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Final Conference SME-city project
Final Conference SME-city project
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The Project


The project SME-city is implemented in areas where situations of social conflict, including intense conflict, emerge between young people, residents and shopkeepers for the use of public areas.
The need of each group to use the space in a certain way and a certain time fosters the risk of a break in communication among the actors involved, each protecting their own individual views; this can lead to a gradual erosion of social capital and cohesion in these areas, and the increase of insecurity, both actual and perceived. Within such contexts, in fact, the visibility of anti-social behaviour increases (i.e. acts of vandalism and bullying, disturb to public peace and indecent acts in a public place).
SME aims to understand and put forward solutions to the problem of crime and 'anti-social behaviour' in city centers.
The project’s approach is based on collecting, analysing and making sense of the stories of crime and disorder in city centers from the diverse points of view of all sections of the community – looking at the problem through the eyes of young people, residents, business-people, tourists, politicians and police.


The project aims to offer an opportunity for the constructive management of conflict.
Social workers and researchers work in the project areas to propose to the target groups, in a creative way, the opportunity to participate and have a leading role in the life events of the city.
The interest and the actions are directed towards all the different stakeholders; each one of them is, in fact, an integral part of the issue (if the issue exists) and, therefore, an integral part of the solution.
Sme-city are testing an action of social mediation, through Borgorete in Perugia, Italy, Arcola in London, UK, and INTRAS Foundation in Valladolid, Spain.
Its development consisted of developing different experiences of participatory planning in order to devise shared actions aimed at counter the conflict situations existing in the areas.

Since the beginning, the project involved several local and EU stakeholders and this brought to the initial formation of a Network of Friendly Places at European level. Network for Friendly Places
The final results of the project will be disseminated during Final Conference held in Bologna on the 5th of December organised by the partner Italian Forum for Urban Security.


The project Sme-city is implemented with the financial support of the European Commission Programme ISEC 'Prevention of and Fight against Crime' and has, as its general objectives, the contribution to maintaining cities safe and more secure.
The specific focus areas of this project are the testing, the sharing and the dissemination of best practice among partners for the development of new methodologies and techniques to prevent antisocial behavior in social gathering venues and in public spaces.