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This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure profiles twelve participatory social and digital initiatives that are enhancing rural services in six key areas: multi-service hubs; health, education; mobility; energy; and digitisation of the village itself.

The examples showcase how rural communities can sometimes respond to the challenges they face faster than policy, using innovative funding solutions such as private sector investment and crowdfunding.

The Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) can provide complementary support to local communities at each stage of the transformation process of a rural area into a ‘smart village’: from the initial idea to successful scale-up.

This issue of the EU Rural Review showcases rural communities across Europe taking the initiative to find practical solutions to challenges they face and seize new opportunities.

It explores how digital and social innovation can be used in new, creative ways to improve basic services in rural areas. It further looks at national and regional approaches to creating an enabling environment, as well as how the Rural Development Programmes can catalyse rural service innovation.

The content of this edition has been informed by the broader ENRD thematic work on ‘Smart Villages’.

This methodological case study explores the communications campaign related to the launch of Finland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP).

This methodological case study explores the development of a coordinated approach to risk assessment for the implementation of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDPs).

This methodological case study explores the set up of the first transnational LEADER region in Europe, including parts of Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium and France. It covers the elaboration of a common strategy for Local Action Groups (LAGs), including financial management and implementation provisions for Transnational Cooperation (TNC) projects.

This methodological case study explores how Minha Terra, the Federation of Local Development Associations in Portugal, involved rural communities in a stakeholder consultation process on modern farming challenges in the run-up to the European Rural Parliament in 2015.

This methodological case study explores a pilot programme in Scotland, UK, developed to encourage public procurement for local food and drink producers, leading to new opportunities and markets for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

This methodological case study explores the development of food tourism in Scotland, UK, through the creation of a network of artisan chocolatiers who linked their activities to encourage greater visitor numbers to rural destinations.

This methodological case study explores support for regional development through Transnational Cooperation (TNC) between Latvia and Moldova, particularly focusing on local public-private partnerships.

This methodological case study explores the LINC network which brings together Local Action Groups (LAGs) and Rural Network support units to enable information exchange, improve cooperation among rural actors, and encourage Transnational Cooperation (TNC) projects.