ILO Jakarta co-organizes a National Webinar on Supporting the National Entrepreneurship Program through the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)

The national webinar on “Supporting the National Entrepreneurship Program through the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)” brought together policy makers and practitioners to share knowledge and perspective on how Indonesia could build a conducive ecosystem for the SSE.

News | 30 July 2021
On 28 July 2021, the ILO Jakarta office, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Ministry of Cooperative and SMEs of Indonesia, Asian Solidarity Economy Council and Bina Swadaya Foundation jointly organized a national webinar on “Supporting the National Entrepreneurship Program through the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE)”. The programme for the webinar can be viewed here.

More than 275 participants joined the national webinar that brought together policy makers and practitioners to share knowledge and perspective on how Indonesia could build a conducive ecosystem for the SSE.

Broadcasted live in ILO youtube channel, the national webinar started with welcome remarks by Ms. Michiko Miyamoto, ILO Director for Indonesia & Timor Leste and Ms. Destry Anna Sari, Assistant Deputy for Business Consultation and Coaching at the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises of Indonesia.

Following the opening remarks, Ms. Simel Esim, ILO COOP Manager presented on the working definition of SSE available from the ILO and the UN Task Force on SSE (UNTFSSE). She reflected on the types of enterprises and organizations that fall under SSE, and the SSE umbrella framework policies and programmes around the world. She shared highlights of the emerging SSE responses during COVID-19 global pandemic noting ILO’s involvement in this portfolio. She concluded by informing the participants that next year’s International Labour Conference agenda includes a general discussion item on “Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) for a human-centred future of work”.

The following panel session was facilitated by Tendy Gunawan, National Officer at ILO Jakarta. The session started with a presentation by Dr. Ir. Ahmad Dading Gunadi, the Director for SME Development in BAPPENAS, who presented the plan of the Government of Indonesia in supporting entrepreneurship development. Dr. Gunadi remarked that the Government is currently discussing a national framework for entrepreneurship, aimed to provide a more conducive environment for start-ups, including social enterprises.

His presentation was followed by Ms. Eri Trinurini, Board Member of Bina Swadaya Foundation who shared findings from the study she has undertaken on “Mapping of SSE Enterprises and Organization in Indonesia” as part of the first phase of an ILO project on Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy Policy in Asia (2019-2021). A summary brief based on her work was made available to the participants of the webinar (EnglishBahasa Indonesia).

Mr. Jong-Tae Yoon, Chief Director of Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency (KoSEA) was the next presenter sharing the experience of certified and pre-certified social enterprise system in South Korea. He noted that the Social Enterprise Promotion Act was issued in 2007 and the Ministry of Employment and Labour is the regulatory body, and is responsible for accrediting social enterprises. He noted that the certification system of social enterprises includes a measure on decision-making structure of the enterprise, which is an important element in the SSE.

The next presenter, Mr. Kuhan Pathy from the Social Entrepreneur Development Association of Malaysia, explained how social enterprises in Malaysia are accredited in stages, based on the development of the enterprises. The final presentation was by Ms. Ari Sutanti, Senior Program Manager at British Council Indonesia, focusing on the current state of social enterprises in Indonesia.

In the ensuing discussion, Ms. Esim highlighted some of the key differences between SSE and social entrepreneurship. She noted that SSE is about transformative and systemic change, as envisioned in the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. She indicated that social enterprise approach may currently be more prominent in East and South East Asia, yet different from social enterprise approaches, the SSE emphasizes participation, consultation, democratic and joint action from within a social change perspective. She noted that in SSE policies adopted around the world, the element of democratic solidarity, rooted in the values of quality and mutual assistance emerges prominently. Dr Eri Trinurini Adhi from Bina Swadaya Foundation, noted that in Indonesia, social enterprises could come in many legal forms and do not necessarily adhere to all the principles of SSE.

The participants welcomed the webinar as an initial platform to discuss the development of an entrepreneurship system that is conducive for the growth of social enterprise in the country, that also adhere to the principles of SSE. Recognition, accreditation, incentives, and other system need to be considered in order to build national entrepreneurship framework that is sustainable and inclusive.