The broad aim behind the proposed project is to study, structure and assess “against operational realities” an effective methodology which could serve as a guidance tool to be applied in local contexts where innovative, effective strategies of local development need to be put in place to foster local development. Transnational co-operation at EU level between different experts and stakeholders active in the field of local development can provide an added value to the definition of the methodology, allowing to study and structure it by considering, as a starting point, the concrete experience of project partners. In this way the proposed methodology will take into consideration both general issues and more specific assets, such as:
- Territorial general SWOT analysis
- Identification of local priorities, gaps and needs
- Available resources and related constraints
Moreover, it will be designed with the active co-operation of local authorities and
decision makers, who will be involved in the project activities to discuss and asses specific elements of the proposed methodology, to keep it as concrete and applicable as possible. In this way, a structured “peer – learning” situation will be created in the project:
Project partners will take the role of “TRAINERS” towards local authorities and associations, since their aim in the project is to create a methodology which could assist and guide local decision makers in fostering local development in their own local areas.
Local authorities and other local associations (e.g. entrepreneurship associations) by coming in touch with local development experts, could become familiar with new contents and acquire new methodological tools to effectively manage local development in times of economic crisis, thus assuming the role of “LEARNERS” in the project
Both of them will mutually learn from each other and jointly develop the proposed methodology, in a “PEER – LEARNING experience”, involving both sides of the training process.
This is consistent with the aims of the Grundtvig Learning partnership Action, when it states that “The participating organisations are encouraged to interconnect transnational work with the initiatives of their local community” and that “In all cases, projects can involve co-operation with bodies from the local community, such as local authorities, social services, associations and enterprises”.