LEADER case study – Participative LEADER programme design

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Spain’s national rural network (REDR) have used a participative process to inform LEADER design for the 2021-2027 programme.

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Project summary: 

In 2019, the national rural network in Spain (REDR) initiated a comprehensive research process involving all 185 Spanish LAGs, REDR Steering Committee and all 11 Regional Networks to explore their views and aspirations for the new programming period (2021-2027). The findings of the research fed into the position paper ‘The future of LEADER 2021-2027’, which informed policy-decision makers.

Project results: 

A conference for over 100 participants; Meetings with the representatives of 17 Autonomous Spanish Regions; Position paper recommending reinforcing the original LEADER principles: The LEADER approach has improved rural governance in Spain