Synergy of social and human capital in rural development – Czech and German cases
The paper is focused on specialised organizations for the education and creation of human capital within the rural areas, which are called “Schools for Rural Renewal”. Attention is also paid to a relatively new phenomenon in networking and social capital creation within the rural areas which is called “Regional Educational Cooperative” and which could be the inspiration for rural areas in the Czech Republic. The main aim of the paper is to examine the role of these organisations within the process of knowledge creation in rural areas and also to identify the synergy effect of social and human capital. From the methodological point of view, mainly secondary analysis and semi-standardised interviews with actors in rural development are used. How are social and human capitals used in rural development, what are the impacts of the application of these concepts in rural areas in the Czech Republic? This paper should provide the answers to these essential questions.
Helena Hudečková, Jakub Husák and Rudolfina Voleská
The paper is focused on Family Policy of rural municipalities. National strategic documents, documents intended for implementation of Family Policy at regional and local levels and local plans/conceptions for Family Policy within municipalities of up to 5,000 inhabitants are analysed. Special attention is paid to the competition: “Family-friendly Community”. Results of the analysis show that this competition does not fulfil its mission, despite the favourable environment for Family Policy within rural municipalities. The results of the study in accordance with generally prevailing opinion show, that it is not efficient to elaborate conceptions of Family Policy within such small municipalities.