Duration: June 2019 - December 2020
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CROCHET (2019-2020) is a project that focuses on social innovation to transform governance models and increase citizens’ participation for the benefit of fair and sustainable local development. Based on the multi-layered exchange between actors from two most developed cities in Croatia and Switzerland (Zagreb and Zürich).
Focusing on three different areas vital for urban life (municipal utilities, community centres and housing) it creates space for learning and exchange in order to develop hybrid forms of institutions and organisations that often include cooperation of civic actors with public authorities (through public civic partnerships). Ultimately, based on a bottom-up approach and strong relevant grassroot experiences of local groups, and with focus on sustainable development goals, the structured exchange of experiences through this project leads to enhanced capacities of Croatian partners to employ social innovation within local institutional framework into improvement of governance models, higher social cohesion and innovation based initiatives that improve life conditions in local communities.
The knowledge exchange process in the CROCHET project was developed in three different events:
Institute for Political Ecology (IPE) has been set up as institutionalisation of long history of cooperation between scholars and activists originating from different organisations active in in areas of climate change, sustainability, urban development, common good and public services. It was set up as a research and educational organisation that designs alternative development models and innovative institutional frameworks for democratic political and economic transformation of society. The Institute addresses contemporary ecological changes as social phenomena that reduce or magnify social inequalities and influence power relations. IPE carries out transdisciplinary research and educational programs in cooperation with domestic and international institutions and organisations.
Pravo na grad / Right to the City is active on alternative models of management of public infrastructure and bringing together different organizations, initiatives and unions on issues of housing.
Zelena akcija / Friends of the Earth Croatia aims to raise capacities of CSOs to advocate for open and transparent governance of public and natural goods in Croatia
Savez udruga Operacija grad / Alliance Operation City is working on the creation of an advocacy platform formed by numerous organisations from different sectors in order to collectively achieve the desired outcome: the creation of a participatory governed socio-cultural centre.
The role of NetHood
NetHood is the leading organization on the Swiss side. With the support of the INURA Zurich Institute, NetHood organized two research visits of our Croatian partners in Zurich showcasing different models of public utilies, cooperative housing, and community centers.
Read the final report on community centers with related articles as appendixes (pdf).