Evaluation support study on the impact of leader on balanced territorial development

Dwyer, Janet C ORCID: 0000-0002-2332-9832, Kubinakova, Katarina ORCID: 0000-0001-9246-7473, Powell, John R ORCID: 0000-0001-8464-4521, Micha, Evgenia ORCID: 0000-0002-5697-3317, Dunwoodie-Stirton, Fred, Beck, Monika, Gruev, Konstantin, Ghysen, Aurore, Schuh, Bernd, Münch, Arndt, Brkanovic, Sanja, Gorny, Helene, Mantino, Francesco and Forcina, Barbara (2022) Evaluation support study on the impact of leader on balanced territorial development. Project Report. Publications Office of the European Union, Brussels.

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LEADER promotes integrated rural Community-Led Local Development with key features of bottom-up and multi-sector approaches, local partnerships and place-based design and delivery, funded through the Common Agricultural Policy (Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013), under a common framework (Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013). This study evaluated LEADER across the EU in the 2014-2020 programming period. Methods included: literature review; major surveys of local action group (LAG) managers, and Managing Authorities; indicator analysis; and in-depth case studies of 36 LAGs and 14 Rural Development Programmes across 10 Member States. The study found LEADER was relevant and effective for local rural development, targeting and achieving economic development, strengthening social fabric and capacity and enhancing local governance, with good coherence alongside other policies. Most LAGs promoted social inclusion in a more limited way, and environmental goals via integration within socio-economic projects or awareness-raising. Tackling rural poverty was not a LEADER priority, but positive impacts were identified in a few case studies. Clear relationships and excellent support from Managing Authorities, also sufficient funds for animation, were crucial to LAG performance. Fuller implementation of LEADER key features positively influenced quality and scope of impacts. Strengthened network support at EU and national levels is recommended, also further simplification to ensure future obligations and conditions are proportionate, especially in cases of multi-funded CLLD where CAP (EARDF) and other ESI funds combine.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Added value; Common agricultural policy; Data collection; Development policy; EU financing; EU programme; European Structural and Investment Funds; Performance measurement; Regional aid; Report; Rural development; Rural region
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Sofia Raseta
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 11:08
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 11:08
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10859

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