Report on

 ASSEFA participation in International conference on transformative Economy organised by         
Asian Solidarity Economy Council
and Bina Swadaya Foundation of Indonesia                                 
from 12-14 November 2019 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia  

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Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC) is a part of the RIPESS, a global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (SSE), which is in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) adopted by the United Nations.  

 

ASEC and Bina Swadaya Foundation, the local NGO, organised this conference. The Delegates are  the development practitioners, policy makers, Researchers, University Professors, investors, technology developers, etc., from 11 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Sri Lanka, South Korea, India, Spain and ILO. They presented the best model in realising SSE covering the aspects of socially responsible governance, people centred development, environmental conservation, socio-economic sustainability and edifying ethical values.

 

ASSEFA was also invited to present its “development model” and its learning in the last five decades.

 

First day: The participants were shown three live social enterprise models practised by the local people. These included

 

  • Urban waste management including extraction of diesel from used cooking oil.
  • Production of cosmetic products from herbals and
  • Community managed restaurant.

  

Various aspects of these enterprises including necessity of its services to the local communities, economically sustainability, participation of stakeholders, its impacts, replicability were discussed.

 

Second Day: Presented the various models from different countries including ASSEFA. A total of 13 models were presented. The model of ASSEFA in promoting green economy/economy of permanence through promoting mutuality groups, meeting the basic needs, providing social security for vulnerable and establishing trusteeship based organizations to sustain the programs, was very well appreciated and the Gandhian philosophy of “Sarvodaya” was noted by other country representatives.

 

Third Day: The founders of ASEC explained the history of ASEC including why it was formed and what are the initiatives carried out so far. Subsequently, Ms. Laure Jongejans explained the work of RIPESS and what is its plan in 2020. It was explained that the world wide consultative forum for UN will meet in Barcelona of Spain in June 2020 and suggested Asian representatives to participate and contribute in the following major themes as decided in the meeting.

 

  • Issues related to land grapping.
  • Issues related to practising sustainable agriculture
  • Issues related to community managed social forestry
  • Issues related to involve youths in constructive works and
  • Issues related to natural disaster management

 

ASSEFA, having its long experience in land development/ agriculture related initiatives, was appointed as the leader to prepare the concept notes on issues related to sustainable agriculture practices in Asian countries...

 

ASEC also requested ASSEFA to organize conference with south Indian representatives on the concept of SSE preferably in April 2020 with the support of ASEC.

 

Benefits / Learning for ASSEFA:

 

  • Able to successfully spread ASSEFA’s development model to other countries representatives especially ASEAN countries.
  • Possibility to expand its network globally and raise funding for development projects.
  • Can think of promoting many social enterprises at SMBT / group levels like Community water program instead of mega enterprises for creating impacts locally.
  • Local resource mobilisation through Chit scheme, profit from RO plants and other social enterprises for local development.

 

I would like to thank Professor Datuk Dr Dension Jayasooria, the Chairman of ASEC for his invitation and sponsoring my trip and the Executive Director of ASSEFA for his advice and guidance in presenting the case of ASSEFA successfully at the global level.