“Community and local development
Building strategies for local development”
20 - 31 July 2015, Trento, Italy
in collaboration with the Trentino Federation of Cooperatives
The International Summer School for "Community and local development" has arrived to its Sixth Edition. This project originally emerged from the cooperative relationship established between the OECD LEED Trento Centre for local development , the Training Centre for International Cooperation (TCIC) and EAFIT University of Medellin in collaboration with the Trentino Federation of Cooperatives and the contribution of Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy.
The main scope of the Summer School is the promotion of local development, i.e. promoting the understanding and acknowledgment by both public and private actors of the analysed territories’ capital factors (“Territorial Capital” and its conceptual dimensions) that contribute to build local development strategies. Such strategies are further considered to be the basis for any transformation process aimed at guaranteeing better lives for the local communities residing in the selected geographical territories.
The role and the strategic capacity of local actors, together with the commitment to collaborate and coordinate actions towards the design of a "shared future”, represent key elements of development processes rooted in local contexts, in which differences should be exploited as opportunities rather than considered as barriers.
In this way it is possible to promote strong ties between regions and communities; and to design development strategies with a multi-dimensional nature, able to integrate the different dimensions – cognitive, social, infrastructural and ecosystemic - of the "territorial capital". Addressing territorial capital is an effective way to face global challenges and to increase communities’ ability to operate and adapt to economic, social and environmental transformations. Moreover, it is essential for local actors to have the required skills to develop the knowledge and specific skills to promote regional partnerships based on integrated public policies, and to be able to value their own human, environmental and institutional resources.
This ability to create relevant social networks, integrating different approaches and experiences, underlies the work methodology developed during the Summer School. The project represents the meeting point of innovative experiences in terms of community development practices performed in the context of the Trentino region in Italy, and in the most varied realities of the Latin American countries. In this way, constructive comparisons under different reading frameworks are strongly encouraged. In other words, the Summer School aims to develop a dialogue between European and Latin American actors who may guide a process of continual redefinition and adaptation of local development strategies.
|Sharing concepts and ideas on sustainable local development based on comparison of local experiences form Trentino and Latin America, looking for new strategic syntheses.|
|Providing common interpretation tools and understanding the particularities of selected local experiences, identifying and analysing the main highlights from applied projects and practices aimed at promoting local development according to existing territorial capital.|
Promoting online and offline constructive social networks among participants in order to efficiently exchange relevant knowledge, practical experiences and work methodologies, on local development.
The Summer School is organised around the understanding and acknowledgment of the capital factors that contribute to building local development strategies. Such a specific mission is strongly based on the theoretical concept of “territorial capital” and its dimensions.
This multidimensional concept represents a cross-disciplinary way to approach multiple territorial characteristics, particularly those that are fundamental to launching an effective process of economic, social, institutional and environmental, development process.
The Summer School is based on active exchange of participants’ knowledge and experiences (multi-stakeholder open dialogue). Thus, the case study described in the on-line registration form is considered to be a fundamental condition for registration, and will be presented and discussed during the Summer School’s sessions. If selected, the proposed case study cannot be changed or disregarded.
Participants should be strongly committed to local development topics and activities. They should currently work (or at least they should have working experience) in public institutions (national, regional, provincial or local governments, development agencies, research centres, international organizations) or private organisations (foundations, co-operatives, NGOs, grassroots community organisations, non-profit entities, etc.) active in the field of local, community, economic and social development.
The on-line application form has to be filled out as indicated:
The Summer School is organised in co-operation with EAFIT University from Medellin (Colombia), for whom 40% of the 35 available places are reserved. The selection process of the other 21 available places is open to candidates from all Latin American countries ensuring a varied and balanced classroom composition.
Organisations of the selected participants
1. Agencia Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza Extrema, Colombia
2. Alcaldía Municipal de El Peñol, Colombia
3. Alcaldía Municipal de Jardín, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Rural, Colombia
4. Alcaldía Municipal de San José de la Montaña , Colombia
5. Casa de Estudios Agrícolas A.C., México
6. Centro de Investigaciones de Economía Internacional de la Universidad de La Habana, Cuba
7. Ciudad Don Bosco, Colombia
8. Comité Privado de Asistencia a la niñez, Colombia
9. Cooperativa Multiactiva de Recicladores de Medellín – RECIMED, Colombia
10. Corporación Autónoma Regional – CORNARE, Colombia
11. Dirección General de Programas Especiales de la Presidencia, DIGEPEP, Republica Dominicana
12. Fundación Madre Tierra, Nicaragua
13. Fundación Nacional para el Desarrollo, El Salvador
14. Gobernación de Antioquia, Colombia
15. Instituto para el Desarrollo de Antioquia – IDEA, Colombia
16. Laboratorio de Negocios inclusivos, Colombia
17. Método Consultores - Sucursal Perú, Perú
18. Municipalidad de Villa Pehuenia – Moquehue, Argentina
19. Peace Boat, Colombia
20. Pía Sociedad Salesiana Centro de Capacitación Don Bosco, Colombia
21. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú-PUCP Escuela de Posgrado, Perú
22. Red Gestión Territorial del Desarrollo Rural, México
23. Secretaria de Economía, Gobierno nacional, México
24. Unidad para el cambio rural - Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de la Nación Argentina, Argentina
25. Unión Nacional de Gobiernos Locales, Costa Rica
26. Universidad Católica de Oriente, Colombia
27. Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
28. Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Perú
29. UPEFE-Unidad Provincial de Enlace y Ejecución de Proyectos con Financiamiento Externo, Argentina
The deadline to fill in the on-line registration process is April 30th, 2015 at 24.00 (Italian time).
The Summer School will take place from Monday 20th to Friday 31stJuly, 2015.
Tuition, training materials, and full board (accommodation and food) will be covered by the Summer School’s organisers. Participants will be hosted in double rooms.
A registration fee of 400 Euros is required. Payment instructions will be provided together with the result of the selection process.
Daily active participation in the Summer School’s sessions is compulsory during the entire duration of the programme. In case of withdrawal, the registration fee will not be reimbursed and the accreditation certificate will not be awarded.
Transcontinental travel expenses, as well as medical insurance, entry visa application charges (if required for the specific home country), and other personal expenses not specified in this call, will be covered by the participant or by his/her home institution.
It is recommended to verify, as soon as possible, whether citizens from the candidate’s home country are required to apply for an entry visa to Italy. In many instances, the process of granting a visa may take more than 30 days. In this regard, it is highly recommended to carry out the corresponding bureaucratic process enough time in advance. Also, it is recommended to advance the needed administrative procedures in case participants require any authorisation from their hosting organisation or working entity.
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