WIEGO Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

Posted on: 2015-02-01 15:21:08     |      Website      |      Institution: Harvard Kennedy School

WIEGO is a global network with the aim of securing financial support to those with low income works, especially women, in the informal economy. WIEGO believes in the equality of economic opportunities and rights of all human beings. WIEGO makes a change in this field by creating capacity on informal worker organizations, expanding the workers’ knowledge, and influencing local, national and international policies.

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INCLUD-ED Strategies for inclusion and social cohesion from education in Europe

Posted on: 2014-10-31 10:00:00     |      Website      |      Institution: University of Barcelona

INCLUD-ED main objective was to analyse educational strategies that contribute to social cohesion and educational strategies that lead to social exclusion, within the context of the European knowledge based society, providing key elements and lines of action to improve educational and social policy. The project identified Successful Educational Actions transferable to different social contexts that improved learning in European schools. INCLUD-ED is the only research in Social Sciences highlighted by the European Commission among the ten success stories of the Framework Programme of Research, particularly for the added value for society.

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Atapuerca project

Posted on: 2014-10-30 10:45:00     |      Website      |      Institution: Atapuerca Fundation

The Atapuerca project started in 1978, with a number of excavations and findings in the province of Burgos, Spain. The team concentrates more than 150 multi-disciplinary specialists who have been working in the archeological site of Atapuerca since then. In 2007, they discovered the first human bones of the Homo Antecessor species. The discovery of this jawbone confirms the presence of humans in the Sierra de Atapuerca more than 1,200,000 years ago, the oldest period known in Europe to date. These findings were published in Nature in 2008 and presented to the international scientific community. In 2010 the Museum of Human Evolution was founded, with great social and economic impact in the region.

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RECOUP Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty

Posted on: 2015-04-17 17:06:49     |      Website      |      Institution: University of Cambridge

Poverty often leads to inferior educational outcomes, which then play a major role in determining the future incidence and extent of poverty. The aim of RECOUP is to study the mechanisms that drive this deprivation cycle, as well as to identify the policies needed to ensure that educational outcomes benefit the disadvantaged. It was a five-year research programme under which six collaborative projects were conducted worldwide addressing social issues such as disability, youth, gender, health, citizenship and education. In the research program, more children than ever before - particularly those from poor households - have been moving through schooling and training to become working youths and adults. Their fortunes were affected not only by their educational experiences, but also by the broader context of welfare and opportunity.

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ALACs Promotion of Participation and Citizenship in Europe through the "Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs)" of Transparency International

Posted on: 2015-01-11 19:10:00     |      Website      |      Institution: Universitat Konstanz

With the focus on the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs) of Transparency International (TI), the leading CSO against corruption, the project objectives were: enhancing civil society participation raising anti-corruption effectiveness, and developing the advocacy for legal change at the national and EU level. Based on the insight that citizens participation and the values of integrity, accountability and transparency were crucial components of fighting corruption the project was designed to promote the ALACs both as a management tool of a bottom-up anti-corruption work and citizens participation mechanism. Combining action-research and practical implementation the project was designed as a process of organizational learning intended to have direct impact on the work of Transparency International and its partner organizations in Europe and all over the world.

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