Solsoc is a non-governmental organisation authorised by Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD) to implement sustainable development programmes in the southern countries. It is also the international solidarity organisation of the Joint Socialist Action in which its historical and social roots lie. In partnership with the various components of this group, it supports initiatives in 8 countries in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
Our joint objective is to enable people to live with more dignity and access their socio-economic and political rights. In Belgium, Solsoc calls on Belgian and European decision-makers to relay its partners' concerns. It also conducts public information and mobilisation campaigns with other progressive organisations that share its values of democracy, solidarity and social justice.
The five-year programme in partnership with FOS aims to improve working conditions, access to social protection and better living conditions for workers, producers, youth and women in Bolivia. Decent work implies a written contract, affiliation to a social security system and a decent wage, integrating gender equity and respect for the environment.
Our Bolivian partners are building the capacity of communities and workers and building alliances between decent work organizations and other international actors. Local organizations are strengthened to become real agents of change and mobilize together to achieve decent work standards, the implementation of existing regulations and, finally, the promotion of social and solidarity-based economy initiatives that create self-sufficient employment, wages and decent living conditions for workers in rural areas.
Solsoc and three partner organisations in Burkina Faso, ASMADE, UMUSAC and UCRB, are working together to extend social protection, encourage the creation of sustainable jobs with viable incomes and improve labour rights for workers in the informal economy and the rural environment, targeting in particular young people and women along with the agri-food sector.
In the context of a particularly decisive post-conflict context for the reconstruction of the country, Solsoc, in collaboration with FOS and IFSI, seeks to strengthen a range of civil society actors who are developing different social, political and economic alternatives. Together with local partner organizations, we seek to create decent working and living conditions for workers and marginalized populations. In the Colombian context, it is also important to strengthen the mobilization of social movements at the national and international levels. The objective is the recognition of social actors such as trade unions, the peasant movement, local communities, as well as new forms of social and political expression. Together they can form a social movement that can one day rebuild a new Colombian nation that respects human rights and international law.
In Morocco, Solsoc and 3 partner organizations, AFAQ, AJR and IFAAP support neighbourhood associations in Casablanca and social and solidarity economy initiatives in order to strengthen them on a technical, strategic and political level. This support also makes it possible to create spaces for consultation with other actors at local, national and international level on the promotion of the social economy and access to social protection for all, in particular young people and women. In concrete terms, 15 associations and 20 social and solidarity economy initiatives from 6 districts of Greater Casablanca are concerned by this support. They develop neighbourhood projects based on the needs expressed by citizens in the fields of health, youth, education, the social and solidarity economy, equal opportunities, the environment and access to public services.
Finally, the political advocacy dimension is particularly present in Morocco. Solsoc and its partners are keen to relay the concerns of young people and women to the public authorities, thus including them in the policies that concern them and involving them in the decision-making process.
Solsoc's 2017-2021 programme strengthens the capacities of its active partners in citizen mobilization and advocacy for improved working conditions and better social protection, particularly for young people and women. In concrete terms, the programme makes it possible to support 3 mutual health insurance companies so that they can act to improve the quality of health care. Solsoc supports farmers' organizations, young people and urban market committees to improve and diversify their production and services, and thus evolve towards social and solidarity economy enterprises. In addition, Solsoc supports citizen action dynamics so that they influence public policies at all levels and act as a channel of communication between the population and the authorities responsible for the issues addressed and the fight against corruption.
Solsoc and its two partner organisations in Senegal, the NGO GREEN and the Oyofal Paj network, are working together to extend social protection and improve the rights of workers in the informal economy and the rural world, particularly those of young people and women, by promoting the creation of jobs with sustainable incomes. To this end, the programme strengthens 4 types of target groups: mutual health insurance companies, as well as their departmental and regional unions, networks of social and solidarity economy initiatives and youth movements. Organizational, technical, thematic and political support enables them to represent a real mobilizing force and to fully play their respective roles in the extension of their social, political and economic rights.
In Belgium, Solsoc relays the concerns and demands of its partners in the South. Together they propose to mobilise the European public on North/South issues, the construction of fair and balanced global relations and new paradigms for solidarity and sustainable development.
And to give more scope to this action, Solsoc has joined forces with two organisations that share the same values: FOS-Socialistische Solidariteit (the Dutch-speaking equivalent of Solsoc) and IFSI (the Institute for International Trade Union Cooperation supported by the FGTB). Together we are trying to reach the public of the Belgian socialist movement, so that they are better informed, aware and mobilized on issues related to international solidarity. But it is also together that we seek to reach national, European and international policy makers to take more initiatives, measures and decisions in favour of respect for decent work and fair and balanced global relations.