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Project Details

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 systems).

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 sharing).

The Project is implemented from July 2005 through March 2008.

The Project is supported by the European Social Fund under the EQUAL Initiative of the European Union.