DAKAR 2023




1 – 6 May 2023

Dear all, the organising team would like to thank you for making the DakarGSEF2023 Global Social and Solidarity Economy Forum a success, thanks to your participation, your contributions and your sharing of experiences.
The Forum Proceedings are now online! You will find summaries of the sessions and workshops, replays of the plenary sessions, editorials by the co-organisers and a directory of speakers. You can also relive the Forum in pictures thanks to the Photo Gallery and the Forum films.
The GSEF looks forward to seeing you in October 2025 for the next edition of the Global Social and Solidarity Economy Forum, to be held in Bordeaux, France!

The Forum Proceedings

Contents :

  • Editorials by the co-organisers
  • The Forum figures
  • The Dakar Declaration and the recommendations of the Scientific Committee
  • Focus on special events: Youth & SSE Pre-Forum, SSE Caravans and Women’s Day for SSE
  • Detailed reports on the plenary sessions and their rebroadcasts
  • Summaries of the 90 workshops and self-organised sessions
  • The directory of 400+ speakers

The Forum's Film

Take a look back at the week of the #DakarGSEF2023 Forum in pictures

Directed by the Dakar-based agency OFBD Marketing – Communication and produced by GSEF

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The GSEF2023 Dakar Declaration

“We, the more than 5000 individuals present at GSEF2023 in Dakar, from more than 250 cities and 70 countries affirm that throughout the world, everyone has the right to decent work and sufficient income to live in dignity. A liveable world requires emancipation from precarity and the destructive impact of the dominant economic model on the planet. […]”


The DakarGSEF2023 Forum

Every two years, the GSEF pilots a Global Social and Solidarity Economy Forum, co-constructed with member cities across the continents. It has become a key event for the SSE, reflecting its vitality. Each edition adopts a declaration binding the host cities and participants, formalising their commitment to work for this people-centred economy, an essential tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The GSEF is a privileged platform for mutual learning and the exchange of knowledge and views on all aspects of the social and solidarity economy.

The GSEF is a global network of local governments and civil society networks committed to promoting the social and solidarity economy (SSE) as a path to a “different economy” for the benefit of all, and to emancipatory local development, centred on people and respectful of the environment.

The 6th edition of the Forum, #DakarGSEF2023, was held from 1 to 6 May 2023 in Dakar, Senegal, around a cross-cutting theme:

Social and Solidarity Economy & Territories: transitioning from “informal” economies to collective and sustainable economies for our territories