October, 2016 Newsletter

Important Updates

- GSEF Charter Amendments
- Call for Papers for the 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise

Latest News
- Meeting with the First Lady of Costa Rica, Mercedes Penas Domingo
- 5th UCLG Congress World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders
- Habitat III: The New Urban Agenda
- National Congress of the Association of Municipalities of Peru

Organization Introduction
- Bamako City

Upcoming Events
- UNTFSSE ‘Technical Symposium on SSE’
- Locality 2016 Convention
- 7th edition of ILO Social and Solidarity Academy
- ASEC-Philippines Strategic Planning Workshop

GSEF Charter Amendments

In conformity with the decision made by the 2nd General Assembly (GSEF2016), the GSEF Charter article clause 4.1 and 8.1(4) have been amended. Also, changes in the membership fee table for small and medium size cities with high GDP per capita has been reflected in the new GSEF membership prospectus.

The GSEF Charter (with effect from 9 September 2016)
The GSEF membership prospectus (updated as of 28th October 2016)

Call for papers for the 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterpriseby the 9 January 2016

The call for papers of the 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, which will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) in 3rd of July (2017), is now open. The call includes relevant information about how to submit a paper (the abstract submission period ends on January 9, 2017) as well as conference registration. 6th EMES conference is titled “Social enterprise for sustainable societies” and it includes the following ten thematic lines:

  1. Concepts and models of social enterprise worldwide
  2. Social innovation and social entrepreneurship
  3. Governance, employment and human resource management
  4. Financing issues of social enterprises, philanthropy and social finance
  5. Social impact, value creation and performance
  6. Institutionalization, scaling up and public policies
  7. Informal sector, popular economy, microfinance and development
  8. Social enterprises, sustainable transition and common good
  9. Social and solidarity economy, third sector, civil society and social movements
  10. Gender and diversity issues

Regular updates on the conference are being sent via the EMES news alert and you can check former issues and sign up for it here. Questions about any aspect of the Conference can be sent to 6emesconf@emes.net.

Latest News
Meeting with the First Lady of Costa Rica, Mercedes Penas Domingo14 October 2016, Seoul, Korea

The first lady of Costa Rica, Mercedes Penas Domingo paid a visit to the GSEF Secretariat on 14 October. The first lady was greeted by the co-chairman of GSEF Rev. Kyong Yong Song, directors from the Seoul Metropolitan Government and representatives of social economy organisations based in Korea. The meeting provided an opportunity for enhancing mutual understandings between the GSEF and Costa Rica in promoting the social and solidarity economy.

Costa Rica is a leading country in Latin America in the field of sustainable development; 100% energy consumed in Costa Rica is coming from renewable energy sources in which energy cooperatives are taking part in the production process. Costa Rica has various governmental bodies and divisions which were founded to promote the social and solidarity economy.

Based on the discussions throughout the meeting, GSEF will work closely with Costa Rica central government as well as its municipalities for exchanging best practices and knowledge sharing for sustainable development

5th UCLG Congress World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders12-15 October, Bogota, Colombia

The 5th UCLG Congress, which is the largest global conference of local/regional governments and stakeholders, held in Bogota from 12 to 15 October under the theme ‘local voices for a better world’. The conference highlighted the critical role of local and regional governments which are operating closest to the lives of citizens in establishing inclusive, community centered, and environment friendly urban development. As the outcome of extensive consultation and discussion between UCLG member cities throughout the congress, Bogota Commitment and Action Agenda was officially declared on the 15th of October. GSEF, with representatives from city and regional governments including elected officials closely consulted in establishing a social and solidarity economy working group within the UCLG organisational structure. And GSEF deeply congratulate on the new presidency of UCLG, Mpho Parks Tau who is the President of the South African Association of Local Governments (SALGA) and Councilor of Johannesburg as well. The president of UCLG, Parks Tau, gave a message how to achieve the economic democracy in order to improve the current economic system. GSEF has updated a short video interview with the president Tau on here.

Habitat III: The New Urban Agenda17-20 October, Quito, Ecuador

Habitat III, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development took place in Quito, Ecuador from 17 to 20 October. With more than 30,000 participants, the conference officially adopted the New Urban Agenda, the historic blueprint to transform the ways of establishing sustainable urban development for the next 20 years.

Especially in the New Urban Agenda (in article 58), the social and solidarity economy was recognized as an international agenda through the collective efforts of international advocacy groups for SSE, including UNTF SSE, RIPESS, FMDV, MBM, INAISE, and GSEF.

“58. We commit to promote an enabling, fair, and responsible business environment, based on the principles of environmental sustainability and inclusive prosperity, promoting investments, innovations, and entrepreneurship. We also commit to address the challenges faced by local business communities, through supporting micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises and cooperatives throughout the value chain, in particular businesses and enterprises in the social and solidarity economy, operating in both the formal and informal economies.”

One of GSEF’s Steering Committee Member, the MBM and the International Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy (ILGSSE) also organized a side event on October 17, focusing on the central role of social and solidarity economy (SSE) to strategically implement the New Urban Agenda. Mayors, government officials, and civil society leaders gathered in the event, and promoted about the SSE as an innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and transformative approach to achieve the New Urban Agenda.

National Congress of the Association of Municipalities of Peru20-21 October, Lima, Peru

AMPE (the Association of Municipalities of Peru in Spanish) is a civil association composed of the provincial and regional municipalities of Peru. The 3rd National Congress of AMPE this year was attended by The President of Republic of Peru elected last July, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard, and gathered around 600 mayors from all over the country to discuss national political economy including social safety. GSEF was invited as one of the key speakers of the Congress to address the importance of promoting the Social and Solidarity Economy in terms of international cooperation. After the speech of GSEF Secretary General Laurence Kwark, a lot of members of the AMPE showed interested in the GSEF’s activities and networks and had asked how to cooperate with and engage in the GSEF.

Organization Introduction
Bamako City

Bamako City newly joined the GSEF association through the 2nd General Assembly which took place in Montreal on 9 September 2016. Bamako is the capital and largest city of Mali with population over 1.7 million with diverse ethnic groups. Bamako as the Africa’s fastest-growing city, accounts over 24% of Mali’s GDP, 25% of the national consumption and 70% of the commercial activities of the country. Since the 1990s, rapid population growth (annually 3.6%) nationwide is posing problems to the sustainability of the city.

Bamako in accordance with Mali’s 2014-2018 action plan and National Policy for the Promotion of the Social and Solidarity Economy, has introduced the participatory process for combating social exclusion and poverty. In Bamako, a large number of stakeholder groups and international agencies are engaging with the local government and community. Notably nationwide NGO, RENAPESS-Mali (the national network of support for the promotion of the social economy of Mali) which was established in 2003 is working closely with Bamako City in promoting the social and solidarity economy.

In 2016 April, Bamako hosted the 4th meeting of the African Network of the Social Solidarity Economy (RAESS). The meeting discussed various ways to promote the SSE in Africa through thematic workshops, exhibitions as well as organisation of a youth camp which was run by 163 young entrepreneurs from Mali, Guinea and Senegal. The meeting adopted ‘the Declaration of Bamako’ (also declaration from the youth camp). * Hyperlinked documents are available only in French

Upcoming Events
UNTFSSE ‘Technical Symposium on SSE’ (15th UNTFSSE Meeting)3-4 November, Rome, Italy

UNTFSSE (UN inter-agency Task Force for Social and Solidarity Economy) is organizing a technical symposium on SSE in Rome from 3 to 4 November. The workshop will bring together UNTFSSE members for agenda setting and strategic action plan of the TF for the coming years. Based on the outcome of this symposium, UNTFSSE’s 19 UN agencies members such as FAO, ILO, UNRISD, OECD as well as 9 overserves including GSEF, MBM, RIPESS, ICA will be able to identify the areas of cooperation and formulate strategic plans for the advancement of SSE to implement the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). GSEF Secretary General Laruence Kwakr is joining the meeting to contribute to the agenda setting of the UNTFFSE’s action plan.

Locality 2016 Convention8 - 9 November 2016, York, the UK

The GSEF Steering Committee member ‘Locality’ is hosting its 2016 annual convention from 8 to 9 November in York under the theme ‘the people, places and spaces’. Locality as a world leading network for sustainable community development based on community assets and enterprises, will provide stimulating opportunities of knowledge exchange, learning and networking with more than 400 Locality members nationwide. Along with expert-led workshops, master classes and debate sessions, distinguished speakers will share their insights on building the sustainable community, speakers including but not limited to John McDonnell (MP, Shadow Chancellor), The RT Hon Lord Heseltine (Former Deputy Prime Minister), Hazel Blears (Chair of Social Investment Business and former Communities Minister) and Lord Kerslake (President of the Local Government Association and former Head of the Civil Service). You can check out the programmes and fringe events.

The 7th edition of the Social and Solidarity Economy Academy21-25 November 2016, San Jose Costa Rica

The ILO SSE Academy will be taking place in Costa Rica on 21 November. The Academy will provide a great opportunity for policy makers and civil society SSE actors to engage with some of the most critical issues in SSE initiatives, policies and legal frameworks in Latin America region with particular regard to the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda. You can also check out the flyer for details about the Academy and any further information for the 7th ILO SSE please contact socialeconomy@itcilo.org.

ASEC-Philippines Strategic Planning Workshop21-23 November 2016, Quezon, Philippines

The workshop will discuss strategic plans of utilizing crowdfunding initiatives for financing and providing resources to the MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) which comprise the 99% of the total number of enterprises in the Philippines.

The main objective of the workshop will be

  1. To launch a crowdfunding facility (CFF) linked to FPSDC’s e-cooptrade coop with the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between ASEC-Philippines and membership-based organizations (cooperatives, people’s organizations, workers unions, associations and clubs) for the implementation of CFF nationwide. (Please refer to the e-trade coop website)
  2. To initiate a nationwide campaign aimed at enjoining the participation of membership-based organizations in carrying out the e-cooptrade coop CFF.
  3. To consider a joint effort of ASEC-Philippines and RIPESS Asia/ASEC in promoting the e-cooptrade coop linked CFF during the ACSC/APF 2017.

The workshop will consist discussion of the e-trade coop linked CFF (crowdfunding facility) with RIPESS Asia partner organizations from Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, Thailand & Timor Leste as well as discussions and field visit.

For registration of the workshop please send the email to asecphils@gmail.com and you can check out further details of the workshop here.