BNLD – Balkan Network for Local Democracy

Title:Balkan Regional Network for Local Democracy (BNLD)
Registration: 2019
Members: ALDA (France); LDA Knjaževac (Serbia); LDA Subotica (Serbia); LDA Peja (Kosovo*); LDA Mostar (BiH); LDA Zavidovići (BiH); LDA Prijedor (BiH); LDA Nikšić (Montenegro); ALDA Skopje (North Macedonia)
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Balkanska mreža za lokalnu demokratiju (BNLD)

About the Network

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.
BNLD Governing Board

BNLD Governing board members are:

  • Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA
  • Ivana Petrovska – ALDA Skopje
  • Elbert Krasniqi – Local Democracy Agency Kosovo
  • Stanka Parać Damjanović – Local Democracy Agency Subotica
  • Saša Marinkov – Local Democracy Agency Central and Southern Serbia
  • Dženana Dedić – Local Democracy Agency Mostar
  • Dragan Došen – Local Democracy Agency Prijedor
  • Slađan Ilić – Local Democracy Agency Zavidovići
  • Kerim Međedović – Local Democracy Agency Montenegro

The President of BNLD is Elbert Krasniqi. 

The Executive Director of BNLD is Ivana Petrovska.

Find out more on the Balkan Regional Network for Local Democracy (BNLD) at the official web pages. 

BNLD Timeline

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