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USE-IT! sought to identify and connect social and economic assets existing in poor and migrant communities to major capital and infrastructure investments, in order to reduce displacement and maximise the economic and social benefits of urban development for marginalised residents.

The model proposed rely on Community Researchers (CRs), recruited among the local community and trained in research methods to identify local assets. Mechanisms were tested in order to unlock the potential of poor communities and facilitate the creation of a matching skills service to enhance employment and encourage the spinout of social enterprises that are socially innovative and resilient. The project provided peer-to-peer support for communities, and act as change and innovation drivers to bring out bold and sustainable solutions. Attention was given to the identification of innovative mechanisms that can be used in the area to ensure sustainability and support replication.

During its implementation, the UIA project has capitalised on its experience so that it can be shared with peers. The outputs displayed on this page are the result of this process.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Urban Innovative Actions
Programme/Initiative
2014-2020

The Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is a European Union initiative that provided funding to urban areas across Europe to test new and unproven solutions to urban challenges. The initiative had a total ERDF budget of €372 million for 2014-2020.

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