On 4 November 2019, the UNTFSSE, in collaboration with UNRISD, ICA, CIRIEC and Social Economy Europe, organized an expert workshop on the topic of “Opportunities and Challenges of Statistics on the Social and Solidarity Economy”, held in EESC’s office, in Brussels.
This page gathers key resources related to this event.
- The demand for statistics on SSE which is needed for social and political recognition and government support is growing. Despite important work by national statistical agencies and researchers (academic and institutional) to develop methodologies and gather data at the national and international levels, many countries and regions lack statistical information about SSE in their territories and globally agreed statistical methods and indicators have yet to be established.
- In that context, the UN DESA/Statistics Division Handbook on Satellite Account on Nonprofit and Related Institutions and Volunteer Work has recently been promoted as a potential solution. It is a good manual for the purpose of measuring nonprofit institutions, but it fails to capture all social economy organizations. The main reason explaining this shortcoming is that the cardinal criteria defining social and solidarity economy is its contribution to economic democratization rather than its absence of profitability.
- The UN Handbook should therefore either incur major revisions to better capture SSE or cease to claim that it can be used to measure the social economy sector. Another manual purely focused on SSE Statistics, building on CIRIEC’s previous work on the topic, could better address the task of providing guidelines to measure social economy.
- The modular approach to satellite accounts used par the Portuguese’s national institute of statistics shows that it is possible to find compromises by referring to more than one satellite account framework, thus providing various types and levels of information to different audiences.
- “Methods and indicators to measure the social economy and its impacts”, Marie J. Bouchard, president, CIRIEC International Scientific Commission on social and cooperative economy; professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada); external coordinator for the UNRISD project “Opportunities and challenges of statistics on SSE”
- “Lessons from experiences and recent evolutions in producing statistics on SSE in the EU”, Rafael Chaves, professor, University of Valencia (Spain) and CIRIEC-España; member of GECES
- “Consolidating statistics on Cooperatives – Current Status”, Manpreet Singh, Senior statistician, ILO, and Young Hyung Kim, Technical Specialist on COOP & SSE development, ILO.
- “The Portuguese Modular Approach in Measuring the Social Economy”, Ana Cristina Ramos, National Account Department, Unit for Satellite Accounts and Quality Assessment of the National Accounts, Instituto Nacional de Estatistica (INE), Portugal
- “Measuring the socio-economic weight of the Social Economy“, Victor Meseguer, Director, Social Economy Europe