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Development forum

DEV_forums_engThe central international event in the field of development cooperation organized during Latvian Presidency in EU Development Forum – will take place from 3rd to 5th of June, 2015, and will emphasize the idea of glocalization as the key to sustainable development in local to global levels. Development Forum aims to raise public awareness about interconnection of global and local issues and to encourage cooperation of local communities dealing with  global challenges.

During Development forum we will share our experience of living within a global world with local and national activists and international leaders, thus enriching our understanding of local and global interactions as well as envisioning positive local and global futures. Our discussions will result with resolution that would forward our hopes to policy makers and will be transferred to European level advocacy.

Evenings of the Development forum will be enriched by getting to know each other, our daily lives within local communities, our culture, traditions, sounds and dances or with the charms of Ligatne, being fascinated by the new experiences it has to offer, be it history, culture, nature or human action.

Last day of the Development Forum will involve us in travelling workshops where we will explore inspirational local community development stories.

Three day forum will gather 70 development cooperation NGO activists, local community grassroots representatives and opinion leaders from Latvia and 50 from European Union, Eastern Partnership countries, etc., eager to develop hopeful global and local futures.


Registration til 7th of May, 2015. REGISTER NOW

Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation LAPAS apologizes to all persons who have applied to the Development Forum (Ligatne, June 3-5) between March 27 and April 16 and kindly asks to re-register by 7th of  May here.  Please be informed that due to technical reasons the registration forms that were submitted using the online registration on our new website in the above mentioned period have not been received by the organisers. As we highly value all participants who have applied and would be happy to see them in Latvia, we hope for your understanding for this inconvenience with re-registration. Please forward this message to your partners who might have applied. Thank you from LAPAS in advance.

Participation is free of charge provided that the participant takes part throughout the whole 3 day event.

Reimbursement of travel expanses is available for limited number of participants from partner countries upon request.

The number of places is limited. In case of a large number of applications, the participants will be selected based on the assessment of the participant’s motivation and ensuring broadest possible territorial and participant’s profile diversity.


June 3, Wednesday 

19.00 – 24.00 Opening of Development Forum. Getting to know the agenda. Networking. Multinational food. Informal cross-cultural interaction. Entertaining evening with music.

June 4, Thursday 

10.00 – 12.00 Joint session – introduction to glocalization. Interaction between local and global. Discussions about everyone’s unique and our common.

12.00 – 16.00 Workshops about creating hopeful future for the communities in a global world. Getting to know the process of glocalization in the communities. Elaborating on common sustainable development. Steps to be taken for the further improvement.

16.00 – 18.00 Official joint session of Development Forum. Idea leaders’ reports. Resolution presentation. Suggestions for further activities. Involvement of wider public and media.

19.00 – 24.00 Ligatne festival. Local craft market. Local exploratory trips (Paper factory, Soviet army bunkers, beer cellars, factory village architecture, nature paths, etc.) Local artist performances. Local music and dancing.

June 5, Friday 

10.00 – 16.00 Travelling workshops. Introduction to the best practices of community development. Solutions of glocal challenge in local communities. Establishment of initiatives for future development cooperation projects.

Don’t miss the chance to participate also in Rural Communities Parliament! Participants of the development Forum that are planning to arrive in a morning of 3rd of June, we invite to participate in Rural Communities Parliament that will be held in the same venue – culture house of Ligatne. The main issue of the discussions will be the precondition for development of small towns and rural areas in the fields of economics, quality of life and access of services. More information:


Madara Kalniņa, Latvian Platform Development Cooperation

E-mail:, Phone: 00371 251 55 09


The development forum is held as a part of a project “Glocalization – a key to sustainable development from local to global level. EYD2015 and EU Presidency Project for the Latvian EU Presidency 2015″. 90% of the project are funded by European Union, it is implemented by  Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS) in collaboration with three member organizations – “homo ecos”, Latvian Farmer’s Federation (LZF) and Latvian Rural forum. There are multiple activities held as part of the project to raise awareness of the questions/issues of  development cooperation and specifically of individual’s action’s influence on global processes.


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Rules for reimbursement

  • LAPAS reimburses against actual costs based on receipts/invoices.
  • Please attach all original receipts, bills, invoices, justification documents.
  • Please attach original boarding passes, bus/train tickets etc.
  • Please attach Proof of Payment (invoice, a copy of a bank extract or of a credit card statement).
  • LAPAS does not pay per diems.

· Return flights are reimbursed to a maximum cost of 400 € (unless prior agreement has been made with LAPAS).

  • LAPAS does not reimburse taxi fares.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not reimbursed.

All claims for reimbursement must be submitted WITHIN 2 WEEKS after the meeting.

Claims returned any later than this will not be paid.