Bridge agreements have had a positive effect on regional development

MDI carried out a study  for the Ministry of Employment and the Economy on the operating model, process and effects of bridge agreements between the state and the regions and presented proposals for developing the operating model. In 2018–2020, the state entered into bridge agreements with Southwest Finland, Kainuu, Pirkanmaa and North-Savo to identify and resolve growth bottlenecks in these regions. According to the study, the agreements have had many positive effects, such as closer cooperation between the state and the regions. Bridge agreements have also increased the purposefulness and coherence of regional development.

Five measures are proposed to develop the bridge contract procedure:

  1. More precise delimitation of the focus in the area.
  2. Clear definition of the roles and responsibilities of regional and state representatives during the bridge contract process.
  3. Listing key bridge contract objectives by region, developing appropriate monitoring indicators and reviewing them every 6 months.
  4. Clarification of the financial package and payment of earmarked money to enable the implementation of the bridge package.
  5. Building a bridge contract model in such a way that it encourages and motivates all regions both for the development of their own region and for cooperation with other regions.

A sustainable green transition is achieved by investing in the diversity of RDI activities – the AGDA project continues to work on this theme

AGDA is a Nordic development project funded by the Nordic Gender Equality Fund (NIKK). The project focuses on the opportunities that a greater focus on diversity and inclusion could create in the RDI-field, particularly in respect of green transition.

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MDI leads the co-creative process of developing, piloting and sharing practices for wellbeing in Sustainable Cities

The challenge bundle work is the cross-cutting co-development of the “Sustainable City” programme, co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, with the aim of producing and sharing information, knowledge and solutions to the challenges linking cities’ management and practice in the area of leading work towards sustainability. The work produces concrete development measures, new ways of doing things and peer learning.

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A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?

Although remote working and place-independent work have already been examined extensively from both the public administration implications and individual perspectives,…

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