The project “LADDER – Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness – has started in January 2015, during the milestone of the European Year for Development 2015.

Funded by EuropeAid, during the next 36 months, LADDER will seek to enhance and increase the action of Local Authorities in EU DEAR policies, with special reference to the EU Neighborhood area.

The first Steering Committee meeting, held in Modena (Italy) in February, brought together the 26 partners & 20 associates of the projects, coming from 18 EU and 17 non-EU countries. All of them bring a heavy luggage of field work on local development, making the project a crucial platform for exchange of best practices, capacity building, and highlight the importance of acting at local level, globally.

During the next partner meeting, on 6/7 May in Podgorica (Montenegro), the project partners will focus on how to monitor the implementation and the results of the project, in order to make the most out of it. “We are all extremely aware of the high challenges we have set with the project LADDER, and all our efforts will be coordinated and consistent, in order not to miss out a crucial opportunity during EYD2015 and beyond” said Mr Nikos Gamouras, ALDA Project Manager. “The project partners represent thousand municipalities and organizations in the enlarged Europe, a unique network which, together, can be the promoter of the only type of development we believe in – which starts at the local level, and involves communities and citizens”, he concluded.

Stay tuned for further information on the world of LADDER!