Understanding the contribution of the social and solidarity economy to sustainable development in Mongolia

On November 30, 2023 participants at the Mongolian Entrepreneurship Conference 2023 explored ways that social and solidarity economy entities in Mongolia can contribute to decent work and Sustainable Development Goals.

News | 14 December 2023
Purevdulam Jamiyansuren, Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Development Solutions and national consultant for the ILO presented preliminary findings of the social and solidarity economy study in Mongolia at the 9th National Conference of the Mongolian Entrepreneurship Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 30 November 2023. The Summit was organized by the Business School of the National University of Mongolia, under the theme “Opportunities and experiences for the development of green business models.”

Ms. Jamiyansuren noted that the social and solidarity economy in Mongolia consists of cooperatives, associations, partnerships, foundations, mutual societies, social enterprises, and self-help groups, based on the international definition included in the 2022 International Labour Conference and 2023 UN GA Resolutions on the SSE. Ms. Jamiyansuren pointed out to the multiple benefits that social and solidarity economy entities bring to communities by creating decent jobs, promoting social inclusion, and supporting sustainability.

Participants stressed that social and solidarity economy entities should be studied in the broader business ecosystem, taking a holistic approach, focusing on economic and social aspects. They highlighted, for instance the principle of voluntary cooperation and primacy of people and social purpose over capital when assessing their social and environmental contributions. Participants also suggested that social and solidarity economy entities can play a critical role in supporting socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

The event was attended by representatives from government agencies, private sector, cooperatives, and researchers. Mongolia supported the adoption of the UN Resolution on Promoting the Social and Solidarity Economy for Sustainable Development.

The study is part of the ILO’s Strengthening the Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia Phase 2 Project, funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea. It aims to contribute to strengthened awareness on the contribution of the social and solidarity economy contribution to decent work and sustainable development. It also aims to create policy dialogue in five countries in Asia and the Pacific - Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The findings will be presented at a research conference and study tour in Bangkok, Thailand scheduled for 26-27 March 2024.