The Project will benefit from the know-how and expertise of our
Transnational Partners who will contribute to a number of
activities, including joint research, analyses, support tools for
social economy initiatives, and mainstreaming and information
Our Partners focus on improvements in the functioning of
selected social economy areas in their home countries, based on
previously identified barriers and obstacles.
For example, research made in the South East regions of the UK
indicated a lack of entrepreneurial culture in the public sector,
existence of several regulatory barriers and a regulatory barriers
and a lack of awareness of models and opportunities for social
enterprise sector development in the region. In Tuscany (Italy),
employment had been on the rise in the third sector over the past
years, but at the same time a growing demand for a better
management in social enterprises was reported along with the need
to establish new small businesses and improve the quality of their
services. In other Italian regions, efforts are underway to assess
the requirements of social economy enterprises for cooperation with
a broadly defined environment of these enterprises. The focus of
these efforts is primarily on ensuring a better mutual
understanding and relationships between social economy enterprises
and lending/financial institutions.
It should be reminded at this point that the Italian legislation
served as the main source of inspiration for the regulation of the
Polish social economy sector, while the relationships between the
civic society and the public administration are modelled on the
The Partnership for Development – Searching for a polish model
of the social economy – includes two Transnational Cooperation
Agreements., with two transnational partnerships: The Third Angle
(TTA) and Social Economy
Body of Knowledge (SEBOK).
The Project is supported by the European Social Fund
under the EQUAL Initiative of the European Union.