UNRISD Podcasts

  • 3. Social Enterprises and Work Integration, with Marthe Nyssens

    06:42
    In this episode, Professor Marthe Nyssens, a distinguished economist at the University of Louvain in Belgium, delves into her journey of interest in the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). She sheds light on the pivotal role of social enterprises as a core activity in work integration and further elucidates why the SSE holds immense significance for individuals on the fringes of the labour market, offering insights into its impact and relevance for social and sustainable development. Read the encyclopedia’s entries on social enterprises and work integration.
  • 2. Legal Frameworks and Laws, with David Hiez

    16:16
    In this episode, David Hiez, Professor of Law at the University of Luxembourg, gives an overview of why it is important to recognize the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) through legislation and laws. For Hiez, alternative economies such as SSE can tell a different story and become a new model for economic and productive activities as well as for the ways in which we build societies and relate to each other. Even though legislation is important to find a common understanding across practices and to consolidate SSE on a larger scale, a cautionary tale must also be told so that international instruments such as legislation and legal frameworks do not risk curtailing the potential for change of SSE initiatives and enterprises by imposing parameters and technicalities too strict or limiting.To read the encyclopaedia’s entry on legal frameworks and laws of SSE, click here.
  • 1. Partnership and Co-construction, with Marguerite Mendell

    16:56
    This episode explores Marguerite—Margie—Mendell’s work at the Karl Polanyi Institute around the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), as a camp and practice recently recognized by the United Nations in a 2023 General Assembly resolution. We hear from Margie herself about alternative economies as an ever-evolving field, key academic influences in her remarkable trajectory as well as stories of transformation of communities in Montreal and paradigmatic examples of local economic development. The author then introduces three urgent challenges to realize the vision and promises of the SSE as a transformative force, intellectually and on the ground.To read the encyclopedia’s entry on partnership and co-construction, click here.
  • 11. Solidarity: An African Perspective on the New Eco-Social Contract: Bridging the Gap Between the Past and the Future, with Eseosa Joy Sowemimo

    13:13
    In this episode, Eseosa Joy Sowemimo, lecturer in the department of Economics at the University of Benin, Nigeria, walks us through some of the African philosophical, cultural and economic concepts and systems that have historically incorporated communitarian visions and spoused an eco-social contract.
  • 10. Gender Justice: Addressing Climate Change in India through Women-Led Climate Resilient Farming, with Naseem Shaikh and Priya Rakhunde

    31:02
    In this episode, UNRISD Senior Research Analyst Maggie Carter and UNRISD Senior Research Associate Manish Desai speak with Naseem Shaikh, Associate Director of Programs of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP)—an organization dedicated to inclusive and sustainable development through the empowerment of women in low-income climate-threatened communities—and Priya Rakhunde, a farmer and community organizer who has been working with SSP for the past five years. They discuss a grassroots initiative led by SSP that simultaneously addresses food insecurity, gender inequality and climate degradation in four Indian states using a model of Women-Led Climate Resilient Farming (WCRF), locally known as the one acre model. Since its inception in 2014, the project has engaged over 300,000 women farmers in India and was awarded the United Nations Development Programme’s Equator Prize in 2017. In this discussion, they reflect on the process of designing, implementing and growing the programme, the hardships and triumphs that women farmers participating in the program experience, and lessons they’ve gained that can inform and inspire similar efforts to transition to more sustainable livelihoods and empower vulnerable and marginalized groups.
  • 9. Human Rights for All: Putting People with Disabilities at the Heart of Eco-Social Contracts, with Natasha Trotman and Monica Pinilla

    24:42
    In this episode, Economic Policy Lead at the Green Economy Coalition Chris Hopkins speaks with Natasha Trotman, an award-winning British Afro-Caribbean international equalities designer, researcher and disability activist, and Dr. Monica Pinilla Roncancio, Assistant Professor at the University of the Andes and Deputy Director at the Centre of Sustainable Development for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODS), about the impacts and implications on inclusion for persons living with disabilities in climate change policy. They explore ways societies can be better at embedding people with disabilities and the natural world at the heart of new eco-social contracts that are intersectional and intentional. They argue that while persons living with disabilities currently benefit the least from climate change policies, methods and approaches, a human rights-based approach is possible by considering their unique needs, empowering marginalized communities, and improving the accessibility of information and action, from the local to the global.Sources and additional resourcesMayor of London approves Disability-focused ULEZ Campaign for Concessions (UK): https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/kbs-news-events/2022/12/london-mayor-approves-dr-kush-kanodias-campaign-for-concessions/#Mitigations for disabled people in ULEZ policy (UK): https://www.kent.ac.uk/kent-business-school/news/21451/alum-dr-kush-kanodia-success-in-campaigning-for-mitigations-for-disabled-people-in-ulez-policy Effects of climate change (UK): https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/climate-change/effects-of-climate-change Air pollution: https://www.who.int/news/item/22-09-2021-new-who-global-air-quality-guidelines-aim-to-save-millions-of-lives-from-air-pollutionCDP (PDF): chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://cdn.cdp.net/cdp-production/cms/reports/documents/000/006/915/original/CDP_UK_Cities_Report_EN_%282%29.pdf?1678720265 The impact of climate change on the rights of persons with disabilities - OHCHR and climate change: https://www.ohchr.org/en/climate-change/impact-climate-change-rights-persons-disabilities Kimberle W Crenshaw, Intersectionality: https://www.law.columbia.edu/faculty/kim (Longer listen) Professor Patricia Hill Collins Intersectionality and Democratic Possibilities (Explores of the Matrix of Domination) recommended time code 34:00- 38:00: https://youtu.be/0qU10tQ_rHo?si=uuoi5wyykv6N7I3Y
  • 8. Transformed Economies and Societies: Decarbonize, Diversify, Depolarize as Essential Actions for a New Eco-Social Contract, with Carlos Alvarado Quesada

    15:36
    In this episode, UNRISD Senior Research Coordinator Isabell Kempf talks to former President of Costa Rica, Mr Carlos Alvarado Quesada, about the experience of the Central American country in forming new eco-social contracts. Costa Rica has been a pioneer and world example in the race to halt the climate crisis. Alvarado explains how crucial to decarbonize the economy was diversifying it and putting people and common goods at the centre—instead of the extraction and exploitation of natural resources. This diversification, which has proven to be not only environmentally but also economically good for Costa Rica, is favored in healthy democracies, Alvarado argues, where social dialogue guides political processes and a sense of togetherness across the societal spectrum can prevent fragmentation and polarization. “It should not be taken literally, but Costa Rica’s example means that good change is possible.”
  • 7. Transformed Economies and Societies: Cooperatives, SSE and a New Eco-Social Contract, with Sifa Chiyoge

    16:23
    UNRISD Senior Research Coordinator Ilcheong Yi speaks in this episode to Sifa Chiyoge, Regional Director of the International Cooperative Alliance—Africa, about how cooperatives and the social and solidarity economy (SSE) align with a new eco social contract. They explore how cooperatives and the SSE inherently promote values like self-help, responsibility, democracy, equality, and solidarity, which are essential for creating just and equitable societies that respect the environment. Opportunities and challenges of these models highlight the need to address mistrust and misconceptions. Sifa also unpacks implications of the recent landmark resolution by the United Nations General Assembly recognising the potential of the SSE to accelerate achievement of the SDGs. SSE and cooperatives are vital to a more inclusive and community-based economic approach.
  • 6. Historical Injustices Addressed: Lessons from South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Constitutional Experience, with Imraan Valodia

    18:50
    Economist, activist and UNRISD Board member Imraan Valodia joins UNRISD Senior Research Coordinator Isabell Kempf to unpack South Africa's political vision for addressing historical injustices after apartheid. Focusing on the post-apartheid constitution, which guarantees comprehensive human rights and socio-economic rights, they explore the need for and impact of measures aimed at historical redress and redistribution in the face of the country’s extreme inequalities and how, despite remarkable progress, these have fallen short in some respects. Imraan highlights the importance of political systems in enabling or limiting the possibilities of constitutional change such as that South Africa experienced, pointing out that this bears important lessons for social contract processes in other parts of the world.
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