Scale of the project
The Post-Accession Rural Support Programe was carried out between 2007 and 2010 in 500 municipalities in 13 voivodeships and covered about 1 mln people.
The Social Integration Programme was the biggest component of the Post-Accession Rural Support Programme (PPWOW – Poakcesyjny Program Wsparcia Obszarów Wiejskich). It was prepared by the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and implemented in the years 2007-2010 on the basis of a loan agreement with the World Bank.
A team of over 30 specialists – regional counsellors operated within the programme. They served as support for municipalities and social changes they implemented.
Aims of the project
The basic element of the Social Integration Programme was preventing poverty and social exclusion. This was done by activating local environments which consisted in involving local leaders in various support activities and those aimed at improving the quality of life of people who were stricken by poverty or exclusion.
Jacek Jakubowski in the above-mentioned programme supervised the team managing the programme, helped to build and develop the team of above-mentioned specialists/counsellors. His task was to supervise the process of establishing workshop concept which would allow to activate and integrate activities of local leaders. In the second stage, he supervised counsellors in launching the process of social changes.
Effects of the programme
Upon completion of the programme, municipalities prepared and implemented plans for continuity of service, programmes of cooperation between local governments and social organisations. Municipal strategies for solving social problems were updated.
Numerous publications have been prepared and they serve as a source of valuable information in the field of social integration for policy-makers, NGOs and beneficiaries of public services. 80% of mayors declared that the programme had directly contributed to a decrease in problems related to poverty and exclusion and had increased the activity of local inhabitants.
It was emphasised that among participants of the programme were senior and young citizens, entrepreneurs and farmers, schools, social welfare centres, churches and all kinds of NGOs.
The World Bank and the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy assessed the programme as effective and launching constructive social processes operating after the completion of the programme.