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Appeal of Praia to the integration of Social and Solidarity Economy in the Local Economic Development of Africa

Paving the way to the 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development (LED), Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) actors gathered in Praia from the 20th to the 22nd of July 2017, in the International Seminar, “The Role of Social and Solidarity Economy in Local Economic Development Process and in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, promoted by Citi-Habitat in a partnership with the government of Cabo Verde, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS).

During the seminar, SSE organizations, local authorities, government representatives, academia and other relevant stakeholders have shown their enthusiasm and were effective involved in the discussions regarding the central role that SSE can play in localizing the SDGs.

It was noted by the participants that even though certain African countries are experiencing positive results in their growth rate, poverty and exclusion remain a serious problem that must be urgently addressed by governments through their development policies.

After an extensive sharing of experiences and fruitful discussions, participants have called for the following:

  1. African governments and local authorities are encouraged to enhance their political efforts to reduce exclusion and poverty and promote decent work, particularly through alternatives such as the SSE and the localization of the SDGs;
  2. South-South and triangular cooperation, the constitution of networks for SSE, civil society and academia and the promotion of decent work should be integrated into the governments programs and regional and subregional strategies in order to assure appropriate means and conditions for their promotion;
  3. SSE actors, employers’ organizations, trade unions, public authorities and civil society from Africa should jointly define an appropriate framework for its legal, organizational, institutional and technical dimensions. This framework should take into consideration the specific needs of the population, as well as their cultural, economic and social realities;
  4. Universities and research centers are encouraged to cooperate within a transnational framework to ensure scientific and academic follow-up, training and the information needed for the implementation of SSE programs in Africa;
  5. The African civil society is encouraged to get organized in order to guarantee their mobilizing and unifying role in favor of a “plaidoyer” and to reach effective negotiations with public authorities, international organizations and private actors;
  6. International and regional institutions, as well as the United Nations system, are called to strengthen their contribution to boost development partnerships in order to encourage SSE initiatives and the sharing of best practices between countries of the South;
  7. African human and social capital must draw public policy attention in order to become a priority on development plans;
  8. The African Union is urged to adopt a robust promotional practice in favor of the SSE and LED;
  9. Development programs shared between the South and North should be built on the basis of fair negotiations, taking into account justice, transparency and inclusive development rules;
  10. The political will of each country, individually or collectively, is called to reinforce the role of local communities in translating the SDGs into local realities and in the territorialization of the SSE;
  11. A call is also made for all forms of multilateral, bilateral and decentralized cooperation to encourage and promote South-South and triangular cooperation;
  12. The adoption of an African charter for sustainable development;

Participants of the seminar have committed to contribute to the process of the 4th World Forum of LED which will take place from 17 to 20 October 2017 in the city of Praia, Cabo Verde. To this end, they will develop guidelines and strategies for the full and complete recognition of the SSE in LED, having as base a Roadmap of the African continent for inclusive development and the promotion of the SDGs.