Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Social Economy and Innovation


Social innovation and social economy contribute to create more inclusive, creative and sustainable societies and economies. How? By  providing  solutions aimed at enhancing the wellbeing and quality of life of people and places while tackling socio-economic and environmental challenges. 

  • What's the issue?

In the context of fast-paced digitalisation, ageing populations, important migration flows and critical environmental challenges currently worsened by the COVID-19 crisis, social innovators and social entrepreneurs can offer new approaches to tackle problems faced by people and places around the globe. By fostering inclusive labour markets and more sustainable production and consumption patterns, creating new health-care, educational, environmental solutions, or designing new approaches to citizens’ participation, organisations operating in the fields of social innovation and social economy contribute to building more cohesive and resilient societies and economies.


However, social economy organisations and social enterprises face a number of barriers that can hinder their development. These barriers may be related to lack of adequate legal and regulatory frameworks, difficulties in accessing finance and/or markets, or insufficient opportunities for capacity building and skills development. In order to reach their full potential, social economy organisations and social enterprises need a conducive environment to emerge, consolidate and thrive so that they can maximise their socio-economic impact. This requires putting in place a holistic and conducive policy ecosystem to support their development. Social innovation also benefits from ecosystems that reunite all the conditions for it to spur.


  • What can the OECD offer?

We provide in depth analysis leading to tailored and evidence-based policy recommendations to support governments in designing and implementing enabling strategies for social innovation, social entrepreneurship and social economy. We also raise awareness of OECD member and non-member countries on the contribution of these fields to socio-economic development by facilitating policy learning and exchange of good practices, including through the use of online self-assessment tools.


  • Call for expression of interest for Peer-Learning Partnerships “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems”

CFE invites you to take part in its Call for Expression of Interest for the Peer-Learning Partnerships (PLPs) in the framework of the OECD Global Action “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems” funded by the European Union.

The objective of PLPs is to provide a peer-learning platform for stakeholders and organisations with relevant experience and expertise on the social economy and social entrepreneurship, to exchange lessons, experiences and methodologies with peers from other countries, in view of developing activities of mutual interests.

The call for interest has now expired. A call for tender will be launched in the coming months.

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Social Entrepreneurship

Our work in this area aims to foster mutual learning on social entrepreneurship among EU countries and beyond.

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Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool

An OECD-EC online tool has been developed to help policymakers and others assess their social enterprise ecosystems.

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Access the tool here


The OECD held a webinar on the OECD Global Action to Promote the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in partnership with the Euclid Network on 9 and 16 April 2020.

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For further information, please contact Antonella NOYA