17-20 October 2011, Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Quebec, Canada
The OECD LEED Programme was pleased to contribute to the International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy (FIESS) that took place from October 17th to 20th in Montreal, Canada.
The central theme of this international meeting was the need for dialogue between the State and civil society to develop enabling public policy in favour of the social and solidarity economy. The event presented the richness of the social and solidarity economy throughout the world, the diversity of its experiences and the innovative character of its enterprises, as well as the numerous partnerships that have been built between public authorities and civil society.
The social and solidarity economy – a movement gaining in strength and numbers here and abroad
This international forum was certainly a key moment to recognise the increasing importance of the social and solidarity economy for economic development strategies.
Internationally, Quebec has become recognised for the vitality of its social economy and for the constructive partnerships that have been built between public instances and actors of the social economy. The organisation of this international forum, which was also the result of one of these partnerships, offered participants the chance to learn about some of the best practices in this respect taking place all over the world.
Indeed, by favouring participation and interaction, the FIESS was an exceptional space to discuss and be inspired by the methods and practices in different countries in the North and South. The objective was to present examples of co-construction of public policies that have enabled the emergence of the social and solidarity economy and have contributed to social and economic development objectives.
The FIESS programming included several types of activities, amongst which field trips, lunch conferences, special events and theme-based workshops.
To see the program, visit the FIESS official website.
For further information about the OECD LEED contribution, please contact Antonella Noya at the OECD Secretariat.