Perhaps you already know that the City of Montreal and the Chantier de l’économie sociale co-organize the next Global Social Economy Forum -GSEF2016, to be held 7-9 September 2016 and which will focus on the collaboration between local governments and the social and solidarity economy (SSE) organizations for the development of cities.
GSEF is pleased to announce that the call for proposals for the Forum is now open! Until January 3rd, 2016, we will receive submissions of initiatives to be presented at the GSEF2016. The Forum will showcase existing projects, from all continents, who will represent the best practices of collaboration between public authorities and social economy organizations for the development of cities. Projects by other types of organizations (citizen’s initiatives, private and hybrid enterprises, universities …) in collaboration with the SSE and/or local governments. In this sense, if you are you aware of innovative initiatives that have had an impact on the development of your city, please invite these actors to submit them to GSEF2016!
Since the 2008 financial crisis, economic development has been reconsidered and innovative approaches are becoming increasingly relevant internationally. The ‘Social and Solidarity Economy’ (SSE) is a chief player among these approaches. Because SSE organizations pursue both economic and social objectives, they play a major role in creating and securing decent employment and income. ILO’s efforts on the SSE have been of various natures, from technical activities (advice on policy and law, access to finance, organizational development, capacity building, international networking, etc.) to establishing international partnerships and politically influencing high level Government decision making, in different settings (informal and formal economy, rural and urban communities, a variety of economic sectors and sub-sectors) or working with people from all backgrounds in global networks. Among these efforts, the ‘ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy’ emerged as a hub and catalyser of innovative initiatives to support the SSE and enhance the ILO’s endeavour on promoting Decent Work for all.