JEF Europe in the LADDER project by ALDA

What is ALDA?

ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level. ALDA in particular focuses on activities that facilitate cooperation between local authorities and civil society.

What is LADDER?

The project “LADDER – Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness” will last three years.

It has 1 global objective and 4 specific ones. For the next 36 months, it will seek to enhance and increase the action of Local Authorities in EU Development education and awareness raising (DEAR) policies, with special reference to the EU Neighbouring area. To do so, the following specific objectives have been identified:

  • Strengthen the capacity of associations of local authorities (LAs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to act in a sustainable way as drivers for development, fostering their role of multipliers within their countries, communities and networks,
  • Inform, raise awareness and engage citizens in global issues, global interdependency and development education
  • Develop & reinforce the cooperation between LAs and CSOs, to lead to winning synergies
  • Improve DEAR methods in non-formal education system, through the development of new and innovative methods and tools addressed to a wide range of stakeholders (including educators, civil servants, NGOs, youth leaders etc).

What is the role of JEF in LADDER?

JEF will participate in all the activities of the project, by bringing its inputs to the research of relevant documents and actors on DEAR, participating to EU level trainings, contributing to the communication related to the LADDER project.

More importantly, JEF will be in charge of the overall Thematic Path 1: “Youth in development”: the content of it is still to be defined, but what is sure is that it will be a great opportunity to work with the youth on DEAR policies.

What is the expected outcome?

The main outputs will be recommendations, papers, studies and researches, and other documents – as well as possible thematic actions – in line with the strategy of the Path, targeting relevant stakeholders and institutions to liaise with and disseminating them accordingly.