Innovative Solutions

We facilitate the implementation of social innovations to solve critical problems in our communities. We believe in searching for proven innovations, because:

Innovations with proven social impact accelerate the process of change: adapting successful innovations to new contexts can be quicker and more efficient than experimenting through trial-error processes.

It optimizes existing resources: we search for innovations that have a consolidated income model to facilitate its sustainability, and that use solid impact indicators.

It increases the chances of success: proven innovations make good use of the knowledge and experience of innovators, reducing the research and development effort.

Harlem Children's Zone

United States

Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) is a community-based project designed to break generational poverty through a comprehensive birth-to-college pipeline of education, social services and community-building programmes that help children get to and through college, enter the professional world and build skills for successful futures.

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JobAct

Germany

A programme that combines theatre training and other techniques to develop psycho-emotional and vocational skills with the aim of helping different groups of unemployed people (youth, long-term unemployed, single parents, immigrants, refugees) improve their self-esteem, replace passivity with proactivity and gain employment.

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Jobfactory

Switzerland

A for-profit organisation that provides vocational training and coaching to unemployed youth and offers them internship opportunities in the company, currently operating 17 business areas in the fields of production, services and sales. The aim is to equip young people without work experience with the relevant skills to pursue training itineraries and access the labour market.

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Jongerenloket

Netherlands

Jongerenloket (the Youth Box, in English) is a one-stop-shop service and a hub of resources for youth at risk of exclusion, managed by the municipality; it forms a single institution where young people can go for assistance relating to education, housing, health, entrepreneurship and other issues.

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Pathways to Education

Canada

A programme providing holistic support to youth from low-income communities to help them graduate from high school and move on to post-secondary education, training, or employment in order to break the cycle of poverty. Academic support, financial assistance and mentoring activities are offered alongside the school system to tackle existing barriers.

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Prodes

Lebanon

An entrepreneurship programme in the tourism and hospitality sector that targets primarily women and youth in rural areas. Activities are tailored to the local needs and aimed at fostering job market insertion and rural development through three core components: education, business development and networking.  

 

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Reempresa

Spain

A non-profit business transfer marketplace for SMEs that connects enterprises in the process of closing down with prospective buyers. Offering a professional matchmaking tool, verified and accurate information about companies and consultancy services to support the negotiation process, it works as an instrument to give long life to viable businesses.

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Roots of Empathy

Canada

An evidence-based emotional literacy programme that brings babies into the classroom to improve empathy and reduce violence among children from ages 5 to 12. The curriculum is delivered during regular school hours and adapted to four age groups, reaching students in different stages of their development. 

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Social Impact Bonds

United Kingdom

A Social Impact Bond (SIB) is a pay-for-results contract signed between a public administration and impact investors, used to finance innovative solutions to specific social problems. The mechanism permits overcoming barriers to experimentation in the public sector, as the administration only repays the capital contribution with financial returns if the intervetion generates the expected results, thus transferring the risk of failure to...

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SOS Project

United Kingdom

A holistic peer-to-peer mentoring programme run by ex-offenders that helps former prisoners reintegrate back into society and prevents young people from getting involved in crime. It not only contributes to cut re-offending rates, but also impacts the mentors themselves, who develop their skills and employment prospects.

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