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Why Participatory Appraisal of Competitive Advantage?

When local actors embark on a local economic development initiative, they want results, and they want them quick. Conventional approaches, however, often involve huge up-front investment in terms of time and money, it often takes long for proposals to come up, the proposals are not always practical and compatible with the local mindset. We have created PACA® as an action- and results-oriented methodology which is based on principles of rapid and participatory appraisal. Its basic elements are the following:

Successful local economic development initiatives depend, first and foremost, on the motivation, dedicatedness, and insistence of local actors. Identifying their latitude and motivation for action is a crucial task of a PACA® diagnostic, and any practical proposal must closely relate to the capabilities and the motivation of local actors.