Europe Policy Dialogue 2019

18 Nov 2019 to 19 Nov 2019
Category of project: 
Regional Policy Dialogues

Theme: Building diversity and inclusion through the social and solidarity economy     
Venue: The Women’s Association, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Building on the previous Europe Policy Dialogue that looked at peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development through the SSE, the 3rd edition of the Europe Policy Dialogue will take place in Liverpool, United Kingdom, around the theme ‘Building diversity and inclusion through the social and solidarity economy’. It is organized by GSEF in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and the University of Liverpool.


This event will gather local governments, civil society organizations, EU experts and activists from all over the United Kingdom and Europe to discuss how to action ideas about diversity, marginalisation and inclusion through the SSE.

Panellists include Lynn Collins, Chair, Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, United Kingdom; Apostolos Ioakimidis, Social cooperative Wind of Renewal, Greece; Kathy McArdle, Director England and Cities, British Council; Filareti Paka, European Projects' Communication Manager, Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED); Dražen Šimleša, Green Network of Activist Groups (ZMAG), Representative of the International Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) EU; and, Derek Walker, Chief Executive, Wales Co-operative Centre (WCC), United Kingdom.

The theme of building diversity and inclusion in our economies takes on added importance as the rise in wealth inequalities within nations has intensified. Many existing problems, such as economic insecurity, homelessness, care for the elderly and general wellbeing have a common cause. We see also a huge rise in population shifts as war, hunger and drought have led to people losing their home with some estimates suggesting more than 1% of the total global population has been forced to move out of their home country. As a result of such global problems diversity and inclusion have become more important to local economies.

Many SSE organisations are better placed to challenge these problems. They are to be found in those communities were the market has failed or were the state has been cut back, working with local people who are often on the margins of society, or who have been openly discriminated against through structures of inequality. However, SSE organisations across Europe face many similar challenges. For example, where will the new leaders come from? How can they access resources and become more sustainable? How do they bring into the whole economy social justice, diversity and democracy? Can they influence policy change? These questions will be posed and discussed by participants at this year’s Europe Policy Dialogue.

The speakers will share their experiences and ideas on the following topics:

  • Local governments advancing approaches for genuine inclusion
  • Moving beyond inclusion through innovative work-integration practices and policies
  • Social and Solidarity Economy: a driving force in enabling diverse future leaders

Site visits are also planned.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register via this link. Please note that attendees are responsible for covering their own travel costs.

Europe Policy Dialogue meetings are part of a long-running regional dialogue series, which aims to identify ways forward for developing inter-regional partnerships and cooperation based on an international, innovative and supportive approach. Past meetings took place in Asia (Seoul in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018; Hong Kong in 2016), Europe (Archamps in 2017; Madrid in 2018) and Africa (Bilbao in 2018; Bamako in 2019).