Rediscovering Social Solidarity Economy in Community-Based Supply Chains
by Benjamin R. Quiñones, PhD
The paper argues that there is a need for strengthening the solidarity between local producers and local consumers of community-based supply chains if inclusive and sustainable development is to be achieved. To support this argument and illustrate how social solidarity economy (SSE) is being developed as an alternative model of development, the paper cites the case of the free range chicken managed and operated by On Eagle’s Wings Development Philippines Foundation (OEWF). An evaluation by OEWF (2012) shows that civil society organizations (CSOs), people’s organizations, local for-profit private companies, and the local government unit managed to work together in developing a socially inclusive community-based supply chain. This suggests the relevance of a public policy favoring CSO-public partnership in undertaking local development projects as an alternative to the private-public partnership (PPP) which usually excludes CSOs and people’s organizations in the development process.