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SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs

  • Project from: 2018 to 2019


The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) has launched a Call for Papers to assess the contribution of SSE to inclusive and sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on local contexts. Organized by UNRISD, in its role as coordinator of the Task Force’s Knowledge Hub, the Call for Papers aims to identify and mobilize research from different regions and territories that critically examines the role of SSE as a means of implementation for the SDGs.

The purpose of the SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs is to enhance awareness of and contribute to the body of knowledge on social and solidarity economy (SSE) as a means of implementation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aims of the Knowledge Hub are to synthesize existing knowledge, evidence and information; supplement these with value-added research and analysis; and foster innovative approaches and inclusive dialogue among policy makers and practitioners of SSE in both developed and developing countries.

The SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs is an initiative of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE), with UNRISD serving as the implementing organization.

Established in May 2013, the UNTFSSE works to increase the visibility of social and solidarity economy and enhance its recognition within and beyond the United Nations system. The mission of the Task Force also includes activities to facilitate multistakeholder initiatives that aim to realize the transformative potential of SSE in creating an economy for people, planet and a fairer world.

Systematic analysis of the linkages between SSE practices and the SDGs


While there is a growing body of research and knowledge on SSE, there has been little attempt to systematically analyse the linkages between SSE practices and the SDGs.

The SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs is an ambitious initiative that aims to fill that gap by synthesizing existing knowledge, evidence and information; supplementing these with value-added research and analysis; and fostering innovative approaches and inclusive dialogue among policy makers and practitioners of SSE in both developed and developing countries. Key insights, lessons and recommendations will be published and disseminated in a range of formats. Knowledge Hub resources will be of use to practitioners and policy makers working towards the implementation of the SDGs, and will also inform the UNTFSSE’s communications, advocacy, research and programmatic agenda on SSE and the SDGs.

Outputs

Knowledge Hub Working Papers
Knowledge Hub Resources

Phase 1 (2018-2019, seed funding)


The core activity of Phase 1 consists of a Call for Papers that will mobilize insightful and innovative research on the role of SSE as a means of implementation for the SDGs in two main issue areas:
  • The role of SSE in localizing the SDGs. The Call aims to identify cases where SSE actors and institutions are facilitating the implementation of national goals and guidelines in concrete local settings, what works and why, and the scope for replicating positive initiatives in other local settings.
  • Measuring SSE, its scale and impact. In a context where systematic data on SSE are still scarce, where definitions and indicators vary, and numbers often fail to capture the diversity of SSE actors and impacts, the Call aims to identify innovative methodological solutions to measuring SSE and its impacts.

Key insights, lessons and recommendations will be published and disseminated in a range of formats. The published outputs will inform the policy, advocacy and programmatic activities of policy makers, SSE and development practitioners and researchers, as well as the UNTFSSE.


Seed funding for Phase 1 is provided by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Social Economy and Economic Solidarity of Luxembourg.