Influencing and enhancing externally driven initiatives: the use of participatory approaches in local government, Poland (PLA 44)

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Published: June 2002
Participatory Learning and Action
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Participatory Learning and Action series, issue 44: Local Government and Participation

EU funded projects usually have their direction and focus determined by the EU with little input from the communities that the projects are based. This paper reports on a project in Poland, where local commune citizens were consulted independently of an EU project, and how this information was used to help lever the EU programme towards the communities needs.

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