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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

What do solidarity economies offer in times of crisis?

Solidarity efforts have addressed a diverse set of issues during the pandemic. Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) provides a lengthy and diverse list of solidarity efforts around the world that try to address the pandemic crisis. There have been several food programs, meal distributions, community kitchens in different parts of the world including the US, Canada, South Africa, Malaysia, Scotland and more.

Solidarity groups in several countries have engaged in the production of protective gear, masks and other equipment, ranging from Turkey to Malawi, from Kenya to Malaysia. Internet and social media helped facilitate community networks, where support groups were formed to help the needy, to do shopping for the elderly or to help kids with their education.

One such group was CO-VIDA established in Barcelona, Spain, to promote community solidarity. In Turkey, İzmir Solidarity Volunteers* was a community group that was formed at the early onset of the pandemic in order to supply food and hygiene packs to the households in need.

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