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Principle Initially meant that: Now it sometimes happens that:
territorial approach the main focus should be on solving problems or exploring opportunities of the area as a whole the main focus is on the correct way of disbursing the funds, and this is what the partnership is accountable for; solutions to local problems become less of a priority, and there are few tools to evaluate them
bottom-up approach the rules of funding (how to develop and submit projects, evaluation criteria, methods of working with beneficiaries) are established by the partnership; rojects receive funding according to local priorities the rules of funding, types of projects, eligible costs are often established centrally, and sometimes limited only to standard measures. In some countries the LAGs do not even launch the calls themselves and have little influence on how the funding is allocated
integrated approach complementarities and synergies between projects are sought by the partnership the budgets are sometimes divided between “priority axes” of a sectoral nature, or – as a way to maintain local parities – between municipalities in the LAG, thus losing their integrated character. Projects bringing together partners from various sectors are rare and often do not fit into the criteria defined in a top-down way
partnership all partners have a voice in developing the strategy and deciding about projects to be funded the public sector is sometimes dominant, it usually has greater organisational and financial capacity. This risk is particularly great if the partnership has from the beginning to be established as a new legal entity (as is the case in most new MSs)
innovation partners support each other in search of new solutions, hitherto unknown in the area the “technocratic” meaning of innovation (often defined centrally) tends to dominate; fear of controls discourages support to higher risk projects, which is indispensable in innovation
decentralisation of decisions and funding the partnership manages the funding to implement the strategy, sometimes it can make payments to beneficiaries the funds are managed centrally; payments are conditional on a lengthy procedure of analysis of the project at regional or central level, often repeating the analysis already carried out by the LAG
cooperation and networking the main aim is to learn from each other, to inspire and be inspired cooperation is expected to bring tangible results, which is particularly difficult at the early stages of partnership. The cooperation process becomes bureaucratised


Created by Peter Ramsden3328 points . Last Modification: Saturday 10 of March, 2012 19:08:12 GMT by Peter Ramsden3328 points . (Version 16)