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Co-designing welfare in Brescia: out with tenders, in with collaboration

Tamami Komatsu CiprianiPOLIMI

The Italian city of Brescia is facing a growing welfare challenge similar to other European cities: a rising ageing population met with low fertility rates, a high percentage of NEETs and a growing, younger immigrant population in need of integration. To respond to this problem, the Deputy Mayor of Welfare, supported by the city’s administration, decided to implement a new vision of welfare provision for the city, in which the Public Administration is no longer the sole provider but rather the promoter and supporter of the system of actors in place. To implement this vision, tenders for welfare services were replaced with calls for accreditation, eliminating competition and favoring collaboration in welfare production. The process now calls for all actors to co-create, co-design and co-produce welfare along with the Public Administration and thus be co-responsible for city-wide wellbeing.