Capacity building for CLLD: time for action

LDnet launches four working groups

The LDnet workshop and other sessions put capacity building centre stage at Open Days 2014. They also provided practical information about approaches and tools for local capacity development, and reminded the participants that exposure to a wide range of relevant experiences is a sound method for capacity building.

As we have already highlighted since the first Partnership Agreements were signed in the Spring of 2014, all levels will be facing serious challenges in putting CLLD into effect in the 2014-2020 period. With several hundreds of new local action groups potentially emerging, the capacity building needs will be enormous and should not be underestimated. Old and experienced LAGs will also have to rethink their approach in order to be able to operate in the context of serious socio-economic challenges and financial and institutional constraints which are the new reality in most Member States.

The lateness in the OPs being approved and entering the implementation stage only delays the scale and nature of capacity issues from becoming visible. No doubt, a lot will eventually be done by managing authorities as well as EU-level networks and programmes. In the meantime, there are crucial aspects of capacity development that should not be neglected.

For this reason, LDnet is launching a series of informal working groups with the aim of debating, documenting and publicising key aspects of capacity building for CLLD which need to receive attention in the next couple of years.

The topics for the working groups and the LDnet members who will coordinate them are:
• social innovation and inclusion – Rosalba La Grotteria
• low carbon agendas (linking CLLD into EU2020 thematic priorities) – tbc
• participatory methods to broaden and deepen community engagement – Eileen Humphreys
• cutting across the rural / urban divide – Robert Lukesch

These “virtual” working groups will comprise experts and practitioners who have expressed an interest in a particular topic and will use different platforms to cover:
• information/documentation of the issues involved
• examples of solutions implemented or proposed
• a synthesis with propositions regarding relevant CB approaches (what, for whom and how).

Background information is provided in the outline paper Towards a Framework on Capacity Building for CLLD.
Support documents and links are available at Capacity Building for CLLD: Resources

Any practitioner or expert wishing to participate in a working group should contact Haris Martinos (haris_martinos at hotmail.com).

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