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From strategy to action:
project selection

Chapter 2
Project selection, expressing a development strategy


2.2 A development approach rather than a series of procedures


Each LAG organises its selection process in the context of a global approach which responds to specific concerns as shown in the following table:


The LAG and its strategy A concern stemming from a particular context Involving a development approach Which is expressed by a number of methodological characteristics
Kozani (Greece) Equipping the area Development approach:
Traditional approach to project selection carried out by a centralised professional team
  • selection criteria emphasising the project's economic quality and financial guarantees
  • weighting system
  • selection by a specialised professional team
Capo Santa Maria de Leuca (Italy) Recreating confidence Accompanying approach:
The LAG helps in the creation of projects and in the preparation of potential beneficiaries' files
  • wide-ranging initial criteria
  • broad distribution
  • definition of a low ceiling of funding for each project
  • well-formed accompanying team
Serrania de Ronda (Spain) Structuring non-trading companies Associative approach:
Membership of an associative structure serves as both mediation structures and selection criteria
  • selection criteria emphasising social organisation
  • development strategy widely discussed beforehand with the local actors
  • consensual selection at the start
Sierra de Béjar y Sierra de Francia (Spain) Mobilisation of individual initiatives around strategic lines Demonstrative approach:
A few large visible and demonstrative projects are put forward and serve as pacemakers for the small projects
  • selection criteria emphasising the strengthening of the area strategy;
  • strengthening of the demonstrative effect;
  • participation of beneficiaries in networks
Psiloritis (Grece) Maintaining the traditional character of the area whilst modernising production structures Distributed energisation approach:
A large number of small projects for strengthening family businesses, spread over the whole area of intervention by seeking to create the conditions to strengthen certain strategic areas such as agri-tourism and crafts
  • heavily pro-active approach and good understanding of the actors
  • development of traditional know-how and local resources
  • emphasis on the gradual modernisation of existing businesses
Wexford (Ireland) Community development and the fight against social exclusion Consensus approach:
The majority of the projects are approved after discussion with the beneficiaries and alternative solutions are proposed for those which are not
  • case-by-case discussion process with all the project leaders, in order to choose those which best comply with the chosen strategy
  • directing project leaders to other ideas, alternative sources of funding or training sessions
Ouest-Aveyron (France) Enlarging area strategies Dialogue approach:
Collecting projects serves as a basis for dialogue between the heads of various sectors of activity
  • asking project leaders to justify how their projects fall within an area strategy
  • priority given to structuring projects (habitat, tourism), the area's facilities, technical assistance and to specific thematic projects

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