Our research manager Gorka Espiau is currently working with The Young Foundation on the development of a cutting-edge project supported by the European Commission.

The fight against inequality has become one of Agirre Lehendakaria Center’s main lines of work in recent years. Apart 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 Commission. 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 centerIESE 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 groundbreaking 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