Svensk partner: Leksands kommun

New start Leksand and Soroti- fighting unemployment

Soroti Municipality and Leksands kommun has identified two common challenges:

  • There are groups in the community that are more burdened with long term unemployment than other groups.
  • There are material resources being thrown away as waste instead of being recycled and used.

To become employed when having been outside the work market for a long time can be difficult. The municipal service given to long term unemployed today in Leksand and Soroti do not offer support to empower participants to chose self employment as an option for earning an income. Existing business advice and financing possibilities often seems out of reach.

The main project objective is that participants in municipal projects for long term unemployed are perceiving that they can get the municipal support they need to be able to start and run their own company/ cooperative.

This will be achieved through a development of the municipal support to long term unemployed in each municipality so it includes a tailored basic entrepreneurial education with focus on sustainable entrepreneurship. The education is developed through cooperation with municipal civil servants and representatives of the target group. As a complement to the education there will be a common network established to make it easier for participants to connect and find partners, financing, marketing, mentorship, skills training, exchange of knowledge and inspiration.

The development objectives are to increase equity and inclusion and citizen participation and to contribute to the development of a sustainable society.

Management of Solid Waste and sensitisation to it

This project addresses issues concerning waste management and its consequences for public health and a more sustainable development of the environment for the municipalities in Soroti and Leksand.

The Project will be carried out using the following tools:

  • A comparison of laws and regulations for waste management
  • Study and develop the process of waste disposal and recycling
  • Sensitisation to changed habits of the general public with regard to waste disposal and recycling.

The main activities is study visits, workshops, produce a teaching manual for TOT ´s and study materials for the different target training groups in both communities. Expected results are better methods and procedures being implemented (in Soroti) and less solid waste in the surrounding. Improved awareness on waste management issues and improved methods for awareness/behaviour change are expected results in both municipalities.