What is LEADER?

The LEADER programme is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014 – 2020, which is financed by the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The name LEADER comes from the French abbreviation for ‘liaison entre actions de développement de l’économie rurale’ which roughly translates to ‘links between actions for developing the rural economy’.

LEADER’s approach involves a rural development methodology which includes partnership, ‘bottom-up’ grass roots area development, innovation and co-operation.



Arwain Sir Benfro, is the Local Action Group for Pembrokeshire and is supporting projects which test new ideas that benefit Pembrokeshire and contribute to a competitive, productive and sustainable economy in Pembrokeshire. This is done with the support of LEADER funding.

LEADER is based on seven principles:

  • Local public-private partnership (Local Action Groups)
  • Area based local development strategies
  • Community participation – ‘bottom-up’ implementation of strategies
  • Integration
  • Innovation
  • Networking
  • Co-operation

The key advantages of the LEADER approach are:

  • Local people have a better knowledge of local challenges that need to be addressed and the resource and opportunities available
  • They are able to mobilise local resources for the development process in a way that does not happen with traditional “top-down” approaches
  • This gives local people a greater sense of ownership and commitment to the projects, which in turn allows them to make the best of their local assets
  • This approach can help develop trust and positive working relationships amongst local communities and businesses

Cross-cutting themes

  • Social inclusion
  • Tackling poverty
  • Equal opportunities
  • Uplands
  • Welsh language

Local Development Strategy

The Local Development Strategy (LDS) document outlines needs and opportunities identified for Pembrokeshire.