Catherine Smyth (Ballyhoura Development) presented an overview of the RurInno project and the structure of the project at an event hosted by Marie Curie Sklodowska Actions Ireland (MSCA), in Dublin on 10th May. The event was well attended by a wide range of civil society organisations, with the RurInno project presented as an example of a successful consortium and project collaboration under the Research & Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) funding stream.
There was significant interest from attendees in developing comparable transnational projects, with a keen interest not only in the funding stream but in the theme of social enterprise development as an engine of rural development. Catherine highlighted some of the preliminary findings and recommendations of the project team to date, and underlined the importance of the strong collaborative team in ensuring the project implementation. She highlighted the benefits which the project is generating, particularly in relation to increasing awareness of social enterprise at local government level, and the value of knowledge exchange and transfer afforded by the international secondments.