Peter Utting* explains in three minutes why social and solidarity economy should not be romanticized, but should be taken seriously as an important means of implementation of the SDGs.

His three messages: SSE is an innovative approach to inclusive and sustainable development that builds both economic and political empowerment; many governments are supporting SSE expansion and scaling-up through public policies; the processes of policy making and implementation are as important as policy content. These and more ideas can be found in “Policy Innovations for Transformative Change”, the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report:

To learn more about this topic: Read “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy through Public Policy

*Peter Utting is a former UNRISD Deptuy Director and Senior Research Coordinator. He is the author of “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy through Public Policy”, chapter 4 of the UNRISD 2016 Flagship Report.