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RTES report: “Europe & SSE Challenges and levers of action for local authorities”
Europe et ESS

While the budgetary framework of the next European program (2021/2027) is currently being negotiated, the RTES (French Network of Local Authorities for a Solidarity Economy) has published a RepèrESS, “Europe & ESS – issues and levers of action for local authorities to encourage SSE communities and stakeholders to mobilize European funding and to participate in the construction of a more solidarity-based European project.

This is done through:

– An inventory of the place of the social and solidarity economy in the European landscape

– A presentation of the different European funds and programs and examples of French social and solidarity economy projects benefiting from this funding

– Methodological advice for the assembly of projects – 10 proposals and perspectives for a more cohesive Europe

– The consideration of SSE in 7 Regional Operational Programs in France.

You can find the document (in French) here.

 

The 4 SSE projects of the French government

We open this letter on the news of the (French) government which, as we mentioned in the editorial of the month of January, leads four projects in connection with the Social and Solidarity Economy.

On 18 January, we were able to attend the inauguration of #FrenchIMPACT, the national accelerator for social innovation, and the launch of the first “Pionniers French Impact” call for projects whose objective is to build the showcase of socially innovative entrepreneurs. A call for applications will be launched in March to build the French ecosystem of social innovation and experiment with local accelerators on pilot territories, before the extension of the device on the whole national territory in 2019. It is clear that the stated objective is to support, far beyond the associations, mutuals and foundations, any company which, by its activity innovates socially by making it possible to reach quantifiable social objectives generating savings for the public expenses. It is a vision of social innovation reduced to the sole measure of social impact, but a vision that seems to bring together several members of the government, since three ministers surrounded Christophe Itier for this launch.

A vision that is consistent with the Action Plan for Growth and Transformation of Enterprises (PACTE) and the announcement of the mission entrusted to Nicole Notat and Jean-Dominique Senard on “business and general interest”. As we announced, this topic raises questions from the actors of the ESS who are mobilizing to value the contribution and the experience of SSE on this subject. Michel Prugue, president of Coop de France, said in an article published in Up Magazine this February 8: “Inspired by the Anglo-Saxon model of “B.CORP “, these companies” mission “would be more citizen-based, more modern, more committed … more human! Indeed, a business can be governed by something other than the rapid return on capital and the short-term profit of its shareholders; the people who compose it can be respected, their participation can be valued; the long term can be protected in the name of the collective interests of today’s women and men and their children, and the children of their children. All this may seem extremely innovative, but for us, it’s our daily life though being sometimes … very old companies! See also on this point the forums published in the monthly letter n ° 117 of CIRIEC and in particular that of Jean Gatel who was Secretary of State, in charge of the Social Economy.

If the Movement for the Solidarity Economy (MESà conceives / understands this desire to moralize the lucrative enterprises to tend towards a more ethical capitalism, we remain vigilant so that the notion of general interest is not distorted. We remain above all mobilized to defend the diversity of citizen dynamics working for a transition towards a more solidarity-based, more just and more sustainable society. If, as stated by Les Echos, a majority of bosses would be favorable to companies with a mission to see a new opportunity for companies to go further in the CSR and to go beyond the green or the social washing, why not propose to these companies to meet the obligations imposed today by the ESUS approval, it would already be a great step forward.

(Extract from the editorial of the MES – Movement for the Solidarity Economy – of the February 2018 newsletter)

See the full text (in French) here.

Co-create the European SSE public policies: a possible challenge?

The second European Forum of the SSE (EFSSE 2017) took place on November 9, 2017, organised in the premises of the Parliament by the GUE/ NGL Group,for the occasion driven by Marie-Christine Vergiat, French MEP. Following the first session, we can note an increase in the representation of networks of solidarity economy.

RIPESS Europe actively participated in the organization of the second edition, with several invited members, some of which met the day before for a dinner following a coordination Committee. Read more

Webinar: Public policies – the stakes of the Solidarity Economy

<< THE WEBINAR IS TAKING PLACE ON THE 24th of NOVEMBER >>

RIPESS Europe and its members are actively investing in the co-construction of public policies at a national and European level, pursuing an objective of general interest and the development of the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE). Given the diversity of public policy frameworks in the territories and the different levels of consideration of the SSE in relation to the national framework, we propose a working session, at a distance, on the theme “Policies public: the stakes of the social and solidarity economy”. The objective is to facilitate our joint work, to share analyses, concepts and a common vocabulary. The webinar is organized around theoretical contributions and practical experiences, exchanges and testimonies between participants, in order to improve the participants’ knowledge and to forge common references on public policy issues.

The first webinar will take place on NOVEMBER 24, 2017 – in 3 language sessions:

11:00 – 12:30 – ES: Políticas públicas: los riesgos de la economía social y solidaria (Carlos Askunze, REAS)

15:00 – 16:30 – FR: Politiques publiques : les enjeux de l’économie sociale et solidaire (Patrica Coler, UFISC)

17:00 – 18:30 – EN Policies public: the stakes of the social and solidarity economy (Laura Aufrere)

Register here (English)

or write to: info@ripess.eu (pls write which session)

Co-building of public policy: a perspective for European SSE

The European Union is at a historical moment, confronted by social and political challenges that European members need to overcome to build a common future. Notions such as economic progress, inclusive society and social justice need to be discussed in the perspective of the coming phases for the European development, with greater specification on the cross-cutting mechanisms for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2020-2030 plan for European development.  RIPESS Europe developed a concept concept note on SSE Public policies (pdf). Read more

Barcelona : The 2016–2019 Plan to boost Social Solidarity Economy

This document, titled The Impetus Plan for the Social and Solidarity Economy in Barcelona, is the result of a municipal initiative. Its aim is to offer a transformative socio-economic vision of the urban reality. It includes an action programme and aims to contribute towards reducing social and territorial inequalities, while promoting an economy at the service of people and of social justice.

The Impetus Plan comprises a diagnosis, the development process and the set of actions desired to be carried out in the city over the coming years. It is structured into the following parts:

— The social and solidarity economy in Barcelona: analyses the reality of the transformative socio-economic fabric of the city and its roll-out across the territory

— The Planning Process: explains the process involved in drafting the Plan and related co-production and co-responsibility dynamics.

— Contents of the Plan: describes the general and specfic objectives, lines of work, measures and actions to be implemented.

— Development of the Plan: indicates the different agents involved in the Plan’s execution and spaces for joint and participatory work.

— Budget, Monitoring and Evaluation: details the budgetary allocations, as well as the impact assessment criteria used.

— Annex. Towards a New Socio-Economic Policy:  an overview of the plural economy and of the proposal for the city’s socio-economic transformation.

Source: Socioeco.org

Barcelona: the plural economy that transforms our towns
Barcelona mercado social

During the days of 20 and 21 October 2016, Barcelona hosted the second Trobada Internacional de Municipalisme i Economia Solidària, organised by the Commissioner of Social Solidarity and Cooperative Economy of the Barcelona City Council. The title of the encounter was “Cities for a plural and transformative economy”, focusing on the role that municipalities and, more generally local governments, have and may have in the context of the promotion of the solidarity economy.

International guests, representatives of local authorities and actors of organised civil society (cooperatives, collectives of local action, networks of solidarity economy, etc.) participated in the event, which was intended to be a space for sharing, cooperation and the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of solidarity economy and local government, with the main objective of working on a model of socio-economic development based on participation, horizontality, respect for work, social cohesion and environmental sustainability, in contrast to the forms that prevail today in exploitation and exclusion.

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GSEF 2016: an alliance between local governments and SSE actors
gsef2016

The Global Forum on Social Economy took place at Montreal’s Conference Centre from September 7 to 9. This third edition, jointly organized by the city of Montreal and the Chantier de l’économie sociale, was held under the slogan “Local Governments and actors of the Social Economy. Allied for the development of smart and sustainable cities”.

More than 1300 participants, 62 countries represented, 330 cities and 120 initiatives have demonstrated the dynamism and diversity of collective entrepreneurship.The opening was attended by Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal and co-organizer of GSEF2016, M. Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul and Co-President of the GSEF Association, M. Kyong Song Yong, President of the Seoul’s Solidarity Economy Network and Co-President of the GSEF Association, Jean-Martin Aussant, General Director of the Chantier de l’économie sociale and co-organizer of GSEF2016, Mr. Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, M. Jean – Yves Duclos, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development from Canada´s Government. Read more

RIPESS at the GSEF 2016 in Montreal
GSEF 2016

RIPESS Intercontinental and RIPESS Europe participate in the Global Social Economy Forum in Montreal, September 7-9 2016.

As per today, the GSEF has registered participants from over 50 countries and government representatives from nearly 250 international cities. It is therefore an excellent opportunity to learn about good practices from local governments and the SSE around the world and an outstanding opportunity to share your experiences globally!

As a member of the sponsorship committee of GSEF2016, we encourage you especially to participate, to form delegations, and come to discuss and work on the central theme of the Global Social Economy Forum -GSEF2016: collaboration between local governments and the social and solidarity economy actors for the development of cities;

and also, with more than 30 workshops and working groups and visits.

  • Share your best practices and learn about others in the social and solidarity economy taking place around the planet in collaboration with local governments
  • Identify opportunities and issues regarding coordinated action between your local governments and SSE stakeholders
  • Promote coordinated international actions to foster the development of the SSE in your area.

>> More information on GSEF2016

>> Register to GSEF2016

RIPESS will be present with a representation of all its members – from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Oceania; organizing a working group on Collaborations & international synergies for ESS and will held its Board of Directors following the Forum, on the 10th and 11th of September.

If you are not able to attend, but you want to submit some proposals of collaboration, documents, ideas or references of projects, or even recommend any other organization to invite, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity by writing to the following e-mail address: laure.jongejans@ripess.org, and we will make sure to relay them.

Creation of a visual map of public policies and territories promoting SSE
Public policies map - socioeco

The role of public policies in favour social and solidarity economy suffers from a lack of visibility. Yet these same policies can prove decisive in helping collective initiatives that involve citizens to emerge. We would like to showcase existing public policy on SSE through a compilation of case studies and mapping that highlights the policies that contribute to creating territorial ecosystems that encourage the development of SSE through:

– funding, public markets, fiscal, legal and legislative mechanisms, social audits, etc.
– accompanying the actors working to support SSE at territorial level
– encouraging contact, exchange and networking of these actors
– relocalising activities linked to food, transport, energy, etc.
– thus creating sustainable, relocalised employment
– show-casing good practice
– building new spaces for discussion and joint development of policies with citizens.

SSE needs to “tell its story” to inspire people and disseminate. What public policies have a real impact on helping SSE initiatives to emerge and to develop? We believe that by collecting as many case studies as possible, enhanced by mapping them, would provide a useful tool for sharing, and that could be used by all our respective sites and other instruments (mobile APPs, infographs, etc.). This is something we can decide together.

The socioeco.org site has recently allowed us to develop a carte des solutions (map of solutions). It collects the descriptions of SSE initiatives that have been identified according to needs (food, housing, health, education etc.). It is in 6 languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian). The map also provides more opportunities: it is possible to identify alternative media or research centres for SSE, select only food experiences or reproduce a specific part of the map in a message on your own website. We thought of using a specific map of solutions for public policies and the territories that support them.

RIPESS Europe and socioeco.org hope to present a first map with the descriptions of public policies in different countries and different languages at the World Forum of Social Economy GSEF2016, that will be held in Montreal from 7th-9th September, to demonstrate the potential of such a tool and find new partners to develop the project further.

We need your help to do this. Your network has identified concrete public policies at different territorial levels: Local, regional or national Authorities. We propose you to fill the form linked here which will allow the collection of information and the compilation of a list of institutions at different levels which promote public policies for the development of the SSE, starting from what already exists and that we plan to showcase. We will then make all this information organised and visible by using shared tools and creating a visual public mapping.

Info and communications:
fwautiez@socioeco.org
polpub@ripess.eu

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