Development Partnership

Information in this article were valid till 31.08.2008.

The partnership consists of a number of public authorities, all of whom are facing the task at hand from their individual perspectives:

The Regional Administration of Värmland has the main responsibility for the regional development and the development of gender equality.

The County Council of Värmland employs many people within the care sector, and is facing high sick leave rates.

The County Labour Board of Värmland has recognised how traditional values easily are reproduced Karlstad University contributes to the competence development as for the work area "maintenance and care in progress". The social insurance office of Värmland is to improve the health and actively work against sick leave. The family guidance of the Swedish Church continually meets people who struggle to combine work and family life. N2B3 (The Organisation for Parental Education - "When 2 become 3") supports families with children.

Värmlandskooperativen (Cooperative Development Agency of the Region of Värmland) are active within the social economy and enterprise counselling.

IUC I Värmland AB (Industrial Development Centre) counts 400 small and large (very male dominated) manufacturing companies as members LO Värmland (Trade Union) works actively for everybody.s right to a full-time employment.

The DP's activities are based upon the notion that knowledge and insights are crucial for development and change. The aim is to develop the people and organisations of the labour market so as to support people.s opportunities to combine gainful employment and family life. An additional work premise is that structural conditions are obstructing the development of new modes of acting

in different situations. The activities, thence, are primarily aiming to increase the knowledge about structural conditions in terms of gender, class/life patterns and ethnical differences. This is connected with the fact that attitudes toward work and family/spare time, and the relation in between, are distinctively marked by gender, class and, as we believe, by ethnical belonging as well.

The main target group for the activities is employees at a "guidance level" (e.g. labour office officials, counsellors, personal secretaries, rehabilitation investigators, etc.) The disposition of the planned activities aims to bring the secondary target groups (employees, job-seekers, parents, people who receive employment benefit, other participants, etc.) a less discriminating, more equal guidance.