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From strategy to action:
project selection

Chapter 5
Optimising the effects at local level

 



5.3 Global vision of the effects

 

Finding selection criteria suited to the context entails wide-ranging listening and understanding skills. It is indeed important to define selection criteria which simultaneously correspond to the beneficiaries' levels of concern, to the strategic guidelines that the group has set itself and to the area's needs for readjustment, in a context which sometimes proves to be fairly complex, as the following table shows:

 

POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF THE PROJECT SELECTION PROCEDURE ON THE AREAS
Level of analysis Possible negative effects Possible positive effects Means for favouring the positive effects
Projects taken individually
  • development limited to certain sectors, actors
  • exacerbation of conflicts
  • demonstrativeness
  • multiplication
  • pilot projects
  • partnership approach
  • involvement of beneficiaries
  • communication around selected projects
All projects selected
  • increase in social, ecological and area imbalances
  • Readjustment:
    • social
    • area
    • towards what is never funded
    • sustainable use of resources
  • specific criteria
Area dynamics
  • discouragement of actors
  • emergence of opportunism approaches
  • Mobilisation of actors:
    • creation, strengthening of joint references
  • involvement of potential beneficiaries in the definition of criteria;
  • use of relevant criteria
  • communication


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