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Garapen is a professional association that intends to bring together development agencies constituted by local institutions in the Basque Country, with the following aims:

  • To conceptualise endogenous economic development on the local level; work on its strategic development and operational application.
  • To promote the exchange of information and knowledge, developing collaboration and cooperation projects.
  • To offer services for agencies to develop synergies in programmes of common interest.
  • To build common criteria and positioning regarding issues within their spheres of action, before other public or private entities.

Garapen was created as an organisation-network based on reciprocal confidence and cooperation between its members, with a minimised flexible structure that will remain in financial balance.

Services to agencies


The principal services we offer to agencies are the following:

  • Information and advice: Information of interest to associated agencies by means of reports, bulletins, telephone attention, intranet.
  • Continual training: Training required by management and technical personnel in the agencies, so as to improve the services they offer.
  • Forums for thought: Forums that enable joint reflexion on challenges, trends and actions of strategic interest.
  • Knowledge management: Management and coordination of exchange of experience and methodologies between the agencies by means of work groups.
  • Project management: Through the joint presentation of projects of common interest. The critical mass of the collection of agencies make Garapen a platform with important possibilities to access and compete in European programmes and initiatives.
  • Promotion and dissemination of the work of the agencies: Actions to promote and disseminate the work carried out by the agencies by means of congresses, publications, tenders, press conferences, etc.
  • Institutional relations: Representation of the agencies before third parties by means of collaboration agreements.

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