Poverty exists across all borders*
PROFIT project funded by the European Commission under the sixth EU Framework Programme has been launched. In May a 3-day kick-off meeting inaugurating the work of the consortium was held in Lodz. The consortium is composed of the research institutions from eight European countries: Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Italy and Great Britain.
University of Lodz is the project's coordinating institution. It is worth adding that PROFIT is the only project whose coordination has been entrusted by the European Commission to a university from the Central-Eastern Europe. The lead coordinator of the project, prof. Wielislawa Warzywoda-Kruszynska, and the vice-coordinator, prof. Ewa Rokicka, both represent the Institute of Sociology, University of Lodz. This is a credit to high qualifications of the sociologists from the University of Lodz, proved by achievements in realisation of earlier international projects and a sign of trust for UL as the institution administering the project finances.
The sum devoted by the European Commission to PROFIT research is almost a million euro. Except for the offset programme, connected with the purchase of F-16 aircraft, this the largest foreign grant won by the Lodz University so far.
The acronym PROFIT (Policy Responses Overcoming Factors the in the Intergenerational Transmission of Inequalities) stands for the policy of counteracting inheritance of inequalities. The project aims is to bring profit mainly to the youth. PROFIT project will be carried out for three years and the results of the research should give an answer to the question about the most effective ways of preventing reproduction of social inequalities. This will contribute to elaborating the solutions which will in future be possible to apply to social policies across the UE states. Because social inequalities exist across all borders - also highly developed countries - pushing the population, including the young, from the poor and deprived families into the social margin.
*Article published in Polish at the website of the Bulletin of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education “Matters of science"