Vulnerable people inclusion
“Europe is currently facing a trend of increasing poverty and social exclusion, as well as worsening of living conditions, in many aspects and for many groups of the population. Around 125 million people are at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU, which is equivalent to 24.8% of the total population (Eurostat, 2014).
In this way, social innovation has become increasingly important in the policy framework of the EU, partly as a response to the austerity drive, as the interest of governments to restrict public debt and spending through increased privatization and liberalization of social services, and partly as awareness that new alternatives to old solutions (both market and government) are needed, and those grass-roots organizations are well placed to develop such approaches. The role of the corporate, academic, and third sectors should be taken into account, as very important stakeholders and potential partners in addressing poverty through social innovation initiatives.
Social innovation policy is recognized as a driver of growth, but also of social inclusion. Organizational solutions in the European Commission (EC) confirm this, as social innovation policies cross-cut two Directorate-Generals: Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.”
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