Social and Solidarity EconomySSE refers to enterprises and organizations (cooperatives, mutual benefit societies, associations, foundations and social enterprises) which produce goods, services and knowledge that meet the needs of the community they serve, through the pursuit of specific social and environmental objectives and the fostering of solidarity.
United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE)The UNTFSSE was established to raise the visibility of the SSE in international knowledge and policy circles as it holds considerable promise for addressing the economic, social and environmental issues faced by today’s world. The SSE is an important approach for the integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Thus, the UNTFSSE works to support the SSE as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), acting as a hub for inter-agency coordination and knowledge sharing on how to replicate, scale up and build an enabling environment for SSE. The UNTFSSE also serves as a conduit for civil society voices to interface with policy making.
The UNTFSSE now counts nineteen UN Agencies and other inter-governmental organizations as members, as well as seven civil society organizations or umbrella association of SSE networks as observers.
The ILO Social and Solidarity Economy Academy (SSE Academy)The SSE Academy is an interregional training opportunity gathering practitioners and policymakers from all around the world, to share their experiences, best practices and challenges from their work in the SSE. The training seeks to provide a better understanding of the concept of SSE, discuss the relevance of SSE as a development alternative and its relation to the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda, and further build and strengthen networks of SSE practitioners. The first SSE Academy took place in Turin (Italy) in 2010. Since then, eight SSE Academies have taken place in Montreal (Canada), Agadir (Morocco), Campinas (Brazil), Johannesburg (South Africa), Puebla (Mexico), San José (Costa Rica), Seoul (South Korea) and Luxembourg city (Luxembourg). The next Academy will be held in Spain in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The Collective BrainThe Collective Brain is a virtual multilingual interactive space which aims to enrich the ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy and to facilitate exchanges and cooperation beyond the face-to-face interactions during the academy. Its main purpose is to allow current, former and future participants and other key players in the field of SSE to remain engaged, cooperate and deepen their knowledge through an online platform in spite of geographical distances and language barriers. A forum is available to all users. Various documents and publications on the SSE are available, along with the SSE Academy Collections. News is also shared on the platform.
Current ProjectsThe ILO’s Cooperatives Unit is technically backstopping three country-level projects on cooperatives and the social and solidarity economy.
- Development of a Social Economy Policy in South Africa (Government of Flanders & National Economic Development Department of South Africa)
- SFU/COOP Joint Research Initiative on “The role of Social and Solidarity Economy and Social finance in sustainable development and the future of work”
- Research Project on "Financial mechanisms for Innovative Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems"
- 9th Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, Luxembourg city, Luxembourg (2017)
- 8th Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, Seoul, South Korea (2017)
- 7th Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, San José, Costa Rica (2016)
- 6th Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, Puebla, Mexico (2015)
- 5th Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015)
- 4th Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, Campinas, Brazil (2014)
- 3rd Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, Agadir, Morocco (2013)
- 2nd Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, Montreal, Canada (2011)
- 1st Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, Turin, Italy (2010)