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EC - World Bank Exchange Workshop on Community-Led Local Development, November 2013

Community-Led or Community-Driven Local Development?

In recent years, the World Bank has invested significantly in evaluating its Community-Driven Development (CDD) programmes. This workshop was organised by the European Commission and FARNET in Brussels on November 8th 2013 with a view to exchanging on both approaches and building up on mutual benefits.


The event brought together over 20 local development experts from different backgrounds including World Bank CDD operations specialists and Brussels and Bucharest-based officers, EU Leader and urban development experts, social and regional fund officers as well as those working with the more sectoral version of CLLD, Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund.

Exchange Workshop European Commission – World Bank 8/11/2013

Report of the event (.pdf)
List of participants (.pdf)
Official welcome by Ms Elisa Roller, Head of Unit DG MARE A3, in charge of the new Maritime and Fisheries Fund:
  • Why the Commission wants to use community-based approaches in its policies.
  • What the Commission expects from the meeting

Round Table presentation of experts present:

Presentation on Community-Driven Development by Mr Dan Owen, Senior officer in the World Bank (Social Development Unit managing CDD operations in Europe and Central Asia)

  • Community driven development: Programming community-led local development (CLLD) in the European structural and investment (ESI) funds 2014-2020 (.pdf)


Presentation by Mr Paul Soto, Head of the FARNET support unit and author of the guidance documents on CLLD

  • State of Play, key features and challenges of CLLD in relation with CDD (.pdf)
Cooperation between CLLD partnerships and similar groups outside Europe (LEADER and EMFF)
  • Petri Rinne: transferring the LEADER method to Mozambique (.pdf)
  • Yves Champetier: transferring the LEADER method to Latin America and North Africa (.pdf)

Open discussion:

Some participants were encouraged to come forward with their questions before the workshop. The following questions could be addressed in the open discussion:

  • Community-based approaches are well known in rural development (Leader) and have recently been applied to fisheries communities. What has been learned? How can it be applied in other fields such as social inclusion or urban development? What are the conditions for applying it to other countries?
  • The role of capacity building and networks
  • How to convince decision-makers of the added-value, paying attention to not just local actors but to broader political economy considerations and what types of linkages, relationships and collaboration are of particular importance in breaking down and countering resistance by institutions, etc.
  • The role of evaluations, studies, communication.
  • Conditions for sustainability: what implementation mechanisms and institutional arrangements offer best potential returns as regards sustainability of services, infrastructure, assets, etc.