The LEADER Approach
Why is LEADER specific?
THE SEVEN SPECIFIC FEATURES OF LEADER
4. Multi-sectoral integration
For the purpose of developing the Local Development Strategy (LDS), the LEADER approach requires that the area needs are explored in an integrated way, rather than focus on development needs of specific sectors. The LDS must integrate relevant development needs for all sectors to achieve the desired common goals. The actions and projects contained in local strategies should be linked and coordinated as a coherent whole. The LAG encompasses sometimes surprisingly diverse actors which can be fertile ground for partnership and innovation. In order to allow for inclusion of different points of view and resources, the LAG must be able to bring the different interests and interest groups together in a constructive manner.
"The low-threshold and demand-oriented funding allows new actors to benefit and to become active contributors to local development. Young people, women, voluntary workers, unemployed and other disadvantaged groups get access to support and funding which they otherwise wouldn't have by depending solely on mainstream programmes." (Lukesch & Schuh 2007)