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PEOPLE Newsletter - October 2011

Welcome to the 4th PEOPLE Programme Newsletter
Welcome to the 4th PEOPLE Programme Newsletter
10/08/11
Since the last newsletter in May, the PEOPLE Programme held an International Conference and Study Visit with a focus on the SO6 theme of Civil Society Empowerment. This newsletter issue provides feedback from this event and takes a look at the SO6 theme and the activities and progress that have been made into Civil Society Empowerment through the PEOPLE Programme. We also have a spotlight article on the SO6 sub-project PEPA and a review of the SO6 good practice ‘The Andalusian Digital Commitment project’.

In addition, we review feedback from two UK policy experts who attended the recent Study Visit held in Timis, Romania, to look at the exchange of experience and examples of good practice identified at this event.
 
 
Venice International Conference and Study Visit on civil society empowerment
Venice International Conference and Study Visit on civil society empowerment
10/08/11
On 8 and 9 June 2011, the Province of Venice hosted the two-day International Conference and Study Visit on the theme of Civil Society Empowerment, one of the six sub-objectives of People project (SO6).

The international conference titled “Empowering civil society for social innovation”, provided knowledge, insight and debate on the necessity to empower the civil society, involving about a hundred of participants, among them policymakers, civil servants, researchers, experts, organisations of the third sector and citizens from the province of Venice and from the seven European partner regions, Andalusia, southeast England, Stockholm region, Malopolska, province of Noord Brabant and Timis.
 
 
A look inside the SO6 theme Civil Society Empowerment
A look inside the SO6 theme Civil Society Empowerment
10/08/11
A look inside the Civil Society Empowerment theme: a brief summary of the path made, which will lead to the policy recommendations by the end of the year.
 
 
Spotlight on SO6 sub-project PEPA
Spotlight on SO6 sub-project PEPA
10/08/11
PEPA is the unique PEOPLE Sub-objective 6’s co-financed project focusing on the civil society empowerment. This project is therefore in front line for exploring any innovation or experiences leading to empower grassroots organizations and evaluate how administration is supporting their participation to the local governance. Independent and sustainable CSOs (Civil Society Organisations) are the conditions for establishing a healthy democratic environment and play a crescent role for implementing practices leading to sharing governance.
 
 
SO6 Good Practice: The Andalusian Digital Commitment project
SO6 Good Practice: The Andalusian Digital Commitment project
10/08/11
Andalusia Digital Commitment is an initiative of volunteering promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science (CEIC) of the Regional Government of Andalusia to provide access to Information and Communication Tecnology (ICT) to the whole andalusian society.
 
 
Feedback from the Timis Study Visit
Feedback from the Timis Study Visit
10/08/11
Two UK policy experts attended the PEOPLE Study Visit held in Timisaura, Romania 28-29 June 2011 and provided some interesting feedback form the event.