Any discussion we have with an AURORATM services potential beneficiary starts from defining an image on the community future, of its values, and on the goals to be taken. For this, the first service we deliver is to accomplish, to structure the ideas from the community in order to define a Local Strategy for Sustainable Development – LSSD.
Once the community future goals are clear, we can move to developing project for it, projects meant to put into practice the goals defined by the citizens.
In addition, in the communities where there are the necessary resources and development potential, we offer ourselves to facilitate the investments of some foreign companies, especially from German-speaking European areas (Austria, Switzerland, and Germany), promoting the local opportunities to our partners, also by the networks of the Chambers of Trade from the respective countries.
Sustainable Development Strategies
The art of master use of all available means to ensure success in a battle.
If we imagine that each community tries to achieve the development goals, those leading to the common welfare for all its members and for each citizen, as being in competition with other communities which, at their turn, follow to reach their welfare, then we have a vision on the role of a strategy, likely to its military meaning.
Consequently, the Local Sustainable Development Strategy must be realistic and consider all existing resources and opportunities, set up precisely what goals can be achieved and which cannot be, must explain in a persuasive way all directions and decisions that have to be taken. Its result will be an Action Plan, for at least 7 years, duration specifically chosen to avoid vision fragmentation which usually occurs at each electoral cycle.
Such a Strategy is very useful to exist in each community, not only to ensure the continuity and the efficiency of its projects but also even for accessing some development funds, as it is also a good tool for programming the community projects.
Nevertheless, the AURORATM Strategies are so conceived that, after their completion, the beneficiary communities may produce at least a community-benefit project, economic and/ or social benefits to cover at least the costs for their accomplishment.
The Stages of the Strategic Planning Process – the Procedures for drafting the Local Sustainable Development Strategy
1. Committee for Strategic Planning
This is the stage to set up the Committee for Strategic Planning (CSP), to be formed of the most outstanding members of the communities from the four (4) areas of impact/ analyses: [Social], [Economic], [Physical Resources, Infrastructure, and Public Management] and [Environment and Population Health]. The AURORATM recommendation is for setting up this CSP to invite persons from each of the above-mentioned areas, persons involved in accomplishing/ putting into practice the community social functions in all the four areas.
2. Evaluation of the local RESOURCES
The presentation of the AURORATM collected data to the Public Local Authorities/ local factors of analyze follows in order to confront them with those existing at local level and in order to rectify/ reconcile the information. The collected information is meant to create an image on the resources at the community level. Moreover, the data submitted for analyze are grouped on the four (4) areas of analyze comprised in the LSSD drafting.
The AURORATM gathered information comes from public sources, official ones such as the Ministry for Administration and Interior, the National Institute of Statistics, the County Education Inspectorates, Trade Register Offices, etc., but in the majority of the situations, there may be differences from the effective communities data, reason which this reconciliation is very important for.
3. Reconciliation of the RESOURCES value
Stage three consists in AURORATM performing an analyze of the reconciled information/ confirmed information by cooperation with the Local Public Authority/ local government in order to identify the existing Social Groups (SG), the Tensions in resources allowance at community level. The tensions are established by comparing the existing resources levels with a relatively agreed normal level, in doing so setting up the abundance or the scarcity of certain resources at communities level or at the level of various social groups. Also, during this stage, it is to be calculated the gravity (attraction) effect which other communities put on the citizens of the respective community.
4. Poll on the citizens’ NEEDS
During the fourth stage, the process of poll on citizens’ opinions is to start in order to identify their Needs and the Intensities associated with each need. In this regard, a group of operators is to visit a number of households and/ or citizens to represent, in figures, about 10% of the entire population, depending on the community demographic size, on the complexity of the social groups’ network existing at community level, and on other factors of social concentration/ dispersion. A representative sample is to be made among them.
The purpose of polling the citizens’ needs is to effectively set up what they want for the future of their community, but, also, in agreement with the Local Public Authority/ local government other purposes may be set for it, that can generate a more clear image on the intended direction for community evolution.
The sample of standard questionnaire is to be adjusted to the community’s, to the social groups’, and to the citizens’ specific needs.
5. NEEDS analysis
The fifth stage consists in analyzing the obtained results from polling the citizens’ views in order to establish their needs and the specific intensities for these needs, getting the first image of the needs at the community level, as well as their hierarchy depending on the indicated intensities by the citizens/ the social groups. These results are to be discussed with the local decision-making factors and with the CSP members in order to get awareness on the poll results, and to verify their truth and feasibility. After this consultation process, the list with the subjects to discuss at the meeting with the citizens is to be established, as well as a first list of community goals such as the citizens see them.
The analyze of the community needs has as main purpose to set up the Intensity of citizens’ various needs, of community ones in order to be able to understand which of them has to be covered first from the existing Resources.
6. Meetings with the citizens
Their purpose will be to inform the citizens on the Needs that the polling and analyses have identified as being the most important ones, how they can be translated into community strategic goals, and to reconcile their importance to various social groups.
The discussions will have as purpose setting up the hierarchy to allow for the existing resources depending on the intensity of the expressed needs.
7. Identifying the feasible Goals
Stage seven is dedicated to the analyze of the obtained information so far, to the drafting of development scenarios, to identifying the scenarios feasibility and probability, and the associated goals, as well as their reconciliation with the consultation of the local decision-makers and of the CSP. In this stage, CPS and local decision-makers will be presented both the SWOT analyzes results on the four areas of strategic analyze, and the possible evolution scenarios, with the first draft of the Measures and Actions Plan, as well.
8. Drafting of the Measures and Actions Plan
The eighth stage will reconcile the goals to make the Measures and Actions Plan, values are to be identified (financial effort) to accomplish each goal, as well as the parties to contribute at its achievement and their contribution (the nature of contributions included), the associated deadlines for each project (till when they are to be developed, eventually on stages) and the responsible persons for achieving the goal/ the sub-objective.
Moreover, the Inventory of Community Projects is to be drafted, by correlating all information gathered in time, paper to be drafted together with the Local Public Authority/ Local Decision-maker.
9. Drafting the Local Strategy for Sustainable Development
Ninth stage is the one of effective drafting of the LSSD and of the Measures and Actions Plan, as appendix to the Local Strategy for Sustainable Development of the community, the presentation of the papers for Local Council’s approval. LSSD will present all information gathered in the process, starting from the local Resources and the allowance tensions, continuing with the identified Needs and the felt intensities, the analyses and the performed argumentation, the considered scenarios and it concludes with the final version of the Measures and Actions Plan.
AURORATM will make recommendations to the beneficiary, based on their own analyses and on the possible scenarios.
In addition, the document will be printed in a number of copies equal to number of local councilors + 3.
We can support you in drafting, writing and developing the community projects with European Development funds support, which significantly decreases the financial pressure on the local budget and it is a good opportunity for local development.
Their good planning and organization is a warranty for the respective community success.
Using the opportunities given by the European funded projects may provide for the community development, even under the current economic terms.
Identifying European or international partners, investors in local development or partners for European projects.
Moreover, we can support you for accomplishing partnership meant to energy efficiency, to develop agriculture activities or storage one, conditioning and processing of the agriculture products.
Budgetary Planning and Prognosis
Many local communities may face difficulties in the budgetary planning, and in estimating the budgetary levels for the perspective period, reason for which we consider useful to comprise this service in our tender.
Precisely, we offer to help you build a sustainable local budget, estimated for an average duration (3-5 years), which creates a higher independency to other funding sources, and builds a sustainable multiannual budget.
Investments Plan – Projects Inventory
Once the strategic goals defined, the funding sources for them should be planned, but, first of all, we have to know the funding needs for them.
Like in the case of the Action Plan, the deadline for such planning is at least for 5 years, especially for providing for the continuity in the community development.
The issue is not to get funding sources, but the knowledge related to “what is wanted”. Funding sources may be found if the projects are useful and efficient.
This service is comprised for AURORATM Local Strategies for Sustainable Development.
The results of strategies implementation and the assets in the community patrimony must be regularly submitted to evaluation.
Knowing the value of the public and private patrimony is very important, not only for accountancy purposes, but also for knowing the community and its citizens’ wealth.
In addition, the development projects and the transactions (sales) of real estate assets demand for the proper knowledge of their value.
Their regular evaluation may provide us an image on the evolution of the community wealth in time. The evaluation of the public patrimony will be as well an activity of particular importance for the following period.
Funding sources - VMB Partners
In order to accomplish the strategic goals and for the normal development of the projects, in the absence of their own funding sources, the communities have to ask for external funding sources such as banks or the funds resulted from obligations issuing.
By its partner, AURORATM provides support for finding out the best solutions for funding or co-funding of the projects (for instance, issuing of local obligations, funding from the stock market, and consultancy for finding out the best interests, identifying participations in the local communities, etc).
Courses and professional/ entrepreneurial and management training - FNTM
The permanent formation and education trainings refer particularly tp the persons working in the local public administrations, as they are agreed and certified by the National Agency of the Civil Servants(NACS). Depending on participants’ options we may choose a time for development and a location.
Among these, delivered by the teachers from the Academy of Economic Science Bucharest, we can provide you some courses of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, which are interactive and online, and do not require your travelling to certain location, but only to have an Internet connection.
Promotions and courses you may find by accessing the eLearning menu.