With the objective of continuing the conversation around the importance of the Social and Solidarity Economy for home-based workers around the world, HomeNet International hosted its second webinar on SSE on January 28, 2022.
Simel Esim, who leads ILO’s portfolio on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy, gave the opening remarks and provided expert inputs on the values and principles around SSE, as well the opportunities MBO’s like HNI will have this year during the ILC’s general discussion which will also be on SSE.
mind set changes – from workers to owners and managers, working capital, enterprise development, leadership, access to raw materials, marketing, competition, policies and regulations and gender digital divide – access to technology.
Janhavi Dave, HNI International Coordinator, summarised how the different SSE models each organisation uses have social commonalities, such as the values, how the organisation benefits its members, particularly for recovery from COVID-19, as well as the environmental benefits. She mentioned that everyone spoke about solidarity – membership based organisations, democracy and having a people centred approach and economy. The reason these organisations came to be is because of a conscious choice of creating an organisation in order to have access to markets and self sustainability, despite the challenges.
In her Way Forward, Janhavi insisted this dialogue needs to continue through capacity building training on SSE and access to markets, knowledge sharing, peer learning and by advocating and participating in the upcoming ILC, especially by providing case studies of home-based workers and their SSE.