As a key international meeting for all SSE stakeholders, the Global Social and Solidarity Economy Forum aims to share practices and visions that will help build a more inclusive and fair world through sustainable economic development.

This 6th edition took place in Dakar - Senegal from May 1 to 6, 2023, with the theme "Transitioning from "informal" economies to collective and sustainable economies for our territories". It brought together 6000 participants : elected officials and leaders from around the world, international experts, representatives of development agencies as well as actors involved in the SSE.

dakar 2023

#DakarGSEF2023 is a first in Africa, co-organized by the City of Dakar, the RACTES (Network of Actors and Territorial Collectivities for the Social and Solidarity Economy of Senegal), the GSEF (Global Forum for Social and Solidarity Economy), and the Ministry of Microfinance and the Social and Solidarity Economy of Senegal.

During one week, people from all continents got mobilized around an ambitious program of three days of exchanges and political dialogue preceded by two pre-forums.

  • May 1 and 2: The Youth & SSE Pre-Forum, for the recognition of the participation of young people in this economy of the future, new opportunities for young people in all territories
  • May 3: The Women's Day for SSE, for the recognition of the vital role of women within the structures and companies of the ESS
  • From May 4 to 6 - 3 days of policy dialogue and exchange plenary sessions, workshops and self-managed sessions from the Spring 2022 call for proposals, structured around 7 thematic tracks:
    • Co-constructing public policies of collective and sustainable economies that create decent jobs for youth and women
    • Sustainable blue economy, preservation of artisanal fishing, creation of new sustainable jobs and social and environmental protection
    • Sustainable, collective and territorial green economy, food self-sufficiency and its governance
    • Sustainable and solidarity digital economy and smart territories
    • Financing collective and sustainable economies for territories
    • Political dialogue: national/local governments and stakeholders of collective and sustainable economies for territories
    • Social and Solidarity Economy and sustainable development, articulations between practices and research

#DakarGSEF2023 ended with the adoption of a final political declaration.

Visit the Forum's official website to find out about the programme, replays of the plenary sessions, films and images from the Forum, as well as publications and articles related to the workshops and self-managed sessions.