European Social Fund in England

2007 - 2013

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  • extending employment opportunities
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Sustainable Development

This section of the website provides information on sustainable development in the 2007-2013 England and Gibraltar ESF programme. It:

- sets out background information on sustainable development and the UK Government’s response

- explains how sustainable development will be mainstreamed into the 2007-2013 ESF programme; including the requirements on ESF (and match funded) providers

- includes some tools to help providers and contract managers agree where practical changes can be made in the way sustainable development is applied to ESF funded activity, as well as wider organisational and partner impacts.

Annual mainstreaming progress report for sustainable development

The first annual mainstreaming progress report for the sustainable development cross-cutting theme for the ESF programme is now available.

The report has been agreed by the national ESF sustainable development sub committee and was presented to the national ESF programme committee in November 2009. It explains:

The report also includes a number of examples of how mainstream ESF funding is supporting specialist sustainable development projects.