ALDA is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizenship participation at local level.
ALDA was established in 1999 at the initiative of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to coordinate and support a network of Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) created in the early 1990s. The 13 LDAs are self-sustainable, locally registered NGOs, that promote actively good governance and local self-government.

ALDA is a membership based organisation gathering more than 160 members (including Local Authorities, Associations of Local Authorities and non-governmental organisations) coming from more than 35 countries, both in Europe and European neighbourhood countries.

The work of the association is based on a multistakeholder approach, aimed at building strong partnerships between Local Authorities and NGOs. ALDA works in the European Union as well as in the European Neighbourhood countries.