“Strengthening of Municipalities and Regional Capacity – Dissemination of Good Practices” (75 000 GBP), September 2004 – February 2005 – The project is funded by DFID and started in May 2001. It is its continuation because of the good results achieved in the implementation of preceding project activities. The project is managed by ITS Consulting Ltd. with significant experience in the municipal and regional development in various regions of the world including Bulgaria. The project aims to establish vertical and horizontal links among all stakeholders in the process of regional development at four levels – municipal, district, planning region and national. The main objective is to build up capacity at both district and planning region level in order to support the access of the regions to EU funds; to support municipalities in improving the strategic planning process; provision of services and use of their own resources.

The project is implemented in two separate Modules: “Partners for Projects” and “Partners for Development”.

“Partners for Development” is a training programme fordevelopment of municipal strategies, which after certain adaptation could support the strategic planning process at district level. The project activities are implemented in six districts in South Central, South Western and North Western planning regions. The training is divided into theoretical modules and practical sessions. The typical training comprises revision of the respective theoretical materials, case studies, and discussions. All the participants are divided into small groups for the practical training sessions, which aims to develop a municipal strategy by the involvement of all stakeholders at local level and building up partnerships.

“Partners for Projects” is a training programme for building up of partnerships among municipalities, districts and NGOs in the above-mentioned planning regions with the aim of development and implementation of projects. The methodology used is the same as in the “Partners for Development” modules. At the end of the programme all the groups are envisaged to present and defend a project proposal before the project team. 

More information could be found at - http://www.partnersknowhow.com/

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