SOCIAL ECONOMY

22 May, 2015

THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY FOR COMPETITIVENESS FOR THE ACTORS OF POPULAR AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY (PETER SCHWAIGER)

The notion of “social economy” is now widespread in the EU. However, in spite of its nuances (as in the Ecuadorian instance), this model has proved to be a tool to reduce poverty and to redistribute income and wealth. Our “single market” stands for an open economy, allowing for a […]
22 May, 2015

THE PROMULGATION PROCESS OF THE NEW LAW ON SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY IN FRANCE (Jérôme Faure)

“When the idea of a draft law on social and solidarity economy was first included in the French politic agenda, two different objectives – interrelated though sometimes mutually opposite – had to be fulfilled. The former was to respond to the request for recognition coming from the traditional sectors (cooperatives, […]
13 May, 2015

SOCIAL ECONOMY AND THE CHALLENGE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The working group of the United Nations for Social Economy – framed within the UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) – published a paper on the Social Economy (SE) and its implications on sustainable development. The document expresses concern regarding the insufficient attention paid to the role of […]
13 May, 2015

SOCIAL ECONOMY IN THE PLAN “BRASIL SEM MISERIA” (BRASIL WITHOUT MISERY)

Brazil is one of the Latin American countries where most of the policies promoting social economy has been implemented as a strategy to empower vulnerable populations. In Brazil there is also a vast theoretical and academic reflection on the subject. To show this issue, we suggest the article “Social economy […]
13 May, 2015

GERMANY : A “HABITAT” FOR GROWTH OF SOCIAL ECONOMY

The report “Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Germany” written by Annette Zimmer & Stephanie Bräuer of the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Germany, aims at assessing the main features and the evolution of social enterprises in Germany. The text is divided into two main parts. In the first […]
13 May, 2015

SOCIAL ECONOMY AS A TOOL OF STATE POLICY : AN APPROACH FROM THE “MANOS A LA OBRA” PLAN (LET’S GO TO WORK PLAN).

Recíprocamente suggests the reading of Vanesa Ciolli’s book “La economía social como herramienta de política estatal: un abordaje desde el Plan Manos a la Obra (Argentina 2003-2009)” published recently by CLACSO. The topic of her study – the design process, the formulation and the implementation of the Plan for Local […]
13 May, 2015

INSTITUTIONALIZING THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY IN LATIN AMERICA

In order to develop a broader and deeper view of the institutionalization process of the Social Economy in Latin America we suggest the reading of José Luis Coraggio’s article “Institutionalizing the Social Economy in Latin America”, published by UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development). Observing more specifically the […]
1 February, 2015

CROWDFUNDING, SMES AND THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY (Lorenzo Tordelli, IILA)

Crowdfunding is a way people have to provide small amounts of money from long distances and different contexts. The Inter-American Development Bank explains that crowdfunding “is whatever kind of  fundraising that is the result of the need of financial support spread through an open call to a group of people”. […]