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Organising local partnerships

Chapter 2
Principles, rules and foundations
of a successful partnership


2.1 Finding the right solution according to the context


These 9 models are but a very small sampling of the diversity of local partnerships in European Union rural areas. They do, however, bring to the fore the following initial conclusions:

  • to each territory and each phase of its development corresponds a particular context involving specific constraints and needs calling for a certain type of local partnership;

  • there therefore exists an infinite number of local partnership models, probably at least as many as there are different contexts;

  • generally speaking, a distinction should be made between:

    • the contexts which require a partnership following a mobilisation logic (this means, for example, reconciling parties in conflict, making up for certain shortcomings in the institutions, refocusing the local energy on the area, etc. In fact this means creating local partnership practices from scratch);

    • the contexts which require a partnership following a structuring logic (the institutions are strong, the partnership practices are old; above all, the problem is one of structuring the different functions and sectors).

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