About the Knowledge Hub

Welcome to the online platform of the SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs!

Group picture at the 2019 UNTFSSE Conference in Geneva


An initiative of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE), implemented by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs aims to enhance awareness of and contribute to the body of knowledge on social and solidarity economy (SSE) as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This free, open-access online platform is a repository for research-based outputs produced by or for the SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs. Users can sort the resources posted on the platform by language, SDG, and country. A free-text search function is also available.

Yet the Knowledge Hub is much more than a repository of research outputs. To learn more about another research project recently launched as part of this initiative, go to the Opportunities and challenges of statistics on SSE project’s page.

In May 2020, the Knowledge Hub Advisory Group was established to strengthen strategic guidance of the Knowledge Hub activities and active collaboration with members and observers of the UNTFSSE. Besides UNRISD (as the implementing agency of the Knowledge Hub), it is composed of two members and two observers of the Task Force. For the first two years, these are: UNDP (ART Initiative), OECD, GSEF, and CIRIEC-International. Please find more information on the Advisory Group and its members here.

For inquiries about the Knowledge Hub, please contact  UNTFSSE_KnowledgeHub@un.org.

This Knowledge Hub section of the UNTFSSE website was developed by Koumbit.

How to use the Online Platform of the SDG Knowledge Hub for the SDGs

Visitors can explore the SSE Knowledge Hub for the SDGs by refining the search criteria found at the right-hand side of the webpage.

  • Enter a keyword to find a specific paper using the search bar
  • Search for papers relevant to a particular Sustainable Development Goal by selecting from the drop down menu
  • Select your preferred language in the drop down menu to find papers in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Korean
  • Find country-specific or country-related papers by using the drop down menu for countries

Once you have refined your search criteria, click ‘Submit’ to find relevant papers corresponding to your selected choices.

Equally, visitors of the Knowledge Hub can click on a relevant Tag. You can also view an extended list of tags by clicking on ‘view all tags’.

You can also browse the SSE Knowledge Hub by simply scrolling through and finding a paper that interests you.

Disclaimer and Citation

The views expressed in the materials posted here do not necessarily reflect the views of the UNTFSSE.

Please cite UNTFSSE Knowledge Hub papers following common guidelines for working papers (categorized as reports) using this information:

  • Series title (depending on publication type):
    • UNTFSSE Knowledge Hub Draft Paper Series
    • UNTFSSE Knowledge Hub Think Piece Series
    • UNTFSSE Knowledge Hub Working Paper Series
  • Institution: United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE)
  • Place: Geneva.

Example, using Chicago Manual of Style 17th (author date):

Alquézar Crusellas, Raquel, and Ruben Suriñach Padilla. 2019. “El Balance Social de la XES: 10 años midiendo el impacto de la ESS en Cataluña.” UNTFSSE Knowledge Hub Draft Paper Series. Geneva: UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE). https://knowledgehub.unsse.org/knowledge-hub/el-balance-social-de-la-xes-10-anos-midiendo-el-impacto-de-la-ess-en-cataluna/


The online platform has received support from the Government of the Republic of Korea (represented by Statistics Korea) and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (represented by the Ministry of Work, Employment, and Social and Solidarity Economy).