Realized Projects

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 needed specialist, as well as personal competencies. As the need assessment conducted by InWEnt in cooperation with the SWG has emphasised, particularly young professionals and junior executives should be supported in developing and

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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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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 was 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 was to: ensure common and synergetic efforts for better results in implementation

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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 was 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. Project Components Strengthening of business links and networks between different market players; Introduction of food safety and quality systems. The project followed a regional approach. Cross-border business relations were

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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/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 was 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 was 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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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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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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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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Capacity Development for Standing Working Group (SWG) for Regional Rural Development

The primary aim was to enable the SWG to open up the potential of regional cooperation efficiently. The objective of the project was to support the capacity development of the SWG based on the defined strategic and operational plan. This overall objective was defined by the following benchmarks: The final declaration of the 2012 APF demonstrates the willingness of members to regional cooperation (Source: Final Declaration), The potential for economic

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