For us a resilient world is a better world.
Vulnerability is a multifaceted and complex issue that traps individuals into a vicious circle. Therefore, it constitutes a central issue in social policy. Today, vulnerability in one area leads to vulnerability in others too in a way that is fundamentally new. Issues previously identified and analysed individually – our environment, the economy, and social challenges – are now inextricably interlinked. Health, access to education, economic growth, environmental sustainability are interrelated and may be threatened in a way we cannot immediately control or isolate. What we can control, however, is how we respond to these challenges, how we absorb the shocks of our world, and how quickly we spring back after a blow. In other worlds, we can control how resilient our institutions, communities, and people are against these disruptions.
A focus on resilience places the human dimension and human development square at the center of our work. We strongly believe that every human being deserves a decent standard of living, that human life is unique and has to be lived to the fullest and that the human being has unlimited potential, which s/he should be able to realize in an environment that promotes equal opportunities and guarantees justice.
KMOP works with actors at every level – local, regional, and national – and across sectors – civic, businesses, and government – to find practical, innovative solutions for building and promoting resilience.
For us, the steps to build and enhance resilience –building capacities to cope with hazards and tackling the root causes of vulnerability, such as poverty, poor governance, discrimination, inequality and inadequate access to resources and livelihoods – are crucial to make the world a better place to live.
For us sustainable growth could only be achieved through structural reforms.
We believe that our society’s social cohesion and prosperity cannot rely only on yesterday’s ways of working. In these days the skills that people require are changing fast, as jobs and society in general adapt to new challenges, such as global competition, technological change, environmental sustainability, ageing populations and new societal structures. One of the central factors for a society’s adaptation to this new age will greatly be based on new resilient forms of education and training. People now have to acquire skills that match the needs of a rapidly-evolving job market and be flexible so as to learn in formal and non-formal learning situations following a lifelong process.
In order to move towards this direction, we need to use our knowledge so as to focus on skills such as creativity, entrepreneurship, initiative-taking that extend beyond the school gate, involving the world of work. Skills and employability are not only vital to the economy, but also major social assets, which together with education help everyone live their own personal lives to the full.
For us, this path for development in human capital is a key factor in social structural reforms, permitting growth which is sustainable also in the long term.
We believe that social solidarity is fundamental for reinforcing every strategy for social reform and innovation.
Right by definition, social solidarity is a set of values norms and morals that a certain group or groups of people hold together.
In this sense, for us it is now more than ever important to empower people feel this way in the effort they make to collaborate with others for a personal or collective purpose.
In our view, equity, social cohesion and active citizenship can be really meaningful, only when all citizens-regardless of their social or personal circumstances-, find a reason not only to acquire goods for themselves, but also to foster active citizenship and intercultural dialogue.