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 ACTIVITY REPORT 2016 is now online



In this report you will find a summary of DIESIS’s work. For us, 2016 represented a year of continuity with the past, consolidating positions in the European scenario and opening up to new horizons. DIESIS continues to offer its members services related to research and development, European project design and thematic expertise.


In 2016 DIESIS continued its technical support activities for the Social Economy and Social Enterprises through consultancy, project development and training for members, working with the European Commission in the GECES Expert Group, and continuing the technical assistance work for the Managing Authorities of the European Social Fund.


We have consolidated and launched new activities on key issues for the present and the future of Europe, such as assistance and integration into the labour market of people with a migrant background , Social and responsible tourism, solidarity tourism, fair tourism, community tourism… all these forms of tourism which represent a hub of energy and innovative forces as well as an area of great interest and collaborations for Social Economy organisations. Projects related to adult education and lifelong learning have always been an asset for DIESIS. In 2016 a number of practical training activities involving over 100 social business managers have started.


This year we welcome a new member, AVISE, the prominent French national social enterprise support organisation. This is a new step in a full-scale geographical enlargement that is being consolidated witnessing the interest that our structure attracts on the European stage.


In the first half of 2017 DIESIS’ Network is expanding and we welcome 5 new members: the Wales Cooperative Center from the UK, KMOP from Greece, AITR from Italy, Social Economy Slovenia and IARS, an international network based in the UK.


We are proud of these results, which have been achieved thanks to collaboration between a renewed and increasingly cohesive staff and our members, who are a reference point and a continuous stimulus for us. The facts and figures below highlight the impressive amount of work that we undertake each year.


Gianluca Pastorelli 




  key 2016    Facts and Figures 2016



 Annual 2016     Annual Report 2016

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GET UP – Gender Equality Training to overcome Unfair discrimination


Practices in education and labour market


At the end of January, GET UP was officially launched. The project, financed by the European Union, involves 8 partners and 8 countries in a 2-year path aiming to address the stereotyping of educational and career choices and to promote gender equality in education, training and career guidance




GET UP is based on the recognition of Equality as one of the five values on which the European Union is founded. According to this belief, inequalities between women and men not only violate fundamental rights but also impose a heavy toll on the economy and cause an underutilisation of talent.
Nowadays, gender roles continue to influence crucial individual decisions concerning different aspect such as education, career paths, working arrangements, family and, consequently, exercise an impact on the economy and society.
Within this framework, the persistence of some relevant issues such as women’s low participation to the labour market, sectoral and vertical segregation, the lack of family-friendly policies and well-rooted gender stereotypes is still evident and is affecting individual’s participation to the development of the society.


GET UP’s response to societal issues


Against this background, the project GET UP sheds light on the role played by educational and career choices as well as by the people able to guide and support such transition phases, as means to tackle the identified issues. For this reason, GET UP concentrates its efforts on improving the competences of key actors active in that phase as well as on integrating skills and competences of HR managers and employers to promote and ensure gender equality at the workplace.


What’s next?


GET UP will occur through several steps. Starting from an analysis aiming to explore the legislative framework and training offers concerning gender equality in Europe and within the involved countries, the partners supported by experts will be able to provide definition of a “European Minimum Standard of Competences on Gender Equality” that professionals should achieve on the issues of gender equality, non-discrimination and promotion of equality in education and at the workplace.
The comparison of the offer and the identification of a set of competences will serve as the base for defining a Gender Equality Training model as a useful tool to support professional development in the field.


Where is GET UP now?


Partners are currently conducting an online survey aiming to investigate the issue of gender-related bias in education and at the workplace in the European Union member states.

To give your contribution by taking part to the survey, please, click HERE




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SENINTER, there we go!




SENINTER, the project co-financed by the European Commission in which we have been working for months, is still unstoppable to demonstrate that other kinds of trips are possible: everything is ready in Slovenia, from where a group of about 50 people (Slovenians grandparents with their grandchildren up to 6 years old) will depart towards Emilia-Romagna, Italy, to spend 6 unforgettable days there from next March the 26th. Even before their departure, they have been working together and preparing the unique experience they are about to live.


Meanwhile, other Italian grandparents and children have spent many weeks preparing to welcome them on arrival and to share with them the essence of the region: social centers, museums, natural parks ... the enthusiasm with which they are organizing the travel program together with the European partners of the project will certainly translate into a very special experience for visitors and hosts.


Contact us if you want to know more about SENINTER, an example of responsible tourism that is already a reality.


Donwload the GUIDE where you may find the programme and all the information about the SENINTER TRIP!