Putting the “Local” in Economic Development: The Role of the Social and Solidarity Economy

Publication date: 19 October 2017
Research areas: Local development
Publication categories: Documents

Euricse and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Think Piece for the 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development, 17-20 October 2017 – Praia, Cabo Verde.

Rising inequalities, environmental degradation and increasing rates of unemployment, among other issues, oblige us to reconsider our current development paradigms, and seek alternate, complementary and innovative approaches to fulfil the needs of both people and planet. As was noted by ILO Director General Guy Ryder in a recent speech, aside from the social, economic and environmental crises before us, we also face a crisis of values, impeding sustainable development. The different realities, objectives and agendas within and between governments, organizations and civil society, often working in silos, have resulted in contradicting actions, misspent time, energy and resources, and have led us into the social, economic and environmental imbalance we now know far too well.
In this regard, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda presents 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) geared toward rebalancing the three pillars of sustainable development by ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. The 2030 Agenda is a call for a new development paradigm, one that integrates the various dimensions of sustainable development […]

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