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Sectors: Employment, Local development, SME Policy, Trade

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Development NGOs, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations

Regions: Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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The global objective of this programme is to promote job creation and economic inclusiveness, by
supporting and strengthening social economy and social entrepreneurship ecosystems and relevant
stakeholders in the Mediterranean countries.

Priorities and funded actions:

– To contribute to an enhanced enabling policy environment for social economyorganisations and enterprises. Actions aim at engaging public and private stakeholders in dialogue around social entrepreneurship to create an enabling policy framework, increasing awareness of decision-makers, supporting the formulation and implementation of policies and initiatives, and reforming the regulatory framework, thus stimulating the development of social economy and social entrepreneurship in Southern Mediterranean partner countries;
– To improve capacities of social entrepreneurship support structures with increased linkages in the region and with the EU. Actions aim at improving the quality of services provided to social enterprises, creating a platform of service providers and specialised support structures (e.g. social entrepreneurship support organisations, incubators, co-hosting spaces, local financial institutions, business associations, NGOs, training and mentoring entities, universities and education institutions), exchanging good practices and networking among stakeholders, in particular with EU social entrepreneurship organisations and counterparts;
– The relevance of social entrepreneurship as a sustainable business model is demonstrated through successful social entrepreneurship initiatives/social enterprises. Actions aim at supporting selected promising social entrepreneurship initiatives/social enterprises with a high potential for competitiveness, job creation and social innovation. This will serve as a demonstration/pilot experience for wide communication and dissemination, to be mainstreamed into future policy measures. Priority will be given to projects developed and/or implemented by young and women social entrepreneurs, both in urban centres but also in rural areas and less developed territories

Among financed actions
– Policy advice ;
– Training ;
– Conferences