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Local Development Social Inclusion Programme . Trento, Italy 4 th December 2006 . Paper presented by Aileen Gilchrist Pobal Ireland. Pobal is a not-for-profit company with charitable status that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU. MISSION

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Local Development Social Inclusion Programme 

  • Trento, Italy
  • 4th December 2006

Paper presented by

Aileen Gilchrist

Pobal Ireland

Pobal is a not-for-profit company with charitable status that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU.

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MISSION

Promote social inclusion, reconciliation & equality

Integrated social & economic development

Within communities.

 A not-for-profit company /charitable status

Manage 17 programmes on behalf of the Irish Government & EU/7 Dept

 We support partnership approaches to decision-making

Engage communities in the development process at local level

pobal
POBAL
  • We promote co-ordination –communities/State agencies/ other stakeholders.
  • Encourage piloting of new initiatives.
  • Committed to contributing to policy development through the lessons learnt / programmes we manage.
  • The Board is appointed by the Government of Ireland following consideration of proposals received from stakeholders of the Company & National Social Partners.
economic social context
Economic & Social Context
  • Rapid economic growth /low unemployment.
  • Emerged as one of Europe’s wealthiest countries.
  • Not all have benefited proportionately in terms of income, status or access to basic services
economic social context1
Economic & Social Context
  • Poverty & social exclusion/social groups & areas of the country.
  • Agriculture is declining/out-migration & poor transport and services infrastructure.
  • Low-income groups rented accommodation in inner cities, suburbs & towns, with inadequate local services.
economic social context2
Economic & Social Context
  • Balanced regional development/challenge.
  • Women’s participation in the workforce/ growen/ still low.
  • Increasing workforce participation has raised pressures relating to work-life balance and care for older people.
  • Accessible and affordable childcare.
economic social context3
Economic & Social Context
  • Invest in knowledge-based skills.
  • Challenge/reducing educational under-achievement & early school leaving, & in widening access to higher &further Ed & Train .
  • Skills shortages/ people moving into Ireland from other countries/ now a country of immigration/ cultural & ethnic diversity.
  • New concerns /inequalities & social exclusion.
programmes
PROGRAMMES
  • Local Development Social Inclusion Programme €48.8m
  • Peace II
  • Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme
  • Dormant Accounts €60m
  • Rapid
  • Millenium Partnership Fund €2m
  • Equality for Women €7m
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • Rural Transport Initiative € 9m 2007
programmes1
PROGRAMMES
  • Interreg P1M2 /Community CCTV
  • Equality for Women Measure
  • Enhancing Disabilities Service Project
  • Integration Fund for Legally Resident Immigrants €3m
  • Community Services Programme/Social Ec
  • Grants for Locally Based Community & Voluntary Groups
core activities
Core Activities
  • Evaluate Proposal & plans
  • Allocate funding
  • Monitor Performance & Expenditure
  • Assist & Support Implementation at Local Level
  • Support Analysis & Exchange of Experience
  • Identify & Disseminate Good Practice
  • Encourage Integration at Local Level of Mainstream Programmes & Policies-add value
  • Inform & Influence Policy at Local, National & EU level
what is social exclusion
What is Social Exclusion ?
  • Multiple levels of Disadvantage
  • Marginalised
        • Unemployment
        • Living in Poverty/Low income
        • Limited Social Network
        • Removed from any Decision Making
        • Quality of Life

National Action Plan against Poverty and Social Exclusion

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AIM
  • To Counter Disadvantage
  • To Promote Equality, Social & Economic Inclusion
  • Support for Partnerships & Community Gps
  • Partnership Approach to Tackling Local Issues
  • Basis of Comprehensive, Integrated, Local Development Plans
  • Designed to Counter Social Exclusion
  • Equitably Target the Most DisadvantagedIndividuals & Groups Within TheirAreas
principles
Principles
  • Targeting
  • Promoting Equality
  • Community Development Approaches &

Principles

  • Partnership
  • Integrated, multi-sectoral responses
  • Mechanisms to mainstream lessons and

contribute to policy

funded groups
FUNDED GROUPS
  • 38 Partnerships /18 rural
  • 32 Community Partnerships/25 rural
  • Companies
  • Structure
  • Strategic Plan 2000-2006
    • Services for the Unemployed
    • Community Development
    • Community Based Youth Initiative
services for the unemployed
Services for the Unemployed
  • To improve the Options within the Labour Market for LTU/Most Distant
  • To Support Access to Suitable Gainful Sustainable Employment & Self Employment
  • To Support the Development of an Enteprise Culture/Community Enterprise/Social economy
  • To Add Value to Mainstream Policies and Programmes
practical supports
Practical Supports
  • Information and Guidance
  • Mediation/Job Placement/Follow Up
  • Enterprise-Business Planning/Access to Loans & Grants / Bookkeeping
  • Education and Training
  • Social Economy
  • Networks
community development
Community Development
  • To Enhance The Capacity of Disadvanategd Communities to Particpate in Local Development.
  • To Provide Support for Small scale Improvements to the Local Environment & Community Infrastructure.
  • To Add value to the Effective Delivery of Mainstream Policies and Programmes.
community based youth initiatives
Community Based Youth Initiatives
  • To enhance the social & personal development of young people ESL/at risk ESL/underachieving.
  • To alert young people to the dangers of substance abuse.
  • To expand the range of community based education & Youth Dev. Opportunities.
community based youth initiative
Community Based Youth Initiative
  • Formal School System/Out of School
  • Early Years Development/Pre School Age
  • Support for Parents
  • Homework Clubs
  • After School Activities
  • Access/Transistion Programmes 2nd/3rd Level
  • Training towards Employment/ Pre -Apprenticeship
management
Management
  • Monitoring Performance
  • Support
  • Information
  • Reporting
  • Research
  • Support Policy & Mainstreaming
evaluation of plans
EVALUATION OF PLANS
  • Profile of the area- socio economic/demographic.
  • Quality of the Plan.
  • Specific Targeting of the Strategy & Actions – places/ groups most disadvantaged.
  • Process of Preparation & Consultation.
  • Capacity of the Group to Implement the Plan & Achieve its Objectives:- financial controls practices; ability to set targets and monitor performance; Board’s structures to enhance participation; Evidence of linkage with state organisations and other programmes; Value for money;
  • Performance to date.
achievements
Achievements

Quantitative Results 2000 – 2005.

  • 101,965individuals support inder Services for the unemployed.
  • 28,130marginalized people were placed in employment.
  • 12,188 established their own business.
  • 55,051adults participated in education and training.
  • 257,345 young people participated in educational initiatives.
  • 5,589 community based groups meeting the needs of the poorest people were supported.
  • 1,267 Environmental projects were supported.
benefits of partnership
Benefits Of Partnership
  • Targets areas of most disadvantage;
  • It identifies & focuses on the individuals & groups most excluded and most at risk of exclusion.
  • Accurate profile of the area & it’s needs & a strategic approach to the resolution of those needs;
  • Collective action at the local level in support of activities, which benefit the local area & population;
  • Encourages the inclusion & participation of all groups/local areas;
  • Generates local involvement, ownership & use of local resources;
  • Encourages the identification of new opportunities for economic activity;
  • Through the allocation of funds for the implementation of Strategic Plans it adds value or complements existing services, it puts in place additional support services & tailors innovative projects to meet specific identified needs.
future post 2006
Future Post 2006
  • NATIONAL COVERAGE
  • NEW NDP GUIDELINES
  • SUCCESSOR PROGRAMME
  • COMPREHENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH PARTNERSHIPS