Enterprising initiatives and liveability

Central government is creating greater scope for local initiatives that seek to make neighbourhoods more liveable, for instance by amending obstructive legislation and encouraging new forms of investment.

Neighbourhood initiatives by residents

In many places, local residents are actively engaged in improving their neighbourhood, for instance by organising activities for young people, tending parks and gardens, managing a community centre or playground or helping the unemployed to find work. In order to set up ventures of this kind, residents often form a neighbourhood cooperative. Neighbourhood involvement is often combined with entrepreneurial skills in order to keep the streets clean and safe, organise computer courses for the elderly or set up a communal vegetable garden.

The intention is that local initiatives should be self-supporting. Any profit made by the neighbourhood cooperative will be reinvested for the benefit of the neighbourhood. Neighbourhood cooperatives fall under the Enterprising Social Initiative Programme.

Enterprising Social Initiative Programme

This programme enables local people to find solutions to liveability problems in their neighbourhood. It brings together central government, residents, local authorities, the business community and civil society organisations. The programme operates on the following principles:

  • Obstructive regulations are amended, where possible.
  • New financing methods are encouraged, e.g. local financing through crowd funding.
  • Residents are provided with the information they need to set up initiatives themselves. For instance, they can use the budget monitoring tool to find out about municipal budgets.
  • Actors from government, health and welfare services, the local population and the business community are brought together to seek new solutions to local problems.