Report on Asian Solidarity Economy Meeting
Quezon City, Philippines, October 2007
Relate to the Pacific with an approach of humility before the land and before the people
This report is focused on areas of particular interest to RESPONSE and the Charter for Human Responsibility, highlighting contributions to Across Oceania Te Au o Te Moana.
Firstly, profound appreciation to:
The Philippines hosted the Asian Solidarity Economy meeting, which was given shape through the two interrelated concepts of socially responsible investment as complementary to socially responsible enterprise.
Solidarity Economy has been developed as a system for economic exchange with restoration of humanity as the center. This movement is working with an ethic of Responsibility, and with reference to the international Charter for Human Responsibility. Embedded within the principles of this Charter are environmental principles of precaution, sustainability, and equitable sharing of wealth. I would be interested in explicit engagement with issues of environmental responsibility in the framework of Solidarity Economy.
A presentation by Habito Cielo considered Solidarity Economy for broad-based sustainable development, by referring to the components of a Non-Solidarity Economy, identified as narrow, shallow and hollow!
Example: The 80:20 rule (80% wealth owned by 20% people)
Indicators of Sustainability and Solidarity Economy
The countryside as equal partners and beneficiaries in development
Barriers to solidarity Economy:
For solidarity economy:
An idea: 1 in 4 Philippines families are poor: that is, 3 out of 4 are not poor. So change could be made by I out of 3 ‘non-poor’ families adopted a poor family and supporting the achievement of 1 graduate in each family.
Solidarity Economy to be supported by:
Solidarity Economy is practical and can be shared with global neighbors
Solidarity Economy to be built on the three-way partnership: Socially responsible investor, producer, consumer
Governance – decision-making that includes those who work on economy and wellbeing of people. Need to overcome fragmented systems in governance.
As part of the RESPONSIBILITY team, Betsan gave a plenary presentation on Governance, and a further discussion of governance issues in the Governing Differently Stream of the Conference.
Principles for Integrated Governance: Working in a Mountains to the Sea framework
‘The Ocean Makes neighbors of all Pacific Peoples
Ecosystems approach locally with reference to global ‘climate for change’
Reference was made to:
In the Environment and Sustainable Development Stream there was a presentation by Wilma Rojas, Univ. of Philippines, on Solidarity Economy and Gender And another on Solidarity Economy and Law
We met with students from the Centre for Positive Futures; a parent initiated school based on the belief that all Filipino children deserve quality education. It was a response to the plight of families linked to OTRADEV and other NGOs, and extended to provide access to quality education to those who, because of poverty, would not ordinarily avail of education, or specifically values based schools because of hardship.
Students from the Centre for Positive Futures came to the Forum and workshops, including the dynamic session on environmental responsibility, gender and law.
At the concluding round-table session, Betsan gave a message of sharing the imperative of a Solidarity Economy, and noted the Contradiction that Developed economies are working out how to maintain growth in GDP, and Solidarity Economy might support a movement to GPI – wealth measurement that reflects productivity in terms of environment, people and productivity.
Follow-up Joint Partner Activity through FPH and Koha-PICD – NZAID.
Philippines and response, NZ