Launching of the project « AVEC 2 » for the socio-economic empowerment of women from rural areas

On September 8th, 2018, ALDA and ARDES (Regional Association of Social and Economic Development) launched the project “Socio-economic empowerment women from rural areas, through their inclusion in the social, solidarity-based and environmental economy”.

The project will be implemented in the rural municipalities of Tiflet – Maaziz – Tiddas. These activities are carried-out as the continuation of the project AVEC – Villages Associations of Savings and Loans – led by ALDA and its partners, from October 2016 to November 2017 and co-funded by Foundation RAJA- Danièle Marcovici. Actually, as a result of this first stage of the project, women benefiting from 5 AVEC expressed the wish to group together in cooperatives. In 2018-2019 these cooperatives will be based on good governance and product-diversification, on search for opportunities, fundraising and participation to fairs and exhibitions. It will also be a question of promoting equal possibilities between men and women, delivering trainings to improve valuation and marketing techniques, as well as marketing of products.
Finally, a special attention will be devoted to local products in order to better control and raise awareness of new cooperatives toward dangers of overexploitation of local natural resources.

On September 8th, 2018, ALDA and ARDES (Regional Association of Social and Economic Development) launched the project “Socio-economic empowerment women from rural areas, through their inclusion in the social, solidarity-based and environmental economy”.

The project will be implemented in the rural municipalities of Tiflet – Maaziz – Tiddas. These activities are carried-out as the continuation of the project AVEC – Villages Associations of Savings and Loans – led by ALDA and its partners, from October 2016 to November 2017 and co-funded by Foundation RAJA- Danièle Marcovici. Actually, as a result of this first stage of the project, women benefiting from 5 AVEC expressed the wish to group together in cooperatives. In 2018-2019 these cooperatives will be based on good governance and product-diversification, on search for opportunities, fundraising and participation to fairs and exhibitions. It will also be a question of promoting equal possibilities between men and women, delivering trainings to improve valuation and marketing techniques, as well as marketing of products.
Finally, a special attention will be devoted to local products in order to better control and raise awareness of new cooperatives toward dangers of overexploitation of local natural resources.


ENLARGE project – the final event is not the end! The gamebook will be a living tool fostering collaborative governance in Europe

The closing event of the project ENLARGE, funded by the programme Horizon 2020 of the European Union, was held in Brussels on 26 September, during the eGov week coordinated by the European Commission. Participants agreed on the usefulness of the gamebook produced, which will be integrated for two years, with suggestions for improvement from users.

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The event gathered some 40 participants from administrations, civil society, academia, and more. It started with the introduction by Cristina Vasilescu from IRS, lead partner, who walked the audience through the milestones of this 2-years journey, until the creation of the gamebook “Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy”.

Then, a high-level panel moderated by Erica Melloni from IRS exchanged on the nature of collaborative processes.

Serge Novaretti from DG CONNECT opened the session, and highlighted the need to strengthen trust between citizens and governments in Europe, stressing that ENLARGE greatly tackled this issue, and that the gamebook produced will help public administrations and citizens to cooperate more and better.

Frédéric Boyer, representative of ENERGY CITIES and Covenant of Mayors, put the accent on the need to change citizens’ mindset by making them feel empowered to contribute to their community, and develop strategies and actions together with the local authorities. ENLARGE gamebook is an innovative tool in this sense, allowing readers to put themselves in the shoes of someone else, thus facing their challenges and constraints.

Also the intervention of Марко Боариа from ALDA stressed the need to make citizens feel they belong to their community, using all methodologies – from citizens panels, to this realistic gamebook, and many more.

Bruno Dente from Politecnico of Milano pointed out that ENLARGE mapped a lot of different mechanisms leading people to successfully engage in collaborative efforts. Being able to replicate the mechanism, if not the instrument, in different communities is extremely useful.

Finally, Iolanda Romano from Avventura Urbana, commented that examples and experiences in the book are not real, but very realistic and sound. The gamebook does show every reader that nothing is smooth and linear. Conflict, dilemmas, human factors are part of all collaborative processes.

Participants had then the chance to navigate in group through the gamebook, choosing together how to run the process in the municipality. Their comments, ideas and suggestions were clustered by Stefania Ravazzi from the University of Turin, who with the support of a graphic recorder, mapped on paper the suggestions for improvement and further usability of the book.

Some real cases were then in the spotlight, moderated by Kerli Kirsimaa from the Swedish Environment Institute – Tallinn Centre. Participants heard the stories of Marek Muiste (H2020 Panel 2050), Daniele Piazza (GECOFOR), and Leire Orue-Echevarria Arrieta (CITADEL H2020).

A number of ideas and suggestions to increase and continue the cooperation generated by ENLARGE were put forward. Something is clear: the gamebook is a highly needed tool that will be promoted by all engaged actors and support administrations and citizens all over Europe; and the final event is not the end of this 2-years path.

Useful resources:
Are you ready for your online digital adventure? Start now!
Прочтите больше project ENLARGE on its website
Follow @ENLARGEproject –  #ENLARGEproject on Twitter
Watch our videos on YouTube

The closing event of the project ENLARGE, funded by the programme Horizon 2020 of the European Union, was held in Brussels on 26 September, during the eGov week coordinated by the European Commission. Participants agreed on the usefulness of the gamebook produced, which will be integrated for two years, with suggestions for improvement from users.

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The event gathered some 40 participants from administrations, civil society, academia, and more. It started with the introduction by Cristina Vasilescu from IRS, lead partner, who walked the audience through the milestones of this 2-years journey, until the creation of the gamebook “Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy”.

Then, a high-level panel moderated by Erica Melloni from IRS exchanged on the nature of collaborative processes.

Serge Novaretti from DG CONNECT opened the session, and highlighted the need to strengthen trust between citizens and governments in Europe, stressing that ENLARGE greatly tackled this issue, and that the gamebook produced will help public administrations and citizens to cooperate more and better.

Frédéric Boyer, representative of ENERGY CITIES and Covenant of Mayors, put the accent on the need to change citizens’ mindset by making them feel empowered to contribute to their community, and develop strategies and actions together with the local authorities. ENLARGE gamebook is an innovative tool in this sense, allowing readers to put themselves in the shoes of someone else, thus facing their challenges and constraints.

Also the intervention of Марко Боариа from ALDA stressed the need to make citizens feel they belong to their community, using all methodologies – from citizens panels, to this realistic gamebook, and many more.

Bruno Dente from Politecnico of Milano pointed out that ENLARGE mapped a lot of different mechanisms leading people to successfully engage in collaborative efforts. Being able to replicate the mechanism, if not the instrument, in different communities is extremely useful.

Finally, Iolanda Romano from Avventura Urbana, commented that examples and experiences in the book are not real, but very realistic and sound. The gamebook does show every reader that nothing is smooth and linear. Conflict, dilemmas, human factors are part of all collaborative processes.

Participants had then the chance to navigate in group through the gamebook, choosing together how to run the process in the municipality. Their comments, ideas and suggestions were clustered by Stefania Ravazzi from the University of Turin, who with the support of a graphic recorder, mapped on paper the suggestions for improvement and further usability of the book.

Some real cases were then in the spotlight, moderated by Kerli Kirsimaa from the Swedish Environment Institute – Tallinn Centre. Participants heard the stories of Marek Muiste (H2020 Panel 2050), Daniele Piazza (GECOFOR), and Leire Orue-Echevarria Arrieta (CITADEL H2020).

A number of ideas and suggestions to increase and continue the cooperation generated by ENLARGE were put forward. Something is clear: the gamebook is a highly needed tool that will be promoted by all engaged actors and support administrations and citizens all over Europe; and the final event is not the end of this 2-years path.

Useful resources:
Are you ready for your online digital adventure? Start now!
Прочтите больше project ENLARGE on its website
Follow @ENLARGEproject –  #ENLARGEproject on Twitter
Watch our videos on YouTube


Join ALDA on the 27th September for the CRISCO international conference in Strasbourg: “Prejudices and precarious individual situations”

Prejudices and precarious individual situations prominently play a negative influence in how citizens treat one, thus further contributed to the fragmentation of society. Prejudices and stereotypes often lead to forms of discrimination which affects key areas of an individual’s social and economic life by it limiting their access and experience in work, in educations and in access the services within a society.

Citizens and social groups who experience discrimination are often deterred from successfully integrating into society, opting to remain in a separate socio-demographic group with limited involvement in the local social environment.

As a consequence of this segregation, social cohesion and successful integration within a community are hindered. Therefore, tackling and eliminating the various issues and elements of prejudices and precarious individual situations cosmopolitan cities will be able to establish a better intercultural dialogue and level of understanding.

To address these issues, ALDA is organising the second transnational meeting within the project CRISCO: Crossroad of Regions – fostering involvement of all citizens in local life to Improve Social Cohesion on the 27th September in Strasbourg. French local stakeholders will share their experience with the 45 international representatives coming from 9 countries and the local citizens.
регистр ЗДЕСЬ to take part in the public debate and in the CRISCO Tool Fair.

Prejudices and precarious individual situations prominently play a negative influence in how citizens treat one, thus further contributed to the fragmentation of society. Prejudices and stereotypes often lead to forms of discrimination which affects key areas of an individual’s social and economic life by it limiting their access and experience in work, in educations and in access the services within a society.

Citizens and social groups who experience discrimination are often deterred from successfully integrating into society, opting to remain in a separate socio-demographic group with limited involvement in the local social environment.

As a consequence of this segregation, social cohesion and successful integration within a community are hindered. Therefore, tackling and eliminating the various issues and elements of prejudices and precarious individual situations cosmopolitan cities will be able to establish a better intercultural dialogue and level of understanding.

To address these issues, ALDA is organising the second transnational meeting within the project CRISCO: Crossroad of Regions – fostering involvement of all citizens in local life to Improve Social Cohesion on the 27th September in Strasbourg. French local stakeholders will share their experience with the 45 international representatives coming from 9 countries and the local citizens.
регистр ЗДЕСЬ to take part in the public debate and in the CRISCO Tool Fair.


ELoGE - ALDA in Strasbourg to master the 12 principles of good governance

Last 13th and 14th September, a delegation composed by some ALDA and LDAs staff and representatives, joined a very special training at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, held by the Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform.

The training was about the 12 principles of Good Governance, developed by the Centre of Expertise during the past10 years to assess the performance of the Local Governments in the CoE Member States. Principles range from responsiveness to rule of law, ethical conduct, sound financial management, Fair Conduct of Elections, Representation and Participation.

If a local Government scores good enough, it gets the label EloGE – European Label of Governance Excellence. In the past months ALDA requested the accreditation to become a trainer on these 12 principles and uphold good governance in the local communities it works with in the enlarge Europe.

This training was organized to get us ready for this new inspiring task. Good governance is a concept which differs very much from one local context to another (different laws, administrative systems, praxis, etc.). The challenge is to take this into account whilst evaluating the LAs’ performance and the key word we learn during the training is “flexibility”. Also, the good governance is never a permanent achievement, and a constant work is needed to ensure that principles are duly pursued or performed.

We will do our best to implement the lessons learnt in the training and from now on we are thrilled to use this more tool to strive for local democracy and equal societies.

Last 13th and 14th September, a delegation composed by some ALDA and LDAs staff and representatives, joined a very special training at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, held by the Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform.

The training was about the 12 principles of Good Governance, developed by the Centre of Expertise during the past10 years to assess the performance of the Local Governments in the CoE Member States. Principles range from responsiveness to rule of law, ethical conduct, sound financial management, Fair Conduct of Elections, Representation and Participation.

If a local Government scores good enough, it gets the label EloGE – European Label of Governance Excellence. In the past months ALDA requested the accreditation to become a trainer on these 12 principles and uphold good governance in the local communities it works with in the enlarge Europe.

This training was organized to get us ready for this new inspiring task. Good governance is a concept which differs very much from one local context to another (different laws, administrative systems, praxis, etc.). The challenge is to take this into account whilst evaluating the LAs’ performance and the key word we learn during the training is “flexibility”. Also, the good governance is never a permanent achievement, and a constant work is needed to ensure that principles are duly pursued or performed.

We will do our best to implement the lessons learnt in the training and from now on we are thrilled to use this more tool to strive for local democracy and equal societies.


Citizens’ Consultations, the voice of the people in the European Union

A number of policies related to democratic participation, transparency of the EU and the lack of mobilisation of the EU citizens were adopted by the European Commission over the past few years.These were followed by the organization of Citizens’ Consultations events that have been taking place between April and October 2018 in 27 EU member countries.

The French Government has taken a certain lead in this matter by implementing a large number of “Consultations Citoyennes” events in major French cities. These events are thought to collect citizens’ points of view on the European Union: its latest policies, its strengths and weaknesses, and the potential improvements to be undertaken by relevant authorities.

In the context of my work at the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) I had the opportunity to participate in one of these Consultations Citoyennes. In that case, it was organized by the City of Strasbourg in a row of three events, all taking place in crowded public spaces in a busy time frame (around 5-6pm, when most employees leave their office in France).

Due to the large affluence and the peculiar organization of the event, many persons gathered around and participated in this Consultation, showing its success in collecting diverse opinions about the EU. Indeed, the event was organized in the form of a collective poll session, where questions were displayed on a TV screen, and could be answered anonymously via smartphones. Answers were then showed on the TV screen and discussed between the participants.

The exchanges were vivid among the participants and reflected wide differences of the points of view represented; some of the participants had strong federalist views whereas other were more sceptical about EU policies’ outcomes and usefulness. For this very reason, it appeared to me that this event was successful in its way of involving very diverse persons with different point of views about Europe and its future.

It seems to me that the whole goal of the Citizens’ Consultation process is to get in touch with the groups that aren’t usually involved when it comes to questions relating to the EU, and to foster interest and inclusion of these target groups in the European project. Moreover, the specific form of the Consultation I attended, aimed to make it possible for a wide range of individuals to get involved in the event, in different ways – some talked more than others, but everyone could participate by entering a word or ticking a box on their smartphone.

ALDA therefore salutes this initiative and warmly supports the organisation of events allowing for the involvement of all citizens, and providing incentives to citizen participation in general.

A number of policies related to democratic participation, transparency of the EU and the lack of mobilisation of the EU citizens were adopted by the European Commission over the past few years.These were followed by the organization of Citizens’ Consultations events that have been taking place between April and October 2018 in 27 EU member countries.

The French Government has taken a certain lead in this matter by implementing a large number of “Consultations Citoyennes” events in major French cities. These events are thought to collect citizens’ points of view on the European Union: its latest policies, its strengths and weaknesses, and the potential improvements to be undertaken by relevant authorities.

In the context of my work at the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) I had the opportunity to participate in one of these Consultations Citoyennes. In that case, it was organized by the City of Strasbourg in a row of three events, all taking place in crowded public spaces in a busy time frame (around 5-6pm, when most employees leave their office in France).

Due to the large affluence and the peculiar organization of the event, many persons gathered around and participated in this Consultation, showing its success in collecting diverse opinions about the EU. Indeed, the event was organized in the form of a collective poll session, where questions were displayed on a TV screen, and could be answered anonymously via smartphones. Answers were then showed on the TV screen and discussed between the participants.

The exchanges were vivid among the participants and reflected wide differences of the points of view represented; some of the participants had strong federalist views whereas other were more sceptical about EU policies’ outcomes and usefulness. For this very reason, it appeared to me that this event was successful in its way of involving very diverse persons with different point of views about Europe and its future.

It seems to me that the whole goal of the Citizens’ Consultation process is to get in touch with the groups that aren’t usually involved when it comes to questions relating to the EU, and to foster interest and inclusion of these target groups in the European project. Moreover, the specific form of the Consultation I attended, aimed to make it possible for a wide range of individuals to get involved in the event, in different ways – some talked more than others, but everyone could participate by entering a word or ticking a box on their smartphone.

ALDA therefore salutes this initiative and warmly supports the organisation of events allowing for the involvement of all citizens, and providing incentives to citizen participation in general.


Shrinking Europe’s citizenry from 512 to 466 million with Brexit. Collateral damage, or is there another way?

On September 6th ALDA participated to the brainstorming workshop “Shrinking Europe’s citizenry from 512 to 466 million with Brexit. Collateral damage, or is there another way?”

The event, organized by the European Citizens’ rights, Involvement and Trust Foundation (ECTI), took place at the Press Club, in Brussels, in association with the Summer University on European citizenship. The objective of the workshop was to embark upon a discussion on the latest European Citizens’ Initiative to promote the European Union permanent citizenship related to the Brexit phenomenon. The event examined various aspects concerning the Brexit, from general information to real experiences and opinions by people living in the United Kingdom and UK citizens living in other European countries.

This workshop wanted to try answering to particularly delicate questions, such as: How to provide this European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with the necessary support so that Brexit becomes a European, not just a UK issue? Can the ECI attract up to one million signatures from a minimum of 7 member states? What are the real chances for success when petitions, court cases and appeals to the European ombudsman have not gone far so far? Mr. Simpson, leader of the European Citizens’ Initiative, stated that they are trying to achieve their mission by looking for self starting support networks in the member states.

Among the speakers we mention Tony Venables, founder of the ECIT, Dora Kostakopoulou, Professor of European Law at Warwick University, Julie Ward, member of the European Parliament for the North West England region and Andrew Duff, expert on the Treaties, President of the Spinelli Group.

On September 6th ALDA participated to the brainstorming workshop “Shrinking Europe’s citizenry from 512 to 466 million with Brexit. Collateral damage, or is there another way?”

The event, organized by the European Citizens’ rights, Involvement and Trust Foundation (ECTI), took place at the Press Club, in Brussels, in association with the Summer University on European citizenship. The objective of the workshop was to embark upon a discussion on the latest European Citizens’ Initiative to promote the European Union permanent citizenship related to the Brexit phenomenon. The event examined various aspects concerning the Brexit, from general information to real experiences and opinions by people living in the United Kingdom and UK citizens living in other European countries.

This workshop wanted to try answering to particularly delicate questions, such as: How to provide this European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with the necessary support so that Brexit becomes a European, not just a UK issue? Can the ECI attract up to one million signatures from a minimum of 7 member states? What are the real chances for success when petitions, court cases and appeals to the European ombudsman have not gone far so far? Mr. Simpson, leader of the European Citizens’ Initiative, stated that they are trying to achieve their mission by looking for self starting support networks in the member states.

Among the speakers we mention Tony Venables, founder of the ECIT, Dora Kostakopoulou, Professor of European Law at Warwick University, Julie Ward, member of the European Parliament for the North West England region and Andrew Duff, expert on the Treaties, President of the Spinelli Group.


In Sisak to “Choose our own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy”

On September 5th a dissemination event on the ENLARGE project took place in Sisak, to discuss upon the theme of collaborative governance in the sustainable energy field and we played the gamebook “Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy”.

A delegation from ALDA, led by the communication and project manager Irene Zanetti, went to Sisak, in Croatia, where the Local Democracy Agency hosted a special dissemination event. Ms. Zanetti together with all participants started their shared journey through a collaborative process in the sustainable energy field. As the beginning of the book is well-known, being a local government attempting to formulate and implement an energy consumption reduction plan, the rest of the story is all but predictable. Since the ENLARGE gamebook puts the player in front of a choice at every chapter, duly the participants started a discussion, exploring various scenarios and explaining their views on the topic.

We have been proud to experience such an involvement from all parties, proving once again the interest of the gamebook and its utility not only for professionals planning to kick-off a collaborative process, but also for general public and students willing to embark into a new enriching experience.

Useful Resources:
ENLARGE project’s website
“Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy” gamebook

On September 5th a dissemination event on the ENLARGE project took place in Sisak, to discuss upon the theme of collaborative governance in the sustainable energy field and we played the gamebook “Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy”.

A delegation from ALDA, led by the communication and project manager Irene Zanetti, went to Sisak, in Croatia, where the Local Democracy Agency hosted a special dissemination event. Ms. Zanetti together with all participants started their shared journey through a collaborative process in the sustainable energy field. As the beginning of the book is well-known, being a local government attempting to formulate and implement an energy consumption reduction plan, the rest of the story is all but predictable. Since the ENLARGE gamebook puts the player in front of a choice at every chapter, duly the participants started a discussion, exploring various scenarios and explaining their views on the topic.

We have been proud to experience such an involvement from all parties, proving once again the interest of the gamebook and its utility not only for professionals planning to kick-off a collaborative process, but also for general public and students willing to embark into a new enriching experience.

Useful Resources:
ENLARGE project’s website
“Choose your own collaborative adventure in sustainable energy” gamebook


MEANING project final event: time for metropolitan cities to look at the future of active citizenship

The international partners of the MEANING project – Metropolitan Europeans in Active Network, Inducing Novelties in Governance, gathered from September 12 to 14 in Zagreb, Croatia, for the project’s final event before the official closure. The project, launched in 2016, brought together a number of metropolitan cities and gave them the chance to exchange experiences about the management of European Metropolitan Cities and discuss their role in the future of European governance, with a specific focus on active citizenship.
During the interactive sessions held in the first day of the event, the international partners had the chance to present local events that have been organized in the framework of the project, discuss the lessons learnt, come up with valuable recommendations for each of the topics tackled, and look at the way forward for metropolitan cities and active citizenship in Europe. On the second day, the local partner Grad Zagreb organized a public conference focused specifically on sustainable urban transport and civic participation. A series of local projects on e-mobility and bicycle transportation were also presented. In the afternoon, international partners introduced some of their projects on sustainable mobility and engaged in an active and fruitful discussion.
In front of a very interested audience, a number of high-level speakers underlined the crucial role of metropolitan cities and the relevance of the project. Among them figured Ms. Olivera Majić, deputy mayor of Zagreb, Mr. Frane Šesnić, Managing Director of Zagreb innovation centre (ZICER), Ms. Branka Mracevic, ALDA Board Member and Carmine Pacente, who represented the metropolitan city of Milan as the leading partner. Ms Mracevic stressed that “The project MEANING is a key tool through which ALDA is promoting citizens’ participation at the local level and has been funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Europe for Citizens Programme. It is a very important moment in which the new European agenda, its priorities and new programmes will be defined so that this networks may be also the occasion for local actors to have their say on the matter.
This conference has been an occasion to analyze the project’s outcomes project and to reflect on its new programming period from a metropolitan level perspective. ALDA, as representative of both local and regional governments is ready to support the increase of citizens’ awareness and engagement in global challenges, “by acting locally but thinking globally.”
All in all, international partners think that the project was a success and are already looking at the next steps while paving the way for further collaboration.
More information about the project can be found on the official website, which will be updated in the next few weeks with videos and documents on the activities carried out as well as recommendations and lessons learned

The international partners of the MEANING project – Metropolitan Europeans in Active Network, Inducing Novelties in Governance, gathered from September 12 to 14 in Zagreb, Croatia, for the project’s final event before the official closure. The project, launched in 2016, brought together a number of metropolitan cities and gave them the chance to exchange experiences about the management of European Metropolitan Cities and discuss their role in the future of European governance, with a specific focus on active citizenship.
During the interactive sessions held in the first day of the event, the international partners had the chance to present local events that have been organized in the framework of the project, discuss the lessons learnt, come up with valuable recommendations for each of the topics tackled, and look at the way forward for metropolitan cities and active citizenship in Europe. On the second day, the local partner Grad Zagreb organized a public conference focused specifically on sustainable urban transport and civic participation. A series of local projects on e-mobility and bicycle transportation were also presented. In the afternoon, international partners introduced some of their projects on sustainable mobility and engaged in an active and fruitful discussion.
In front of a very interested audience, a number of high-level speakers underlined the crucial role of metropolitan cities and the relevance of the project. Among them figured Ms. Olivera Majić, deputy mayor of Zagreb, Mr. Frane Šesnić, Managing Director of Zagreb innovation centre (ZICER), Ms. Branka Mracevic, ALDA Board Member and Carmine Pacente, who represented the metropolitan city of Milan as the leading partner. Ms Mracevic stressed that “The project MEANING is a key tool through which ALDA is promoting citizens’ participation at the local level and has been funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Europe for Citizens Programme. It is a very important moment in which the new European agenda, its priorities and new programmes will be defined so that this networks may be also the occasion for local actors to have their say on the matter.
This conference has been an occasion to analyze the project’s outcomes project and to reflect on its new programming period from a metropolitan level perspective. ALDA, as representative of both local and regional governments is ready to support the increase of citizens’ awareness and engagement in global challenges, “by acting locally but thinking globally.”
All in all, international partners think that the project was a success and are already looking at the next steps while paving the way for further collaboration.
More information about the project can be found on the official website, which will be updated in the next few weeks with videos and documents on the activities carried out as well as recommendations and lessons learned


Young Reporters from the Balkans and Southeast Europe in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region Call for applications

The association Sur les pas d’Albert Londres has been organizing itinerant seminars with young French or foreign students in journalism, communication, audiovisual or multimedia for 5 years.

The “Young reporters from the Balkans and South-Eastern Europe in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region” will take place from November 10 to 25, 2018, in the heart of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, from the city of Lyon, capital of the Gauls and a mecca for French gastronomy, to Vichy, Queen of the water cities, passing through the birthplace of the Bourbon dynasty that ruled France. The theme will be: “The natural, cultural, gastronomic, historical and industrial heritage: an asset for the development of the territories! »

It will be the opportunity for the young reporters to make written, photographic, radio and audiovisual reports which will be promoted on the association’s website: http://www.sur-les-pas-d-albert-londres.fr, which includes all the articles and reports made during the previous itineraries, and in the Balkan and French press. A travel notebook illustrated by a notebook artist and composed of the articles realized will be published. A DVD including the video reports will be edited.

The young reporters, accompanied by French professionals from the fields of journalism, image and multimedia, will be able to put their skills at the service of the project, which will allow them to perfect their experience in the field, which will be very rewarding for their professional career. Meetings and exchanges between journalists and multimedia professionals will take place throughout the project on the practice of the profession and freedom of the press.

Through the various meetings, this operation will allow exchanges of experience with professionals, an approach to the enhancement of urban and rural areas and the development of heritage in all its dimensions.

The project “Young Reporters from the Balkans and Southeast Europe in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region” will begin at Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport on November 10, 2018 and will end at Lyon Saint Exupéry airport on November 25, 2018. We will take care of all the logistics, as well as board and lodging from the airport on the day of departure to the airport on the day of return. The association asks for a financial participation of 100,00 € per participant for the whole stay.

General desired profile of participants :

– Age of candidates between 18 and 30 years old
– Be a professional audio, written or video journalist
– Be a student in journalism, communication or audio-visual and multimedia, already with experience
– To have a study project related to journalism and communication: to prepare a school or university of journalism or communication.
– Language of roaming: French. English may be used if necessary
– Good interpersonal skills, initiative and organizational skills
– Availability of candidates from November 10 to 25, 2018 for travel in France, in the heart of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Candidates must apply in one of the following disciplines: written, video, web and photo If you are interested in this adventure, you can apply by sending a CV and a cover letter before June 30, 2018 by email to President of the association “In the footsteps of Albert London” at the following address: albertlondresvichy@gmail.com.
A selection will be made in order to find the most homogeneous group. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you soon on ” Young Reporters from the Balkans and South-East Europe “.

Provisional program:

November 10: Arrival of the participants in Lyon, capital of the Gauls and a Mecca of French gastronomy. Installation and presentation of the program,

November 11th – November 14th: Preparation and Meetings in the Lyon metropolis, Meetings with the press club of Lyon, the press and journalists, monitoring and reporting on emblematic heritage sites in the Lyon region. Participation in events of the itinerant French-speaking forum which takes place at the same period,

15 November – 17 November: Departure for Thiers. Discovery of the Livradois WebTV and the initiatives of the city of Thiers and the Livradois Forez Park in the field of cultural, natural and industrial heritage. Production of reports, particularly on the development and rehabilitation of industrial heritage.

18-24 November (accommodation in Vichy),

November 18: Departure for Vichy and installation. Afternoon, Reports in Lapalisse, meeting with Jacques de Chabannes, visit of the castle. And exchanges on the valorization and promotion of the historical heritage in the service of the city.

November 19: Moulins, capital of Bourbonnais. Reports on the heritage of the Bourbons (the badly coiffed) and museum of the city (MIJ, Maison Mantin). Visit of the CNCS. Convivial evening with the cooperation and solidarity organizations of the Allier department.

November 20: On the birthplace of the Bourbon dynasty that ruled France. Reports on the historical heritage (castles and priory of Souvigny, “great Romanesque sanctuary of Auvergne”). Meeting with Prince Charles-Henry de Lobkowicz, descendant of the Bourbons and whose great aunt was the last empress of Austria-Hungary, Empress Zita. Castle of Fourchaud and Old Bostz

November 21: Clermont-Ferrand, visit and meeting with the leaders and journalists of the group Centre-France La Montagne. Meeting with the Auvergne press club, with the television channel France3. Exchanges on the job of journalists and on the life of a regional television and a regional daily newspaper.

November 22nd-24th: Reports on Vichy, the queen of water cities and its thermal and historical heritage. November 25th: Departure for Lyon St Exupéry airport.

The association Sur les pas d’Albert Londres has been organizing itinerant seminars with young French or foreign students in journalism, communication, audiovisual or multimedia for 5 years.

The “Young reporters from the Balkans and South-Eastern Europe in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region” will take place from November 10 to 25, 2018, in the heart of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, from the city of Lyon, capital of the Gauls and a mecca for French gastronomy, to Vichy, Queen of the water cities, passing through the birthplace of the Bourbon dynasty that ruled France. The theme will be: “The natural, cultural, gastronomic, historical and industrial heritage: an asset for the development of the territories! »

It will be the opportunity for the young reporters to make written, photographic, radio and audiovisual reports which will be promoted on the association’s website: http://www.sur-les-pas-d-albert-londres.fr, which includes all the articles and reports made during the previous itineraries, and in the Balkan and French press. A travel notebook illustrated by a notebook artist and composed of the articles realized will be published. A DVD including the video reports will be edited.

The young reporters, accompanied by French professionals from the fields of journalism, image and multimedia, will be able to put their skills at the service of the project, which will allow them to perfect their experience in the field, which will be very rewarding for their professional career. Meetings and exchanges between journalists and multimedia professionals will take place throughout the project on the practice of the profession and freedom of the press.

Through the various meetings, this operation will allow exchanges of experience with professionals, an approach to the enhancement of urban and rural areas and the development of heritage in all its dimensions.

The project “Young Reporters from the Balkans and Southeast Europe in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region” will begin at Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport on November 10, 2018 and will end at Lyon Saint Exupéry airport on November 25, 2018. We will take care of all the logistics, as well as board and lodging from the airport on the day of departure to the airport on the day of return. The association asks for a financial participation of 100,00 € per participant for the whole stay.

General desired profile of participants :

– Age of candidates between 18 and 30 years old
– Be a professional audio, written or video journalist
– Be a student in journalism, communication or audio-visual and multimedia, already with experience
– To have a study project related to journalism and communication: to prepare a school or university of journalism or communication.
– Language of roaming: French. English may be used if necessary
– Good interpersonal skills, initiative and organizational skills
– Availability of candidates from November 10 to 25, 2018 for travel in France, in the heart of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Candidates must apply in one of the following disciplines: written, video, web and photo If you are interested in this adventure, you can apply by sending a CV and a cover letter before June 30, 2018 by email to President of the association “In the footsteps of Albert London” at the following address: albertlondresvichy@gmail.com.
A selection will be made in order to find the most homogeneous group. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you soon on ” Young Reporters from the Balkans and South-East Europe “.

Provisional program:

November 10: Arrival of the participants in Lyon, capital of the Gauls and a Mecca of French gastronomy. Installation and presentation of the program,

November 11th – November 14th: Preparation and Meetings in the Lyon metropolis, Meetings with the press club of Lyon, the press and journalists, monitoring and reporting on emblematic heritage sites in the Lyon region. Participation in events of the itinerant French-speaking forum which takes place at the same period,

15 November – 17 November: Departure for Thiers. Discovery of the Livradois WebTV and the initiatives of the city of Thiers and the Livradois Forez Park in the field of cultural, natural and industrial heritage. Production of reports, particularly on the development and rehabilitation of industrial heritage.

18-24 November (accommodation in Vichy),

November 18: Departure for Vichy and installation. Afternoon, Reports in Lapalisse, meeting with Jacques de Chabannes, visit of the castle. And exchanges on the valorization and promotion of the historical heritage in the service of the city.

November 19: Moulins, capital of Bourbonnais. Reports on the heritage of the Bourbons (the badly coiffed) and museum of the city (MIJ, Maison Mantin). Visit of the CNCS. Convivial evening with the cooperation and solidarity organizations of the Allier department.

November 20: On the birthplace of the Bourbon dynasty that ruled France. Reports on the historical heritage (castles and priory of Souvigny, “great Romanesque sanctuary of Auvergne”). Meeting with Prince Charles-Henry de Lobkowicz, descendant of the Bourbons and whose great aunt was the last empress of Austria-Hungary, Empress Zita. Castle of Fourchaud and Old Bostz

November 21: Clermont-Ferrand, visit and meeting with the leaders and journalists of the group Centre-France La Montagne. Meeting with the Auvergne press club, with the television channel France3. Exchanges on the job of journalists and on the life of a regional television and a regional daily newspaper.

November 22nd-24th: Reports on Vichy, the queen of water cities and its thermal and historical heritage. November 25th: Departure for Lyon St Exupéry airport.


ALDA present at the Second international Conference of young Francophones in Geneva

The welcome speech by Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, the words of inspiration from Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the Francophonie and a slam poetry dedicated to the Francophone family, are some of the elements of the opening the 2nd International Conference of Young Francophones (CJF) on the 17th of September 2018.

More than 200 youngsters are present on this Conference at the Palace of Nations in Geneva going on from the 17th to 20th of September to encourage more active involvement of young people in the instances of Francophonie and decision-making bodies.

Ivana Velkova as representative of ALDA Skopje was present at the Conference in order to exchange with youngsters from Francophone countries on the topic of “Living together in solidarity, sharing humanist values and respect of diversity: source of peace and prosperity in the environment Francophone” as well as on the approaches for enabling “economic and financial inclusion of youth”. During the conference, the youngsters had the opportunity to follow the interventions of the representatives of the various bodies of the International organization of the Francophonie, representatives of civil society organizations and young participants.

Youngsters could choose to follow thematic workshops on topics such as SDGs, entrepreneurial values, transversal skills etc.

 

Finally, the plenary session gave the words to the young people to express themselves on topics close to them. The youth also continued to work on the Declaration of young Francophones which is to be presented at the next Francophonie Summit, October 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia.

The welcome speech by Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, the words of inspiration from Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the Francophonie and a slam poetry dedicated to the Francophone family, are some of the elements of the opening the 2nd International Conference of Young Francophones (CJF) on the 17th of September 2018.

More than 200 youngsters are present on this Conference at the Palace of Nations in Geneva going on from the 17th to 20th of September to encourage more active involvement of young people in the instances of Francophonie and decision-making bodies.

Ivana Velkova as representative of ALDA Skopje was present at the Conference in order to exchange with youngsters from Francophone countries on the topic of “Living together in solidarity, sharing humanist values and respect of diversity: source of peace and prosperity in the environment Francophone” as well as on the approaches for enabling “economic and financial inclusion of youth”. During the conference, the youngsters had the opportunity to follow the interventions of the representatives of the various bodies of the International organization of the Francophonie, representatives of civil society organizations and young participants.

Youngsters could choose to follow thematic workshops on topics such as SDGs, entrepreneurial values, transversal skills etc.

 

Finally, the plenary session gave the words to the young people to express themselves on topics close to them. The youth also continued to work on the Declaration of young Francophones which is to be presented at the next Francophonie Summit, October 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia.