Ten recommendations for promoting a social and solidarity economy in urban areas

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L’Avise (Engineering Agency for Other Actions), Urban France and the Network of Local Authorities for a Solidarity Economy (RTES) present in a study a range of measures to better integrate the social and solidarity economy (ESS) into local public policies. .

SES and social innovation are real assets in response to the socio-economic challenges of urban areas. This belief is shared by Avise, RTES and Urban France in their recent study. Urban areas, social and solidarity economy and social innovation Introduced on the occasion of the Fair of Mayors and Local Governments, this document, intended for elected officials and local government technicians, illustrates the various levers of SES development in cities and towns.

Government actors can fully integrate into social innovation ecosystems to improve “the habitat of their inhabitants and contribute to the fairness and attractiveness of their territory” through a sustainable and responsible urban development strategy. “This study should inspire many urban areas and enable SSE participants to become full partners in promoting the transition towards sustainable and sustainable areas.”we can read in the study.

To do this, he identifies a set of levers, such as developing responsible purchasing, supporting the structuring of economic sectors, and revitalizing local dynamics. It also highlights institutional and legal frameworks as well as modalities of action: transversality within services, co-construction, evaluation or even networking and articulation of territorial actions.

Interested territories will find four thematic focuses in the study that highlight the place of SSE in important areas of activity: the circular economy, food, habitat and digital technologies.

Ten recommendations for SSE

Thus, the document notes the beneficial role social and solidarity economy. The latter facilitates experimentation and the development of activities that “expand local resources to best meet the needs of the territories”. Thus, Avise, RTES and France urbaine represent a dozen of measures to support local actors in the process of mainstreaming SES into public policy.

– Develop training and awareness raising about SSE and social innovation (SI) for elected officials and all departments with internal management and coordination;

– Promote a better understanding and knowledge of the subjects of the SSE and their participation in the ecological and solidarity transition;

– rely on responsible public procurement (socially and environmentally) that can play a defining and structuring role within the relevant national and European frameworks;

– Contribute to the structuring of sectors and new areas of activity (sustainable and solidarity nutrition, circular economy, digital technologies, etc.), relying on SSE participants to strengthen the local economy and functionality;

– Assistance in structuring, readability and consolidation of existing networks of SSE participants (mapping, orientation platforms, discussion groups, etc.);

– Involve SSE and social innovation actors and citizens in the development, implementation and monitoring of policies, especially those dedicated to SSE;

– Strengthen management and coordination at all territorial levels (local, regional, national and European);

– Maintain SSE structures and cooperation dynamics through recovery loans and common law loans as key players in building territorial resilience;

– Raise awareness of local authorities about the financing levers and instruments of European cooperation, which can include SSE and social innovation: European Structural and Investment Funds of the European Cohesion Policy, territorial cooperation programs, support for social innovation;

– Strengthen the links between the SSE and the traditional economy to facilitate the transition to a more responsible and sustainable economic model and promote the rescaling of the SSE.

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