Strengthening the Social and Solidarity Economy in Thailand

Three universities discussed the formation of a consortium on the SSE in Thailand and an event featured the potential for the SSE model to achieve the SDGs through social innovation.

News | 19 July 2023
National stakeholders in Thailand explored ways to strengthen inter-university collaboration and an event featured the social and solidarity economy (SSE)’s role in fostering social innovation, considering the global momentum on SSE.

National consultant introduces the SSE to university students
On 27 June 2023, representatives from Chulalongkorn, Mahidol, Srinakharinwirot and Thammasat Universities discussed the formation of the Social and Solidarity Economy Consortium in Thailand. The Consortium aims to strengthen inter-university partnerships and collaborations to share knowledge and good practices, develop university curricula and undertake action research projects on the SSE in Thailand.

Heejin Ahn, Technical Officer on Entrepreneurship and Social and Solidarity Economy Development at ILO, introduced the second phase of the Strengthening the Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia project which aims to promote the SSE’s contribution to decent work and the Sustainable Development Goals, and to inform and create policy dialogue amongst government, workers’, and employers’ organizations and practitioners.

The participants discussed the operational plan of the Consortium, including fundraising, structure, and exploring synergies with the SSE in Asia project. The next meeting will take place on 24 July 2023.

SSE featured in NIA event
On 23 June 2023, Akkanut Wantanasombut, gave a keynote speech “A Global Trend towards SDGS: Creating Social Innovation through the Social and Solidarity Economy Concept” at the "Startup x Innovation Thailand Expo 2023” event hosted by the National Innovation Agency, under the Ministry of Science and Technology in Thailand.

Akkanut remarked that the social and solidarity economy model is well suited to promote social innovation, given its principles and values on democratic ownership and social impact, prioritizing stakeholders over shareholders and caring for both the people and planet. He added “from the SSE perspective, sustainability is based on stakeholders' benefits rather than profits, meaning that financial sustainability is not the only goal. This alternative model could be conducive to creating a systemic change.”

In closing, Akkanut called on all stakeholders – social innovators, regulators, non-governmental organizations, and enterprises –to collaborate to develop social innovation towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in and through the SSE.