The Economics of Cares

The Care Economy understands as a set of activities that are developed daily to sustain and reproduce the life and that allow to face the needs that we have throughout the life cycle. We focus on activities that are at the base of the social and economic system and have an impact on the well-being of caregivers.

The Barcelona City Council, adopting this perspective, has decided to take a path towards a fairer and more sustainable organization of care in the city, giving visibility and value to all these activities, combating the social inequalities currently under way in its provision and Promote co-responsibility between different social actors in its management.

This impulse has materialized with the Measure of Government for a Democratization of Care (see attached document), which was presented in the Plenary on May 26, 2017, between the Commissioner of Social Economy and Local Development and Consumption and the Council Of Feminisms and LGTBI. In order to prepare the measure, a motor group has been set up to streamline the whole process, and an Interdepartmental Commission has been created with the aim of weaving commitments, alliances and collaborations, in which various areas and departments of the Barcelona City Council have participated. In its elaboration process, it has been essential to have the experience of people and entities related to the subject, in order to contrast the results of the analysis and the proposals made.

The Measure aims to promote in the medium and long term another way of socially organizing care, from a transformational point of view. To this end, three main objectives have been established: to recognize care as a central part of the socio-economic life of the city, to promote the co-responsibility of all social actors to guarantee the right to dignity and quality of care, and to reduce Social and gender inequalities that currently characterize both the provision and the reception of care.

The actions of the Measure are developed based on two central axes:

1) The recognition of the social centrality of care.

2) The socialization of responsibility towards care.

And two strategic transversal axes:

A) The elimination of the (bad) social division of labor from an intersectional perspective.

B) The empowerment of providers and care recipients.

In the different spaces of the web we will incorporate all the information of the actions that are developing.