Social Economy and Innovation

Global Action to promote Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems


In 2020, the OECD launched the Global Action “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems”, funded by the European Union’s Foreign Partnership Instrument, that will cover more than 30 countries over a period of three years. This work targets all EU countries and non-EU countries such as Brazil, Mexico, India, the Republic of Korea, the United States of America and Canada. 

  • Why this project?

Growing inequalities, persistent unemployment and environmental imperatives have come to the fore as priority policy issues, even more so with the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) can contribute to building more inclusive and sustainable economies and societies. The SSE has indeed proved to be a longstanding agent of inclusive growth.

The main characteristic of the SSE is doing business differently, often through social innovation. Traditional SSE organisations and more recent forms, such as social enterprises, all share a common approach that puts people at the core of their mission and business model, while also paying attention to social and, often, environmental issues. Despite the increasingly recognised importance of the SSE, many countries still struggle to develop conducive ecosystems and to access good practices at the international level. This project will thus focus on two critical policy levers that can help unlock the potential of the SSE, namely legal frameworks and social impact measurement.

  • Objectives

As part of the OECD and EU strategic objectives to promote inclusive, smart, resilient and sustainable growth, this project aims to:

  • Support the SSE, including social enterprise development and internationalisation
  • Raise awareness and capacity to build conducive national and local ecosystems for SSE development
  • Promote knowledge and other exchanges at the international level

  • How will this project achieve these goals?

The project will develop:

  • An international Guide on Legal Frameworks for the SSE
  • An international Guide on Social Impact Measurement for the SSE
  • Peer-learning partnerships (PLPs) to create knowledge and experience sharing opportunities between different countries and stakeholders on different topics critical to SSE development
  • Country fact sheets on the SSE 
  • Thematic papers (e.g. conceptual framework for the SSE; the internationalisation of the SSE; women and the SSE; the SSE in the (post) COVID-19 recovery)


Call for Tenders - Register at our OECD e-sourcing portal

For more information about the call for tenders and to apply, please register on the OECD e-Sourcing portal Bravo Solution before November 6th, 2020 2p.m. Paris time. The reference of the call for tenders is: RFQ 496.

Interested candidates should register with the e-Sourcing portal in order to access the associated documents and further information.

Instructions on how to register on the e-Sourcing portal can be found by accessing the “Supplier Guide” on the homepage.


Further resourses linked to this project:

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 For general information about the Global Action, please contact 

  • If you have any questions about the call for tenders, please submit them through the OECD e-Sourcing portal via the secure messaging function, no later than seven calendar days before the deadline for the receipt of Tenders. All Tenderers will be informed of the answers given to such questions.
  • Please note that all communication relating to this Call for Tenders shall be done directly through the e-Sourcing platform or directly with a member of the OECD’s Central Purchasing Group, as outlined in Articles 2.4 and 2.5 of the Instructions to Tenderers. To ensure fairness and transparency, the Organisation reserves the right to reject any Tender documents where the Tenderer has had direct contact with other OECD personnel involved in the Call for Tenders process.


This project is funded by the European Union


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