ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy
ALDA is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of good local governance, namely through the empowerment of civil society and the promotion of active citizenship. It works in Europe (28 EU members states), in the Balkans and in the last years, in South Caucasus and North Africa. In the framework of promoting good governance and citizens participation at local level, ALDA focuses on various themes, such as European integration, civic initiatives, youth involvement, human rights, immigration, equal opportunities, sustainable economic development and volunteering. ALDA is a membership-based organisation gathering more than
190 members (including Local Authorities, CSOs, youth associations, Universities) coming from more than 30 countries. ALDA is funded through membership fees and project funding from the European Commission (Europe for Citizens and ERASMUS + among the others), the Council of Europe and other public and private donors.
SSIIM Unesco Chair, Iuav University of Venice
Università IUAV di Venezia (IUAV) was founded in 1926 as the Venice Higher Learning Institute of Architecture. IUAV is the only university in Italy dedicated to a specific area of knowledge: teaching design and planning for all disciplines dealing with the built environment. Within IUAV, the responsible for the Action will be the SSIIM UNESCO Chair “Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants: urban policies and practices” of the Department of Design & Planning in Complex Environments. SSIIM research group has a large experience in academic research and policy advice in the field of social/spatial integration of migrants in particular concerning: equal access to housing, urban services and public space; residential concentration, migrant policy analysis, social cohesion. SSIIM field of action-research is strongly international, rooted on collaboration with a wide network of high level scholars from different universities and research centres in Europe and in the Global South.
Local Democracy Agency Mostar
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Local Democracy Agency (LDA) Mostar is one of 13 LDA members with in the ALDA Association of local democracy agencies. Basic characteristic of ALDA and her members is promotion of good governance and citizen’s participation on a local level. LDA is a non-profit organisation founded with the aim of promoting basic democratic values. Main areas: promotion of concrete initiatives to encourage democracy at the local level, building bridges between citizens and governments, development of a pluralistic civil society and the active participation of all social groups, Encouraging reconciliation and human rights, Promoting sustainable local development, Improving the knowledge of the local community about the processes of stabilization and accession. Our organisation empowers youth in their capacities to build a more sustainable world trough different exchanges, trainings and seminars, conferences and tribunes.
Association of Albanian Municipalities
AAM is an LGA operating in Albania. It was established 17 years ago and it has as members the municipalities of Albania. AAM acts with operational structure of elected bodies and executive staff. With implementation of Territorial Reform, we are working for consolidation of 61 new municipalities. The consolidation of AAM as an independent organization in representing the interests of local government is recognized by local and international actors. As actively involved in process of territorial reform and other decentralization reforms, we have acquainted a vast experience and knowledge in local government and are recognized by those LGUs as an important support actor in training provision, lobbying, communication platform and establishing partnerships. We have a distinguished pool of local experts and successful cooperation with many donors as Sida, Netherlands Embassy, EU Delegation, OSCE etc. AAM is member of ALDA, NALAS and CEMR.
SPES – Associazione Promozione e Solidarietà
The mission of SPES – Volunteering Support Centre
of the Lazio region is defined by the Italian Framework Law on Volunteering. Its aim is to support and qualify the operational capacity of voluntary organisations, enhance their impact through networking and promote the culture of solidarity. It provides a wide range of free of charge services in favour of voluntary organisations: Legal, fiscal and administrative consultancy; Training; Support, information and consultancy for project planning and management and for collaboration with local public institutions, citizens’ groups and businesses; Communication and information services through a dedicated web portal and social media. SPES organises extensive promotion of active citizenship through programmes such as School and Volunteering and Businesses and Volunteering, public events on local level, a supported volunteer matching service and European networking. During 2013, 1130 voluntary organisations used at least one of SPES services.
Solidarity Overseas Service (SOS)
Solidarity Overseas Service (SOS) Malta is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 1991. It works with local and international partners in Malta and overseas. Its activities are organized in four main pillars: Overseas Development, Social Solidarity, Volunteering, and Research and Training. The core missions of SOS Malta is to assist all people through projects of a social, charitable and sustainable nature; to advocate on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged groups helping them achieve an improved quality of life; to help enhance the knowledge and skills of those it serves and to promote models of good care and practice.
Fundación Privada Indera
The INDERA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to young women’s rights and gender equality from a holistic point of view. Created in 2007, it has worked on a variety of topics related to its purpose. It has a very strong experience in local initiatives carried out in Europe and in Latin America with European funding (both public and private). These initiatives have always involved working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Indera is involved in projects that often have a public policy side to them, offering innovative approaches to both long standing and emerging problems.
Main affiliations: ALDA – European Association for Local democracy; AT GENDER European Association for Gender Research; AWID, Association for Women Rights in Development.
Municipality of Kumanovo
Municipality of Kumanovo is characterized by the interweaving of cultures, religions and traditions that makes it the real centre of multi-ethnicity and an example of coexistence. The favourable location makes the city administrative, economic and cultural centre, a synonym for urban environment with a rich cultural and social life and people characterized with unique mentality and positive spirit which gives the city a special character. Migrant crises have affected Municipality of Kumanovo in great extent, especially village of Tabanovce, which is in the cross-border area, where the migrant camp is located. More than 2000 migrants cross the country on their way to Europe every day. The crises is not only humanitarian, but also environmental and this is where Municipality of Kumanovo uses all its resources to address the problem.
European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Amphictyony
E.G.T.C. Amphictyony functions as a civil non-profit society of Greek, Cypriot, Italian and French Local Authorities, following the Regulation (EK) no. 1082/2006 of the European Parliament. It aims at promoting territorial cooperation in the Mediterranean, towards sustainable development in a democratic European environment through financial and social collaboration among its members. To this aim, it enhances cooperation among its members, enables exchange of information and good practices, pursues participation at and implementation of EU programs and encourages collaboration between research centres, local authorities and the local societies. More specifically, it emphasizes on promoting local democracy as a lever for more just and sustainable societies; and on enhancing its members’ awareness and access to networks and information, in order to foster initiative and encourage them to become active exponents of social and development innovation.
Kallipolis is a non-profit organization that aims at
improving liveability in urban contexts through the approach of social urbanism. It is inspired by the principles of the United Nations Habitat Agenda, which promotes policies for the sustainable development of human settlements and adequate shelter for all. Kallipolis works, in Italy and other countries, to promote a widespread application of the principles of sustainable development, social interaction of marginal populations and groups and to support quality of life and safety in urban environments by making use of participatory planning and Agenda 21 tools. The association focuses on the most vulnerable groups, which are now the motor of world development, and believes that urban environments can actually become equity spaces. Kallipolis’ activity is aimed at building human settlements that are inclusive, green, healthy, attractive, participatory, responsible and resilient.
Rede DLBC Lisboa
Lisbon CLLD Network – Association for the Community Led Local Development of Lisbon is Management Intermediate Body with delegation of powers by the Portuguese authorities to manage both ERDF and ESF for the disadvantaged territories of the municipality of Lisbon. It was founded as the associative legal personality of 150+ organizations, including associations, Municipality of Lisbon and Local Elected Councils, cooperatives, companies, universities, NGOs. Is main objectives are: Capacity- building of organizations fighting against poverty, exclusion and the promotion of citizen participation; Promote development of deprived communities, education, employment, health, culture, economy and social inclusion; Mobilize the creative capacities to innovative actions in local contexts; Facilitate new modes of city governance, assuming responsibilities in the implementation of public policies.
City of Strasbourg
As European Capital, seat of several European institutions, the City of Strasbourg aims at implementing concrete projects to promote the European ideals such as intercultural dialogue, the defence of Human Rights and education to the European citizenship. A Steering Committee for the European Youth, chaired by Nawel RAFIK-ELMRINI, Deputy Mayor in charge of European and International Affairs and including partners from different Strasbourg neighbourhoods, was created to develop local projects which promote active citizen participation, especially among young people coming from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. At the European level, the City of Strasbourg has launched the “European Network of Cities of Solidarity” to implement innovative public policies in terms of the reception and integration of refugees.
Municipality of Novo Mesto
The Municipality of Novo Mesto (Slovene: Mestnaobčina Novo mesto) is a municipality in southeast Slovenia, close to the border with Croatia. There are approximately 36,000 people living in the municipality. Novo Mesto is the administrative, economic, ecclesiastical, cultural, educational, health and sports centre of the Southeast Region of Slovenia. It is recognisable by its exceptionally successful pharmaceutical, automotive, construction, textile and other industries, as the municipality is home to larger companies.
There are several primary schools, high schools, vocational schools and institutions for higher education located in Novo Mesto. In addition, there are also many language and dance schools, youth centres, cultural and sport associations in the town, which give young people different options for active spending of their free time. There are also many NGOs operating in the territory of municipality, which are co-financed by the municipality. Voluntary work, intercultural competences and citizen participation has been always strongly supported by the Municipality of Novo Mesto, especially in the fields of education, culture and social issues.