URBACT and the TOGETHER Project


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URBACT and the TOGETHER Project

  1. 1. URBACT and the TOGETHER Project 22 November 2012
  2. 2. « The URBACT method » 7000 persons involved in 54 Projects in 28 countries  Sharing experience, learning, drawing lessons for « the outside world »  A strict balance between Comp and Conv partners  Action-oriented: Local Action Plans  Involving local stakeholders: URBACT Local Support Groups  Involving Managing Authorities  Permanent support to networks & community of work (experts, Secretariat)  A staged approach: networks created in 2 stages (6-month Development phase) URBACT programme Wednesday 7 November 2012 I Page 2
  3. 3. Focus on Social inclusion  URBACT fostering integrated approach to urban policies  social inclusion issues to be addressed in all projects  13 networks addressing Social inclusion as a first level topic (out of 35 projects approved under Calls 1 and 2)  Thematic approach of Social inclusion in URBACT projects builds on 3 main entry points: * area-based approach with a focus on deprived neighbourhoods but not only (e.g. historical city centres) * policy challenge (e.g. health, co-responsibility, housing) * target group approach (e.g. young people, migrants, Roma)
  4. 4. TOGETHER New ways of linking public authorities and people  The 8 cities organised focus groups in each municipality with open questions on well-being and ill-being  147 groups across 8 cities; 14,000 responses  Coded, analysed and then basis for pilot actions which expressed the principles of co- responsibility.  Measured against a 7 point scale to measure citizen engagement.  Then applied similar principles to LAP.
  5. 5. Shared TOGETHER and Workstream messages • The leadership of Cities is needed to plan and to monitor the process of co-responsability • The Crisis as a driver of change and to change mindsets around public services • The need for new customer-driven approaches to service design and delivery • The value of effective outreach – enabling us to listen to citizens’ priorities more effectively – and act upon them • The importance of shared development spaces like the ULSGs for social innovation • The potential of practical tools like these developed by TOGETHER
  6. 6. Threats (CoT) Demographic decline Economic dvpt & competitiveness under pressure Growing social polarisation Depletion of natural ressources Responses 6 URBACT Workstreams Workstream 1 Shrinking cities: challenges and opportunities Workstream 2 More jobs: better cities Workstream 3 Supporting young people through social innovation Workstream 4 Against divided Cities Workstream 5 Motivating mobility mindsets Workstream 6 Building Energy efficiency Capitalisation on urban experience and knowledge
  7. 7. URBACT Conference Copenhagen, 3-4 December 2012 CITIES of TOMORROW, ACTION NOW
  8. 8. … and drafting orientations for the future of URBACT  Strengthening Exchange and learning activities through networking  Developing capacity-building on integrated and sustainable urban policies  Reinforcing linkages with Cohesion Policy and its instruments: for example Community Local Led Development  Consolidating capitalisation and dissemination of knowledge and expertise
  9. 9. contact@urbact.eu www.urbact.eu
  10. 10. contact@urbact.eu www.urbact.eu