The LEADER Approach stands for area-based, bottom-up and multi-sectoral rural development. The approach is based on autonomous public-private partnerships at the local level for designing and implementing their very own, unique development strategies.
The guiding principles of the LEADER Approach proved to be success-factors for self-determined community-led local development, not only in the European Union but also more broadly. In Southeast Europe the importance of the LEADER Approach in unlocking the potential of rural regions has been realized and the preparation process for its implementation is currently at different.
Within the project „Support to economic diversification of rural areas in Southeast Europe” (SEDRA), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in South-East Europe (SWG RRD) are working on strengthening of the capacities of stakeholders to support rural development in Southeast Europe.
The capacities of public-private stakeholder networks, known as Local Action Groups (LAGs) are strengthened in order to support development and implementation of community-led, local development strategies and to sustainably secure their funding through national schemes and EU instruments for pre-accession assistance.
Considering that the capacities of different actors involved in the implementation of the LEADER approach are on different levels, the SEDRA project prepared this “Guide for LEADER Trainers”, as a tool for strengthening the competences of LAGs and rural development actors.
The Guide provides support and guidance, as well as practical tools for forming future trainers to disseminate practical information, knowledge, and experiences for the realization of LEADER, community-led and area-based development in Southeast Europe.