On the impact of social solidarity economy models
As an ethical approach to a country’s development, the social solidarity economy (SSE) puts the welfare of people and environment above all else. The EU-funded ESSENTIALS project will explore the processes that contribute to the promotion of SSE. Specifically, it will focus on how social incubators can be used to encourage socio-economic development. The project will map and compare incubators in Latin America and the EU to identify any relationship between gender and organisational characteristics. A comparative study will identify the factors that contribute to the creation of incubators and their impact. The findings will shed light on the most effective social incubator models.
The main objective of the project is to provide insights into the study and interpretation of processes that contribute to the promotion of networks of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). The research also aims at identifying models that can lead to social inclusion and local development. Moreover, the project ESSENTIALS will focus on a specific experience: Social Incubators, in an attempt to encourage socio-economic development of a specific area or of a whole country, regarding processes of social innovation and transfer of knowledge. In particular, the specific objectives, of the project are:
Map the incubators and compare the characteristics in Latin America and EU, understanding if there is a relationship between gender and organisational characteristics of an incubator.
Identify the factors that contribute to the creation of incubators and the impacts of incubators, including the elements that ensure gender equality, through a comparative study.
Analyse the European context considering the strengths and weaknesses identified and thus develop a pilot study at University of Calabria, including the gender perspective.
Experiences of Social and Solidarity Economy: Networks of Incubators as TerritoriAL development Strategies