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“Zemër Labërie” project was successfully inaugurated!

Selenicë Municipality in partnership with the Association “Vajza”, on Saturday October 22, 2022, successfully inaugurated the works carried out for the rehabilitation of the center of the village of Vajza, Vlorë. The “Zemër Labërie” project is implemented by the municipality of Selenica within the framework of the grant scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion...

Improving the tourist offer and increasing the seasonality in the villages of Lëpushë and Vermosh

The province of Kelmendi is the northernmost edge of Albania and part of the beauties of the Albanian Alps. In recent years, a number of development programs have started to be implemented in this area, aimed at improving the road and tourist infrastructure with the aim of promoting tourism. With the aim of promoting local

Improvement of road infrastructure for pedestrians and bicycles in Ishull Lezhe

Lezhe Municipality is implementing the project “Improvement of road infrastructure for pedestrians and bicycles in the village of Ishull Lezhe” within the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion financed by the Swiss and Austrian governments, implemented by the Albanian Regional Development Program and the Albanian Development Fund . The project aims to promote tourism

Adventure Park in Shishtavec

Kukës Municipality in partnership with the Kukës Tourist Destination Management Organization/DMO-Kukës, within the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion financed by the Swiss and Austrian governments, implemented by the Regional Development Program Albania and the Albanian Development Fund are implementing the “Adventure Park in Shishtavec” project.Shishtaveci is one...

Alternative economic development in high risk areas with illegal/informal actions such as cannabis planting in Gjirokastra and Dropull

Alternative economic development in areas with a high risk of illegal/informal actions such as planting cannabis in Gjirokaster and Dropull, is the project being implemented by the Municipality of Gjirokaster and Dropull Municipality within the framework of the Grants for Regional Development and Cohesion scheme.The project aims to promote a balanced and sustainable social and

Roshnik Festival

“Roshnik Festival” is one of the activities of the project ” Revitalization of attractive tourist facilities in the touristic village of Rroshnik” implemented by Berat Municipality within the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion.“Roshnik Festival” was organized in Roshnik in Berat, where for 3 consecutive days the following activities took...

Zemër Labërie

“Zemër Labërie” is the project that is being implemented by the Municipality of Selenica in partnership with the Association “Vajzë” within the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion which is harmonized with the national program of the Albanian Government for the socio-economic development of the country “The Program for the Integrated and Sustainable...

Revitalization of attractive tourist facilities in the touristic village of Rroshnik

The project being implemented by Berat Municipality, within the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion, focuses on the creation of some eco-tourism tourist attractions in the village of Roshnik.The municipality of Berat has started the revitalization of the space around Lake Bova, where a panoramic square will be created, a place where visitors can

Smart Green Economy Possibilities for Radomira Touristic Village

The implementation of projects within the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion is progressing.The “Smart Green Economy Possibilities for Radomira Touristic Village” project is being implemented by Dibër Municipality in partnership with the Albanian Network for Rural Development – ANRD.“Smart Green Economy Possibilities for Radomira Touristic Village”...

RDPA provides technical assistance to the Government of Albania to prepare for Chapter 22 Negotiations

Albania’s journey towards the European Union has begun since the early 2000, and materialized with the application for EU membership on April 28th 2009. The Council of the European Union, in June 2014, decided to grant Albania the status of a candidate country for membership in the European Union. Since then, Albania is making preparatory

PRAG Rules – Region 3 Training

The Regional Development Program (SDP) in cooperation with the Albanian School of Public Administration (ASPA) since September last year are conducting a series of trainings for local government institutions that focus mainly on strengthening the technical staff of municipal departments which are taken directly with the preparation and management of projects funded by various donors.

PRAG Rules – Region 2 Training

The Regional Development Program (RDP) in cooperation with the Albanian School of Public Administration (ASPA) since September last year are conducting a series of trainings for local government institutions that focus mainly on strengthening the technical staff of municipal departments which are taken directly with the preparation and management of projects funded by various donors.

Feasibility Study – Region 4 Training

The second cycle of trainings for local government institutions is successfully completed! Representatives of the municipalities of Region 4 participated in the training for “Feasibility Studies” which took place on 06-07 June 2022 in Vlora. The training was organized by the Regional Development Program (RDPA) in cooperation with the Albanian School of Public Administration (ASPA).

Feasibility Study – Region 1 Training

Following the training cycle for local government institutions, representatives of the municipalities of Region 1 participated in the second training entitled “Feasibility Studies” which took place on 02-03 June 2022 in Shkodra. The training was conducted with physical presence, giving participants the necessary time to ask questions and conduct practical group exercises...
On the Spot Check Visits for projects financed under Grant Scheme on Regional Development and Cohesion

On the Spot Check Visits for projects financed under Grant Scheme on Regional Development and Cohesion

The Grant Scheme on Regional Development and Cohesion started its implementation in January 2022, after 10 Municipalities were selected as potential beneficiaries. The awarded projects were all located in villages identified by the “100+ villages” programme. The scope and nature of the Grant Scheme on Regional Development and Cohesion focus on regional development dimensions and

PRAG- Training of Trainers (ToT)

The Regional Development Program Albania (RDPA) in collaboration with the Albanian School of Public Administration (ASPA), will organize five trainings on the Practical Guide to procurement, grant award and contract procedures for European Union external actions (PRAG), in Albania. An in-depth training session (4 days), called Training of Trainers (ToT), took place on 23-24-25-26 May

Feasibility Study – Region 3 Training

In continuation of the training cycle for local government institutions, representatives of the municipalities of Region 3 participated in the second training entitled “Feasibility Studies” which took place on 11-12-13 May 2022 in Pogradec. The 3-day training was conducted with physical presence, giving participants the necessary time to ask questions and conduct practical group...

Feasibility Study – Region 2 Training

The Regional Development Program (RDPA) in cooperation with the Albanian School of Public Administration (ASPA) since September last year are conducting a series of trainings for local government institutions, focusing on strengthening the technical staff of municipal departments which are responsible directly for the application and management of projects funded by various donors. In...

Management and narrative and financial reporting- Training

On April 15, 2022, the training “Management and narrative and financial reporting” was held within the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion. The training aimed to acquaint the staff of the beneficiary municipalities with the reporting formats, the monitoring structure as well as the sharing of lessons learned from the previous Schemes to help

The Feasibility Study- Training of Trainers (ToT)

The Regional Development Program (RDPA) in cooperation with the Albanian School of Public Administration (ASPA), are organizing a 4-day Training for Feasibility Studies on 4-5-6-7 April 2022. An in-depth training session (4 days), called Training of Trainers (ToT), is being conducted on April 4-7 with the participation of a professional staff, representatives of the Albanian

The rehabilitation of the irrigation canal Malaj Tarazh

Thanks to the support of the Swiss and Austrian governments, the Municipality of Mirdita has finalized a project much awaited by farmers and residents of the Malaj-Tarazh area. It is about the rehabilitation of the irrigation canal Malaj Tarazh, the length of which goes up to 9.8 km, covers about 490 ha of land and

Reconstruction of the structure and spaces of the Palace of Culture Rrogozhina “Haxhi Memolla”

The Municipality of Rrogozhina opened the doors of the multifunctional center in the Palace of Culture “Haxhi Memolla” on Friday March 11, in an inaugural event with the participation of the Mayor of Rrogozhina, Mr. Edison Memolla, Representatives of the Swiss Embassy in Albania, Regional Development Programa Albania and Albanian Development Fund. The reconstruction of

Law for Public Procurement and Innovations – Training

On February 22, 2022, the training ” Law for Public Procurement and Innovations ” was held by the Regional Development Program and the Albanian Development Fund, in the framework of the implementation of the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion. The training was conducted with the physical participation of 13 representatives of municipalities involved

Grant Contract Management – Training

On February 3, 2022, the training “Grant Contract Management” was held by the Regional Development Program and the Albanian Development Fund, in the framework of the beginning of the implementation of the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion. The training was attended by the employees of the 10 winning Municipalities of the second Grant

The Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion contributes to the implementation of the Programme for the Integrated and Sustainable Development of the 100 + Villages of Albania 2022 – 2026.

The Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion contributes to the implementation of the Programme for the Integrated and Sustainable Development of the 100 + Villages of Albania 2022 – 2026.

The Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion, harmonized with the national programme of the Albanian Government for the Socio-economic development of the country “Programme for Integrated and Sustainable Development of 100+ Villages of Albania 2022-2026”, has started the implementation with Municipalities selected from a 2- stage evaluation process. The public call for...

CINEMA – THEATER “Aleksandër Moisiu”

 Kavaja opened the doors of the cinema theater “Aleksandër Moisiu” already completely reconstructed thanks to the grant given under the Grant Scheme in Support of the Earthquake Affected Areas. This building from 1938-1943, located in the heart of the city, has remained closed for more than three decades, subjecting it to decadence and demolition. Thanks

The inauguration of the concert hall “Ramiz Kovaçi”

The inauguration of the concert hall “Ramiz Kovaçi” was a very important event not only for Krutan artists, who for twenty years have not had the opportunity to show their talent on a real stage, but also for all art lovers and citizens of Kruja . The concert hall “Ramiz Kovaçi” already meets the standards

Lezha with two New Bridges over the Drin!

Another successful project was inaugurated under the Grant Scheme in Support of Earthquake Affected Areas! The project was inaugurated today in the presence of the Mayor of Lezha, Mr. Pjerin Ndreu and the Ambassador of Switzerland in Albania, Mr. Adrian Maitre. The Regional Development Program in Albania continues with the implementation and monitoring of projects

A nursery for Happy children

“A nursery for Happy children” is the first inaugurated project in the frame of the Grant Scheme in Support to the Earthquake Affected Areas supported by the Swiss and Austrian governments. Municipality of Kamza, one of the beneficiaries of the Grant Scheme which is being implemented by the Regional Development Programme in close collaboration with

Project cycle Management- Region 3

The first round of trainings for “Project cycle Management” is successfully finalized. Regional Development Program Albania on 25-26 November 2021 in close coordination with the Albanian School of Public Administration- ASPA finalized the first cycle of training for the municipalities of Region 3. This training was conducted for all municipalities of the country and was

Project cycle Management- Region 4

The Regional Development Program Albania continues with the first round of trainings for “Project Cycle Management” on 08-09 November 2021 for the 20 municipalities of Development Region 4, in close coordination with the Albanian School of Public Administration, ASPA. This training, which is taking place for all municipalities of the country, is the first training

On the Spot Check in the Municipality of Rrogozhina and the Municipality of Kavaja

On the Spot Check in the Municipality of Rrogozhina and the Municipality of Kavaja

On October 20, 2021, the Albania Regional Development Program and the Albanian Development Fund conducted field visits to the Municipality of Rrogozhina and the Municipality of Kavaja to closely follow the interventions being carried out at the Palace of Culture “Haxhi Memolla” and the cinema theater “Aleksandër Moisiu” , under the Grant Scheme in Support

Project cycle Management- Region 1

The Regional Development Program Albania is organizing these 2 days the second round of training for “Project Cycle Management” with the municipalities of the Development Region Kukës – Shkodër – Lezhë, in close coordination with the Albanian School of Administration Public, ASPA.

First step finalised – Evaluation of Concept Notes in the frame of the Grant Scheme on Regional Development and Cohesion

First step finalised – Evaluation of Concept Notes in the frame of the Grant Scheme on Regional Development and Cohesion

Regional Development Programme Albania in close collaboration with Albanian Development Fund have finalised the first stage of the evaluation procedure for the applications delivered within the deadline of the Call for Proposals in the frame of the Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion. 61 applications were delivered within the 20th of August 2021, out

Project cycle Management- Region 2

The Regional Development Program Albania, organised on September 29 & 30 the first round of trainings for “Project cycle Management” with the 11 municipalities of the Development Region 2 Tirana – Durres – Dibra, in close coordination with the Albanian School of Public Administration, ASPA. This training, which will take place in the future for

Corrigeum of Call for Proposal for the Grant Scheme Regional Development and Cohesion

Corrigeum of Call for Proposal for the Grant Scheme Regional Development and Cohesion

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Kindergarten project in Babrru-Center

Kindergarten project in Babrru-Center

Regional Development Program Albania, representatives of the Swiss Embassy and representatives of the Albanian Development Fund organised a joint meeting with the municipality of Kamza in the framework of the implementation of the project of a nursery on Babrru Qendwr. This project, implemented by the Municipality of Kamëz, has been selected on the framework of

Two bridges on the Drin river project

Two bridges on the Drin river project

Regional Development Program Albania, representatives of the Swiss Embassy and representatives of the Albanian Development Fund organized a joint meeting with the municipality of Lezha in the framework of the implementation of the project of two bridges on the Drin River. This project, implemented by the Municipality of Lezhë, has been selected on the framework

The Cinema Theater of the city of Kavaja  is being renovated thanks to the support of the Swiss Government and the Austrian Government .

The Cinema Theater of the city of Kavaja is being renovated thanks to the support of the Swiss Government and the Austrian Government .

The Regional Development Program in close cooperation with the Albanian Development Fund / Albanian Development Fund, in the framework of advancing the regional development reform and cohesion are implementing the grant scheme in support of the areas affected by the earthquake. Financial and technical support for capacity building of local institutions is one of the

RDPA Gant Scheme implementation!

RDPA Gant Scheme implementation!

The Malaj-Tarazh area (villages Malaj, Tenë, Bungaj, Tarazh) in Mirditë Municipality, is being equipped with a water supply network that will provide water for agricultural lands, thus increasing the agricultural, economic and tourist potential for the whole area. 378 family farms and agribusinesses will benefit from this project that is being implemented by the Municipality

“QUESTIONS & ANSWERS” / 15 – 30 July 2021

“QUESTIONS & ANSWERS” / 15 – 30 July 2021

In the framework of the Grant Scheme on Regional Development and Cohesion published on 15 July 2021, with the support of Swiss Development Cooperation Agency and Austrian Development Agency, RDPA prepared the “Questions and Answers” document, providing further clarifications on the grant scheme.

Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion info-sessions

Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion info-sessions

Regional Development Program in Albania in partnership with the Albanian Development Fund, conducted four info-sessions for the Second Grant Scheme for Regional Development and Cohesion. The info-sessions were held respectively in Shkodra for Region 1, in Tirana for Region 2, in Korca for Region 3 and in Vlora for Region 4. The participants in these meetings were the representatives of the...
The Regional Development Programme Albania, in collaboration with the Albanian Development Fund, is publishing the second Grant Scheme which focus is on regional development and cohesion.

The Regional Development Programme Albania, in collaboration with the Albanian Development Fund, is publishing the second Grant Scheme which focus is on regional development and cohesion.

The Grant Scheme has been prepared in alignment with the “Programme for Integrated and Sustainable Development of 100+ Villages of Albania 2022-2026” implemented by ADF,as the objectives of “100 villages” programme contribute to the RDPA objectives. The scope and nature of the second Grant Scheme on Regional Development and Cohesion shall focus on regional development

“The monument that awakens Tourism”, Presqop, Petrele

“The monument that awakens Tourism”, Presqop, Petrele

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The RDPA Extraordinary Steering Committee Meeting 24.02.2021

The RDPA Extraordinary Steering Committee Meeting 24.02.2021

The Regional Development Programme in Albania (RDPA) IV is a joint and ongoing effort, in support of Regional Development Reform in Albania, co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), and implemented in partnership with the Government of Albania. Following the coordination and joint work, on 24.02.2021,

8 awarded projects in the frame of the Grant Scheme in Support to the Earthquake Affected Areas

8 awarded projects in the frame of the Grant Scheme in Support to the Earthquake Affected Areas

Successful completion of proposals evaluation under RDPA Grant Scheme in support of the earthquake affected areas All municipalities eligible for financing under the RDPA Grant Scheme in support of the earthquake affected areas worked on the preparation of matured projects and submitted 13 applications. Albanian Development Fund as Mandated Body for the grant scheme implementation

Albanian Parliament approves the ‘Law on Regional Development and Cohesion’

Albanian Parliament approves the ‘Law on Regional Development and Cohesion’

The Assembly of Albania, in the plenary session of July 29, 2020, under the chairmanship of Mr.Gramoz Ruçi, among others, reviewed and approved the draft law ‘On Regional Development and Cohesion’. This Law drafted by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Albanian Development Fund (ADF), with the support of the Program of

The ‘Parliamentary Commission on Economy and Finance’ approves the draft law ‘On Regional Development and Cohesion

The ‘Parliamentary Commission on Economy and Finance’ approves the draft law ‘On Regional Development and Cohesion

The parliamentary Commision on Economy and Finance, chaired by Mrs. Milva Ekonomi, approved in today’s virtual meeting the draft law “On regional development and cohesion” drafted by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Albanian Development Fund / Albanian Development Fund with the support of the Program of the Swiss and Austrian Governments

The Draft Law on Regional Development and Cohesion is approved by the Parliamentary Commission on European Integration

The Draft Law on Regional Development and Cohesion is approved by the Parliamentary Commission on European Integration

The Commission for European Integration, chaired by Mrs. Rudina Hajdari in the virtual meeting of July 22 reviewed and approved two draft laws “On regional development and cohesion”, drafted by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Albanian Development Fund (ADF) with the support of the Swiss and Austrian Governments Program for Regional

Launching of the RDPA grant scheme in support to earthquake affected areas in Albania

Launching of the RDPA grant scheme in support to earthquake affected areas in Albania

The Regional Development Program in Albania (RDPA), a project of SDC and ADA, on July 20, 2020 launched the Grant Scheme in support of areas affected by the earthquake, in an activity held at the premises of the Durres Amphitheatre. This activity took place, under the special participation of H.E. Adrian Maitre, Ambassador of Switzerland

“QUESTIONS & ANSWERS”/1 – 30 July 2019

“QUESTIONS & ANSWERS”/1 – 30 July 2019

In the framework of the Grant Scheme in Support to Earthquake Affected Areas published on 20 July 2020, launched by the Regional Development Programme Albania with the support of Swiss Development Cooperation Agency and Austrian Development Agency , RDPA prepared the “Questions and Answers” document, providing further clarifications on the grant scheme.

Call for applications for the RDPA Grant Scheme in support to the earthquake affected areas in Albania

Call for applications for the RDPA Grant Scheme in support to the earthquake affected areas in Albania

Regional Development Programme in Albania (RDPA), a project of SDC and ADA implemented in partnership with the Albanian Development Fund (ADF), is launching a Grant Scheme in Support to the Earthquake Affected Areas. This grant scheme is initiated as in instrument with the global objective to support all communities and local governments directly affected from

Regional Development Programme Albania: Reflecting and Preparing for Phase IV

Regional Development Programme Albania: Reflecting and Preparing for Phase IV

RDPA Team is enthusiastic to finalise phase 3 and continue its support within phase 4 of the Programme toward the official counterparts, ensuring all support and expertise needed to advance the regional policy reform and set up all needed structures for a successful future implementation…

National Framework for Regional Development: a new Approach at Reducing Regional Disparities

National Framework for Regional Development: a new Approach at Reducing Regional Disparities

March 2019

The preparation of the Regional Development Policy in Albania, a process assisted and supported by RDPA, aims at addressing the key challenges and development obstacles that the country needs to overcome….

RDPA ALBANIA KICKS OFF PHASE IV

RDPA ALBANIA KICKS OFF PHASE IV

1 April 2019

The main objective of RDPA phase IV remains the reducing of disparities in Albania by supporting the development of strong regions, so they can advance their potentials and provide better social and economic conditions for their citizens.

Regional Pilot Grant Scheme: Improving the Lives of Local Communities in 16 Municipalities

Regional Pilot Grant Scheme: Improving the Lives of Local Communities in 16 Municipalities

46 Municipalities applied with concrete proposals addressing immediate local needs, resulting in 16 awarded projects …

Regional Development in Albania in the loop of EU integration

Regional Development in Albania in the loop of EU integration

September 2018

The aims of stimulating regional development, which is grounded on the European standards and principles is required to be established as basic directions for regional growth, thus aiming at the achievement of a more balanced regional development and towards more efficient exploitation of natural and economic potentials in regions…

Study Visit in Portugal: A rich learning experience on EU regional development approach

Study Visit in Portugal: A rich learning experience on EU regional development approach

16-22 September

Regional Development Programme Albania (RDPA), financed by the Swiss and Austrian Governments, successfully finalized the planned Study Visit “Learning from EU Experience on Regional Development” conducted in Portugal during 16 – 22 September 2018.

Regional Development and EU Cohesion Policy: A Tailored Approach towards Regional Development Needs

Regional Development and EU Cohesion Policy: A Tailored Approach towards Regional Development Needs

September 2018

Cohesion Policy is the EU’s main investment policy that targets all regions and cities in the European Union in order to support job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth, sustainable development, and improve citizens’ quality of life…

RDPA awards 16 Grants to Municipalities (Regional Pilot Grant Scheme)

RDPA awards 16 Grants to Municipalities (Regional Pilot Grant Scheme)

In the framework of the RDPA Regional Pilot Grant Scheme, 16 grants were awarded to finance small-scale infrastructure interventions …

RDPA Pilot Grant Scheme Projects Selection

RDPA Pilot Grant Scheme Projects Selection

Today, 18 June 2018, RDPA notified all the applicant municipalities that applied under the RDAP Pilot Regional Grant Scheme on the outcome of the Evaluation Process. The list of the selected applications will be published after the termination of the complaint period. In the framework of the #RDPA Regional Pilot Grant Scheme (https://bit.ly/2HxgLRW) 47 Municipalities applied. The

A corrigendum for the Call for Proposals published on 11 April 2018

A corrigendum for the Call for Proposals published on 11 April 2018

A corrigendum has been issued for the Call for Proposals published on 11 April 2018. Please click here to access the corrigendum.   RDPA Pilot Regional Grant Scheme Call for Proposals Corrigendum in PDF    Budget Form Updated.

“GRANT ASSESSORS” FOR THE RDPA PILOT REGIONAL GRANT SCHEME

“GRANT ASSESSORS” FOR THE RDPA PILOT REGIONAL GRANT SCHEME

  The Regional Development Programme Albania (RDPA) – Phase III is a joint effort to support the regional development reform in Albania, co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Austrian Development Agency and implemented in partnership with the Government of Albania. Within this framework, RDPA III announces a vacancy for short-term

RDPA Regional Pilot Grant Scheme Launched

RDPA Regional Pilot Grant Scheme Launched

61 Municipalities of Albania, have the opportunity to apply for funding, to support small-scale local infrastructure projects and ..

Regional Development in Albania, towards a new sustainable endogenous growth

Regional Development in Albania, towards a new sustainable endogenous growth

In its recent history Albania has undergone a profound and accelerated process of economic, social and territorial change. The progress of the country has brought along new challenges and opportunities, which should be converted in coherent economic, social and territorial development policies in order to ensure a sustainable endogenous growth.

Sustainability in Regional Development  (key definitions & implications)

Sustainability in Regional Development (key definitions & implications)

The regional development approach came in the loop after past development policies failed to reduce regional disparities and were not able to help underdeveloped regions to catch up, despite the allocation of significant public funding. Regional development policy became increasingly important as governments of many countries have sought to address the persistent problems of underdeveloped

RDPA 1st Steering Committee

RDPA 1st Steering Committee

On February 14th, 2018, Regional Development Programme in Albania, will conduct its first General Stirring Committee. This event will gather key actors of the Programme including partners of the Project, Institutional Counterpart, stakeholders and donors to present and discuss the most important developments during one year. The event will be an opportunity to exchange perspectives

RDPA introduces the ‘partnership approach’ with RDA-s

RDPA introduces the ‘partnership approach’ with RDA-s

The four established working teams in each RDA ensure knowledge, expertise and gender balance. Such teams composed with members from different backgrounds help to better understand and draft the diagnosis/analysis for the Regional Development in the respective regions While the term ‘region’ in itself can be used broadly to define different territorial, administrative or cultural