The European Association for Local Democracy - ALDA is dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level. It focuses on activities facilitating cooperation between local authorities and civil society.
ALDA was established in 1999 at the initiative of the Council of Europe to coordinate and support the network of Local Democracy Agencies, which are self-sustainable, locally registered NGOs acting as promoters of good governance and local self-government. Today, it constitutes a key stakeholder in the field of local democracy, active citizenship, and cooperation between local authorities and civil society.
ALDA is a membership based organisation gathering more than 300 members (including local authorities, associations of local authorities, and civil society organisations) coming from more than 40 countries. It is funded through membership fees, as well as and project funding from the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and other public and private donors.