Développement économique et création d'emplois locaux (LEED)

Capacity Building Seminar on “Enhancing the Capacity of Partnerships to Influence Policy" - Presentations

 

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

1. The contribution of local partnerships to policy - opportunities and challenges in urban and rural contexts

This first day of the seminar offered participants the opportunity to review the role of partnerships in influencing policy in multi-level governance contexts. Presentations and case studies from Ireland and other OECD member countries illustrated resulting changes and adaptations in the organisational set-up of partnerships, including interactions with local stakeholders and communication strategies with national and sub-national governments.

Partnerships influencing public policy – the "Why", "What" and "How" issues

This session provided and introduction and overview on the question why partnerships are interested in influencing policy, what did it hope to achieve, and how has it exercised influence.

Presentation by Mike Geddes, University of Warwick, Warwick Business School, Local Government Centre, Professorial Fellow, United Kingdom

The Irish case - Pobal – rationale, mission and organisational development

This session introduced the debate about national co-ordination units of partnerships. A presentation of POBAL, the Irish co-ordination model illustrated the organisation's role towards local partnerships and national government agencies.

Presentation by Marion Byrne, Pobal, Programme Manager, Ireland

The Irish case – the contribution of local partnerships to policy in Ireland

Toni McCaul, Community Partnership Network (CPN), National Co-ordinator, Ireland

Gabriel O'Connell, County Monaghan Partnership, Manager, Ireland

David Connolly, Dublin Inner City Partnership Limited, Director, Ireland

Declan Dunne, Ballymun Partnership, Chief Executive Officer, Ireland

Partnerships influencing public policy: experiences in other countries

Paul Blackmore, Liverpool First (Local Strategic Partnership), Economic and Enterprise Co-ordinator, United Kingdom
presentation on Liverpool’s Local Area Agreement – Accelerating Delivery

Reiner Aster, Gsub mbH, Gesellschaft für soziale Unternehmensberatung mbH, Managing Director, Germany
presentation on the Local Social Capital and Global Grant

Birgit Gericke, LASA Brandenburg State Agency for Structure and Labour, INNOPUNKT Project, Project Co-ordinator, Germany
presentation on building and extending networks through land-wide annual thematic competitions

Lutz Franzke, Development Partnership “Structural Development and Labour Berlin-Brandenburg”, General Co-ordinator, Germany
presentation on how constant dripping hollows out a stone: convincing policy makers of what is needed locally

 

Thursday, 19 April 2007

2. The contribution of local partnerships to local skills strategies - opportunities and challenges in urban and rural contexts (Part A - Urban)

The contribution of partnerships to the design and implementation of local skills strategies in urban and rural contexts were reviewed with the help of case study presentations and discussions focused on challenges and barriers to and achievements in skills development of hard to reach groups. The programme was enriched by a study visit to the Ballymun partnership in Dublin and a presentation highlighting experiences in rural Canada.

The contribution of partnerships to local skills development in urban areas: a focus on strategies, tools and hard to reach groups

Linda Curran, Blanchardstown Area Partnership, Partnership Manger, Ireland
presentation on strategies and tools for skills development and labour market integration in urban areas - examples from Blanchardstown area

Reiner Aster, Gsub mbH, Gesellschaft für soziale Unternehmensberatung mbH, Managing Director, Germany
presentation on strategies and tools for skills development and labour market integration in urban areas - examples from Berlin

Peter Nolan, Dublin Inner City Partnership Limited, Employment & Enterprise, Co-ordinator, Ireland
presentation on local ways to integrate hard to reach groups in the labour market

Johanna Gericke, Dacorum Borough Council – CEMENT Project, Equal Partnerships Manager, United Kingdom
presentation on how to overcome "learned helplessness" - improving skills and employment options for young people at risk

 

Study visit to the Ballymun Partnership in Dublin
(boroughs 9 and 11)

Ballymun partnership, which covers an urban disadvantaged area in Dublin, is highly focused on social regeneration and has been involved in addressing the needs of its vulnerable community and helping them to participate in the broader economic and housing developments. A particular area of strength and interest has been in building the skills of mainstream agencies and local deliverers, including schools, in relation to the development and implementation of an education/early childhood strategy for the area. In this regard, they have developed good national links with policy makers and attracted philanthropic funding.

 

Friday, 20 April 2007

2. The contribution of local partnerships to local skills strategies - opportunities and challenges in urban and rural contexts (Part B - Rural)

The contribution of local partnerships - opportunities and challenges in rural contexts

David J. A. Douglas, University of Guelph, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development,  Professor of Rural Planning and Development, Canada
introduction drawing on examples from rural Canada

Carmel Fox, Ballyhoura Development, Chief Executive Officer, Ireland
presentation on the Ballyhoura Integrated Development Strategy

Mathias Kuhlmann, LASA Brandenburg State Agency for Structural Development and Labour, Senior Consultant, Germany
presentation on how rural areas can best make use of their proximity to urban areas - and vice versa

 

 

 

 

 

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