Project Respond, Rebuild, Reinvent (RRR)

Respond, Rebuild, Reinvent offers 9 cities the opportunity to learn, share, and collaborate across countries and world regions

In 2020, the OECD launched the Global Action “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems (SSE)”, funded by the European Union’s Foreign Partnership Instrument, that will cover more than 30 countries (EU countries, Brazil, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico and the United States) over a period of three years.

Within this frame, the project Respond, Rebuild, Reinvent (RRR) offers 9 cities the opportunity to learn, share, and collaborate across countries and world regions with the aim of promoting peer learning on SSE Ecosystems. By SSE Ecosystem we mean the totality of people, organisations, institutions and infrastructures in a territory that enable social and solidarity economy organisations to generate impact.


The RRR project, led by UpSocial in a consortium of 16 partners including Ashoka, Metropolis and Eurocities, was one of the 6 projects selected by the OECD to support the development and internationalisation of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), raise awareness and capacity to build conductive national and local ecosystems for SSE development, and promote knowledge sharing and peer exchanges at the international level.

What is RRR all about?

The global COVID-19 pandemic posed severe challenges to local authorities and pushed them into immediate action. The pandemic not only burdened health systems, but had disruptive effects on other social systems such as education or the local economy. We believe that Social and Solidarity Economy ecosystems (SSE ecosystems) can play a critical role in supporting local governments to respond to these challenges.

RRR wants to support local authorities in improving cross-sectoral collaboration with SSE ecosystems and in tapping into the solutions and social innovations provided by SSE ecosystems and social enterprises.

RRR has selected 9 cities to learn, share, and collaborate across countries and world regions.

Selected cities will be guided through a process of:

Deepening their understanding of SSE ecosystems.

Defining challenges that can be tackled in a cross-sectoral, collaborative approach.

Exploring solutions and social innovations.

Experimenting on how to adopt these solutions.

The 9 selected cities are joined and supported by our consortium members that comprise international city networks, SSE support organizations and renowned universities and research organizations.


1) Any local or metropolitan authorities located in one of the EU countries, the UK, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

2) With a population of 200.000+ inhabitants.

3) Committed to collaborating with SSE ecosystems and initiatives to tackle COVID-related challenges and with a policy focus in this area.

Participating in the RRR project is a unique opportunity for local authorities to foster real change by unfolding the potential of SSE ecosystems to respond to the most pressing COVID-19 challenges.

They will:

1) Learn from other local authorities on how they collaborate with SSE ecosystems and respond to COVID-19 challenges.

2) Explore solutions and social innovations provided by peer cities, SSE ecosystems or international social enterprises and learn how to adopt them.

3) Get support from recognised international experts and academics.

4) Showcase your own experiences, policies and good practices internationally.

5) Be featured in the global OECD action’s events, publications and outreach.

— Cities will be divided in two groups that will work on different challenges.

— Assigned staff members will join 6 online workshops to exchange experiences, knowledge and potential solutions.

The cities were selected according to the following criteria:

— Relevance of SSE ecosystems for local authorities based on policies, strategies, programs and activities.

— Responses to COVID-19 related challenges.

— Collaboration with stakeholders from the SSE ecosystems.

— Commitment & Motivation to take part in the process.

The selection process  aimed to achieve geographical balance between EU and the UK cities/metropoles on the one hand and cities/metropoles located in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, USA on the other hand. 



For more information on the RRR project or for any questions related to the call for Peer Learning Partnership cities, please contact:

Project Respond, Rebuild, Reinvent (RRR)

The project Respond, Rebuild, Reinvent

This call was developed within the OECD’s Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems Global Action funded by the European Union, but it does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Union nor the OECD.

A program of the OECD

Project funded by the European Union