LIVE ONLINE COURSE - Etorkizuna Eraikiz - Territorial Development Laboratory: A pioneer collaborative governance experience for territorial development


Cod. X82-20

The official languages of the Course are Basque, Spanish and English. There will be translation service to follow the Course in any of the languages

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The COVID-19 crisis has cast a spotlight on the major challenges of our socio-economic system and the complexity resulting from the inter-relations between them. The first months of the crisis have also shown that collaboration between agents and coordinated action accounts for more than just the sum of individual reactions and provides more effective responses to emerging problems. These first months have shown the value of collaboration and a search for synergies between agents. Yet it will be in the new scenario of renovation and reconstruction of economic activity and the development of territories that the full benefit of collaborative governance and collaboration amongst institutions will be felt. In this new and uncertain scenario, in which we will face a wide variety of profound challenges for which we have no prescribed solutions, it is more important than ever to pool the knowledge, vision and capacity for action of the different agents operating in the territory.

The Etorkizuna Eraikiz Territorial Development Laboratory is an experiment in collaborative governance for territorial development that has been operating in Gipuzkoa for the last eleven years. Its goal is to improve the efficiency of policies associated with different spheres of territorial development through collaboration between the different agents in the province and the autonomous community of the Basque Country. The trust relationships and areas of collaboration developed by the laboratory have provided to be an especially valuable instrument, enabling joint responses, tailored to the new needs of the territory in the two areas of work on which the laboratory is currently focusing: promoting competitiveness among small and medium-sized enterprises and developing strategies and policies for employability and inclusive activation of people in risk of social exclusion. In addition, the laboratory is also conscious of the particular impact of the current crisis on SMEs and the new problems that are emerging in the area of employability and it is now working to pool the efforts of many different agents from the territory to build long term responses for the development of Gipuzkoa.

Drawing on the laboratory's experience, this course seeks to provide a space for joint learning and reflection around issues of collaborative governance for territorial development, and to find ways in which these models can contribute to the development of shared strategies for the future, with particular emphasis on the new scenario and new emerging challenges.

What are the key issues and lessons for building models of collaborative governance and multi-tier inter-institutional collaboration? How can relationships of trust and collaboration be built between agents? What are the keys to keeping up the joint effort in the long run and for maintaining the determined action required by the urgency of the short-term issues? What responses can all the agents construct together to boost the competitiveness of SMEs? How can the ecosystem of economic promotion agents work together to build responses that will aid reconstruction and renovation of the economy? What are the main challenges in the area of employability and how can economic and social agents and institutions from the local, provincial and regional level offer a coordinated response? These are the questions about which agents from the territorial development laboratory and external experts from the area of competitivity, employability and collaborative governance will exchange experiences, lessons and reflections.


To share reflections on:

  • The key issues and challenges involved in developing models of collaborative governance for territorial development
  • The role of the ecosystem in boosting the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, with particular emphasis on new challenges arising in the reconstruction and renovation of economic activity following the COVID-19 crisis
  • The challenges of developing models of collaboration to promote the employability of people at risk of exclusion, particularly in light of the new issues raised by the COVID-19 crisis.

The course will also seek to generate collective knowledge with a view to advancing collaborative governance and responding to the short- and long-term challenges of the territorial development laboratory.

Activity directed to

  • University student
  • Teachers
  • Professionals
  • All public
  • Political and technical managers of Public Administrations


  • Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia
  • Streaming course
    • Society
  • 17.Sep
  • Online streaming
  • Spanish
  • Academic Validity: 10 hours