Focusing on the local economy
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Capitalising on the diversity of Barcelona’s districts to promote its local economy
At Barcelona Activa, we support an economic strategy that promotes local development and re-establishes an equilibrium between the different Barcelona districts.
As a municipal company whose mission is to promote economic policy and local development, we are leading a paradigm shift in this area and proposing a locally-focused model of economic growth. The model is based on the theory that to meet the differing needs of all Barcelona’s districts, any economic promotion policy must adopt a unique approach.
We work to create a local economy that is rooted in the city’s districts and neighbourhoods and has a tangible local economic, social, and environmental impact.
Other projects in the city
La Clota Cotreball (CA): Located in the La Clota district, this collection of premises covering 362m2 offers free office spaces, a kitchen and workshops for conventional entrepreneurship and social and solidarity economy projects. In return, users are asked to contribute to specific social return actions which are jointly agreed with the Horta Guinardó entities.
Banc de Recursos Mancomunats de Ciutat Vella (CA): A space where Ciutat Vella’s social and cultural entities can offer and share diverse material, thus encouraging networking and enhancing synergies between the associative fabric of the district.
Digital literacy actions in different districts across the city. Training designed to provide the basic knowledge and practical skills required for technology usage, improving skills, and reducing the impact of the digital divide for participants. Sessions are held at Nou Barris Activa and in the Besòs-Maresme, La Verneda i la Pau, and Sant Andreu districts.
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New District Development Plans (PDE)
District Development Plans act as roadmaps for locally-focused development that takes into account the specificities and initiatives of all the Barcelona neighbourhoods.
These plans describe and detail the five-year socio-economic development strategy for a given district.
Along with the economic development plans for the districts of Sant Martí, Ciutat Vella, Nou Barrios, Sant Andreu, Sants-Montjuïc and Horta-Guinardó, for the period 2021-2023, roadmaps will also be developed for the districts of Les Corts, Eixample, Gràcia and Sarrià-Sant Gervasi.
District Development Plans (PDE)
Nou Barris Development Plan
Ciutat Vella Development Plan
Sant Andreu Development Plan
Sant Martí Development Plan
Sants-Montjuïc Development Plan
Horta-Guinardó Development Plan
Estratègia de Desenvolupament de Proximitat
Economic development is distributed unevenly across Barcelona: Six of the ten districts, representing 61.8% of the population, receive only 45% of the aggregated family income. These six districts account for 70% of the city’s unemployed, almost 70% of the people with low-level qualifications and more than 70% of the people receiving assistance from social services.
The city’s heterogeneity goes beyond socio-economic inequalities, as Barcelona is also diverse in terms of the distribution of assets for economic development. Sometimes these assets can be the cause of inequality between Barcelona districts, but at other times they create opportunities to generate economic activity rooted in a particular district.
The city’s socio-economic inequalities call for a new model of locally-focused development, which is based on the plural economy and incorporates the social and solidarity economy as a new paradigm.
Thus, the economic development policies promoted by Barcelona Activa emphasise the territorial perspective by supporting economic activities that have a positive impact on Barcelona’s neighbourhoods and districts and contribute to meeting the needs of individual areas.
The locally-focused development policy has the residents of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods and districts at its heart. The aim is to guarantee public services and an economic environment that can positively influence their professional development, generate wealth, reduce inequalities and guarantee equal opportunities.