The GSEF Policy Dialogue has played a key role in promoting knowledge exchange between policymakers and practitioners in searching for the best ways of co-constructing public policies and establishing eco-systems for the promotion of the Social & Solidarity Economy (SSE) and social innovation to tackle various societal and urban challenges in Asia wherein social enterprises are increasingly playing a pivotal role in the provision of social services as well as serving as a catalyst for industrial innovations.

The Asia policy dialogue firstly held in conjunction with the GSEF forums (GSEF2014, GSEF2015) in Seoul and its 3rd edition took place in Hong Kong as a side event to the AVPN Annual Meeting. In 2017 and 2018, again the event took place in Seoul. Since 2017, the GSEF Policy Dialogue has been broadening its regional focus into other continents such as Europe (GSEF2017 Europe Policy Dialogue, Archamps and GSEF 2018 Europe Policy Dialogue, Madrid) and Africa (GSEF2018 Africa Policy Dialogue, Bilbao).

A list of GSEF regional policy dialogues


Asia Policy Dialogue 2014 (17 Nov 2018, Seoul): Social Economy in the 21st Century - The Asian Perspectives (in partnership with British Council)

Asia Policy Dialogue 2015 (4 Nov 2015, Seoul): Multi Cross-Sector Cooperation of Social Economy Policy in Asia (in partnership with C dot) 

Asia Policy Dialogue 2016 (26 May 2016, Hong Kong): The role of government in enhancing impact in the social economy in Asia (in partnership with AVPN, British Council and BMW Foundation) 

Asia Policy Dialogue 2017 (30 June~1 July 2017, Seoul): Effective public policy design for fostering social economy as a leverage for inclusive and sustainable socioeconomic development in Asia

Asia Policy Dialogue 2018 (5~6 July 2018, Seoul): Public policies for financing the social and solidarity economy to strengthen its values and competitiveness


Europe Policy Dialogue 2017 (5 Dec, Archamps): Transformative partnership between local governments and SSE actors

Europe Policy Dialogue 2018 (7 Nov, Madrid): Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development through SSE


Africa Policy Dialogue 2018 (2 Oct, Bilbao): Decent work and entrepreneurship for social and labour inclusion in Africa