The City of Bologna participates in the Cities for Active Inclusion network through the Institution for Social and Communitarian Inclusion Don Paolo Serra Zanetti which is embedded within the municipal Department of services to Families.
The Institution collects, processes and analyses information on the phenomena of poverty and social marginality in the area of Bologna. Through the Observatory for New Poverties, it looks for better synergies with the common goal of creating information on shared knowledge and transforming knowledge into effective action. Bologna has a strong and long tradition on developing services and policies to support disadvantaged people and, more in general, citizens.
The City of Bologna is located in a strategic position in the heart of Italy. In 2009 Bologna had about 377.220 inhabitants with a steady growing of foreigners residents (43.664; +16% on 2008) representing more than the 10% of the total of the residents (especially young people under 24 – 18% of young people under 24 residents in Bologna are foreigners). Foreigners children in childcare and primary schools are also growing and the city is also experiencing an increase of Italian elderly people (26% of the population), especially women.