• Workforce Development

a4i- Alliance for Inclusive Investment in Social Care and Support

The a4i project aims to bridge the gap between the social sector and private investors.


Europe has an investment gap in social infrastructure of an estimated €150 billion a year for the next decade in health, social care and support, education and affordable housing. There is a crucial need for a new breed of decision makers who have the skills and confidence to secure financing from both public and private sources. Funded with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, the a4i project aims at bridging this gap. In the long term, increasing investment into social care and support will help improve quality of life via access to quality services for beneficiaries, including older people, persons with disabilities, children, migrants, homeless people, etc. Furthermore, knowing when and how to use private investment for social care and support providers can also help to free up limited resources for public authorities to fund where public investment is the right path.


The aim of a4i is to develop a neutral platform to improve the relevance of teaching content in the professional development of decision makers. The project partners will create a new cross-sectoral teaching concept, based on integrated academic and adult training learning methods together with models and case examples of good practices. Therefore, thanks to this project, Social Services Providers and Private Investors can use common knowledge and tools to understand each other, communicate and collaborate more easily.



HCN, Netherlands

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain

Fundacion ONCE, Spain

Mondragon University, Spain

Caja Laboral Kutxa, Spain

Asociace poskytovatelů sociálních služeb České republiky, Czech Republic

CEVRO Institut, Czech Republic

Česká spořitelna, Czech Republic

Union des entreprises à profit social (UNIPSO), Belgium

Université de Liège, Belgium

CREDAL, Belgium


January 2019 - December 2021


Thomas Bignal, EASPD Policy Manager

Project website

With the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.