International projects to strengthen socio-economic policies

Barcelona Activa’s involvement in six international projects in seventeen European countries last year is helping to strengthen socio-economic policies on enterprise, business and employment. The agency will continue to be involved in these projects in 2020.

11/02/2020 17:55 h

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These programmes help boost Barcelona’s international presence and its knowledge of local policies on enterprise, business and employment in other places in the world. They are:

VET (Vocational Education and Training) for Urban Centres.

Aimed at creating a network of European cities for cooperation and the exchange of good practice in vocational training and support for young people’s job prospects, specifically in terms of regenerating the economy and sustainability of certain areas of the city.

DSISCALE (Digital Social Innovation Scale)

Aims to give a new boost to social digital innovation through the development of maps and impact indicators, growth factors, themed clusters, public support policies and more.


The goal is to design and test a pilot programme to enable creative and cultural industries to access new markets.


Aims to improve the support ecosystem for creative and cultural industries and in particular to improve market focus and access to funding. The three priority spheres are: urban regeneration, responsible tourism and social cohesion.


The programme is designed to analyse public services provided in the city from the perspective of gender equality, to develop a new action plan (or adapt the existing one) so it works for gender equality and inclusion.


In this project, cooperation between Mediterranean territories strengthens public policies which support more innovation in companies with a social vocation, as well as connections between research, business, the public sector and the civil society.

Transoceanic connections

Outside of Europe, Barcelona Activa is involved in other transoceanic collaboration with countries and regions. Examples include Japan, where exchanges have been established for start-ups at congresses and fairs with cities such as Kyoto and Fukuoka; Canada and South Korea, where the Cities agreement has enabled the exchange of social economy methodologies applied to different projects in cities in Quebec, Montreal and Seoul; Rwanda, where a knowledge exchange and transfer agreement has been made on employment and enterprise with Kigali, through Smart Africa; and Peru and Mexico, through collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Women, Science and Technology, which has enabled Latin American women to work on their pilot projects in Barcelona.


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