LDnet is an informal network set up in 2011 to bring together knowledge and people in local development.
People wishing to make a contribution to local development can participate in the network, registering as contributors to the LDnet website, participating in LDnet activities and joining the LEDA-LDnet Association.
LDnet fields of activity
LDnet provides a forum for sharing information and knowledge among experts, researchers and all those active in local development. Its activities cover both the theory and practice of local development. In this way it acts as an independent ‘think tank’ whose work can inform stakeholders and contribute to policy development and implementation, and generally benefit all those involved in local development in Europe and beyond. Opening up the network to a mass membership of practitioners is a long-term ambition.
LDnet at work
Network contributors have the opportunity to work together in open or closed groups to raise the level of debate, research and understanding of local development. The network is mainly be web-based and virtual. An annual event and smaller round-table meetings are also held.
LDnet status and resources
LDnet is an informal network open to all those active in local development. It is supported by the ‘LEDA Partenariat – Local Development Network Association (LDnet)’, a non-profit association registered in France. The costs of the network are covered by the association and by voluntary contributions.
Since the completion of the EU’s LEDA Programme in the mid-1990s, a number of participants in that programme continued their cooperation and networking through the ‘LEDA Partenariat Association’, lately with Rosalba La Grotteria as President. The General Assembly of the association on 9 October 2013 approved the changes to its statute and title, to reflect its priority in supporting LDnet. The statute of the association is attached below in French and English.
General Assembly and Board of LEDA-LDnet Association
The “LEDA Partenariat – Local Development Network Association (LDnet)” is a non-profit association registered in France and governed by its General Assembly and Board.
On 13 October 2015 the General Assembly also elected the board of the association for a 2-year term:
- President: Eileen Humphreys (*)
- Vice-President: Urszula Budzich-Tabor (*)
- Secretary-General: Haris Martinos (*)
- Treasurer: Jean-Pierre Pellegrin (*)
- Members: Fernando Barreiro, Maria Joao Rauch, Peter Ramsden, Robert Lukesch, Toby Johnson
- Honorary President: Rosalba La Grotteria (*)
(* denotes member of the Executive Committee of the Board)
The most recent General Assembly of the association took place on 12 October 2016 in Brussels:
How to contribute to the LDnet website
How to become a member of the LEDA-LDnet Association