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AEIDL is the European Association for Information on Local Development (Association Européenne pour l'Information sur le Développement Local).

It was founded in 1988 and is based in Brussels. Its members are around 30 individuals who are involved in and expert on local development, and currently come from a dozen European Union countries. Its activities include carrying out projects to promote local development, and implementing contracts for public authorities, especially at EU level. It employs approximately 20 staff. It is a non-profit organisation and devotes its trading surpluses to the furtherance of its objectives, which are:

  • the promotion of social Europe in a spirit of integration;
  • the facilitation of transnational co-operation by means of exchanges, contacts and partnerships among persons and organisations;
  • the creation, management and broadening of transnational networks of physical and legal persons, especially those having the object of economic, social and cultural development;
  • activities of information, study and research, technical assistance, publishing and communication ancillary to the objects mentioned above.

For nearly 10 years (1992-2001) AEIDL animated the EU's main rural development programme, LEADER. It strongly supports the principles of community-led local development (CLLD) developed during LEADER.

Its current workload includes:

  • communication for the LIFE programme
  • helpdesk of the European Evaluation Network for Rural Development, as part of the RurEval consortium
  • the support unit for the European Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET), as part of the Devnet consortium
  • technical assistance for transnationality and innovation in the European Social Fund (until 2013)

It is a founder member of ECOLISE, the European Network for Community-led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability.