The aims of the ALF Lithuanian Network, gathering 45 civil society organisations, are:
- To strengthen networking capacities, trust and cooperation between members by increasing involvement, participation and institutional support of/to members;
- To become an institutionally recognised platform for those who would like to build cooperation with partners around the Mediterranean;
- To work for an open and tolerant society based on the principles of democracy.
Through ALF initiatives, the Network has joined international projects with partners from Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Denmark, Latvia and Czech Republic.
NGO Youth Centre Babilonas has been the Head of the ALF Lithuanian Network since 2021, and Rolanda Sliazene-West has been its coordinator since 2017 (re-elected in 2021).
The ALF Lithuanian Network members represented Lithuania at the ALF Forum in Barcelona and Malta, in the Conference for Women Kimiyya in Naples, in EuroMed Women for Dialogue Forum in Jordan in 2019, and in the ALF ToT in Cyprus in 2019.
The Network priorities are tacking the problems of civil society by looking for ways to solve them; funding opportunities for member organisations; and communication and cooperation inside and outside the ALF Lithuanian Network.
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The Lithuanian Network of the ALF was established in 2010.
19 civil society organisations were either leaders or partners in transnational intercultural projects supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation.
Previous Heads of networks organisations were:
In Actio from 2010 till 2014.
Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK) from 2014 till Nov., 2017
NGO Diversity Development Group 2017 - 2021
NGO Youth Centre Babilonas - since 2021 - now
Rolanda Sliazene-West - coordinator for the Network since 2017 (elected every 3 years).
Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Portugal, Ireland, Greece and the Czech Republic are the countries that the Lithuanian civil society organisations most partnered with through the Anna Lindh Grant Programme.
Five additional projects were mobilised by the ALF through the ‘1001 Actions for Dialogue’ campaign.
In 2009, the Lithuanian Head of Network organised a training seminar entitled ‘Lithuania in the Euro-Med Context’ in the framework of the Network Strategic Development Scheme common operations.
Five civil society organisations represented Lithuania at the Anna Lindh Forum 2010 held in Barcelona and 3 civil society organisations represented at the Anna Lindh Forum 2016 in Malta.
We had three participants from smaller cities for the project ‘Sea of Words’ initiated by the ALF. They created texts against stereotypes, radicalism and cruelty in the world.
In the summer of 2017, our members participated in the cross network project ‘Be Effective! Enhancing Intercultural Dialogue Media Skills in Central and Eastern Europe’. It was a very successful intercultural experience developing media skills and positive understanding through creativity.
Two participants from our Network organisations have participated in the conference for women Kimiyya in Naples in July 2017 (the coordinator of the Lithuanian network had been invited to become a board member of this conference and also participated in a preparation meeting of the event).
The Arabs Culture Days event in September 2017 in Vilnius was as a result of very concrete cooperation of network members: There were eight Lithuanian Network organisations who were arranging this five-days event. This event has become an example of good communication and visibility for the ALF in Lithuania.
Two participants of the network organizations participated in the EuroMed Women for Dialogue Forum in Amman, Jordan in 2019.
In November of 2019, two participants of the network participated in ALF Training for Trainers in Cyprus. After this training - joint project (2020) of networks from Lithuania, Portugal, Greece, Ireland and Tunisia creating the methodology of Intercultural learning for vulnerable groups of societies.
Multiculturalism has significantly progressed during the last years in Lithuania after the country joined the European Union. According to population census data from the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, the population of Lithuania is about 2,8 million people, who represent 154 nationalities, among them 84,2 percent Lithuanian, 6,53 percent polish, 5,02 percent Russian, 1percent Belarusian, 2,2 percent Ukrainian and 0,6 percent other ethnic groups (Jews, Latvians, Germans, Tatars, Roma, and others). Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, with a population a little more than 600 thousand people, was formed as a multinational city since the beginning and today it still maintains this position.
Lithuanian ethnic communities enjoy broad legislative rights and freedom in native language usage, education and culture, including: creating and maintaining their own organizations, cooperating with compatriots who live in other countries, cherishing their nation’s cultural heritage and taking educational activities and disseminating information in their native language. Lithuania was one of the first countries in Europe that signed the Convention for the protection of National Minorities.