Last month, together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Euclid Network (EN) hosted a webinar to announce the OECD Global Action to promote the social and solidarity economy (SSE).
The webinar originally planned to be part of the EN Impact Summit 2020, moved to an online format after the Summit was postponed. This change however, enabled more interested parties to participate from across the globe, including those as far as Chile and Australia. In the end, more than 150 registered participants took part in three identical webinar sessions!
With financial support from the European Union, the OECD Global Action aims to promote the SSE over the next three years in all EU Member States as well as six target countries including Brazil, Canada, Korea, Mexico, and India. By perusing multiple stakeholders, the Action aims to:
- Support the SSE, including social enterprise development and internationalisation,
- Raise awareness of the SSE as a viable model to foster more inclusive growth, and
- Promote knowledge and other exchanges at the international level.
Today more than ever, it is evident that social enterprises and social economy players are a key role in our society. In times of crisis, we need to stand together to promote the social and solidarity economy. We, therefore, believe that the OCED action is highly relevant.
-Suzanne Wisse-Huiskes, CEO of Euclid Network
Outputs of the OECD Global Action
The main outputs of the Action will be the creation of two international guides. One will be on the legal frameworks of SSE and the other will be dedicated to social impact measurement. They will be available at the end of the Action in 2022.
The Action will also create peer learning partnerships. There will be a total of six to eight of these peer learning partnerships, which will establish a knowledge exchange mechanism for different stakeholders in multiple countries to interact and share best practices. A call for interest will be announced in the upcoming months, and the partnerships will be selected through a call for tenders based on the procurement tools of the OECD.
Next Steps and How to Engage
Currently, the OECD is also working on several aspects of the Action which require support from the social impact community:
- Take part in the Mapping Survey: This survey seeks to revise a previous mapping survey, addressing key questions and challenges regionally arising in the area of SSE.
- Contribute to the two scooping papers on the legal framework and social impact measurement of SSE which will be the backbone of the manuals produced on those areas at the end of the Action. Please contribute information or relevant sources via email to email@example.com.
- Call for interest for Peer Learning Partnerships to be announced at a later date.
- Participate in the first International Conference tentatively scheduled for December 9 and 10 in Paris.
A recording of the OECD Global Action webinar is available here for viewing.
Links to Additional Information
If you would like to find out more about how to get involved in the Euclid Network and OECD Global Action please contact us.