Publications

Total results: 7.

This case study explores a holistic approach to the digitisation of rural services, implemented by the the Fraunhofer Institute in several pilot villages in Germany. The creation of a common digital platform has enabled the development of new solutions for the supply of local goods, communication, mobility and e-government through shared services and common rules.

This case study explores the Finnish ‘Smart Countryside’ analysis of the challenges facing the country's rural areas and the opportunities offered by digitisation. It overviews a range of recommendations for improving digital innovations in rural services that have been used to inform both existing and new programmes in Finland.

This case study explores ‘reciprocity contracts’ between cities and their surrounding countryside in four pilot areas in France.
It overviews how local government officials and residents from both types of area come together to negotiate win-win partnerships and joint activities in areas of common concern such as employment, the environment and local services. The study considers the governance and funding implications of such partnerships.

This case study explores one of the most comprehensive and integrated strategies for tackling the problems of depopulation and low access to services in Europe: the 'Strategy for inner areas' in Italy. All four European Structural and Investment Funds are combined with national finance to support strategies for both local development and service innovation in 72 pilot areas across the country. 

This comparative case study on 'Community broadband: new digital opportunities for rural areas' is based on two innovative examples: the North-Western Kuhmo Village Optical Fibre Cooperative (Finland) and the Molenwaard Civil Society Broadband (the Netherlands). 
The study explores how to most effectively set up and operate broadband networks in rural areas through community engagement, with a strong focus on practical implementation aspects (including first steps, main triggers, initiators, financial and human resources, challenges and lessons learnt).
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 comparative case study on 'Mobilising the innovative potential of rural businesses' is based on three innovative business accelerator examples: Academy on Tour (Belgium), Short Food Suppy Chain Masterclass (the Netherlands) and AgriEnt Business Accelerator (Greece). It explores how to most effectively set up and run business accelerator programmes in order to support businesses in rural areas, with a strong focus on practical implementation aspects (including first steps, main triggers, initiators, financial and human resources, challenges and lessons learnt).