Urbal Regional Aid Programme
Encourage experience exchange between local authorities of Europe and Latin America
URB-AL III Call for proposals EuropeAid 126-818/C/ACT/RAL- is now closed. A new call is not foreseen at present.
Results from the call [70 KB]
The objective of the Urb-Al programme of the European Union, is to develop networks of decentralised cooperation between local authorities on concrete topics and problems of urban local development.
Launched in 1995, Urb-Al has already brought together more than 680 local authorities around projects affecting topics as various as drug, environment, citizen participation, poverty alleviation, transport, safety, town planning, economic development, the information society or democracy.
Urb-Al plays a leading role in the strengthening of the relations between the members of the European Union and the 18 Latin America countries by encouraging direct experience exchange between territorial representatives and technicians of both continents.
During the last 10 years, almost 40 international meetings were organised, bringing together on the whole more than 10,000 people.
13 subject networks coordinate more than 2500 local authorities, associations, NGO, trade unions, universities or companies.
More than 180 projects emerged for a total amount of several millions of euros. These joint projects involve more than 1600 participations.
By the exchange and the participation of the local authorities in joint projects, the Urb-Al programme allowed of:
- Increase the capacity of action of the cities and the regions in social, economic and cultural development, including by the creation of new equipment or public services
- Develop the capacity of the local authorities management by the training of the human resources
- Promote the partnership between local authorities and representatives of the civil society
- Increase the participation of the local authorities (and in particular of the smallest ones) on the international chess-board
- Diffuse the good European and Latin-American practices of local development in the respecting local specific character