Social Innovation for the Sustainability


Work4Progress: Innovation Platforms for Job Creation

Ariadna Bardolet y Marta Solsona

It is clear that the paradigms of international cooperation are changing, and Work4Progress is an example of this. The origins and goal of this programme, launched in 2017 by the "la Caixa" Foundation, provides the most advanced social innovation tools for international cooperation programmes via open innovation platforms. All this seeks to create employment for women and youngsters in a situation of vulnerability in India, Mozambique and Peru.
Its main innovation is the inclusion of new tools and methodologies in: 1) listening to and identifying community needs, 2) joint creation and prototyping of new solutions, 3) exploration of scaling instruments, 4) governance, 5) evolutionary evaluation systems, and 6) funding strategies.
When applied in complex environments such as the ones with which Work4Progress works, this tools help increase the impact of the programmes, avoiding top-down proposals and generating new models for collaboration.


  • Number: 2
  • Year: 2020
  • DOI: 10.36852/2695-4427_2020_02.05