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From strategy to action:
project selection

Chapter 3
Project selection in the area coordination process


3.3 The stages of the coordination process and project selection


In general, there are two main types of coordination stages in project selection. These do not necessarily follow on from one another over time, but instead are superimposed, thereby interacting with each other:

  • stages of reflection, diagnosis and definition of strategic guidelines. In this case, coordination is aimed at both the local partnership and, in a broader sense, the whole population or its most dynamic components;

  • these stages lead to implementation stages. Cooperation is on two levels:

  • collective (to fine-tune the consensus, strengthen the strategies, resolve the conflicts, etc.);

  • individual (to accompany each project leader).

The relationship with the project leaders can be very different depending on the strategic approach adopted by the LAG:

  • a pro-active approach involving fairly fine-tuned coordination methods and practices, since the LAG is seeking to give rise to, even to induce, the creation of projects;

  • a reactive approach involving very "light" coordination interventions (e.g. a simple formal communication). Here, the LAG puts itself more in a position of waiting for projects without carrying out any induction strategy, with the exception of the publication of invitations to tender and criteria that it has set in the context of its area strategy.



A) Reflection stages
Needs for coordination Targets Situations needing coordination intervention
In relation to the context potential project leaders
  • few project leaders:
    • lack of initiative
    • lack of means
    • lack of confidence
  • many project leaders (entrepreneurial culture)
    • non-coherence of proposals
    • development of cooperation, cohesion, creation of networks of actors
local partnership
  • search for a solution to institutional conflicts/consensus
  • search for a solution to public-private conflicts/consensus
  • mobilisation of the local population
In relation to the development strategy Population/ institutions
  • poorly known strategy
  • lack of appropriateness of the strategy for the actors
In relation to the main concern population/institutions, potential project leaders
  • development of a collective dimension;
  • give rise to ideas for projects to strengthen a strategy;
  • favour the initiative, local organisation;
  • search for guarantees, protect itself.

B) Realisation stages
Joint approach (at area level) Individual approach (at the level of each project)
Call for projects Broadcasting:
  • radio, TV, printed press
  • information meetings
Relations with the project leaders:
  • pro-active approach
  • reactive approach
Project selection Previous coordination strategies parallel to project selection Direct relation with the project leaders or neutral selection.

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