On July 6 and 7, the kick-off meeting for the “BREED, Building community REsiliencE and sustainable Development through social economy” project took place in Trapani at the operational headquarters of the Community Foundation in the Beehive Valore Sud community incubator.
Organized by the Community Foundation as the project coordinator, the meeting brought together representatives from the 5 partner organizations from Spain, Belgium, Greece, Italy, and Portugal to officially start the activities. The meeting was an opportunity for the exchange of best practices and capacity development for all involved organizations. Over the course of the two days, the partners developed a detailed action plan linked to the project’s objectives and the skills and experiences of all participating organizations.
The partners also had the opportunity to discuss and approve the program for the Social Missions, which will start in September. The Social Missions will allow representatives from social enterprises in our territory to participate in exchanges to learn about best practices and attend training workshops. Additionally, an action plan will be developed for the promotion and development of the social economy at the local level, providing tools to small municipalities to support entrepreneurial initiatives that create an impact in our communities.
About BREED The BREED project, Building community REsiliencE and sustainable Development through social economy (Project no. 101074094 — SMP-COSME-2021-RESILIENCE), is co-financed by the COSME program within the Call for Proposals SMP-COSME-2021-RESILIENCE, aiming to support the resilience of the European economy in the post-pandemic era through inter-institutional cooperation, innovation, and green and digital transition. The project involves several municipalities in the Mediterranean and Southern European area facing similar social and economic challenges, aiming to promote the resilience of local economic systems by strengthening the skills of local public administrations, social organizations, and civil society in the field of the social economy.
The first phase of the project will start in September and involves organizing 5 Transnational Social Missions, in which participants (from public and private organizations) can learn about and discuss local best practices, analyze proposed case studies, and learn from each other. For this reason, each participating municipality will publish a Call for the selection of 16 operators from organizations active in the field of social economy.
The second phase, based on the results of the first, involves the joint development of strategies and action plans (Social Economy Action Plans) focused on the social economy as a tool for promoting community welfare. Operators from local public administrations will be able to interact with third sector organizations and jointly outline tools and processes to promote more effective and efficient public-private cooperation, in order to best meet the needs of the territory and promote its sustainable and inclusive development.
The project, launched in May 2022, will involve for the next two years the communities living in the territories of the provinces of Trapani, Paredes (PT), Valencia (ES), and Katerini (EL), and will be carried forward in parallel by the Community Foundation of Agrigento and Trapani, ENSIE (European Network of Social Integration Enterprises), the Mancomunidad de La Ribera Alta, and the Municipalities of Alcamo, Paredes, and Katerini.