Title: Facilitating an area-based development approach in rural regions in the Western Balkans
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC68703
ISBN: 978-92-79-23183-4 (print)
978-92-79-23184-1 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 25240 EN
OPOCE LF-NA-25240-EN-C (print); LF-NA-25240-EN-N (online)
URI: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=5180
DOI: 10.2791/74145
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The present report covers an exercise where a defined development approach (ABD) has been tested in a rural cross border case study area in the Western Balkans. The aim is to draw lessons both for continuing implementation of the ABD in this particular area and more generally initiating it in the Western Balkans. Concretely, the UNDP Area-Based Development (ABD) approach is targeting specific geographical areas characterised by a particular complex development problem (setting it apart from surrounding areas), through an integrated (multi-sector), inclusive (community versus particular groups or individuals), participatory (bottom-up) and flexible (responsive to changes) approach. This approach has been implemented in the pilot case of the Drina valley – Tara Mountain area (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia. As a result of 6 months of interaction among stakeholders, 4 priority development themes were identified in tourism, rural development (with a special focus on agriculture), SME and entrepreneurship and environmental protection. This pilot case allowed drawing relevant lessons for the implementation of ABD to what concerns the area delineation process, the bottom-up process, the top-down accompanying framework and the institutional / legal framework. Lastly, 7 other rural cross border areas within the Western Balkans region have been identified as potential ABD target areas .
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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