Publications of the UN Task Force on SSE (TFSSE)


Mainstreaming Social and Solidarity Economy: Opportunities and Risks for Policy Change

A Background Paper by Peter Utting
November 2016

This paper reviews contemporary definitions of SSE and identifies key principles and constituents. Furthermore, this paper identifies various opportunities and risks when mainstreaming the concept and agenda of SSE and addresses the strategic implications for SSE advocacy and work of the UNTFSSE.

Available in English.

2016-09-26_171351Realizing the 2030 Agenda through Social and Solidarity Economy

A Position Paper by the TFSSE
July 2016

This paper argues that SSE can play a crucial role in the realization of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs by promoting inclusive and sustainable development through concrete social, institutional and technological innovations and practices. The linkages between SSE and all 17 SDGs, outlined in detail in the matrix below, draw attention to its potential as an alternative model of development that can address the structural underpinnings of exclusionary and unsustainable development.

Available in English, Spanish, and French.

Position paper eng - view levelSocial and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

A Position Paper by the TFSSE
July 2014

This position paper argues that the post-2015 development agenda should pay more attention to the potential of social and solidarity economy. This potential is illustrated by examining the role of SSE in selected issue areas which, we believe, are central to the challenge of socially sustainable development in the 21st century.

Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French (soon available). Executive summary available in English.

history02Raising the Visibility of Social and Solidarity Economy in the United Nations System

A History Paper by the TFSSE

This paper presents the history of the creation of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy. It is drafted by Peter Utting for the ILO SSE Academy.

Available in English.

Publications of the Members and Observers

Papers and reports



Policy Brief on Scaling the Impact of Social Enterprises: Policies for social entrepreneurship

OECD and European Commission Policy Brief


Available in English, French, and German.

ILO SurSur CoverEconomìa Social y Solidaria y Cooperacion Sur-Sur: Nuevos Retos en América Latina y el Caribe

A compilation of articles of the ILO SSE Acedemy in Pueblo, Mexico


Fao9The Implications of Social Farming for Rural Poverty Reduction

A FAO Technical Workshop Report


southsouthacademy46Social Solidarity and South-South Cooperation

A compilation of papers of the ILO SSE Academy

Working PapersInternational Comparative Social Enterprise Models – ICSEM

A Working Papers Series


gender0Advancing gender equality:The co-operative way

An ILO Report


en_events_unrisd_seriesSocial and Solidarity Finance

An ILO report of UNRISD-ILO-FES Workshop


UNDP Social BusinessMobilize Social Business to Accelerate Achievement of Timor-Leste MDGs

A project document of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and UNDP

2012 – 2015

soutasia1Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia: A South-South and triangular cooperation perspective

An ILO Report


campinas2014Social and Solidarity Economy: towards inclusive and sustainable development

Reader for the ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Academy


Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese

OPSocial and Solidarity Economy Is There a New Economy in the Making?

An UNRISD Synthesis Paper


coops sdgsCooperatives and the Sustainable Development Goals

An ILO Report


OPsUNRISD Occasional Papers Series on Social and Solidarity Economy


DESA_SecGen_coop Cooperatives in social development and the observance of the International Year of Cooperatives

Report of the UN Secretary-General, A/68/168
22 July 2013
Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish

cahier1Initiatives Report

A Mont-Blanc Meetings Report


Available in English, French and Spanish

ICA coop and sustainabilityCo-operatives and Sustainability: an Investigation into the relationship

A report of the ICA, the Sustainability Solutions Group and Community Research Connections
23 October 2013

ICA Coop GrowthCo-operative Growth for the 21st century

A report commissioned by ICA to CICOPA, ICA’s sectoral body for industrial and service cooperatives

October 2013

Available in English, French and Spanish

Social and Solidarity Economy: An opportunity to ILO reader Youth 2013enhance youth employment

Reader for the ILO Academy on Social And Solidarity Academy


Available in English and Arabic

NGLS Consultation_2013Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. A Consultation with Civil Society

Conducted by UN-NGLS for the UN Secretary-General, the General Assembly and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals


readerSocial and Solidarity Economy: Our common road towards Decent Work

Reader for the ILO Academy on Social And Solidarity Academy


Available in English, Spanish and French


SSE Beyond the Fringe (without question mark) - in textSocial and Solidarity Economy Beyond the Fringe



To view the Introductory chapter, click here

MBMThe Social and Solidarity Economy, a Response to International Challenges

Mont-Blanc Meetings


Available in English, French and Spanish


The Changing Boundaries of Social Enterprisesthe-changing-boundaries-of-social-enterprises_9789264055513-en

Local Economic and EmploymentDevelopment (LEED) programme, OECD


Available in English, French and Korean


ssfSocial and Solidarity Finance, Tensions, Opportunities and Transformative Potential

An UNRISD event brief


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Cooperatives and the World of Work

ILO Issue Brief Series


Social and Solidarity Finance, Tensions, Opportunities and Transformative Potential

An UN-NGLS report of UNRISD workshop


escwa5Social and Solidarity Economy as a Tool for Social Justice

An ESCWA Policy Brief


Available in English and Arabic

TygelThe importance of regional approaches to UN debates,” by Daniel Tygel of RIPESS

An UN-NGLS Opinion Piece

10 August 2014

Available in English, Spanish and French

RIPESS recommendationsSocial Solidarity Economy Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Civil society recommendations

3 July 2014
Available in English, Spanish and French

SSE 2015 brief - in textSocial and Solidarity Economy – A new path to Sustainable Development

An UNRISD Beyond 2015 brief

March 2014

ICA briefCooperatives and the Sustainable Development Goals. A Contribution to the Post-2015 Debate

An ILO and ICA brief


Policyoecd 2013 brief Brief on Social Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurial activities in Europe

An OECD/LEED brief



NGLS in focus SSESocial and Solidarity Economy as a New Path to Sustainable Development

In focus section of the UN-NGLS e-magazine The 2015 Post, Issue 2
November 2013

Peter-UttingSocial and Solidarity Economy: A Pathway to Socially Sustainable Development?

A UNRISD Think Piece


Available in English and Spanish

tpsUNRISD Think Pieces Series on Social and Solidarity Economy


Peter-UttingWhat is Social and Solidarity Economy and why does it matter?

Posted on “From Poverty To Power“, a conversational blog by Duncan Green, Oxfam GB


Solidarity Economy and Alternative Finance: A Different Development Model?NGLS workshop

Report of a workshop organized by UN-NGLS and UNRISD during the 2012 Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council



Milan Urban Food Policy Pact


Available in English, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Arabic

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ESS et Nations Unies: un rapprochement récent

Pour la solidarité – European Think and Do Tank