Social Economy and Innovation

Social economy and social innovation contribute to create more inclusive, creative and sustainable societies and economies. How? By providing innovative solutions to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals, communities and places while addressing socio-economic and environmental challenges, including those emerging with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.


Addressing informality through the social economy

The OECD is launching a new project aiming to support countries, regions and cities in addressing informality through the social economy.

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Read more about OECD work on the SSE and informality

Tell us about the social and solidarity econmoy in your country

We spoke with policy makers and social entrepreneurs to ask them about the social and solidarity economy in their country.

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Podcast | Can the social economy help refugees access jobs?

According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 100 million people were forcibly displaced in 2022. With Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, Europe has seen the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War with more than 6 million people fleeing Ukraine. This is a big challenge for refugee protection and reception systems. This podcast discusses how the social and solidarity economy can fast track the labour-market integration of refugees and migrants.

Guests: Anne Kjaer-Bathel: Co-founder and CEO of ReDI School of Digital Integration, Berlin Thomas Liebig, Principal Administrator, OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Host: Christine Langenbucher.

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VOLUNTEERING FOR CHANGE: How to mobilise volunteers to drive local developement

Volunteers are the hidden heroes of our societies. Today is International Volunteer Day, which provides an opportunity to celebrate their role in shaping our communities.  It is also an opportunity to ask ourselves how we can encourage, mobilise and steer volunteer efforts to drive the social economy  and local development more generally.

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