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International territorial cooperation and local development: the case of Canelones (Uruguay) with spanish territories

ISSNISSN/ISBN: 0188-9834
ISSNYear: 2015
EditorialEditorial: Nóesis, Vol. 24, nº 48, july-december 2015.
Nº of PagesNº of Pages: 37
This paper analyzes the recent cooperation of Spanish territories (mainly the Canary Islands and Deputation of Barcelona) with Canelones, Uruguay from 2005 to 2010. The study uses information from in depth interviews, a survey to key actors, as well as bibliographical sources. The aim is to contribute to understand the motivations and foundations of cooperation between these territories, in order to analyze the advantages and opportunities of territorial cooperation to support processes of local and regional development. The paper argues that the most important contribution of territorial cooperation is not the support in physical infrastructure or the monetary amount of aid itself (funds), but refers to the generation of intangible assets for development. For instance, the joint learning resulting from the exchange of experience and the transfer of know-how and specific knowledge about dealing with similar challenges. 
 
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