15. 05. 2016

Prezentation - ENG

The Central Moravian Agency for Rural Development

 

"We are rural people. We work for rural communities. We will help raise funds for your projects."

 

The Central Moravian Agency for Rural Development (CMARD) is a non-profit organization that works with local action groups around the Czech Republic, but especially in Central Moravia. Also important are its international activities, especially the partnership with Poland, Slovakia and Croatia, where the Agency participated in establishing and improving local action groups. The CMARD works closely with prestigious university centres, producing a number of research outputs.

 

Between 2008 and 2009, it helped develop the LEADER strategic plans, animations for local partnerships in LAG regions, and administrations and evaluations of Axis 4 projects of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013. Since 2013, the Agency has helped involve the public and develop community-led local development strategies (SCLLD) for the new programming period 2014-2020.

 

One of the CMARD founders is MAS – Partnerství Moštěnka (Moštěnka Partnership), a LAG based in the area between the towns of Přerov and Zlín. It is one of the best LAGs in the Czech Republic. In the overall Czech ratings for the years 2010 through 2012, the LAG placed 7th, 3rd and 1st respectively of 112 regions in total. The Moštěnka Partnership enjoys long-term cooperation with the Slovak LAG MALOHONT in Banská Bystrica region, which is also one of the leading groups in the country. Moštěnka Partnership alone has participated in the implementation of projects worth nearly CZK 70 million from the RDP.

 

The CMARD has likewise been collaborating with LAGs Moravská cesta (Olomouc region), Moravský kras (South Moravian region) and Region Poodří (Moravian-Silesian region), all classified as “A” in every evaluation taken. The CMARD has however, cooperated with other regions as well – LAGs Podhostýnsko, Vizovicko and Slušovicko (Zlín region) and most recently, with LAG Moravská brána (Olomouc region). Additionally, the Agency trained emerging partnerships – LAGs Hříběcí Hory, Hanácké Království and Slavkovské bojiště in “acquisition of skills”.

 

The Agency initially focused on activities within the Rural Development Programme, for example in 2010, it implemented an educational project “Altering and Developing Rural Areas Together” (RDP 3.3.1 Training and Information).

Later the CMARD shifted its attention to education, part of the Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness, collaborating with the Olomouc Palacký University and selected LAGs on the project “Olomouc University and College Partner Rural Moravia" (UNIVES).

 

Between 2012 and 2013, the Agency implemented its own OP EC project “Closer Through Politics – Education Toward Active Citizenship and Local Democracy" (SPALO).

Since 2013, the CMARD has served principally as a facilitator of public participation and a strategic planning consultant to help develop strategies for community-led local development (CLLD) in selected LAGs in Central Moravia, which was its main focus in 2014.

 

In 2015, the CMARD was contracted by the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic to take part in the project “LAG as an Instrument of Inter-municipal Cooperation for Effective Operation of Public Agencies” (LAG-EOPA), to help design a study, methodology and legal proposals aimed at streamlining public administration, which include the methodology and consultation of Strategies for LAG municipal network. The project concerned 72 LAGs from across the Czech Republic. Currently the CMARD participates in enforcing legislation generated by the project. The project was budgeted at CZK 31.7 million (about EUR 1.17 million).

 

Other CMARD activities:

 

The CMARD implemented a number of other small projects, supported by the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic and the Visegrad Fund. The CMARD stakeholders also participate in other rural development activities. Chair of the Board Tomáš Šulák has published The Rural Newsletter (monthly magazine of the Rural Reconstruction Association and National LAG Network of the Czech Republic) since 2009 (for eight years). Tomáš also co-founded the National Network for Rural Development (now NN LAG CR) and is a member of the national committee of the Union of Towns and Municipalities. Tomáš is the mayor of a town called Veselíčko, and represents municipal associations and LAGs both at the regional and national levels (Regional Standing Conference, National Standing Conference).

 

A broad range of experts is associated with the CMARD:

Pavel Šaradín, Associate Professor – Palacký University in Olomouc, expert outputs

Tomáš Lebeda, Associate Professor – Palacký University in Olomouc, sociological research coordinator

Jana Jurajdová – coordinator of education projects, e.g. Rural Voice, LAG manager training and certification (run by the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information ÚZEI)

Hana Slováková, MA – Head of Grundtvig projects; now a CLLD methodologist with the Centre for Regional Development (CRD) in the Olomouc Region (Czech Ministry for Regional Development paying agency)

Stanislav Polčák – MEP, Chairman of the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic, guarantor of legislative proposals and expert outputs

Jiří Ježek, Associate Professor – University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, strategic plans

Iveta Vrábková, Associate Professor – Technical University of Ostrava, a specialist in public administration and efficiency in public administration.

 

CMARD principal activities:

 

• Grant consulting (incl. projects, studies and analyzes)

• Project management (administration, accounting, tendering, monitoring, evaluation)

• Strategic planning (incl. public participation, studies and analyzes, especially for LAGs, voluntary associations of municipalities, and municipalities themselves)

• Animation of rural areas (incl. training, promotion, facilitation of public discussions)

• Establishment of democratic innovations and higher citizen participation

• Promotion (texts, graphics, design, printing, publishing, public relations of rural stakeholders)

 

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Tomáš Šulák, Chair of Board, CMARD