Social Economy and Innovation

Global Action: Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems



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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

What's new?

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The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream

Conference highlights now available!

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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






The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream (13-16 September 2021)

The first conference of the Global Action took place virtually from 13 to 16 September 2021, under the title The Social and Solidarity Economy: from the Margins to the Mainstream. It brought together more than 700 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.

Session replays are now available here


Peer-Learning Partnerships (PLPs)

Peer learning is a powerful way to stimulate collective thinking and develop innovative solutions to the social and environmental challenges we now face.

The PLPs were developed to encourage knowledge sharing on the importance of building and reinforcing conducive ecosystems for SSE development across the work areas relevant to the Global Action. Composed of six consortia co-ordinating over 130 partners, the PLPs provide a peer-learning platform for SSE stakeholders and organisations to exchange lessons, experiences and methodologies with peers from other countries, in view of developing activities of mutual interest.

The six PLP selected consortia:




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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