Local Development

Encouraging sustainable human development by valuing local resources


Innovative and participatory methodologies stand at the centre of our work in development cooperation. We offer research and technical assistance throughout every phase of the local development process, including needs analysis, strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, and actions promoting sustainable human development.

Our main activities are:

  • Diagnostic studies on development, sustainability, and resilience of socio-economic sectors and supply chains
  • Creating and testing innovative models, participatory governance, and local development
  • Supporting policy design for developing and upgrading Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)
  • Measuring well-being and quality of life at the local level


Some of our other activities address the certification and sustainability of local productive systems. This includes:

  • Implementing ethical and environmental brands
  • Creating integrated procedures for sustainable supply chains and local systems of production
  • Helping organizations become compliant with international standards of management and production


Keywords: sustainable tourism, circular economy, start-ups, young entrepreneurs, migration and local development, industrial clusters, business ethics.


Scientific Coordinator:

Prof. Mario Biggeri (University of Florence)

Contact us:

Local Development Unit Coordinator

Andrea Ferrannini

Email: andrea.ferrannini[at]arcolab.org

Find out a selection of our projects on Local Development

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