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The Contribution of the Third Sector to Europe’s Socio-economic Development

The Contribution of the Third Sector to Europe’s Socio-economic Development

Objective

The main objective of the proposed research project is to create knowledge that will further advance the contributions that the third sector and volunteering can make to the socio-economic development of Europe. These unique ‘renewable resources’ for social and economic problem-solving and civic engagement in Europe are needed more than ever at this time of social and economic distress and enormous pressures on governmental budgets—not as an alternative to government but as a full-fledged partner in the effort to promote European progress. To take full advantage of this resource we need a clearer understanding of the third sector’s scope and scale, its existing and potential impacts, and the barriers to its full contributions to the continent’s common welfare. Building on our previous work, this project seeks to:
1) Clarify the concept of the third sector in its European manifestations;
2) Identify the major contours of the sector so defined—its size, structure, composition, sources of support, and recent trends;
3) Identify the impacts of this sector, its contributions to European economic development, innovation, citizen well-being, civic engagement, and human development, and to create capabilities to measure these contributions into the future;
4) Identify barriers both internal to organizations and external to them and suggest ways these barriers might be overcome; and
5) Forge a partnership between the research community and European Third Sector practitioners so that the understanding of the Third Sector generated by this work remains grounded in reality and enjoy sufficient support among key stakeholders to ensure respectful attention from policy makers and sector leaders long after the project is completed.

By drawing on the combined strengths of the academic community, government, and the third sector itself. As such, the proposal provides a solid embodiment of the FP7 theme of “science in society,” of generating knowledge to advance the quality of life.
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Coordinator

INSTITUTT FOR SAMFUNNSFORSKNING

Address

Munthes Gate 31
0260 Oslo

Norway

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 684 565

Administrative Contact

Bernard Enjolras (Dr.)

Participants (13)

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THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 442 335

WIRTSCHAFTSUNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 148 310

UNIVERSITY OF KENT

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 105 447

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 143 927

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 127 919

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 107 600

FONOVIC KSENIJA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 129 784

EMES European Research Network ASBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 170 656

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 122 044

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 80 770

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU - PRAVNI FAKULTET

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 107 138

UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 93 710

RENZO RAZZANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 34 757

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613034

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    20 January 2014

  • End date

    19 January 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 309 697,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 498 962

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTT FOR SAMFUNNSFORSKNING

Norway