The Institute of Cooperation and Local Partnership (ICLP) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Katowice, Poland, that has been actively supporting disadvantaged groups of society for the last 15 years. Its mission is to initiate inter-institutional partnerships, strengthen social capital and promote active approach to life in local communities.
Since its establishment in 2001, the ICLP has been delivering social and occupational integration services using innovative solutions to assist socially excluded persons (such as Social Integration Clubs, Peer Support, Outplacement, the Local Partnership Model, Social Economy, and Coaching). Its staff has gained extensive experience during joint work with local government institutions and NGOs on projects and programmes within broadly defined social policy. The ICLP has acquired special skills in assisting community groups that have found themselves in a particularly difficult situation: single mothers, persons with disabilities, long-term unemployed people, homeless people, and people recovering from psychological crisis.
The core staff of the ICLP consists of psychologists, sociologists, job counsellors, and social workers who use interactive, workshop-based tools in addressing individual needs of their clients.
The Institute cooperates with academic centres for sociological research in the social integration area. The ICLP has also developed several Strategies for Solving Social Problems for counties and municipalities in the Region of Silesia.
The ICLP has carried out projects financed by the European Social Fund, projects commissioned by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Regional Social Policy Centre, Labour Offices and Social Assistance Centres. The ICLP has contributed to international projects, collaborating with organisations in Russia (the Karelian Resource Centre of NGO), Ukraine, Romania ( ADES w Curtea de Arges), and Norway (VOX Education Institute).