Collaboration in Local Development - Ciaran Lynch


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Presented at the Irish National Rural Network conference on the 1st of December 2009

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Collaboration in Local Development - Ciaran Lynch

  1. 1. Collaboration in Local Development The Benefits
  2. 2. The current context <ul><li>Rural areas are under sever pressure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everything from the McCarthy Report to the weather, to the National Spatial Strategy to the farming sector’s difficulties </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The population of the rural areas of Ireland is now very diverse in many areas </li></ul><ul><li>Though diverse they share many common problems rural services, rural transport, management of development, unemployment, broadband access and so on </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is it? <ul><li>Collaboration and networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking is between those organisations that are similar and pursuing the same objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For me collaboration is shared activity between ‘unusual’ partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principle of collaboration is that the cake we are seeking to share is not of a set size </li></ul></ul><ul><li>True collaboration means – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing the goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing the costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing the benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting more of your things done than you could get done on your own </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Collaboration <ul><li>Can happen at many levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On policy development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On strategy development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On an issue especially in terms of the media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On a project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Often think of it in terms of projects but is possible and sometimes critical, for other areas as well </li></ul><ul><li>Important for example that rural areas get their share of all funding and not just that directed at rural areas </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who should be involved <ul><li>Often state and community and voluntary sectors the ones that are involved </li></ul><ul><li>Two key sets of stakeholders are often missing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The business community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The financial community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This needs to be reflected on </li></ul>
  6. 6. What are the benefits <ul><li>Tangible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More likely to get approval or be heard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More likely to have influence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to apply for bigger projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to share overhead costs so they are less </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to bring individual expertise to bear on a project or issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to avoid unnecessary competition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intangible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New relationships created and new dialogues started </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to deal with problems you couldn’t have even talked about together previously </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Policy Aspects <ul><li>Developing shared policy positions regarding local rural areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is both possible and necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many policy and legislative decisions are made that require rural proofing – in the interests of all inhabitants of rural areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development plan policies, for example, can have considerable implications for the inhabitants of rural areas and this may become even more problematic </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Addressing Issues <ul><li>Collaboration around media issues for example </li></ul><ul><li>Rural areas got positive attention in the recent flooding </li></ul><ul><li>However, coverage is often negative or non-existent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural issues are often dismissed or treated with ridicule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural divisions are exploited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban perspective on rural issues often the one presented on mainstream media </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Accessing Funding <ul><li>Rural Development Programme an obvious source </li></ul><ul><li>But also even at a local level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Philanthropic funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU funding in a wide range of areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Concerto </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interreg </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EU Health Programme </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other international funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National funding </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Some examples <ul><li>Collaboration between Local Authorities and communities on road improvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community provides land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Authority provides expertise and materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community provides labour and machinery </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration between local organisations in a community – Integrated Area Plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ferbane Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ferbane Enterprise Centre </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. And...... <ul><li>Collaboration in accessing European funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SERVE project in North Tipperary – Local Authority, TI, TEA, SPIL, participant householders and businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local Food networks – Tipperary for example </li></ul><ul><li>Philanthropic Funding - The Carnegie UK Trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing resilient rural communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding to facilitate the development of collaboration in rural areas </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. And a final one ...... <ul><li>Collaboration between communities and within communities with a focus on enterprise development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dunhill Eco-park in County Waterford </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixture of voluntary activity, some state assistance and private enterprise </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Conclusion <ul><li>Collaborative approaches are not easy </li></ul><ul><li>They require a change of mind-set and a letting go of some level of control </li></ul><ul><li>Adopting perspectives but not positions </li></ul><ul><li>The cake can be made bigger through working together </li></ul>
  14. 14. Conclusion <ul><li>Collaborative approaches should focus on outcomes rather than mechanisms in the first place </li></ul><ul><li>The stakeholder base needs to be widened </li></ul><ul><li>Rural communities have more in common than they have differences </li></ul><ul><li>If they work together with clear purpose many good outcomes cn be achieved </li></ul>