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

Project in numbers

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 launches its third edition of Social Business Incubator for women, refugees & disabled people in Jordan

20 people, 95% women, participate in this group of trainees, beneficiaries of the demonstrative action's first phase developing in our …

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MedTOWN in Greece: "Cosmopolitanism is one of the keys to the project"

The trip to Greece has been featured on July 2022 newsletter edition of Asamblea de Cooperación por la Paz (ACPP), lead beneficiary of MedTOWN.

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MedTOWN in Tunisia will empower women’s cooperatives and women social entrepreneurs

Discover how MedTOWN project is going to provide digital skills to Tunisian women and support them to become cooperative members and social entrepreneurs

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MedTOWN in Palestine launches a call for tenders for communication & visibility services

Deadline: ⏰ 20th June 2022, 12:00 Palestine time Related to the implementation of a system to promote citizen's involvement in waste management in Beitillu village.

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MedTOWN project in Spain opens 55,000€ worth call for proposals to grant initiatives for pilot projects

The call open until 4 july 2022, will fund co-production pilot projects on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in the provinces of Seville a…

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MedTOWN in Greece to promote employment policies to people with disabilities

MedTOWN field visits in Greece during May 2022 allowed exchanges on local digital currencies and promote collaboration between entities to co-produce social policies.

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MedTOWN workshop in Greece: What is Money and who creates it?

With these two questions, our project´s workshop has started on 'Complementary currencies & social policies' in Athens' at Panteion University.

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MedTOWN will train local leaders in Palestine to promote citizen's involvement in waste management

Through the national workshop, the project intends to impulse change in the co-production of social policies at local & national level

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MedTOWN: Co-production, feminist economy and social & solidarity economy

Discover how MedTOWN applies these concepts in Jordan, Portugal and Tunisia

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MedTOWN International Seminar on Social innovation & inclusion highlighted on ACPP newsletter

The seminar held on January 26th, has been featured on the front page of the March 2022 newsletter edition of Asamblea de Cooperación por la…

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MedTOWN in Spain presents its call for sub-grants to local entities in Seville

The call, aimed at funding social and solidarity economy pilot projects was presented on March 10th to local entities in Seville focused on social intervention in disadvantage…

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MedTOWN is about to launch its call for subgrants to support innovative co-production proposals

With an available budget of 300 000 euros, MedTOWN partners agreed on the conditions to launch its calls for subgrants

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MedTOWN takes off in Jordan: How to develop a social and business plan for your small project?

MedTOWN Social Business Incubator in Jordan started the training for people with disabilities (PWD), women & refugees from Al-Koura &…

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MedTOWN project 🌍 Newsletter 📰 #03

See how we are fostering debates on improving social & environmental policies and their impact on local economies

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Social & Solidarity Economy, a preferred partner for local administration in the Mediterranean countries

MedTOWN online ‘International Seminar on Social Innovation and Inclusion’, on 26th January 2022 was attended by more than 200 participants f…

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MedTOWN in Portugal: a community garden for better social cohesion

Bela Flor Agroforest uses collective intelligence and social innovation to co-produce the recovery of a degraded urban space involving the whole community in a syntropic proje…

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MedTOWN debates on active employment policies & development of the local economy: first national round table in Greece

The high level discussion focused on co-production & social innovation as important elements that have positive impact in local communit…

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MedTOWN in Palestine to implement a complementary currency to promote citizen's involvement in waste management

Co-producing a new community of solid waste management system based on a circular economy model, in the municipality of Beitillo (Ramallah, …

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MedTOWN in Greece: proposals to improve social policies and local economy

Complementing MedTOWN Greek demonstrative action, that will support the survival of small local businesses while increasing the employment & entrepreneurship of vulnerable…

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MedTOWN challenges and solutions: is experimentation at project level able to change the delivery of public services?

Discover projects which have already found solutions implemented by the social innovation & inclusion

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MedTOWN challenges and solutions: How do social innovation models affect public policies at different levels?

The topic was discussed in 'Social innovation & public policies in the Mediterranean' panel at MedTOWN International Seminar o…

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MedTOWN: Learning about legal-political frameworks promoting Social and Solidarity Economy in the Mediterranean

The International Seminar on Social Innovation & Inclusion explored in depth this important issue for the future of the SSE in the Medit…

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MedTOWN: three most important lessons learned from the Covid-19 global pandemic

Mikael Leyi, Secretary General of SOLIDAR & SOLIDAR Foundation, was in charge of the 'Keynote speech' at the International Seminar on Social Innovation & Inc…

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MedTOWN in Portugal: how an urban agroforestry provides much more than food and shade

The success of Bela Flor Respira is based not only on environmental sustainability but also on community sustainability. Read more about MedTOWN pilot in Portugal.

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Join MedTOWN's International Seminar on Social Innovation & Inclusion!

Online, Wednesday 26th January 2022 (10am Greek time) How do social innovation models affect public policies? Is our projects’ experimentation being able to change the deliv…

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Happy new year 2022 from MedTOWN project!

May the new year bring peace, solidarity and happiness for all humanity. 

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MedTOWN inspires training on New Economies & Ecosocial Transition for ACPP workers

The training for our Lead Beneficiary personnel, based on The Phoenix Journey formative programme aims to encourage participants to incorporate co-production concepts & to…

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MedTOWN's 'The Phoenix Journey': a learning process for the coproduction of environmental and inclusion policies

The programe, submitted at Eskura Summit 2021, aims to provide the training to trust co-production instru…

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MedTOWN Portugal: the Lisbon neighbourhood where an Agroforest was born

The main intention of Bela Flor Respira Agroforest in Campolide is to promote this reciprocity, neighbourliness & cooperation - which should flourish in any neighbourhood.

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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…