Enhancing Endogenous Development in Rural Areas: The Implementation of the Leader Pilot Programme in Poland
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The paper examines the main problems encounted during the development of areabased partnerships in rural Poland. These partnerships were created to enhance endogenous development in rural areas in Poland and were supported by European Union funds. Partnership structures have been rapidly adopted due to the requirement to run the European Union LEADER type programme. Approximately 190 Local Action Groups were created in the years 2004-2006 through the Polish LEADER+ Pilot Programme. About 20 partnerships existed before the programme implementation with the result that 210 partnerships were registered by the end of 2006. 159 partnerships were supported in years 2007-2008 to support endogenous development. The projects were most commonly focused on improving quality of life and development of natural and cultural resources. Local governments and local voluntary organisations were most active in the local coalitions. The engagement of private sector was low. The main targets of activity were: promotion and tourist infrastructure development, rural areas restructuring, and local product promotion. Financial and legal issues and LEADER Pilot Programme special constrains were considered the main difficulties.
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