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Sustainable Rural Development through youth, innovation and entrepreneurship
Start date: Sep 29, 2012, End date: Aug 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The idea of the project was born during the series of discussions lead by the Swedish National Rural Network and the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The project is a partnership between organisations in five EU member states, with the theme of youth involvement in local development and support for innovation in rural areas.Based on the experiences from the partnership organisations this flagship project will identify and describe models, methods and best practice for youth involvement and innovation support. This will be done partly at Youth and innovation conferences that will be organized, partly it will be done at home by each partner. The idea is to learn from each other and offer a quick way to disseminate good examples through the partnership. The conferences will focus on methods to involve youth in local development and presentations of Future Visions for rural areas, created by young people and gathered from the local activities. During the conferences experiences of methods for innovation support and ways of training youth in innovative thinking and entrepreneurship will be presented together with good examples of how to involve youth in local development.The conferences will lay the foundation and elaborate a concept for several regional seminars during 2013 and 2014 in all the Baltic Sea Region with policy makers, youth organisations, researchers and public authorities where the future visions and innovation support methods will be compared with and applied to the local situation. Achievements: Our partner FAPA in Poland has written a report based on Determinants and mechanisms for sustainable development in rural areas – assessment of attitudes of young people from rural areas in Poland in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation and their use for local development.It is an analysis of the reality of Polish entrepreneurial attitudes of young people from rural areas and is in much based on issues and thoughts during meetings and seminars undertaken and planned under the flagship project by the Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences in Finland and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala.see more:
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