Euricse joined the Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD
Euricse joined theSpatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre together with an international network of other leading research institutions such as the University of Trento, the Bank of Italy, Sheffield University and Ohio State University. Euricse will focus on the field of social economy and its role in enhancing local productivity. As a first step of this collaboration, Euricse is collaborating with SPL on a study on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development on the productivity of Italian cooperatives.
The OECD LEED Trento and the SPD
The OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development was created in 2003 with the mission of building capacities for local development in OECD member and non-member countries. As an integral part of the OECD’s broader work on productivity, the Spatial Productivity Lab looks at the mechanism that policy makers can leverage to promote “catching up” of the lagging behind regions in terms of productivity and to what extent aggregate productivity depends on the economies of agglomeration generated in cities.
Italian cooperatives, a new focus
Starting in 2020, the Spatial Productivity Lab will also focus on productivity and innovation of Italian cooperatives. To reinforce this new field of activity, Euricse is joining the network, sharing its research skills, knowledg and experience relevant to the concept of spatial productivity.
“Euricse will be happy to contribute to this initiative and to share with other members of the network our knowledge and expertise on the role and characteristics of social economy organizations”, commented the president of Euricse, Carlo Borzaga.
UN Inter-Agency task force on SSE, the International Conference in Geneva
The General Secretary of Euricse, Gianluca Salvatori, participated on the 25th and 26th of June at International Conference on SSE in Geneva. This event is part of a series of conferences resulting from the Call for Papers “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: What Role for Social and Solidarity Economy?” launched by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) in 2018. Salvatori spoke on a panel dedicated to “SSE and South-South and Triangular Cooperation“. The Conference was hosted in Geneva during the celebration for the Centenary of the International Labour Organization.
Below we are publishing an abstract of his speech.
The development of SEE through social urbanism
In Latin America – in countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia – experiences have emerged through government programs, framed within the design and application of their policies public, developing strategies within the discourse of solidarity economy with the objective to improve the quality of life of people. Probably one of the most innovative and original aspects of the development strategies of a social and solidarity economy consists in the structural relationship with the policies of social urbanism.
Medellin has got 2,5 million inhabitants. Due to the violence in the agricultural areas, connected to the drug trafficking and to the threat of paramilitary and guerrilla organizations (like Farc), there has been a huge population shift in urban areas. In a few years Medellin has practically doubled its population. The new arrivals went to occupy the peripheral areas on the steep hills around the city.
Urban scholars and practitioners today look up to Medellin as one of the most progressive cities in the world. Winner of an impressive amount of awards, Medellin truly became a model to follow when it comes to addressing urban challenges like violence, insecurity, poor education, and lack of mobility, which all reinforce the spatial and material inequalities in our cities today.
A “methodology of partnership with the community” in order to upgrade informal settlements was followed by the two mayors, Luis Perez and Sergio Fajardo, who were elected respectively in 2000 and 2004. Investing in a cable car to connect the slums to the city centre was the first step, fighting the marginalisation of the populations living in the informal settlements (“comunas”) on hillsides of Medellin and representing half of the entire population of Medellin. Then followed the “integral urban projects” (PUIs) – “projects that incorporate multiple programs simultaneously, from transport to landscaping, from street lighting to cultural centres” – implemented between 2004 and 2007:
“the Parque Explora, a park with a free science museum in it;
the Botanical Gardens, site of the octagonal Orquideorama; ten new school buildings;
five ambitious library-parks in the comunas of Santo Domingo, La Quintana, La Ladera, San Javier and Belén;
a cultural centre in the run-down district of Moravia;
and the completion and extension of the Metrocable
Framed by the drug trafficking problem for almost a decade (1985-1993) – that reoriented in greatly measure the social structure, cultural behavior and in general the economy of the city. Then, a socio-economic crisis experienced between 1995 and the beginning of this century, with unemployment levels above 20% (1999), had a great impact as well. The “Plan Decenal de Economía Social y Solidaria para Medellín 2016-2025”, written by Gaviria Correo and Alcalde de Medellín, has no precedents in the country and involves all subjects that are part of this sector: Cooperatives, Mutuals, Corporations, Associations, employee funds, Pre-Cooperatives and Foundations, among others. The Decennial Plan is rooted on a wider set of public policies, starting from the early 2000s, that aimed to support the social and solidarity economy through an original combination with participatory local planning related to the “social urbanism”.
The Medellin case shows that tackling the complexities of peripheral urban informal settlements requires:
The investments in innovative mobility systems (cable car), renewal of educational facilities like schools and libraries and the beautification of public spaces, have gone hand in hand with strategies of intervention from the perspective of the social and solidarity economy.
The introduction of new governance models that, beyond the public and private dychotomy, recognize the importance and value of the ESS.
The strengthening of associative productive units (UPAS) of solidarity economy, with the objective of strengthening the business fabric of the informal settlements of Medellín through the generation of income and decent jobs.
“Social Urbanism” is the best practice that Medellin showcases in the international community, proving the positive impact of the construction of social infrastructure, which allows for an improved access to education, mobility, and safer public spaces. The Medellin experience has provided a role model for many other cities, specially in the Global South.
Social Economy, Salvatori in the European Commission’s expert group
Gianluca Salvatori, Euricse Secretary General, has been appointed member of a new expert group on “Social Economy and Social Enterprise” set up by the European Commission’s Social Business Initiative (SBI). The purpose of this new group will be to discuss and agree on developing and strengthening activities related to the development of the potential of the social economy and social enterprises, aiming to promote innovation and positive impact on the economy and society at large. The expert group’s actions will focus on 5 pillars: access to finance, access to markets, better framework conditions, new technologies and social innovation, as well as the development of an international dimension.
ILO academy on Social and Solidarity Economy – 6th edition
Puebla, Mexico 23rd-27th November 2015
The International Labour Organization and the National Institute of Social Economy of Mexico (INAES) are organizing an Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) that will take place in Mexico, from 23 to 27 of November 2015, at the Ibero-American University in Puebla. (more…)
Giulia Galera elected member of the new EMES Board of Directors
We are pleased to announce that our researcher Giulia Galera has been elected new member of the EMES Board of Directors, which was nominated by all members of the the network in October 2015. The election process lasted five months with open call for candidates from around the world and a final e-voting system in place. (more…)
The Role of Social and Solidarity Economy in employment generation
A panel by Euricse and ILO for the 3rd World Forum of Local Economic Development
Euricse will participate in the 3rd World Forum of Local Economic Development (Turin, 13-16 October 2015) organizing together with the ILO the panel The role of social and solidarity economy in employment generation. (more…)
Personalisation and Social Entrepreneurship, a concluding analysis
We report some concluding comments on the European Summer School on Social Economy from Dina Rakin*.
Two years ago I heard about the ESSE Summer School from my dearest colleague. “Since you are curious about the social economy world and you are into questioning so many aspects of it, this school is for you”, she said. And she was right. Simple explanation, maybe too obvious. (more…)
European Summer School on Social Economy, the second day described by Dina Rakin
Dina Rakin* shares her impressions on the second day of the European Summer School on Social Economy in Bertinoro.
Dennis R. Young and Silvia Ferreira, lecturers of the day, were committed to place the concept of personalisation into the existing theory and practice of Non-Profits, mainly Social Economy and Social Entrepreneurship. User is the key word. How the type of financing of Social Enterprise and its legal form influence users and how the characteristics of a social entrepreneur respond to the users! (more…)
Innovation, co-operation and why sharing business ownership is good for Britain.
The Co-operative Advantage, edited by Ed Mayo, is a blueprint for a future social economy in the UK and draws on research over three years with co-operative business experts, advised by Professor Michael Best, University of Massachusetts Lowell, an internationally recognized authority on sector development. (more…)
Social and solidarity economy academy – 5th edition
Johannesburg, South Africa, 27th-30 July 2015
The theme of the 5th edition of the ILO Academy on social and solidarity economy will be “Social innovation in the world of work”. The ILO global constituents, development partners in South Africa and other stakeholders have been involved in the discussion of the related sub-topics in order to ensure that the content of the Academy is demand driven based on the challenges and needs in Africa and elsewhere. (more…)
Personalisation and Social Entrepreneurship, European Summer School On Social Economy
July 6th-11th, 2015, Bertinoro Residential Centre, University of Bologna
The Department of Economics, in collaboration with AICCON and in partnership with the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna, EMES Network, EURICSE and SECS IRT (University of Bologna), is pleased to announce the European Summer School on Social Economy, whose 4th Edition will take place at Bertinoro (FC) Campus of the University of Bologna. (more…)