Through this pilot project we have tested and implemented the concept of Community-led Local Development (CLLD), in two local communities from Giurgiu: an urban community (Giurgiu municipality) & a rural community (Oinacu village). Project length is one year (april 2015-march 2016).
In its wider perspective, CLLD is a new approach used by the European Commission which turns traditional “top down” development policy on its head. Under CLLD, local people take the reins and form a local partnership that designs and implements an integrated development strategy. The strategy is designed to build on the community’s social, environmental and economic “assets” and to compensate for its problems. For this, the partnership receives long-term funding through EU Structural funds, to put into practice concrete actions
In our project, we shaped this concept, keeping its essence, but – at the same time- adapting it to local needs and available resources. Therefore, the rationale of the intervention is based on four principles:
Bottom-up approach: measures and actions are put forward by the community itself, rather than imposed by the public institutions;
Local partnership: all local stakeholders have the opportunity to publicly exchange their views; the project foster the partnership between citizens & civil society, public administration and entrepreneurs;
Integrated approach: local community is treated in a holistic manner, therefore the project doesn’t address issues on sectoral basis (social, economic, education, infrastructure etc.), but rather the integration of the various sectors;
Quick wins: actions are meant to be put into practice with local initiatives and resources, in a short period of time (maximum six months);
Project activities were structured on three pillars:
1. Participatory planning
Local actors (citizens, public administration and local entrepreneurs), organized in the form of a local action group, design plans for their own communities. The results of the planning is captured in a local strategy for community development.
The local action group advocates for the implementation of the strategy.
3. Best practice transfer
Other representative stakeholders at national level are trained in the CLLD method, so they can replicate it in other communities.
Project in figures:
180 local stakeholders trained in community-led local development method;
2 communities activated (urban & rural);
2 local action groups established;
20 community development actions are put into practice;
1030 relevant stakeholders at national level engaged in CLLD approach.
Project partners: Euro Qvorum Institute
“Local development is the community responsability. Get involved!”
Project financed through EEA Grants 2009-2014, within NGO Fund Romania. The content of this material does not necessarily represent the official position EEA Grants 2009-2014