La cura è nel colore! Scopri il concorso BE SMART

In questo periodo di isolamento, la creatività è la nostra arma migliore per superare i confini delle nostre case, viaggiare con l’immaginazione e costruire un futuro positivo!

Il progetto europeo SMART, finanziato nell’ambito del programma Interreg Italia-Austria, è alla ricerca di un logo che lo rappresenti in tutta Europa e che comunichi la sua missione ed i suoi valori: valorizzare il patrimonio naturale e culturale attraverso lo sviluppo di tour multisensoriali innovativi ed inclusivi.

–> Scatena la tua creatività e partecipa al concorso BE SMART! Esplora la guida alla partecipazione per tutti i dettagli.

Crea una proposta di logo ed inviala all’indirizzo e-mail smartlogocompetition@aldaintranet.org entro il 10 Maggio 2020. La proposta migliore sarà selezionata per diventare il logo ufficiale del progetto e sarà diffusa in tutto Europa!

Il vincitore/la vincitrice avrà in premio la partecipazione all’esclusivo workshop dedicato alla creazione di un Silent Play che si terrà ad opera del Centro di produzione teatrale La Piccionaia nell’autunno 2020 presso il Comune di Valdagno. In questo tempo sospeso, la pubblicazione del concorso vuole fungere da invito e stimolo a sviluppare nuovi significati attraverso l’arte per aiutare i piccoli musei a splendere più di prima, a partire dal Museo delle Macchine Tessili di Valdagno stesso!

Chi può partecipare? Tutti i cittadini dai 14 anni in su interessati a far parte di uno spirito europeo e a partecipare alla valorizzazione del patrimonio naturale e culturale europeo come bene comune, attraverso un approccio partecipativo e l’introduzione di tecnologie innovative e inclusive.

Cos’è il progetto SMART? Il progetto promuove la cultura dell’accessibilità tra gli operatori turistici e gli operatori culturali e la partecipazione attiva dei cittadini alla valorizzazione del patrimonio naturale e culturale come bene comune.

Tre siti pilota sono stati coinvolti nel progetto (Valdagno e Resia in Italia, Saalfelden in Austria), tutti caratterizzati dalla presenza di piccoli musei e da importanti aspetti paesaggistici e culturali.

Grazie a SMART, in ciascun sito pilota saranno attivati percorsi di progettazione partecipata con le comunità locali per la raccolta e l’elaborazione di contenuti e valori, con particolare attenzione a quelli che definiscono l’unicità del luogo. I contenuti sviluppati saranno poi restituiti all’interno di dispositivi innovativi (tecnologici e narrativi), finalizzati ad arricchire i siti museali esistenti (applicazioni per visita interattiva, realtà aumentata, installazioni multimediali e itinerari tematici) e valorizzare il contesto naturale (racconti multimediali di luoghi) per una fruizione esperienziale, immersiva ed emozionale.

Centrale sarà il tema dell’accessibilità, con lo sviluppo di dispositivi multimodali che consentiranno una fruizione immersiva per tutti, grazie alla possibilità di scegliere e combinare diverse modalità di visita, progettate per rispondere alle esigenze di diverse abilità, età, origini, difficoltà motorie, sensoriali e cognitive. Infine, i siti pilota saranno connessi in un circuito museale virtuale che consentirà la visita da remoto e l’accesso a contenuti speciali, compresa la possibilità di essere ampliato ad altre strutture dopo la fine del progetto.

In questo periodo di isolamento, la creatività è la nostra arma migliore per superare i confini delle nostre case, viaggiare con l’immaginazione e costruire un futuro positivo!

Il progetto europeo SMART, finanziato nell’ambito del programma Interreg Italia-Austria, è alla ricerca di un logo che lo rappresenti in tutta Europa e che comunichi la sua missione ed i suoi valori: valorizzare il patrimonio naturale e culturale attraverso lo sviluppo di tour multisensoriali innovativi ed inclusivi.

–> Scatena la tua creatività e partecipa al concorso BE SMART! Esplora la guida alla partecipazione per tutti i dettagli.

Crea una proposta di logo ed inviala all’indirizzo e-mail smartlogocompetition@aldaintranet.org entro il 10 Maggio 2020. La proposta migliore sarà selezionata per diventare il logo ufficiale del progetto e sarà diffusa in tutto Europa!

Il vincitore/la vincitrice avrà in premio la partecipazione all’esclusivo workshop dedicato alla creazione di un Silent Play che si terrà ad opera del Centro di produzione teatrale La Piccionaia nell’autunno 2020 presso il Comune di Valdagno. In questo tempo sospeso, la pubblicazione del concorso vuole fungere da invito e stimolo a sviluppare nuovi significati attraverso l’arte per aiutare i piccoli musei a splendere più di prima, a partire dal Museo delle Macchine Tessili di Valdagno stesso!

Chi può partecipare? Tutti i cittadini dai 14 anni in su interessati a far parte di uno spirito europeo e a partecipare alla valorizzazione del patrimonio naturale e culturale europeo come bene comune, attraverso un approccio partecipativo e l’introduzione di tecnologie innovative e inclusive.

 

Cos’è il progetto SMART? Il progetto promuove la cultura dell’accessibilità tra gli operatori turistici e gli operatori culturali e la partecipazione attiva dei cittadini alla valorizzazione del patrimonio naturale e culturale come bene comune.

Tre siti pilota sono stati coinvolti nel progetto (Valdagno e Resia in Italia, Saalfelden in Austria), tutti caratterizzati dalla presenza di piccoli musei e da importanti aspetti paesaggistici e culturali.

Grazie a SMART, in ciascun sito pilota saranno attivati percorsi di progettazione partecipata con le comunità locali per la raccolta e l’elaborazione di contenuti e valori, con particolare attenzione a quelli che definiscono l’unicità del luogo. I contenuti sviluppati saranno poi restituiti all’interno di dispositivi innovativi (tecnologici e narrativi), finalizzati ad arricchire i siti museali esistenti (applicazioni per visita interattiva, realtà aumentata, installazioni multimediali e itinerari tematici) e valorizzare il contesto naturale (racconti multimediali di luoghi) per una fruizione esperienziale, immersiva ed emozionale.

Centrale sarà il tema dell’accessibilità, con lo sviluppo di dispositivi multimodali che consentiranno una fruizione immersiva per tutti, grazie alla possibilità di scegliere e combinare diverse modalità di visita, progettate per rispondere alle esigenze di diverse abilità, età, origini, difficoltà motorie, sensoriali e cognitive. Infine, i siti pilota saranno connessi in un circuito museale virtuale che consentirà la visita da remoto e l’accesso a contenuti speciali, compresa la possibilità di essere ampliato ad altre strutture dopo la fine del progetto.

Curiosità! Nonostante la diversità di ogni sito pilota coinvolto nel progetto, è stato identificato un elemento comune a tutti i siti: l’acqua, elemento fondamentale che caratterizza infatti il paesaggio, la storia, la cultura umana e le tradizioni di tutti e tre i siti pilota. Pertanto, la sua valorizzazione come elemento naturale e simbolico sarà inclusa durante lo sviluppo dei percorsi di progettazione partecipa e del circuito culturale.

Aspettiamo il tuo logo su smartlogocompetition@aldaintranet.org entro il 10 Maggio 2020… non esitare!
Puoi consultare la guida alla partecipazione 
qui.


The AGREED project in support of your local community - Apply by May 15th!

The “AGREED – Activating Governance Reform for Enhancing Development” project, aiming at strengthening the capacity of Moldovan local authorities to perform a transparent and participatory governance in their communities, has entered into a new phase with the launch of a call for project proposals!

 AGREED will provide a short-term financial support to civil society organisations working locally to promote cooperation with local public administrations, through projects that apply the principles of local democracy and citizen participation at the local level in the Republic of Moldova.
The deadline for submitting project proposals is May 15, 2020.

The “AGREED – Activating Governance Reform for Enhancing Development” project, aiming at strengthening the capacity of Moldovan local authorities to perform a transparent and participatory governance in their communities, has entered into a new phase with the launch of a call for project proposals!

 AGREED will provide a short-term financial support to civil society organisations working locally to promote cooperation with local public administrations, through projects that apply the principles of local democracy and citizen participation at the local level in the Republic of Moldova.
The deadline for submitting project proposals is May 15, 2020.


A grant programme to support media organizations in Kyrgyzstan

Европейское Медиа-диалог project aims to strengthen the national media environment in Kyrgyzstan by engaging media outlets, decision-makers and civil society in a dialogue to identify the challenges faced by the media sphere and which harness their potential in promoting media policy and reforms in the sector.

The project will offer a series of grants to media organisations active in the Kyrgyz media space or to consortia of such organisations which are actively involved in advocacy actions and public awareness campaigns, thus promoting reforms and modernisation in the media sphere, in line with global trends and international standards. The grants programme is managed by ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy.

The main objectives being the promotion of freedom of expression, high quality journalism, values content delivery, access to information and all the constituents of a free and democratic media environment, we warmly encourage stakeholders producing content in the Kyrgyz language and operating in regional markets to apply!

To be eligible, interested organisations should send the форма заявки и budget template duly fileld in English, Russian or in Kyrgyz language by email to: cholponbolotbekova@epd.eu by May 10th 2020, at 11:59 PM (Bishkek time).

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Visit the Media Dialogue website to get more information on the eligible criteria, financial conditions and the application process.

Европейское Медиа-диалог project aims to strengthen the national media environment in Kyrgyzstan by engaging media outlets, decision-makers and civil society in a dialogue to identify the challenges faced by the media sphere and which harness their potential in promoting media policy and reforms in the sector.

The project will offer a series of grants to media organisations active in the Kyrgyz media space or to consortia of such organisations which are actively involved in advocacy actions and public awareness campaigns, thus promoting reforms and modernisation in the media sphere, in line with global trends and international standards. The grants programme is managed by ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy.

The main objectives being the promotion of freedom of expression, high quality journalism, values content delivery, access to information and all the constituents of a free and democratic media environment, we warmly encourage stakeholders producing content in the Kyrgyz language and operating in regional markets to apply!

To be eligible, interested organisations should send the форма заявки и budget template duly fileld in English, Russian or in Kyrgyz language by email to: cholponbolotbekova@epd.eu by May 10th 2020, at 11:59 PM (Bishkek time).

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Visit the Media Dialogue website to get more information on the eligible criteria, financial conditions and the application process.


7 projects for local development in Armenia: ALDA's engagement

Despite the difficult current circumstances, ALDA keeps supporting local economic development in Europe and its enlarged neighbourhood with concrete proposals and actions.

In the framework of these continued efforts, on Thursday April 23rd, 2020, a Steering Committee meeting took place online on the topic of the “Citizens’ Voice and Actions on Local Development in Consolidated Communities in Armenia

The meeting saw the proactive participation of representatives of the EU Delegation to Armenia as well as the Communities Finance Officers Associations (Финансовый директор); Union of Communities of Armenia (CAA); LDA Армения; and a number of expert representatives from ALDA.

The Steering Committee aimed to select 7 from a list of 10 shortlisted mid-scale projects that would benefit of grants of 8,000 – 10,000 euro.

With the implementation area of the projects being the Shirak, Tavush and Lori regions of Armenia, a total of 27 applications were received from different inter-community groups, all focusing on putting in practice territorial approaches to local development, particularly with regards to promoting tourism and outdoor activities.

All final beneficiaries of the grants are local NGOs registered in Armenia, which ALDA will support by managing their cooperation with their EU counterparts (i.e. local or regional authorities) during the implementation phase of the projects. Thanks to ALDA’s intervention, besides, 5 to 7 EU-based municipality representatives will provide coaching to the Armenian NGOs through monthly distance consultations and a potential study visit on the spot.

«Citizens’ Voice and Actions on Local Development in Consolidated Communities in Armenia” is a 3-year project funded by the European Union.

Despite the difficult current circumstances, ALDA keeps supporting local economic development in Europe and its enlarged neighbourhood with concrete proposals and actions.

In the framework of these continued efforts, on Thursday April 23rd, 2020, a Steering Committee meeting took place online on the topic of the “Citizens’ Voice and Actions on Local Development in Consolidated Communities in Armenia

The meeting saw the proactive participation of representatives of the EU Delegation to Armenia as well as the Communities Finance Officers Associations (Финансовый директор); Union of Communities of Armenia (CAA); LDA Армения; and a number of expert representatives from ALDA.

The Steering Committee aimed to select 7 from a list of 10 shortlisted mid-scale projects that would benefit of grants of 8,000 – 10,000 euro.

With the implementation area of the projects being the Shirak, Tavush and Lori regions of Armenia, a total of 27 applications were received from different inter-community groups, all focusing on putting in practice territorial approaches to local development, particularly with regards to promoting tourism and outdoor activities.

All final beneficiaries of the grants are local NGOs registered in Armenia, which ALDA will support by managing their cooperation with their EU counterparts (i.e. local or regional authorities) during the implementation phase of the projects. Thanks to ALDA’s intervention, besides, 5 to 7 EU-based municipality representatives will provide coaching to the Armenian NGOs through monthly distance consultations and a potential study visit on the spot.

«Citizens’ Voice and Actions on Local Development in Consolidated Communities in Armenia” is a 3-year project funded by the European Union.


How to overcome the crisis: a talk with Carmine Pacente, President of the EU Policies Commission of Milan

 Which European funds are available in these times of coronavirus crisis?
How can they be used to help our communities?

 

In the current worrying worldwide situation, we all wish for some guidance on how to react to the crisis: we want it for ourselves, for our dear ones, but ultimately we (must) want it for our entire communities and municipalities, too. As many have already very aptly highlighted, in fact, only together we can think of overcoming the effects that COVID-19 is inevitably having on all aspects of our lives and societies.

With this in mind, on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 at 17:30 (GMT+2) ALDA is hosting a key webinar to offer an insight from one of the most affected cities by the virus, which also fully intends to come back stronger and more united than ever before.

Everybody is invited to join the webinar in order to learn, share and act on

How the Municipality of Milan is overcoming the COVID-19 crisis

Keynote speaker of the webinar will be the highly influential Carmine Piacente, Municipal Councillor and President of the EU Policies Commission of Milan and ANCI Lombardia (ANCI is the National Association of Italian Municipalities).

Registration is free and open to everybody, but compulsory: register now at https://bit.ly/2xUgXXH so not to miss this!

 Which European funds are available in these times of coronavirus crisis?
How can they be used to help our communities?

 

In the current worrying worldwide situation, we all wish for some guidance on how to react to the crisis: we want it for ourselves, for our dear ones, but ultimately we (must) want it for our entire communities and municipalities, too. As many have already very aptly highlighted, in fact, only together we can think of overcoming the effects that COVID-19 is inevitably having on all aspects of our lives and societies.

With this in mind, on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 at 17:30 (GMT+2) ALDA is hosting a key webinar to offer an insight from one of the most affected cities by the virus, which also fully intends to come back stronger and more united than ever before.

Everybody is invited to join the webinar in order to learn, share and act on

How the Municipality of Milan is overcoming the COVID-19 crisis

Keynote speaker of the webinar will be the highly influential Carmine Piacente, Municipal Councillor and President of the EU Policies Commission of Milan and ANCI Lombardia (ANCI is the National Association of Italian Municipalities).

Registration is free and open to everybody, but compulsory: register now at https://bit.ly/2xUgXXH so not to miss this!


Photography as a tool for inclusion and development for Tunisian youth

What makes a photography training session so magical? It’s the use of digital resources for citizen learning!

In these difficult times and despite the situation of confinement and the challenge it represents for each and every one of us, то LDA Тунис team continues its work at a distance to carry out innovative actions with the same determination as always.

This time, it was about digital technology at the service of citizen learning, in the shape of a four-day online photography training course, which associated forty young enthusiasts with the expertise of two professional moderators: a videographer and director, and a communications expert. Together, they transformed the training into heart-warming moments driven by absolute enthusiasm.

The participants were particularly amazed by how quickly they were able to learn how the camera works, as well as different shooting and video editing techniques. Combining passion and technology, this cooperative virtual space realised on the Zoom remote conference service allowed a concrete application of a theoretical lesson in advertising production and institutional imaging.

This type of new skillsets that young people are seeking to acquire around video, filming, different image/video formats and shooting will be followed by the LDA Tunisia with its “In city” project. Indeed, within its framework its young volunteers will be the “Zoomers” of the city of Kairouan, and will project a collective vision for a city that is inclusive and attractive for both its inhabitants and visitors.

This vision is in turn based on the potential of responsible tourism as a mechanism for the economic, social and cultural inclusion of young migrants and potential migrants and for an inclusive and sustainable local development.

What makes a photography training session so magical? It’s the use of digital resources for citizen learning!

In these difficult times and despite the situation of confinement and the challenge it represents for each and every one of us, то LDA Тунис team continues its work at a distance to carry out innovative actions with the same determination as always.

This time, it was about digital technology at the service of citizen learning, in the shape of a four-day online photography training course, which associated forty young enthusiasts with the expertise of two professional moderators: a videographer and director, and a communications expert. Together, they transformed the training into heart-warming moments driven by absolute enthusiasm.

The participants were particularly amazed by how quickly they were able to learn how the camera works, as well as different shooting and video editing techniques. Combining passion and technology, this cooperative virtual space realised on the Zoom remote conference service allowed a concrete application of a theoretical lesson in advertising production and institutional imaging.

This type of new skillsets that young people are seeking to acquire around video, filming, different image/video formats and shooting will be followed by the LDA Tunisia with its “In city” project. Indeed, within its framework its young volunteers will be the “Zoomers” of the city of Kairouan, and will project a collective vision for a city that is inclusive and attractive for both its inhabitants and visitors.

This vision is in turn based on the potential of responsible tourism as a mechanism for the economic, social and cultural inclusion of young migrants and potential migrants and for an inclusive and sustainable local development.


They're here to help! Welcome our new ALDA ambassadors

The ALDA ambassador group is growing! On April 15th, ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida and Membership Officer Eva Trentin virtually met with the recently recruited group of new Ambassadors from Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain.

Together, they discussed how to implement ALDA’s action at the local level and create an even more connected network, especially in this peculiar situation.

Their mandate, as for all ALDA ambassadors, is to represent ALDA in their own communities, strengthening the visibility and presence of the Association all over the enlarged Europe and consolidating it as a pan-European organization, while also supporting the actions of the ALDA members that are already established on the territory.

Among previously appointed ambassadors are members of the Association, representatives of ALDA’s Governing Board, Delegates of the Local Democracy Agencies, and former staff members. Similarly, the newly appointed ambassadors have all already been strongly engaged in ALDA’s webinars and activities for a while, and they are known for their purposeful interconnection with the values and goals of the Association.

We are very much looking forward to collaborating further with this great group of supporters!

The ALDA ambassador group is growing! On April 15th, ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida and Membership Officer Eva Trentin virtually met with the recently recruited group of new Ambassadors from Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain.

Together, they discussed how to implement ALDA’s action at the local level and create an even more connected network, especially in this peculiar situation.

Their mandate, as for all ALDA ambassadors, is to represent ALDA in their own communities, strengthening the visibility and presence of the Association all over the enlarged Europe and consolidating it as a pan-European organization, while also supporting the actions of the ALDA members that are already established on the territory.

Among previously appointed ambassadors are members of the Association, representatives of ALDA’s Governing Board, Delegates of the Local Democracy Agencies, and former staff members. Similarly, the newly appointed ambassadors have all already been strongly engaged in ALDA’s webinars and activities for a while, and they are known for their purposeful interconnection with the values and goals of the Association.

We are very much looking forward to collaborating further with this great group of supporters!


CROSSing OVER to the end of a great journey

After one full year of travelling, shared experiences and meetings, the adventures of the Cross Over project have come to an end. And what a year it was! 12 great local activities took place in Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland in order to foster the participation of the youth population in the 2019 European Parliament elections. 

Starting at the end of 2018, this European project funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme, in fact, aimed to promote people’s awareness of the European Union and attract their interest for the European Parliament elections of May 2019, especially among the younger generations.

The project involved a consortium of 14 local authorities and civil society organisations from 11 countries: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden. Together, they took the highly interesting and potentially risky choice to organize the project activities in the following six countries with some of the lowest turnout in the previous EU elections: Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.

–> Read more about all local activities in the Cross Over final publication.

The project cycle then ended in Gdansk, Poland, with an international meeting where all partners shared their experiences regarding youth participation and the final results of the various local activities.

A video was designed, too, so to explain in just a few minutes Cross Over’s purpose and achievements; you can discover it (подробнее в проекте здесь.

A special thank you from Cross Over goes to Anna and Pablo, the two selected volunteers who travelled across Europe during the project’s life-year in order to share their experiences and actively participate in the local activities; as well as huge thanks to Agora, the lead partner of the project, and to all other involved partners.

The journey ends here; its results won’t! 

After one full year of travelling, shared experiences and meetings, the adventures of the Cross Over project have come to an end. And what a year it was! 12 great local activities took place in Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland in order to foster the participation of the youth population in the 2019 European Parliament elections. 

Starting at the end of 2018, this European project funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme, in fact, aimed to promote people’s awareness of the European Union and attract their interest for the European Parliament elections of May 2019, especially among the younger generations.

The project involved a consortium of 14 local authorities and civil society organisations from 11 countries: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden. Together, they took the highly interesting and potentially risky choice to organize the project activities in the following six countries with some of the lowest turnout in the previous EU elections: Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.

The project cycle then ended in Gdansk, Poland, with an international meeting where all partners shared their experiences regarding youth participation and the final results of the various local activities.

A video was designed, too, so to explain in just a few minutes Cross Over’s purpose and achievements; you can discover it (подробнее в проекте здесь.

A special thank you from Cross Over goes to Anna and Pablo, the two selected volunteers who travelled across Europe during the project’s life-year in order to share their experiences and actively participate in the local activities; as well as huge thanks to Agora, the lead partner of the project, and to all other involved partners.

The journey ends here; its results won’t! 


Resilience, solidarity and foresight: ALDA members make us proud!

It can never be said enough: ALDA is only as big as its members, as great as its members, as successful as its members.

As it was since its inception, ALDA’s main strength lies without doubt in each of its over 350 components; and we like to think that the strength of each member lies in ALDA… which is why, in light of the current difficult period and its complexity, the Association felt compelled to make sure that every single one of its members is given all necessary support to face the crisis.

With this in mind, starting on April 3rd a series of webinars has been set up and conducted by ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida and Membership Officer Eva Trentin to talk to all members and, most importantly, listen to them; learn about what they are experiencing due to the coronavirus outbreak; and work together on building a collective strategy for “tomorrow”.

With 13 scheduled video meetings divided into geographical areas involving members from around 40 countries, within these first two weeks of existence this special working group has already communicated and joined forces with about a third of all the associations, local authorities, institutions and individuals that compose ALDA’s heart. And there’s no halt to this crucial plan, which at times has seen even three webinars on the same day!

ALDA couldn’t be prouder of its members and of their capability for resilience, solidarity and foresight. Again and again, together we will make it!

It can never be said enough: ALDA is only as big as its members, as great as its members, as successful as its members.

As it was since its inception, ALDA’s main strength lies without doubt in each of its over 350 components; and we like to think that the strength of each member lies in ALDA… which is why, in light of the current difficult period and its complexity, the Association felt compelled to make sure that every single one of its members is given all necessary support to face the crisis.

With this in mind, starting on April 3rd a series of webinars has been set up and conducted by ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida and Membership Officer Eva Trentin to talk to all members and, most importantly, listen to them; learn about what they are experiencing due to the coronavirus outbreak; and work together on building a collective strategy for “tomorrow”.

With 13 scheduled video meetings divided into geographical areas involving members from around 40 countries, within these first two weeks of existence this special working group has already communicated and joined forces with about a third of all the associations, local authorities, institutions and individuals that compose ALDA’s heart. And there’s no halt to this crucial plan, which at times has seen even three webinars on the same day!

ALDA couldn’t be prouder of its members and of their capability for resilience, solidarity and foresight. Again and again, together we will make it!


Exciting new perspectives for the Balkan Network for Local Democracy!

On April 9th, 2020, the Balkan Network for Local Democracy (BNLD) held an online Extraordinary General Assembly which gathered all of its members, the Local Democracy Agencies from the Western Balkans, ALDA and its Skopje office in order to take important decisions, including a crucial election.

Longtime South-Eastern Europe (SEE) Regional Coordinator of ALDA, Г-жа Stanka Parac from LDA Суботица was elected as the new President of BNLD in virtue of her extensive experience and knowledge of regional cooperation in the Western Balkans. Under her guidance, the Network will continue to develop as an increasingly relevant regional stakeholder for local democracy.

But that wasn’t the end of the big news for this Extraordinary General Assembly, as BNLD also welcomed a new member: LDA Албания. Situated on the Albanian coast in Vlora, the LDA will contribute its proven experience in implementing projects in the field of tourism, EU integration and cultural heritage. Most importantly, with this new addition the BNLD now covers all 6 Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – a key result for this young Network.

In the occasion, all BNLD members also discussed the current situation of COVID-19 outbreak; the resulting consequences on the political and socio-economic situation; as well as the influence of this context on their work. They hence decided to take a proactive approach in supporting their members and local partners in fighting these difficult moments. In Stanka Parac’s positive thinking: “This will make us stronger!

The decisions taken in this Extraordinary General Assembly will now bring new and fundamental perspectives for the Network and shape the future of its regional approach in a renovated, constructive way. Next rendez-vous? The BNLD members will meet face-to-face at ALDA’s General Assembly in Pula, Croatia at the end of September 2020.

On April 9th, 2020, the Balkan Network for Local Democracy (BNLD) held an online Extraordinary General Assembly which gathered all of its members, the Local Democracy Agencies from the Western Balkans, ALDA and its Skopje office in order to take important decisions, including a crucial election.

Longtime South-Eastern Europe (SEE) Regional Coordinator of ALDA, Г-жа Stanka Parac from LDA Суботица was elected as the new President of BNLD in virtue of her extensive experience and knowledge of regional cooperation in the Western Balkans. Under her guidance, the Network will continue to develop as an increasingly relevant regional stakeholder for local democracy.

But that wasn’t the end of the big news for this Extraordinary General Assembly, as BNLD also welcomed a new member: LDA Албания. Situated on the Albanian coast in Vlora, the LDA will contribute its proven experience in implementing projects in the field of tourism, EU integration and cultural heritage. Most importantly, with this new addition the BNLD now covers all 6 Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – a key result for this young Network.

In the occasion, all BNLD members also discussed the current situation of COVID-19 outbreak; the resulting consequences on the political and socio-economic situation; as well as the influence of this context on their work. They hence decided to take a proactive approach in supporting their members and local partners in fighting these difficult moments. In Stanka Parac’s positive thinking: “This will make us stronger!

The decisions taken in this Extraordinary General Assembly will now bring new and fundamental perspectives for the Network and shape the future of its regional approach in a renovated, constructive way. Next rendez-vous? The BNLD members will meet face-to-face at ALDA’s General Assembly in Pula, Croatia at the end of September 2020.