Mutual Learning about how to "bridge"
Employment and Inclusion strategies, actors and actions through social economy experiences.

Presentation

The European Employment Strategy was established in Luxembourg ten years ago (1997). Since then, the EU Member States tried to coordinate their employment policies following common objectives which are defined and reviewed periodically. On the other hand, the European Strategy on Social Inclusion was born in Lisbon in the year 2000. Through the Open Method of Coordination the Member States tried to coordinate the national policies of social inclusion according to the objectives and indicators defined at the European level (Nice 2001)But, in the last ten years, the liaison and communication between European strategies for employment and social protection and social inclusion was not strategic or effective. There weren’t sufficient or efficient "bridges" between these two apparently separated "worlds".

Social Economy uses to play an important role trying to "alleviate" this lack of coordination. These organisations (in their different structures, formats, approaches and actions) have a large experience of social and professional integration of social excluded groups overcoming in their daily life’s the obstacles of the policies that come in a vertical way (and not counting with their participation) from different ministries and national or regional departments. Therefore this project should try to make evidence of how the active inclusion policies and the social and professional integration schemes can be useful to fight poverty and social exclusion.

Bridges for Inclusion will contribute to make more clear and effective the relationship between employment, social welfare and social inclusion in order to enhance strategies and practices, particularly those coming from the fields of inclusive entrepreneurship, social economy and local development, where this positive relation can be concretized.

Main objective

Make more clear and effective the relationship between employment, social welfare and social inclusion and to enhance strategies and practices, particularly those coming from the fields of inclusive entrepreneurship, social economy and local development, where this positive relation can be concretized

Specific Objectives

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