The Project involves a number of activities aimed at defining
the social economy sector in Poland, which include identifying its
scope, and ongoing monitoring of its development as well as its
existing and potential contribution to the resolution of
economically-induced social problems.
It is our intention to define, throughout the implementation of
the Project, the optimal conditions that foster the development of
the social economy sector and its specific players. In addition, we
will draft the optimum legislative framework for the SE and
identify the ideal financial, institutional and social conditions,
as well as the necessary corporate culture of social economy
players. Related recommendations will be presented at the final
stage of the Project.
We have already proceeded with building an integrated system for
monitoring the status of the social economy sector (the
Observatory), for evaluating and testing specific social economy
initiatives (the Laboratory), and developed several tools (methods
and approaches) designed to strengthening the social economy.
Based on a broad definition of the social economy sector, a
number of initiatives will be selected in order to analyze the
nature of the implementing organizations and the type of activities
they have undertaken. Based on the selected group, we will define
optimum activity models for promotion and replication of successful
SE initiatives throughout Poland. Wherever possible, we will build
the models into national systems solutions (this applies to both
specific initiatives and to more complex local social economy
During the project, particular elements of the social economy
sector will be developed. We will promote the integration of the
social economy community in Poland by facilitating meetings and
information exchange (including a social economy portal, seminars,
symposiums, publications, etc.). We will ensure expert support
designed to improve the skills of those involved in the social
economy (including non-government sector employees and staff
members of key public administration institutions, such as social
assistance and employment services) and establish a training and
development system for employees in both the SE sector and its
immediate environment (including training events, post-graduate
studies, the Seasonal Social Economy School, etc.).
We are promoting the social economy as a pro-active social
policy approach that stimulates the activity of local communities.
In particular, it is our intention to provide adequate tools for
drafting Local Social Problem-Solving Strategies that integrate
aspects and methods from the social economy. We are cooperating
with the private sector to work out a strategy for the involvement
of the businesses in social economy initiatives.
The Project will benefit from the expertise of our Transnational
Partners, who are to contribute to a number of activities
(including joint research, mainstreaming and information
The Project is implemented from July 2005 through March
The Project is supported by the European Social Fund
under the EQUAL Initiative of the European Union.