SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.


SDA participates in an online discussion on the topic of "Smart City - A Platform for the Digital Economy"


SDA participates in an online discussion on the topic of "Smart City - A Platform for the Digital Economy organized by ICT Media:

IDG.BG’s discussions are a new form of interactive communication. They are held in real time and address topical issues of interest to Bulgarian IT businesses and consumers. Svetlana Lomeva together with Velimir Milenkinsky, Todor Matev, Georgi Zhejev and Ventsislav Kozhuharov discuss topics such as: Sustainable development of different regions and the modern urban environment; Intelligent Urban Transport, Road and Communication Infrastructure; European experience and funding; Public-Private Partnership in Building a Sustainable Urban Environment; Surveillance as a means of prevention and as a timely response; Intelligent business based on innovation; Digital utility servers users; Smart applications as a means of improving the urban environment.

The new academic year has started for the Cultural Management Academy 2017

The Cultural Management Academy 2017’s first course will take place from July 10th-15th in Sofia.

Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, Sofia Development Association, Sofia Municipality, Goethe-Institut Bucharest, Goethe-Institut Greece and Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski "will cooperate and work together in organizing the postgraduate program" Cultural Management Academy "2017.

The Cultural Management Academy is a postgraduate program that will be simultaneously held in Sofia, Thessaloniki and Bucharest in 2017 made up of three independent groups with participants and a shared online learning platform and training formats. Furthermore, there will be a meeting for all participants and a conference that will take place in Sofia.

The program includes a one-week intensive education course in Sofia with lectures, seminars, discussions and individual activities with Bulgarian and foreign cultural professionals as well as an online educational platform with individual and group assignments.

The program for the Cultural Management Academy’s first course, you can see HERE.

SDA Participates in the Digital Capacity for Digital Happiness Forum

On July 7th, Sevdalina Voynova from the Sofia Development Association took part in the “Digital Capacity for Digital Happiness” forum. The event was dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and disadvantaged communities the opportunity to develop skills and work together towards overall social advancement. Ideas presented at the forum included: digital capacity development strategies for NGOs, obstacles and problem solving methods, finance and sustainment models as well as beneficial practices for NGOs to follow in order to achieve success in the ever-changing digital world.

Participation in the forum granted:

•Access to information regarding the obstacles and models available for NGOs to successfully tackle issues;

•Necessary skills and habits required for achieving goals;

•New contacts through networking and practice.

The event took place at Sofia University.

Organizers: “Trust For Social Achievement”, Begital- Digital Transformation Consulting, The Digital Leadership Institute.


International Conference “Smarter Together”

The project “Smarter Together” from the program Horizon 2020 will host its first international conference in Sofia on July 11th-12th, 2017. The goal of the project is to find a balance between intelligent technology and organizational administration in order to make smart decisions that will enhance the overall standard of living for citizens. The project calls upon European leader cities- Lyon, Munich, Vienna, follower cities- Santiago de Compostela, Sofia and Venice, as well as viewer cities- Kiev, Yokohama. Partnerships between the cities will create jointly integrated solutions with regards to district heating and renewable energy, energy efficiency of public and private buildings, data management platforms and intelligent services as well as sustainable mobility. Sofia as well as the remainder of the follower cities will replicate the results of the project.

This conference will focus on the experience and efforts of the Sofia municipality regarding intelligent and inclusive strategies and solutions in the field of sustainable energy, mobility and air cleanliness. Sevdalina Voynova from the SDA will present the Strategy for Intelligent Specialization of Sofia.


On July 7th, Sofia Development Association will support the digital capacity forum held at Sofia University. The event is dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and disadvantaged communities as a whole the opportunity to cultivate their skills and work together towards overall social advancement.

Speakers, including SDA’s Sevdalina Voynova will explore and discuss topics regarding the different development strategies feasible for NGOs to address social innovation, funding models and the complexity of the digital age as a whole.

More information regarding the digital capacity forum may be found at

New Generation Skills

Young generations have the potential to be pro-active engines of innovation and become change-makers in their local communities. However, 62% of young people in Central and Eastern Europe are not interested in starting their own business, whereas one in five would like to, but consider it too difficult. That's the reason why Sofia Development Association and Sofia Municipality becames partner of the project New Generation Skills, funded by the Danube Transnational Program.

Between June 27 and 29, 2017, partners from Liberec (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary), Maribor (Slovenia), Cluj (Romania), Graz (Austria), Belgrade (Serbia) and Sofia met in Liberec to compare and discuss their local environments to support youth. The primary target of the joint efforts are young people (15-29). Cities and regions aim to engage SME's, NGO's, administrations, educational organisations and also mentors, lectors and coaches to build and test common initiatives supporting the young. The interregional workshop identified shared challenges, selected established good practices and outlined the next steps: developing local innovation agendas and transnational innovation lab.
More information on the project is available at



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