Byggdastofnun, Icelandic Regional Development Institute (Iceland, coordinator)
The Icelandic Regional Development Institute is an independent institution owned by the Icelandic state. The Institute monitors and researches regional development in Iceland. Its main function is to contribute to regional development through the implementation of government policy via the introduction of regional strategies.
Contact person:
Kristján Þ. Halldórsson,
Aitoliki Development Agency S.A. (Greece)
Aitoliki Development Agency is a private body with legal personality, established in 1994, by local administration authorities for the development of the region’s mountainous areas and agricultural sector through the management and implementation of European Programmes. The Agency contributes to the social, economic and environmental development of the region and manages an area that consists of two Western Greece Prefectures (Aitolokarnania and Evritania) and 5 municipalities (Nafpaktia, Messolonghi, Dorida, Karpenisi and Thermo).
Contact person: Chrisina Panagiotidis,
CESIE (Italy)

CESIE is a European Centre for Studies and Initiatives based in Palermo, Sicily. It is a non-profit, apolitical, and secular non-governmental organisation with member organisations in more than eight European countries. It was established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the pacifist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997). CESIE links local, national and international contexts and is committed to stimulating development and change in educational, cultural and economic spheres through the creation and use of innovative tools and methods.
Contact person: Emiliano Mungiovino,

Tora Consult Ltd. (Bulgaria)
Tora Consult is a private consulting company established in 2011 with activities focussing mainly on regional development, social inclusion and grant funding. The company offers services related to preparation of project proposals and project management under different EU and national grant funding programmes.
Contact person: Todor Todorov,
Tipperary County Council (Ireland)
Tipperary County Council (TCC) is the statutory local government authority for the whole county of Tipperary. TCC is made up of 40 Elected Members who are directly elected by the local community and employs approximately 1,000 people. The local authority is responsible for an extensive range of public services such as social housing, environmental functions (water, wastewater and waste), planning and development, libraries, arts and culture facilities, local roads and fire services. TCC plays the key role in supporting economic and social development at local level.
Contact person: Michael Moroney,
Haskolinn a Bifrost (Iceland)
Bifröst University was founded in Reykjavík Iceland in 1918 on the model of Ruskin College, Oxford, under the name Samvinnuskólinn or the Cooperative College. From the start its role was to educate leaders for business and society at large. The school was moved to Borgarfjörður in 1955, situated 110km north of the capital. Bifröst is the only Liberal Arts campus school in the country, it was accredited university in 1988, first only in Business, then also offering degrees in Law since 2002 and in Social Science since 2005. The three departments at Bifröst University are:  Department of Business, Department of Law and Department of Social Sciences.  One of the most important basic policies of the university is close collaboration with the services sectors, not least the rapidly growing tourist industry.
Contact person: Kari Joensen,