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Reach for Change selected to represent Sweden ahead of new European Competence Center

The Swedish ESF-council have chosen a consortium, which includes Reach for Change, to represent Sweden ahead of the European Commission’s call to establish Competence Centers for social innovation in Europe.

– We are excited to see the EU forming their social innovation strategy and this first call will be important for their next program cycle. We are firm believers in social innovation and social entrepreneurship as tools to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals and this call has the potential to fast track that development, says Nicklas Wallberg, Country Manager Sweden at Reach for Change.

Leading the Swedish consortium is Forum for Social Innovation at Malmö University who also are represented at Jönköping University, Örebro University, Umeå University and Luleå University of Technology. 

Reach for Change and Inkludera are two members who bring to the consortium years of hands-on experience in capacity building for social entrepreneurs and partnership development with the private and public sector. Together they add to a consortium with well rounded experience and expertise.

 – The Swedish ESF-council sees it as very positive that if the application is approved by the commission, the consortium (with MSI as lead) can support future project owners with advice, guidance and training as well as the organisation of potential funding from ESF+ and EaSI, says Håkan Forsberg, Acting Director General, Swedish ESF-council.

Read more at ESF's website

About the ESF Council

The Swedish ESF Council is a government agency under the Ministry of Labour, responsible for managing Socialfonden (the Social Fund) and Fead in Sweden.

 

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