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Title: Application of the Leader Method and Establishment of a National Network for Rural Development


1
Application of the Leader Method and
Establishment of a National Network for Rural
Development
  • Implementing LEADER step by step
  • An Irish Perspective
  • Tim Hickey
  • Project Management Ltd.
  • Ireland

2
Overview of Presentation
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
    (EAFRD)
  • LEADER concept
  • LEADER structure and operation
  • Lessons learned

3
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
  • Four Axes
  • Axis 1 Improving the Competitiveness of the
    Agricultural and Forestry Sector
  • Axis 2 Land Management
  • Axis 3 Diversification of the Rural Economy and
    the quality of life in Rural Areas
  • The LEADER Approach Axis

4
LEADER Principles
  • Specific features of LEADER
  • Area based approach (Thematic and without
    Predefined Borders)
  • Bottom up approach
  • Participatory approach
  • Local Action Group (LAG)
  • Consensus based approach (Local Area Action
    Plans)
  • Innovative character of actions
  • Multisectoral approach
  • Networking
  • Decentralized management and financing
  • Transparency and Accountability

5
The Irish LEADER Evolution
6
LEADER Structure
  • Thematic Prioritization
  • Establishment of Local Area Group (LAG)
  • Local Area Action Plans
  • Development of Integrated Local Development
    Business Plan
  • Application Submission

7
Priority Themes
  • The use of new technologies and know how to make
    the products and services of rural areas more
    competitive
  • Improving the quality of life in rural areas
  • Adding value to local products, in particular by
    facilitating access to markets for small
    production units via collective actions
  • Making the best of natural and cultural resources
    including enhancing the value of sites of
    community interest selected under NATURA 2000

8
Local Action Group (LAG)
  • Autonomous group
  • Legally constituted (company, co-op, partnership)
  • Formal constitution
  • Representatives of local community
  • Private sector business interests
  • State agencies including Local Authority
    Representatives
  • Other support Agencies (i.e. social inclusion)

9
LAGs continued
  • Geographical areas of population between 10,000
    and 100,000 people
  • Exploit indigenous and natural strenghts
  • Board Representation (40 min female with 25 at
    the outset of programme)

10
Local Area Action Plans
  • Driven by truly local needs
  • Hands on participation
  • Ownership
  • Project oriented
  • Integrated into LAG Business Plan and Strategy

11
Integrated Business Plan
  • Drawn up by LAG
  • Must be sustainable and of a pilot nature
  • Sets out organisation of LAG
  • Incorporation of Local Areas Action Plans
  • Centered on a strong theme typical of the
    identity of the area
  • If more than one theme then strategy must be
    consistent
  • Must demonstrate that its not just a collection
    of projects of sectoral measures
  • Priority attention to be given to groups that it
    considers to represent the key to the development
    of rural areas
  • Young people
  • Women
  • Strong focus on innovation, including an
    innovative approach in the local context in terms
    of method, product etc.

12
Leader Application Submission
  • Calls for Applications
  • Evaluation Process
  • Rationalisation
  • Approval

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Lessons Learned
  • Good Experience and Practice Available
  • Avoid Destructive Competitive Forces
  • LAG Preparation now does not guarantee future
    participation
  • Strong Central Co-ordination and Capacity
  • Municipal Support
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