about the project “MedTOWN: Co-producing social policies with Social and
Solidarity Economy (SSE) actors to fight poverty, inequality and social
exclusion”, ENI CBC MED Programme
MedTOWN is a cooperation project financed by
the European Union through the European Neighbourhood Instrument of Cross Border Cooperation within the
framework of the Mediterranean Basin 2014-2020 Programme. The main objective of
the project is to promote and demonstrate initiatives of co-production of
social services through the cooperation of public, private and social
solidarity economy (SSE) sector as well as to strengthen the role and the
capacities of the SSE actors in the co-production model through a shared
Community of Practice and a better regulated framework.
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 area, certainly, 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 fails 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), citizenship and
local authorities to co-produce the social policies that can fight poverty,
inequality, social exclusion and environmental unsustainability in the riparian
countries of the Mediterranean basin, providing them with tools and connections
to help them build local resilience and foster their transition towards
becoming more fair, resilient and sustainable societies in the
The initiative is based on Action Research to support the design of
effective public policies on the provision of social services. To that effect a
series of experimental actions deploying a co-production model will be
undertaken and will serve both as effective modalities to increase the
effectiveness of social services delivery during the project and as
test-monitoring of results for policy design.
What will be improved?
MedTOWN will provide authorities with low-cost
and innovative capacities to deliver quality social services. This will be done
Experimentation on co-production and complementary currencies in the
Territories, Policy Dialogue within national strategies and regulations on SSE
and social services and Policy and Regulatory Framework for co-production in
The project will support social services
provision for 11.376 people strengthen/create partnerships in all
participating countries will generate  work opportunities, will create a
Mediterranean database with evidence-based analysis on Regional co-produced
social services and will provide 42 policy recommendations.
Who will benefit
Communities with a high proportion
of impoverished households (Beni Zeid, Palestine Campolide, Portugal Barrio
Amate, Seville Kavala, Greece).
Women victims of gender violence
(Tunisia), refugees or people with disabilities (Irbid, Jordan Kavala in
Social workers and frontline staff
in public organizations.
The responsible national/regional
bodies in the regulation of social services and SSE.
Budget &euro 3.444.831,73 (86.5 % Programme contribution), Duration in months 36 Months
partner in a consortium led by Assembly of
Cooperation for Peace, Spain with 9 partners (Spain, Greece, Palestine, Jordan,
Tunisia, Portugal) in total and 7 associate partners.
This document has been produced with
the financial assistance of the European Union under the ENI CBC Mediterranean
Sea Basin Programme. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility
of EPEKSA and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position
of the European Union or the Programme management structures”: