The LEADER programme is now in its third generation. LEADER I marked the beginning of a new approach in 1991 to rural development policy, which is territorially based, integrated and participative. In many aspects LEADER I was a pilot scheme which led to a “reconsideration of traditional delivery systems for rural development support” at national and regional levels. In LEADER II (1994 – 1999) this approach experienced a considerable expansion with an emphasis on the innovative aspects of projects. In that period the number of LAGs has risen substantially and implementation affected a number of areas almost five times greater than in the first period. LEADER+ (2000 – 2006) continues its role as a laboratory for the emergence and testing of new methods of integrated and sustainable development combining an endogenous approach with an approach of cooperation, networking and mobilisation. It has a strong focus on partnership and networks of exchange of experience.
Machold, Ingrid, Dax, Thomas (2004): LEADER - good practice in territorial rural development. Synthesis of case studies, Juli 2004, ESPON project 2.1.3. Wien. 7 Seiten.