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EU supported workshops on Local Development Strategy were held in Khulo municipality

EU supported workshops on Local Development Strategy were held in Khulo municipality

7-9 June 2018, Khulo, Ajara – The elaboration of Local Development Strategy and the writing of project proposals were two major topics of the workshops held on 7-9 June in Khulo municipality, Ajara. The workshops were conducted by Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR) in the framework of the EU-funded project “Promotion of Rural Development and Diversification in Khulo Municipality” implemented by Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG) under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).
The objectives of the first day workshop were to: finalize Local Development Strategy (LDS) by checking priority objectives of the strategy and defining LAG activities; prepare Action Plan of the Strategy for the period of one year; clarify all other issues relevant for the planning and implementation of LAG activities, such as: management, relations with beneficiaries and other stakeholders, fundraising strategy, establishment of different working groups, strategy update; and, work on LDS implementation project drafts.
14 members of Khulo LDS working group participated in the workshops. The participants assessed whether the key goals of the strategy correspond to the recognized needs from the SWOT, and all important topics are included in LDS draft. In addition, they discussed in groups management issues and preferences, relations with beneficiaries and other stakeholders, fundraising strategy and importance of forming working groups.
During last two days of the workshops HMRR experts conducted training “From Idea to Project” for the working group members. The goals of the training were to further learn about Project Cycle Management (PCM), by using Results Based Management and PCM, further develop project ideas, to prepare Action plan for the follow-up activities between the two workshops. Project team developed problem trees, stakeholder analysis, goals tree, strategy analysis and analysis of the resources.
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.