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Balkan Network for Local Democracy (BNLD) is a regional network promoting active citizen participation, democratic governance principles, local development and co-operation between civil society organisations and local public authorities in the Western Balkan Region. BNLD is founded by the European Association for local democracy (ALDA) and the 7 Local Democracy Agencies (LDA) from Western Balkans aiming to support regional cooperation. BNLD action is based on the principle of partnership and multilateral decentralized cooperation. 


BNLD Vision & Mission

The vision of BNLD is to contribute to good neighborhood relations, regional stability and prosperity based on good local governance while supporting culture of dialogue and respect of diversity in Western Balkans.

The mission of BNLD is to empower civil society and local authorities to jointly engage in democratic reform process and local democracy principles and to support regional cooperation and policy dialogue towards EU integration of the Western Balkans region.

BNLD Values

- Promotion of the respect for universal human rights and equality principles;
- Development of inclusive society, participative democracy and social cohesion;
- Development of the culture of dialogue and intercultural understanding;
- Promotion of subsidiarity principles and good governance at local level;
- Respect of sustainable development and environment protection;
- Development and implementation of activities respecting the principle of partnership.

BNLD Objectives

- Strengthen the role of CSOs and Local Authorities in adherence to principles of good governance at local level and in anchoring the democratic reforms across society;
- Promote civil dialogue, active citizenship and participation of all sections of society and youth in particular in public policy and decision making at local level;
- Support the process of EU integration in Western Balkan region with enhanced regional cooperation of different stakeholders;
- Enhance the sustainability of the LDAs from the Western Balkans through capacity building, innovative service provision and regional thematic networking.

Timeline of BNLD

BNLD History

  • Opening of the first LDAs in Subotica (Serbia)
  • Opening of LDA Zavidovici (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Establishment of ALDA to ensure the regional coordination of the LDAs
  • Opening of LDA Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Opening of LDA Central and Southern Serbia
  • Opening of LDA Niksic (Montenegro)
  • Opening of LDA Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Implementation of the regional project “Actions on Capacity-Building of Local Authorities and Civil Society in Southern and Eastern Europe” by ALDA and LDAs
  • Implementation of the regional project “Youth the right direction” by ALDA and LDAs
  • Implementation of the regional project ‘’Microcredit scheme in South East Europe’’ by ALDA and LDAs
  • Opening of LDA Albania
  • Establishment of ALDA regional office hosted by LDA Subotica
  • Opening of LDA Kosovo*
  • Western Balkans LDAs signed the Memorandum on regional cooperation.
  • Implementation of the regional project ‘’ Civil Trust Building – Find your way through the Enlargement Labyrinth’’ by LDAs
  • Opening of ALDA Skopje in North Macedonia
  • Support of the European Commission through the project “Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue”
  • Support of the European Commission through the project “Regional youth compact for Europe” to consolidate the network
  • Registration of BNLD in Skopje, North Macedonia
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BNLD Activities

In order to fulfill its objectives, BNLD implements different kind of activities:

- Support of policy making on local and regional level through research, monitoring and advocacy activities;
- Capacity building of stakeholders through different types of professional education, training activities and job shadowing;
- Organization of seminars, round tables, conferences, panels and other forms of discussions to support opinion sharing in policy making;
- Dissemination and information sharing trough media content production and use of information and communication technologies. 



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BNLD target groups
- Local Authorities
- Civil society organizations
- Policy decision-makers
- Opinion makers
- EU institutions
- Young people
 
 
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BNLD fields of expertise
- Local democracy
- Local economic development
- European integration
- Decentralized cooperation
- Citizens participation
- Public administration reform
- Youth policies
- Intercultural dialogue
- Peace and reconciliation
- Culture and art
- Cultural heritage
- Volunteering
- Social policies
 

BNLD Members

The Members of BNLD are the European association for local democracy (ALDA) and the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) from Western Balkans. Each of the members hosts a BNLD office with head office hosted in ALDA Skopje.



Executive Governing Board of the Balkan Network for Local Democracy

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The President of BNLD is

Stanka Parac Damjanovic

LDA Subotica - Programme manager, educator and trainer for development of civil society with more than 20 years of experience

Katica Janeva

The Executive Director of BNLD is

Katica Janeva

ALDA Skopje - More than 10 years in ALDA Skopje, promoting local democracy in North Macedonia

Governing Board of the Balkan Network for Local Democracy

The members of the BNLD Governing board are:

ALDA

Antonella Valmorbida

ALDA


Secretary General of ALDA since 1999, has a senior experience in promoting local democracy, empowerment and participation of civil society, and good governance in Europe and the neighborhood

ALDA Skopje

Katica Janeva

ALDA Skopje


More than 10 years in ALDA Skopje, promoting local democracy in North Macedonia




KOSOVO

Shpresa Berisha

Local Democracy Agency Kosovo

Working within the Kosovo NGOs sector from 2004, building partnerships between Local Institutions and civil society in Peja



SUBOTICA

Silvija Patarcic

Local Democracy Agency Subotica

Local coordinator engaged in development and implementation of projects in the area of Subotica




KNJAZEVAC

Ana Jovanovic

Local Democracy Agency Central and Southern Serbia


Active in the NGO sector for 15 years, news addition to the BNLD team


LDA PRIJEDOR

Dragan Dosen

Local Democracy Agency Prijedor


Building the LDA Prijedor together with the community for the community since the beginning


ZAVIDOVICI

Sladjan Ilic

Local Democracy Agency Zavidovici


engaged in LDA Zavidovici almost since its establishment in 1997 working on implementation of numerous projects and activities on regional and local level

NIKSIC

Kerim Medjedovic

Local Democracy Agency Montenegro


Engaged in LDA Montenegro since 2001, raising awareness about local democracy and cultural heritage in the region of Niksic

MOSTAR

Dzenana Dedic

Local Democracy Agency Mostar

Director at Local Democracy Agency since 2004, promoting the principles of local democracy in Mostar

Host Cities

Knjazevac

Knjazevac

Knjazevac, host city of LDA for Central and Southern Serbia, is a town and municipality situated in south-eastern Serbia, in the region bordering Bulgaria. The municipality extends over an area of 1202 km2 and is the fourth largest in the Republic of Serbia.
Mostar

Mostar

The City of Mostar is the economic, cultural, university, traffic and tourist center of Herzegovina. It developed around the Old Bridge, which was built in 1566 on the river Neretva spread flower and vine valley…
Niksic

Niksic

Niksic is host town of Local democracy agency Niksic. The 2065 km2 area of Niksic covers the central and western part of Montenegro.
Peja

Pejë

Pejë is a city in Western Kosovo and the administrative centre of the homonymous district. The municipality covers an area of 602 km2 (232 sq mi), including the city of Peja and 95 villages; it is divided into 28 territorial communities.
Prijedor

Prijedor

Prijedor is a city and municipality in the north-western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina with an estimated population of 97,588 people within its administrative limits. Prijedor is part of the Republika Srpska entity and is situated in the Bosanska Krajina region.
Subotica

Subotica

The City of Subotica is the northernmost city of Serbia and the second largest one in the Province of Vojvodina, with the population of around 140.000, situated 10 km from the Serbian-Hungarian border.
Zavidovici

Zavidovici

Zavidovici is a young city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in the late 19th century. It occupies an area of 590 km2 and has about 46,000 inhabitants, located between Doboj and Zenica on the confluence of rivers Bosna, Krivaja and Gostović.
Kavadarci

Kavadarci

Kavadarci is a town in the Tikveš region of North Macedonia. In the heart of North Macedonia’s wine country, it is home to the largest winery in southeastern Europe, named after the Tikveš plain.
Centar Skopje

Centar, Skopje

Centar is the central municipality of the ten municipalities that compose the city of Skopje, the capital of North  Macedonia. Centar is home to the Assembly of North Macedonia.
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