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-> Are you engaged in Social Solidarity Economy education ? Click here to fill out the RIPESS survey for SSE Educators !

In 2015-2016, RIPESS seeks to bring together people and organizations engaged in SSE education (popular and community education, formal education, training for SSE practitioners) to connect and strengthen the links between SSE educators, foster collaboration and share experiences, strategies, tools and curriculums.

The survey, available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, is a first step in this project. Webinars and other multilingual spaces for exchange and collaboration will be facilitated so that we can learn from each other's experiences.

Thanks for contributing to build this initiative by participating in the survey and by sharing it widely among your networks! To know more, visit our website or contact us at


Expo dei Popoli International Forum,
June 3-5, Milan, Italy

Feeding the Planet through Agroecology: on June 3-5, a  RIPESS delegation with twelve people from Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe participated in Milan People's Expo to assert the voices of peoples in putting forth food sovereignty.

event, organized by the People’s Expo Committee gathering 50 associations of the Italian civil society together with international networks and peasant’s movements, aimed to shed light on the strategies and solutions put in place by these movements to cope with the global problems of access to food and natural resources, with food sovereignty as the main political goal.

  • Read the outcome document of the People's Expo: "Food Sovereignty through Agroecology: solutions to mend broken food systems"
VI Latin American and Caribbean Meeting on Solidarity Economy and Fair Trade

Managua, Nicaragua, April 21-24, 2015

The 6th continental meeting of RIPESS-Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), convened in collaboration with the member organizations of PECOSOL- Plataforma Centroamericana de Economía Solidaria, active in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua was held in Managua, Nicaragua, on April 21-24. The event brought together 180 leaders and representatives from SSE organizations and networks from 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The meeting was the occasion for RIPESS-LAC members of reaffirming the pivotal role of food sovereignty in structuring the solidarity economy.

To know more (in Spanish) on the event


3rd UN Financing for Development Conference, 13-16 July, Ethiopia.
Read the concept note written by Yvon Poirier, RIPESS Board, on Social Solidarity Economy and the  issues of Financing for Development (FfD)

Solidarity Economy European Congress,
September 5-13, Berlin

Save the date! The 2015 Solidarity Economy European Congress will take place in Berlin, Germany, September 5-13.

The program includes a 'Transformation Week' with field visits, a RIPESS Europe Assembly and an international Congress with numerous plenaries and workshops to move forward in building convergences for an alternative economy.

Keep updated visiting the RIPESS Europe website.

Bamako 2016
4th RAESS Meeting
April 2016, Bamako

RENAPESS Mali will host the 4th African Network for Social and Solidarity Economy -RAESS meeting in Bamako, April 2016. The network is currently conducting a consultation to inform the organizing process of this large gathering of the African SSE movements.

Take the survey to share your views and ideas on Bamako 2016!

Global Social Economy Forum -GSEF2016
Montreal, Sept 7-9, 2016 

The next edition of the Global Social Economy Forum-GSEF2016, an international conference on collaboration between local governments and SSE organizations for the development of cities, will be held in Montreal in September 2016.

Pre-ASEAN Summit Roundtable on Social Solidarity Economy
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 25, 2015

The participants called on ASEAN Heads of State to recognise that grassroots, local community initiatives in ASEAN countries are generating community based enterprises that contribute to wealth creation, enhancing the quality of community life, and empowering people’s participation in local development, environmental conservation, and responsible use of local resources in a sustainable way.

To know more on the event held by ASEC, read this new publication on the outcomes of the event, ''Fostering an ASEAN Community Through Solidarity-based Community Enterprises'', as well as the reports of the various activities:
  • final statement of the roundtable 'Building a People Centered ASEAN through Community-Based Enterprises'
  • report of the roundtable 'Fostering ASEAN Community Cooperation: Strengthening Value Chains of Community Based Enterprises'
  • report of the workshop 'Mainstreaming Solidarity in Conflict-affected Communities through Solidarity Based Community Enterprises'
  • report of the workshop 'Sustainable Development Goals & Solidarity Based Community Enterprises'
  • ASEAN Youth Engagement Workshop 2015
World Social Forum, Tunis, March 2015

From March 24th to 28th, 2015, a RIPESS delegation was in Tunis for the World Social Forum and co-organized several spaces for sharing experiences, among these:

- Reclaiming Local Food Systems, a workshop co-hosted with Habitat International Coalition, Urgenci and La Via Campesina to highlight the convergences of the Right to the City, the Food Sovereignty and the Solidarity Economy frameworks

- Convergence Assembly on the Post-2015 Agenda: what development, for whom and why?, with more than 30 civil society organizations

Read more on the RIPESS delegation in the WSF
Convergence Assembly on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Assembly was the opportunity for the 30 participant civil society organizations from all continents to inform one another, share analyses and propose joint courses of action on the SDGs and Financing for Development Framework (FfD).

Read the Declaration and the report of the Convergence Assembly
Social and Solidarity Finance: Tensions, Opportunities and Transformative Potential Workshop, May 11-12, UNRISD-ILO-Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

On May 11-12, 2015, UNRISD, ILO and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung held a workshop on Social and Solidarity Finance at the International labour Office in the Geneva.

This workshop brought together 25 experts from different fields (alternative finance, economic sociology and anthropology of money) to exchange on the transformative potential of social and solidarity finance, considering in particular its potential for sustainable development, at a time when the global issues of Financing for Development and the post-2015 development agenda are negotiated in the United Nations .

Read more on the workshop here.

Global Social Economy Forum- GSEF2016
Montreal, September 7-9, 2016

The next edition of the Global Social Economy Forum - GSEF2016, an international conference on collaboration between local governments and SSE organizations for the development of cities, will be held in Montreal in September 2016. RIPESS is part of the Honorary Committee set up by the organizing committee to contribute to identify initiatives to be presented in the Forum and engage key actors in the process. 

The Forum's committee is calling to SSE organizations around the world who work in partnership with local governments to contribute with inputs to the GSEF 2016. To know more, contact:

To be kept abreast of news regarding the GSEF2016 (call for proposals, registration deadlines, related activities, etc.) sign-up for GSEF2016 newsletter here: 

Agroecology and the Social Solidarity Economy:
  • Read the Nyeleni Declaration adopted by the delegates of the International Forum on Agroecology held from February 23 to 27 in Nyeleni, Mali
  • Read the article 'Who controls the food system? by Judith Hitchman, RIPESS Board member, RIPESS-Europe
  • Read the article 'Community Supported Agriculture thriving in China' by Judith Hitchman and the other articles of the recent edition of the Urban Agriculture Magazine
  • Read the paper (in French) presented at the People's Expo in Milan by Elise Pierrette Memong Meno, coordinator of RESSCAM, the SSE national network in Cameroon, on the contribution of SSE to food security in Cameroon
Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia: A South-South and triangular cooperation perspective -> read the recent ILO report by Benjamin Quiñones and the ILO on good practices in South-South and triangular cooperation in SSE in Asia.

'Agroecology is political: it requires us to challenge and transform structures of power in society'
- Nyeleni Declaration, February 2015

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