European dialogue platform on ethical
and solidarity-based initiatives for combating poverty and social exclusion
European Inter-network of Ethical and Solidarity-based Initiatives (IRIS), established since January 2007, is a space of dialogue and co-operation
between European and international networks representing different families
of ethical and solidarity-based initiatives : solidarity-based finance (FEBEA,
INAISE), fair trade (IFAT), responsible consumption (ASECO,
socio-economic solidarity-based insertion (ENSIE), under the auspices of the
Council of Europe and of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy.
IRIS activities aim
Enhance exchange and dialogue between various ethical and solidarity-based
approaches in order to promote mutual training and support ;
Compare these approaches with other actions against poverty and social
exclusion in order to assure the added-value for the population and
especially for vulnerable groups ;
communication with public institutions ;
Develop further links and initiatives aiming to integrate in the « mainstream »
concepts and methods initiated by the Inter-network members.
partnership was established with the Council of Europe and the European
Commission in order to identify, implement and promote complementarities
between various approaches working against poverty and social exclusion :
conventional support approaches (public policies or NGOs humanitarian aid) and
ethical and solidarity-based citizen-led approaches supported by the Council of
Europe in its platform.
Agenda for 2007
areas of complementarity ;
complementarity by experimenting a new approach : the Multipartite Social
Create new areas of complementarity with the "Responsible Territories for
Social Cohesion", concept which will be tested in three pilot territories : Ile de France region (France), the Province of Trento (Italy) and Timisoara
Promote complementarities through communication campaigns (schools/media).
Mutual engagement between beneficiaries, institutional and associational
partners to ensure social inclusion of people in difficulty. It
integrates different dimensions of social exclusion and different
approaches to reach goals that the partners have decided on together.
Responsible Territories for Social Cohesion: Territory in which all the players, not least
citizens themselves, co-operate and are committed to meeting
expectations regarding well-being and social cohesion.