COMMON CHALLENGES LAC-EU

24 February, 2016

SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS: AN INTRODUCTION AND SOME PRELIMINARY NOTES (Giulio Pasi)

This article aims at introducing and contextualizing social impact bonds (SIBs) within the broader context of second welfare, for the purpose of outlining some aspects of these new devices in relation to the implementation of social policies that make them noteworthy[1]. Building on second welfare studies makes it possible to […]
18 February, 2016

SOCIAL INNOVATION: A NEW FRONTIER FOR SOCIAL POLICIES IN EUROPE AND IN LATIN AMERICA

Social innovation can be defined as the development and the implementation of new ideas (products, services and models) that can satisfy social needs, create new social relations and provide better results. It is an answer to the social demands that affect the social interaction process with the scope of improving […]
28 December, 2015

COMPROMISO Y RESPONSIBILIDAD DE TODOS. EUROPE AND LATIN AMERICA LEARNING WITH AND FROM EACH OTHER FOR COMPETENT EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS (Mathias Urban)

Beware of success stories? It is, at first sight, a remarkable success story: services for young children and their families have gained a prominent and permanent place on international policy agendas and are in the centre of the attention of national and global agents concerned with the ‘big’ issues like […]
28 December, 2015

THE QUALITY OF SOCIAL SERVICES: A SHARED CHALLENGE

Both for the Latin American and Caribbean countries and for the European countries, the issue of quality of social services represents a key element in order to ensure social cohesion and to fight poverty and exclusion. As Alicia Bárcena reminded us during the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin […]
28 October, 2015

IS GIVING WORK TO PRISON INMATES USEFUL? YES, PROVIDED IT IS REAL PAID EMPLOYMENT, OTHERWISE IT HAS PROVEN TO BE USELESS (Nicola Boscoletto)

What would you say about a factory that produces 70% defective goods, a school in which 70% of the pupils are uneducated, or even worse, a hospital from which 70% of the patients die. Whatever the area is, the response would always be the same: it would be considered a […]
28 July, 2015

THE BEST INVESTMENT (Lluís Francesc Peris Cancio)

Childhood is the most interesting segment of the population to invest in for the social policy of any country. Moreover, in 2008 the Nobel Prize for Economy Heckman proved that the earliest years of life generate the greatest return as concerns the growth of the human assets of a nation. […]
26 June, 2015

THE COORDINATION OF SOCIAL POLICIES (Fabián Repetto)

Nowhere in the world, including in European and Latin American countries, do social policies have a univocal dimension. Conversely, social policies are defined by each State (as well as at the subnational and local government levels), and they depend on historical patterns in terms of their connection with social forces, […]
23 June, 2015

THE EUROPEAN UNION AND LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN IN THE NEW ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONTEXT

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) prepared a new document for the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union, which was held in Brussels on 10 and 11 June 2015. […]
4 June, 2015

SOCIAL MOBILITY TO REDUCE INEQUITY

The issue of social mobility is at the center of the Trento Festival of Economics (May 29 to June 2, 2015), that reaches its tenth edition confirming its global significance. “The dynamic inequalities are as important as the static ones. It is important not only the distance between the highest […]