As social innovations have grown in Europe, this concept has gradually become established in Slovakia as well. At the European level, social innovations have become part of strategic documents, programmes and research projects, and increasingly received greater attention from the governmental, private and non-governmental sectors in Slovakia.
During the last decade, social innovations in Slovakia have primarily belonged to the third sector. Lately, non-profit organizations, civic associations, foundations and think-tanks have been the predominant promoters of social innovations. Thematically, the prevailing social innovation projects mainly focus on local development, education, social inclusion and active citizenship.
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