Version 1.0 (11 October 2012)
Prepared by Sara Falconi with the contribution of Dr Frances Camilleri-Cassar and with the support of Anna Gallo
Malta’s social and cultural traits tend towards other southern European countries e.g. Italy, Spain, and Greece. Such traits include the strong influence of the Catholic Church, the role of the traditional family and other structural norms and attitudes which, in many ways, are a response to societal changes and challenges over time e.g. the rise in secularization, new forms of family units, etc.
Moreover, since the last century, a culture of volunteering and an increase in the number of non-governmental organizations have steadily been present in Malta. Indeed, the third sector has developed to such an extent that it is now regarded as a strong player in the development of a robust civil society, and in the enhancement of democratic processes. For example, there are an estimated 30,000 volunteers and over 500 registered voluntary organizations in Malta.
However, when it comes to the concept of social innovation (including innovative policy-making, capacity building, fostering actions and incentives connected to it) Malta still lags behind other European countries. To this end, the future HUB Malta (in pre-candidate status at time of writing) with its mission of ‘supporting people with entrepreneurial spirit co-create sustainable social change and providing a collaborative space for creative enterprise incubation, research, growth and internationalization' aims to explore the possibilities and needs for initiating the process of social innovation in Malta through a first comprehensive research that will draw largely on a literature review and best practices in other European countries. The objective of the study is to support the development of new strategies for social innovation in Malta, seek a better understanding of the phenomenon and applicability to Malta’s needs, and engage with recommendations to inform policy for the enhancement of the economy, and the wellbeing of the people.
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