Lead Partner


ALDA - The European Association

 for Local Democracy


The Association of Local Democracy Agencies is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level. It works in Europe (27 members states) to promote citizen participation in the public and European Policies. Within the framework of promoting good governance and citizen participation at the 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 160 members (including Local Authorities, NGOs, youth associations) coming from more than 30 different countries. ALDA is funded through membership fees and project funding from the European Commission (Europe for Citizens and Youth in Action among the others), the Council of Europe and other public and private donors.

Implementing partners     

Bashkia Shkoder


City of Shkodra is the capital of the Shkodra district. The administration of 182 employees takes care of the well being of 96.000 inhabitants. The public administration of the Municipality of Shkodra is an administration with years of experience in various areas of expertise. Most of the 182 public employees are university graduates in various fields such as economics, law, engineering, sociology and others.The Municipality is twinned with 4 cities from Kosovo and Montenegro and has many experiences in international cooperation, especially within the Adriatic Sea area and Italy. The main international cooperation fields are sustainable tourism, urban development and protection of natural and cultural heritage.


Local Democracy Agency Albania

We are a Local Democracy Agency active in the city of Shkoder – Albania - since 2008. We collaborate closely with the Municipality and its mayor to develop projects promoting active citizenship and sustainable development in social change. The project S.A.L.A.M. (Ally Stories Local Areas of Mediterranean) results to be an excellent opportunity to accelerate the democratisation process launched by the LDA in the city of Skutari, expanding the horizons into new opportunities for growth, through the exchange of best practices in the Active Citizenship field, culture shared by the project partners and to accelerate the process of membership of Albania in the EU community.

Center for Research, Cooperation

 and Development


The Center for Research, Cooperation and Development- CRCD is a local NPO, established by an initiator group with their free will and initiative on 26th June, 2008 in accordance with the Albanian Law No. 7850, 8781 and 8788 (for Non Profit Organizations) and Court Decision Nr 480. NIPT L.07213391B. Since 2010, CRCD is member of Associations for Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) and has been awarded by this European network as an actor in the decentralized cooperation strengthening the role of civil society in policy making, promoting good governance and citizen participation in local level.The CRCD was created to serve all over Albania and its main office is located in the city of Vlora. Since its start has implemented projects in several geographical areas with focus on building capacities of local authorities and CBOs/NGO in good governance, active citizenship, participatory strategic planning of local resources, civic engagement in health and environmental issues, mobilization of public opinions for community actions on the local and national level for environmental issues etc.

Local Democracy Agency Zavidovići

LDA Zavidovići has been officially founded on 1996 by a group of volunteers of Coordinamento Bresciano Iniziative di Solidarietà, the Municipality of Alba, the Province of Cremona and the Association of Municipalities of Brescia (ACB), according to the resolutions 25/1995 and 39/1996 of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Actually, LDA Zavidovići is engaged in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in Zavidovići area (Zenica-Doboj Canton), since 1993, in different sectors of intervention, trying to encourage a reconstruction of the social context affected by the 1992-95 conflict and by the post-conflict conditions, directly involving the local civil society and authorities and functioning as link between them and its international partners, above all Italian ones. After the first emergency, in fact, LDA Zavidovici tried to focus on exchanges between communities at different levels.

Municipality of Zavidovici

Zavidovići is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our core objectives are:
  • to insure and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms
  • to determine and implement spatial planning and environmental protection policies
  • to determine and implement housing policies, adopting housing and other construction programmes
  • to determine the Municipal property managing and disposition policies
  • to determine the natural resources management policies and distribution of income collected through their usage
  • to manage, finance and improve the local communal services and infrastructure.

    UG Agencija Lokalne

     Demokratije Prijedor

    LDA Prijedor is located in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Association is funded in order to promote the basic values of democracy such as:

    • Compliance with law and transparency
    • Protection of human rights and freedom
    • Protection of rights of minorities
    • Support the process of democratization
    • Socio-economic
    • Multiculturalism
    • European integration
    • Decentralisation, local development and reorganisation

    Municipality of Balchik


    Balchik Municipality is a municipality in Dobrich Province, Northeastern Bulgaria, located on the Northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast in Southern Dobruja geographical region. It is named after its administrative centre - the town of Balchik. The municipality embraces a territory of 523 km² with a population of 21,832 inhabitants, as of December 2009. The area is best known with the Balchik Palace complex in the main town as well as the luxury seaside resort of Albena. The main road E87 crosses the municipality connecting the port of Varna with the Romanian port of Konstanza.

    Municipality of Nessebar


    The ancient town of Nessebar is situated on a romantic rocky peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. The peninsula is 850 metres long and 300 metres wide. The town has a century-old history and it has preserved architectural monuments from all periods in its thousand year old existence. There are the remains of the Roman and Medieval walls, the Byzantine and Bulgarian churches and the old houses from 18th and 19th centuries. Nessebar is the cultural treasury of Bulgaria. In 1956 it was declared “a museum-town, an archaeological and architectural reserve”. Because of its unique historic colour it was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Monument in 1983. Being an international tourist centre, Nessebar is known for its harbour which is visited by a big number of cruise ships. To the north and south of the town there are wide beaches and sand dunes whose ridges form a natural phenomenon. There is a variety of water sports, yacht cruises, boat trips, fishing trips, bicycles.

    Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local

    The Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities is an independent non - profit organisation, which was established in 1992 for pursuing activities in the country and abroad in compliance with the relevant local legislation. The UBBSLA serves as umbrella organisation of 21 member municipalities covering the Bulgarian Black Sea region for encouraging of effective local self-government in terms of capacity building, know-how transfer, sustainable regional development, environment protection and energy issues as well as social inclusion and active citizen participation in the local government process.

    The main priorities of UBBSLA are:  

    - the development of cross-border activities oriented to the creation of civil society and sharing successful practices for social development which stimulate the active citizen participation in the social, economic, political and cultural dialogue

    - the enhancement of joint initiatives between the local authorities and NGOs for resolution of local problems.

    Local Democracy Agency Sisak

    LDA Sisak is a non-governmental and no-profit organisation established in 1996 with the aim to support local democratic processes, active citizenship and promote human rights. Since 2006 we are working as a domestic organisation. In our work we are using specific methodology of multilateral decentralised cooperation in partnership with local and regional self-governments and other non-governmental organisations in and out of Croatia. Our programmes: 1. Local democracy, 2. Culture and human rights, 3. Local economical development, 4. Education, networking and youth exchange, 5. European integrations and 6. Capacity building and training. Twinning is in the core of our work due to our partners’ network, network of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA and our methodology of decentralised cooperation on the international level. We have implemented several projects aiming to develop twinning activities between our partner towns and the most of the project have twinning elements of exchange.

    Town of Petrinja

    TownPetrinja is a democratically established municipality. Petrinja supports and encourages connections with towns from EU. Petrinja has two twinning partner towns from EU member states, Slovenia (Municipality of Črnomelj) and Bulgaria (Town of Tryavna), and is also looking for twinning towns in Macedonia. The town encourages its citizens to participate in the democratic activities in the city, for example, through town’s web page, citizens can ask question, give suggestions; they can be present on City councils that are public, all this in order to have a well-functioning civil society where there is room for different opinions and point of views. Town Petrinja is a partner town with LDA Sisak and supports their aims and, with their help and through project, Petrinja is aiming to develop more twinning activities between their partner towns and find new ones.

    Vejle Kommune

    Vejle Kommune (VK) is the sixth largest in the country, with a population of 110,000 people and a land area of 1,055 It is also the capital of Region South Denmark. VK’s Special Projects Department implements local democracy, citizenship and social inclusion projects for the local population. It participated in the All For EU citizenship project, coordinated by ALDA. Likewise, its SSP Unit (Cooperation among the social institutions, police and parents) and Resource Center for Integration implements Youth in Action projects that focus on citizenship and democratic participationTo build on and share its experiences, Vejle has cooperated with over 70 municipalities, learning institutions, government and private institutions, and NGOs across Europe. For the past 10 years, it has worked with municipalities in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Serbia, promoting local democracy. It had also implemented citizenship and environment projects targeting the youth.

    Mórahalom Városi Önkormányzat

    The local government of Mórahalom attaches great importance to non governmental partners. The main aim in this part of the country is the fight against the economic crisis, with particular focus on the crisis of the agriculture. Therefore the development of the cooperation between local government, non-profit governmental organisations and non profit civil society organisations is a key objective.

    National University of 

    Public Service 

    The Faculty of Public Administration - as the legal successor of Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Public Administration, - is part of the National University of Public Service, which started its operation on 1st January 2012. The establishment of the University, serving as the cornerstone of public service training in higher education, is a milestone in the renewal of the Hungarian public administration. Serving the concept of the „good state” is at the heart of all degree and non-degree programs offered by the Faculty. In line with our motto, we provide future public administration with professionals who serve the common good. 
    The Institute of Career and Human Resource is actively involved in standardizing the academic public service professional training and in developing public service staff competence. The mission of the Institute is to provide armonized and planned training and to create interoperability in public service careers.

    Municipality of Ujbuda


     Comune di Reggio Emilia

    The Municipality of Reggio Emilia is one of the first Italian LAs engaged in activating processes for structured participation. In the last years, the Municipality has begun several actions for promoting active participation of citizens both at local and neighbourhood level. Within this framework, the Municipality has promoted local Agendas 21, urban participatory projects for re-qualification of downgrade areas, participatory processes linked to Mobility Local Plan and Urban Local Plan. It has also promoted the project Reggiani, a public call aiming at enhancing active experiences of volunteering and civil society actions in fields like welfare, culture, youth.  The main goal of these activities is to make citizens close to decision-making and implementation of local policies  improving quality and life in the city. The Municipality actively participates in EU projects, supports international conferences on this topic and develops strong international policy and relationships.

     City of Skopje

    The City of Skopje represents a modern and highly urbanised capital city of the Republic of Macedonia. It has developed strong international cooperation in order to strengthen the image of an “Open City”. It is twinned with 17 cities from 13 countries and is engaged in other forms of cooperation among municipalities. It regularly participates in international projects, especially in the filed of urban transport, local development, innovativeness.The City intensively cooperates with numerous local organisations of civil society and its citizens. It aims to ensure active involvement of local people and organisations in the process of defining development activities and initiatives of the City, as well as to create conditions for establishment of effective partnerships.


    Birgu Local Council


    The Birgu Local Council is made up of 5 Council members. The First Local Council in Birgu was set up in 1994 after the Council’s elections that were held. The Council has strived to take note of all the needs o f its community by engaging in a range of actions, from preserving its beauty by ensuring the area is always clean and by renovating buildings, to promoting the area through the use of ICT. The Local Council works hard to motivate its inhabitants to be responsible and take an active part in the city’s heritage and culture. It is responsible to improve the interests of the community while keeping in full view the needs of those individuals in particular situations.The Birgu Local Council is also responsible for the social, cultural and educational aspect of the locality. In fact, the Local Council is doing its utmost to keep the City alive by organising as many activities as possible in one calendar year to attract Maltese residents and tourists alike to the City of Birgu.


    Primaria Comunei 


    Domneşti municipality is located at 22 km away from the city of Curtea de Argeş, 48 km from the city of Piteşti, 24 km from the city of Câmpulung Muscel, in the North part of Arges County, at the mountain feet of Făgăraş. It's work is to promote good community relations and mutual understanding between the citizens and to be an important mechanism for developing active European citizenship and a sense of shared identity; to promote the cultures and traditions of the town; to develop close personal contacts between groups and individuals; to promote a greater unity within the European Union; and to develop projects on a cross border and/or European collaborative partnership basis.

    Primaria Godeni

    The municipality is located in the North part of Arges County – Romania and its main purpose is to advance good relations, promoting social, cultural, educational and economic links and exchanges for the benefit of the citizens of Godeni. Its work is to promote good community relations and mutual understanding between the citizens and to be an important mechanism for developing active European citizenship and a sense of shared identity; to promote the cultures and traditions of the town; to develop close personal contacts between groups and individuals; to promote a greater unity within the European Union; and to develop projects on a cross border and/or European collaborative partnership basis.

    The Mountain Community

     Iezer Muscel Association

    The Mountain Community Iezer Muscel” Association is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2008 on the initiative of several municipalities from the mountain area of Muscel – Arges County. The main objective of this association is to elaborate, promote and implement programmes and projects of economic, social and cultural development in the mountain areas and not only, improving the local economic potential, making international exchanges of ideas, information and know-how, promoting ecological agriculture and biotechnology and preserving natural monuments and, above all, creating links between citizens from different countries in Europe.

    Center for Community 


    The Center for Community Organizing helps citizens to define their community and decide the problems they wish to address, the solutions they wish to pursue, and the methods they will use to accomplish their goals. In the process, organisations will build a democratically controlled institution that can take on further problems and embody the will and power of that community over time.

    Municipality of Banska 


    The City of Banska Bystrica has been active with community work for a number of years. A Plan for Social Services has been prepared with broad input from Civil Society organisations. We have opened a new community centre in the Sasova neighbourhood and have plans to expand on this successful work. We have participated in several international programmes. The Mayor has invited NGOs to formally participate in the work of the City in the past year as well.

    Association for

     Developing Voluntary

     Work Novo mesto

    Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo mesto is a non-profit and humanitarian organisation acting in accordance with the public interest in the field of social protection. Our mission is to contribute to more inclusive and open society for all. Our two leading programmes therefore deal with inclusion of socially excluded groups and with the stimulation of the NGO development and civil dialogue. Our activities within the programmes are performed by expert and voluntary work. We promote the values of solidarity, tolerance, voluntarism, active living, clean environment, citizenship awareness, social entrepreneurship and inter-cultural dialogue. Promotion and development of voluntary work is the method running underneath all of our programmes and activities. We promote voluntary work in the areas of social work, education, culture, art, sport, intergenerational cooperation, active citizenship, international NGO cooperation, health, environmental issues and NGO development.


    Municipality of Santa Eulalia 

    de Gallego

    The municipality is settled in the Aragon Region, Spain, in the province of Zaragoza. In spite of their belonging to the province, it is also member of the District of Hoya de Huesca which provides some of the services for Cleaning, Culture, Sports, civil protection and others.

    The municipality has started a strong fight against depopulation and ageing of their population. New projects are offered to create Jobs and opportunities to work and live here. The municipality has also signed the “Covenant of Mayors” as an opportunity for sustainable local development based on Biomass exploitation. An agreement with SEO Birdlife is also on study to create a “local reserve” for environment preservation.

    There are also Sorong civil organizations in the municipality that give support to civil proposals and cultural activity. These organizations have a large number of members that does not live in the municipality except on holidays and summer when population enlarges to 500 inhabitants.