Smart Social Inclusion


This working group (WG) focuses on efficient budget spending for better and innovative social outcomes, and on cities' role in promoting social entrepreneurship and social economy. The members of the group are exploring smarter investments and innovative solutions to reduce the public spending and the high demand for social services.

For 2019, the working group aims for mutual learning activities, building member capacity and opportunities in the following areas:

  • Support SAF ‘leave no one behind’ vision through smart social inclusion.
  • Benefit from change, innovation and disruptive technological and societal trends.
  • Change management and implementing change.
  • Innovation in governance and administrative reform for cities.
  • Data and evidence collection on trends in social inclusion at local level.
  • Fomenting social enterprise — supportive frameworks, ecosystems, capacity building, brokerage, facilitation (see support for implementing change). 
Social enterprise understood as: a) A way to provide new solutions and services. b) An element of a city’s economic, investment (making and attracting it) and employment strategy. 
WG meetings in 2019:
1. Glasgow, 27 March, during Social Innovation Lab
2. Lille, 27-29 May, on innovative solutions to long term unemployment through social entrepreneurship.
3. Warsaw, 22-23 October, during the Social Affairs Forum.


Kris Luijsterburg
Adviser International Affairs & European funding

vice chair

Claudia Sousa Costa