The Third Sector: The “Other” Actors of Rural Development, Andalusia 2000–2015
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AuthorCejudo García, Eugenio; Navarro Valverde, Francisco Antonio; Cañete Pérez, José Antonio; Ruiz Moya, Noelia
LEADERRural developmentThird sectorNon-profit associationsPublic policies
Cejudo-García, E... [et al.]. The Third Sector: The “Other” Actors of Rural Development, Andalusia 2000–2015. Sustainability 2021, 13, 13976. [https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413976]
SponsorshipMinistry of Economy, Industry, and Competitiveness, Research Project RURALWIN”. CSO2017-89657-P.
Civil society plays an essential role in the development of our rural areas. In spite of this, little research has been conducted on the role of non-profit organizations, often referred to in general terms as the third sector, within the framework of the LEADER program for rural development, especially in such a large geographical area as Andalusia, the study area of this research. The diversity of the groups that make up the “Others” group of rural development stakeholders is one of its most important characteristics. Over the course of the study period (2000–2015), these organizations have played a very significant role in Andalusia in both quantitative and qualitative terms. In order to find out more about the diversity of third sector organizations and to quantify and evaluate their importance, we carried out a detailed analysis of all the LEADER projects commenced in Andalusia between 2000 and 2015. The quantitative and quantitative results obtained highlight the diversity of these projects and how widely their presence varied from one type of rural area to the next. Our research reopens the debate about the growing role played by non-profit organizations in developed societies at a global level and within LEADER in particular.