AT A GLANCE

The project SIMPLE will focus on tackling two sport-specific priorities in the field of ERASMUS + Programmes:

-on the one hand, encouraging healthy lifestyles for all, promoting participation in sports as a tool for health, as well as physical and mental well-being;

-on the other hand, promoting equality and European values in and through sport, creating spaces for social inclusion.

In addition, SIMPLE will aim at tackling the horizontal priorities of:

-inclusion and diversity, by supporting activities that promote social inclusion and that aim at improving the outreach to people with fewer opportunities, in particular people with disabilities;

— environmental sustainability, by ensuring environmentally sustainable and responsible behaviour through its activities, and promoting awareness among its participants about the importance of reducing their environmental footprint.

It will prioritise the integration of sustainable practices throughout the preparation and implementation of all its activities.

OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of the SIMPLE project is to achieve is aimed at building a nexus between sport, social inclusion and environmental protection through physical activity, sustainable practices and a connection with local nature. In particular, the project aims to achieve the following specific objectives:

SO1. To promote equal access to sport and recreational activities for people with disabilities as a tool to prevent discrimination and enhance equal opportunities and well-being, tackling specific barriers based on lack of accessibility and inclusion in sport for people with disabilities.
SO2. To promote the involvement of young people in sports from an early age to create life-long habits that positively impact their health and well-being.
SO3. To raise the awareness of citizens about their impact on the environment, engaging them with sustainable sports activities.
SO4. To increase the capacity of the grassroots sport sector, social organizations and public authorities to promote inclusion through sport and increase equal participation in sport for youth and people with disabilities.

The activities of the project will focus on the inclusion of people with disabilities through sport.

The ReCAP consortium has finalised the third and last result of the project, the “Roadmap for youth social inclusion through art and culture in a post-pandemic context”. Coordinated by CESIE, the roadmap is the result of a 2-year journey with 10 European partner organisations, involved in a cultural challenge to support youth social inclusion and participation through arts and culture in a post-pandemic context.

Following the validation of the Toolbox (Project Result 2) during the Training of Trainers in Vicenza (Italy), the partners and their youth workers have been actively involved in the implementation of artistic workshops with young participants in their respective countries, carrying out tailor-made local paths. Workshop activities were mainly addressed to young people living in vulnerable conditions, such as refugees, asylum seekers, youngsters coming from different social and economic backgrounds, with disabilities, learning difficulties, living in rural areas, or students living in urban areas but with a strong need for socialisation.

Based on their own experiences and needs at the local level, each partner, together with the youth workers, has developed its own roadmap.


The Roadmap is an innovative and important source of inspiration for youth work, particularly in addressing the socio-cultural and emotional consequences of the pandemic


Each Roadmap uses different artistic languages and different types of activities, but they lead to the same goals, such as promoting interpersonal relationships and self-confidence, encouraging peer socialisation, facilitating the mind-body connection and emotional expression, reducing stress, and encouraging critical thinking and creativity.

This compendium of local roadmaps shows how arts and culture are transversal tools capable of facilitating the inclusion of young people, in line with the purpose of the ReCAP project. By following and adapting all the recommendations and guidelines provided by the youth workers in their respective local experiences, it is possible to implement a successful and enriching training path in any other context!

After the publication in English, the Roadmap will soon be available in Bulgarian, French, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.

You can access the roadmap here.

It has been two years since the tremendous and brutal Russian aggression fell upon Ukraine, leaving scars etched into the hearts and lands of its resilient people. As we commemorate this solemn anniversary, we are reminded not only of the unspeakable pain and suffering endured by countless innocent lives, but also of the unwavering spirit of resilience that emerged from the depths of adversity. The echoes of anguish still resonate in the war-torn streets, where houses, once a symbol of hope, are now mere remains of a shattered reality. Yet amidst the rubble and ruins, there is a flame of resilience, burning brightly in the eyes of those who refuse to surrender to tyranny. As we pause to reflect on the tumultuous journey of the past two years, we stand, today more than ever, in solidarity with the brave country and its people in order to continue to fight for their freedom, their dignity and their right to a future free from the chains of oppression.

As the conflict in Ukraine persists, organisations like the ALDA are stepping up efforts to support peace, resilience, and reconstruction in the country. Especially during these two years, ALDA’s presence and initiatives in Ukraine have been crucial in addressing the multifaceted challenges arising from the ongoing conflict.

In a significant development, ALDA has expanded its operations to Kyiv, Ukraine, reflecting the growing interest and dedication of Ukrainian municipalities and organisations to promote democratic values and collaborate with the European Union. With Khrystyna Kvartsiana leading the team as ALDA Country Representative, the organisation aims to engage Ukrainian members in various projects, including the establishment of new Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) across the country, next to the ones already existing:  LDA Mariupol, LDA Dnipro and LDA Odesa.

ALDA’s collaboration with programmes like U-LEAD with Europe has been instrumental in advancing its mission and initiatives in Ukraine. Through projects such as the «Local Democracy Agencies: An Instrument for Cooperation, Community Cohesion, and Development in Ukraine,» ALDA is working towards fostering collaboration and development in Ukrainian communities.
Furthermore, ALDA has secured significant grants to support community development and resilience in Ukraine.


ALDA’s Flagship Initiative in Ukraine underscores its commitment to expanding the network of LDAs as efficient instruments of peace and social cohesion


Through initiatives like the «International Conference on Decentralised Support to Ukrainian Communities,» ALDA brings together local authorities and civil society actors from Italy, Europe, and Ukraine to discuss concrete proposals for reconstruction and solidarity efforts.

The ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine has not only devastated critical infrastructure but also undermined fundamental structures of governance and society. ALDA’s efforts in this situation align with the Lugano Declaration, seeking to support the inclusive recovery of Ukraine and its communities through multilateral decentralised cooperation.

As ALDA continues its work in Ukraine, it remains committed to fostering positive change and addressing the diverse needs of communities affected by the conflict. Through collaboration, innovation, and resilience-building initiatives, ALDA strives to contribute to Ukraine’s journey towards a peaceful and democratic future.

Over the past two years ALDA’s initiatives in Ukraine have been pivotal in supporting peace, resilience, and reconstruction amidst the ongoing conflict. By engaging local authorities, civil society, and international partners, ALDA remains dedicated to promoting democracy and fostering sustainable development in Ukraine.

ALDA continues, today more than ever, to #StandWithUkraine.


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On February 14 and 15, the ReCAP project partners and both local and international associations gathered together in Strasbourg (France) for the last Transnational Project Meeting and event of the project. 

ALDA hosted the 10 consortium partners at its headquarters for the last project meeting on 14 February to discuss the final details and the sustainability and follow-up of the project. Another milestone has been reached during the meeting: the finalisation of the Roadmap, Project Result 3. This document contains all the information about the workshops carried out by the youth workers of each partner in their respective countries, selecting activities from the previous Project Result, the toolbox. The English version of the Roadmap will soon be available on the project page of ALDA’s website.

The following day, the final event of the ReCAP project «Art and culture for inclusion: empowering youngsters through creativity in a post-pandemic era» took place in the splendid setting of the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg.


The aim of the event was to show the results of the project and to allow participants to talk about the impact of the ReCAP project


Participants were welcomed by wonderful Mrs. Anca-Ruxandra Pandea, Senior Project Officer at the European Youth Centre. After the welcoming session, ALDA, together with the coordinating partners of the different project results (such as SSF, La Piccionaia, CESIE), presented an overview of the project, the main and most significant phases and the project outcomes. 

During the second part of the event, participants were divided into groups to test first-hand some of the activities contained in the toolbox. To create a moment of sharing and inclusion, the participants, including children from a local middle school, engaged in debates, theatre and artistic activities. 

This was the final step in a wonderful journey to develop and disseminate cultural and artistic tools and guidelines that are suitable and adaptable for all, in order to boost the inclusion and participation of young people.

If you would like to know more about the ReCAP project and its results, fell free to visit the project page.

Alda+ took centre stage in the promotional efforts of the Alta Via della Grande Guerra project, showcasing its splendours at the BIT — BORSA INTERNAZIONALE DEL TURISMO (International Tourism Exchange) in Milan on Tuesday, February 6. The project, spearheaded by the Province of Vicenza, was unveiled during a joint press conference with UNPLI Veneto, featuring the presence of Dr. Marco Boaria.

During the conference, Councilor Valter Orsi passionately presented the meticulously crafted Alta Via della Grande Guerra, a captivating itinerary winding through the historically significant landscapes of the First World War.
Describing it as a «path of historical-naturalistic regeneration of the Vicenza Pre-Alps,» Councilor Orsi highlighted the unspoiled beauty of the route, offering breathtaking mountain views. He emphasised that the Alta Via della Grande Guerra provides a unique tourist experience for those eager to immerse themselves in the mountains. The route is designed for both hiking and cycling enthusiasts, accommodating families and providing a journey through an open-air ecomuseum showcasing World War I trenches, emplacements, forts, and fortifications.


The Alta Via della Grande Guerra provides a unique tourist experience for those eager to immerse themselves in the mountain


A project of cohesion and promotion of the Vicenza mountains with the aim of recounting and divulging the dramatic events that occurred on these heights during the First World War.

As a consequence, the international fair was a unique opportunity to promote the AVGG initiative and its territorial area, spreading the project purposes and the wide collaboration between municipalities and associations that cooperate all together.

Stretching across the north of the Province of Vicenza, the Alta Via della Grande Guerra unfolds from west to east, inviting explorers to discover the enchanting corners of the Vicenza Pre-Alps. Comprising approximately 20 stages, the trail boasts picturesque locations, rich history, flourishing nature, cultural landmarks, traditional shepherd’s huts known as malghe, and convenient refreshment points. Certain segments of the route are even suitable for cycling excursions.

The Alta Via della Grande Guerra delle Prealpi Vicentine spans about 200 kilometres, delving into landscapes that a century ago witnessed pivotal events shaping not only the local territories but also modern history. Linking the four symbolic military shrines of the Province of Vicenza — Pasubio, Cimone, Asiago, and Grappa — the itinerary seamlessly integrates multiple CAI paths, traversing key First World War memory sites.

With a focus on the Pasubio, Novegno, and Cimone mountains, the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, and the Grappa massif, the project endeavours to promote the Vicenza mountains. The ultimate goal is to bring historical sites to light, inviting visitors to rediscover and appreciate the enduring significance of these locations in the present day.

For more detailed information, please visit the website page

🇮🇹 ITALIAN VERSION 

Esplorare Storia e Natura: Presentazione dell’Alta Via della Grande Guerra alla BIT — BORSA INTERNAZIONALE DEL TURISMO»

Alda+ ha assunto un ruolo di primo piano nella promozione del progetto Alta Via della Grande Guerra, mostrandone le meraviglie alla BIT — BORSA INTERNAZIONALE DEL TURISMO di Milano il martedì 6 febbraio. Il progetto, guidato dalla Provincia di Vicenza, è stato svelato durante una conferenza stampa congiunta con UNPLI Veneto, alla quale ha partecipato il dott. Marco Boaria.

Durante la conferenza, il Consigliere Valter Orsi ha presentato con passione l’Alta Via della Grande Guerra, un itinerario affascinante che si snoda attraverso paesaggi storicamente significativi della Prima Guerra Mondiale.

Descrivendolo come un «percorso di rigenerazione storico-naturalistica delle Prealpi vicentine«, il Consigliere Orsi ha evidenziato la bellezza incontaminata del percorso, offrendo panorami mozzafiato sulle montagne. Ha sottolineato che l’Alta Via della Grande Guerra offre un’esperienza turistica unica per coloro che desiderano immergersi nella montagna. Il percorso è adatto sia agli appassionati di escursionismo che a chi ama la bicicletta, accogliendo le famiglie e offrendo un viaggio attraverso un ecomuseo a cielo aperto che presenta trincee, postazioni, forti e fortificazioni della Prima Guerra Mondiale.

L’Alta Via della Grande Guerra offre un’esperienza turistica unica per coloro che desiderano immergersi nella montagna

Steso lungo il nord della Provincia di Vicenza, l’Alta Via della Grande Guerra si snoda da ovest a est, invitando gli esploratori a scoprire gli angoli incantevoli delle Prealpi Vicentine. Comprendente circa 20 tappe, il percorso vanta località pittoresche, una ricca storia, una natura rigogliosa, punti culturali, tradizionali malghe e comodi punti di ristoro. Alcuni tratti del percorso sono adatti anche per escursioni in bicicletta.

L’Alta Via della Grande Guerra delle Prealpi Vicentine si estende per circa 200 chilometri, immergendosi in paesaggi che cento anni fa furono teatro di eventi cruciali che hanno segnato non solo i territori locali ma l’intera storia moderna. Collegando i quattro sacrari militari simbolici della Provincia di Vicenza — Pasubio, Cimone, Asiago e Grappa — l’itinerario integra senza soluzione di continuità diversi sentieri CAI, attraversando i principali luoghi di memoria della Prima Guerra Mondiale.

Con un focus sui monti Pasubio, Novegno e Cimone, sull’Altopiano dei Sette Comuni e sul massiccio del Grappa, il progetto mira a promuovere le montagne vicentine. L’obiettivo finale è portare alla luce luoghi storici, invitando i visitatori a riscoprire e apprezzare la significativa importanza di questi luoghi anche ai giorni nostri.
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The Our Digital Village project, launched in January 2023, is a collaborative effort spanning across Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Romania. The mission of the project is to intervene in rural areas by co-creating high-quality educational content tailored to local needs and fostering long-term digital transformation through active awareness raising. After a long and successful year, the Our Digital Village project and its partners are delighted to share the project’s newsletter, highlighting the progress and insights gained during this transformative work aimed at empowering rural communities through digital and transversal skills development.


In this edition, the outcomes of the project’s participatory context analysis are highlighted, a vital step in understanding the unique challenges and opportunities faced by rural communities in the digital age


The project commenced with a focus on identifying the digital education needs of rural communities using the Reciprocal Maieutic Approach (RMA). Twelve trainers from partner organisations underwent specialised training on RMA to equip them with the skills to facilitate self-analysis workshops effectively. Following the training, a comprehensive Manual was published as a foundational resource for implementing self-analysis workshops. This manual serves as a guide for maieutic coordinators during workshops and a reference for future trainers committed to driving educational change through participatory processes.

A series of informative sessions were also conducted in rural areas to underscore the importance of digital and transversal skills for various facets of life, including the labour market, education, and overall societal well-being. These sessions have already reached over 120 individuals, sparking discussions and fostering a deeper understanding of the project’s objectives. Additionally, partnerships were forged with municipalities, educational institutions, and organisations in participating countries to create a collaborative Digital Village Community. This network will support the implementation of the project and ensure its sustainability beyond the project’s duration.

Nine workshops were organised in each implementing country, engaging a total of 276 participants from diverse backgrounds, including students, educators, adult learners, and policy makers. These workshops facilitated open dialogue and collaboration among different stakeholder groups, leading to a better understanding of local needs and fostering a sense of community. And, with the possibility to address the identified needs, a co-design process was initiated to develop practical educational solutions. Ten ICT experts underwent training in Italy to leverage maker technologies and contribute to the development of an interactive ODV Activity Kit. 

Stay tuned for more updates and insights as we continue our journey towards a digitally empowered future for all.

In a collaborative celebration of transformative initiatives, the AUTREMENT project concluded its journey with a closing seminar in Kairouan and Mahdia, Tunis from January 30 to February 1, 2024. Attended by approximately 135 participants from various Mediterranean countries and diverse organisations, the event showcased the project’s achievements and outlined avenues for the future of active mobility in Tunisia.


From its inception, AUTREMENT aimed to revolutionise and promote active mobility in Tunisia


The closing seminar served as a testament to the realisation of this vision, offering a platform to present tangible results and share the impactful journey since the project’s initiation. The seminar’s primary objective was to present AUTREMENT’s successes, challenges overcome, and promising avenues for fostering active mobility and citizen participation in Tunisia. 

Key highlights included presentations by representatives from Kairouan and Mahdia municipalities, showcasing facilities developed through the project across key pillars: capacity building and local governance, development and planning of public spaces, citizen mobilisation and sensitisation, and communication and visibility. Collaborative efforts between the project’s partners — Strasbourg.eu, Kairouan Municipality, Mahdia Municipality, CODATU, CEREMA, and ALDA — were showcased as instrumental in achieving these milestones.

The event also featured three parallel workshops highlighting the project’s achievements. The capacity building and local governance workshop witnessed active participation from local authority partners, offering enriching perspectives. The workshop on public space planning and the Sustainable and Shared Urban Mobility Plan, in collaboration with CODATU and CEREMA, emphasised innovative visions for sustainable public spaces. Another workshop focused on citizen mobilisation and awareness, featuring ALDA and the local project office introducing the Methodological Guide on Tools for Strengthening Citizen Participation. Representatives from Kairouan and Mahdia played an active role, underscoring their commitment to informed and dynamic citizenship.The seminar equally encompassed guided visits in Kairouan and Mahdia, allowing participants to explore the project’s facilities and engage with various bike service projects created under the AUTREMENT project. This outdoor exploration reflected the project’s dynamic, community-driven approach to urban mobility.

In essence, the closing seminar highlighted the importance of exchanging practices, envisioning a future of sustainable and active urban mobility. It unfolded as a narrative of collaboration, transformation, and the envisioning of a future where active mobility seamlessly integrates into Tunisia’s urban landscapes. The project’s journey leaves an enduring legacy for sustainable urban mobility in the region.

In the heart of Mons, Belgium, on March 19, 2024 from 16 to 17,  within the framework of the 10th European Summit of Regions and Cities, a prestigious event will unfold — the Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award Ceremony. This occasion stands as a resounding tribute to those who embody extraordinary dedication in local and regional governance, championing values of freedom, solidarity, and equality. 

At the forefront of this celebration is the ADL Zavidovići Association, recipient of the Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award 2023 and member of ALDA. Originating amidst the Bosnian War’s turmoil in 1996, this association has evolved into a dynamic force, fostering democracy, integration, and collaboration. Their multifaceted activities, spanning social and cultural integration, decentralised cooperation, youth programs, and in-depth research, underscore a profound commitment to positive change.

Scheduled on the fifth anniversary of Mayor Paweł Adamowicz’s tragic assassination, the ceremony transcends mere acknowledgment. It serves as a solemn remembrance of his enduring legacy — his unwavering commitment to engaging marginalised voices, offering solidarity, and advocating for diversity in local governance.

As the event unfolds in the historic city of Mons, Belgium, it encapsulates the spirit of unity and progress. Beyond being a celebration of past achievements, this ceremony symbolises a collective call to action, urging communities to continue fostering open and inclusive environments at the local level.


The ADL Zavidovići Association, as Adamowicz Award 2023 laureate, stands as a shining example of the positive impact local initiatives can have on communities worldwide


The Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award Ceremony is an affirmation of the enduring principles that underpin local governance. It reinforces the idea that even in the face of adversity, communities can thrive through solidarity, courage, and a commitment to democratic values.

Stay tuned for comprehensive coverage of this important event, where courage and excellence take centre stage, and the ADL Zavidovići Association emerges as a hope for positive change. As we anticipate the Mayor Paweł Adamowicz Award Ceremony, we recognise its significance in furthering the legacy of local democracy and inspiring communities to strive for excellence.

The office of ALDA in Moldova, dedicated to promoting good governance and citizen participation at the local level, has been making significant strides in fostering partnerships between local authorities, citizens, and civil society organisations (CSOs). Since 2023, ALDA has been actively involved in the «Civil Society for European Integration» project, funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation


This project aims to align budgetary priorities with the EU Association Agenda at both national and local levels


One notable achievement within this project is its monitoring of the budget allocated for development projects in the village of Sireti, located in the Straseni district. By engaging all local stakeholders – including local authorities, CSOs, and citizens – ALDA in Moldova has played a crucial role in ensuring transparency and accountability in the utilisation of development funds.

Recently, on February 2, they presented a comprehensive report at a public event, reflecting the monitoring of the execution of the budget allocated for development projects in Sireti village for the period 2021-2023. Viorica Tudos, the Director of ALDA office in Moldova, provided an overview of the allocated resources, the projects implemented, and evaluated the efficiency and effectiveness of collaboration between various stakeholders. One key aspect highlighted in the report is the effort made by local authorities to attract funds and establish relationships with donors for the development of the locality. The report also acknowledges the mobilisation of citizens in addressing community issues, showcasing a strong partnership between the government and the people.

However, challenges remain, particularly in the implementation of participatory budgeting mechanisms. While the Sireti Municipality approved the Participatory Budgeting Regulation in November 2022, an energy emergency prevented its immediate application.

To address these challenges, the report offers several recommendations. Firstly, it suggests revising the Regulation on the implementation of participatory budgeting programs to ensure active participation in public hearings and project selection. Secondly, it emphasises the importance of transparency in decision-making processes and improving communication channels with the public.

Moreover, the report recommends the development and publication of narrative reports to inform the public about project results and implementation details, including citizen contributions, donations, and investments. These measures aim to enhance accountability and foster greater citizen engagement in local governance.

The budget monitoring report, titled «Monitoring of Sireti village infrastructure development projects with the participation of citizens and stakeholders,» is available only in Romanian. This underscores the importance of local language accessibility in promoting transparency and ensuring that citizens are informed about the development initiatives in their communities.

ALDA’s efforts in promoting good governance and citizen participation in Sireti village are commendable. By fostering partnerships between local authorities, citizens, and CSOs, and by providing valuable insights through budget monitoring activities, ALDA office in Moldova is contributing significantly to the sustainable development of local communities in Moldova.

On 9 February 2024, ALDA Governing Board gathered online to welcome new members and set the stage for outstanding collaborations.

Following the warm greeting from the President of ALDA, Mr. Oriano Otočan, the meeting proceeded with the presentation from the potential members and feedback from the Governing Board.

The list of potential members included:

  • Vicenza Municipality, the city where ALDA has its Italian praesidium and with which it has a long collaboration;
  • CSV Vicenza, the Volunteer Service Centre of the province of Vicenza, set up to support and qualify the activities of associations and volunteers in the area.
  • Platoniq Foundation, a Spanish association dedicated to democratising culture and digital technologies;
  • Executive Committee of Novomoskovsk City Council, which are working with LDA Dnipro within the U-LEAD with Europe initiative and has played an important role in the first phase of the Ukrainian war, taking in over 9.000 refugees from the occupied areas and regions actively involved in combats;
  • Merefa Municipality, which is active in building and fostering civil society institutions in the community, supporting projects and initiatives aimed at promote citizens participation and local development; 
  • Hauts-de-France Region, a French local authority specialised in economic development, regional planning, non-urban transport, professional training and management of European funds;  
  • Gallio Municipality, which organised projects related to digital services and citizen participation;  
  • Diputaciò de Barcelona (DIBA), local government institution and previous  member of ALDA between 2009 and 2010, which promotes the progress and well-being of the inhabitants of the area.

Afterwards, all member applications have been approved by the Governing Board, marking a significant step for the relevance of our Association.


ALDA’s network continues its expanding journey based on strategic and innovative visions to a sustainable and a brighter future


The approval of new members paves the way for fundamental partnerships and collaborative initiatives to enhance the promotion of democracy and good governance at local level.

ALDA’s network continues its expanding journey based on strategic and innovative visions to a sustainable and a brighter future. 

We are extremely glad to warmly welcome all new members, looking forward to working together and taking actions for the well-being of local communities around Europe and its neighbourhood. 

Stay tuned for further updates on ALDA’s inspiring initiatives and enlargements of its dynamic platform.

Find out more about the ALDA membership and its benefits checking out the Membership Infopack and/or contact us to membership@alda-europe.eu.

In today’s world, where information flows rapidly and opinions are formed instantly, it’s crucial for every voice to be heard, especially those of young people. However, while the youth possess a plethora of ideas and perspectives, they often lack the equal opportunity to make them heard in decision-making processes. Recognising this gap, the ADD Something Meaningful project aims to provide young individuals with a platform to express themselves, shape policies, and actively participate in society. 

By addressing local challenges and amplifying the voices of young individuals, the project aims to empower them to influence decision-making processes and contribute meaningfully to their communities. At its core, the project aims to validate the importance of youth work and inspire a sense of initiative among young citizens. This is why, created as part of the project ADD Something Meaningful, we present to you the IDEATHON guide.


To further disseminate the IDEATHON method, the project has developed a comprehensive guide for youth workers and institutions working with young people


This guide serves as a valuable resource for educators, community leaders, and anyone who recognises the potential of young people as agents of positive change. Packed with practical steps and insightful explanations, it empowers individuals to organise successful IDEATHONs, dynamic initiatives designed to cultivate active citizenship, democratic engagement, and youth empowerment.

The guide delves into the foundational importance of youth participation, highlighting its multifaceted benefits for individuals, communities, and society as a whole. It underscores the value of active citizenship and democratic engagement, demonstrating how IDEATHONs can effectively cultivate these values in young minds.

The core of the guide lies in its structured approach to organising IDEATHONs. Divided into clear and sequential phases – preparation, promotion, execution, and evaluation – it provides detailed steps for each stage, ensuring a smooth and impactful experience for all participants. It champions the empowerment of young people, equipping them with the tools and confidence to actively participate in shaping their communities. By fostering collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, IDEATHONs have the potential to unlock a wave of positive change, driven by the boundless energy and innovative spirit of young minds.

Firstly, emphasising the importance of thorough preparation, it outlines crucial aspects such as identifying local challenges, establishing clear goals, and assembling a qualified team. It also offers valuable advice on selecting suitable venues, materials, and activities that effectively spark creative thinking and collaborative problem-solving. The guide additionally explores various methods for reaching the target audience, ensuring that a wide range of voices and perspectives are represented in the IDEATHON.

The ADD Something Meaningful project serves as a platform for change, empowering young people to become active agents of social transformation. By providing them with the guide and the opportunity to voice their ideas and shape policies,the project not only strengthens democracy but also nurtures a generation of engaged and responsible citizens. Through initiatives like the IDEATHON method, the project paves the way for a more inclusive and participatory society, where every voice matters.

AT A GLANCE

The ERICA project will synergise action on local environmental problems with climate change issues through citizen science educating, informing and engaging citizens in addressing environmental issues engendered by fossil fuels. ERICA’s main objective is to improve citizens’ environmental awareness and civic engagement through the evelopment of a new educational methodology on citizen science for environmental monitoring. Citizens will gain the capacity to initiate and manage citizen science initiatives, collect and assess environmental information, and convert such data into «actionable knowledge» that is perceived as useful and immediately applicable by citizens, local authorities, academic institutions, and NGOs

OBJECTIVES

  1. An e-booklet of best practices (R1) of citizen science initiatives related to environmental monitoring in the EU. It will provide new learning opportunities on the benefits of bottom-up research initiatives that allow us to bridge the gap between research and civil society.
  2. the ERICA training methodology (R2), constituted by a module on environmental monitoring practices, one on the technologies for citizen sensing, one on data advocacy and further content material
  3. for actionable knowledge. R2 will provide the necessary knowledge to adult citizens on how to play an active role in the fight against climate change through civic engagement.
  4. The ERICA e-learning platform (R3), the digital tool to provide the ERICA methodology, thus available to share project results and facilitate peer-to-peer teaching and learning, knowledge transfer and exchange of information.
  5. The Pilot evaluation plan (R4) that will summarise the results achieved through pilot actions, directly experiencing environmental monitoring practices on fossil fuels industry’s activities.

È con grande entusiasmo che annunciamo il consolidamento della collaborazione tra ALDA — l’Associazione Europea per la Democrazia Locale — e il territorio vicentino. Il 9 febbraio 2024, il Consiglio Direttivo di ALDA ha ufficialmente accolto il Comune di Vicenza e il Centro Servizi al Volontariato della Provincia di Vicenza (CSV) nella sua rete di soci. Questo importante passo apre le porte a nuove sinergie e partnership volte a rafforzare la democrazia e il buon governo a livello locale.

ALDA, con il suo presidio italiano proprio nella vibrante città di Vicenza, ha instaurato da tempo un legame profondo con la comunità locale. Attraverso una vasta gamma di progetti e iniziative, ALDA ha lavorato su temi cruciali come la democrazia, la partecipazione dei cittadini, lo sviluppo sostenibile e la rigenerazione urbana, contribuendo attivamente al progresso della città.

Un connubio, quello con la città di Vicenza, che è cresciuto nel corso degli anni anche grazie alla costituzione di ALDA Italia APS (Associazione di Promozione Sociale), sorta per stabilire legami più profondi e avere un impatto maggiore all’interno della società civile.

Tra le attività principali svolte in collaborazione con il Comune di Vicenza, vi è stata anche l’organizzazione della Conferenza Internazionale sul sostegno decentrato alle comunità ucraine tenutasi nel capoluogo vicentino nel novembre scorso. 


L’approvazione dei nuovi membri rappresenta un ulteriore passo verso lo sviluppo di comunità locali più resilienti e partecipative in Europa, nei Paesi del vicinato e oltre


Il Consiglio Amministrativo di ALDA ha deliberato inoltre l’ingresso nella rete di soci del Centro Servizi al Volontariato della Provincia di Vicenza, ampliando l’attenzione verso il volontariato e le associazioni territoriali impegnate nella solidarietà collettiva.

La partnership con il CSV per una società inclusiva si è consolidata durante il primo Festival del Volontariato Europeo svoltosi nella suggestiva Loggia del Capitaniato in Piazza dei Signori a Vicenza (Italia) il 3 ottobre 2023, e a cui ALDA ha avuto il piacere di poter partecipare attivamente.

In un mondo sempre più interconnesso e complesso, la cooperazione è la chiave per affrontare le sfide che ci attendono. L’ingresso del Comune di Vicenza e del Centro Servizi al Volontariato della Provincia di Vicenza nella rete di soci di ALDA rappresenta un importante passo avanti verso la costruzione di comunità locali più resilienti e partecipative non solo in Italia, ma anche in Europa, nei Paesi del vicinato e oltre. Siamo convinti che insieme possiamo fare la differenza, promuovendo la democrazia, l’inclusione e lo sviluppo sostenibile. Il nostro impegno per una collaborazione sempre più stretta con i nuovi membri è saldo e non vediamo l’ora di lavorare insieme per creare un futuro migliore per tutti.

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AT A GLANCE

Within the project “The eye of the voter”, 30 volunteer election observers will travel from Sweden and Italy to support the domestic election observation carried out during the Polish parliamentary elections held in October/November 2023. The project is as a pilot preparing for a larger-scale, pan-European exchange of election observers during the European Parliament elections in May/June 2024. Even though the aim of the project goes beyond election observation, framing it as such will not only help participants gain specific skills, including critical thinking, which they can apply in their respective countries, but help achieve the project’s objectives of strengthening common values, fostering civic engagement and participation through several ways. Overall, domestic election observation is essential for promoting democracy, inclusive democratic participation, European identity and citizenship, human rights, and the rule of law. By ensuring free and fair elections and promoting transparency, accountability, and the protection of human rights, election observation can help build public trust in the democratic process and encourage citizens to participate in their governance.

OBJECTIVES

“The eye of the voter” is promoting civic engagement and at specific — election observation — among groups of voters with traditionally lower turnout rates. Building cross-border trust and understanding of cultural backgrounds is one of the main objectives of the project. The aim is also supporting the domestic observers in strengthening free, fair and democratic elections in Poland.

To ensure sustainability and promote good governance and citizen participation at the local level in Europe and beyond, in February 2023 ALDA launched the call “Respond locally to Global Issues”, supporting members in achieving their goals in several fields, including European integration, decentralisation, human rights, social inclusion, sustainable development and civic initiatives.

In the framework of the Operating Grant of the CERV — Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme — ALDA led a wide range of actions aimed at empowering organisations to develop their own projects, involving citizens and targeting groups and increasing public knowledge, awareness and interest in key EU policies and strategies. 

Each beneficiary of the regranting programme focused on one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as good health and well being, quality education, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, climate action. These topic areas are closely intertwined with ALDA Thematic Hubs.

ALDA assists and cooperates with local communities to address challenges related to democratic, environmental, social and economic development, encouraging a multilateral decentralised collaboration and empowering citizens and local actors. 


By supporting these projects, ALDA remains committed to its objective of fostering partnerships between local authorities and civil society organisations, working to realise meaningful change


The actions funded include:

The organisations implemented a multifaceted approach with different local strategies. This involved a combination of formal activities such as training, workshops and public events, and informal practices such as street actions, art installations or botanical experiences.

These initiatives collectively contributed to increasing the knowledge and skills of the target groups, ultimately fostering greater participation and promoting the principles of good governance.

By supporting these projects, ALDA remains committed to its objective of fostering partnerships between local authorities and civil society organisations, working to realise meaningful change.

Discover more about the actions funded in 2023 by clicking here.

We are thrilled to announce that ALDA has officially begun operating from Kyiv (Ukraine)! For two weeks now, our ALDA Country Representative in Ukraine, Khrystyna Kvartsiana, has been working from the city of Kyiv. This long-awaited step follows the remarkable growth of our membership base in Ukraine, now totalling an impressive number: 20 members! This expansion reflects the growing interest and dedication of Ukrainian municipalities and organisations to promote democratic values and foster collaboration with the European Union.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the program U-LEAD with Europe for hosting ALDA Representative in the Decentralisation House in Kyiv. This collaborative effort provides a dynamic and supportive environment to advance our mission and initiatives in Ukraine. ALDA is particularly glad to cooperate with U-LEAD with Europe in the implementation of projects such as the «Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs): An Instrument for Cooperation, Community Cohesion, and Development in Ukraine», adopted within the framework of the Bridges of Trust initiative.

ALDA’s primary objective in Kyiv is to further engage Ukrainian members in the Association’s projects and promote the ALDA Flagship Initiative in Ukraine on opening new Local Democracy Agencies across the country, adding them to the already existing ones in Dnipropetrovsk region, Mariupol and Odesa. 


We believe that by working closely together, we can amplify our impact and create positive change in communities across Ukraine


Additionally, our presence in Kyiv strengthens our advocacy efforts on behalf of Ukraine, amplifying the voice of local authorities and advocating for their needs on the international stage.

Under the leadership of Khrystyna Kvartsiana, we are confident that ALDA’s presence in Kyiv will serve as a hub for collaboration, innovation, and progress. Together, we will continue to work tirelessly to promote democracy, foster sustainable development, and support the people of Ukraine on their journey towards a brighter future.

Stay tuned for updates on our exciting projects and vacancies from Kyiv! 

In today’s dynamic societal landscape, the significance of inclusivity in sports cannot be overstated. Recognised across various sectors, the «SPORTS 4 ALL» initiative emerges as a source of innovation and inspiration. Supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Sport program, this extensive project underscores the transformative potential of sports in fostering diversity and inclusion.

The initiative aims to integrate children affected by educational poverty into sports activities, emphasising the profound role of sports in personal and social development. 


ALDA, as a key partner in this consortium, contributes invaluable expertise in promoting good governance and citizen participation.


«SPORTS 4 ALL» signifies a movement towards creating a more inclusive society through the universal language of sports. By empowering educators, coaches, and trainers with innovative methodologies and activities, the initiative not only enhances the physical well-being of children but also instils vital values such as teamwork, respect, and perseverance.

Through meticulously designed exercises and strategies, «SPORTS 4 ALL» endeavours to dismantle barriers, foster mutual understanding, and lay the groundwork for a more inclusive future. This initiative serves as a poignant reminder of sports’ potential in addressing educational disparities and promoting social inclusion.

As we disseminate the insights and methodologies of «SPORTS 4 ALL,» we extend an open invitation to communities, schools, and sports organisations to join the collective action of making sports accessible and enjoyable for all. This document serves as a resounding call to action — a commitment to embedding inclusivity as a cornerstone of youth sports programs worldwide.

With «SPORTS 4 ALL,» we are going towards a future where every child has the opportunity to thrive, learn, and flourish within a supportive and inclusive sporting environment.

AT A GLANCE

This project aims to aid Ukraine’s reconstruction by fostering collaborative municipal partnerships between Ukrainian and EU medium-sized municipalities. It focuses on empowering regional strategies in Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv, partnering with municipalities in Spain, France, and Italy. Additionally, the project promotes local decentralized cooperation between Ukraine and the EU through partnerships with ALDA and U-LEAD.

OBJECTIVES

The overarching objective of this project is to contribute to the reconstruction of Ukraine by facilitating collaborative municipal partnerships between Ukrainian and EU municipalities, particularly those of medium size. The first specific objective of this initiative is to promote engagement and cooperation among medium-sized local authorities in Europe and Ukraine through two distinct approaches, each directed at supporting two processes within the framework of this pilot exercise:

  1. Empowering the LDA Dnipropetrovsk region and implementing a regional strategy involving medium-sized municipalities, potentially including Novomoskovsk in Dnipropetrovsk oblast, with collaboration with Bilbao in the Basque Country. The entity is now referred to as the LDA Dnipropetrovsk region.
  2. Establishing a new LDA Kharkiv region process that involves medium-sized municipalities, including Merefa in Kharkiv oblast, with collaboration initiated with Buscate in Lombardia, Italy.

The second specific objective of this project is to promote local decentralised cooperation between Ukraine and the EU. This will be achieved by energising existing partnerships with ALDA and U-LEAD and facilitating the creation of new connections, aligning the paths and flagship initiatives of ALDA and LDAs with potential partners emerging from the Bridges of Trust initiative.