The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Participation

The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Participation
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The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Participation, Stichting Bevordering Maatschappelijke Participatie (BMP), is a Dutch project organisation operating both at national and European level. It was set up in 1986 as a supporting foundation for social action activities in the province of North Holland. Since 1992, BMP operates as an autonomous organisation aimed at promoting people's participation in the development of society. BMP focuses on exploring new social themes and formulating new methods of approach. It is committed to facilitating the active involvement of individuals, groups and organisations in social trends that affect them. BMP’s projects place great emphasis on opportunities for self-development and self-realisation for groups and individuals. At the heart of BMP there is a permanent team of four people who are responsible for coming up with new themes and projects. Project staff are hired on temporary contracts. Various bodies fund BMP on an individual project basis. These bodies include ministries, local authorities, community organisations, funds, the European Commission, etc. BMP greatly values its independence. This allows BMP to take initiatives, including putting forward unorthodox themes and safeguarding the innovative character of its projects. As well as working on its own initiative, BMP also carries out research for others. In practice, this means that BMP and its principal consult closely on the plan of approach for the survey in question and that they jointly look at the funding possibilities. In recent years, BMP has focused on three core themes:

  • Ageing of society and the position of seniors
  • Human rights
  • Immigration and the position of immigrants and refugees

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