Publications on Social and Solidarity Economy

May 2022

  1. Cooperatives and the World of Work No. 14 - Partnerships between trade unions and the social and solidarity economy to support informal economy workers

    13 May 2022

    This brief documents partnerships between trade unions and the social and the solidarity economy in support of informal economy workers. It is based on a research study that involved a literature review, and an examination of selected partnerships through the development of country case studies in Brazil, Colombia, Kenya and South Africa, and validation of findings with organizations of informal economy workers.

April 2022

  1. Social Protection & Cooperatives Spotlight - Mobilizing social and solidarity economy units towards universal social protection

    29 April 2022

    This ILO Spotlight brief is jointly developed by the Social Protection Department and the Cooperatives Unit in the Enterprises Department. It focuses on mobilizing social and solidarity economy units towards universal social protection. The brief builds on the related section of the Office Report on “Decent work and the social and solidarity economy” prepared for general discussion at the International Labour Conference 110th Session, 2022 (paras 73 et seq.).

March 2022

  1. South Africa’s social and solidarity economy: Alignment of the policy with national, regional and international frameworks

    31 March 2022

    Social economy

  2. South Africa’s social and solidarity economy: An evaluation of the policy development process

    31 March 2022

    Social Economy

  3. South Africa’s social and solidarity economy: A study of its characteristics and conditions

    28 March 2022

    Social Economy

January 2022

  1. Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy Policy in Asia

    24 January 2022

    This brochure provides an overview of the second phase of the project “Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy Policy in Asia” which aims to enhance the understanding on the SSE in Asia and the Pacific region and provide technical support to countries to develop SSE policies and/or mainstream SSE in their policies and programmes. The first phase ended in June 2021, and the second phase has been launched in 2022.

  2. Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia Towards an Enabling Policy Environment

    20 January 2022

    This conclusion brief is part of the series “Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia” that presents the SSE landscape for six countries in Asia, policy challenges and preliminary pathways for strengthening SSE in the region. The research is part of the ILO project “Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Policy in Asia,” implemented in partnership with the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency (KoSEA) and supported by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL).

November 2021

  1. ILO COOP eNewsUpdate

    30 November 2021

    Every month, the ILO COOP eNewsletter highlights recent news and developments on cooperatives by the ILO and partners.

  2. An ILO initiative on advancing the Guidelines concerning Statistics of Cooperatives

    29 November 2021

    The ‘Guidelines concerning Statistics of Cooperatives’ were adopted at the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in October 2018, which were then approved by the Governing Body of the ILO in March 2019. The guidelines are a first step toward an international norm on statistics of cooperatives. This initiative envisages the evaluation of the information on the methods of collecting, organizing and analyzing statistical data on cooperatives in the light of the guidelines in five countries.

  3. Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia Spotlight on Republic of Korea

    29 November 2021

    This brief is part of the series “Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia” that presents the SSE landscape for six countries in Asia, policy challenges and preliminary pathways for strengthening SSE in the region. The research is part of the ILO project “Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Policy in Asia,” implemented in partnership with the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency (KoSEA) and supported by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL). This brief is focused on the Republic of Korea.