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From strategy to action:
project selection

Chapter 1
The various methods of project selection

 



1.10 Differentiated approaches

 

It can be seen that in many local action groups, the project selection process is based on new methods of application, which are sometimes complex and very often differ from more traditional approaches.

The more "traditional" approaches to project selection can therefore be compared with the new approaches implemented by many LAGs, with the aim of "sticking" to the specificities of each area and to the set strategic guidelines, as well as optimising the effects in terms of area dynamics.

 

"TRADITIONAL" APPROACH, "NEW" APPROACH
A more "traditional" approach concerns that it can deal with Possible disadvantages
"New" approach concerns that it can deal with Possible disadvantages
Separation between the people who thought up the criteria and candidates
  • avoidance of interferences
  • reduces mobilisation

  • Participation of potential beneficiaries in the conception
  • participation

    quality of the projects chosen

  • slows down the process
  • Egalitarian conditions between the candidates
  • guarantee of equality between the potential candidates
  • emphasises imbalances

  • Introduction of differentiated criteria
  • reduction of area or social imbalances
  • less interesting projects as far as short-term economic effects are concerned
  • Relatively defined and specific criteria
  • avoidance of possible ambiguities and disputes
  • limits the "combing" of ideas

  • Broad thought-provoking criteria
  • wider opening to new ideas
  • slower preparation procedure
  • Egalitarianism in distribution
  • equality of positions
  • does not target the beneficiaries sought

  • Additional forms of distribution
    Pro-active approach
  • integration of the most underprivileged communities
  • less interesting projects as far as short-term economic effects are concerned
  • Complete, sometimes sophisticated, written files
  • having all components available for selection
  • discourages the beneficiaries, particularly the smallest ones

  • Simplifies the files;

    Gives importance to speech

  • mobilisation
  • increased problems in the selection and monitoring of files
  • Selection by an ad hoc team comprising independent experts
  • independence
  • independence

  • Participation of potential beneficiaries in the selection
  • introduction of consensus, of joint references and of social cohesion
  • risk of scattering of funds on multiple beneficiaries
  • risk of lack of transparency for non-beneficiaries

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