The main focus of the project is to foster the development of local ecologically sustainable social economy. The economic situation in V4 countries is stagnating and the economic model based on direct foreign investment has reached its limits. Often even if new jobs are created, there are no workers available and employers are hiring foreign workers. At the same time, there still are long-term unemployed or "unemployable" groups of people, especially in underdeveloped regions, who do not profit from this model. Wages are still not comparable to those in Western Europe. Voices claiming that "catching up with the West" is at its end and our countries will never reach western social development are increasing. Moreover, there is a growing body of evidence that prevalent economic models are not sustainable in the times of current climate crisis – they are harmful to the environment and contribute to uneven social development by creating areas of deepening economic and social deprivation. It is hence urgent to promote new approaches to economic and social development in the V4 countries. Recently, across the V4 region, various actors (individuals, organizations and public administration bodies) have started fostering new local approaches to social economy, such as locally organized production, municipal enterprises, and the like, some of them taking into account also their environmental dimension. However, these efforts often occur in isolation from each other and there is a growing demand for a more systematic exchange of new ideas, experiences and know-how.


Fundacja EkoRozwoju/Foundation for Sustainable Development

Profilantrop Egyesület/Profilantrop Association

Ekumenická akademie, z. s./Ecumenical Academy