Summer school on local development strategies and European projects


16, 24-25-26, 29-30 June & 11 July 2020 Remote participation | Fourth Edition

Organised by the OECD Trento Centre - at the initiative of NextPA


In recent years, the Municipalities of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (NE Italy) have faced the challenge of cooperation, both in the organisation and provision of services for citizens that is their most consolidated role and in jointly designing and implementing socio-economic development policies at the wide area level, being the latter often quite a new function for them and the main focus of the Summer School.

The Summer School for local administrators was conceived as a response to this challenge and an opportunity to think specifically about the innovative function of promoting territorial development through cooperation among municipalities, also in view of designing their territorial development plans. 

Since this is a substantially new function for most local authorities, the Summer School – in 2020, its fourth edition takes place - offers local administrators / municipal councillors a capacity building and experience sharing platform, enabling them to acquire knowledge in strategic planning and programming, while considering the best use of EU funds.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic upends lives of people, families and communities. It drastically transforms work and economic activities, national and international contexts. The resultant changes in all spheres of life will be radical and difficult to predict.

Local governments are at the forefront of the current crisis. They are called to be an active and driving force in the governance of the processes of reconstruction of local economies and societies.



The goal of the Summer School is to provide a training opportunity for local administrators to acquire essential knowledge and tools to guide sustainable development of the territory during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. In this framework, it seeks to ensure that planning  (a practice to identify and structure coherent interventions that can be financed by European funds or other resources) is also undertaken at local level in the context of international, national and regional policies. 



The fourth edition of the Summer School, held in the current exceptional situation, was based on several essential assumptions:

Confirming and acknowledging the centrality of governance in decision-making processes

Everyone - businesses, public administrators, representatives of civil society, research and knowledge community - will be called upon to play an active role. To be effective, it is essential that appropriate forms, methods and instruments of governance are identified. Building skills to govern these processes is crucial.

Leveraging the tools of communication and the digital society

Waiting till it is safe to meet in person for holding the next Summer School is not an acceptable option. We need to immediately start building a common understanding of the reconstruction and sustainable development of the different territorial contexts. This requires a space to share new knowledge, exploit the potential of the digital network and the information society.

The Smart Community: Value of the Community of Practice

At this stage, it would perhaps be impossible to start from scratch in the construction of a training path (in the strictest meaning of the term). But strengthening the already existing networks is possible and urgent. The Smart Community is a substantial opportunity for this purpose.


The Summer School foresees participation of a maximum of 30 local administrators - 24 from the municipalities of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and up to 6 representing the Veneto Region and the Autonomous Province of Trento. Admission is subject to a selection process after a public call for interest.


Key Content

  • Acquire knolwedge of concepts and tools to design local development policy interventions methodologically for the success of concrete operations;
  • Develop strategic vision to build development policies consistent with the potential of the territory and in the global perspective of post-COVID-19 reconstruction;
  • Acquire knowledge of concepts and tools for an integrated approach where sustainable development policies at territorial scale are in line with Agenda 2030;
  • Understand the architecture of European programmes as opportunities for local development, taking into account the most recent reconstruction-oriented developments;
  • Understand ways of implementing governance for local development in which public, business community and civil society come together and of managing negotiation processes within the "teamwork" logic.

Materials & Information


Agenda (also in Italian)


OECD Contact   



 Previous editions

1-6 September 2019, Zovello di Ravascletto, Italy

FVG Summer School 2019Third Edition 

The approach was based on a combination of theoretical inputs and practice-oriented working group sessions. A substantial space, during and at the end of each thematic module, was reserved to discussions and open interaction to enable knowledge exchange. Presentations illustrated concepts, models and tools, examples, case studies, and preparatory practical group exercises on development planning and programming. Working groups were facilitated by the experts in order to encourage contribution from all participants.

An outdoor afternoon experimented and reflected on the sense of "teaming up" for a common goal.

Agenda (also in Italian)



3-7 September 2018, Zovello di Ravascletto, Italy

FVG Summer School 2018Second Edition

The Summer School is conceived as a training opportunity for municipal administrators to acquire an open mind-set towards innovation on issues of integrated local development and programming. It also acted as a method for designing coherent interventions funded by European funds or other resources in international, national, and regional policies frameworks.

The approach proposed in the Summer School is a blending of presentations, working group exercises, case studies analysis, and good practice presentations, outdoor training aiming to foster interaction among participants and develop new and shared knowledge.

Agenda (also in Italian)

27 September - 18 & 31 October 2018, Udine, Italy

Talks cycle on understanding global trends to innovate local governments

  • 27 Sept 2018 | The local economy outlook in times of artificial intelligence and globalisation backlash
  • 18 Oct. 2018 | The role of the local policy makers in dealing with the twofold challenge of cohesion and local-global development
  • 31 Oct. 2018 | Environmental changes and local landscapes

Programme (also in Italian)


4-8 September 2017, Zovello di Ravascletto, Italy

FVG Summer School 2017First Edition

This Summer School focused on a specific UTIs’ competence: in the new regulatory and administrative framework of the Local Authorities' System in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, UTIs – as inter-municipal bodies - are the main pillar for designing and managing socio-economic development policies at the infra-regional level. In so doing, they were launching a substantial institutional innovation in the regional development public policy framework.

As this was a completely new function for most local authorities, the Summer School was conceived as a training course and platform to facilitate an exchange of experiences among local mayors and councillors of the FVG region, stimulating knowledge and the understanding of wide area development policy and strategic planning features.

Agenda (also in Italian)

Final conference agenda (also in Italian)

Local development challenges and the role of “wide areas” in strategic planning

 (also in Italian)



 At the initiative of

NextPA ‌‌

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