CF2D project (Training Centre in Sustainable Development)

Project information

Index: 0259R1
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location BELGIQUE-BELGIË RÉGION DE BRUXELLES-CAPITALE / BRUSSELS HOOFDSTEDELIJK GEWEST Schaarbeek Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2004-01-01
End: on going

Topic of the practice

Growth and strengthening of the Social enterprises

Good Practice Information

The project CF2D comes from the association CF2m, which has developed for more than 20 years, actions aiming to fight against all forms of social and cultural exclusion, or discrimination in the access to training and employment.
Concretely, CF2D is active:- In the North: in the re-employment of computer material with the perspective of sustainable development, training and pedagogical tools for trainers, development of TICE tools, the re-using of computer material and the creation of a demolition and re-employment unit, research & development in the environmental field for access to resources (Eco-design, micro-solar, etc.) and in social entrepreneurship.- In the South: in the development of projects and mixed enterprises, structured on complementarities North/South, networking and clustering, experimentation of operating modes insuring synergies between enterprises, NGOs and informal sector; support to projects of bilateral cooperation between training institutes, administrations and public authorities.The main sector of activities is the social economy sector.
Nevertheless, other sectors are also concerned, mainly through partnerships –which could come out social economy but also out the « traditional » economy- in order to develop more or new activities. In any case, the main objective is the re-employment. The professional training targets the re-employment of excluded workers always with an aspect Research & Development in the activities (at first a question, then a research project and a practice and finally, the emergence of contrary effects and of more questions). While the project origin lies on the observation that industrialists generally ignore what is done with their waste. Beneficiaries are:- Persons without qualification in the social economy,- Excluded workers,- Partners collaborating to the project,- Autonomous partners (e.g. design for specific aspects on a project) or private enterprises (e.g. a big company interested in the recycling of waste).

Evidence of success

Costs:2010 projections.Turn over 970,000 euros.Subsidies:Ilde : 60,000 euros, various subsidies: 172,329 euros, workforce:16.35.Results:- Turnover increase,- Projects are well evaluated from an extern (ILDE requires an evaluation every 3 months on staff and target public essentially) and internal points of view.This project takes a stand on the progressive social economy, which has its own gaps, way of running. The main principle is the fact that the field is completely open and the resources do exist, because various needs are not seen by the traditional market, which perceive differently these needs and ways to satisfy them and which uses different ways to treat the needs (e.g. no consideration of the micro-credit, of commercial and no-commercial logics, etc.). The main point is to work from existing needs and make them economically pertinent.Social economy must not only work on fields financed by the State but must invest in new fields without copying the “business world”. Social economy is not an “under-economy”.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Bernard Goffinet


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