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Title: A Policy Framework For CED


1
Community Economic Development and the Social
Economy
2
  • National Social Economy Research Program,
    developed by CCEDNet and Chantier de leconomie
    sociale Quebec involving representatives of
    practitioner and university organizations
    national centre and 6 regional centres.
  • Part of broader social economy initiative

3
  • Funded by Social Sciences Research Council of
    Canada, over 350 university and community based
    researchers, student network for the social
    economy.
  • Led by CCEDNet and Univ. of Victoria

4
  • Objectives
  • Create knowledge for action by actors in SE to
    strengthen/scale up sector
  • Create evidence of outcomes and impacts of SE
  • Map sector and its metrics/ Strengthen identity
  • Improve public policy environment
  • Promote knowledge sharing for international
    cooperation

5
  • Structure
  • National Board of regional centres and national
    partners (CED, Women, Coops, Non Profit Sector)
    community university alliance
  • Portraiture mapping committee
  • Public policy committee
  • Knowledge mobilization program (tele-learning,
    workshops, government dialogues, publications,
    website)

6
Components of the Social Economy
  • Non profit organizations, credit unions and
    cooperatives, social enterprises, mutuals,
    associations of social movements using social and
    economic tools for public and community benefit.

7
Significance
  • Non Profits make up 6.8 of GDP in Canada (8.5
    with value of volunteer work). Employ 12 of
    Canadians. Hall, 2005.
  • Cooperatives hold 160 billion in assets, non
    financial cooperatives have annual revenues of
    29.5 billion. Coop Sect. 2004.

8
Research Findings
  • Database of all research projects and reports
    available at
  • http//www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/?qen/our_work/sociale
    conomy/research

9
Research Findings
  • Social economy organizations playing unique role
    in achieving outcomes of benefit to social,
    economic and environmental conditions
  • Sustainable food and agriculture
  • Renewable energy
  • Poverty reduction
  • Immigrant settlement
  • Provision of micro-finance
  • Human and labour market development
  • Delivery of community services

10
Research Findings
  • Aboriginal self determination
  • Social inclusion
  • Community economic development
  • Triple bottom-line returns on investment and
    procurement
  • Financing
  • Social housing
  • Sustainable development
  • Natural resource management
  • Community revitalization (urban, rural, northern)

11
Research Findings
  • Growth in cooperative and social enterprise
    development social entrepreneurship BUT
    significant policy barriers
  • Legal structures
  • Procurement
  • Access to capital
  • Opportunities for training/education
  • Funding of sector capacity
  • Supportive policy frameworks
  • Impacts of economic crisis (EI and Welfare
    regulations)

12
Policy Research
  • Public policy research and engagement process
    building on Social Economy and Community
    Economic Development in Canada Next Steps for
    Public Policy Mandell, Neamtan and Downing,
    September 2005.

13
Policy Research
  • Purpose
  • Mobilize knowledge on public policy instruments
    being used in Canada and around the world
  • Engage practitioners, government researchers and
    other stakeholders in improving policy environment

14
Policy Research
  • Global analysis of key policy developments and
    instruments relevant to the social economy.
  • Assessment of current public policy environment
    (regulations, legislation, policies, programs) in
    Canada Federal provincial-territorial
    local/regional, and indigenous forms of
    government.

15
Policy Research
  • Assessment of Current and Potential Role of
    Social Economy Sector in Co-Production of Public
    Policy.
  • Engagement of actors in developing
    recommendations for policy, and holding of
    Summit 2010 Ottawa to agree next steps.

16
International Analysis
  • Growth (e.g. fair trade) despite global recession
  • Convergence of civil society movements around
    social economy as response to economic, social
    and environmental crises (e.g. World Social
    Forum)
  • Increased explicit government policy (e.g. South
    America, EU, Asia, Africa)

17
International Analysis
  • Community university partnerships (e.g. Canada,
    Brazil, EU) in knowledge creation and
    mobilization
  • Focus for economic stimulus in some jurisdictions
    (Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Thailand, USA,
    UK, EU)
  • Enabling legislation in many jurisdictions

18
International Analysis
  • Political responsibility and cross-government
    structures to support SE (e.g. UK, Brazil)
  • Procurement policies advantaging SE organizations
    (e.g. Italy, France)
  • Program funding to grow sector and its outcomes
    (particularly in social enterprise, territorial
    and human development activities)

19
Canadian Analysis
  • Access to capital for social enterprises,
    community economic development (Quebec, Nova
    Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario)
  • Explicit policy frameworks (Nova Scotia,
    Manitoba, Quebec)
  • Program funding to sector to achieve strategic
    outcomes (Manitoba, Quebec)
  • Regional development funds (BC, Newfoundland,
    Quebec)

20
Canadian Analysis
  • Renewal of Federal Cooperative Development
    Initiative
  • Partnership funding by Research Councils (SSHRC,
    CIHR, NSERC)
  • Federal Bill C4 for social financing
  • Regional development agency funding (not explicit
    to SE)
  • Links to sustainable development by some PTs
  • PT (but not federal) poverty reduction strategies

21
Canadian Analysis
  • Municipal models Edmonton Trust Montreal SE
    Unit emerging Vancouver initiative
  • Foundation support McConnell Foundation
    Vancity Credit Union, Coast Capital Credit Union
    Winnipeg Community Foundation United Way of
    Greater Toronto
  • Aboriginal initiatives CANDO Urban Aboriginal
    Economic Development Network and others

22
Next Steps
  • Complete international and national analysis
    (July 2009)
  • Launch engagement process with stakeholders on
    opportunities and priorities for enhancing policy
    (all levels of government, practitioners from all
    components of SE)
  • Produce report and recommendations
  • Hold summit in Ottawa June 2010

23
Next Steps
  • Advise governments and sector on steps to
    strengthen evidence-based co-production of public
    policy
  • Advise Research Councils on steps to strengthen
    community based research.
  • Through the UN and Intl. Development Agencies
    strengthen international engagement in supporting
    the SE to meet Millennium Development Goals

24
Contacts
  • Rupert Downing, Director for CCEDNet
    rdowning_at_ccednet-rcdec.ca
  • Staff at Uvic secoord_at_uvic.ca
  • Staff at CCEDNet mtoye_at_ccednet-rcdec.ca (national
    and Summit)
  • breimer_at_ccednet-rcdec.ca (prairies and policy)

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More information on our activities www.ccednet-r
cdec.ca www.socialeconomyhub.ca?www.communityresea
rchcanada.ca http//www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/?qen/no
de/5684 http//www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/?qen/our_work
/socialeconomy/research
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