Lessons learned from Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) policy development in South Africa: One-size does not fit all
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Policy makers are called on to encourage governments to de-risk investments to SSE organisations, considering that their returns are not just financial, but also social and environmental.can government began working on a policy to enable the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in South Africa. Using the definition of SSE adopted at a regional conference on Social Economy in Johannesburg in 2009, the policy team focused on understanding and enabling the eco-system for all organisations that had a specified social or environmental outcome including cooperatives, mutual benefit societies, associations, foundations, non-profits and social enterprises. The ILO provides technical support to the policy, which is led by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition under Minister Ebrahim Patel.