A Good Place to Live

by Julie Raby

This article details how the Centre d’Éducation et d’Action des Femmes in south-central Montréal has, over the years, reshaped itself from a family support program to an authentic, women-led agent of neighbourhood recovery. Read this article

8 Things to Know About Women & the Economy

by Ellie Langford Parks

Women’s capacity and the constraints imposed on that capacity are among our best-kept (and not so pleasant) secrets. Read this article

Systemic Change, One Step at a Time

by Rosalind Lockyer, Maggie Milne, & Marina Robinson

The genius of the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise lies in its ability to develop programs that channel public and charitable funds towards the diverse needs of women in northern Ontario. PARO connects resources with the know-how peculiar to front-line practitioners and to the community sector’s research institutions. Read this article

Young Women Work

by Molly McCracken

There’s a serious mismatch between the needs and aspirations of young, Aboriginal women in Winnipeg’s inner-city and the services that community organizations have to offer them. This article profiles the CED programming that will help empower this coming generation of leaders – and shows how the participatory research model itself can begin to identify these leaders and their community allies. Read this article

Towards a Livelihood

by Janet Murray & Mary Ferguson

Evaluation should be a proactive effort to document results and improve program design and delivery. Eko Nomos is exploring a method of collaborative inquiry that facilitates local control, home-grown solutions, and, in the Sustainable Livelihoods model, a comprehensive understanding of the results people are after. Read this article

Enterprising Women

by Melanie Buffel

Vancouver’s Enterprising Women Asset Development project reinforces an IDA (individual development account) program with a more comprehensive and self-directed understanding of assets, so women learn to build a sustainable livelihood. Read this article

Self-Employment or Income Supplementation?

by Susan Clancy & Angela Robertson

Sistering, in downtown Toronto, has chosen to add an economic dimension to its work in women’s health and safety. It has done so not just for financial purposes, but as a therapeutic experiment. Given the confusion of public opinion and policy over mental illness, addiction, self-employment, and the sex trade, can CED be made to serve Sistering’s constituents? Read this article

A Win-Win Proposition

by Debra Campbell

The current political environment sentences women-centred initiatives to an interminable, brain-numbing round of application for short-term, narrowly-defined grants. Over the last ten years, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has been inventing an alternative, collaborative, multi-year approach to financing creates a learning community among the donors, the grant recipients, and, with time, the whole community sector.

What Value Social Enterprise?

by Janice Abbott

Atira Women’s Resource Society has found itself well-positioned to make property management serve its greater goals and turn a profit as well. Business has given a creative, independent outlet to much of the time and energy once given over to fund-raising. While recognizing the immense value of this experiment, however, executive director Janice Abbott cautions those who might think it replicable. Read this article

Strategic Management of Women’s Social Enterprise

by Kalyn Culler & Cindy Arnold

A study of women’s social purpose businesses in the U.S. reveals that their longevity is due, in part, to three practices: they accommodate the complexity of women’s social responsibilities; they enable workers to assume the duties of managers; and they make job quality a matter of paramount importance. Read this article

Inner-City Co-ops, Crafted by Women

by Louise Champagne

Critical to the survival of two Aboriginal co-ops in Winnipeg, Neechi Foods Co-op Ltd. and The Northern Star Worker Co-op, has been their connection and commitment to the greater community. Read this article

Women & Social Economy

by Denyse Côté & Danielle Fournier

An instructive, if troubling story about how governments in Québec have “neutered” what started out in 1995 as an intriguing, regionally-administered experiment in social economy. Shorn of women’s direct input, multidimensional strategies have given way to self-employment and business programming. Read this article

Charting the Territory

by Carol Rock & Janet Murray

The Canadian Women’s CED Council offers a 4-point framework that would reintroduce gender analysis to Canadian social and economic policies and programs: in the labour market, in social assistance and welfare, in the funding of women’s initiatives in CED and Social Economy, and in enterprise development. Read this article