Local Development News

new! LDnet at Open Days 2016

LDnet's workshop in this year's European Week of Regions and Cities is on Achieving social inclusion in CLLD in the context of results-oriented policies. It takes place on Wednesday 12 October from 9:00 to 10:45 at the Committee of the Regions (Room JDE 70). A few places are still available. To register go to EWRC(external link) (cache) (Workshop Ref 12B76).

Claiming Our Future

The centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland has led to flurry of declarations regarding the future from schools to academics. Our colleague Filippo Strati recommends a particular manifesto which is in line with the principles of sustainable development as stated at least since the 1992 Rio UN Declaration (visit: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/).(external link)

Urban-rural integration papers

LDnet's workshop on Food sovereignty and urban-rural integration took place on Tuesday 13 October 2015 in the framework of Open Days 2015.

The workshop was led by Robert Lukesch (ÖAR/LDnet) and included case study presentations by Marianne Karstens (Amersfoort/URBACT network) and Bob Cannell (Suma Wholefoods cooperative, UK), and a panel debate with Sandra Karner (Alpen-Adria University), Toby Johnson (AEIDL/LDnet), Eleni Myrivili (City of Athens), André Vizinho (ECOLISE) and Boban Ilic (SWG RRD).

Read the main presentations ...

See also the report of the debate organised by LDnet at Open Days 2015 on Capacity building: what for? ...

Sweden’s CLLD approach

Sweden has fully embraced the multi fund approach. In a new article, Hans-Olof Stålgren explains how the Swedish CLLD approach will work and at what stage are the preparations for implementation.

New LinkedIn groups on capacity building

As part of LDnet’s initiative on capacity building for CLLD we have established two new LinkedIn groups on Social Innovation(external link) (cache) led by Rosalba La Grotteria and on Cutting across the rural//urban divide(external link) (cache) led by Robert Lukesch. All those who would like to join and contribute can contact Rosalba and Robert via LinkedIn.

LD publications

Short food chains
This new EIP-AGRI report, which includes case studies from ten European countries, argues that Innovative Short Food Supply Chains(external link) have potential to improve farm incomes, promote sustainable farming systems and contribute to local economic development.

Local leadership
The OECD LEED Programme has published this report on Local Economic Leadership(external link). It explors the role of local leadership in purposeful local development and includes four case studies on Amsterdam, Hamburg, Manchester and Stockholm.

Micro level case study
This paper, A Long History of a Short Block(external link), by William Easterly (NYU), Laura Freschi (NYU) and Steven Pennings (WB) presents a development case study of one city block in New York City over four centuries and argues that the micro level is important for understanding development at national level.

The CLLD Guidance for Local Actors is available in all languages
The European Commission has published in English the long-awaited Community-Led Local Development Guidance for Local Actors. Translations into all the EU languages are now available LINK(external link) (cache). Many LDnet activists contributed to the writing and workshops that informed this guide. Guidance on CLLD addressed to Managing Authorities was published in February 2013 LINK.

New debates: impact of the crisis on local economies

We have posted two think pieces by Jean-Pierre Pellegrin which reflect on current issues and raise questions for debate: a well documented and challenging paper on the Impacts of the economic crisis on local economies and some reflections; From “digital development of local areas” towards “development of digital local areas”.

LDnet wiki banner photo: credit to CoR, URBACT, ENRD, FARNET

Lead story

Food sovereignty and urban-rural integration

Discussion Paper

LDnet is pleased to present this paper by Robert Lukesch on the theme of food sovereignty and urban rural linkages. Robert suggested this theme and developed the content for the LDnet Open Days (OD) 2015 workshop hosted by DG Regio and the Committee of the Region. As in other years, the LDnet workshop included input from academic researchers and experts engaged with EU networks combined with presentations of experiences from different local areas in the EU – in this case, from the Netherlands, Austria, Greece and the UK. The presentations at the workshop stimulated a lively debate between panellists and the audience of workshop participants. In keeping with the purpose of LDnet, the relevance of the theme of food sovereignty to CLLD as an approach was a further dimension of the workshop.

This discussion paper was prepared after the workshop. It draws on proceedings of the workshop and also deeper investigation of the theme and its relevance to current challenges including climate change and social inequality. This paper presents critical and insightful analysis, going well beyond discussion of local initiatives in the EU to reflect on the wider global dimension of food sovereignty. Its audience is policy makers, practitioners and advocates of local development.

The purpose of the paper is to connect food, which concerns everybody, with a critical analysis / reflection on current orientations including CLLD. CLLD is promoted in both urban and rural development in ESIF 2014-2020. It is embedded rural development, as a requirement under LEADER while strengthening urban-rural linkages is part of the thinking in Sustainable Urban Development (ERDF).

The analysis presented in the paper shows, inter alia, the contradictions between policies that we expect to be "close" and complementary. For instance, the CAP and rural development policies are working to different agendas and trajectories. The CAP is a big policy area with a macro-level impact and supports individual units rather than collective action. In view of current issues such as mountains of food waste co-existing with food poverty, negative environmental effects associated with improved efficiencies in food production as well as concentration in the food industry reflected in monopolies in food distribution and selling, the underlying objective of promoting "food security" has lost meaning. Rural development policies, on the other hand, supporting local initiatives based on collective action – small food producers, anti-poverty measures and bringing back power to citizens, drawing on CLLD methods – do not fit well with the bigger picture.

The paper also highlights that urban-rural linkages need more teasing out to consider at a deeper level what types of relationships can be pursued to benefit both. Many current trends and policies (and regulatory frameworks) run counter to reshaping the dynamic between urban and rural areas. In this area, CLLD is marginalised but is an essential process towards sustainable development and for the policy agenda to be citizen focused. If we take the analysis from this issue of food sovereignty into the wider development context we are struck by the fact that super-regions may produce growth but there are major costs and limitations associated with agglomeration. This suggests that models of decentralised government at sub-regional and local level (cities and rural hinterlands) are more likely to be conducive to the wider public good.

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