NEWSLETTER - ISSUE #3 - October 2016 If you cannot correctly read this message, click here

The LADDER Project developed a deep and wide research about DEAR. The LADDER research dimension has produced 5 different outcomes which provide concrete ideas, relevant information, definitions and suggestions around DEAR!


  1. Mapped the public and institutional authorities dealing with DEAR: This document illustrates a number of public and institutional actors engaged in development education, as well as those involved in environmental and sustainable policies at the local, national, EU and international level.

  2. Mapped the non-institutional authorities dealing with DEAR: This document gathered together a number of  non-institutional actors engaged in the field of development education, implementation of sustainable development practices, non-formal education of adults and youth, raising awareness and inclusion of citizens in the decision making process.

  3. Created a glossary collecting the key terms related to DEAR: This document aims to offer a comprehensive collection of useful definitions of the key terms dealing with DEAR in order to enrich the vocabulary and the expressions related to the field.

  4. Created a toolkit addressed to Local Authorities: containing concrete ideas to encourage Local Authorities’ positive impact for a more sustainable world. LADDER has identified 26 actions that will help Local Authorities to become more sustainable. The actions collected propose to join the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy & the European Capital of Culture, to promote street retails market and more.

  5. Created a toolkit addressed to citizens: including suggestions of individual and collective actions in the spirit of sustainable lifestyle.  LADDER has identified 32 actions which foster a sustainable attitude and a positive impact within the world we live in. Some tips to become an aware and sustainable consumer, together with some suggestions from initiatives such as “100 in 1 day”, and the “Zero Waste Europe” can be found in the document!



SDG Watch Europe: launch of the new alliance

On 13 October, the launch of SDG Watch Europe took place in Brussels! SDG Watch Europe is an alliance of more than 75 cross-sectoral CSOs joining their forces and voices for the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the 17 SDGs. ALDA & the LADDER Project, as members of this alliance since its establishment, were represented at the launch. The European Commission First Vice-President Mr Frans Timmerman was also present.


Special Initiative in Tunisia – Local democracy in the two shores of the Mediterranean

On 19-21 October 2016, the Special Initiative of the MED Path led by Lam Echaml took place in Tunisia. The special initiative focused on Local Democracy and best practices developed in the two shores of the Mediterranean.


Re-granting Scheme: grass root actions on development education

The results of the call for the grass root actions launched in June are now being published. The winning projects for Spain, Estonia, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Romania were previously announced, now the ones for Germany, Latvia and Croatia are also out! Winning projects from Denmark, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Malta, Italy, Greece and Ireland will be selected soon.


Intercultural Dialogue & Refugees Educational challenges

On 7-8 October, Nikos Gamouras, Project Manager of the LADDER Project, participated at the Intercultural Dialogue & Refugees Educational challenges Forum in Patra.  In the Forum, the state of play regarding refugees in Greece and Europe and the educational challenges schools face every day were discussed.


The Job Shadowing activity starts to bear fruit!

The Job Shadowing component of the LADDER Project has officially started! The first peer exchasnge took place in the ALDA office of Strasbourg which hosted Mateja Kvar from CAC – Croatian Association of Counties (Croatia).


LADDER Brochure now available

Halfway to the completion of the project, the brochure of the project LADDER was issued. LADDER is the project designed to reach citizens in the first place, aiming to raise their awareness and sensibility on global issues.

Citizen Journalists' contributions in the spotlight!

The LADDER Citizen Journalists' network is growing day by day and it is reaching all Europe and beyond. Check out some of the most recent contributions in each of the six main themes!

Guess What? Time's changed
–By Eleonora Mandelli
#togetherwehavethepower – By Salome Lemonjava
Economic transformation and entrepreneurship – By Rafał Osinski
Eat Local, Think Globally! – By Maja Vargek


For further information, please contact the Project Manager, Nikos Gamouras:

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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