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30 septiembre 2019Vitoria

Orkestra highlights the importance of multi-level governance at the Basque Parliament

Mari Jose Aranguren, director of the Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness, and Miren Larrea, researcher at the same Institute, presented their paper “Desarrollo territorial: la transición desde la multiplicidad de gobernanzas hacia la gobernanza multinivel" (“Territorial Development: the transition from the multiplicity of governances to multilevel governance”) at the Committee on Economic Development and Infrastructure of the Basque Parliament.

They explained to the Committee the work that the Institute has been carrying out over the last 12 years from the point of view of collaborative governance with various actors in order to facilitate an inclusive development model.

As Mari Jose Aranguren pointed out in her presentation, “It is a way of working, of organising ourselves in society,” and she stressed the importance of promoting this type of governance in the Basque Country in line with the territory's commitment to promoting an inclusive economic and social model.

In turn, Miren Larrea presented the main lessons learned from the cases in which Orkestra has been working in collaboration with the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, the Bilbao City Council and the Biscay Provincial Council using the “action-research” methodology. She talked about the importance of “valuing the role of the ‘other’ and recognising the ability to think strategically”, in order to build a governance model geared towards providing solutions in an effective and consensual manner.

Larrea also added that it is necessary to “understand what the collective capacities of the territory are”, but pointed out that “they are not the same as each person’s individual capacities or the collective capacities of each organisation.” She also underlined that “based on these collective capacities of the territory, solutions must be found to problems such as climate change, digitisation or ageing ”.

In her presentation, Larrea said that "the strategy is built in a learning process; you learn by doing and learn from action."

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