IRES Institutet för Rysslands- och Eurasienstudier

Collaboration between Local Authorities and Small Firms for Local Development in Russia and Latvia

Project leader

Ann-Mari Sätre

Project period

1 December 2015 - 31 December 2016

Project description

The aim of the project is to strengthen regional capability on local authority level through joint activities (workshops, seminars) in selected districts in Russia and Latvia. The ambition is to demonstrate how a supportive and creative attitude towards small business development will be of social and economic benefit to the public and thereby a step towards local democracy. Such supportive attitude implies absence of corruption, creative interest, reduced bureaucracy and openness towards collaboration. The main data will be collected from local authorities (municipalities) and representatives of the small business sector and analysed with respect to factors (in and between these organisations) which can be assumed to have impact on efficiency and development. Additional, feed-back from these organisations on preliminary results as well as qualitative data from civic organisations and a small amount of academic experts are collected to facilitate interpretation of main data.  

The project was carried out in collaboration with the universities in Nizhny Novgorod, Veliky Novgorod, Latgale (Latvia), Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki) and The Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University. The project was a Seed Funding Project for which funding was received within the framework of the Swedish Institute Baltic Sea engagement programme.

Funding

Swedish Institute (Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Engagement Programme)