Innovative Village Preparatory Project

Innovative Village

As service deprivation in rural areas is common in many countries but the solutions vary we are applying for a transnational cooperation project to handle the problem from the grass root level. Innovative Village searches locally executable models to break the negative cycle of disappearing services and to strengthen the know-how in villages. The villagers need to analyse the services in their own communities, actively solve problems and create new, innovative services together with public and private service providers. Best practices and new ideas from villagers across the Europe will help in finding new service solutions. The project will start in August 2012.

Preparatory Phase 04/2011 - 03/2012

JAMK University of Applied Sciences has run a preparatory Leader project funded by LAG Viisari and LAG JyväsRiihi. 

The goals have been achieved:

  1. Five partners from three countries have signed the cooperation agreement.
  2. Existing service information of each target community in Central Finland has been collected through workshops and a questionnaire in chosen rural communities. The work done during the preparatory project will be used in the transnational cooperation project. 
  3. Together with all partners a funding application for a transnational Leader cooperation project has been produced. The funding applications have been sent in and the first funding decicions received. 

The potential partners met in Latvia in September. The meeting produced a basic plan for the project in a GOPP workshop (Goal Oriented Project Planning) led by Ms Rika Nakamura (photo), project planner at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences. The process of GOPP workshop led the participants from the jungle of problems to a multitude of possible solutions and into a variety of actions. In the end the Innovative Village GOPP workshop guided the participants into forming a logical framework of the future project (first page of the GOPP memo). That is the base of the common project plan.

The second workshop was held in Finland in November 2011 and a third in England in March 2012. The project will have five partners: JAMK University of Applied Sciences and the Finnish LAGs Viisari and JyväsRiihi in Central Finland will form one common project, North East Region Rural Development Partnership in Ireland (GB) and Tartumaa Arendusselts in Estonia have their own projects. 

Read about the workshops in EU Rural Review, Issue 11 - LEADER and Cooperation (April 2012). 

Central Finland in brief
LAG Viisari
LAG JyväsRiihi