresenta un momento di dibattito sul ruolo degli enti, istituzioni e associazioni europee nello sviluppo della società civile e democratica nei paesi dei Balcani Occidentali.

La conferenza si terrà il giorno Martedì, 29 Maggio 2018, dalle ore 18:00 alle 19:30 presso l’Università degli Studi di Trieste, Edificio H3, Aula 1A. Interverranno come relatori il dott. Alessandro Perelli, vicepresidente dell’ALDA European Association for Local Democracy, il dott. Francesco Pala, assistente del segretario generale dell’ALDA, il dott. Ugo Poli, Project Manager presso Central European Initiative (CEI) e il prof. Ezio Benedetti, docente di Diritto Internazionale e Team Leader del progetto Young Cell Scheme in Kosovo e Action Senior Expert nel quadro del progetto di riconciliazione regionale denominato EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans. Il moderatore sarà Nikola Sandić, studente del Corso di Laurea in Scienze Internazionali e Diplomatiche presso l’Università degli Studi di Trieste nonché vicepresidente dell’Associazione Culturale Giovanile Serba.

Tra gli obiettivi primari vi è quello di analizzare le azioni specifiche che la comunità europea adopera a sostegno degli sforzi di trasformazione sostenuti dai Balcani Occidentali in settori di reciproco interesse; così come determinare gli ostacoli delle realtà regionali e locali nello sviluppo di una società civile e democratica costruita dal basso. Si cercherà inoltre di aprire un dibattito con i presenti per capire se e attraverso quali strumenti la città di Trieste e quindi la sua Università possono assumere un ruolo attivo di collegamento con la società civile e le realtà accademiche nei paesi dei Balcani Occidentali.

L’evento (https://www.facebook.com/events/1509879695784627/) è organizzato dall’Associazione Culturale Giovanile Serba in collaborazione con l’ALDA European Association for Local Democracy e l’Università degli studi di Trieste. L’ingresso è gratuito.

L’Associazione Culturale Giovanile Serba (ACGS) di Trieste è stata costituita il 18 settembre 2017 con l’obiettivo di promuovere la cultura, l’integrazione e la formazione tra i giovani della comunità serba e non solo. L’associazione è essenzialmente impegnata nell’instaurazione di processi di innovazione dal basso con lo scopo di progettare e realizzare iniziative culturali rivolte non solo alla crescita della competitività e valorizzazione territoriale, ma anche a forme di coesione sociale ed inclusione a livello locale.

LUOGO E DATA: Trieste, 29 Maggio 2018

CONTATTI: 
Associazione Culturale Giovanile Serba
Via Pisino, 8 – 34145 Trieste (TS)
Telefono: +39 040 812657
E-mail: acgs.sko@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acgs.sko/

Per ulteriori informazioni si prega di contattare: Nikola Sandić, +39 346 0397034.

Cordiali Saluti,
Il Presidente, Ilija Janković 


URGENT: “Reactivating European urban citizenship: a network of inclusive towns”

ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy, in partnership with the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Amphictyony, invite you to participate in the URGENT Final Conference “Reactivating European urban citizenship: a network of inclusive towns”. The event will be taking place in the city of Agia Varvara in Greece, on the 31° of May and will bring together representatives from local authorities, civil society associations, universities and experts to exchange knowledge, experience and good practices on the topic. In the afternoon, the URGENT Inclusion Fair will take place to allow local organisations to present themselves and their activities, as well as to exchange ideas on common topics of interest.

The conference is part of the project “URGENT – Urban Regeneration: European Network of Towns”, financed by the Europe for Citizens Programmes of the European Union. Being now close to the project completion, the 13 project partners can already put forward the lessons learned and experiences accumulated throughout the international seminars and activities implemented in the framework of the local path.


The project methodology allowed 11 cities to develop territorial analyses and familiarise with the local migration issues. Based on the identified local needs, each partner has launched a consultation to develop a pilot project and further implement it in their cities. In parallel the 3 international seminars allowed the partners not only to exchange knowledge and experience on socio-spatial inclusion but also to develop a network capable to put forward position papers and recommendations on the addressed issue.


Project partners are meeting in Athens from 30 May to 1 June to share results of the pilot projects and to conclude the project. During this last international seminar, the partners will develop a city manifesto to build a common understanding about interculturality, social inclusion, integration of migrants and the right to the city foe newcomers. The project results will be valorised in a handbook collecting the experiences of the enactment that overcome stereotypes about migrants and build counter narratives.


ALDA invites all interested stakeholders to join our work on fostering social inclusion of migrants and vulnerable groups at the local level and to make urban spaces a better place to live in.

Read more about Project URGENT

ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy, in partnership with the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Amphictyony, invite you to participate in the URGENT Final Conference “Reactivating European urban citizenship: a network of inclusive towns”. The event will be taking place in the city of Agia Varvara in Greece, on the 31° of May and will bring together representatives from local authorities, civil society associations, universities and experts to exchange knowledge, experience and good practices on the topic. In the afternoon, the URGENT Inclusion Fair will take place to allow local organisations to present themselves and their activities, as well as to exchange ideas on common topics of interest.

The conference is part of the project “URGENT – Urban Regeneration: European Network of Towns”, financed by the Europe for Citizens Programmes of the European Union. Being now close to the project completion, the 13 project partners can already put forward the lessons learned and experiences accumulated throughout the international seminars and activities implemented in the framework of the local path.


The project methodology allowed 11 cities to develop territorial analyses and familiarise with the local migration issues. Based on the identified local needs, each partner has launched a consultation to develop a pilot project and further implement it in their cities. In parallel the 3 international seminars allowed the partners not only to exchange knowledge and experience on socio-spatial inclusion but also to develop a network capable to put forward position papers and recommendations on the addressed issue.


Project partners are meeting in Athens from 30 May to 1 June to share results of the pilot projects and to conclude the project. During this last international seminar, the partners will develop a city manifesto to build a common understanding about interculturality, social inclusion, integration of migrants and the right to the city foe newcomers. The project results will be valorised in a handbook collecting the experiences of the enactment that overcome stereotypes about migrants and build counter narratives.


ALDA invites all interested stakeholders to join our work on fostering social inclusion of migrants and vulnerable groups at the local level and to make urban spaces a better place to live in.

Read more about Project URGENT


LDA Mostar implements the local activities within the Balkan Kaleidoscope project

As a part of the local activities within the Balkan Kaleidoscope project, during March 2018, LDA Mostar organized and implemented two workshops titled ”Multiperspectivity in history teaching” for the young people aged 16-30. The workshop aimed to help young people understand the complexity and delicacy of intercultural dialogue through the use of a methodology of different perspectives and narratives that nurtures critical and unbiased thinking.

The workshops program and methodology were in line with the training for history teachers held in Osijek (Croatia) in November 2017, which aimed to qualify 40 teachers for teaching history on multipespecitivity basis.

The aforementioned workshops were followed by the study visit of all of the participants to three religious communities and their religious buildings in the City of Mostar surroundings: Monastery in Zitomislici, Mosque in Pocitelj and Caritas Capljina. The goal was to experience different communities all destroyed by the war happenings and rebuilt all over again, and whose population once refugees are today back to their homes and trying to rebuild intercultural relationships once again.

LDA Mostar finalized the local activities by awarding the certificates to our workshop participants and presenting the results of their work.

The projects final conference with the presentation of the project results is planned to be held in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of September 2018.

Read more about Balkan Kaleidoscope Project

As a part of the local activities within the Balkan Kaleidoscope project, during March 2018, LDA Mostar organized and implemented two workshops titled ”Multiperspectivity in history teaching” for the young people aged 16-30. The workshop aimed to help young people understand the complexity and delicacy of intercultural dialogue through the use of a methodology of different perspectives and narratives that nurtures critical and unbiased thinking.

The workshops program and methodology were in line with the training for history teachers held in Osijek (Croatia) in November 2017, which aimed to qualify 40 teachers for teaching history on multipespecitivity basis.

The aforementioned workshops were followed by the study visit of all of the participants to three religious communities and their religious buildings in the City of Mostar surroundings: Monastery in Zitomislici, Mosque in Pocitelj and Caritas Capljina. The goal was to experience different communities all destroyed by the war happenings and rebuilt all over again, and whose population once refugees are today back to their homes and trying to rebuild intercultural relationships once again.

LDA Mostar finalized the local activities by awarding the certificates to our workshop participants and presenting the results of their work.

The projects final conference with the presentation of the project results is planned to be held in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of September 2018.

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What would you do? ENLARGE gamebook in the spotlight in Brussels

On 4 May 2018, over 20 participants were part of the interactive presentation of ENLARGE gamebook in Brussels, Belgium, at the European Social and Economic Committee.

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The event was moderated by Cristina Vasilescu (IRS) and Irene Zanetti (ALDA), and gathered participants from the whole enlarged Europe.

During the event, one of the several stories offered by the gamebook was narrated to the participants, who gave their feedback on the contexts, solutions, and challenges encountered – not only within the fiction, but in their real-life experience.

The event was thus an important moment of awareness-raising on how to ensure effective and sustainable participatory processes in the environmental policy field, while at the same time gathering interesting ideas and suggestions from participants.

On 4 May 2018, over 20 participants were part of the interactive presentation of ENLARGE gamebook in Brussels, Belgium, at the European Social and Economic Committee.

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The event was moderated by Cristina Vasilescu (IRS) and Irene Zanetti (ALDA), and gathered participants from the whole enlarged Europe.

During the event, one of the several stories offered by the gamebook was narrated to the participants, who gave their feedback on the contexts, solutions, and challenges encountered – not only within the fiction but in their real-life experience.

The event was thus an important moment of awareness-raising on how to ensure effective and sustainable participatory processes in the environmental policy field, while at the same time gathering interesting ideas and suggestions from participants.


Balkan Youth Forum ends with creative workshops and visit to Parliament

The Balkan Youth Forum titled “Creative innovations towards active youth participation in the Balkans” was successfully realized from 14th to 17th of May in Skopje.

Over 70 representatives of CSOs, local authorities and youth workers participated in the three-day forum, all of them coming from different Western Balkan countries.
The forum included an open conference, creative workshops and study visits. The young participants learned about creative innovations in the field of youth participation through positive practices. The youngsters also visited the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia during the forum, where the two youngest Members of Parliament presented themselves in front of the participants and a tour of the building was organized.
The Balkan Youth Forum is being realized for a fourth time, after the previous successful forums in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. It’s organized within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue, project coordinated by ALDA, implemented together with 7 LDAs from the Balkans and financed by the EU.
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The Balkan Youth Forum titled “Creative innovations towards active youth participation in the Balkans” was successfully realized from 14th to 17th of May in Skopje.

Over 70 representatives of CSOs, local authorities and youth workers participated in the three-day forum, all of them coming from different Western Balkan countries.
The forum included an open conference, creative workshops and study visits. The young participants learned about creative innovations in the field of youth participation through positive practices. The youngsters also visited the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia during the forum, where the two youngest Members of Parliament presented themselves in front of the participants and a tour of the building was organized.
The Balkan Youth Forum is being realized for a fourth time, after the previous successful forums in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. It’s organized within the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue, project coordinated by ALDA, implemented together with 7 LDAs from the Balkans and financed by the EU.
Useful links