Publications

Total results: 7.

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 edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure explores how Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding – co-financed by the EAFRD – has been used not only to support individual rural businesses, but also to create the kind of enabling environment that allows businesses to prosper in rural areas.

Supporting rural business usually means providing strategic interventions that can increase the likelihood of successful, self-sustaining economic activities in rural areas.

The projects highlight inspiring examples of how to provide advice, training and networking opportunities to rural businesses, as well as targeted investment in the digital and physical infrastructure needed by rural business, both on-farm and in other rural sectors of activity.

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure presents examples of methods and approaches that have been used across Europe to deliver results on the topics of rural broadband, digital access to market, farm modernisation, market development, rural diversification and sustainable communities.

It hopes to provide inspiration on how to develop the strategies and tools for different types of rural areas to be economically competitive, while at the same time preserving their natural resources and social cohesion.

This EAFRD Projects Brochure considers the new European Union rural development priorities for the 2014-2020 programming period. It looks at existing EAFRD projects to ask what inspiration we can take from the past to help us achieve these priority objectives in the future.

The brochure refers to the ideas and achievements of more than 50 projects - implemented using EAFRD funding support from the 2007-2013 programming cycle. Of these, twelve are highlighted and presented in more detail, to reflect particular approaches to achieving the new priorities.

Social inclusion helps to ensure equal access for individuals and communities to opportunities, rights and resources - such as employment, healthcare, housing and civic engagement - that are key to social integration.

This edition of the brochure focuses on how the EAFRD can work alongside other EU funding sources in rural areas.

This first edition of the EAFRD project example brochures brings together a set of multi-faceted case studies which show how the EAFRD is supporting rural development across Europe.