New partnership between ENSIS and Global Citizen in the Europe for Citizens programme.
2nd March 2015 was the deadline for applications under the latest project call from the Europe for Citizen programme. This call related to Strand 2 of the programme, covering democratic engagement and civic participation. ENSIS associated with other social organisations coordinated by the Danish NGO Global Citizen fostering sustainability through intercultural and transnational cooperation and by generating solutions based on knowledge and information sharing.
If EU funds are granted, Global Citizen will implement a project called Cosi (Community of Sustainable innovation). Cosi will gather civil society organisations from Italy, Germany and Denmark in face to face meetings and via a dedicated online platform in a joint effort to tackle sustainability challenges. Cosi could enable interaction, enhance tolerance, foster a sustainable and inclusive economy.
EU Project Applications
A research study on ‘Hybrid forms of social welfare production’
ENSIS has recently sent its candidature in response to a call for proposals in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme. The candidature brings together a network of experienced European partners in the social field and aims at carrying out an innovative research study, re-baptised ‘Hybrid forms of social welfare production’ (Hybso2020, in the acronym).
If approved, the project would consist in analyzing the emerging modes of social service delivery, created by the local governments in seeking new ways to combine the public, private and third sectors to tackle the economic crisis and its pressures. The questions the research would ask to the participants are why these emerging modes are selected, which innovative forms of cooperation are effective, which are ineffective and why in responding to the well-being of the citizens.
The project would be conducted in close interaction with stakeholders in the welfare processes and the findings would be distributed to scientific as well as non-scientific audiences. The proposed research would contribute to the discussion on European welfare models by putting forward a local, comparative perspective.
The consortium offers a strong multi-disciplinary basis for the project and consists of four major universities and one think-tank, in addition to ENSIS:
– the University of Jyväskilä (Finland), Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy. The University of Jyväskilä is a multidisciplinary, scientific university and one of the largest research Universities in Finland that focuses on human and natural sciences
– the De Montfort University (Leicester, England), Local Governance Research Unit. The Local Governance Research Unit at the De Montfort University is an internationally recognized center of excellence for theoretically informed, robust and rigorous policy relevant research into local governance
– the Institute of Public Affairs (Poland), a leading Polish think tank and an independent centre for policy research and analysis. Since its establishment in 1995, the Institute has been active in civil society building in Poland and abroad. It conducts research as well as societal analysis and present policy recommendations
– the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration. The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the largest state institution of higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe
– the University of Aveiro (Portugal), Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences. The University of Aveiro is one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal, where among the core fields is research on the processes of governance, competitiveness and public policy
ENSIS would be given the role of coordinator in disseminating the results of the research.