GSEF 2018 Africa Policy Dialogue

GSEF2018 Africa Policy Dialogue – (as part of the GSEF2018 session) "Decent work and Entrepreneurship for Social and Labour Inclusion in Africa"    

Date & time: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm (2h)
Venue: Conference Hall E, Euskalduna


The 1st Africa Policy Dialogue (AfPD) organized by GSEF is planning to be held, based on the main theme, "Decent work and Entrepreneurship for Social and Labour Inclusion in Africa". Africa Policy Dialogue (AfPD) invites African Local Governments and Civil Society organizations to share and connect ideas from each part.

AfPD session will take place on 2nd October (Tue) in Bilbao. 13 speakers including Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi (UCLG Africa), Mr. Ronald Balimwezo (Mayor of the Nakawa Division) and Mr. Fabrice Adelphe BALOU (Pojet) will deliver their stories. It is expected that AfPD will be the first step to build a tangible African network on SSE.

The main purpose of the AfPD is to identify the ways of going forward to develop inter-regional partnership and cooperation based on international, innovative and supportive approach. In the African region, Social Economy plays important roles, and AfPD will provide participants with a meaningful chance to understand unique circumstances of each country and share information.  

About 80% to 95% of the population in Africa is employed in the informal economy, and the population has sought out innovative solutions to their daily social and economic challenges. Ultimately, the African social economy has an important role to play in poverty eradication and should be recognised as an ally for inclusive development by the African authorities and the EU.

AfPD will cover various situations and challenges across Africa, and you can grasp crucial issues directly from African SSE actors. We hope that AfPD will be a channel for GSEF to connect with African members and other actors that are advocating for social economy in the region.