For exchange of knowledge and experiences among members, the GSEF provides various opportunities for capacity-building training, regional policy dialogues, or learning sessions and works with the specialised organisation in international knowledge transfer on SSE. Notably, the GSEF Policy Dialogue is a regional gathering of policymakers and SSE practitioners to share each region’s experiences to enhance SSE policy environments in Asia, Europe and other continents.


  • GSEF Training & Workshop Series: National Training in Senegal 01. May. 2019

    Date: 1-3 May 2019 Venue: Saly, Senegal Organized by GSEF in partnership with Dakar Metropolitan Government, the Platform of Senegalese Non-State Stakeholders (PFAnE), and the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), a national capacity-building training took place in Senegal from 1-3 May 2019. This event gathered representatives from local governments, NGOs, SSE organizations, and the private sector from all over the country.   [[{"fid":"3310","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"1"}}]] This training in Senegal is the first in a series of regular capacity-building events aiming to identify common issues, share best practices, and allow knowledge exchange and partnership building between practitioners, while taking into consideration the needs and context of each territory. Future meetings will take place in Uganda and Cordoba.   Media & Resources Message from Laurence Kwark
  • C.I.T.I.E.S Learning Session 17. Apr. 2018

    As a part of the joint project between the C.I.T.I.E.S and the GSEF, CITIES team which consists of experts from Quebec based leading social finance organisations such as RISQ, MCE Conseils and CAP Finance visited Korea from 17~20 April 2018 to enhance knowledge transfer efforts between the two regions. During their stay in Korea, the team led workshops for Seoul’s social finance practitioners on the experience of Quebec in promoting social finance as a pivot to the promotion of social and solidarity economy. The workshops presented methodological frameworks for analysing social economy organisations with particular reference to Quebec based financial organisations’ know-how for fostering them.
  • APAY Learning Session 15. Mar. 2018

    The GSEF was invited by the Asia Pacific Alliances of YMCAs (APAY) for a special lecture on the Social and Solidarity Economy for around 100 members of the APAY executive committee on the 15th of March, 2018 at the YMCA City View Hotel in Hong Kong. As a part of their annual executive committee meeting, the APAY, a GSEF Steering Committee Member, included the topic in their learning session in order to attract the members’ attention on the issue and put them into the action plan on youth and social entrepreneurship for each country chapter of their members.
  • UCLG Learning Session 19. Jun. 2018

    The GSEF in collaboration with the UCLG (United Cities of Local Government), SACN (South African Cities Network), City of Montreal, Barcelona Activa and C.I.T.I.E.S jointly organised a peer learning session at the Metropolis Congress on the 19th of June in Montreal. The central theme of the workshop was on ‘Vital Neighborhoods in Metropolitan Cities-Power of Urban Transformation through Social and Solidarity Economy,’ and various urban regeneration initiatives based on the SSE principles from different cities were presented through the workshop.
  • GSEF & ITC-ILO SSE Academy 26. Jun. 2017

     the 8th ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy in Korea “Innovative Ecosystems for SSE Public Policies; its contribution to the future of work” Background The 8th ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is held in Seoul, Korea from June 26th-30th, 2017. The Academy is in its first version in Asia after last successful training in Europe, North America, Africa, and Latin America, since 2010. Social and solidarity economy (SSE) has a potentially important role to play in reorienting economies and societies toward greater social and ecological sustainability. Especially in Asia, where the rapid urbanisation and migration have brought up many urban issues including poverty, inequality, along with safety and environmental issues, the SSE has emerged as a tangible, alternative solution. In the last decades, the SSE in Asia has developed considerably, in various fields and areas. The social and solidarity economy in Asia ranges from producers’ cooperatives as local development plans, consumers’ cooperatives in urban communities, workers’ unions, community businesses, to social ventures and impact investors. Beyond these voluntary movements, there have also been various efforts by the central and local governments to promote SSE as a solution to local economic development, to generate employment, or as an alternative for social services. Although in some Asian countries the term of SSE has not been recognised by the general public and policymakers, the tradition of collective entrepreneurship or co-ownership of public resources has existed for a long time. This Academy aims to create an agora for discussion for all the diverse movements in Asia and an opportunity to share achievements and challenges amongst peers from other countries. Furthermore, it hopes to build a network of practitioners, and get support and insights to develop initiatives, even after the event. SSE in Seoul and Korea Korea has received much attention from the international community of SSE because of the rapid growth of SSE enterprises in the last decade driven by the strong governmental support. Especially in Korea’s capital city, Seoul, the local government has strategically pursued its own social economy development plan for the last five years and tried to build up a local ecosystem and enabling environment for SSE organisations based on a robust public-civil partnership. The number of SSE enterprises increased from 718(in 2011) to 3,054(in 2015), and these new enterprises created over 17,900 new jobs. The annual revenue of the SSE enterprises was 1.28 billion dollars in 2014, which contributes to the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) to the order of 0.4%. It might be too early to evaluate policy impact at this time, but throughout the academy, the trials and errors experienced by Korean practitioners of SSE will be shared, and participants will learn about the ecosystem being built. The experience of Seoul and Korea can then inspire other practitioners in Asia and on different continents. The Main Theme of the Academy The central theme of the Academy is “Innovative Ecosystems for SSE Public Policies and their Contribution to The Future of Work.” Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to promote SSE, it is essential to acknowledge that state intervention on any level including laws, policies or development plans is necessary to create an ecosystem nurturing SSE. ‘Ecosystems’ for SSE include laws and regulations, capitals and finance, markets, human resources, support systems, networks, etc. To build up a robust ecosystem for SSE, the co-construction of public policy and participatory governance is also a significant factor. By promoting SSE through suitable ecosystems for SSE organisations, innovative ideas for the future of work could be achieved. With its social and democratic values and equitable nature, SSE enterprises are showing what sustainable and inclusive workplaces look like despite the rising challenges of polarisation, technological innovation, unemployment and unstable jobs. Sub-topics of the Academy The sub-topics of the Academy cover each aspect of an innovative ecosystem for SSE, including the legal framework, social finance, networks, business development services and training, south-south and triangular cooperation, social innovation and the role of government, employers and workers’ organizations. Also, SSE potential in achieving SDGs will be covered through cases and evidence from the field, and the sharing of best practices. The proposed sub-topics are: Legal framework and certification system Social finance and SSE South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Experiences of Innovative Ecosystems for SSE Public Policies SSE and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Networks, Business Development Services and Training The Role of Government, Employers and Workers Organizations in shaping innovative ecosystems for SSE public policies Social Innovation through SSE SSE and Youth Objectives The main aim of the SSE Academy will be to generate a better understanding of the concept of SSE and its possible contribution to social innovation in the world of work. At the end of the academy, the participants will: • Have a better understanding of innovative ecosystems for SSE Public Policies • Have been acquainted with a multitude of social and solidarity experiences, strategies and tools from around the world, including examples of South-South and triangular cooperation. • Have become part of a growing international network of policymakers and practitioners working on the SSE.