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!

Continuous Action

Continuous Action (Estonia) NGO is a non-governmental non-profit organisation founded in May 2005. Continuous Action unites people interested in voluntary service, Lifelong Learning and equal opportunities. The aim of their activity in and through Continuous Action is to enable the possibility of Lifelong Learning and to act within the boundaries of equal opportunities irrespective of gender, social status and age both in Estonia and at the international level. The mains goals of this organisation are to develop, promote and coordinate voluntary service both in Estonia and at international level. In order to achieve the aims and tackle the objectives, they develop and implement initiatives, projects and diverse actions at local and international level. In their daily activities they tend to involve as many people as possible, irrespective of age, social status, economical situation, knowledge, education.

Elen Brandmeister
Tehnika 17 , EE001 - Põhja-Eesti, Estonie


In this section, you will find the best practices of social and solidarity structures identified in Estonia. It is, of course, a non-exhaustive list, but it must be already a source of inspiration. Learn more about them in our guide at the end of this page !


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