Establishing and testing integrated interventions aimed at supporting people in (the most) vulnerable situations – Initiative for innovative integrated interventions in Miskolc

Project description

Urban social innovation initiative for integrated social and employment services in Miskolc - 4IM project

  • The call for proposals was launched by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Subject of the project: Creating and testing integrated local development interventions to support the most vulnerable
  • Period of implementation: 30 months (November 2021 - June 2024)
  • Consortium leader: the City of Miskolc
  • Consortium partners: Košice Municipality, HÁRFA (Network for Regional Development Foundation), Abaújrakezdés Association, University of Miskolc, AEIDL (European Association for Innovation in Local Development, Brussels)
  • Associate members: Dr Ámbédkar School, Dialóg Association

Project objective

Introducing a new, experimental active inclusion model in Miskolc that is in line with the EU active inclusion approach, as set out in Principle 14 of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which states that everyone lacking sufficient resources has the right to adequate minimum income benefits ensuring a life in dignity at all stages of life, and effective access to enabling goods and services. For those who can work, minimum income benefits shall be combined with incentives to (re)integrate into the labour market. 

4IM aims to jointly formulate an Action Plan to promote the integration of deprived neighbourhoods, using two complementary approaches:

  • Improving local governance mechanisms, local coordination and multifaceted partnerships as a basis for a successful integration process.
  • Piloting a new, integrated model of benefit and service delivery addressing vulnerable individuals and households in two deprived neighbourhoods of Miskolc, Bábonyibérc and Tetemvár.

The experimental model will be shared and multiplied locally and with the partner city, Košice (Slovakia), and at European level, with the contribution of the European partner organisation.

What is Miskolc doing in the project?

  • The development and piloting of a coordinated social experimentation model based on partnership between the relevant local stakeholders and the representatives of the target neighbourhoods.
  • The establishment of a Social Innovation Resource Centre that coordinates the partnership between the local stakeholders and the relevant measures and actions.
  • The establishment and testing the operation of integrated service access points in the two pilot neighbourhoods (Bábonyibérc and Tetemvár).

The services provided by AEIDL in this project are:

  • Methodological and innovation design advice for the implementation of the project, with particular attention to communication for local development and social innovation methodologies for the development of the model, involving stakeholders and beneficiaries.
  • Desk research and identification of good practices working with vulnerable groups around Europe to complement the project methodology and seek synergies with existing similar initiatives, encourage peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and collaboration.
  • Elaborate dissemination contents, result products, publications, knowledge transfer documents.
  • Organisations of workshops, and study visits to foster knowledge transfer.
  • Knowledge platform management for the communication and dissemination of the project activities and results.
  • Co-design and delivery of the project communication strategy and plan, including the design of communication materials, dissemination of results, social media and press releases.


  • The analyses for the development of a new service model are carried out by the University of Miskolc, the Municipality and the Abaújrakezdés Association and coordinated by the Social Innovation Standing Working Group.
  • The operational work is carried out by the Social Innovation Resource Centre, which is responsible for managing an integrated pilot scheme to support the poorest households. The salaries of the pilot unit are financed on one side by the municipality through a grant from European Commission and on the other side by the Abaújrakezdés Public Benefit Association.
  • The introduction of the integrated service model in Tetemvár and Bábonyibérc is the task of the integrated service access points and community coaches belonging to the Social Innovation Resource Centre team.
  • Miskolc will share its experience with its partner city of Košice and will be involved in European urban cooperation networks implementing similar projects aimed at social inclusion.

Expected results

  • Miskolc will have a more efficient and integrated city-wide social and employment service model, consciously developed and pilot-tested;
  • An adaptable, scalable model for other segregated areas;
  • Miskolc will be integrated into European knowledge-sharing networks, be better known, and able to find partners to move forward;
  • Better access to services for people living in segregated areas; reduced segregation, improved social mobility;
  • After the project, if the pilot model proves to work in Miskolc, the Resource Centre will perform its task in the long term, with access points being extended to other deprived neighbourhoods.


  • 3525 Miskolc, Városház tér 8, Hungary
  • Tel: +36 46512865 (on working days, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
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Consortium partners

Miskolc Municipality (coordinator), Municipality of Kossice, HÁRFA Foundation, Abaújrakezdés Association, University of Miskolc, AEIDL (Brussels).

City of Miskolc, Miskolc Municipality

University of Miskolc

Abaújrakezdés Public Association

Network for Regional Development Foundation, HÁRFA

Association Européenne pour l'Innovation dans le Développement Local, AEIDL

The City of Košice

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