The funding projects implemented in partnership with European institutions and organisations make it possible to use our know-how in the areas of entrepreneurship and management consulting for disadvantaged groups of people across Europe. Among other things, our experts develop guidelines and tool boxes for companies or advise young people with a refugee background on setting up a company.
With projects in the field of technical assistance ("Technical Assistance"), we support the development of structures and mechanisms relevant to the labour market and social policy in countries outside the EU.
We work - on behalf of the European Commission - with ministries, authorities and civil society in Asia, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, for example to further develop offers from labour market agencies, to develop industry-relevant skills or to promote the labour market integration of disadvantaged groups of people.
As part of our European focus, we support the European Commission in implementing comprehensive “Good Practice Exchange” programmes. The focus is on:
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The aim of the project is to support people with a refugee background, migrants and foreign employees in the partner countries Denmark, Germany, Liechtenstein and Austria in their integration into companies in the MICE sector (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions).
The project supports refugees between the ages of 18 and 25 with the intention of becoming self-employed to become financially independent and thus more integrated into the host countries.
As part of the project, which is being implemented in Germany, Finland, Italy, Austria and Spain, these young people are accompanied and supported in all phases of sustainable business start-up.
The project consists of 3 core phases of company formation:
The phases are accompanied by:
Since 2019, we are a partner in the EU PES Benchlearning programme. Benchlearning is an innovative concept combining quantitative and qualitative benchmarking with evidence-informed mutual learning. We are responsible for the mutual learning strand of the programme.
The programme is implemented on behalf of the European Commission and the European Network of Public Employment Services. The objective is to foster cooperation between European PES and to support the implementation of good practices in order to improve PES performance and service quality.
We have been implementing the EU programme “Mutual Learning” in the field of gender equality (European Commission, DG Justice) since 2011.
The aim of the programme is to promote mutual learning through the exchange of knowledge and good practices between government officials, independent experts, EU officials and other stakeholders involved.
The focus is on concrete policy measures and practical examples. Both opportunities and obstacles for policy implementation are identified and the opportunities and challenges with regard to transferability to other countries are examined.
The study Youth, Digitalisation and Gender Equality is based on focus group interviews with young people between the ages of 15 and 18 and interviews with experts from the fields of digitalisation, youth and equality. This was implemented in 10 EU member states.
The research focused on:
As a rule, violent radicalisation is still perceived as a predominantly “male” phenomenon. The role of women in extreme movements is therefore often neglected or reduced to the passive role of victim, although they do provide active support, e.g. with regard to recruitment and fundraising, but also in operational roles up to assassins.
Women therefore play a fundamental role in supporting and spreading jihadist ideologies. There is no general profile of women who support jihadism, but certain push and pull factors are often mentioned.
In particular, the internet also plays a relevant role, especially in recruiting women. In any case, it is clear that female radicalisation is a complex, multi-causal phenomenon and demands just such answers.
When it comes to preventing radicalisation, the majority of women are involved as mothers, sisters and wives. Although these are important roles, they also lead to a certain stereotyping that overlooks other valuable areas of application for women, e.g. as political influencers, educators, important members of the community and activists.
The analysis was carried out from July to November 2017 and had two objectives:
Despite a continuous trend towards a greater gender balance in legal professions, the data indicate a persistent gender imbalance in the top positions as well as horizontal segregation (for example, support staff in the legal sector is usually predominantly female). Although there are sometimes considerable differences between individual legal systems, countries, legal professions and hierarchical levels, this applies to all EU member states.
An example of this is the judge's profession. Viewed across Europe, there is a gender balance or even a slight excess of women. However, this only applies to the lower hierarchy levels. In the states of the Anglo-Saxon legal system, on the other hand, the entire profession of judges is male-dominated to over 60%.
The findings of the study therefore require a considerable amount of action to remove the main barriers to equal participation of women and men in legal professions. These include in particular:
The study's recommendations include:
There is also a need for more systematic research into the situation of women and men in legal professions, as well as better collection and collection of data that is comparable at European level.
In the area of legal education, the introduction of a gender-specific approach as a cross-cutting issue would be desirable.
The study was carried out from December 2016 to June 2017 in collaboration with the Queen's University Belfast created and pursued the following goals:
The method relied on three pillars: literature analysis, stakeholder consultations and secondary data collection from existing national and European statistical sources.
EU Funded Technical Assistance Project on establishing structures and measures for integration of Vulnerable Groups in Kosovo.
The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the transition from social assistance to employment of the most disadvantaged groups in the labor market, putting a special emphasis on social aid beneficiaries and people with disabilities.
This objective will be contributed to through the project purpose defined as support to employment and social inclusion of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the labor market, in particular beneficiaries of social assistance and people with disabilities, through development and implementation of active employment policies at central and regional levels that will improve the employability of the above-mentioned groups and provide opportunities for entrepreneurship.
The project is financed by the EU Commission; Beneficiary institution in Kosovo is the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (MLSW). The project implementation is planned to start beginning of 2014 and will last for 24 months.
ÖSB Consulting GmbH enforces the two party consortium led by WYG and provides expertise in designing, elaboration and implementation of active labor market measures as a function of the needs of these target groups.
|Project Type||Technical assistance|
|Duration||2014 – 2017 Feet|
|Place of implementation||Pristina, Kosovo|
|beneficiaries||Public institutions in the social and employment sector|
|Contracting Authority||European Commission, DG Development & Cooperation (EuropeAid)|
Mag.a Dr.in Monica Natter