Quidgest and the Municipality of Cascais received the award for their joint work on the Cascais Social Charter. Image provided by Quidgest

Quidgest and Cascais receive equality and inclusion award

22 May 2024 10:13

AICEP Portugal

Lisbon/Cascais - The Congress of the Portuguese Association for the Development of Communications, or APDC, has recognized technology provider Quidgest and the municipality of Cascais for their development of the Cascais Social Charter, a digital platform that helps citizens find resources to improve their community.

When citizens in the coastal Portuguese town of Cascais need wheelchairs, rehabilitation services, or other help, they turn to the Cascais Social Charter. The charter helps citizens seeking help or equipment for adults with disabilities, addictive behaviors, mental health, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, age, victims of violence, and other social issues.

The Charter’s success led APDC to give its developers, Quidgest and the municipality of Cascais, the Equality and Inclusion Award at the Association’s recent Cities & Territories of the Future Awards held on May 14 and 15.

“Receiving an award like this is extremely gratifying,” said the company’s sales manager for local public administration, Pedro Nobre, according to a press release. “The Cascais Social Charter is not just a technological tool. It is a project with a significant impact on the community and people, which not only improves resource mapping and management but also brings social support and services closer to those who need them most.”

Equity and inclusion, Nobre added, are among the Sustainable Development Goals that the United Nations has compiled to improve the planet’s environment and economy.

The Charter builds on the Cascais Social Network, an organization of 138 entities that provide social services, monitor social problems, create policy, and participate in other community efforts.

“We are a network of excellence planning and implementing a strategy defined at the municipal level and then in its operationalization,” said Cascais Municipality Councilor for Social Action and Education Frederico Pinho de Almeida. “But all this would be incomplete if we did not have, of course, the technology to accompany the community support response.” ce/jd