On 19 May 2020, the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) organized its 20th regular meeting since the establishment of the Task Force in 2013.
The meeting brought together close to 50 participants including representatives from six member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART, UNDESA and OECD), eleven observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, EESC, GSEF, Euclid Network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EMES and ICA) and three resource persons.
The discussions centred around COVID-19 and its implications on the SSE and on the work of the UNTFSSE. It was agreed that the Task Force should draft a joint statement on the subject and keep updating the UNTFSSE dedicated page .
Several priority objectives identified in the work plan of the UNTFSSE were also discussed, including the possible process leading to a UN resolution on SSE and two joint project proposals.
A recent task force initiative to create a webpage compiling available SSE framework laws and other relevant laws was presented. The page, which has already been launched and managed by socioeco.org , with regular updates from interested UNTFSSE members and observers, will be publicly available in the coming weeks. The members were also informed that the UNTFSSE website and the Knowledge Hub webpage are now available in French, Spanish and Portuguese, in addition to English.
The Manager of the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit shared its ongoing work documenting responses by cooperatives and other SSE institutions on COVID-19 and related policy actions. Participants also shared updates on their relevant international events, many of which have been postponed due to the current pandemic.
The next regular meeting of the UNTFSSEE will be organized in July 2020.
On April 28th 2020, the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) organized a virtual meeting to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the social and solidarity economy (SSE) and its responses to the unfolding crises.
The meeting brought together 40 participants including representatives from six member organizations (ILO, UNRISD, UNCTAD, UNDP-ART, UNDESA and UNHRC), 10 observer organizations (CIRIEC, EURICSE, GSEF, Euclid network, Social Economy Europe, SSE International Forum, RIPESS, CSEND, EMES and ICA) and three resource persons.
A number of representatives from member and observer organizations shared their ongoing work on COVID-19 response and SSE including research, policy analysis, information gathering and sharing, advocacy, and technical cooperation. Some representatives noted that they have been conducting surveys to assess members’ needs, explore innovative solutions and gather government measures in support of SSE organizations and ecosystems including through recovery funds and policies.
The participants expressed the need to systematize and share the knowledge of the task force members and observers. It was agreed that the dedicated page of the UNTFSSE would be populated with data, information and knowledge from the different UN agencies and organizations of the task force.
The Chair of the Task Force and the Director of the ILO’s Enterprises Department Vic Van Vuuren noted that SSE enterprises and organizations will be key for the recovery and transformation of societies and economies in the follow up to the COVID-19 crisis. The UNTFSSE meeting concluded with an agreement to realign its work plan in responding to the unfolding realities.
With the unprecedented impacts on all aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has revealed the weakest links and blind spots of the social and economic systems within and between countries. As governments at all levels across struggle to cope with the crisis, various forms of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) prove their responsiveness and effectiveness in addressing a wide range of problems of COVID-19. We learn every day about innovative ways SSE actors and practices contribute to filling the gaps of economic and social systems, including the health care sector in mitigating the negative impacts. Solidarity and social trust strengthened in and beyond SSE organizations are expected to be a fundamental basis for the recovery and transformation post-COVID-19 crisis. The collection and systematization of data, information and knowledge on the actions, actors, and organizations of SSE amid COVID-19 crisis will help better harness SSE communities to engage with the policy debates for a transformation of our economic, social and political systems that revealed structural weakness to COVID-19.
As an effort to systematize information sharing and dissemination, this page collects the information on the activities of members and observers of UNTFSSE:
- European Economic and Social Committee:
🔍 EMES statement “Collaboration and solidarity to prevail against the COVID-19 and future crises”;
- Euclid Network:
🔍 Impact Practitioners & COVID-19: Weathering The Storm webpage;
🔍Euclid Network joint Covid statement letters;
🔍Euricse news on Covid-19 and third sector;
🔍 GSEF dedicated webpage on “Anti-epidemic public policies in East Asia amid the covid-19 outbreak”;
🔍 GSEF Webinar Series on SSE and COVID-19;
- International Co-operative Alliance (ICA):
🔍 Dedicated webpage on ICA members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and related news on the cooperative movement at large;
- International Labour Organization:
🔍 COVID-19 and the World of work webpage;
🔍 COVID-19 Enterprises Resources webpage;
🔍 ILO resources on Cooperative, SSE and crisis response webpage;
🔍 Collective Brain dedicated webpage on SSE responses to COVID-19;
🔍Dedicated portal on covid-19 response;
🔍Note on “Coronavirus (COVID-19) – From pandemic to recovery: Local employment and economic development”;
🔍 Intercontinental webinars “SSE 2020 Global Vision” webpage;
- Social Economy Europe (SEE):
🔍 SEE Open Letter;
🔍 Annex of SEE members initiative, updated periodically;
🔍 Survey to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social economy actors, collect information about their response to the crisis, and to amplify the voices of all social economy actors. Available in English, French, Italian, Polish and Spanish;
🔍 SEE video message of solidarity and hope #WeStandTogether;
🔍 Actively contributing to the European Commission dedicated webpage on best practices in relation to the COVID19 pandemic;
- SSE International Forum:
🔍 Series of news, analysis and resosurce, monitoring the effects of the global pandemic on manufacturing, trade, foreign direct investment and economic growth dedicated page on Coronavirus (COVID-19);
🔍 UNCTAD news and updates on Coronavirus Pandemic;
🔍 Series of pocily briefs and news on Economic and social impacts of COVID-19 website;
🔍 UNDP dedicated webpage on Covid-19 news and response;
🔍 UNRISD Covid-19 Blog series website;
🔍 UNRISD Survey on Responses to Covid-19 and Vulnerable Communities.
The second technical symposium of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) took place in Trento (Italy) on 21 and 22 November 2019. It was organized by the International Labour Organization and facilitated by the ILO International Training Centre, co-sponsored by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy of the Luxembourg Government and hosted by EURICSE.
Thirty-six participants took part in the event which included resource persons and representatives of 6 members (ILO, OECD, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNDP, UNRISD and 9 observers (CSEND, CIRIEC, Euclid Network, EURICSE, FMDV, GSEF, ICA, SSE International Forum, RIPESS).
The event was an opportunity to reflect on achievements since its establishment in 2013, challenges ahead and strategies for the future. As main result, the Task Force agreed upon key actions to be jointly undertaken by its members and observers in the next biennium.
🔍 Check the Brief_Report_UNTFSSE Technical Symposium.
Abstracts for the next 4th EMES-Polanyi International Seminar are due on December 15th, 2019.
This international seminar will be held at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme!
🔍 Check the call for papers, submission link, registration and important dates.
📚 Download the 48 papers published so far from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd EMES-Polanyi seminars.
The Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division (LESI) advises governments on policies and programmes on a range of issues, notably to enhance the effectiveness of labour and skills policies in different local labour markets, local economic development opportunities, and the social inclusion of vulnerable groups through various strategies, including social entrepreneurship. LESI serves the Directing Committee of the Co-operative Action Programme for Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) and manages the Committee’s annual OECD Local Development Forum to engage a wider range of stakeholders in its work, including social enterprises and social innovators.
The LESI Division is looking for a Policy Analyst to work on policies for the social economy, social entrepreneurship and social innovation. The work will include analysis of policies and programmes that promote inclusive growth by overcoming barriers to social entrepreneurship and the social economy, as well as inclusive entrepreneurship, at national and local levels.
The deadline for submission is 16 October 2019.
A Development Cooperation programme was developed by the ILO that is financially supported by the Korean Government in order to leverage their potential comparative advantages with a vision toward advancing SSE in the Asian context. The project aims to enhance the understanding on the SSE in Asia and the Pacific region and provide technical support to countries in need to develop/strengthen their SSE policy. The Technical Officer (P1) for this project will assist the coordination of the overall activities of the above programme by providing technical support to the project and contribute to the expected outcomes. The incumbent will promote ILO policies in the project related technical areas and other components of the ILO decent work agenda through the mandate of the Unit. Good command of Korean is required.
For details please access the full call for proposals here.
The deadline for submission is 13 October 2019.
Date: 25 – 26 June 2019
- Time: 9.00-17.00
- Location: Room II, III and IV at R3 South, ILO, Geneva. Enter through gate 4 (R2 North)
- Donor(s): Government of the Republic of Korea, represented by Statistics Korea; Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity of Luxembourg; UNRISD; ILO
This event was part of a series of conferences resulting from the Call for Papers “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?” launched by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) in 2018. It aimed to identify and mobilize research from different regions and territories which, by critically examining the role of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), can contribute to the UNTFSSE’s efforts to scale up and promote SSE as means of implementation of the SDGs.
This two-day conference would:
- provide a space for researchers, practitioners and policy decision-makers to share and exchange evidence and ideas about the connections between SSE and people, planet, prosperity, participation and partnerships in different local contexts;
- demonstrate, through evidence-based analysis, concrete ways in which SSE contributes to sustainable development, and to the implementation and achievement of the SDGs; and
- contribute to enhancing the visibility of SSE as a means of implementation of the SDGs within and beyond the UN system.
Invited speakers included 43 paper presenters (identified through the Call for Papers that generated proposals from more than 320 researchers from 60 countries); personnel from UN agencies, particularly the members of the UNTFSSE; and representatives of civil society organizations.
The Conference was carried out with the support of seed funding from the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity of Luxembourg and the Republic of Korea in addition to ILO and UNRISD institutional funds.