Capacity Building Workshops for a BRIGHTer future!

Capacity

Two more Capacity Building Workshops (CBW) to go before the Final Conference of BRIGHT project!

As the one taking place in mid November in Calabria, a southern region of Italy, Spain and Greece will host the fourth and fifth CBWs respectively. 

What is the idea behind these interactive meetings? From a general perspective, BRIGHT Capacity Building Workshops, five in total, are intended to enhance the capability of local institutions, as well as European countries, to rely on participatory governance systems – be they Collaboration Agreements – as far as enabling mobile women in decision-making processes.  


Capacity Building Workshops discussing the broad topic of “mobile women’ inclusion” employed in the sector of agriculture in other similar areas of 3rd sector


As for the previous occasion, also these two CBS will see the participation of several stakeholders, discussing the broad topic of “mobile women’ inclusion” employed in the sector of agriculture in other similar areas of 3rd sectors (as cleaning and care services) sectors on how to address the need for new and innovative strategies to guarantee access to fair, adequate, and sensitive public services. The way to reach underrepresented groups is a joint effort of authorities, social services, trade unions, citizens, and employers in order to design innovative and inclusive welfare solutions.

Based on this, the BRIGHT project, not only is willing to overcome this gap, but also it has set 5 CBWs to produce and design concrete outputs to be shared at European level. Within this framework project’s partners will join the workshops, and invite people to join:

Last but not least, follow the project on социальные сети, and do not miss the final conference, which will take place in Brussels on February 22nd-23rd (dates TBC).


More activities in 2022 to fight climate of change

Change

2021 was a year filled with activities for the Climate of Change project, despite many challenges arising from the Covid 19 pandemic!

After the first year of implementation, 2021 marked the launch, in all 13 countries of the project, of the debate contest: an educational activity that included – among others – familiarizing with climate change and migration related issues; developing analyses skills and the ability to synthesize data and information to take position and be critical.

More in depth, coordinated by ALDA in partnership with FINEP, participants, divided into two groups (students from high school and from universities) joined a training module session and the drafting of debate papers for all partners. ALDA implemented the activity in both France and Belgium. At the end, the national winning teams in each age group met in Brussels in November to dispute the Pan-European Debate Finals with the other national teams (see our previous article).

Furthermore, last November, ALDA in cooperation with the European Environmental Bureau welcomed the circus show MadgaClan in Brussels for the final dates of the Pan-European Street Action Tour. The tour was scheduled during the EU debate finals to allow students to participate in the activity.



Additionally, ALDA participated in the drafting of the campaign guide #ClimateOfChange. The output has been published on the website and used by all partners to promote the campaign at national level, while producing surveys and factsheets. Overall, the objective is to highlight the connection among migration, climate and the need to transform our economy and everyday lives. The campaign will last until the end of the project in 2023.

Finally, “End Climate Change, Start a Climate of Change” petition was launched, demanding policy changes that will safeguard a healthy and sustainable tomorrow. (Sign the petition!).

 

What will happen next year?

In 2022, the lead partner WeWorld will develop a 4-episode webseries on the topic of climate justice, aimed at promoting the campaign through online platform and across Europe.

In addition, this year focuses on research work to support an evidence-based narrative on the nexus between migration and climate. Specifically, it is intended to produce 4 case studies in Cambodia, Guatemala, Senegal and Kenya and to give voice to local communities most affected by climate change.

Meanwhile, some national and international events will enable the partners to introduce the public to the outputs and outcomes of the project, especially the results of case-studies and advocacy actions while promoting the petition.


research

PIECE by PIECE: here is the cornerstone of our project building!

research

The research paper, aimed at analyzing the needs of communities and community workers in Europe, has been released by the PIECE project’s partners

The research is based on a survey spread out by every partner through their networks (see our previous article); as well as on 25 in-depth interviews. This last analysis brought something new compared to others: the international and cross-sectorial elements.

With this report, the partners tried to understand what are the current needs of community workers to improve their work and enhance the local community participation. Hence, this output highlights both common and different needs amongst European countries and regions, such as:

  • learning practical and educational tools to apply to their work;
  • gaining soft skills and ability to engage further their communities;
  • dealing with important issues (gender, racism, sustainability, etc.), or
  • knowing how to create a safe online community space.


This last research brought something: the international and cross-sectorial elements


Moreover, this theoretical work is a key step within the project. Furthermore, it will be the foundation for the next stages, mainly by raising some difficulties that would be addressed through the creation of training materials and an e-learning platform for the target group.

Finally, the overall objective of PIECE project is to up-skill and empower community workers. This will consequently allow beneficiaries to enhance social inclusion, skills and employability of the people they will train or involve in their activities.

The report can be used by everyone out of the project; it is freely available on the outputs page of the project’s website : https://pieceproject.eu/

If you want to find out more, have a look at the APProach в Facebook.


radical

Research findings on youth radicalisation: RADEX comprehensive report

radical

As previously announced, the RADEX consortium has produced a comprehensive report of the research phase of the project. This included the findings on youth violent radicalisation from 5 countries the UK, Belgium, France, Greece and Cyprus.

What is it about? The research considered both online and offline youth radicalisation patterns, comprising literature reviews, interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis and online research on social media, apps and chatrooms. Therefore, the report contributes as a summary of general trends of research studies, but also as an in-depth analysis of social network research.


The comprehensive report provides readers with hints on how, when and where young people become objects of radicalisation


The comprehensive report provides readers with hints on how, when and where young people become objects of radicalisation. At the same time, it identifies strengths and positive skills that young people can use in their benefit to build a stronger fence against radicalisation. The research includes a specific focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic within this processes.

More than a simple state of the art of youth violent radicalisation in the 5 target countries, this report will serve as a basis of the main project output: an e-course about positive skills youth can develop to prevent this phenomenon, directed to youth workers and educators.

Finally, the RADEX consortium also produced an executive summary in 4 different languages, you can find them here:


Presidency

ALDA welcomes the French EU Council Presidency

This newly started 2022 has also marked the inauguration of a new Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Following Slovenia, from the 1° of January 2022, France has taken over the Presidency for the next six months, until June 30., 2022.

In light of the delicate and peculiar situation the Union and the whole World are going through, the French Presidency will focus its mandate according to citizens’ expectations and needs, trying to bring the needed changes in a concrete way, as stated in the latest news.

2022 starts with the beginning of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union

From a general perspective the trio programma, that means the overall mission of French, Czech and Swedish Presidencies, up until the beginning of 2023 will focus on:

  • Protecting citizens and freedoms; based on European values;
  • Promoting a new growth and investment model for Europe, inspired by sustainable green growth;
  • Building a greener and more socially equitable Europe, with special regard to health and
  • А global Europe that promotes multilateralism and renewed international partnerships

Specifically on the French Presidency, its main priorities around three emblematic areas: climate, digital and social. At the same time, it will work to lay the basis for important changed and achievements linked to the economic sphere, youth, health and culture.

ALDA welcomes with enthusiasm the new French Presidency and encourages it to keep the active participation of citizens in the European governance high in the political agenda, thus giving the needed impetus to the closing phase of the Conference on the Future of Europe!

 

Check the Presidency website


ALDA mournes the loss of David Sassoli, European Parliament President

[Picture source: www.theparliamentmagazine.eu]

 

It’s with great sadness that we acknowledge the loss of David Sassoli, European Parliament President and former journalist.

On behalf of the whole staff of ALDA, its Governing Board and entire network, we will always remember Mr Sassoli as a convinced and committed European politician and activist, a person who could wisely lead one of the most important but complex Institution, as the European Parliament, since July 2019.

Davide Sassoli contributed to lead European policies and politics  in an extremely difficult period with a remarkable know-how and a solid set of principles: respect, loyalty and coherence to the cause.

Being the Parliament the EU institution which best represents its citizens, since its members are directly elected every five years through universal suffrage, David Sassoli perfectly represented the values carried on by ALDA: citizens participation, active commitment, solidarity, tolerance, equality, justice and much more.

Our condolences go to its family, his close colleagues, friends and to all who knew and appreciated him.

May he rest in peace.


migrant

Towards the creation of an online course for professors teaching students from migrant backgrounds!

migrant

This month, ALDA welcomed the partners of the проект DEVOTE (Developing the Competencies of Teachers to Integrate Students from Migrant Background into European Schools) in Strasbourg in order to work together on the development of the online course foreseen by the project. In addition, the consortium discussed the sustainability of the project, especially after its completion, while having preliminary discussions on the Community of Educators. The latter will be created for teachers to support each other;  and exchange good practices. Of course participants took some informal time to discover Strasbourg and its Christmas sparkle!


Promote the "Whole School Approach", to set up an assessment of students with migrant backgrounds and to learn from good practices


From a general perspective, проект aims to strengthen the integration of students with migrant backgrounds in schools and improve their success in education by providing training, coaching and guidance to teachers equipping school leaders and educators with the necessary skills and innovative tools to support secondary students in the process, strengthening collaboration between schools, families, and other external stakeholders.

To this end, at the core of the project is the creation of a brand new online course for teachers to strengthen their approach towards language support, parental support, psycho-social support, but also to enable them to promote the Whole School Approach, to set up an assessment of students with migrant backgrounds and to learn from good practices already used across Europe.

The course, currently under development, brings together the expertise of 5 project partners (4 associations and 2 universities) with complementary expertise on issues related to inclusion, support for migrant populations, education and digital training.

The meeting in Strasbourg was a necessary step to discuss the technical development of the platform, the content of the modules, the evaluation of the learners: The online course is expected to be available in 2022!


Vicenza

Junior Reporting Officer, Vicenza (Italy)

Vicenza

Among the main tasks:

  • Financial reporting of projects working hand in hand with project manager and the senior staff of ALDA;
  • Updating the ALDA financial instruments for analytic accountability and registration.

Among the skills needed:

  • Diploma of accounting or economic degree
  • 1 year Experience in financial reporting of projects, in particular to the European Commission and international private and public stakeholders;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Italian (both written and spoken) is required; knowledge of French would be an asset;

Terms of contract

The contract will be for a full-time person based in Виченца integrating our administration and finances office for 1 year (renewable) starting from the second half of January 2022.

Крайний срок
Send CV and cover letter in English by January 25th, 2022 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Reporting Officer”.

Vicenza

Among the main tasks:

  • Financial reporting of projects working hand in hand with project manager and the senior staff of ALDA;
  • Updating the ALDA financial instruments for analytic accountability and registration.

Among the skills needed:

  • Diploma of accounting or economic degree
  • 1 year Experience in financial reporting of projects, in particular to the European Commission and international private and public stakeholders;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Italian (both written and spoken) is required; knowledge of French would be an asset;

Terms of contract

The contract will be for a full-time person based in Виченца integrating our administration and finances office for 1 year (renewable) starting from the second half of January 2022.

Крайний срок
Send CV and cover letter in English by January 25th, 2022 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Reporting Officer”.


Tre giorni di formazione in progettazione europea a Pescara

Nuova tappa per il nostro Laboratorio pratico di Euro-progettazione! Questa volta la meta è la città di Pescara, che ci ospiterà per una formazione intensiva di tre giorni.

Dal 28 al 30 novembre la nostra collega e trainer esperta Anna Ditta si troverà dunque a Pescara dove, in collaborazione con il nostro socio “Polis Vestina”, terrà un corso dall’impronta pratica e altamente professionalizzante, con un focus specifico sul programma “Europa Creativa”.

Europa Creativa è il programma europeo a sostegno dei settori culturali e creativi per facilitare l’accesso ad opportunità di crescita e di apertura a livello nazionale ed internazionale.
La formula intensiva del laboratorio pratico di euro-progettazione mira a fornire strumenti operativi concreti e di alto profilo per la stesura, la presentazione e la gestione di progetti finanziati dalla Commissione Europea, in risposta a bandi specifici, alla luce della programmazione 2014-2020, e soprattutto presentando le linee prioritarie per il periodo di programma 2021-2027.
Un viaggio completo ed interattivo per esplorare tutte le fasi di gestione di un progetto europeo!
Le lezioni si svolgeranno presso l’Hotel Carlton (Viale della Riviera 35, Pescara), dalle ore 9:00 alle ore 13:00, e il pomeriggio dalle ore 14:30 alle 17:30.
Il corso ha un costo totale di 750 euro (iva inclusa) ed offre a categorie specifiche la possibiltà di godere di riduzioni particolari.
L’iscrizione alla quota ridotta di 620 euro (iva inclusa) è disponibile per tutti coloro che si iscriveranno entro il 17 novembre e per le seguenti fasce di pubblico:
– I giovani fino ai 26 anni
– I soci ALDA – Associazione Europea per la Democrazia Locale (www.alda-europe.eu)
– Futuri soci ALDA
– Individui appartenenti ad Ordini Professionali
– I dipendenti di Amministrazioni Pubbliche
Per tutti coloro che desiderano pernottare presso l’Hotel, gli iscritti al corso godranno di tariffe agevolate sul costo delle stanze.
Registratevi attraverso il FORM ONLINE e versate l’acconto per riservare il vostro posto!

Nuova tappa per il nostro Laboratorio pratico di Euro-progettazione! Questa volta la meta è la città di Pescara, che ci ospiterà per una formazione intensiva di tre giorni.

Dal 28 al 30 novembre la nostra collega e trainer esperta Anna Ditta si troverà dunque a Pescara dove, in collaborazione con il nostro socio “Polis Vestina”, terrà un corso dall’impronta pratica e altamente professionalizzante, con un focus specifico sul programma “Europa Creativa”.

Europa Creativa è il programma europeo a sostegno dei settori culturali e creativi per facilitare l’accesso ad opportunità di crescita e di apertura a livello nazionale ed internazionale.
La formula intensiva del laboratorio pratico di euro-progettazione mira a fornire strumenti operativi concreti e di alto profilo per la stesura, la presentazione e la gestione di progetti finanziati dalla Commissione Europea, in risposta a bandi specifici, alla luce della programmazione 2014-2020, e soprattutto presentando le linee prioritarie per il periodo di programma 2021-2027.
Un viaggio completo ed interattivo per esplorare tutte le fasi di gestione di un progetto europeo!
Le lezioni si svolgeranno presso l’Hotel Carlton (Viale della Riviera 35, Pescara), dalle ore 9:00 alle ore 13:00, e il pomeriggio dalle ore 14:30 alle 17:30.
Il corso ha un costo totale di 750 euro (iva inclusa) ed offre a categorie specifiche la possibiltà di godere di riduzioni particolari.
L’iscrizione alla quota ridotta di 620 euro (iva inclusa) è disponibile per tutti coloro che si iscriveranno entro il 17 novembre e per le seguenti fasce di pubblico:
– I giovani fino ai 26 anni
– I soci ALDA – Associazione Europea per la Democrazia Locale (www.alda-europe.eu)
– Futuri soci ALDA
– Individui appartenenti ad Ordini Professionali
– I dipendenti di Amministrazioni Pubbliche
Per tutti coloro che desiderano pernottare presso l’Hotel, gli iscritti al corso godranno di tariffe agevolate sul costo delle stanze.
Registratevi attraverso il FORM ONLINE e versate l’acconto per riservare il vostro posto!


Rethinking the cooperation between local authorities and civil society” in Skopje

The International Forum “Partnership as key for Local Democracy – Rethinking the cooperation between local authorities and civil society” organised by The European association for local democracy – ALDA Skopje will take place on the 11th and 12th June 2019 at the Hotel “Best Western” in Skopje.
This international event will gather 60 participants representing local authorities, the civil society sector and international organisations from North Macedonia, the Balkans and EU. The Forum will be a unique opportunity to exchange best practices and rethink the cooperation between local authorities and civil society.
Four diverse and relevant panels on good practices are foreseen during the event on the topics of: effective partnership between civil society and local authorities; support to civil society organisations; new and traditional forms of citizen participation; and international cooperation of local partnerships. You may attend and follow information on the Facebook event dedicated to the Forum.
The Forum is organised in the framework of the project “Civil society organisations for making local democracy work” supported by the European Union and the Central European Initiative (CEI).

The International Forum “Partnership as key for Local Democracy – Rethinking the cooperation between local authorities and civil society” organised by The European association for local democracy – ALDA Skopje will take place on the 11th and 12th June 2019 at the Hotel “Best Western” in Skopje.
This international event will gather 60 participants representing local authorities, the civil society sector and international organisations from North Macedonia, the Balkans and EU. The Forum will be a unique opportunity to exchange best practices and rethink the cooperation between local authorities and civil society.
Four diverse and relevant panels on good practices are foreseen during the event on the topics of: effective partnership between civil society and local authorities; support to civil society organisations; new and traditional forms of citizen participation; and international cooperation of local partnerships. You may attend and follow information on the Facebook event dedicated to the Forum.
The Forum is organised in the framework of the project “Civil society organisations for making local democracy work” supported by the European Union and the Central European Initiative (CEI).