Economy of Solidarity: Creating a new model of development
Working paper for the Solidarity economy workshop
Manon Boulianne, January 2001
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Community initiatives for a world in crisis
During the last decade, throughout the world, men and women have created thousands of associations, non-governmental organisations or collective ventures, to set up responses to the challenges posed by increasing social inequality, caused by globalisation. Although these are often local initiatives, they are based on a critical analysis of social and economic relationships that include national and international issues. Apart from theoretical links, a growing number of initiatives, in the Economy of Solidarity, cross over national borders and help strengthen the links between the peoples of North and South, fostering a feeling of being part of one international socio-economic movement.