The capacity of a society to successfully tackle current challenges is very much linked to the capacity of its different parts to stand together and to permanently readapt collective answers to ever changing needs.
Social economy plays a key role in this regard. This is due not at least to its large potential to mobilise and involve different members of local communities in defining their real needs and in developing appropriate responses that serve the general interest. An increasing number of actors, including policy-makers at different level, therefore consider the social economy an important partner. Moreover, partnership has become a main condition for the implementation of the new programming period of the European Structural and Investment Funds (Regulation 1303/2013, Art. 5).
REVES supports, since 1996, the creation and strengthening of partnerships between the social economy and local/regional authorities, for a most fair, inclusive, participative and responsible society.
With the Award, the network would like to make this kind of alliance and its success more visible. At the same time, it aims to foster the emergence of new partnerships between these two actors.
After the huge success of the first edition of the REVES Award in 2013 with more than 60 applications, more than 200 participants in the award ceremony (June 2013, Brussels) and the presentation of the winners during a special event hosted by the MEP Jens Nilsson at the European Parliament, REVES decided to continue with the award on bi-annual basis.