Columnist

Roberto Di Meglio

Senior Specialist on Local Economic Development (LED) and Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), ILO Geneva


Roberto Di Meglio is a Senior Specialist at the International Labour Organization in Geneva. He mainly works on Local development and Social and Solidarity Economy.

He began his career with the ILO in 1989 working on cooperatives and local development in Argentina, Bolivia, Central America and the Caribbean, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. From 1999 to 2003 he was assigned to the ILO in Geneva where he coordinated the activities of the Local Economic Development Programme for Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. As LED Specialist in the ILO Office in Chile, from 2003 to 2008, he published several titles and articles on local economic development, supervised technical cooperation programmes and projects and promoted networking with other international organizations, training centres and academic institutions. Prior to his current position, he leaded a Project - Promotion of Decent Work and social cohesion - within the ILO International Training Center in Turin, Italy.

He co-authored and edited several ILO publications, in particular, “Social and Solidarity Economy: -building a common understanding” (2010); “Social and Solidarity Economy: Our common road towards Decent Work” (2011); Social and Solidarity Economy: An opportunity to enhance youth employment” (2013); “Social and Solidarity Economy: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Development (2014). He is co-editor and columnist of the SSE Collective Brain.

Articles by Roberto Di Meglio:

September 7, 2021

Is there a vaccine to face the “virus” that generates cynicism, unbridled ambition and corruption in our societies? (article in Spanish)

Columnista: Roberto Di Meglio   Desde muchos meses discusiones, análisis, reflexiones y debates sobre las vacunas para el COVID-19 son parte de la vida cotidiana de todos nosotros. Sin embargo, de otro “virus”, – invisible en el microscopio – que […]
August 11, 2021

Agreements are good, but then they must be put into practice

Columnist: Roberto Di Meglio   The document approved at the G20 for the Environment, celebrated in Naples in July 2021, formally reaffirms the commitments of the Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, the goals of halving emissions by 2030 and phasing out the […]
June 25, 2021

The consolation of numbers in times of COVID-19: the Italian case

Columnist: Roberto Di Meglio   The master’s class given by Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, professor of economic geography at LSE, on occasion of the 5th World Forum on Local Economic Development (June 2021), highlighted some aspects of the crisis generated by Covid-19 [1]. […]
May 21, 2021

Solidarity in times of COVID-19: a time lacking in happiness, but full of anxiety

Columnist: Roberto Di Meglio   On April 4, 2020, the British Financial Times, the world’s leading business daily not exactly known for its progressive publications, released an editorial that deserves attention. It read as follows: “Radical reforms will have to […]
March 24, 2021

Social innovation in times of COVID-19: a time lacking in desires, yet full of frustrations

Columnist: Roberto Di Meglio   The crisis generated by COVID-19 and its tragic consequences have placed the social dimension in the spotlight of public debate, focusing on the collective needs in the search of new paradigms of development. These needs […]