UNRISD Conference: The true potential of the social and solidarity economy

Published on International Labour Organization ILO, by Guy Ryder, May 6, 2013.

GENEVA – ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, has called for a better understanding of how the social and solidarity economy SSE – which includes cooperatives, social enterprises and mutual benefit organizations – can have a positive impact on the economy.

Speaking at the opening of a conference organized by the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the ILO, Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy, Ryder said decent work was at risk from austerity, which had been pursued by many governments in response to the economic crisis.   

“We need to have a deeper understanding of what social and solidarity economy enterprises and organizations can offer to secure the expansion of decent and productive employment opportunities in a sustainable framework.”

He outlined four critical areas where SSEs can make a positive difference through joint action: the economic crisis, youth unemployment, the informal economy and rural employment.

ILO research, he said, had shown that financial cooperatives had been resilient in the crisis and that workers’ cooperatives had grown and survived in several countries.

“In Europe alone, the social and solidarity economy provides paid employment to over 14.5 million people or about 6.5 per cent of total European paid employment. The social and solidarity economy can therefore be a key building block for a jobs-oriented recovery strategy” … //

… He said that the ILO is ready to play a leading role in helping to achieve better strategies and interventions in the social and solidarity economy.
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Links:

Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy SSE, on UNRISD;

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development UNRISD: on it’s website, on en.wikipedia;

Child labour: Protecting children from having to work, on Iternational Labour Organization ILO, by Constance Thomas, April 30, 2013: Social protection measures can help reduce the incidence of child labour, says Constance Thomas, Director of the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour IPEC …;

International Labour Organization
ILO, on en.wikipedia.

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