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 enhancing the respective capacities. This became even more important, since there were no educational offers dealing explicitly with this subject.
The target group were 20 to 25 young professionals and junior executives from institutions designing and implementing strategies and policies for rural and regional development in the context of EU approximation and integration on national and local level. This were ministries and their downstream authorities (e.g. ministries of agriculture and those responsible for regional development), universities and educational institutions as well as regional and local Institutions and organisations from civil society.
The eligible countries were Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
[*] This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.