The SSE in the world

How to make a difference? The classic dominant economic model has proven its limits with the different crisis and problems still hitting the world. So the question now is to find out how to renew this model, to make it more sustainable, more conscious, more responsible, with innovative solutions. The major problems today are crystallized around the problems of food, access to water, access to electricity, access to quality health installations, access to education, but also exclusion …

All over the world, structures are created to tackle social, societal and environmental issues. People are taking action and putting in place alternative models to overcome the current difficulties ; citizens’ movements, NGOs that develop new ways of financing their projects, and also social enterprises. Their goal is to solve the major problems of our time that affect both developed countries and emerging markets, moving away from traditional models of philanthropy. This is the social and solidarity side of the economy.

As social entrepreneurship is still an evolving concept and depends on different legislations, there are different definitions of it, and it can refer to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs. However, there are some basic rules these structures have to follow : their work must have a positive return to society, and this aim must be clearly defined at the creation of the enterprise, and fixed in the project and statutes. Moreover, the activity and profits must be strictly regulated (reinvestment in the project, wage scale…). The structure must be viable and achieve economic equilibrium. Governance must be participatory and decision-making power not based on capital ownership, which results in a participatory process.

Beyond those legislation differences, social and solidarity economy inclusion has considerably progressed at the European and International level, as the governance powers progressively promote a greater environment for its expansion.

It’s in this context that the Eurasia for Youth Entrepreneurship and Social Economy (EYES) project takes place, to discover the SSE innovative practices around the world, using concrete examples!


The China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) is a non-profit organization, she was founded in 1992 and registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 1993. End of 2010 CANGO had 142 member organizations across China. At the beginning of 2010, CANGO gained the honorary title “National Advanced Social Organization” by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Over the years CANGO has developed close working relations with 172 foreign NGOs and bilateral and multilateral organisations. Their mission is to promote China’s civil society development and to provide a platform for exchange of experiences and information-sharing for Chinese NGOs. Their focus is to work in Central and Western China with a strong focus on rural development, capacity building and environmental protection, including climate change.

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In this section, you will find the best practices of social and solidarity structures identified by Cango in China.