Smart villages (in full, smart eco-social villages) is a rural development initiative based on a DG AGRI action that aims to support villages to identify and respond to current and future challenges by combining existing, including traditional capacities with better use of modern communications and other technologies.
A pilot project delivered by a consortium comprising Ecorys, Origin for Sustainability and R.E.D. runs from December 2017 until April 2019 with the overall aim of shaping ongoing discussion on the future of the “Smart Village” policy.
The pilot project has four main objectives: 1. To map opportunities and challenges in rural areas; 2. To provide a definition of “Smart Villages”; 3. To describe in detail existing best practices: ten best practices will be identified and analysed; 4. To investigate how to become a “Smart Village”: via supported action research in six case studies of rural villages aiming to become smart villages.
A consultation is currently underway on definitions of the term 'Smart Village', and remains open until April 27th 2018. Concurrently, the project is compiling best practice examples and candidate case studies.