Title: Under the Radar: the Contribution of Civil Society and Third Sector Organisations to EU eInclusion Policy
Authors: Hache A.
Editors: CENTENO MEDIAVILLA Isabel Clara
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2011
JRC Publication N°: JRC65414
ISBN: 978-92-79-20488-3
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 24857 EN
OPOCE LF-NA-24857-EN-N
URI: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=4339
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC65414
DOI: 10.2791/59558
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: EU eInclusion policy goals reinforced in the flagship initiative ‘A Digital Agenda for Europe (2010)’ aim to both develop digital skills and competence for empowerment and emancipation and use ICT in support of social inclusion processes. The vast majority of the eInclusion initiatives in the field are carried out by the third sector and public sector organisations. In order to better understand how EU-third sector synergies could be strengthened in favour of the eInclusion process and, given the scarcity of data available about the structure, characteristics, needs and challenges of the civil society and the Third Sector Organisations (TSO), JRC-IPTS has carried out an exploratory research study to shed some light on the above questions. The study starts by analysing the European policy framework for the third sector, and clarifies the nature and specificities of civil society and TSO activities and their contribution to social innovation. It analyses TSOs’ contribution to eInclusion objectives and makes an attempt to classify the different types of TSO from this perspective, providing many inspiring examples of TSO actions. Finally, it proposes some policy options to support and further develop the role that this sector plays in achieving eInclusion goals.
JRC Institute:Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

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