In a significant stride towards understanding and enhancing the social economy landscape, SECON partners worked in the first semester in documenting and analysing the relevant Social Economy Policies of their Regions. This comprehensive report delves into the intricate fabric of social economy policies within the SECON regions, shedding light on various dimensions including barriers, enabling factors, and the policy frameworks.
The cornerstone of the report lies in its investigation of the existing context for social economy entities. The report encapsulates the main characteristics, barriers, and enabling factors influencing the dynamic social economy ecosystem.
Key Report Highlights:
Chapter 1: National Policy Frameworks
The report opens with an insightful exploration of the national policy frameworks of the SECON project countries concerning social economy. Delving into the core, the chapter dissects the main policy instruments that underpin the social economy. Additionally, it examines the mechanisms in place for national funding and monitoring that play a pivotal role in shaping the social economy landscape.
Chapter 2: Regional and Local Policy Instruments
Chapter two unfolds a comprehensive analysis of the regional and local policy instruments in the SECON regions that pertain to the social economy. The report examines the relevance of these policy instruments in the context of rural area development. This critical examination provides a roadmap for aligning regional policies with the overarching goal of fostering social economy entities.
Chapter 3: Barriers and Enabling Factors
The third chapter takes a deep dive into the intricacies of barriers and enabling factors influencing social economy development in rural areas of the SECON regions. From visibility and awareness to the role of leadership and governmental administration, from access to finance and taxation to institutional frameworks, the report paints a holistic picture of the challenges and opportunities that define the social economy landscape.
The report was crafted through a combination of desk research involving strategic documents at both national and regional levels. Furthermore, the report draws insights from interviews with seasoned experts in the domain of social economy, as well as stakeholders who actively contribute to shaping social economy development policies.
With its comprehensive approach and well-rounded methodology, this report serves as a valuable resource for policymakers, stakeholders, and researchers invested in the realm of social economy development.
The SECON project is a collaborative initiative aimed at fostering social equality through the prism of social entrepreneurship. With an array of partner regions, SECON leverages shared experiences and best practices to refine policies and invigorate the social economy landscape. The following regions partake in this endeavor: the Region of Peloponnese (Greece), the Verband Region Rhein-Neckar (Germany), the Province of Flemish Brabant (Belgium), the Harghita County Council (Romania), the Mazowieckie Region (Poland), the Oliveira de Azeméis Municipality (Portugal), the Riga Planning Region (Latvia), the Consejería de Agricultura, Desarrollo Rural, Población y Territorio – Junta de Extremadura (Spain), and the Haskovo Municipality (Bulgaria).
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