Europe has an investment gap in social infrastructure of an estimated €150 billion a year for the next decade in health, social care and support, education and affordable housing. In addition of a growing demand, staff shortages and limited funding for innovation, there is a crucial need of a new breed of decision makers who have the skills and confidence to secure financing from both public and private sources. The a4i project aims at bridging this gap.
In 2021, the a4i project will result in a programme both for academic settings and adult training between investors and social care providers, based on specific real-life piloting. The a4i training courses, together with the Knowledge Centre and MOOC, will contribute to enhancing the mutual understanding, trust and ability to work together in securing more sustainable and diversified funding for integrated, flexible and individualised services.
In order to inform the work, a report on the state of play in Europe will be available in June 2019, and European guidelines on quality investment principles by September 2019.
The project involves Service Providers, Private Investors and Higher Education Institutions in Belgium, Czech Republic and Spain, as well as a partner from the Netherlands. The partners are:
- European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) (coordinator), Belgium
- HCN, Netherlands
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain
- Fundacion ONCE, Spain
- Mondragon University, Spain
- Caja Laboral Kutxa, Spain
- APSS CR, Czech Republic
- CEVRO Institut, Czech Republic
- Česká spořitelna, Czech Republic
- Union des entreprises à profit social (UNIPSO), Belgium
- Université de Liège, Belgium
- CREDAL, Belgium
In the long run
In the long term, increasing investment into social care and support will help improve quality of life via access to quality services for beneficiaries, including older people, persons with disabilities, children, migrants, homeless people, etc. Furthermore, knowing when and how to use private investment for social care & support providers can also help to free up limited resources for public authorities to fund where public investment is the right path.