28 July - 1 August 2014

Social and Solidarity Economy Academy






Discovering the Social and Solidarity Economy


Welcome to the introductory section of the distance learning package created by the ILO on Social and Solidarity Economy!

To have access to all the contents and learning activities please enroll to the Academy, by clicking on the blue APPLY button on the top of the page.

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This year the ILO is presenting a unique training offer around SSE, combining a distance learning package with a face-to-face Academy which will take place in Campinas, Brazil, from 28 July to 1 August 2014.

For more information about the ILO Academy on SSE, please download the flyer clicking here.

Enrolling to the Academy, you will have access to the full distance-learning training package. It is designed around five modules on SSE and its objective is to give the participants a theoretical background on SSE.

The first module is available for free and open to everybody. 



To discuss the contents of the first introductive module on SSE and sharing experiences on SSE, we organized the first webinar on the 17th of April 2014.

Icon Webinar Participate in the webinar and watch the previous webinars

To access all the distance learning modules and webinars, please APPLY to the Academy!

All the material is available in three languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English.

This year the Academy will have a special focus on the Social and Solidarity Economy Organizations (SSEOs) added value in terms of inclusivity and sustainability and the role that the SSE can play in  the debate of the post-2015 development agenda.

The main objective will be to generate a better understanding of the concept of SSE and its possible contribution to inclusive and sustainable development.

At the end of the academy, the participants will:

• Have a better understanding of the areas in which the Social and Solidarity Economy can be applied and implemented successfully such as employment creation and preservation, social protection, social dialogue, green jobs, legal and policy frameworks, informal economy and local economic development.

• Have been acquainted with a multitude of social and solidarity experiences, strategies and tools from around the world, with a particular emphasis on South-South and triangular cooperation.


A distance-learning package is available for the participants before the Academy on SSE. It is designed around the following five thematic areas:

MODULE_1_SSE Module 1: Definition of the SSE
Module_2_SSE Module 2: Governance and Management of SSEOs
Module_3_SSE Module 3: Policy framework for developing  the SSE
Module_4_SSE Module 4: Building the SSE through partnership and networking
Module_5_SSE Module 5: Contributions of the SSE to the ILO Decent Work Agenda

If you want to know more about the structure of the distance learning platform, please click here.

During the on-campus sessions, the face-to-face modality of the Academy in Brazil will allow participants to engage in interactive plenary sessions and to choose among different elective topics, based on their professional interest. The elective sessions will offer an opportunity to share knowledge, discuss concrete applications of SSE at national and regional levels and draw up lessons for future research, projects and policy-making.

Dedicated sessions will treat issues of particular concern to trade unions such as job preservation and organizing workers in the informal sector through SSEOs; and to South-South and triangular exchanges of experiences and best practices.

For more information about the ILO Academy on SSE, please visit: http://socialeconomy.itcilo.org/en and write to: socialeconomy@itcilo.org 

These are the minimum hardware and software requirements:

• Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X.

• Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space.

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