School of Social Economy


A1 - Title in original language
Escuela de Economía Social

A2 - Title in English
School of Social Economy

A3 - Location of GP (national)

A4 - Location of GP (regional)

A5 - Economic field of activity
N Administrative and support service activities

A6 - Ultimate purpose of GP
To improve policy environment for social enterprise
To provide educational opportunities
To enable cross sectoral working

A7 - Spatial scale
Regional (large scale)

A8a - Start date
October 2002

A8b - Anticipated end date (if applicable)
Ongoing (no end foreseen)

A9 - Short description of the GP
Created jointly by the Confederation of entities for the social economy in Andalusia and the Andalusian Confederation of Work Cooperatives, it is an entity in charge of the training and research on social economy as well as of its development. The II Pact for the Social Economy meant its consolidation as permanent training centre. It favours the exchange and cooperation among social entities and enterprises and it has become a natural link to foreign social companies. Its activities comprehends the areas of

  1. projects and consultancy in social economy;
  2. international cooperation to promote social economy in other territories and transfer of experiences namely in Latin America and other Spanish regions such as Cantabria; and
  3. research and innovation (coaching, teaching resources). It is a reference in promotion and disemination of the values implied in the social economy and it publishes a periodical sustainability report. Moreover, it counts on a training itinerary focus on acquisition of new competences that may strength the commitment and impact of social economy. The School is set up in a building that belongs to the cultural heritage. The building was restored by the trainees of a couple of schools, which meant a previous training and experience for them, having an impact on the local development in Osuna, the municipality where this good practice is located.

It could be said that the School innovates because it does not simply stick to training and lessons:

  • it supports the cooperation among social economy companies;
  • it makes innovative learning resources in new fields (i.e. culture and creation-based industries in Andalusia)
  • it has been one of the members of the consortium for the development of the project "Emprende + Innova"

A10 - Key words relating to the GP
cross-sectoral communication and coordination
inclusive entrepreneurship
transference of experiences

A11 - Objectives of the GP
It aims at evaluating the social economy in the region, detecting its needs and intervening in concrete areas through projects, promotion and training. It serves as a "gatherer" of different actors, boosting the inter-sectorial work.

A12 - Activities that have taken place
training, cooperation to development, disemination activities (including CSR)

A13 - Achievements of the GP
direct impact on 6,864 persons (2010-2011) with a great multiplying effect. (extensive information in Spanish:

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