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Local Innovations for Growth in Central and Eastern Europe

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Local development strategies represent an important response to the challenges of globalisation, while providing a mechanism for seizing the new opportunities that globalisation offers. Nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin wall, this book evaluates progress made and identifies what needs to be done to speed up the drive towards prosperity in Central and Eastern Europe. It demonstrates that the success of local development strategies depends on the capacity of the government and its partners to accelerate change within the policy and governance aspects of economic and social development.

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Mobilising the Population for Maximum Impact: UNDP's Experience in Albania

An initiative launched by UNDP in Albania seeks to mobilise people to promote their development through their own resources and to participate in the decision-making process actively. The project is based on the fact that a participatory approach to community development requires responsible, well-informed and pro-active people. The results show that mobilisation works best if it is institutionalised within local government, and if the latter has developed a role of catalyst, providing guidance to the community, creating an enabling environment, facilitating fund raising and institutional support. Local government officials can usually play this role effectively provided that their capacities are enhanced to the required level. Training should be targeted towards the staff involved in planning and decision making on local development initiatives, and should include advice on accounting procedures.

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