On 26-27 April 2017, the MED Path of the LADDER project will gather in Kairouan, Tunisia. The event, organised jointly by ALDA, Lam Echaml and COPPEM (co-coordinators of the MED path), aims at strengthening the role of LAs and CSOs in the MED area, by promoting a decentralized and ownership-based Neighbourhood Policy. Particularly, the Path will not finalize the content of the “CHARMEDAL – Mediterranean Charter of Democracy and Local Autonomy”, approve its final version as well as the dissemination strategy and next steps.
This meeting will also be the occasion to inaugurate the first Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in the Mediterranean area. Indeed, the LDA will be based in Kairouan and it represents the outcome of a long process of reflection and cooperation among the MED Path partners. The inauguration of the LDA will mark an important step for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, and reinforce ALDA’s efforts for democracy and good governance in the country, as well as in the region.
Contributing also to the achievement of the LADDER’s goals, the LDA will work on the capacity building of local authorities and civil society and it will foster the involvement of youth and women, the exchange of good practices between local actors, and the promotion of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.