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Become a partner of the upcoming Local Democracy Agency in Northern Morocco

ALDA is looking forward to the opening of the new LDA – the Local Democracy Agency in Morocco by the end of the year.

Therefore, we are searching for new partners, such as local and regional authorities and associations, interested in sharing their experience and joining the group of stakeholders involved in the launch of the LDA.
The LDA will be based in Tétouan and shall cover with its activities the Northern Morocco, with potential branches in Tangier and Chefchaoun.
The mission of this initiative is to promote local good governance, citizens’ participation and sustainable development which have always been ALDA’s core values.

ALDA is looking forward to the opening of the new LDA – the Local Democracy Agency in Morocco by the end of the year.

Therefore, we are searching for new partners, such as local and regional authorities and associations, interested in sharing their experience and joining the group of stakeholders involved in the launch of the LDA.
The LDA will be based in Tétouan and shall cover with its activities the Northern Morocco, with potential branches in Tangier and Chefchaoun.
The mission of this initiative is to promote local good governance, citizens’ participation and sustainable development which have always been ALDA’s core values.


ALDA supports the European Movement – France to “Make Europe Win”

The Autumn University, organized by the European Movement – France (ME-F), is about to start and this year the initiative will be supported by ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy.

This 12th edition of the Autumn University will take place from Friday October 12th to Sunday October 14th in Bouloge-Billaincourt, in the Hauts-de-Seine. This 3-day course will be focused on the theme “Let’s make Europe win, as well as its enterprises and its citizens”, by means of meetings, discussions, participatory workshops and field activities supported by the whole European civil society in France.

During these three days of course, ALDA will seize the opportunity to implement three local events which make part of the project WISE – While Innovating and Strengthening Europe. The project’s main objectives are to raise citizens’ awareness about the European Union, its history and values, and the promotion of citizens’ participation in Europe. These topics being consistent with the ones chosen by the Autumn University, ALDA considered it the right occasion for three workshops entitled “From Europe to the European Union”, “From the European Union to you”, “From you to the European Union”.

The conferences and all activities which will take place from the 12th to the 14th of October will aim at stimulating sobering thoughts about the European model and at answering fundamental issues on the future of the European Union and on long-term challenges of the European structure.

 

Useful Resources:

Check the program of the Autumn University

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The Autumn University, organized by the European Movement – France (ME-F), is about to start and this year the initiative will be supported by ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy.

This 12th edition of the Autumn University will take place from Friday October 12th to Sunday October 14th in Bouloge-Billaincourt, in the Hauts-de-Seine. This 3-day course will be focused on the theme “Let’s make Europe win, as well as its enterprises and its citizens”, by means of meetings, discussions, participatory workshops and field activities supported by the whole European civil society in France.

During these three days of course, ALDA will seize the opportunity to implement three local events which make part of the project WISE – While Innovating and Strengthening Europe. The project’s main objectives are to raise citizens’ awareness about the European Union, its history and values, and the promotion of citizens’ participation in Europe. These topics being consistent with the ones chosen by the Autumn University, ALDA considered it the right occasion for three workshops entitled “From Europe to the European Union”, “From the European Union to you”, “From you to the European Union”.

The conferences and all activities which will take place from the 12th to the 14th of October will aim at stimulating sobering thoughts about the European model and at answering fundamental issues on the future of the European Union and on long-term challenges of the European structure.

 

Useful Resources:

Check the program of the Autumn University

Нажмите ЗДЕСЬ to register


EVS Opportunity in Vicenza at “Il Mosaico”

ALDA is looking for a young volunteer (18 – 30 years old) holding the French nationality or resident in France for a 9-months European Voluntary Service (EVS) in Vicenza, Italy, starting from next October 2018.

The volunteer will be hosted by the Social Cooperative “Il Mosaico”, together with another volunteer from Belarus. The volunteer will be enrolled in the Youth Information Centre and the Polo Giovani B55. The Youth Information Centre offers guidance about training and education, placement, mobility and volunteering activities, stimulating the participation of young people to social life. “Polo B55” is the place of innovation, professional training and new professions.

General aims of the project – in line with Erasmus+ aims: – promoting ERASMUS + program, European Solidarity Corps and the mobility opportunities promoted by EU; – encouraging the sense of solidarity and tolerance among young people – stimulating the creativity of the young volunteers, who will be actively involved in the places they will operate.
The activities that the volunteer will be involved in will include: • Work with young people, public relation – front office, mostly spreading information about the opportunities for youth offered by Erasmus+ Program • Work with students in high schools (meetings, infodesk during schooltime…) giving basic information about Volunteering Projects and other opportunities (job, voluntarism, youth participation, etc.) • Events organization
And much more!!!
The project is funded by the ERASMUS + programme, KA1 – mobility for young people. The lead applicant and coordinator of the exchange is the social cooperative Studio Progetto; the hosting organization is the social cooperative “Il Mosaico”.
For any further information kindly write to Anna Ditta, anna.ditta@aldaintranet.org or call the number +39 0444540146
If you are interested in becoming volunteer please register on europa.eu/youth/solidarity and send your registration number to progettazione@studioprogetto.org and in cc to lara.lupato@studioprogetto.org and anna.ditta@aldaintranet.org You will be contacted for an interview.
The deadline for expressing your interest is on October 13th, 2018.

ALDA is looking for a young volunteer (18 – 30 years old) holding the French nationality or resident in France for a 9-months European Voluntary Service (EVS) in Vicenza, Italy, starting from next October 2018.

The volunteer will be hosted by the Social Cooperative “Il Mosaico”, together with another volunteer from Belarus. The volunteer will be enrolled in the Youth Information Centre and the Polo Giovani B55. The Youth Information Centre offers guidance about training and education, placement, mobility and volunteering activities, stimulating the participation of young people to social life. “Polo B55” is the place of innovation, professional training and new professions.

General aims of the project – in line with Erasmus+ aims: – promoting ERASMUS + program, European Solidarity Corps and the mobility opportunities promoted by EU; – encouraging the sense of solidarity and tolerance among young people – stimulating the creativity of the young volunteers, who will be actively involved in the places they will operate.
The activities that the volunteer will be involved in will include: • Work with young people, public relation – front office, mostly spreading information about the opportunities for youth offered by Erasmus+ Program • Work with students in high schools (meetings, infodesk during schooltime…) giving basic information about Volunteering Projects and other opportunities (job, voluntarism, youth participation, etc.) • Events organization
And much more!!!
The project is funded by the ERASMUS + programme, KA1 – mobility for young people. The lead applicant and coordinator of the exchange is the social cooperative Studio Progetto; the hosting organization is the social cooperative “Il Mosaico”.
For any further information kindly write to Anna Ditta, anna.ditta@aldaintranet.org or call the number +39 0444540146
If you are interested in becoming volunteer please register on europa.eu/youth/solidarity and send your registration number to progettazione@studioprogetto.org and in cc to lara.lupato@studioprogetto.org and anna.ditta@aldaintranet.org You will be contacted for an interview.
The deadline for expressing your interest is on October 13th, 2018.


Invito al convegno pubblico sull’inserimento lavorativo dei rifugiati in Veneto

Lunedì 15 ottobre si terrà nella sede del CUOA di Altavilla Vicentina il convegno dedicato al tema dei rifugiati e delle loro prospettive di inserimento lavorativo a Vicenza e nel Veneto.

Tra i relatori Marco Boaria di ALDA, da sempre impegnata nel coinvolgere i cittadini per migliorare le proprie comunità .

Il Convegno si propone di mettere a fuoco la condizione dei rifugiati a Vicenza e nel Veneto, dove le presenze non sembrano numericamente esorbitanti ma sono mal sopportate dalla popolazione. Alla base del malcontento, vi è la condizione di inattività protratta presso svariati centri di accoglienza, a dispetto di alcune positive esperienze di inserimento lavorativo. Queste potrebbero essere incoraggiate in un territorio ricco di strutture produttive ed in taluni casi richiedenti forza lavoro, superando difficoltà poste da una organizzazione ancora carente e da una legislazione non in linea con la intensità del fenomeno.

Per registrare la propria presenza, si prega di scrivere a Marco Boariamarco.boaria@aldaintranet.org

Lunedì 15 ottobre si terrà nella sede del CUOA di Altavilla Vicentina il convegno dedicato al tema dei rifugiati e delle loro prospettive di inserimento lavorativo a Vicenza e nel Veneto.

Tra i relatori Marco Boaria di ALDA, da sempre impegnata nel coinvolgere i cittadini per migliorare le proprie comunità .

Il Convegno si propone di mettere a fuoco la condizione dei rifugiati a Vicenza e nel Veneto, dove le presenze non sembrano numericamente esorbitanti ma sono mal sopportate dalla popolazione. Alla base del malcontento, vi è la condizione di inattività protratta presso svariati centri di accoglienza, a dispetto di alcune positive esperienze di inserimento lavorativo. Queste potrebbero essere incoraggiate in un territorio ricco di strutture produttive ed in taluni casi richiedenti forza lavoro, superando difficoltà poste da una organizzazione ancora carente e da una legislazione non in linea con la intensità del fenomeno.

Per registrare la propria presenza, si prega di scrivere a Marco Boariamarco.boaria@aldaintranet.org


"Organizational development and Quality assurance systems" training for Macedonian CSOs

A representative from ALDA Skopje was part of the training “Organizational development and quality assurance systems” organized by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation – MCIC from 26 to 28 September 2018 in Ohrid, Macedonia.

The training gave the opportunity to 16 representatives of Macedonian CSOs to get acquainted with the various elements of Quality assurance systems in everyday work tasks. The participants were fully immersed in the training and pointed out the most common dilemmas they face in their work, which refers to transparency, accountability and overall organizational development.

Trainers were Tina Divjak, deputy director of the Slovenian National Network of Civil Society Organizations (CNVOS), and Ilina Nesikj, Director of the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN). With their help, the participants learned more about the quality systems becoming aware of the Global Standards for Accountability of Civil Society Organizations.

The training was realized within the framework of the program “Sustainable Civil Society – State Financing of CSOs” implemented by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation -MCIC in partnership with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) and the Centre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS) from Slovenia , and is financially supported by the European Union.

ALDA Skopje implements the project “Perfecting the structure for good internal management in ALDA Skopje ” as part of the re-granting scheme of this program.

A representative from ALDA Skopje was part of the training “Organizational development and quality assurance systems” organized by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation – MCIC from 26 to 28 September 2018 in Ohrid, Macedonia.

The training gave the opportunity to 16 representatives of Macedonian CSOs to get acquainted with the various elements of Quality assurance systems in everyday work tasks. The participants were fully immersed in the training and pointed out the most common dilemmas they face in their work, which refers to transparency, accountability and overall organizational development.

Trainers were Tina Divjak, deputy director of the Slovenian National Network of Civil Society Organizations (CNVOS), and Ilina Nesikj, Director of the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN). With their help, the participants learned more about the quality systems becoming aware of the Global Standards for Accountability of Civil Society Organizations.

The training was realized within the framework of the program “Sustainable Civil Society – State Financing of CSOs” implemented by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation -MCIC in partnership with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) and the Centre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS) from Slovenia , and is financially supported by the European Union.

ALDA Skopje implements the project “Perfecting the structure for good internal management in ALDA Skopje ” as part of the re-granting scheme of this program.


LDA Mostar activities in view of the General Elections 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In the light of the General Elections 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Local Democracy Agency Mostar has been involved in the forefront, carrying on activities supporting local democracy.

On September 18th, LDA Mostar organized the Public Tribune ‘’Five to twelve’’ along with its partners gathered within the coalition “Elect Mostar”, as an attempt to raise issues in the period approaching the General Elections 2018. This Public Tribune was a unique opportunity Mostar to meet representatives of political parties of the category under 30 years old and who are candidates on the lists for the General Elections 2018. It was the first time that such an event took place, and that young people got the opportunity to step up to the plate and discuss about crucial issues they have been facing. All parties involved were satisfied by the event, during which a wide range of crucial topics were examined, such as education, employment, migration-related issues as well as the participation of young people in local political life.

Following the public discussion, on September 20th, LDA Mostar representatives along with young politicians who took part in the above mentioned Public Tribune, participated to a meeting with the delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, engaged in the pre-electoral monitoring mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. For this occasion, the head of the delegation, Mr. Stewart Dickson, presented the Congress’s proposal, suggesting a possible step forward toward the resolution of Mostar’s issues which consists in the creation of a “Citizens’ Council”, possibly formed and initiated by citizens, CSO’ or NGO’s. According to this bottom up approach, decisions are then taken by citizens and presented to governing political structures.

The General Elections took place on October 7th, 2018, when people were called to vote to elect the tripartite members of the presidency, state and entity-level assemblies, hoping for a better prosperity in both economic and political spheres. The preliminary election results didn’t bring any significant change on the political scene compared to the previous elections since the major national parties prevailed again with a strong majority. Numerous irregularities were identified before and during the Elections, and the Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to penalize certain political entities and candidates. The results of the General Elections in BiH and the formation of the state and cantonal level authorities in the upcoming months will once again drop a shadow on the City of Mostar, known for not having the functional City Council for more than 8 years and no local elections for more than 10 years.

In the light of the General Elections 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Local Democracy Agency Mostar has been involved in the forefront, carrying on activities supporting local democracy.

On September 18th, LDA Mostar organized the Public Tribune ‘’Five to twelve’’ along with its partners gathered within the coalition “Elect Mostar”, as an attempt to raise issues in the period approaching the General Elections 2018. This Public Tribune was a unique opportunity Mostar to meet representatives of political parties of the category under 30 years old and who are candidates on the lists for the General Elections 2018. It was the first time that such an event took place, and that young people got the opportunity to step up to the plate and discuss about crucial issues they have been facing. All parties involved were satisfied by the event, during which a wide range of crucial topics were examined, such as education, employment, migration-related issues as well as the participation of young people in local political life.

Following the public discussion, on September 20th, LDA Mostar representatives along with young politicians who took part in the above mentioned Public Tribune, participated to a meeting with the delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, engaged in the pre-electoral monitoring mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. For this occasion, the head of the delegation, Mr. Stewart Dickson, presented the Congress’s proposal, suggesting a possible step forward toward the resolution of Mostar’s issues which consists in the creation of a “Citizens’ Council”, possibly formed and initiated by citizens, CSO’ or NGO’s. According to this bottom up approach, decisions are then taken by citizens and presented to governing political structures.

The General Elections took place on October 7th, 2018, when people were called to vote to elect the tripartite members of the presidency, state and entity-level assemblies, hoping for a better prosperity in both economic and political spheres. The preliminary election results didn’t bring any significant change on the political scene compared to the previous elections since the major national parties prevailed again with a strong majority. Numerous irregularities were identified before and during the Elections, and the Central Election Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to penalize certain political entities and candidates. The results of the General Elections in BiH and the formation of the state and cantonal level authorities in the upcoming months will once again drop a shadow on the City of Mostar, known for not having the functional City Council for more than 8 years and no local elections for more than 10 years.


Youths advocate training in Niksic

Local Democracy Agency Montenegro from September 25th to 30th, 2018 organized a training for 35 young workers coming from 8 countries (Western Balkan countries, Croatia and Turkey), in Niksic, Montenegro.
The training started in Niksic’s Municipal house, where participants had the opportunity to be present at the event „Power and strength of written word„ as part of the program of the manifestation Days of European cultural heritage. The aim of the training was to strengthen capacities for participation in policy-making process of youth workers from the targeted countries, and to make young people learn more about the possibilities and ways of participation and involvement in the creation of local policies and actions.Thereby, participants would develop skills as a means to create their own advocacy campaigns, acquiring tools, skills and knowledge in this field.
In order to provide a practical upgrade of what they’ve learnt during the training sessions, participants had the opportunity to also visit the Montenegrin Parliament, and to enjoy an interactive session with four Montenegrin MPs.
The Idea behind this visit, organized on September 27th, was to allow young people to exchange opinions with Members of the Parliament regarding youth policies, the way they are created and implemented, and what challenges state governments and young people are facing in this field. This training aims to improve the skills of young workers from selected countries on the theme of advocacy and lobbying campaigns for youth policies.
The training is part of the Youths Advocate project funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus + programme. The project is implemented by the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro, in partnership with Local Democracy Agencies from Mostar, Zavidovici and Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Subotica, Knjazevac (Serbia), Kosovo, Brtonigla (Croatia), then ALDA Skopje, Open Doors from Albania, System and Generation from Turkey and the Association of Young Ecologists of Niksic.

Local Democracy Agency Montenegro from September 25th to 30th, 2018 organized a training for 35 young workers coming from 8 countries (Western Balkan countries, Croatia and Turkey), in Niksic, Montenegro.
The training started in Niksic’s Municipal house, where participants had the opportunity to be present at the event „Power and strength of written word„ as part of the program of the manifestation Days of European cultural heritage. The aim of the training was to strengthen capacities for participation in policy-making process of youth workers from the targeted countries, and to make young people learn more about the possibilities and ways of participation and involvement in the creation of local policies and actions.Thereby, participants would develop skills as a means to create their own advocacy campaigns, acquiring tools, skills and knowledge in this field.
In order to provide a practical upgrade of what they’ve learnt during the training sessions, participants had the opportunity to also visit the Montenegrin Parliament, and to enjoy an interactive session with four Montenegrin MPs.
The Idea behind this visit, organized on September 27th, was to allow young people to exchange opinions with Members of the Parliament regarding youth policies, the way they are created and implemented, and what challenges state governments and young people are facing in this field. This training aims to improve the skills of young workers from selected countries on the theme of advocacy and lobbying campaigns for youth policies.
The training is part of the Youths Advocate project funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus + programme. The project is implemented by the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro, in partnership with Local Democracy Agencies from Mostar, Zavidovici and Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Subotica, Knjazevac (Serbia), Kosovo, Brtonigla (Croatia), then ALDA Skopje, Open Doors from Albania, System and Generation from Turkey and the Association of Young Ecologists of Niksic.


RECOV project presented to the local event “Grosuplje in Autumn”

The Municipality of Grosuplje, in Slovenia, implemented the first local activity within the project RECOV during their traditional event “Grosuplje in Autumn” on the 5th of September 2018.

The project RECOV, REthinking COllaborative Values for public services, is developed by 10 partners across Europe and it aims at creating a network of towns eager to work together on exchanging common problems, joint brainstorming and introducing concrete measures in regard to project specific objectives.

The event gathered representatives from local organizations and local entrepreneurs in order to present their work and activities to the citizens of the region. This annual event was an excellent opportunity the meet up with citizens and to present the RECOV project, its activities and the first topic of work “Open government and use of ICT tools in daily life”.

Members of Local Participation Group create within the project shared their experience and lessons learn during the International Conference organized in Skopje in June 2018. The Municipality of Grosuplje provides access to open data and communication also through digital communication networks such as local website and twitter.

The Municipality of Grosuplje, in Slovenia, implemented the first local activity within the project RECOV during their traditional event “Grosuplje in Autumn” on the 5th of September 2018.

The project RECOV, REthinking COllaborative Values for public services, is developed by 10 partners across Europe and it aims at creating a network of towns eager to work together on exchanging common problems, joint brainstorming and introducing concrete measures in regard to project specific objectives.

The event gathered representatives from local organizations and local entrepreneurs in order to present their work and activities to the citizens of the region. This annual event was an excellent opportunity the meet up with citizens and to present the RECOV project, its activities and the first topic of work “Open government and use of ICT tools in daily life”.

Members of Local Participation Group create within the project shared their experience and lessons learn during the International Conference organized in Skopje in June 2018. The Municipality of Grosuplje provides access to open data and communication also through digital communication networks such as local website and twitter.


ALDA and LDAs efforts in Ukraine in the spotlight at CORLEAP and CoR meetings

The Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) took place on 24th September in Kyiv. It marked the end of Ukrainian Presidency and the start of the Armenian Presidency. ALDA was represented by its Eastern Partnership Coordinator – Alexandru Coica.

Among the key issues discussed, the cancellation of the recent local elections in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau was largely condemned by all participants underlying the importance of respecting fundamental rights, among which is the right for voting and being elected.
Ukrainian President, Mr. Poroshenko came with the initiative to introduce in the constitution of the country the provisions of European Integration, in this way making this process irreversible for the country. The on-going decentralized reform in Ukraine was positively appreciated. In this sense it worth to mention the contribution that LDAs of Dnipropetrovsk Region and Mariupol brought to the success of the process. Both organisations actively organized a series of consultation meetings and raising awareness events to ensure that citizen’s views are considered in all the stages of the process.
CORLEAP members highlighted the need of transforming local authorities from the region in policy and decision makers, not just executives of decisions that are taken at central level. In this way, the accountability and transparency of local administration will increase.
On September 25th, ALDA’s representative took part in the 5th meeting of the Committee of the Regions Task Force on Ukraine. The event was largely attended by high level representatives of regional and central authorities, which allowed to have meaningful discussions and exchanges on under-going local reforms in the country. ALDA used the opportunity to promote the good work that LDA of Dnipropetrovsk Region and LDA Mariupol are doing in their communities in order to ensure local development and citizens’ wellbeing. At the same time, some first steps were made in order to identify partners that will support the initiative of opening more LDAs throughout Ukraine.
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The Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) took place on 24th September in Kyiv. It marked the end of Ukrainian Presidency and the start of the Armenian Presidency. ALDA was represented by its Eastern Partnership Coordinator – Alexandru Coica.

Among the key issues discussed, the cancellation of the recent local elections in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau was largely condemned by all participants underlying the importance of respecting fundamental rights, among which is the right for voting and being elected.
Ukrainian President, Mr. Poroshenko came with the initiative to introduce in the constitution of the country the provisions of European Integration, in this way making this process irreversible for the country. The on-going decentralized reform in Ukraine was positively appreciated. In this sense it worth to mention the contribution that LDAs of Dnipropetrovsk Region and Mariupol brought to the success of the process. Both organisations actively organized a series of consultation meetings and raising awareness events to ensure that citizen’s views are considered in all the stages of the process.
CORLEAP members highlighted the need of transforming local authorities from the region in policy and decision makers, not just executives of decisions that are taken at central level. In this way, the accountability and transparency of local administration will increase.
On September 25th, ALDA’s representative took part in the 5th meeting of the Committee of the Regions Task Force on Ukraine. The event was largely attended by high level representatives of regional and central authorities, which allowed to have meaningful discussions and exchanges on under-going local reforms in the country. ALDA used the opportunity to promote the good work that LDA of Dnipropetrovsk Region and LDA Mariupol are doing in their communities in order to ensure local development and citizens’ wellbeing. At the same time, some first steps were made in order to identify partners that will support the initiative of opening more LDAs throughout Ukraine.
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