Social & Solidarity Economy as Development Approach for Sustainability in EYD 2015 and beyond – SUSY


The project is dedicated to research, advocacy, awareness raising and promoting good practices at the field of “bridging the gap” between Development Cooperation (DC) and Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) by involving public institutions and enhancing their awareness on how changes in the legal framework and public policies may strengthen the linkage between SSE and the fight against poverty. SSE experiences have been carried out all over the world, but the ongoing debate rarely involves the operators dealing with DC and Development education and awareness raising (DEAR). Besides, in the area of SSE a basic knowledge on global interdependencies between the EU and the Developing Countries is fairly widespread.

Good practice that links the fields of social and solidarity economy and development cooperation in Slovenia is Skuhna, restaurant and catering. Here is a short demonstration video film about it. Video presentations of good practices from other partner countries can be viewed on SUSY You Tube channel.

Overall objective of the project is to contribute to a coherent and comprehensive response to the universal challenges of poverty eradication and sustainable development, ensuring a decent life for all by 2030.

Specific objective of the project is to enhance the competences of Development Networks and Social and Solidarity Economy Networks in 46 project territories concerning the role that SSE can play in the global fight against poverty and to promote a sustainable way of living.

Key stakeholders are European and National Networks on DC and SSE. Some of the partners of the project are involved in these Networks and some of them are also in their boards.

Target Groups are NGOs already working on Development Education Awareness Raising and International Cooperation; Social and Solidarity Economy Committees; Local Authorities dealing with Development Cooperation, economic and local planning; other Civil Society Organisations and Citizens.

The action will also improve co-applicants and local stakeholders’ skills and knowledge on the topic, in the perspective of increasing their attitudes to support the SSE in the global fight against poverty as well as promoting a sustainable way of living, making them more confident when advocating for and promoting the advantages of the SSE in their field of action.

Project execution

Speakers tour of experts in the field of social and solidarity economy in Brazil, Edlisa Peixoto Barbosa from Fortaleza (Instituto Banco Palmas) and Elisabeth Grimberg from Sao Paulo (Instituto Polis), 5 – 11 June 2016.

In the context of Speakers tour a three-day Dialogue oriented workshop has been organized (6-7- 8 June), which was aimed at exchanging experience between actors in the field of social and solidarity economy in Slovenia as well as sharing good practice from Brazil by guests speakers.  Additionally, public event “Economy beyond the capitalist ideology” (9 June) has been organized with the screening of the documentary film “Palmas” by Edlisa Peixoto Barbosa.

Report from the event “Economy beyond the capitalist ideology”


The action will be implemented in 23 European member states encompassing 46 territories that, with a total amounting of 133 million inhabitants, represent the 26,3% of the population of the EU. The selection was made taking into proper consideration both their dissimilar socio-economic characteristics and the diversified role that SSE plays in each chosen territory. 4 territories are indicated for the implementation of project activities in Germany (Federal state of Hesse, Federal state of Brandenburg, Berlin, Federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania); France (Midi- Pyrénées, Aquitaine, Languedoc Roussillon, Paris), GB (North East, North West, South East, Greater London) and Italy (Tuscany, Marche, Puglia, Emilia-Romagna),  3 territories are indicated for the implementation of project activities in Poland (Warsaw, Cracow, Lodz) and Spain (Valencia, Aragon, Andalucía), 2 territories are indicated for the implementation of project activities in Belgium (Walloon and Brussels-Capital), Austria (Vienna-East Austria and Styria-South Austria), Romania (South Muntenia and Bucharest-Ilfov), Bulgaria (North Central and South Western), Hungary (Pest and Baranaya), Czech Republic ( Prague and Central), Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki) and Portugal (Lisbon and Alentejo), 1 territory is indicated for the implementation of project activities in Finland (Helsinki), Ireland (South-Eastern), Croatia (Dubrovnik-Neretva) and Cyprus (South Cyprus) and Malta, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Latvia as a whole.

The research will be also implemented in 9 so called “developing countries”, which are target countries of EC development cooperation: Argentine, Brazil, Bolivia, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Palestine, Mozambique, Mauritius where applicant and co-applicants have significant experience of cooperation and collaboration with the 10 Associates and the Local Partners.

The project consortium is based on 25 organisations active in DC or DEAR and in different sectors of SSE (Fair Trade, Sustainable Consumption, Sustainable Production, Responsible Tourism, Decent work, Microcredit, Co-operative movement, Local economy, Solidarity food and agriculture systems, Corporate Social Responsibility).


COSPE (Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti), Italy (project coordinator); Südwind Agentur, Austria; Action pour le Développement ASBL- SOS FAIM, Belgium; Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy, Bulgaria; DEŠA-Dubrovnik, Croatia; CARDET, Cyprus; Ekumenicka akademie Praha Europe, Czech Republic; Mondo, Estonia; Pro Ethical Trade Finland (PETF) / Eettisen kaupan puolesta ry (Eetti), Finland; Ressources Humaines Sans Frontières (RHSF), France; INKOTA-netzwerk, Germany; Fair Trade Hellas, Greece; Cromo Foundation, Hungary; Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights (DemNet), Hungary; Fairwatch - Cooperazione e Mondialità, Italy; Waterford One World Centre, Ireland; Green Liberty (Zaļā brīvība), Latvia; KOPIN (Koperazzjoni Internazzjonali), Malta; Zwiazek Stowarzyszen Polska Zielona Siec (Alliance of Associations Polish Green Network - PGN), Poland; Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr (IMVF), Portugal; TERRA Mileniul III Foundation, Romania; Slovak Centre for Communication and Development, Slovakia; Mirovni institut – Institut za sodobne družbene in politične študije (Peace Institute - Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies), Slovenia; Centro de Estudios Rurales y de Agricultura Internacional (CERAI) Spain; The Co-operative College, UK; Think Global, UK


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