Certain economic sectors offer more interesting perspectives for social economy enterprises and solidarity. These companies often arise in response to needs that neither the market nor the government are able to meet, though one can also find social and solidarity enterprises in lucrative markets. Through a combination of market resources, voluntary contributions and public support, social and solidarity economy enterprises plays a decisive role, as they help to structure certain markets or to ensure that the benefits of these markets are collective, while effectively responding to needs for certain types of products and services. Policies that promote the emergence or strengthening of specific economic sectors (including the environment, services to persons, housing, technology, communications, tourism, food services, culture, and many others) are therefore important tools for the development of the social and solidarity economy.
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NPO – Bank network provides loans to socially-requested needs through a fund provided by the civil society and used for civil society projects. This presentation reviews the banking legal framework in Japan and its implication for NPO Banks.
CoDF is a government fund that gives credit access to small coffee farmers often organized in cooperatives.
Community Forestry: how local people’s control over forest resources brings local benefit.
This paper presents the challenges to the dominant food system and its economic underpinnings which present numerous opportunities to grow and expand the social and solidarity economy and enhance community food sovereignty and security throughout the world.
This paper highlights public policy trends and instruments from around the world that use the Social Economy as a framework to enhance socio-economic development and environmental sustainability.
Crystal Tremblay, April 2010