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Development program of the village

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The main purpose of the development program is an agreement between the residents in villages. Every individual and a group of individuals have different ideas about development and future. Interests and needs may be the same, but they might also be different. It is important to share ideas and goals so that people can collaborate. People have to find out common problems, interests and needs. This knowledge is the way to a common goal. It may be difficult to find out common goals but when people manage to do that, it shows a capacity for developing. The development program of the village shows the thoughts about today and tomorrow.
The development program of the village is a result of the collaboration between the residents and other interested partners. A base for the common wish to develop the village and how to process it emerges under the process of collaboration. People get acquainted to other residents in the village and together they will find out the best solutions. The collaboration leads to new values and creates a history that connects many people.

urban-rural development
sustainable economical development

Objectives of the Good Practice

A fast, socially and regionally balanced, sustainable economical development
The main purpose of the development program is an agreement between the residents in villages.
The main goal:
Improve the attraction of the environment by increasing local activities and developing a nonprofit sector.
More specific goals:
• Improve independent initiative, collaboration and social relations
• Develop social infrastructure
• Protect nature and special buildings and improve the external image of the village
• Improve the residents accessibility to different services

Participants of the Good Practice

local authorities
citizens

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens

More Details of the Good Practice

The development program of the village is a base for planning the life in the village. When the agreements between the residents in the village and others are realistic, then:
• There will be less conflicts in the village
• The village will be stronger
• The actions in the village will be understood by others (other villages, municipality,
investors and entrepreneurs)
• The values and the interests of the native residents will be more protected
• The village will be a partner to count on
• It gives confidence to start and search for other projects
• The emigration will decrease and the migration will increase, because people can predict what may happen in the future

Documentation and documents

The Handbook "The development program of the Republic of Estonia Constructing the development program of a village"
www.balticbalance.se/rural_urban_interdependence_relations/studies_reports/practical_example_of_how_to_work_with_a_village_development_program_in_estonia

Available files

Data sources and references

The Handbook "The development program of the Republic of Estonia Constructing the development program of a village"
http://www.balticbalance.se/rural_urban_interdependence_relations/studies_reports/practical_example_of_how_to_work_with_a_village_development_program_in_estonia (Accessed April, 9 2009)