MedRiSSE organised a World Café to promote the replication of Social and Solidarity Economy initiatives

Photo: Anna Elías

MedRiSSE project held an open international event entitled "Meeting synergies: to strengthen links between capitalised projects to maximise replication of best practices in Mediterranean countries".

Asamblea de Cooperación por la Paz (ACPP), lead beneficiary of MedRISSE project, organised this event in the city of Seville, Spain, on Tuesday 7th November. It offered a friendly and intimate space to facilitate the rapprochement and exchange of synergies between the project partners, capitalised project partners, stakeholders and interested citizens attending the meeting.

The synergy-building time between partners and participants started with partners’ thematic pills on different topics raised during the last phase of MedRiSSE project. ARCO explained how replication toolkits and roadmaps can contribute to future works; TCSE spoke about webinars and innovative events, lessons learnt and knowledge to transfer; ACPP described the digital tools for a social and solidarity economy (SSE) ecosystem hosted on the Mediterranean Innovation Lab; Oxfam Italy shared different perspectives on policy co-construction from a position of policy watchtower.

The second part of the event was a brainstorming activity between participants. The starting point was to choose a word that summarised what the project has meant to each attendee. Then everyone explained his or her impressions after two years of implementation, now that MedRiSSE is ending. It was facilitated by Esperanza Castro Arillo, MedRiSSE project Communication Manager. 

By strengthening ties, conversation encouraged exchange of experiences and sharing of good practices carried out in different Mediterranean countries. From all this shared knowledge, ideas were extracted to optimise the replicability of good practices in the Mediterranean basin, in order to achieve results that have a social impact on people.

MedRiSSE partners participating in this open session were Assembly of Cooperation for Peace (ACPP), event's host, Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Department (Oxfam Italy), Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), Tunisian Center For Social Entrepreneurship (TCSE) and PIN S.c.r.l. Didactical and Scientific Services for the University of Florence (ARCO). An-Najah National University (ANNU) and Agricultural Development Association (PARC) couldn’t attend due to the current situation in Middle East.

Further information

The NGO Assembly of Cooperation for Peace (ACPP) leads MedRiSSE project, a social innovation initiative, which aims to develop a Mediterranean scalability pathway for social innovations that enable the co-production of municipal services with local social and solidarity economy (SSE) actors, which have emerged from interactions between government and SSE involved in several EU-funded projects. These innovations represent successful and efficient practices for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in general, and for the protection of the most vulnerable groups in post-covid19 economies in the Mediterranean.

This European cooperation project is cofunded by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood Instrument for cross-border cooperation in the framework of the Mediterranean Basin Programme 2014-2020 (ENI CBC Med). It involves eight partner organisations and seven associated organisations from five countries (Spain, Italy, Palestine, Jordan and Tunisia), with a total budget of 1.1 million euros (90% of the programme) and a duration of 27 months, until November 2023.

The projects capitalised by MedRiSSE are MedTOWN project, MoreThanAJob, MedUP!, IESS! and RUWOMED, all funded by the European Union.

More info on MedRiSSE project, here 

More info on the event, here

Programme, here

Press release on the event, here

Press release on Social Innovation Week in Seville, here