Social Economy and Innovation

Global Action to promote 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. 

  • 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)


Join the Peer Learning Partnership public launch event on 20 May (14:00 -15:00 CET) OECD Global Action international learning opportunities for the Social and Solidarity Economy through the Peer Learning Partnerships. The event is organised by the OECD with the participation of the six selected consortia of the Peer Learning Partnerships call for tender. The selected PLPs will address topics such as legal frameworks for the SSE, social impact measurement for the SSE, the internationalisation of SSE organisations, gender, scaling of SSE in the face of the COVID-19. Please refer to the next page for more information. The event will allow participants to learn more about the “hot topics” that the PLSs will address and the approaches they will use to do so. Each PLP consortia will present their project, partners and the main outputs in order to learn more about the SSE and existing gaps. Please click here to get the Agenda as well as the registration link.


The 1st conference of the Global Action will take place from 13 to 16 September 2021 under the title The Social and Solidarity Economy: from the Margins to the Mainstream.

As part of the conference, we have launched a call for papers and case studies highlighting policies, initiatives and practices on a range of topics concerning the social and solidarity economy. Stories will be featured in OECD work highlighting international good practices. There may also be the chance to present your findings at the conference. Check the call and share your story by 14 May 2021 (extended deadline).

Call for Papers and Case Studies

In the run up to the conference, the OECD is launching a call for papers and case studies. Papers and case studies should cover one or more countries targeted by the Global Action:

EU Member States, Brazil, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico and the United States.

For further information: Call details


Further resourses linked to this project:

Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems flyer

International expert meeting on "Leveraging Legal Frameworks to Scale the Social and Solidarity Economy"

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

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



For general information about the Global Action, please contact 



This project is funded by the European Union


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