Rural Development Networks – Executive Summary

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Author: Jennifer Wallace and Martine Miller

Year: 2012

What Are The Benefits Of Rural Networks And What Challenges Do They Face?


Rural development networks play an important role in building community capacity.  However, within the current climate of austerity and public spending cuts across the UK and Ireland, rural development networks and the communities they represent are presented with a challenging future.

This report is the result of a scoping exercise carried out by the Carnegie UK Trust in June 2011 that sought to map rural community development networks throughout the UK and Ireland. In carrying out this piece of research, the Trust wished to find out about existing networks across the UK and Ireland. The research sought to identify why rural networks exist, their benefits to users and the key issues facing them, particularly in the current climate of public spending cuts.

This paper reports the research findings and sets out a series of recommendations designed to address the future sustainability of rural development networks.

Click on the image above to open a PDF version of the Executive Summary.

The full report is available here.

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