EU Rural Review | Number 14 (2012)

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Series Details Number 14
Publication Date December 2012
ISSN 1831-5267
EC K3-AJ-12-014-EN-N
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Networks and Networking in Rural Development Policy


Networking is a policy instrument within the framework of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) – otherwise known as Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Experience shows that networks are an effective means of informing, inspiring and empowering local people in rural communities.


  • Foreword
  • Networks and networking - reality or rhetoric?
  • Networking as an EU rural development policy tool
  • Perspectives on networking and rural development
  • ENRD: The European dimension
  • The European Evaluation Network for Rural Development
  • National Rural Networks: the diversity of approaches
  • Building connections: the family of EU policy networks
  • NRNs: good practices and success stories
  • Networking the NRNs: action and learning through cooperation
  • LEADER and the networking of LAGs
  • Demonstrating the added value of networking
  • Making a success of networking beyond 2013
  • The future of networking
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