MedTOWN
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Co-producing social policies with SSE actors to fight poverty, inequality and social exclusion

About the project

Public services face an unprecedented set of challenges: increasing demand, rising expectations, seemingly intractable social problems and, in many cases, reduced budgets. In Europe, previous approaches have produced important improvements in some areas but failed to tackle the structural inequalities that are fuelling the demand for services. In the Arab world, heterogeneous and fractured social structures, along with occupational shifts from agricultural to industrial and service activities, are overstretching already weak social services schemes that fail to address the real drivers of poverty, inequality, and exclusion. MedTOWN is an initiative focused on the combined potential of agents of the social and solidarity economy (SSE), citizens and local authorities to co-produce the social policies that can fight poverty, inequality, social exclusion, and environmental unsustainability, providing them with tools and connections to build local resilience and foster the transition towards more fair, resilient and sustainable societies in the Euro-Mediterranean region. 

Key information

MedTOWN
Co-producing social policies with SSE actors to fight poverty, inequality and social exclusion
A.3 Promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty
A.3.2 Social and solidarity economy
Spain, Greece, Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia, Portugal

Financial data

3.4 million
Total budget
2.9 million
EU contribution
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13.5%
Project co-financing

Highlights

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9
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6
Countries
14
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What will be improved?

MedTOWN will provide with tailored capacity building for SSE agents, innovative and low-cost tools for practitioners and networking opportunities. This will be implemented through an open policy dialogue aimed at strengthening the Mediterranean region's role in the development and implementation of policy actions towards the development of quality, more user-friendly, and empowering social services. A social experimentation based on the use of complementary currencies for the delivery of financial aid to vulnerable communities will be carried out.

Who will benefit?

  • Communities with a high proportion of impoverished households, women victims of gender violence, refugees or people with disabilities 
  • 120 social workers and frontline staff in public organizations
  • Responsible national/regional bodies in the regulation of social services and SSE

Expected achievements

  • Over 20,000 people covered by improved social services 
  • 6 agreements between public administrations and relevant stakeholders for coordinated planning and implementation of social services
  • 210 job opportunities created
  • 12 study visits for social services professionals
  • 42 policy and regulatory recommendations to improve the delivery of social services
  • 13 research studies published on the co-production of social services
  • 10 pilot SSE projects supported 
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MedTOWN participates in RIPESS Europe round table on co-creation & solidarity economy

“It is time to discuss together what to prioritize and where to invest energies, looking for synergies [in the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) sector]”

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MedTOWN highlighted in Solidar's Guide to promote a just transition

The project has been selected as a good practice to promote a just transition in Europe & Worldwide.

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[MedTOWN project] Call for tenders - Realization of Economic Studies

Two economic studies about innovative concepts related to the project as Co-production of public policies with social and Social and Solidarity Economy actors & Local Econ…

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MedTOWN National Workshops impulse change in the co-production of social policies

Most of MedTOWN National Workshops training programme have been successfully completed. Read more about it in the newsletter of Asamblea de Cooperación Por la Paz (in Spanish…

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100 beneficiaries are starting their mentoring at MedTOWN's Social Business Incubator in Jordan

The final trainees are being selected from more than 200 applicants through interviews taking place since the last week of June at the incub…

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MedTOWN project 🌍 Newsletter 📰 #02

See how our project's activities & tools are gradually taking shape + our upcoming National Workshops

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Spain: MedTOWN's Seville Local Currency is moving forward

In the shops of the Cerro-Amate district of Seville it will soon be possible to pay with a public Complementary Currency, a way of generating the empowerment and sustainability of the local economy.

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Upcoming National Workshops: next milestone events in MedTOWN formative programme

The National Workshops aim at reinforcing and initiating co-production processes to improve public policies and social services so they respond to the needs of people in their…

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MedTOWN's Social Bussiness incubator in Jordan starts taking shape

The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) has started its first steps to establish an Incubator in AL-Koura District (Jordan) that will focus on supporting en…

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MedTOWN supports community agroforestry project in Portugal

Thanks to MedTOWN, neighbours got together to transform wasted wood in benches that allow children to have learning sessions outdoors, or seniors to breakout the home isolation and meet outside safely.

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Shared achievements, progress & challenges at MedTOWN steering committe meeting

It has been a wonderful opportunity to overview the highlights of our project so far & for each partner to share what has been accomplished, what's underway, and chal…

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MedTOWN at the Spanish State Meeting of Local, Social and Complementary Currencies

The only way to generate a real deep social transformation based upon social, economic & climate justice, is by generating formulas for the democratic & social constru…

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MedTOWN project wishes you a Happy 2021!

We hope the new year brings peace, solidarity and happiness for all humanity.

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MedTOWN project's first Training of Trainers

The launch of MedTOWN's Training of Trainers, has marked the beginning of the implementation phase at local level of a project that aims to transform the local economy and social policies through co-produc…

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MedTOWN proves that the Social and Solidarity Economy is a tool for social change in the Mediterranean basin

On October the 5th, Seville hosted the Launching Conference of the EU-funded MedTOWN project, an online meeting with more than 500 participa…

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MedTOWN Project: Upcoming virtual Launching Conference & Training of Trainers

Join the Virtual Launching Conference for MedTOWN project on the 5th of October from 10.00 to 12.00 CET, followed by the start of the journey of our capacity building programm…

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[MedTOWN] Local currencies for social & economic recovery

What have we learned so far about the benefits of using local currencies? ACPP-Assembly of Cooperation for Peace has been experimenting for years with the use of complementary currencies to improve social polic…

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10 June 2020
[MedTOWN] JOHUD’s Goodwill Family Relief Fund in response to the economic impact of COVID-19

JOHUD, partner of MedTOWN project, has supported 4,000 vulnerable individuals from 800 families across Jordan since April through its family relief fund.

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28 May 2020
MedTOWN and MoreThanAJob projects first online bilateral meeting

Both MedTOWN and MoreThanAJob projects focus their efforts on Social and Solidarity Economy as a way to promote social inclusion and fight poverty in the Mediterranean area.

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20 May 2020
MedTOWN Toolbox and Community of Practice: learn what it is about and how to be part of it!

The online tools currently developed by MedTOWN project will serve as a platform for sharing good pratices in social innovation and co-production of social services.

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20 May 2020
[MedTOWN] Ossetana complementary currency: a tool for social innovation

The Ossetana complementary currency is the successful model implemented near Seville which has inspired the Spanish demonstrative action of the MedTOWN project. 

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20 May 2020
[MedTOWN] Campolide Agroforest: a shortcut to resilience

Presenting the pilot action of the MedTOWN project in Portugal.

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20 May 2020
[MedTOWN] AFTURD's care of women victims of violence in Tunisia during lockdown period

AFTURD, MedTOWN's Tunisian partner, has opened a new emergency shelter for women in need of protection in coordination with the Ministry of Women, Family, Children and Se…

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20 May 2020
How can MedTOWN project help adressing the negative effects of COVID-19?

COVID-19 is hitting specially hard in the Mediterranean region, and vulnerable communities are due to suffer the health and econiomic even harder.

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19 December 2019
Engaging citizens in the production of social policies: launch of the MedTOWN project

MedTOWN project aims to provide citizens and local authorities with tools to foster the transition towards fairer, more resilient and sustainable societies in the Euro-Mediter…