October 07, 2015

The OECD and the European Commission launch Call for Initiatives and Policies for Social Enterprises

The OECD and the European Commission have launched an inclusive and social entrepreneurship project that intends to shed light on social enterprise creation and development in EU Member States and regions. 


As part of this project, a compendium showcasing successful national and subnational initiatives and policies that support social enterprises will be prepared. This compendium intends to inspire Member States and regions and to offer guidance on the implementation of relevant initiatives and policies in the national, regional or local context.

What they are looking for is national and sub-national policies and initiatives for social enterprise creation and development, that should be sent before the deadline, 30th of October.

The focus will be placed on initiatives funded by the European Social Fund, by other EU funds and programmes, by Member States and sub-national authorities and not on examples of successful social enterprises. The compendium will analyse and present these initiatives and policies together with key factors and considerations for their adoption in other contexts. It will include 20 examples and is expected to be published as a book.

For the sake of this compendium they refer to social enterprises as defined by the EC Social Business Initiative (see in particular pages 2 and 3).

Call for initiatives and policies

In order to identify the policies and initiatives that will be included in the compendium, they are requesting a one-page abstract in English (maximum 500 words). The abstract has to be sent by October 30th COB to Antonella Noya, Senior Policy Analyst (antonella.noya@oecd.org) and Stellina Galitopoulou, Policy Analyst  (stellina.galitopoulou@oecd.org). A notification will be sent to the selected initiatives during the month of November.

Contents of the one-page abstract

The abstract should clearly indicate:

  • The name of the initiative and the country in which it has been developed
  • Its focus, objectives, and the problems that the initiative aims to address
  • The policy approach used (integrated support package, training, provision of finance, etc.)
  • The activities undertaken and the challenges encountered
  • The conditions for transfer

Participants should specifically indicate whether the scheme receives funding from the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund or other EU fund or programmes and provide information on the amount received.

They should also indicate a contact person for the learning practice and suggest an expert who could prepare a note of 8 pages (in English) should the learning practice be selected for inclusion in the compendium. The OECD Secretariat will prepare a contract for the expert for the preparation of the note, and will provide more detailed instructions and a grid to be used for drafting the note. The expert contribution will be remunerated.

For further information, please contact Antonella Noya, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD/LEED Programme (antonella.noya@oecd.org) and Risto Raivio, Senior Expert, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (risto.raivio@ec.europa.eu).

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