Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals through the Framework of the Social and Solidarity Economy in Africa: Scope, Constraints and Options

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Africa is rich in terms of the social and solidarity economy (SSE). This is evidenced by a great number of social capital movements in operation in various socio-economic and environmental
aspects of society. The study is premised on three main propositions, namely: that co-optation into political processes, lack of clear benchmarks and the absence of good governance frameworks hinder the smooth running of the SSE which, in turn, prevents the attainment of the broader developmental goals set by any society or community. As such, when the loopholes and
gaps are closed, the progressive and sustained implementation of projects and programmes is assured of expected results. The paper argues that with a well-structured SSE, the implementation of SDGs is made easier and targets of SDGs can be sustained with ease. However, streamlining the SSE is not without its challenges. Africa is the region of focus of this paper. It is a continent plagued by issues relating to governance, as well as civil wars and strife
especially during and post-election periods. However, the region is not as homogenous as it might appear in general presentations made by some organisations, scholars and think tanks.