European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) Thematic Group
The fifth meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) brought together around 40 stakeholders from 16 different countries and a wide range of organisations to exchange ideas on how to design Smart Village strategies to effectively empower rural communities in different national contexts.
The meeting concluded that becoming a smart village was something to aspire to rather than being a measure or a method. Digitisation was seen as a key tool, but not the only one. Participants argued that policies should be inclusive and flexible to deal with very different contexts and that care should be taken to avoid additional layers of strategies and structures.
The main objective of the fifth meeting of the thematic group is to:
Exchange ideas about how to design Smart Village Strategies which effectively empower rural communities in different contexts. The discussions will be used as a basis for preparing practical orientations for policy makers looking to enable such approaches.