Global Action: Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems
In 2020, the OECD launched the Global Action “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems”, funded by the European Union’s Foreign Partnership Instrument, that will cover more than 30 countries over a period of three years. This work targets all EU countries and non-EU countries such as Brazil, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico and the United States.
This project is funded by the European Union
About this Project?
Growing inequalities, persistent unemployment and environmental imperatives have come to the fore as priority policy issues, even more so in light of COVID-19.
In this context, the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) can contribute to building more inclusive and sustainable economies and societies. The SSE has indeed proved to be a longstanding agent of inclusive growth.
Despite the increasingly recognised importance of the SSE, many countries still struggle to develop conducive ecosystems and to access good practices.
As part of the OECD and EU strategic objectives to promote inclusive, smart, resilient and sustainable growth, this project aims to:
Support the SSE, including social enterprise development and internationalisation
Raise awareness and build capacity to conducive national and local ecosystems for SSE development
Promote knowledge-sharing and other exchanges at the international level
Save the Date! Virtual conference "The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream" (13-16 September 2021)
The 1st conference of the Global Action will take place virtually from 13 to 16 September 2021, from 13:00 to 16:00 CEST, under the title The Social and Solidarity Economy: from the Margins to the Mainstream. It will bring together hundreds of policy makers, practitioners, and experts in the social and solidarity economy to:
Learn more about the issues to consider when designing legal frameworks and measuring social impact, including new OECD research in these fields.
Discuss new OECD evidence on the role of social and solidarity economy organisations in rebuilding better, by raising their visibility and providing the tools to achieve social impact.
Network with other international practitioners, experts and policy makers, during highly interactive roundtables, breakout sessions and digital app networking features.
The conference will feature high-level plenaries and panel discussions, as well as interactive and practitioner-focused sessions.
PLPs are consortia of actors in the ecosystem of Social and Solidarity Economy and beyond, whose objective is to share knowledge and promote learning to promote and support the SSE. Their activities will also inspire concrete actions policy makers can undertake to support the establishment of conducive ecosystems for SSE development.
The Peer Learning Partnership public launch event took place on 20 May . The event was organised by the OECD with the participation of the six selected consortia of the Peer Learning Partnerships call for tender. The selected PLPs addressed topics such as legal frameworks for the SSE, social impact measurement for the SSE, the internationalisation of SSE organisations, gender, and scaling of SSE in the face of the COVID-19 to over 130 participants. The event allowed participants to learn more about the “hot topics” that the PLSs will address and the approaches used for peer learning. Please click here to see the Agenda.
The OECD began work on social entrepreneurship over 25 years ago. The OECD assists national, regional and local governments in designing and implementing strategies to support the SSE and social enterprises by providing them with tailored and evidence-based policy recommendations. The work supports the OECD’s Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme.
If you are interested to learn more about the project or to get involved: