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Duration: June 2019 - December 2020
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CROCHET (2019-2020) is a project that brings social innovation in the center of ambition to transform governance
models and increase citizens’ participation for the benefit of fair and sustainable local development.
Based on the multi-layered exchange between actors from two most developed cities in Croatia and
Switzerland (Zagreb and Zürich), it creates a set of ideas to use social innovation for the purpose of
creating better quality of public services and more social cohesion. Focusing on three different areas
vital for urban life (municipal utilities, community centres and housing) it creates space for learning
and exchange in order to develop hybrid forms of institutions and organisations that often include
cooperation of civic actors with public authorities (through public civic partnerships). Ultimately,
based on a bottom-up approach and strong relevant grassroot experiences of local groups, and with
focus on sustainable development goals, the structured exchange of experiences through this project
leads to enhanced capacities of Croatian partners to employ social innovation within local institutional
framework into improvement of governance models, higher social cohesion and innovation based
initiatives that improve life conditions in local communities.
Institute for Political Ecology (IPE)
has been set up as institutionalisation of long history of cooperation between scholars and activists
originating from different organisations active in in areas of climate change, sustainability, urban
development, common good and public services. It was set up as a research and educational
organisation that designs alternative development models and innovative institutional frameworks for
democratic political and economic transformation of society. The Institute addresses contemporary
ecological changes as social phenomena that reduce or magnify social inequalities and influence power
relations. IPE carries out transdisciplinary research and educational programs in cooperation with
domestic and international institutions and organisations.
Pravo na grad / Right to the City is active on
alternative models of management of public infrastructure and bringing together
different organizations, initiatives and unions on issues of housing.
Zelena akcija / Friends of the Earth Croatia
aims to raise capacities of CSOs to advocate for open and transparent governance of public
and natural goods in Croatia
Savez udruga Operacija grad / Alliance Operation City
is working on the creation of an advocacy platform formed by numerous organisations from different
sectors in order to collectively achieve the desired outcome: the creation of a participatory governed
The role of NetHood
NetHood is leading the Cooperative Housing working group of the project.
More specifically, the idea of organizing around and building housing cooperatives has only recently begun to emerge as
the implication of the housing crisis in Zagreb and Croatia. Due to increasing prices in real estate and
construction sector, as well as the proliferation of very short term renting due to the development of urban
and coastal tourism, it becomes harder to provide for the much needed affordable housing. Therefore,
many local communities, but also local townships, find that developing models of non-profit housing
such as housing cooperatives can help to alleviate some of the pressure.
Due to these conditions,
citizens have recently started to organize around new organisational forms based on cooperation and
solidarity thus aiming to find alternative ways to cope with current constraints and organize their
business model similar to the ones already developed with success in Switzerland.
NetHood will try to translate the Swiss experience in creating, organizing
and building urban housing cooperatives (in Zurich alone 25% of housing is cooperative housing)
into tangible legal and organizational knowledge needed to improve development of the
housing cooperative model in Zagreb and Croatia, too.
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