ALDA, Association of Local Democracy, is a NGO founded by initiative of the Congress of the Council of Europe in 1999, headquartered in Strasbourg and based In 42 countries across Europe gathering over 290 members. It was created to coordinate and support the network of Local Democracy Agencies, which are self-sustainable, locally registered NGOs acting as promoters of good governance and citizen participation at local level.
The action of ALDA focuses on various topics depending on the areas of work, ranging from European integration, decentralisation, civic initiatives, youth and volunteering, human rights to sport and sustainable economic development. ALDA has a very extensive experience in the management of large European and international projects, as well as in the coordination of wide partnerships.
ALDA is a member, observer, or partner of the following organizations: Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Structured dialogue Europe for Citizens, Civil Society Forum of Eastern Partnership, Committee of the Regions, CONCORD, CIVICUS, European Movement International, Anna Lindh Foundation, Conference of INGOs, Central and Eastern European Citizens Network, European and Italian Alliance for the European Year of Active Citizenship, etc.
ALDA is currently coordinator and partner respectively of two Erasmus+ Sport projects: SW-UP - Sport for Women in Urban Places and SPORTGIVECHANCE led by the City of Spoleto.
SW-UP is an initiative under the collaborative partnerships measure subdivided into 5 workpackages to enhance women's participation to sports targeted at designing women friendly urban environments for sports, and physical activity, and in particular outdoor sports as an effective tool for equal opportunities and social inclusion. Therefore the project aims at shading light on the why and how one should design women friendly urban environments, the drafting of guidelines and a roadmap for improving urban places for outdoor sport from a gender equality perspective.
In Sportgivechange, a not for profit European sport event, 31 bodies from 16 European countries come together to set up a sport event for diabetics athletes in Spoleto, Umbria, a region in Central Italy. The goal: to raise awareness of fair sport and physical activities in promoting health, well being ad social inclusion. The project is coordinated by the City of Spoleto supported by a partnership of 11 local municipalities, a regional/national network of 8 sports and cultural associations, the Umbria Region that deals with the workshops, conferences, promotion of sport practice.
ALDA has also a wide experience of the Programmes Horizon 2020, Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens, Erasmus KA2 and KA3.