Publications

Total results: 56.

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 document summarises the main outcomes of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' and is intended to assist policy-makers with improving the support system for businesses in rural areas. 
It covers topics such as: 
  • identifying new trends, opportunities and ‘wild ideas’ for rural businesses; 
  • business support approaches to help realise innovative business ideas;
  • supporting access to broadband and digitisation opportunities; and 
  • building digital capacity. 

The final report of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' (2016-2017) summarises the main recommendations and outputs from the TG's work. Additionally, it overviews the context, objectives, approach, methods and activities of the TG.

This is the main report of a dedicated ENRD workshop, which overviews inspiring youth initiatives and projects related to youth entrepreneurship, rural-urban linkages, communication, and digitisation, as well as specific policy tools and funds to support these.

The factsheet overviews the digital divide between urban and rural areas, the practice of rural digital hubs, short examples and relevant ENRD resources.
It was prepared as background material for the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017). 

This mapping report overviews the state-of-play of networking activities carried out by the National Rural Network (NRN) support units and related to Rural Development Programme (RDP) implementation, NRN operational challenges and future plans, as well as thematic work.

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 comparative case study on 'Revitalising rural areas through digitisation' is based on three rural digital hub examples: Cocotte Numérique (France), #hellodigital (Scotland) and the Ludgate Hub (Ireland). 
The study explores how to most effectively set up and run rural digital hubs, promoting the use of digital technology in rural areas. It has a strong focus on practical implementation aspects (including first steps, main triggers, initiators, financial and human resources, challenges and lessons learnt).
This document provides an analysis of Rural Development Programme (RDP) support to rural businesses and was carried out as part of the ENRD Thematic Group work on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' (2016-2017). 
It explores how EU Member States use relevant RDP Measures to help the set-up and development of rural businesses, based on a review and in-depth analysis of the RDPs of Slovenia, Portugal, Finland, the Basque Country (Spain) and Scotland (UK).

This document presents an overview of the existing policy tools and instruments supporting the bioeconomy at European, national and local level, highlighting their applications and possible synergies.

The document is part of the analytical work carried out by the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Mainstreaming the Bioeconomy'.

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