Smart Villages support in Belgium – Wallonia

How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?

No formal definition of ‘Smart Villages’ in Wallonia.

Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?

Digital is an important dimension of smart solutions developed by the Walloon smart villages. The stakeholders involved in the development of smart solutions, however, regularly remind that digital is only a tool for the benefit of the development of territories and that technology is not an end itself, but digital can be a lever for revitalising the territories.

Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?

Social innovation is an important dimension of smart solutions developed by the Walloon smart villages. The stakeholders involved (institutional and technical operators) in the development of smart solutions consider that social innovation must be at the heart of the driving forces behind the development of rural territories. The intelligent development of territories requires collective intelligence and the enhancement of the territories’ social capital.

How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?

Walloon Public Service (SPW)

W: https://www.wallonie.be/fr

Anne Dethy, Director 

E: anne.dethy@spw.wallonie.be

 

CAP 2014-2020

Indirectly, no specific interventions for Smart Villages, but smart project development through the action of several Walloon LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs).

CAP 2021-2027

No specific interventions for Smart Villages, support is provided indirectly through LEADER.

Xavier Delmon, Coordinator

E: x.delmon@reseau-pwdr.be

CAP Network support

Yes, specific Smart Villages network activities on Smart Villages: 

  • Training/ workshops on/ for Smart Villages
  • Seminar “Smart Rural Territories” of December 16, 2021
  • Regular dissemination of news/ information/articles in the Network’s communication media

How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?

Agence du numérique/Digital Wallonia (AdN)

W: https://www.digitalwallonia.be/fr

Isabelle Rawart

E: Isabelle.Rawart@adn.be

Direct support is provided.

 

Regional (non-EU funded)

Regional 2019 – Smart Region Project: Fourty territorial intelligent/ smart projects implemented, involving more than 50 towns and municipalities and six inter-municipal economic development. Budget of EUR 4 mln.

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Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce

The initial purpose of the taskforce in Wallonia has been to analyse and disseminate the experience acquired in the Walloon context by key Smart Villages actors – such as LAGs, Economic Development Agencies and Digital Wallonia – to other rural actors unfamiliar with the process/approach, in particular to prepare them to the future call for “smart territories” projects to be launched by Digital Wallonia in 2022. Through the work of the Taskforce, the gradual networking of the main rural actors concerned by the Smart Villages approach should make it possible to identify/define/specify the challenges to be met.

Smart Villages in Belgium – Wallonia

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Last update: August 23, 2022