An approach inspired by science to fight against poverty in France

Summary : Since 2014, the Association Resolis has identified and highlighted , according to an approach inspired by the model of scientific communities, original and exemplary initiatives which fight against poverty in France.

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  • Start date : 2013
  • Implementation site : France
  • Budget : 150000 €
  • Source and details on funding : Bettencourt Schueller Foundation
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  • 75005 Paris
  • Employees : 4
  • Volunteers : 15
  • Members : 22


Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  20/01/2017 00:00
Opinion of the Committee : Innovative !
Solution(s) : Coordination of actions Territorial development
Country :  France, Île-de-France
Stature of the programme :  National
Participant :  Association, ONG
  • Beneficiaries :  Universal, Professionals
  • Domain :  Citizen participation, Cooperation

Reports collected as part of the RESOLIS programme « Poverty France » (2014)

Copyright: Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
To reference a document published by RESOLIS : Brugière Michel , « An approach inspired by science to fight against poverty in France », **Journal RESOLIS** (2017)

Background to the programme

Resolis was founded in 2010 by Philippe Kourilsky (Emeritus Professor at the College de France) in response to problems in recognising, coordinating and efficiency in the field of solidarity. To contribute to the current transitions in our society (social, environmental, economic ...), this association has developed tools for identifying, funding and promoting best practices and their authors. Since 2014, it has implemented a 3-year program targeting actions against poverty in France, which will end with a large feedback symposium.

Objectives of the programme

- Increase the recognition of actors in solidarity

- Strengthen the effectiveness of activities in the field by encouraging better coordination between them and the development of a culture of sharing

- Encourage the spread of the most original and/or most efficient practices

Implemented actions

1- Resolis identifies the best practices in the fight against poverty conducted by local actors, via a network of municipalities. The data collected, often with the help of students, is posted on its Observatory.

This programme is particularly interested in initiatives related to access to essential goods, legal rights, education, employment, housing or the fight against exclusion through culture, leisure or sport.

2- Resolis organises meetings, moments for discussions and sharing between actors of solidarity

3- Resolis creates journal issues devoted to solidarity in the area studied, published in the Resolis Journal, a scientific style review.

All Resolis publications are free to access at: www.resolis.org

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

In 2014 and 2015:

- 11 identification actions (Aubervilliers, FAPE EDF, Grenoble, Lille, Paris 19th, Paris 15th, Roubaix, Seine-et-Marne, Saint-Denis, Saint-Marcel-de-Félines and Villeurbanne)

- 167 reports collected

- 9 meetings organised in which more than 303 people have participated

- 2 special issues published in the RESOLIS Journal: Solidarity in Seine-et-Marne and REOSLIS Meetings for solidarity in Saint-Marcel

- 12 fruitful relationships created (pooling of resources, such as local sharing or partnership)

- Hearing by the delegation to the prospective from the Senate and mention of the RESOLIS programme in its information report on poverty (adopted unanimously by the Senate in February 2014)

- Nearly 31,000 visits to the website. Numerous media articles and quotes on websites.

Original characteristics

Resolis’ work is unique of its kind: applying practices from the scientific community to social and humanitarian action (that’s to say make their objective results public and share feedback with peers). All publications are thus systematically subject to peer review. Experts appreciate the quality of the practices according to the criteria of effectiveness and originality. This approach thus encourages solidarity actors to organise themselves around their knowledge. It also aims to reduce the feeling of shame associated with failures and avoid the repetition of failed experiments.

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

ATD Quart Monde, Aubervilliers, Chair ESS University Paris Est Marne La Vallée, CNAM, Coordin'Actions, Crésus, France Bénévolat, The IRUP (Regional Polytechnic University Institute), La Fonda, Lille, Tpwn Hall 15th Arrondissement, Town Hall 19th Arrondissement , Research & Solidarity, RESO77, Roubaix, Saint-Denis, Sciences Po (as part of the collective projects), University of Lille 3 and Villeurbanne


Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :

- Laborious identification work: multiple attempts needed

- Having complete records

Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :

- Prioritise fact to face contact and exchanges by telephone

- Monitoring activities and regular canvassing

Suggestions for future improvement :

- Establish a system to update the reports

- Perfect the database hosted on the website

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

- Free process

- The local and "bottom up" approach of the programme, acclaimed by all actors

- Support with writing (teams of students/actors in the field): quicker writing of reports and excellent feedback from the actors (stepping back)

- Importance of local partners (municipalities, organisations, heads of networks ...) in passing on requests and ensuring a satisfying response rate

- The flexible and simple format of the reports

To know more

- Senate Information Report entitled « Comment enrayer le cycle de la pauvreté ? Osons la fraternité ! » ("How to break the cycle of poverty? Dare to use brotherhood!") Freely downloadable from: http://www.senat.fr/rap/r13-388/r13-3881.pdf

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