Supporting the engagement of civil society

A Local Action Group engaged local coordinators to stimulate volunteer action and engagement in grassroots initiatives.

Project summary: 

Development Vorarlberg” (Regio-V) has engaged five coordinators of volunteers who are supporting and mobilising civil engagement in 18 villages in a rural region of western Austria. The coordinators are analysing development needs which can be covered by civil initiatives, while supporting citizens in developing projects.

Almost all existing associations and initiatives are receiving support on exchanging experiences, training and education and cooperation. In this way the self-reliance and social capital of the villages is strengthened.

Project results: 

Five coordinators of volunteers employed.

Coordinators supported 40 projects/initiatives that are implemented by around 200 volunteers.

Increased cooperation has strengthened local communities and resilience.