Project reason – The population ageing and the role of Volunteering Associations
Nowadays, governments and civic society are searching for new policies and common answers to face one of the most profound social transformations: the population ageing. Although the structure of age pyramid in the EU Member States and Candidate Countries and Potential Candidate Country varies, this shift has been deeply impacting on the social and economic spheres of every region in Adriatic area. Besides the continuously increase of average life age, what is a major achievement in the recent past, at the same time it leads to additional strain on the economy, society and sustainability of public finances. The population aging threatens process of institutional capacities of public, private profit and non - profit institutions / organizations in countries in Adriatic area.
Recognizing these common challenges, through the cooperation of 13 partners from 6 countries included in the IPA Programme area, the NET–Age project aims at strengthening the development capabilities of the Adriatic regions involved and the demographic process focusing on innovative social and health services to favour active ageing and independent living of elderly.
NET-Age project - Promote regional social development encouraging NETworking of relevant publicvolunteering stakeholders to boost innovation in the delivering social-health-care services for AGEing people - aims to improve the coordination among public - private stakeholders to overcome obstacles in the field of elderly assistance, encouraging them to work in partnership at local and Adriatic level and deliver innovative social - health services for ageing people to guarantee active, healthy and independently ageing; to increase the sustainability of social-health systems maintaining a balance among quality of services-reasonable level of expenditure-equal access; to foster the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) as new approach in the definition and programming of social-health policies; to increase and favour the development of capacities, competences and skills of public institution and CSO staff; and finally to enhance the level of awareness and information on the services and policies target to elderly, the role of volunteering in each territory and at Cross Border.
In this way, NET-Age actively contributes to strength democratic process and institutional capacity building activities. In the same time, project activities reduce the territorial inequalities among countries thus promoting Adriatic Cross - border networks of stakeholders as stable framework for cooperation, exchange of experience and transfer of competencies strengthening the process of forming Adriatic Ionian Macro Region.
Total budget of Net-Age project is € 1.880.437,49 and it will be implemented until May 2015.