The Means and Measures of Municipalities to Develop Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Services


The project aims to strenghten the capability of rural municipalities to encounter future challenges in rural service production by collecting and testing alternative possibilities to develop and support social entrepreneurship.

Social entrepreneurship, in short, is a business model that brings people and communities together for economc development and social gain. In this business model over half of the business surplus is targeted to the benefit of chosen object, which in rural concept could be for example the welfare of local citizens or local development. In rural areas social entrepreneurship may be seen as a way to support local activity leading to more sustainable local service production implemented by village residents as a response to diminishing service provision.

The key questions are: how do municipalities respond to the service production of villages, how and what kind of models a municipality can use to strenghten and support the activities of villages and develop it further; and what should municipalities in particular take into account in supporting municipal service provision?

Activities of the project are national e-survey targeted to rural municipalities, two workshops with experts in order to develop practical measures enhancing social enterprises in rural villages and workshops with grassroot operators for evaluation and validating suggested measures. Main results are reported in a e-guidebook.
Effective start/end date01/10/201731/12/2019