Skip to main content

Yavaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği - European Association for Local Democracy



Yavaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği (Association for Supporting Slow Living)

Yavaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği (YAYADE) advocates a way of life with traditions, history, nature, local production that does not harm human beings and other living things. The association from Izmir believes it is needed to reverse the outcomes of speed and consumption and works to preserve and develop natural, cultural and historical environment; increase the quality of culture, art and tourism; support the preservation of local historical textures; preserve structures and works of art with a democratic understanding, while supporting disadvantaged groups and promoting human rights.

The association supports active citizenship and mainstreams the idea of slow living by implementing awareness campaigns about overconsumption, organizing projects and public availability sessions that brings together migrants and local inhabitants.

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA)

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) is a European non-profit association, created by initiative of the Council of Europe, and dedicated to the promotion of good governance at the local level. By using a multi-stakeholder approach, it fosters the cooperation between local authorities and CSOs in order to find efficient solutions to local problems. Its project-based actions cover diverse issues, from active citizenship and promotion of European values to sustainable development, gender issues, youth and migration.

Since the 1990s ALDA coordinates a network of Local Democracy Agencies based in the Balkans, Eastern Partnership countries and North Africa, which are locally registered independent organizations working on the field to promote local democracy with the same approach of ALDA.

A study visit to several Local Democracy Agencies in the Balkans were organized for the representatives of YAYADE. The representatives observed activities of Local Democracy Agencies (LDA) in Podgorica and Niksic, Montenegro; met with Niksic, Bar, Ulcin municipality representatives; and visited two more CSOs (Young ecologists of Montenegro in Niksic, and Forum MNE (Forum Youth and Non-formal Education in Podgorica) to understand how they work, exchange skills and establish partnership opportunities. Then, we travelled to Kosovo Peje and Pristina on the occasion of the Regional Youth Forum, where we participated in several meetings and workshops, and met delegates of other organizations, youth workers and volunteers coming from 8 LDAs from Western Balkans, and their partner municipality representatives.

The second part of the exchange included a 2-day intensive training organized by representatives of ALDA+ in Izmir targeting representatives from YAYADE, the local municipality and local CSOs. The training was focused on partnership building, effective communication strategies and fundraising.

Besides learning from each other, we had the chance to share our experiences.

News from Exchange