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Since its inception in 1991, the European Community initiative LEADER became widely recognized as having been a successful and innovative pilot instrument to mobilise local actors in a bottom-up, territorial and integrated approach to pursue local development in rural areas.


A distinctive feature of LEADER is the implementation of integrated development programmes for local rural areas, drawn up and implemented by broad-based local partnerships, called Local Action Groups (LAGs).




LEADER presents local communities and policy makers with a win-win situation. Local actors have the opportunity to develop and implement integrated strategies specifically elaborated for the region, without the restrictions of priorities that may be too generic and that do not reflect the specific needs of their area. Moreover, local strategies contribute to the achievement of rural development policy objectives.


The Local Development Strategies in Malta have been planned to synergise with the national Rural Development Plan (RDP). They contribute to the RDP’s objectives whilst having the flexibility to implement innovative actions according to the area’s specific characteristics.


The main objectives of LEADER are to:


Support small-scale community projects which are innovative in nature;


Increase capacity of local rural community and business networks to build knowledge and skills;


Encourage innovation and cooperation in order to tackle local development objectives.


Leader Approach


Role of a LEADER

Local Action Groups 

Leader in Isolation


Seminar on LEADER


 Launch of the LDS Guidelines for Potential LAG's ​

Awards Ceremony- 19th January 2015 at Auberge D'Aragon

‘Identifying ways to improve Governance and Decision Making Processes’
14th November 2014 at the Palace Hotel Sliema






Contact Information:

 Contact Name 
Funds and Programmes Division
The Oaks Business Centre,
Block B,
Triq Farsons,
Ħamrun,  HMR 1321

2555 2608