Publications and tools on cooperatives

September 2022

  1. Advancing the 2030 Agenda through the Social and Solidarity Economy

    26 September 2022

    The social and solidarity economy (SSE) is a dynamic force for change that is key to realizing the paradigm shift called for in the 2030 Agenda. This Position Paper of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE) examines the contribution of the SSE to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), identifies policy and legal reforms that can foster an institutional environment conducive to SSE, and calls attention to the need for advocacy and policy innovation at multiple levels of governance – local, regional, national and international.

  2. Social and solidarity economy: Social innovation catalyst in Africa?

    19 September 2022

    The report illustrates and characterizes the social innovation processes carried out by Social and Solidarity Economy Organizations (SSEOs) in five African countries (South Africa, Cameroon, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia). By analysing practical cases of social innovation, it explores the extent to which SSEOs contribute to generating social innovation in Africa for a more sustainable and inclusive local development, as well as the creation and promotion of decent work for all. The report highlights internal and external factors impacting SSEOs in their social innovation process and it presents a set of policy recommendations to unlock the potential of SSEOs as catalyser of social innovation in African.

  3. Terms of Reference for an implementing partner: Consultancy for delivering a Training of Trainer (ToT) in ILO Cooperative Development Tools (Think.COOP, Start.COOP, My.COOP) in Uganda

    12 September 2022

August 2022

  1. ToR for Consultant - Organize Training of Trainer (ToT) in ILO Cooperative Development Tools (Think.COOP, Start.COOP and My.COOP) in Kenya

    02 August 2022

June 2022

  1. Guide to Recommendation No.189 on Job Creation in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

    27 June 2022

    This Guide to the Recommendation No. 189 provides key elements to support the implementation of policies and strategies to promote decent and sustainable job creation in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

  2. Cooperatives and the World of Work No. 16 - Legal Compendium on the Social and Solidarity Economy

    03 June 2022

    A shared understanding of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) is emerging from the development of legislation and statistical frameworks on the SSE. Since the turn of the century, legislation on the SSE has been adopted in more than 20 countries. Based on a review of the legal acts, this brief presents and synthesizes the values, principles, organizational forms and policy measures that are subsumed under the SSE.

May 2022

  1. Cooperatives and the World of Work No. 15 - Partnerships between trade unions and the social and solidarity economy to support informal economy workers

    13 May 2022

    This brief documents partnerships between trade unions and the social and the solidarity economy in support of informal economy workers. It is based on a research study that involved a literature review, and an examination of selected partnerships through the development of country case studies in Brazil, Colombia, Kenya and South Africa, and validation of findings with organizations of informal economy workers.

April 2022

  1. Social Protection & Cooperatives Spotlight - Mobilizing social and solidarity economy units towards universal social protection

    29 April 2022

    This ILO Spotlight brief is jointly developed by the Social Protection Department and the Cooperatives Unit in the Enterprises Department. It focuses on mobilizing social and solidarity economy units towards universal social protection. The brief builds on the related section of the Office Report on “Decent work and the social and solidarity economy” prepared for general discussion at the International Labour Conference 110th Session, 2022 (paras 73 et seq.).

  2. Integrated enterprise and market systems assessment on the refugee and host community livelihoods in Sudan

    20 April 2022

    This report details the findings of market assessments conducted on the groundnut and sesame value chains in East Darfur and West Kordofan.

March 2022

  1. South Africa’s social and solidarity economy: Alignment of the policy with national, regional and international frameworks

    31 March 2022

    Social economy