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From strategy to action:
The approach proposed by LEADER enables often sophisticated forms of project
selection to be introduced, but which can be adapted to the realities of each
area and their development strategy. It contributes to the readjustment (social,
geographical, ecological, etc.) of the areas and to the strengthening of area
dynamics (mobilisation, trust, unity of actors, joint references, etc.), vital for
taking advantage of the new opportunities which are being offered to the rural
The approach introduced by LEADER is essentially based on an approach built around
the distribution of decisions between the partners united within the LAG, and, more
broadly speaking, around permanent dialogue with the local actors and potential
beneficiaries (pro-active approach, assistance in selection, etc.).
What is important for the LEADER groups is for them to find criteria and methods
of intervention which are relevant to the level of mobilisation and a reflection of
the potential beneficiaries, in order to gradually commit the areas to keeping on the
road to sustainable development.
This ability to adapt is an essential component for success. However, it presupposes
a certain degree of autonomy as well as administrative and adapted financial methods of
operating. These conditions would make the work of the local action groups in LEADER II
more effective and would certainly be worth improving in the next Community initiative
for rural development.