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* [[Fair trade]] organisations form part of the solidarity economy as their aim is to express practical solidarity with farmers in the developing world by paying them fair prices for their produce.
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* [[Fair trade]] organisations form part of the solidarity economy as their aim is to express practical solidarity with small-scale producers in the developing world by paying them fair prices for their produce.
 
* [[Self-help]] organisations also form part of the solidarity economy as members support each other in dealing with their problems as a practical form of solidarity.
 
* [[Self-help]] organisations also form part of the solidarity economy as members support each other in dealing with their problems as a practical form of solidarity.
 
* [[Co-operatives]] and especially [[Worker cooperative]]s form part of the solidarity economy if their aims include a commitment to solidarity in some form.
 
* [[Co-operatives]] and especially [[Worker cooperative]]s form part of the solidarity economy if their aims include a commitment to solidarity in some form.

Revision as of 19:54, 8 December 2009

Template:Expand The definition of "solidarity economy" is widely contested. For some, it refers to a set of strategies aimed at the abolition of capitalism and the allegedly oppressive social relations that it supports and encourages; for others, it names strategies for "humanizing" the capitalist economy—seeking to supplement capitalist globalization with community-based "social safety nets".

The solidarity economy can be seen a) as part of the "third sector" in which economic activity is aimed at expressing practical solidarity with disadvantaged groups of people, which contrasts with the private sector, where economic activity is aimed at generating profits, and the public sector, where economic activity is directed at public policy objectives, or b) as a struggle seeking to build an economy and culture of solidarity beyond capitalism in the present.

The still evolving term "solidarity economy" is an English translation of a concept represented by the French "économie solidaire" and similar terms in several other languages. As such it is sometimes translated by other expressions such as "solidarity-based economy".

Social and solidarity economy

The solidarity economy is often considered part of the social economy, forming what might be termed the "social and solidarity economy" (from the French "économie sociale et solidaire"). The concepts are still under development and the difference between the two terms is gradually being clarified. An organisation seeing itself as part of the solidarity economy generally goes beyond achieving purely social aims: it aims to put right an injustice by expressing solidarity. For example, a local sports club has a social aim and so can be considered part of the social economy, but would not normally be considered part of the solidarity economy except in special circumstances (e.g. a township sports club in South Africa in the days of apartheid).

Examples of solidarity economy organisations

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