GSEF kickstarts GSEF Webinar Series on SSE and COVID-19

In the lead-up to the GSEF2021 Mexico City forum (dates to be confirmed), GSEF will organize a series of webinars throughout 2020 in collaboration with GSEF2021’s Local Organizing Committee. The first round of this GSEF Webinar Series on Challenges and Strategies of SSE in Times of COVID-19 Crisis will invite GSEF members and key partners to share their experiences and initiatives towards supporting the SSE sector and alleviating the socio-economic impact of the crisis on communities through SSE.
Three webinars around this theme will take place respectively in French, Spanish, and English. Please see the details below if you are interested in attending one of these webinars.

26 May 2020, Tuesday

Title: Défis et stratégies en soutien à l'ESS en période de crise du COVID-19 
Language: French
Time: 13:00 pm (GMT)
  • Ms. Pauline Effa, Managing Director, Partnership France-Africa for Development (PFAC), Member of ESS Forum International
  • Ms. Aminata Diop Samb, Director General, Municipal Development and Solidarity Fund (FODEM), City of Dakar, National Coordinator (International Relations and Development), Network of Non-State Actors and Local Authorities for Social and Solidarity Economy (RACTES),  Senegal
  • Mr. Mohamed Salhi, Coordinator, Moroccan Space for Social and Solidarity Economy and Environment (EMESSE), Morocco
  • Mr. Pascal Duforestel, Counselor Responsible for the Social and Solidarity Economy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, Vice-President of the Network of Local Authorities for a Solidarity Economy (RTES), France
  • Ms. Patricia Andriot, Counselor for the Community of Communes Auberive-Vingeanne-Montsaugeonnais, Vice-President of the Network of Local Authorities for a Solidarity Economy (RTES), France 
  • Ms. Johanne Lavoie, Commissioner for Social Economy, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Moderator: Ms. Laurence Kwark, Secretary General, GSEF 
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3 June 2020, Wednesday 

Title: Desafíos y Estrategia de la ESS en tiempos de la crisis del COVID-19
LanguageSpanish (español)
Time: 14:00 pm (GMT)

  • Mr. Jose Mari Luzarraga, Mondragón Unibersitatae, Basque Country. Spain (tbc)
  • Mr. Ariel Guarco, President of the International Cooperative Alliance. Argentina 
  • Mr. Nicolás Cruz Tineo, Director of the Associative Economy Development Institute (IDEAC). Dominican Republic (tbc) 
  • Ms. Irma Margarita Martínez Castellón, Minister of Economy. Cuba (tbc)
  • Mr. Sebastián Villarreal Bardet, Undersecretary of Social Services. Chile 
  • Ms. Susana Correa, Director General of the Social Prospoerity, Colombia 

Moderator: Mr. Juan Manuel Martínez Louvier, Director General Director, INAES (Instituto Nacional de la Economía Social de México)  
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9 June 2020, Tuesday  


Title: Challenges and Strategies of SSE in Times of COVID-19 Crisis
Language: English
Time: 08:00 am (GMT)

  • Mr. Xuan Xia, Founder, Star of Social Innovation, China
  • Ms. Lynn Collins, Strategic Relations and Engagement Advisor, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA), United Kingdom
  • Ms. Nonhle Memela, Programme Manager, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa
  • Mr. Cho Ju Yeon, CEO, Seoul Social Economy Centre, South Korea
  • Mr. Anthony Wong, Business Director, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Hong Kong, China

Moderator: Ms. Laurence Kwark, Secretary General, GSEF
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The second round of GSEF Webinar series is expected to take place from June to September. Building on the outcomes of the first three above-mentioned webinars, international experts will be invited to join the discussion around strategies, solutions, and tools, and to innovate ideas to overcome the fallout of the crisis and prepare all stakeholders for the Post-COVID-19 era. This program will culminate with a virtual forum held on the dates initially foreseen for the GSEF2020 forum, from 21 to 23 October 2020.