MDI supported the Leader groups in Päijät-Häme and Pohjois-Kymenlaakso (Etpähä, Päijänne-Leader and Pohjois-Kymen Kasvu) in the strategy process for the new programming period during the autumn of 2020.
Based on statistical data, MDI prepared descriptions of the current state of the regions and mapped the needs of the regions and networks through group governments and stakeholders. In addition, MDI conducted virtual workshops for Leader groups to analyse regional resources and development needs for local development strategies 2021-2027. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the workshops were conducted virtually.
The sparring of strategy work supported the search of the first phase of Leader groups which started in spring 2020. The strategy work of the Leader groups continues independently with the elaboration of local development strategies.