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Combat Poverty's work, in particular its early programme work, has significant resonance in the current social and economic climate. Our anti-poverty programmes were:
Building Healthy Communities Programme
Building Healthy Communities was developed by Combat Poverty to support disadvantaged communities, both geographical and sectoral, to tackle poverty and health inequalities. The Programme had four key aims:
There were ten projects in this programme supported by the Department of Health and Children and the Health Service Executive.
Having Your Say Programme
The underlying philosophy of Having Your Say was that policies intended to tackle poverty are more likely to be successful if the people and communities for whom they are designed are involved in their planning and implementation. The programme ran from 2005 to 2007 and had four objectives:
Mainstreaming Social Inclusion Programme
Mainstreaming social inclusion is the integration of poverty and social inclusion objectives, including an equality perspective, into all areas and levels of policy-making. The MSI Programme was a three-year research project to advance the understanding of mainstreaming as a policy tool in social inclusion. It was funded by the European Commission through the Transnational Exchange Programme (TEP), DG Employment and Social Affairs. The Programme had three objectives:
More information and documentation on Mainstreaming Social Inclusion see the site archive http://www.cpa.ie/msi/
Local Authorities and Social Inclusion Programme
The overall aim of this project was to exchange information and build on good practice on local government in addressing social exclusion. The project had partners in Sweden and the UK. The programme had two key themes, which were explored within the context of integrated local development initiatives to regenerate disadvantaged urban and rural communities.
National Anti-Poverty Networks Programme
The aims of the Programme were to assist the National Anti-Poverty Networks to develop their capacity to contribute to policy development at national level and to draw policy lessons from their experiences at local and national levels. Combat Poverty provided support through core funding to the network activities, advice and support to networks and facilitated partnership and policy development between networks. Member Networks included:
Demonstration Programme on Educational Disadvantage
Educational disadvantage has been an area of concern to Combat Poverty since the early 1990s when it was recognised that interactions between home, school and the community can result in young people deriving less benefit from formal education than their peers. Many young people leave the formal education system with few or no qualifications. They are then at a disadvantage in the labour market, their personal and social development may be stunted and it may lead to poverty and social exclusion.
Combat Poverty, through the Demonstration Programme on Educational Disadvantage, established and supported local networks that developed integrated responses to the problem in their areas. Combat Poverty developed structures that influenced policy at national level through drawing from these local experiences. Three strands existed in the programme: local network structures, research & evaluation, and policy formation.
Community Arts Pilot Programme
Community arts are a creative a powerful way to tackle poverty, social exclusion and disadvantage. The Pilot Programme enhanced community arts practice and developed imaginative and wide-ranging policies and programmes to address poverty at local, regional and national level. As well as training and improving resources for community arts practitioners, it provided a forum for developing policy from the experiences in community arts including visual arts, crafts, oral history, music and drama. The Programme was an initiative of CAFÉ (Creative Activity for Everyone) and Combat Poverty Agency supported by the European Horizon Programme.
Third European Poverty Programme
Poverty 3 was built on the experience of the previous EU poverty programmes focusing on social exclusion and economic/social integration. It aimed to contribute to the development of preventative measures for groups at risk of becoming economically and socially marginalised and to develop corrective measures to meet the needs of people who were disadvantaged. It was a test bed for new organisational and strategic approaches to tackling poverty at local level. The European dimension to the programme supported the transference of methods, know-how and identification of good practice.
Combat Poverty played a role in establishing three projects in Ireland and supporting community sector involvement in them:
Women's Networks Programme
Women's Networks Pilot Programme supported five regional networks in Waterford, Clare, Tallaght, Clondalkin and Galway. It explored the types of supports appropriate to women's groups in disadvantaged areas and how best to highlight women's poverty at a national level. The five networks were:
For further information on these programmes or the publications associated with them, please contact our Library & Information Service on 01 647 3207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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