Revitalising rural areas through social innovation

From local recycling schemes to community-led business start-ups, social innovation can drive the revitalisation of marginalised areas where markets and public administrations have failed. EU-funded researchers are studying examples of social innovation and exploring how best practices can be shared across Europe and beyond.

Countries
Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia

Countries
Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 4 July 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Agriculture & foodAgriculture  |  Forestry
EnvironmentLand management  |  Sustainable development
Research policyHorizon 2020
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Austria  |  Czech Republic  |  Egypt  |  Finland  |  France  |  Greece  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  Norway  |  Slovakia  |  Spain  |  Switzerland  |  United Kingdom
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Revitalising rural areas through social innovation

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The EU-funded SIMRA project is focusing on community-led social innovation initiatives in Europe and across the Mediterranean region with an impact on agriculture, forestry and rural development in particular. The aim is to share successful ideas and best-practice examples more widely, overcoming barriers to the exchange of knowledge, and bridging the gap between research, policymaking and the implementation of practical solutions.

These initiatives often emerge where mainstream approaches to development have not worked or have not been attempted for geographic or demographic reasons. As such, social innovation responds to needs and demands of local populations which markets or existing institutions either do not traditionally address or fail to address adequately.

Led by people on the ground, these projects can have a significant impact in rural and marginalised areas, providing novel solutions to local challenges, revitalising communities and accelerating economic development.

The SIMRA team is studying hundreds of current examples of social innovation and innovation governance in different regions and countries to determine the drivers behind the projects, the factors that contribute to their success or failure, and their broader effects.

Efforts will be supported by collaborative learning and networking opportunities within the project. The team will also develop a database of social innovation initiatives combined with evaluation frameworks and tools to effectively assess innovation strategies and their impacts.

With 26 partners across 14 countries (including non-European countries), SIMRA is bringing together scientists, businesses, governments, civil society and local communities to build capacity for social innovation, supporting the development of sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by rural and marginalised areas today.

Project details

  • Project acronym: SIMRA
  • Participants: United Kingdom (Coordinator), Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia, Finland, Spain, Greece, Norway, Egypt, France, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Switzerland
  • Project N°: 677622
  • Total costs: € 5 935 828
  • EU contribution: € 5 935 828
  • Duration: April 2016 to March 2020

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