Social innovation refers to the development of new ideas, practices, and solutions to address social challenges and to improve the well-being of individuals and communities. Policy co-production, when SSE actors are involved, has the potential to drive social innovation by creating a space for the co-creation of innovative policy solutions that reflect the needs and perspectives of diverse actors.
The principles of cooperation, mutual support, and social responsibility that are inherent to SSE can contribute to the development of more equitable and sustainable policies that address social challenges in new and innovative ways. For example, SSE actors may bring forward ideas for community-led initiatives that address poverty and inequality, or they may propose new approaches to financing social protection programs that are more accessible to marginalized communities.
Furthermore, by involving SSE actors in policy co-production, policy-makers can gain access to the practical knowledge and experience of these actors. This can help to inform the development of policies that are more effective, efficient, and sustainable, and that promote social innovation in a meaningful way.
In the Mediterranean region, where social protection, human rights, and democratic governance are major challenges, policy co-production has the potential to drive social innovation by creating a space for the co-creation of innovative policy solutions that reflect the needs and perspectives of diverse actors, including marginalized communities. By empowering these communities and ensuring their voices are heard in the policy-making process, policy co-production can contribute to the development of policies that are more inclusive and sustainable, and that promote social innovation in the region.
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During the lifetime of the MedRiSSE project, the partner Oxfam Italia developed a cross country study and a comparative research of the 5 capitalized projects. The aim of the present study is to analyse, through the lens and experience of these five projects, the co-production and social innovation dimensions across projects and implementation contexts.
The study first calls for a clear and common understanding of the terminology used in the framework of the project. It therefore clarifies the concepts and the principles underlying the SSE and highlights a series of values, principles, and socio-economic arguments that – if translated correctly in the framework of comprehensive and wellfastened legal frameworks – promote the role of SSE agents as efficient social service providers and potential key partners for the public sector.
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