November, month of SSE, has been quite busy. From 18 to 20 November, Trento hosted the International Conference on Social and Solidarity Economy, co-organised by EURICSE and the International Labour Organization. The latter, which is celebrating its centenary this year, has placed at the heart of its initiatives the question of the future of work in the light of SSE.
More than a hundred participants met in Italy to discuss these issues. These days were an opportunity to present the results of two major studies commissioned by the ILO on the “Contribution of the Social and Solidarity Economy and Social Finance to the Future of Work”, led by the research institute HIVA and sponsored by the French government, and on “Financial Mechanisms for Innovative Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems“, led by EURICSE and sponsored by the Luxembourg government.
ESSFI took part in various panels relevant to our mission, including the panel on International Networks and Partnerships. This session allowed the formulation of recommendations, among which: the establishment and strengthening of networks between SSE and public actors, the investment and mobilization of financial resources to ensure the proper functioning of these networks, the partnership between old and new SSE organizations to ensure a circulation of knowledge and experiences, and the expansion of the role of SSE in the major ongoing transitions, ecological, social, democratic.
These proposals have a common objective: to strengthen SSE and its organisations in order to establish themselves as key actors in the implementation of international agendas, in particular the 2030 Agenda and its strategy (SDG).
After a two-day conference, the UN Inter-Agency Task Force for SSE met to further develop its work programme.
The closing of this Trento week was therefore a session demonstrating the commitment of both members and observers of the UNTFSSE, the fruits of which hold great promise for the years to come.