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Reves Network - European Network of Cities & Regions for the Social Economy
Projects

Projects are a useful tool for REVES members to jointly work on issues and challenges in the field of social inclusion, economy and local sustainable development. The objective is to find solutions that may be applied in different European cities and regions and therefore contribute to foster cohesion and solidarity on and between territories. Most often, these solutions are based on partnership between social economy, local authorities and other local actors. They seek to promote new forms of local governance. Respect and realization of principles such as solidarity, responsible entrepreneurship, participation and good governance are an integral part of measures and models that are conceived in a REVES project. A number of these projects go beyond mere theoretical considerations and exchange of good practice, as they also include a test phase to assess opportunities and limits of newly developed measures.

ONGOING PROJECTS

"Right(s) now! The role of social economy and its partners in promoting decent jobs"

Main objective of the project, that brings together social economy and trade unions, is to develop measures that would help transforming precarious work relationships by:

  • promoting conditions for quality work in enterprises, and/or
  • offering workers in precarious employment relationships an alternative and opportunities to liberate themselves from these conditions (e.g. through the creation of (social) enterprises based on cooperation and other values of social economy).

Activities will be carried out at EU level (REVES) and at local level through local working groups composed of social economy, trade unions and other local actors in three major metropolitan cities (Berlin, Rome and Stockholm).

More details can be found on the project information sheet (EN - FR)

this project is receiving funding from the European Commission EU


RECENT PROJECTS

"Territorial Quality Standards in Social Services of General Interest (TQS in SSGI)"

The objective of this project is to develop local mechanisms for a participatory (re-)definition and measuring of local quality standards for social services of general interest (SSGI) which would respond to local needs and provide an orientation to service users, services providers, local authorities and the local community.

More specifically, the project aims to develop and test:

  • Mechanisms to identify criteria for the definition of local quality standards: Who should participate in the definition of these standards, when and how, by which means etc.?
  • Mechanisms to ensure that local quality standards are coherent with national and European minimum requirements as well as with international benchmarks
  • Mechanisms to identify useful indicators for quality in SSGI
  • Mechanisms to improve local policies concerning the provision of SSGI, based on an analysis of local quality standards and their definition in the partner territories

More details can be found on the website.
You will find the first newsletter of the TQS project here.
You will find the second newsletter of the TQS project here.
You will find the third newsletter of the TQS project here.

this project has revceived funding from the European Commission EU


"UNITE - Undertaking intercultural exchange: joint and innovative actions for participatory integration" (Under: INTI - Preparatory actions 2006)

The aim of the UNITE project was to pool capacities and resources of different local actors so as to set up coherent local strategies for intercultural dialogue and participation.

Different channels, methods and places of participation, adapted to the needs of third country nationals and their local neighbours, were explored.

More details can be found on the project information sheet (EN - FR).
A CD-ROM containing all project results was published. You will, hereunder, a selection of downloadable reports and research summaries:

  • Introduction into the subject by Léonce Bekemans (EN - FR)
  • Relevant EU legislation (EN - FR)
  • Local research summary & Good practices (EN - FR)
  • UNITE experimentation - two examples (1 - 2)
  • Final recommendations (EN - FR)

this project has revceived funding from the European Commission EU


"DESEO - Development of districts of equal opportunities in social economy territories"

DESEO aims to analyze potentials for local clustering which gears towards improved mechanisms for an equal participation of women and men in economic and social life. By pooling experiences and resources of both local authorities and social economy operators, new methods of collaboration will be found.

DESEO partners focused on a concrete design of local clusters, which was to include a) innovative methods for the mutualisation of resources of several social economy organisations or social economy enterprises and local authorities; b) the improvement of services/structures of already existing clusters; c) criteria of local financing to support the above mentioned clusters; d) new approaches for a local valorisation of cluster experiences; e) elements for the evaluation of the performance of clusters fostering gender equality.

More details can be found on the project information sheet (EN - FR) or in the project publication (EN - FR - ES - IT - SE).

this project has revceived funding from the European Commission EU


"CARE-Community actions for the reconciliation of family and working life: enhancing the role of local authorities and social economy"

This project was developed in order to foster strategies supporting work-life balance and a stronger involvement of men into care for family members. Its objectives were to analyse best practices of local authorities and social economy actors that promote shared care for family members and an enhanced father?s role. Moreover, the project aimed to develop new childcare/elderly care models for the local community and to elaborate guidelines for the creation and improvement of local-based services destined to support shared care. Participants worked on a European benchmark related to local strategies that foster work-life balance. Finally, best practices were experimented. A guide of best practices was published in the end of the project.

More details can be found on the project information sheet (EN - FR) or in the project publication (EN - FR).

this project has revceived funding from the European Commission EU


"Portrayal of Women - promoting changes in the image of women's role in local governance"

The Project "Portrayal of Women - promoting changes in the image of women's role in local governance" (PoW) was developed in the framework of the Community Framework Strategy on Gender Equality (2001-2005).

The project aimed:

  • to identify and compare, on a European scale, good communication practices for a fair, well-balanced portrayal of gender,
  • to compare the efficacy of communication models, methodologies and processes and to facilitate the transfer of good practices through the development of benchmarking processes,
  • to promote a conscientious and respectful communication of gender equality, which avoids sexist stereotypes, and provide methodological guidelines to local authorities and social economy actors and
  • to portray new roles of women in the economic and social life.

More details can be found on the project information sheet (EN) or in the project publication (EN).

this project has revceived funding from the European Commission EU


"Exchange for inclusion: enhancing a common strategic approach - ECSA"

This project was the second phase of a wider process of definition of common approaches to combat social exclusion at local level, using tools that are applicable at European level.

The general objectives of the ECSA phase were:

  • to integrate European strategies and the national action plans into all local programmes concerning exclusion;
  • to find possible ways to include the concern for employment and for housing into all local programmes against exclusion;
  • to define pathways helping each territory to "read" different experiences and to take advantage of them;
  • to develop a systematic consultation between different territories in Europe on the aforementioned subject matters.


Several important test projects, based on national and local initiatives, are being carried out in the framework of the REVES approach Territorial Social Responsibility (TSR). For more information, please consult the category "TSR" on our website.

this project has revceived funding from the European Commission EU