Cities for Active Inclusion is a partnership that investigates local strategies to promote the active inclusion of people furthest from the labour market, putting particular emphasis on the role of quality social services.
In 2010 the research was centred on the topics of quality of social services of general interest in cities and the role played by social economy initiatives. In the first half of 2011, the research activities focussed on the theme of active inclusion of young people in cities whilst the second half looked at how cities are putting into practice social innovation. In 2012, the focus is on demographic change in European cities and the role of active inclusion in anticicipating and dealing with the upcoming changes.
The nine observatories - Barcelona, Birmingham, Bologna, Brno, Copenhagen, Lille Métropole-Roubaix, Rotterdam, Sofia and Stockholm - are coordinated by EUROCITIES, and engage with national and European stakeholders and policy-makers, identifying trends, good practices as well as challenges experienced on the ground. Moreover, the observatories will provide regular input to the activities of the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum. The main ambition of the network is to inspire future policy developments on active inclusion at the EU, national and city levels.
The network has three main objectives:
- Informing, disseminating and awareness raising: each observatory will act as a national information hub, raising awareness on the EU Active Inclusion strategy. National newsletters are published every three months and a central website with national web portals is regularly updated.
Research and policy analysis: the observatories will identify good practices, challenges and recommendations on the provision of quality services for the active inclusion of the most disadvantaged people, feeding into EU policy developments on this theme.
City reports on local active inclusion strategies will be produced, outlining local practices and challenges for municipalities. EUROCITIES will summarise them in an analytical report outlining the main trends for cities in implementing on the ground active inclusion strategies.
- Implementing and promoting mutual learning: a wide range of activities will be organised by the LAOs and EUROCITIES to promote mutual learning and raise awareness of the EU Active Inclusion strategy. Each city will organise a national event, presenting the main research findings and promoting the exchange of knowledge between national stakeholders. EUROCITIES will engage with key European stakeholders to present the Cities for Active Inclusion research findings and conclusions.