Social Economy and Innovation

Global Action: Promoting 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, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico and the United States. 


This project is funded
by the European Union

About this Project?

Growing inequalities, persistent unemployment and environmental imperatives have come to the fore as priority policy issues, even more so in light of COVID-19.

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.

Despite the increasingly recognised importance of the SSE, many countries still struggle to develop conducive ecosystems and to access good practices.

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 build capacity to conducive national and local ecosystems for SSE development
  • Promote knowledge-sharing and other exchanges at the international level            

Project Outputs


Country Coverage






Save the Date! Virtual conference "The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream" (13-16 September 2021)

The 1st conference of the Global Action will take place virtually from 13 to 16 September 2021, from 13:00 to 16:00 CEST, under the title The Social and Solidarity Economy: from the Margins to the Mainstream. It will bring together hundreds of policy makers, practitioners, and experts in the social and solidarity economy to:

  • Learn more about the issues to consider when designing legal frameworks and measuring social impact, including new OECD research in these fields.
  • Discuss new OECD evidence on the role of social and solidarity economy organisations in rebuilding better, by raising their visibility and providing the tools to achieve social impact.
  • Network with other international practitioners, experts and policy makers, during highly interactive roundtables, breakout sessions and digital app networking features.

The conference will feature high-level plenaries and panel discussions, as well as interactive and practitioner-focused sessions. 

Register here

Peer Learning Partnerships (PLPs)

PLPs are consortia of actors in the ecosystem of Social and Solidarity Economy and beyond, whose objective is to share knowledge and promote learning to promote and support the SSE. Their activities will also inspire concrete actions policy makers can undertake to support the establishment of conducive ecosystems for SSE development.

The six PLP selected consortia:

Legal Ecosystems for Social Economy Peer Learning Partnership (PL4SE) led by the Spanish Social Economy Employers’ Confederation (CEPES) leads this consortium of 26 organisations from 7 countries.

Social Impact Measurement for the SSE focused on the integration of development metrics into the impact assessment methodology, led by Le French Impact including 18 organizations from 9 countries.

Global action to promote the internationalisation of SSE organisations and the role of women in the SSE led by Impact Hub network is leading the consortium of 23 organisations from 11 countries.


Putting Stakeholders in the Center: A Global Research and Feedback Initiative About Applying Best Practices for Measuring and Managing Social and Environmental Impacts led by Social Value US, brings together a consortium of 26 partners from 13 countries.

Respond Rebuild Reinvent (RRR): Peer Learning Partnerships on SSE Ecosystems led by UpSocial together with Ashoka coordinate 16 consortium partners from 11 countries.

Social Solidarity Economy International Learning and Knowledge (SILK) Community of Peers  coordinated by DIESIS network which includes a consortium composed of 23 partners and two individual experts from 13 countries.



Further resourses linked to this project:

Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems flyer

International expert meeting on “Social Impact Measurement for the Social and Solidarity Economy” 25 January 2021

International expert meeting on "Leveraging Legal Frameworks to Scale the Social and Solidarity Economy" | 10 December 2020

Webinar recording: OECD Global Action to promote the social and solidarity economy | 16 April 2020


About the OECD Social Economy and Innovation Unit

The OECD began work on social entrepreneurship over 25 years ago. The OECD assists national, regional and local governments in designing and implementing strategies to support the SSE and social enterprises by providing them with tailored and evidence-based policy recommendations. The work supports the OECD’s Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme.  


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