human development, social justice and sustainable social systems

Partnerships for job creation

22 November 2019

Caritas Europa and the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) organise the conference on innovative and strategic partnerships for job creation at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Caritas sees in its everyday work that interventions promoting quality employment for all need a new approach and a new way of rethinking social protection and social cohesion.

We need innovative interventions that enhance relationships among the members of society and promote collective responsibility. In order to produce effective results, such a process should involve not only people in need, but also entire territorial systems, in order to activate multi-stakeholder synergies. Only then is it possible to produce social, environmental and economic value.

In the last years, many Caritas organisations have invested human and financial resources to find innovative solutions to counteract poverty and to experiment in new cooperation with several stakeholders (including businesses, the public sector, financial actors/investors, trade unions, etc.) to promote projects linked to job creation for people outside the labour market.

In addition to its work in expanding social economy initiatives and in advocating at EU level for inclusive labour markets, Caritas Europa is developing strategic cooperation with European networks, such as the European Venture Philanthropy Association and other EaSI funded networks in order to enlarge and strengthen synergies that foster labour market inclusion. The main aim of this cooperation is to better support national member organisations to expand their social impact and to increase job opportunities in their countries. The present conference is organised in this framework.


Please find the tentative programme for this event here


The purpose of this event is to strengthen and be inspired by multi-stakeholders partnerships that have a long-lasting impact on job creation and a strong innovation component.

The innovation can be in the process (creating new forms of cooperation between the different actors), in the product or service (introducing a new product or service that determines new patterns of behaviour among actors) or in the tools (a new infrastructure or instrument that increase the impact of the cooperation between actors and also plays a role of aggregate other potential stakeholders).  Discussions and promising practices will be presented following these three elements of innovation.

Who can attend

This event is open to everyone but of particular interest to those working on social policies, social innovation and social economy issues and practitioners.


European Economic and Social Committee  – Room VMA3

Rue Van Maerlant 2, 1000, Brussels.

About Caritas and the EaSI programme

This event has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) (2014-2020).

The EaSI programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

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Registration for this event is closed


Brussels, Belgium
EESC – Rue Van Maerlant, 2, 1000. Room VMA3


22 NOVEMBER 9:30-15.45 h

further information

Antonio Fantasia
Policy and Advocacy Officer
+32 (0)2 235 26 59