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Alternative Indicators for a Solidarity-based Economy

Name of your activity: Workshop (50 people): Alternative Indicators for a Solidarity-based Economy

Terrain in which your activity is located: Terrain 6: SOVEREIGN ECONOMIES FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE

Partners in your activity: The “Real wealth: evaluation and indicators” ( and the “Solidarity Finance” workshops ( ) of the Workgroup on Solidarity Socio-Economy (Aliance21) (International),
-  Collectif AlterUQAM (Quebec),
-  New Economics Foundation, UK.

Type of partners you would like (type of organization and/or field of action) in case you do not already have partners of this type : Any organization linked to the solidarity-based economy, a women’s vision of economy or sustainable development.

Themes and/or activities with which you would like to link up : Solidarity Finance, women and economy, sustainable development, fair trade, social responsibility of economic actors.

Profile of activity (as indicated on the WSF Web site): workshop

Workshop facilitators:
-  Françoise Wautiez and Laurent Fraisse, WSSE, international;
-  Alex MacGillivray, New Economics Foundation, UK;
-  Bernardo Reyes, Instituto de Ecologia Politica, Chile;
-  Jean-Benoît Bourjeois, France/Africa;
-  Ben Quinones, Asian Pacific Coalition, Philippines/Malaysia.

Keywords : Indicators, wealth, (negative) growth, ecological debt, gender, sustainable (local) development, social return.

Is this activity linked to an activity that was organized for a previous WSF? Which and when? Solidarity-based Economy activities programme from the solidarity-based economy networks during the previous WSF (from I to IV).

Aims of activity : Practices can be very different and yet have points in common; together they confirm the possibility of an emerging economy. How can we raise the profile of the social impacts of solidarity-based economy activities and/or development projects in order to improve the life conditions of populations, fight efficiently against poverty and limit the vulnerability of the poorest while improving their capacities? How can we maximize these impacts while implementing a real process of local development?

Alternative tools are necessary to raise awareness of some of the actors and aspects ignored by the dominant economy. Building new indicators is one of the possible paths, but on what basis, which criteria, which deep-rooted community values should we build alternative indicators? How can we build indicators that allow the participation of populations in the decisions concerning their local environment?

The aim of this workshop is to bring together small producers from different countries and continents and, using a participatory approach, attempt to identify the demands concerning indicators and the possible answers to the questions raised.

* Make progress in thinking on an alternative vision of concepts such as wealth, growth and economic return. * Present existing experiences of indicators linked to solidarity-based economy practices. * Encourage networking of existing experiences. * Give more visibility to the contributions of the solidarity-based economy e.g. social return. * Provide tools for political debate.

Problems (challenges), practices (experiences), and proposals that you intend to present during the activity :

Challenges: recognition of alternative concepts and tools. Practices:
-  social performance indicators applied to solidarity finance (results from a phase of tests in several microfinance institutions around the world and in particular in the Philippines);
-  the Responsible Competitiveness Index of the Institute for Social and Ethical Accountability (counterpart of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index).

Other activities you are organizing at the 2005 World Social Forum: Seminar: Beyond Growth Worship: indicators of real wealth


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