Realized Projects

Preparation for Implementation of the Area Based Development (ABD) Approach in the Western Balkans – 2nd phase

What is ABDA Area Based Development (ABD) is considered to be an innovative and effective approach to facilitate sustainable growth in rural areas in decline. It is suitable for targeting defined geographical areas in cross-border regions in the Western Balkans, characterized by specific complex development problems. The approach uses a methodology, which is inclusive, participatory, and flexible and ensures integration and coherence. It is suitable

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Streamlining of agriculture and rural development policies of SEE countries for EU accession

The responsibility for implementation of rural development policy lies with the Ministries of Agriculture, of which the administrative capacity is limited and not appropriately qualified and inexperienced in EU harmonization process. In addition, national policy responses have not always been followed by clear and well established strategies, and policy-making has lacked orientation towards the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In parallel

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Support to the core functions of the Standing Working Group (SWG) for Regjonal Rural Development of South East Europe – Dialogue and Networking

The EU integration process is a highly complex process which involves the design and implementation of reforms in a wide range of areas. In general, the EU integration has been steady but uneven. Although all of the WB countries are at different stages of development, they face similar challenges in modernizing of the agricultural and rural development sectors. Problems with policy reform and harmonization, information systems and economic development,

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Strengthening capacity building through networking and regional cooperation in the Western Balkan countries

Developing opportunities through access and exchange of information combined with networking of the rural stakeholders (technical, cultural, institutional and civil society) is a prerequisite for increased regional cooperation among the rural players in a broader sense. The countries of the Western Balkans are encouraged progressively to take involved into networking activities for strengthening regional co-operation thought joint capacity building

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SWG EC Project Preparation Facility: “Preparation of a Proposal for an Area Based Development in the Western Balkans”

Area Based Development (ABD) is considered to be an innovative approach enabling breakthrough in sustainable growth of rural cross-border regions. ABD is perceived as suitable for targeting defined geographical areas in cross-border regions in the Western Balkans, characterized by specific complex development problems. The approach as its core principles uses a methodology, which is inclusive, participatory, and flexible and ensures integration and

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SWG/FAO TCP 3101 Joint Project:”Support to capacity building for agriculture and rural development policy analysis and formulation to support EU-integration of the South-Eastern European countries”

The purpose of the project is to enable rural communities to benefit from rural development support programmes to be provided in the future by the EU, thus supporting the countries’ efforts towards further integration with the EU and, ultimately, fostering agriculture and rural development. The objective is to enable local stakeholders to access future EU funding for rural development by rising awareness, improving the knowledge of rural development

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The SWG GTZ ORF Project: “Improving the competitiveness of companies and organizations from Southeastern Europe in the agricultural and food sector through the implementation of food quality standards and increased regional networking”

The project’s goal is to improve the competitiveness of companies and associations in the agro-food sector in the Western Balkans through the implementation of food quality standards and strengthening a regional networking. The project follows a regional approach. Cross-border business relations will be promoted through activities such as trainings, consultation, business to business meetings and dialog forums. Especially small and medium companies,

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SWG GTZ SEF Project: “Strengthening of the regional cooperation/networking in the forestry and water management sector and sustainable development in the river basins of the South-Eastern Europe countries”

The overall project goal is to strengthen regional cooperation and networks on all levels (political, technical, civil society etc.) in the forestry and water management sector and assure sustainable development in the river basins of the South Eastern European countries and increase the awareness of protection of natural resources and ecosystems. Such regional network will ensure common and synergetic efforts for better results in implementation

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SWG/ TEMPUS Joint Project KTNetRRD: Knowledge Transfer Network in Western Balkans for Regional Rural Development

The aim of the KTNetRRD project is to support the knowledge transfer and the capacity building in the field of Regional Rural Development by developing and enhancing the involvement of the higher education institutions within the wider society. The goals of the project, training for public services and development of a lifelong learning structure are answer the regional and national priorities for all involved partner countries for one or both of

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SWG and InWEnt Program: "Young Professionals – Managing and Leading Regional Rural Governance"

In order to cope with the rising complexity concerning the design and implementation of policies fostering a sustainable development of rural regions in the SEE, decision-makers and stakeholders from the rural sector need specialist as well as personal competencies. As the need assessment conducted by InWEnt in cooperation with SWG has emphasised, particularly young professionals and junior executives should be supported in developing and enhancing

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