How can the social and solidarity economy help refugees along their journey?


   24 November 2023 | 9:30 - 11:00 CET | Zoom


Forcibly displaced people fleeing violent conflict and other forms of persecution find support from the social and solidarity economy (SSE) along their pathways, from their country of origin to asylum protection. The numbers are growing and new OECD work sheds light on how the specific values and characteristics of SSE entities provide high-quality responses to refugee needs and facilitate integration in host communities.

The SSE can support access to rights, empowerment, social and labour market inclusion of refugees. This webinar gathered speakers from the UNHCR, SINGA and NESsT Poland to discuss how the SSE plays a role in the steps along the way of refugee’s journey.



  • Karen Maguire, Head of Division, Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Cities and Regions (CFE), OECD

Setting the scene

  • Irene Basile, Policy Analyst, Social Economy and Innovation Unit, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Cities and Regions (CFE), OECD

Panel discussion

  • Stella Ogunlade, Chief of Civil Society Section,  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (UNHCR)

  • Fatemeh Jailani, Chief Operating Officer, SINGA Global
  • Filip Wadowski, Country Director, NESsT Poland

Closing remarks

  • Thomas Liebig, Principal Administrator, International Migration Division, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD






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The OECD Global Action “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems”, funded by the European Union’s Foreign Partnership Instrument, was launched in 2020 to support the development and internationalisation of the social and solidarity economy. The OECD Global Action focuses on two critical policy levers that can help unlock the potential of the SSE, namely legal frameworks and social impact measurement, while considering the entire policy ecosystem as a framework. It brought together over 130 partners from the 33 target countries (European Union countries, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Korea and the United States) and beyond 
These webinars are organised by the OECD Local Development Forum. The Local Development Forum is part of the OECD Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme. LEED was created in 1982, when OECD governments were struggling to provide solutions to the jobs crisis of the day and saw a need for an international forum to share innovative approaches to local job creation, social inclusion and economic development. Since then, it has continued to bring together policy makers and practitioners from around the world to identify, evaluate and disseminate promising approaches to local development.





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