Cities, the Social Economy and Inclusive Growth

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published its report into the actual and potential roles of the social economy in bringing about inclusive growth that generates more and better jobs in the UK cities, particularly for people who are in - or at risk of - poverty.

The report finds:

  • The social economy constitutes a range of organisations that have a core social mission, including social and community enterprises; voluntary and community sector organisations; housing associations; co-operatives and mutuals; informal self-help initiatives; social finance and support providers; and alternative business models.
  • The social economy has been shown to promote inclusive growth by (1) Creating jobs, strengthening skills and employability; (2) Building diversified local economies; (3) Contributing to wider economic and institutional transformation.
  • Successful social economy development often arises from an enabling context, or social economy ‘ecosystem’ of various elements of support provision and a high level of collaboration between actors, both within the social economy and the public and private sectors.

Download the report from the JRF or the Resources area of the VONNE website.