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Strengthening the cooperation between policy makers and the non-profit sector in return to work of persons with health conditions

The aim of the project is to strengthen cooperation between policy makers and NGOs in terms of integration of people with disabilities into the labor market and to enable them to fully return to work.

Partners: Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI), University of South-Eastern Norway
Project number: T2-2019-008
Project duration: june 2019 – november 2020

Despite improving conditions on the Slovak labor market, people with disabilities are still facing barriers when looking for stable employment with decent working conditions. Previous research by partner organizations participating at project has uncovered a number of problem lines. As a key issue, we define the fact that people with disabilities face problems in representation of their work interests and accessing quality services, also because of almost non-systematic cooperation between organizations that are:

  • representing people’s interests in terms of their job needs (eg. trade unions, professional associations);
  • representing the interests of people in terms of their health disadvantages (eg. the Patient Rights Association, League Against Cancer);
  • providing services to specific groups based on ethnicity or other collective traits and with the potential to also cover labor integration services (local MVOETP Slovakia, Healthy Communities);
  • representing state administration through regional structures (in particular labor offices).

The project will comprehensively map existing legislation as well as implementation practice through desk research as well as semi-structured interviews with representatives of all the above-mentioned groups of actors (state administration, NGOs, trade unions, employers). We will focus on networking these organizations by providing the latest knowledge based on comparing research findings and recommendations for integrating persons with disabilities in Slovakia and Norway, as a country with an experience in employing vulnerable groups. The project’s activities will make it possible to link the practical experience and interests of these actors to better set up labor integration services and measures with a specific positive impact on people with disabilities as well as target sub-groups (Roma and homeless people).

The project is financed by EEA Grants 2014-2021 through the Program Active Citizens Fund Slovakia.