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After 36 months of fruitful work in cooperation with its 27 co-applicants and 19 associates, the LADDER project can strike a very successful balance. Our metrics are not only the brilliant debates and the smiles of participants during the final conference, but also the figures. The cooperation of local authorities and civil society organisations did promote Development Education & Awareness Raising (DEAR) in the European Union and beyond.
LADDER worked along five dimensions:

  1. The Research dimension produced 5 documents (toolkits, glossary, and map of stakeholders about DEAR and SDGs) and 1 survey on the outreach of DEAR, which involved 1,268 participants.
  2. The Capacity Building and Peer-to-Peer Education dimension can look back on 123 Capacity Building Activities which managed to foster the capacity of EU and non-EU LAs and CSOs concerning their capacity in implementing DEAR policies and foster citizens’ participation for development in their communities, as well as the drafting of 1 Methodological Handbook on DEAR best practices.
  3. Advocacy actions were carried out in 3 Geographical Paths (Mediterranean, Eastern Partnership area and South-East Europe) as well as in 6 Thematic Paths: Youth in Development, Migration, Citizens’ participation in development, Environmental and Sustainable Development, Public-Private Cooperation for Development and EYD 2015 & Follow up. Combined, they organized 21 events reaching a wide public, and published recommendations and other advocacy papers.
  4. Supporting Grass-Root Actions & Citizens brought about the Citizen Journalist initiative, with more than 60 young people writing 130 articles about sustainable development and contributing to the LADDER’s mission. A Slogan Competition was also launched and revealed to be extremely popular receiving 773 slogan proposals from students all over Europe. At the same time, through the re-granting scheme, LADDER supported 73 micro projects at the local level in various EU countries.
  5. Finally, the Creative Component wrote and performed an emotional and insightful theatre play about migration. 11 Performances in a European tour spread the message of inter-cultural understanding and hope to more than 700 spectators.

Continue reading to know more about each dimension of the project!


1. Changing our behaviour is possible – Research dimension of LADDER project

Our summing up starts with the research dimension of the project, which produced several actions in order to deepen the knowledge of local authorities (LAs), civil society organisations (CSOs) and citizens about DEAR and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2. Learning from and with others - The Capacity Building dimension of LADDER

One of the richest dimension of the project was the Capacity Building and Peer-to-Peer learning component, which gave birth to a number of activities increasing the DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) skills of all the consortium and beyond.

3. The LADDER Paths and their advocacy for DEAR and localisation of the SDGs

The project’s advocacy dimension was focusing on three geographical areas and six thematic paths.

4. Do it locally! LADDER’s Grassroots Actions

Parts of the project’s most successful initiatives were the grassroots action and citizens involvement. Through the three major initiatives below awareness was raised locally and citizens got actively engaged.

5. “In a better world” – LADDER’s emotional play makes us reflect

The fifth dimension of the project is the Creative Component, a theatre play performed in several European countries which aims at raise citizens’ awareness throughout the universal language of art.


Citizen journalists decided to continue their work in their own local communities, making sure every single person is made aware of the impact of local actions for the whole world.
This is the legacy of LADDER – a pan European network of people, local authorities, and organisations committed to make a real change at local level for a better planet.
Watch the video shot during the 2-day training in Strasbourg and jump headfirst into the real soul of this amazing initiative!


For further information, please contact the Project Manager, Sofia Caiolo: sofia.caiolo@aldaintranet.org

This newsletter has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents are the sole responsibility of ALDA and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.
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