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After the results of RAISE I – the second edition of the “Resposta Alternativa de Integração Social e Empreendedorismo” project [Alternative Response to Social Integration and Entrepreneurship] is now launched.
Globalization, economic and financial crises have affected the whole world and Europe, in recent decades. In Portugal this has produced a strong recession between 2002 and 2013. After 2011 and 2013, two years that measured the greatest recession of all time, the economic situation has begun to recover, although it still has not reached the levels of employment, stability and income present before the crisis.
The Municipality of Alenquer, project area of intervention, is no exception. The various institutional partners that make up the Conselho Local de Ação Social de Alenquer (CLASA)[local council of social action of Alenquer], including AMU-Portugal, have identified unemployment and precarious employment as the main problem resulting in situations of poverty and social vulnerability in the territory.

RAISE II contributes in improving the living conditions, reducing vulnerability and poverty, increasing the development and “capability” of the resident population.

In order to reduce the social impact of unemployment and precarious work in the short, medium and long term, RAISE II will develop a series of activities aimed at increasing social integration, the insertion or reintegration into the labour market of the unemployed or those with precarious work in the Municipality of Alenquer. Furthermore, the project will promote entrepreneurship among the population to promote employment.

• Presentation and dissemination of the project to institutions, unemployed or precarious workers, entrepreneurs in the area and the local community in general.

• Technical assistance, accompaniment and monitoring of the protagonists to facilitate their insertion or reintegration into the employment market.

• Dissemination and awareness of entrepreneurial methods and the principles of the Economy of Communion.

• Training on entrepreneurship and the Economy of Communion, to beneficiaries, groups of students of the schools of the Municipality of Alenquer and to local entrepreneurs.

The RAISE II – 2018 project is covered by the contributions of AMU – Action for a United World Association and EoC – Economy of Communion


“Bulding bridges” is an inclusion program for vulnerable people. It is the continuation of the pilot project “Fare Sistema Oltre l’Accoglienza” and will implement various training activities, work and social integration.

Unemployment in Italy is around 12%, while youth unemployment is 35.1%. Among the young people looking for work there are also more than 15 thousand Unaccompanied Foreign Minors.

The majority of young foreigners, but also adults, failing to bear the weight of basic Italian literacy, necessary to access vocational training, results in the abandonment of their studies. They then risk falling into a spiral of marginalization or becoming victims of illegal labour exploitation.

So young people have difficulties accessing the legal labour market and many of them not having a contract, cannot obtain a residence permit.

Therefore in Italy, without a concrete solution to support integration procedures, social and work integration are at a high risk of failure.

Hardships and difficulties in social and work inclusion are also felt among the younger and more vulnerable Italians, not just those linked to migratory dynamics.

Bulding bridges’s purpose is the insertion of young people and adults, minors and adults, foreigners and Italians in socio-working contexts.

The Program achieves its objectives through the creation of a national network, made up of families, companies, associations and institutions. But above all it is made up of people, of social actors, who can interact, cooperate and facilitate the insertion of the weakest in our society.



The PTSNOA project of sustainable and inclusive tourism, supported by Amu and EoC, will expand and reach three other provinces in the North-West of Argentina (NOA): Salta, Catamarca and Jujuy.
The NOA is an integrated area predominantly mountainous, which records some of the highest mountains in America (Puna region). Other parts of this area are ravines, valleys, yungas and Chaco, all of them have different characteristics of climate, economy and social context and potentially are great tourist attractions.
The natural richness of the region sadly contrasts with the poverty in which many of its inhabitants live. In many cases, these farmers only develop a family subsistence economy. These contradictions have caused a strong youth migration, resulting in the depopulation of communities and family breakdown, with the loss of rural and indigenous identity and culture.
The project works on the sustainable, ethical and responsible tourism sector as an opportunity for the human and social development of the indigenous and local communities, generating job opportunities in the field of community tourism. This includes crafts, agriculture, breeding and widespread hospitality, all areas where the community will receive a training to strengthen their knowledge.
In this way, families will be able to generate new sources of employment and income, improving the quality of life of their communities also through experiences of reciprocity and cooperation, typical of our projects.


A) Training activities on:
a. Tourism, for the creation of tourist receptions and services management such as accommodation, restaurants, tourist guides
b. Accompaniment and preparation of business plans, commercialization plans and projects for the construction of tourist infrastructures
c. Community and institutional strengthening for local capacity building and community self-management
d. Management, tourism and social economy to strengthen the technical team’s management skills
e. Exchange of experiences and knowledge with local and international actors

B) Promotion of local culture and identity: preparation of divulgative material on the local history of the area
C) Microcredit and reciprocity fund


28 professional training courses on tourism, business, quality and marketing
14 exchange meetings between the entrepreneurs of the programme
42 visits on agricultural technical assistance
168 visits for assistance in the preparation of business plans
14 technical visits for architectural studies
1 micro credit fund and 1 Mutual Fund, both active
1 Marketing plan, elaborated and implemented
1 Web page of the entrepreneur network
– Participation in 2 national tourism fairs
4 meetings with travel agencies
9 training courses for the technical team
28 training meetings on active and participatory citizenship
14 meetings for the preparation of local strategic plans and code of conduct in the tourism sector
2 annual meetings of the program’s entrepreneurs
8 coordination meetings between member institutions of the program
2 international meetings of entrepreneurs (Argentina – Brazil)
Creation, printing and publication of historical documentary materials of 6 NOA regions



The project aims to improve the quality of life of socially vulnerable people through a specific incubation path of social enterprises that can give them decent employment opportunities and/or offer basic products and services accessible to the most disadvantaged population, in different regions of Brazil and particularly in rural areas or in cities peripheries.

The incubation process goes through a training and technical and financial support of: 1) socially vulnerable people or groups that are willing to start a business; 2) business initiatives that offer basic products and services accessible to people with social disadvantage; 3) entrepreneurial initiatives that provide the inclusion at work of socially vulnerable people as employees, collaborators or associates, thus generating opportunities for human and social development.

The selected people and groups are trained on the working environment as well as on integral human development through individual consultations and group training workshops. They also receive a seed-capital to start up or strengthen their business activities, according to a business plan that is elaborated and applied with the constant support of the project advisors team.

The project inspires and promotes the values of gratuity, reciprocity, cooperation and sharing, aiming to strengthen peoples’ mutual relationships and support, promoting social integration and the multiplication of new social development initiatives. For this purpose, the beneficiaries will do their best to return the contribution received as seed-capital over time so that it can generate new initiatives in favour of other vulnerable people.

Project’s principal activities:

  1. Program Participants Selection: In this first edition of the program 10 projects of inclusive communion companies were selected to participate in the activities: 3 organic agricultural cooperatives, an individual producer of prefabricated concrete, a beautician, a clothing producer, a service assistance for elderly and disabled people, a home-based organic pizzeria, a music school, a vocational training school.
  1. Training labs for entrepreneurs on: how to start a business and implement a sustainable business plan; How to manage an enterprise according to the guidelines of the economy of communion; How to transform the job opportunity into an overall improvement of the quality of life.
  1. Personalized support to the new entrepreneurs by business and human development consultants: on a business level, consultants accompany the participants in putting forward a more developed business plan and to apply it successfully and sustainably. On the personal and professional level, they will receive training and support by psychologists and personal development consultants in order to acknowledge all their potential, develop them and put them at the service of others.
  1. Provision of capital to start an entrepreneurial venture or to grow and strengthen it: projects receive funding from a Mutual Fund, with the purpose of making the necessary investments for the implementation of the business plan. They will then give the contribution received back to the Mutual Fund, to the benefit of other new projects of inclusive communion.

RAISE means “to lift”, but it is also the acronym for Alternative Response of Social Integration and Entrepreneurship.

The overall objective of the project is to help limit the problem of unemployment in the municipality of Alenquer, 50 km north of Lisbon, headquarters of AMU Portugal. Following the economic crisis, about 12% of the Portuguese population is unemployed; youth unemployment however hovers around 28% and it also affects people with higher education: the most obvious consequence is the emigration of the most skilled and qualified young people, which compromises the future of the whole country.

The specific objective is to train and accompany people to the inclusion in the labour market by third parties or also through the creation of business initiatives if the personal circumstances and the social context permit it.

The project proposes an innovative methodology with customized approaches to create attitudes and entrepreneurial skills. It also promotes initiatives that help increase the job offer in the municipality of Alenquer, in the short, medium and long term. A particular aspect of the training covers the principles, values and methodology of the Economy of Communion.

The main activities of the project consist in the training on methods and strategies on finding a job, job training, technical and entrepreneurial training and also psycho-social support (personal and professional). In this path some are helped to find work, others to create their own company.

Main results achieved:

– 50 unemployed persons were accompanied with integration, training and internships processes;
– 19 people have found work;
– A training program for entrepreneurship was held with the involvement of young people;
– The collaboration with some local companies has begun, to mediate between research and offer trying to help to find the right job for each person;
– Constitution of a company;
– Development of a local partnership network;
– Construction of one “Boot camp” on entrepreneurship of Communion;
– Establishment of a “local meeting point” for the international network for the incubation of EoC businesses (EoCiin).

The first phase of the project, started in April 2015, was completed in 2016. The second phase is currently being planned.