Experience has shown that economic development alone is not sufficient to ensure long-term sustainable development. Social welfare is a critical aspect of the development cycle, and is essential in transforming the development objectives of any country into tangible results and in improving the well-being of its people.
Intraway is committed to working with government and the community sector as they navigate their way through reform aimed at achieving better outcomes for all citizens, particularly those that are vulnerable. In this way Intraway is engaged in the development of the social sector and provides assistance to institutions in designing and implementing projects dealing with the reintegration of disadvantaged and marginalized groups into society and the labour market, introduction of active labour market measures, promotion of employment and life-long learning and mainstreaming the needs of vulnerable groups in program and project design and implementation.
We conduct basic research as well as promoting applied and empirical research on employment, social policy, inequalities, demography, and family issues. In recent years research emphasis has shifted towards issues of social cohesion, funded by local and national authorities, private organizations, the EU and other international bodies. Researchers in Social Policy collaborate with academic /research institutions in Greece and abroad.
Key objectives in the area of Social Policy are the following:
- Further developing social policy theory and scientific methodology for dealing with the social policy issues.
- Enhancing and expanding research and the reproduction of knowledge concerning future social challenges and Social Policy.
- Quality research and wide dissemination of results and knowledge.
- Establishing a systematic dialogue and cooperation in the area of Social Policy through shared activity with organizations involved in social research (universities, various levels of the local administration, the public and private sector etc)
Current research activity focuses on:
- Social and economic inequality issues: income inequalities, educational inequalities, child poverty, exclusion from the labour market, gender mainstreaming, poverty and social exclusion at the national and local levels, inequalities in access to social care and health services etc.
- Social integration policies: social and economic inclusion of vulnerable population groups, EU strategies based on the OMC, active inclusion policies, minimum income scheme policies etc.
- Identifying the needs and problems of vulnerable population groups: Disabled persons, immigrants, single parents, prisoners, ex-prisoners, addicts, etc.
- Demographic issues: general tendencies, fertility, ageing, family development, migration policies, demographic and family policies etc.
- The labour market: types and structure of employment, unemployment, labour market and employment policies etc.
- The sector of social economy and social entrepreneurship: Characteristics of the social economyorganizations and their activities, their role in promoting social inclusion, local development,their prospects etc.