Projects are a useful tool for REVES members to jointly work on issues and challenges in the field of social inclusion, job creation, access to finance, integration of disadvantaged persons into society and the labour market and local sustainable development more in general. 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.
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 projects with REVES leadership or participation of REVES (and its members). 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 within a specific local context.
COMPETE – Competences for effective labour market entry
Soft skills are considered by an increasing number of employers from different sectors a fundamental asset employees should bring along. A number of studies, however, certify a skills gap in this regard among young graduates.
COMPETE! brings together researchers and (online) universities, VET organisations, players from the IT sector and organisations representing (social economy) enterprises to tackle this challenge!
Together they will:
- carry out research on skills gaps and mismatches,
- further explore the potential of serious games and gamification in improving skills of recent graduates,
- develop a gamified tool promoting the acquisition of soft skills,
- compile and test a training package including the game, but also other didactic material, and
- disseminate project results, among them the COMPETE! manual and toolkit, among a diversity of stakeholders to encourage further use and development.
Integral Ecology for Childhood Rights (EIDI)
The project “Integral ecology for childhood rights” (short EIDI) has been developed by a partnership between public and private social organizations of two Italian cities characterized by substantial differences, but with a common vision: Messina and Brescia.
Focusing on children, families and the larger community in which children grow up, this project is developing actions of “behavior change” that start from 9 months of pregnancy and accompany the first two years of life of the child (visits at the home of families, information on available services and promotion of universal access to services, informing parents about the importance of choices which are crucial when laying the foundations for a healthy growth of the child, promoting aloud reading and listening to music.
In addition to these activities focused on the child and its immediate social context (the family), other actions promote the growth of a community that can generate alternatives in the areas of human functioning (reference to Sen’s Capability approach) of newborn children and their families (knowledge, sociality, work).
The project was selected by Con i Bambini within the framework of the Fund to combat child educational poverty. The Fund is the result of an agreement between the Foundations of banking origin represented by Acre, the National Forum of the Third Sector and the Government. It supports interventions aimed at removing economic, social and cultural obstacles that prevent children from fully enjoying the educational processes. In order to implement the Fund’s programmes, in June 2016 the social enterprise Con i Bambini was set up, a non-profit organisation entirely owned by the Fondazione CON IL SUD. www.conibambini.org
The project Capacity seeks to give inhabitants of three disadvantaged areas of Messina, in particular those living in the barrack settlements, the opportunity to become (again) protagonists of their own life. Simply eliminating the barracks and providing their occupants with more decent housing is an important step, but would not be enough.
Referring to Amartya Sen’s capability approach, the project develops a set of inter-connected actions which aim to create alternatives in the principal areas of human functioning: housing, work, social relations and knowledge. It also integrates elements linked to security and environment. The second, crucial pillar of the initiative is the continuous accompaniment by social workers and social mediators in order to provide families/persons with all information they need to make choices and to feel supported in situations they might never have known before.
Presenting CAPACITY (video)
COOPCAMP sought to improve knowledge about the cooperative model and related competences among secondary high-school students, with a particular attention to students from scientific and technical schools. In particular, young students should be put in a position to understand the peculiarities of the model and how to set up and manage a cooperative. Indeed, the cooperative model is rarely a “first choice” for youngsters, even holding relevant technical skills and competences. Most often, they access weakened forms of employment and join the cooperative model only as a last choice, in the event of industrial crisis. On the contrary, the cooperative model fits particularly well this specific target, as it focuses on personal capabilities rather than the availability of capital.
In order to achieve this general objective, the “Coopcamp” project pursued the following specific objectives:
- Improve the development of instruments to increase the capability of the traditional training system to mainstream cooperative-related disciplines into training curricula, mainly within secondary technical education schools. Such instruments include traditional technical skills, as well as behavioural competences to manage a cooperative, enshrined into a new narrative about the cooperative model, easily understandable by young people lacking specific background.
- Implement a training process mixing frontal training, digital training, internship experiences in existing cooperatives and simulation of creation of a cooperative enterprise. This specific objective looks crucial in order to achieve the general objective, as it seeks to connect different learning experiences by “going towards” the learners. Indeed, the aim here is to generate the interest and the capabilities of the students by merging the cooperative model into a familiar environment for the specific target.
- Pilot the “coopcamp” training process at regional and local level in a relevant number of different regional contexts (12) from different countries (5), embedding it in existing learning processes. The aim of piloting is to test the tools generated by the project, while at the same time to concretely reach out a relevant number of students (primary target) and of schools (secondary target), which is an important step towards the achievement of the general objective.
- Pursue the simulation of the creation of a European Cooperative, made of young students coming from 5 different countries, in order to mainstream the European value(s) of cooperative entrepreneurial model
- Create a network of young students and schools to act as multiplier of the “coopcamp” learning process, in order to generate a real European learning process, facilitated by the use of the digital learning platform.
The COOPCAMP consortium: REVES AISBL, Cooperativa Sociale AGORA (IT), CONCERTES – Concertation des organisations représentatives de l’économie sociale ASBL (BE), COOMPANION Östergötaland (SE), COOMPANION – Kooperativ Utvleking Jämtland (SE), COOMPANION Göteborgsregionene (SE), FISE – Fundacja Inicjatyw Społeczno-Ekonomicznych (PL), LEGACOOP FVG (IT), UCOERM – Unión de Cooperativas de Enseñanza Región de Murcia (SP), UCOMUR (SP), Parsec cooperativa sociale (IT), Università Roma- Tor Vergata (IT), Sol.Co Camunia – Consorzio Cooperative Sociali (IT), Confcooperative BLTV (IT).
For more information: COOPCAMP website
EXPRESS Europe – EXchange of practices for refugees and migrants’ (self-) entrepreneurship
Express – Exchange of Practices for Refugees and migrants’ Self-entrepreneurship is an Erasmus+ project (Young and Active) that started in September 2019 and had been prolonged to 31 October 2021.
The Express project had as general objective to empower young migrants and refugees by creating and/or strengthening – where existing – supporting services for the development of self-enterprises.
– allowing partners’ organizations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at transnational level, share and confront ideas, practices and methods and structure an EXPRESS network between different type of organizations that are dealing or willing to approach work integration of young migrants/refugees through self-entrepreneurship;
– collecting all practices shared among partners and covering the entire value chain for self- entrepreneurship schemes across Europe, that can be divided as follows: a) competence assessment of young migrants/refugees; b) training on self-entrepreneurship; c) mentoring scheme; d) informative campaign; e) networking activities; f) support to access financing/social financing.
– Spreading knowledge and sharing project results to raise awareness and start-up a dedicated network (community of practices).
More information: http://expresseurope.eu/
Master Parenting in Work and Life (MASP)
MASP aimed to change the perspective of balance between work and private life moving towards a work-life synergy concept, to encourage a more equal share of care responsibilities between women and men and to stimulate higher women participation in the labour market.
Project activities included: research and analysis of best practices of work-life balance strategies; sharing of best practices through workshops and study visits; training activities for employers, management consultants and staff of employment services; dissemination and communication activities; social impact and policy evaluation. Main outputs are a) a model programme for public authorities promoting employability of unemployed women (mothers) and b) a model programme for enterprises encouraging the promotion of work-life synergy for employees. The project will ran from February 2019 to March 2021.
More information on MASP can be found on the website of the City of Milan as well as on the REVES website. Have a look at the podcasts realised by REVES on a diversity of topics related to gender equality and work-life balance.
EMEN – European Migrant Entrepreneurship Network
The project had the objective to establish three communities of practice (CoPs) which shared information and knowledge and disseminate good practice on three areas that are key to supporting migrant entrepreneurship in the short to medium term:
- Coaching and mentoring (led by Social Impact gGmbH, Berlin)
- Microfinance (led by THUAS-FINE, The Hague)
- Professionalisation of migrant entrepreneurs’ associations and diversity management in chambers of commerce (led by UNITEE, Brussels)
For more information click here.
The main objective of EMISE+ was to develop a European strategy concerning social economy entrepreneurship among job seekers in retraining, young designers, employees in training.
The project had three main objectives:
- To realize the European Qualifications Framework, around the core competencies of the social economy entrepreneur, through the experimental creation of 4 groups relays of social economy entrepreneurs in Hungary, Italy, Spain and France.
- To improve innovation and creativity, strengthening transnational cooperation within and between the world of education and that of employment.
- To identify and promote different measures of the social impact achieved, mainly based on the social utility and innovation.
Social Innovation Community – SIC
Social innovations are essentially new approaches to meeting social needs and addressing societal challenges, across Europe and beyond, as outlined in the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Horizon 2020 Programme and reflected in the global SDGs launched in 2015 by the United Nations.
The aim of the SIC was to create an inclusive ‘network of networks’ of social innovation actors to generate, develop and scale up successful social innovations and to share and spread the best practices of a new SI culture, in order to improve policymaking, cross-sector approaches and transnational collaborations for SI, towards the sustainability of its benefits.
The SIC consortium was made up of a diversity of actors (both practitioners and researchers), all active in the promotion and development of formal and informal social innovation networks.
For further information, please refer to: www.siceurope.eu
Launched in September 2014, consistently with Erasmus+, the project aims at contributing to the discovery and improvement of the level of key competences and skills of disadvantaged individuals.
Operationally, this will be achieved by designing an online role-play game to develop, enhance and promote skills related to social economy entrepreneurship by immersing learners in realistic scenarios and challenges.
The learning game developed by Social Seducement will overcome the boundaries of time and place, providing empowering knowledge through nonconventional methods, with the objective to make learning around social economy entrepreneurship more accessible to marginalised individuals.
The project’s specific objective is pursued through a strengthened cooperation within a Consortium composed of organization of different nature, active in the social economy field, with expertise in training, e-learning, game design and development, in a EU dimension.
For further information, please refer to: www.socialseducement.net
Launched at the beginning of 2016, the project’s overall objective aims at improving the environment for transferring businesses to employees/workers by organizing them in a cooperative form and to raise awareness about the benefits of the cooperative model.
With the coordination of COCETA, the idea is to transfer the sound Spanish knowledge and experience of transferring businesses to the employees, to countries with less experience (Denmark, Poland and UK) and beyond.
REVES will play a major role in targeting local authorities in order to promote a positive and viable ecosystem for new workers’ cooperatives at different levels: by improving the policy and legal contexts, as well as the financial conditions.
Download now the guide “Transfer of enterprises to worker cooperatives. A puplic policy focus“
Best European Policies, Analysis and Transference in PHS – BESPAT
The general objective of this project is to identify and exchange Good Practices regarding the policies and actions in the sector of Personal and Household Services carried out by local, regional or national Governments and stakeholders of the countries involved in the project, as a way to define Policies and Actions to encourage the quality and the efficiency of these services and to contribute through the creation of new jobs to the objectives of European 2020 Strategy.
This project will be developed by a Consortium composed by entities belonging to Social economy and networks of local authorities, associations of local authorities, regional authorities and ONGs and Universities concerned with them.
More details can be found here.
Here you find the Analysis of Good practices.
European Ethical Financial Ecosystem for local partnerships supporting new Social Enterprises – 3E4SE
The 3E4SE project aimed at establishing and testing a strategy for cooperation between public funds and ethical and alternative or cooperative funds for the development of specific local/regional financial tools supporting social enterprises.
A model/guideline for cooperation at EU level has been elaborated, involving ethical financing players, representatives of the beneficiaries and public authorities. It has been tested at local level in two regions, Puglia (I) and Västra Götaland (SE). The creation of such tool will also allow the replication of the experience (thus creation of other local/regional funds based on the same kind of European framework and same terms of reference) in other regions and cities in different EU member States.
The 3E4SE Consortium involved five European Networks, on the one hand, and local members of two of these networks (among which REVES) in two European regions, on the other hand.
More details can be found here.
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, was to develop measures that would have helped 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 have been 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).
Territorial Quality Standards in Social Services of General Interest – TQS in SSGI
The objective of this project was to develop local mechanisms for a participatory (re-)definition and measuring of local quality standards for social services of general interest (SSGI) which would have responded to local needs and provided an orientation to service users, services providers, local authorities and the local community.
More specifically, the project has developed and tested:
- 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
Undertaking intercultural exchange: joint and innovative actions for participatory integration – UNITE – (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)
DESEO – Development of districts of equal opportunities in social economy territories
DESEO aimed to analyze potentials for local clustering which geared 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 have been 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.
Community actions for the reconciliation of family and working life: enhancing the role of local authorities and social economy – CARE
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 fathers 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).
Portrayal of Women – promoting changes in the image of women’s role in local governance
The Project was developed in the context 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.
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, have been carried out in the framework of the REVES approach Territorial Social Responsibility (TSR). For more information, please consult the category “TSR” on our website.