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Ws A 1 H.Kieft


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Workshop A: Strategic framework for national
rural networks


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Ws A 1 H.Kieft

  1. 1. “S tra te g ic fra m e work for Na tiona l rura l ne tworks ” G roup A Me e ting on “C a pa c ity b uilding for NR N” B rus s e ls , Ma rc h 30-31, 2009 S ug g e s tions  from  National Rural Ne twork Ne the rlands He nk Kie ft  Getting partners together, acting, animating and support to rural initiatives
  2. 2. Issues for sharing 1 Network and Strategy – Added Value of the NRN to the National Strategy Plan – Stakeholder involvement – How to M&E the success of networking 2 Grouping stakeholders – Grouping socio-economic sectors – Networking between sectors: examples 3 Thematic priorities – Linking to National Strategies – Thematic priorities 4 NRN organization 5 Concluding suggestions
  3. 3. 1 Find added value of the Network to the RD Program key-issue seminar • Do basic tasks well • Relieving constraints in National Strategy • Get stakeholders involved • M&E
  4. 4. constraints RDP > NRN contributions some examples • Area focus + linking axes + • Sector institutions have actors problems to implement • Regional Development Funds integrated RDP • Professionalize LAGs • Recently established LAGs • Guidance in TNC • Policy signals • Bureaucracy • Building trust in GO • Inspiration and passion • Municipal capacity • Slow improvement of Governance • Regional self-organization • Public Private Partnership • Outdated planning • Social innovation in financial + economic crisis (Leader!)
  5. 5. … get stakeholders involved re a c t fa s t on q ue s tions • foc us on th e m e s • s upport LAG s a s s pe c ific ta rg e t g roup • a ddre s s fe lt b ottle ne c ks • 30% of NNU b udg e t to ne twork pa rtne rs • de ve lop your own s tyle or ‘c ore is s ue ’ •
  6. 6. M&E criteria Operational criteria • numbers of visitors on website, of realized events, of publications, etc • satisfaction of the participants in meetings and on products and services Result criteria • improved professionalism of network participants • successful Transnational Cooperation projects • competence pool to support municipalities and LAGs • effective regional networks • active Communities of Practice on relevant themes Impact criteria • improved quality of RDP: better projects or more RD-co-funding • less burn-out of civil servants • inhabitants take care of their region • civil participants are positive about public-private cooperation and Governance • NNU continuity after 2013 is supported by some stakeholders
  7. 7. 2 Grouping Stakeholders? so many interests in 1 network? • grouping socio-economic sectors? – No sector grouping! – but interaction and integration – so work on themes • stakeholders in committees or working groups? – use existing platforms for advice – only if direct action is possible – use appropriate approaches (f.e. CoP) • yes, bring different interests together: innovation is inspired by unexpected , new connections
  8. 8. networking between axes/sectors • Connect beyond sectors: examples – ‘rurality near the city’ – farmers and landscape – social domain in economic crisis • Support broad regional networks only • Involve education institutes in RD-practice • ‘Round Table’ of various Rural Advisors • Connect with inter-sectoral networks – e.g. TaskForce Multifunctional Agriculture
  9. 9. 3 thematic priorities of NRN select priority themes / target groups related to needs (to address expectations) f.e. – regional development funds • to integrate different sector program budgets + private – urban - rural interaction • to mobilize urban demand for rural services/products – capacity building local ministers • peer learning on front line issues-not-yet-documented – social innovation beyond services • local response to financial crisis in regional economy (Leader!) – international business for entrepreneurs + facilitators • enterprises capitalizing on regional quality and identity, with their ‘supporters’ in public authorities
  10. 10. North-West European Network for Rural Entrepreneurs and their Facilitators
  11. 11. 4 the network + nnu [+ ERDN] Civil society Governance re g ion a l ne tworks C ivil org ’s Municipalities Lo c a l Initia tive s R D prog ra m s Villa g e Org ’s 12 Provinces E n tre p re n e u rs LAG’s, RD Comm’s S e c to r org ’s Waterboards In h a b ita n ts 4 Ministries area participatory + formal democracy
  12. 12. position NNU and links to strategy inde p e nde nt profe s s iona l NNU te a m fa c ilita te s th e Ne twork • pa id b y Mo A + 12 provinc e s +E C • c ontra c t with MoA, m a na g e d b y E TC • 3 fte (8 s ta ff pa rt tim e ), 1% of R D b udg e t [7 yr € 4 Mio ] progress briefings M oA : 3-6 / yr • • standing invitation in meetings of 12 provinces • yearly consultation R D -platform • M ember S tate C ommittee endorses N N U year plan by invite them in meetings and conferences • policy signals and advice to all government levels •
  13. 13. 5…lessons…suggestions… for success : stakeholders co-fund NNU >2013 • know where to add value to RDP => ‘core issue’ • relate priorities to needs, not to policy • share budget with network partners • no sector grouping! but interaction + integration • stakeholders in committ’s only for direct action