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Run@Forma-Emprende Project. Entrepreneurship promotion and support in rural areas through training on information management of territorial resources and entrepreneurship advisory services
Spain. European Social Fund (ESF)
Run@Forma-Emprende aimed firstly at detecting entrepreneurial opportunities in natural and protected areas of both the Natura 2000 network and the national network of protected areas in Spain. Secondly the project included the organisation of training activities for entrepreneurs on new territorial information and management techniques in order to foster new economic activities. IDEL undertook the implementation of the following actions: - Study for the detection of business opportunities related to the environmental sector, in the areas of the Run@ project: Andalucia, Castilla La Mancha, Extremadura and especially in the less developed provinces. This study provides complete information on the real situation of these vulnerable rural areas and an analysis of the most necessary economic activities. The specific conditions of success related to each activity have been explained for the potential entrepreneurs to choose the most appropriate activities corresponding to his particular situation. - Support the organisation of 16 training seminars based on the initial study aimed at strengthening entrepreneurship in high natural value areas: -8 seminars on “Reality on rural entrepreneurship” in the main cities of the provinces. -8 seminars on “Opportunities to businesses in natural-rural areas” in rural villages. - Support for the creation and edition of materials related to the Run@Emprende network, collaborative working space for the stakeholders involved in the project management and implementation. - Advising for the creation of businesses in the environmental sector in rural areas of the Run@ areas. IDEL provided support tools and documents and developed an on-line application for the follow-up of the advising tasks.

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National study about training needs for access to employment in the farming sector
Spain. Region of Extremadura
The Spanish National Employment Office and the Regional Employment Office of Extremadura wanted to improve the training offer of the National Qualifications and VET System in the agricultural sector. The first step of this programme was to undertake a baseline study as a tool for the future adaptation and orientation of the training policies for agricultural labour market. The “National study about training needs for access to employment in farming sector” aims at ensuring coherence between the vocational training offer from many public and private educational centres in Spain and the reality of the labour market and the needs of employers in the farming sector. Undertaken by IDEL in 2010, this study was about detecting needs and trends in VET relying on quantitative and qualitative analysis at national level in the farming sector, within the following sub-sectors: - Fruit growing - Horticulture and flower growing - Herbaceous plant growing - Production of seed and nursery plants - Mechanization IDEL implemented a wide range of activities: - Typology of firms and cooperatives in the farming sector - Definition of specific needs by sub-sectors in terms of skills, and identification and assessment of successful firms that actually employment opportunities in the field - Evaluation of the vocational training offer provided to farming employees - Census of Training Centres in the farming sector - Census of Innovation and technological centers in the farming sector - Identification and analysis of the current employment offer and demand in the farming sector, and their possible future evolution - Proposal of tailored training programmes adapted to the detected needs

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Consulting services for the implementation of LEADER projects in Brasov County
Romania. European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EARDF)
IDEL provided consulting services for LEADER projects in Brasov and consulting services to the Local Action Group of North Brasov, in order to improve the capacity of rural stakeholders when elaborating, implementing and managing local development strategies. The contract made possible the successful presentation and approval of the Local development Strategy in the framework of the National Rural Development Programme. The implemented activities included: - Organizing a seminar targeting the members of the LAGs (Local Action Groups) from the County of Brasov, Romania - Organizing a study visit to Spain to meet best practices and successful examples of Spanish rural development - Advisory Service for Local Development Strategy for the area north of the county

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Provision of capacity building in the field of tourism to companies and other non-public actors in three indigenous areas of Panama
Panama. Inter American Development Bank (IADB)
The project “Support to indigenous tourism initiatives in Panama” aims at identifying and financing tourism actions at feasibility or prefeasibility level which will be implemented afterwards by organizations, companies and communities of the three most important indigenous communities in Panama. The project is in line with the IADB objectives in Panama for sustainable development and growth. The IADB has indicated, as primary objective, the inclusion of the rural sector, indigenous population and women through their participation in the economic and productive process and through the promotion of new economic activities. The following activities are implemented: - Assessment and identification of needs in terms of capacities, abilities and skills among the main stakeholders in the three selected areas - Integration in the capacity building programme of the needs identified in terms of skills and abilities, defining along with the authorities involved in the three areas the potential beneficiaries, companies, organisations... to participate in the capacity training process. - Elaboration and execution of a capacity building programme in the field of tourism and other related issues identified as drivers for contributing to better capacities, skills and abilities of the beneficiaries, enabling them to provide tourism services in their respective areas. - Implementation of the programme through a wide range of activities - Monitoring and reporting of the project activities to the client

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Awareness raising, information and training services on the LEADER approach for the construction of private-public partnerships (Phase 1: Lots1 and 2, Phase 2: Lot 1)
Romania. European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EARDF)
The LEADER approach represents the European Union specific approach to “shared territorial knowledge”. This approach allows defining indicators and sustainable development policies and balancing competitiveness and territorial sustainable development. IDEL carried out educational projects in Romania aimed at informing and educating local actors on the LEADER approach and rural development programme and policies, developing local actions, creating the conditions for the identification of the most representative actors at local level and to build the groundwork for the future constitution of local action groups (LAGs). Phase 1 “Awareness raising addressed to local stakeholders on the Leader approach in the framework of the sub-measure 431.1 of the National Rural Development Programme. It included training and information sessions on the National Rural Development Programme, on local development, on the Axis 4 Leader of the NRDP, and on concrete actions carried out in rural areas. Target groups: socio-economic actors from potential Leader territories, representatives of civil society (farmers, women and youth from rural areas, rural associations), local authorities of the potential Leader territories. Phase 2: Training of representatives of potential Local Action Groups, including specific training on local development strategies (elaboration of diagnostic analysis, SWOT analysis, elaboration of strategy, action plan, training of the partnership, etc.). Target groups: Representatives or members from a group made up of at least 2 private organizations and 1 public authority from the potential territory, who have participated in training sessions on the Leader approach (Phase 1 training or other training) or who can demonstrate knowledge and experience in the Leader approach.

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Mid-term evaluation of the National Rural Development Programme 2008-2010
Romania. European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EARDF)
IDEL carried out the mid-term evaluation of the implementation of the National Rural Development Programme in Romania for the period 2008-2010. The methodology was developed under the Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (CMEF), adopting the training approach for all the actors involved in the process. The evaluation provided processes, tools and best practices to contribute to improve the execution and management of the programme in the next future. The work took into account the four required stages of the entire evaluation process (structuring, observation, analysis and evaluation): - Structuring: Definition of the methodology and evaluation indicators system. - Observing: Assessment of existing data and process of data collecting: Interview with the persons in charge of the NRDP management (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), Interview with external stakeholders of NRDP, members of the Monitoring Committee, Surveys among Beneficiaries (1787 beneficiaries interviewed), Case studies. - Analyzing for answering the evaluation questions. - Evaluating and assessing: Synthesis of the evaluation process results: conclusions and recommendations. The services provided included desk research, tasks analysis and field work: - Desk research: Documentary baseline study Analysis of indicators Definition of methodology Case studies Analysis of field work’s results Drafting of the mid-term evaluation report - Field work: Interviews with persons in charge of the PNDR management Interviews with external stakeholders Survey to 1787 beneficiaries

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Creation and management of the National Network for Rural Development of Romania (RNDR)
Romania. European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EARDF)
The National Network for Rural Development aims at enlisting the energy of all actors in the rural development process, promoting an effective flow of information, exchange of ideas and good practices, and ensuring cooperation among rural stakeholders. The network puts together rural organizations and institutions who are fully involved in the sector. Through the Network, the Government of Romania will: - Create an agricultural and forest economy based on developing farms - Improve quality of life and economic development in rural areas - Improve the capacity of local authorities to draft and implement local development strategies For this purpose, a number of activities are carried out: - Elaboration of the annual Action Plan for Rural Development, to be implemented by the National Managing Authority - General administrative and financial management of the network - Consulting services in the field of public relations and promotion - Monitoring and control of activities - Supporting the Government in order to fulfill the objectives of the European Union in the area of Rural Development - Organization of conferences, workshops, training services, national meetings and steering meetings, among public employees of the Ministry and private organizations involved in the National Rural Development Programme - Implementation of the National Rural Development Programme of Romania, approved by the European Union and including the setup and management of 8 regional offices

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Unified Programme of Sustainable Development in the drinking water sector. Technical Assistance for Management and Protection of Water Treatment Sources in Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui Provinces
Panama. InterAmerican Development Bank (IADB)
The Government of Panama, through the National Council for Sustainable Development (CONADES) elaborated the Unified Programme for Sustainable Development in the Drinking Water Sector”, financed by the Inter American Development Bank (IADB). The objective of the programme was to improve the situation and quality of life of the inhabitants of urban and rural areas located in the internal provinces of the country. For this purpose, the quality and extension of the services of sanitation and drinking water should be ensured, including the management of solid waste and the protection of water sources for human consumption. The objective of the services was supporting the management and protection of water recharge areas and critical areas fed by David River which supply the Algarrobos water treatment plant in Chiriquí; and those areas fed by the Western River and La Quebrada Sorón, which supply the Almirante y Guabito water treatment plant in Bocas del Toro. The objectives would be achieved through the following actions: - Improvement the access to efficient and safe drinking water services in the provinces - Contribution to the adequate protection and use of water resources - Strengthening the local management capacity of the involved institutions in the provision of services Services provided covered several activities: - Identification, definition and characterization of the water reloading areas - Environmental education and institutional building so as to facilitate the active participation of the population in managing and protecting the river basin - Establishing agro-forestry systems and processes in the water reloading areas and other critical areas - Use of technologies for treatment of agricultural organic waste produced by farming activities

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Project Evolution Infoplazas 2.0: acquisition and installation of software, including training and capacity building activities.
Panama. SENACYT National Secretariat for Sciences, Technology and Innovation of Panama
The Project ‘Infoplazas’ is conceived as a network of community centres that facilitate the access to information through internet and information in multimedia format. These are centres for public internet access equipped with computers situated in rural and suburban areas. Currently, Panama disposes of 200 Infoplazas on national territory that sum up more than 700 public internet access points. Infoplazas is a fully consolidated programme in the Republic of Panama. However, in order to improve this network progress is needed to evolve the management model and to specifically strengthen digital training activities that can be developed in these centres. Quantitative results of the Project Infoplazas 2.0: • Creation of 2 territorial reference centres Infoplazas 2.0 • Organisation of at least 10.000 hours of digital skills development for the general public • Digital literacy of at least 5.000 persons • Organisation of 10 training activities for the transfer of knowledge addressed at administrators of the existing Infoplazas • Transfer of knowledge and technologies to 150 operational Infoplazas Services provided: • Creation and management of Infoplazas 2.0- Centres of territorial reference - Infrastructure and equipment of each of the centres - Activities of digital capacity building addressed at the general public • Transfer of knowledge and technology - Implantation of a management and evaluation platform - Technical support during the transfer process - Training of the administrators of Infoplazas - Support tools for the transfer • Fundraising - Alert system containing relevant information about grants - Elaboration of the initial project. - Partner search - Processing of the application and support in the administrative preparations - Monitoring

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Electronic Information Points (PIEs) and provision of ICT training services
Panamá. SENACYT National Secretariat for Sciences, Technology and Innovation of Panama
Development of a Network of 35 Electronic Information Point (PIE) in order to promote the use of new technologies and the digital inclusion in Panama. Objectives of the contract: • Promote and strengthen the information services of the Government, • Reduce the barriers to the access to ICT, • Reduce the existing digital gap within the population, • Reinforce the information society in Panama. Activities carried out by IDEL: • Installation of 35 Electronic Information Point (PIEs) • Large band connectivity for the 35 PIEs • Technical design of the web platform • Operational and maintenance Plan • Activities of evaluation and monitoring of the service provided. Services provided: • Development and maintenance of software • Design of the interface user-client • Installation of software, configuration and post-production maintenance tasks • Graphic design of web elements, desktop applications, • Requirements analysis, monitoring of corrective measures and improvements.

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Technical Assistance. Impact Evaluation of the “Education Spaces and Quality of Learning” Programme
Panama. Interamerican Development Bank (IADB)
The Programme “Education spaces and Quality of Learning” has been designed to tackle the lack of quality affecting the education sector in Panama, especially in some remote areas which are less favored in terms of educational infrastructure and resources. The impact evaluation of the programme had to be performed in order to measure the results and eventually take corrective actions. The implementation of the field work was needed. It is about a quasi-experimental field study which must allow evaluating the impact of materials and inputs as well as the capacities and skills of teachers in component 2 of the programme (Improvement of learning in language and Mathematics in primary education in levels 1, 2and 3). Collection of information is developed previously to the implementation of the field work in order to have a baseline allowing further comparison in two years time after the beginning of the implementation. The services provided have been: •Design of field work tools: questionnaires and assessment elements •Gathering information including preparatory actions and monitoring of collection: interviews, focus groups... •Information analysis •Reporting

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