Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE): a path towards achieving SDGs?
Alexander Borda-Rodriguez (The Open University )
Inclusive development?
Library, Seminar Room 1
Wednesday 19 June, 15:30-17:00 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

In this panel we explore how and to what extent Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) constitutes a path towards the achievement of SDGs.

Long abstract:

The panel critically examines how and to what extent SSE can contribute to the achievement of SDGs. Despite the challenges it faces, SSE has developed inclusive forms of innovation, people centred businesses, and it has enabled low income people to take charge of their own development.

In the Global South, SSE is driven by values and principles that provide the basis for sustainable forms of development and innovation (Coraggio 2016, 2017), it accommodates the needs of marginalised communities by improving their capabilities and enabling them to engage with the market and wider society in fair and sustainable ways. The practical and policy implications of this type of 'doing development' remains underexplored.

The current global market economy is characterised by technologies and forms of innovation that exclude the interests and aspirations of poor people, SSE draws on sustainable practices that gives marginalised people collective voice and active agency over decisions that affect their lives. The panel aims to contribute to this discussion and its implications for policy by inviting papers on issues including, but not limited to:

1. The theoretical and practical relationship between SSE values/principles and SDGs.

2. The extent to which public policies recognise SSE as a developmental path for vulnerable and poor populations.

3. The relevance of SSE discourses to debates relating to inclusive innovation, decent work and reduced inequality.

4. SSE perspectives from the global South (which have been neglected in the English-language literature) in relation to global development challenges.

5. The politics of SSE and their impact on marginalised people.