Gift from Germany: LED’s work by Integrating Problems, Competence and Commitment

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Titling back on ICATAD website in early June, about the opportunity to visit Germany for 1 month received by a young researcher (Yovita Anggita Dewi) thanks to its success completing tasks online in two series of workshops, here is the gift she shared.

The opportunity for a month study tour to learn and see the implementation of Local Economy Development (LED) in Germany, a lot of interesting things can be learned, especially “secret” behind the success achieved by Germany in applying LED. Not as envisaged earlier, Germany is country that doesn’t seem much of problem. One of the strongest economies in Europe is also many problems in increasing growth and welfare. The low rate of population growth, for instance, in Berlin causes deficiency of the younger generation, while Cologne deal with problems many skilled and educated workforce that moved to another city (urbanization).

Likewise with Born, former capital of the state, this must be struggling with issues movement of all administrative matters to Berlin, which means also the loss of employment. However, instead of struggling and complaining, the cities in Germany continued to build and compete with each other. To grow the local economy and improve the competitiveness of local government, every region must have a clear plan so that LED can be funded by the European Union. Without the program and competitive LED plan, these areas will not get funding. This is slightly different from the funding system in Indonesia that has not put aspects of competency as a consideration for an area can get funding. The successful implementation of LED accomplished because of the local government’s commitment to grow each region and reduce dependence on central government. Similarly, the obligation for the regions to work together with surrounding area is necessary, even work voluntarily in building the regional economy.

Competition, commitment and cooperation are slick, actually can be a learning and example for the regions in Indonesia, including in promoting regional agricultural development. In the context of innovation for building local support, through the commitment of local governments who supports AIAT is not impossible that every region can accelerate local economic development including cooperation among adjacent AIATs.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:41 )  

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