Open Sessions

SOU 39 - Transition from Informal Economy to Social and Solidarity Economy for More Sustainable and Inclusive Local Development

20 Nov

20 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Zagora


Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF)

Tel: +82 70 4693 1608




The International Labor Organization estimates that more than 66% of total employment in Sub-Saharan African is in the informal sector. In order to improve the insecure and precarious employment and building a more inclusive and sustainable local economy, more and more policymakers and social activists consider the social and solidarity economy (SSE) as an alternative strategy for social and economic development of their region. The session is intended to introduce SSE to African local governments so that they would consider it as a potential local development strategy to achieve more sustainable and inclusive society. Throughout the session, the speakers from African cities and international organizations will provide tangible examples of their social and economic policies related to SSE and the impacts of the programs in their region. The examples also will show the potential of SSE as an urban policy to solve emerging urban issues including housing, waste management, youth employment, urban regeneration, etc. Also they will show how the business activities of SSE enterprise/organizations have changed the citizens’ practice of production and consumption, the quality of employment, participatory governance, and ethical business practices including decent working environments and contribution to the community. As an international network of local governments and SSE organizations to promote SSE, GSEF will provide the opportunity of connecting resources for capacity building and mutual learning for city officials according to their interests during and after the session.




The session will be divided into two parts with the following topics and the brief time distribution will be as follows:

  1. Opening
  2. Part I. Transition from the Informal Economy to Social and Solidarity Economy
    1. Presentations and panel discussion
    2. Question and Answer Session
  3. Break and Networking
  4. Part II. Localizing the SDGs through Social and Solidarity Economy
    1. Presentations and panel discussion
    2. Question and Answer Session
  5. Conclusion


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