Local Development Approach for better policy integration. Evidence from five regional studies
A recent study on the contribution of local development in delivering interventions co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)appraised the role of the local development approach to the effective delivery of Cohesion Policy. It covers interventions co-financed by the ERDF in the 2000-2006 and 2007-13 programming periods. Findings from the review of 38 Operational Programmes and the in-depth analysis of 5 regional cases – in Andalusia Region, Berlin Metropolitan Area, Czech Regional Northwest, Puglia Region and West Wales and the Valleys – serve as a base for operational recommendations on how and when local development could be used to deliver Cohesion Policy and how to monitor and evaluate the effects of local development interventions on economic, social and territorial cohesion. In particular, the Local Development Approach is showed as positively contributing to policy integration in the delivery of interventions co-financed by the ERDF.