The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its primary objective is to contribute to the economic and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) at ECLAC

ECLAC joined the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (TFSSE) in April 2014 and has recently made contributions to the document titled “Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development”.

Several divisions of ECLAC have worked on the subject of social and solidarity economy (SSE). The Social Development Division, for example, implemented the project Experiences in Social Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This project served to identify and reward innovative experiences, precisely in relation to SSE issues.

The Production, Productivity and Management Division has conducted studies on SSE models, in relation both to urban SMEs and to rural and agricultural development. Special importance has been afforded to public policies in this regard.

Relevant Publications and Outputs

From social innovation to public policy. Success stories in Latin America and the Caribbean (English and Spanish)

Innovación social y desarrollo económico local (Only in Spanish)

Claves de la innovación social en América Latina y el Caribe. (Only in Spanish)

Agricultura familiar y circuitos cortos. Nuevos esquemas de producción, comercialización y nutrición. ( Only in Spanish)

Cooperativas campesinas y seguridad alimentaria: Un modelo vigente (Only in Spanish)

Principales barreras para la adopción de las TIC en la agricultura y en las áreas rurales (Only in Spanish)

Políticas para la agricultura en América Latina y el Caribe Competitividad, sostenibilidad e inclusión social (Only in Spanish)

Metodologías para el desarrollo de redes empresariales (Only in Spanish)

Análisis de las políticas para la promoción de la articulación productiva (Only in Spanish)

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