Agirre Center takes part in Basic Income pilot-research in Barcelona
- ALC’s Research Manager and Social Innovation expert Gorka Espiau is currently working with The Young Foundation on the development of a cutting-edge project supported by European Commision.
- During the three-year pilot phase of the project 5 million euros will be invested in the Besós district in Barcelona.
The fight against inequality has become one of Agirre Lehendakaria Center’s main lines of work in recent years. Appart from several research projects and publications related to equality and cooperative values in the Basque Country, we’re currently working on an international cutting-edge, radical project in the fight against poverty.
The three-year pilot study based on guaranteed basic income for randomly selected 1000 families in the Besós district in Barcelona, one of the most disadvantaged areas in the city. They will receive unconditional subsidies to ensure their earnings exceed the poverty line.
Agirre Lehendakaria Center’s Research Manager and Social Innovation expert Gorka Espiau is currently working with The Young Foundation on the development of this project, supported by the European Commision. The London think tank is one of the four organizations the Barcelona City Council has partnered with to carry out the project, along with the IGOP center at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, IESE Business School and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
The city council will consult several institutions as well, such as the government of Finland, the Canadian province of Ontario and the Dutch municipality of Utrecht, which are currently running similar projects.
Within a context of questioning of the basic income in the Basque Country, a grounbreaking initiative set up in 1989, we believe that these kinds of projects can be essential in short-term to the achievement of healthier and more just societies.
Further information: basicincome.org