SERIGO 5 The project

The project

European rural areas face societal, demographic, economic and environmental challenges due to global transformations and crises. Uneven development affects people’s livelihoods and overall well-being, hitting individuals in vulnerable situations the hardest.
SERIGO aims to enhance resilience, social inclusion, and well-being of vulnerable groups in European rural areas through socially innovative solutions initiated by or involving actors from the social economy. The project is:
  • Conducting community-based participatory research through case studies from across Europe and pilots testing in five EU Member States.
  • Fostering debates and collaboration on the topic among diverse stakeholders in Europe.
  • Providing policymakers with recommendations for policy development around social inclusion in rural areas.

With a focused approach to addressing the challenges faced by rural communities, SERIGO is committed to harnessing the capabilities of social economy actors to drive inclusive development initiatives and support vulnerable groups in rural areas.


Analyse the drivers of social exclusion and the disparities and marginalisation linked to different rural areas and various forms of vulnerability among people.

Explore the capacity and limitations of innovative social economy solutions in enhancing social inclusion and equitability in rural areas.

Identify potential gaps and benchmark the policies and practices that promote the social economy at EU, national, regional, and local levels.

Co-design five experimental pilots that implement socially innovative solutions supporting vulnerable groups and promoting their inclusion and active engagement within their communities.

Co-create and validate policy recommendations on how to better meet the needs of vulnerable groups, as well as on how to create an enabling framework for up-scaling social innovation in rural areas.


SERIGO Methodology

Work plan

SERIGO Work plan