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Introduction to RIPESS

RIPESS Board Members

RIPESS Executive Coordination

Continental Members

History of RIPESS

History of the Charter

RIPESS Declarations



RIPESS is an intercontinental network that connects social and solidarity economy networks  throughout the world.  As a network of networks, it brings together continental networks, that in turn bring together national and sectoral networks.  RIPESS believes in the importance of global solidarity in order to build and strengthen an economy that puts people and planet front and center. From Lima to Quebec, from Dakar to Luxembourg, RIPESS organizes global forums every four years and is a nexus for learning, information sharing and collaboration.



Yvon Poirier

Canadian Community Economic development Network (CCEDNET) – Canada

Madani Koumare

Réseau National de Promotion d’Économie Sociale et Solidaire – Mali

Noureddine El Harrak

Réseau marocain d’Économie Sociale et Solidaire – Maroc

Jason Nardi

Fondazione Culturale Responsabilità Etica – Italy

Judith Hitchmann


Ben Quinones

On Eagle’s Wings Foundation

Denison Jayasooria


David Thompson

Jobs Australia – Australia

Altagracia Villareal – Chilo

Espacio Ecosol México

Luis Eduardo Salcedo

Cooperativa Financiera coopfinep

Emily Kawano

United States Social Economy Network (US-SEN) – USA


Executive Coordination


Executive Coordinator: Luis Eduardo Salcedo

Operations Manager: Éva Mascolo-Fortin


Continental Members:


Asian Solidarity Economy Coalition (ASEC)

 The Asian Solidarity Economy Coalition is the Asian hub for enhancing the responsibilities of stakeholders in co-creating a compassionate, solidarity economy. It brings together 18 national and continental networks in 21 countries ofAsia.

 National Networks

1.Allianceof Philippine Partners inEnterpriseDevelopment, (APPEND) Inc.

2. Association of Social Entrepreneurs inIndonesia(AKSI)

3. Bina Swadaya Foundation

4. Centre for Social Entrepreneurship,BinaryUniversity

5. Credit Union Promotion Centre

6. Hongkong Chamber of Social Enterprises

7. Sam Ratulangi Universiti

8. Universiti Kelantan Malaysia.

9. Yayasan Kajian Dan Pembangunan Masyarakat (YKPM)

10. Yayasan Sejahtera

 Regional/continental networks

1.Chinaand Beyond Network (CABN)


3. Coalition of Socially Responsible Small & Medium Enterprises inAsia

4. Ethnos Asia

5. Family Capital Centre

6. Global Citizens for Sustainable Development

7. PacificAsiaResource Centre

8. World Fair Trade Organization-Asia

 Countries covered by the institutional members of regional/ continental networks:

Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam


 Réseau africain d’économie sociale et solidaire (RAESS)

 The Réseau africain d’économie sociale et solidaire is a space of dialogue, exchange and sharing of information about the ESS for the national networks of 14 countries. It also aims to enable advocacy with governments and African and international organisations in favour of the ESS.

 The RAESS includes the ESS networks of the following countries:

Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.

1- Benin : Groupe Béninois d’Economie Sociale et Solidaire (GBESS)
2- Burkina Faso : Réseau National de la Promotion  d’Economie Sociale et Solidaire (RENAPESS-BF)
3- Cameroon : Réseau d’Economie Sociale et Solidaire du Cameroun (RESSCAM)
4- Congo RDC : Réseau des Acteurs du Kasai pour une Economie Sociale et Solidaire (REAKES)
5- Côte d’Ivoire : Réseau Ivoirien d’Economie Sociale et Solidaire (RIESS)
6- Gabon : Mutuelle de Santé du Gabon (MUSAGAB)
7- Mauritius : Mauritus Cooperatives Saving and Credit League (MACOSCLE)
8- Mali : Réseau National d’Appui à la Promotion  d’Economie Sociale et Solidaire (RENAPESS)
9- Niger : Organisation Nigérienne pour la Promotion de l’Hydraulique et de Développement à la Base (ONPHDB)
10- Senegal : Groupe Sénégalais d’Economie Sociale et Solidaire  (GESS)
11- Togo : Réseau Togolais d’Economie Sociale et Solidaire (RTESS)
12- Tunisia : Mutuelle Nationale de l’Enseignement de Tunisie (MNET) et Union Nationale des Coopératives Tunisiennes (UNCT)
13- Algeria : Association TAJMAAT N’JEBLA
14- Morocco : Réseau Marocain d’Economie Sociale et Solidaire (REMESS)



RIPESS-Europe is composed of a platform of sectoral networks within IRIS and a gathering of national and territorial networks called RIPESS Europe Territorial.

 ADEPES (France)

ANIMAR (Portugal)

APEAS (France)

APRES-Genève (Suisse)

CNLRQ (membre transverse)


CRIES (Roumania)

EMES (membre transverse)

Energie Alternative (France)

Groupe Terre (Belgique)

INAISE (membre transverse)

INEES (Luxembourg)

IRIS (membre transverse)

MES (France)

OPE (Lëtzebuerg)

Pactes Locaux (membre transverse)

REAS (España)

RES (Italia)

RIUESS (membre transverse)

RTES (France)

SAW-B (Belgique)

Solidarische Ökonomie (Österreich)

UFISC (France)

URGENCI (membre transverse)

VOSEC (Vlaanderen)

XES (Catalunya)


 RIPESS Latinoamérica y Caribe:

 RIPESS-Latinoamérica y Caribe brings together 7 national networks, 3 Latin-American networks and 10 sub-national, national or continental organisations. It is present in 12 countries of the region.

 ARGENTINA: Instituto para el Comercio Equitativo y el Consumo Responsable (ICECOR); Comité de Movilización Buenos Aires del Foro Social Mundial en Argentina; Asociación Emprender Mendoza, Red Latinoamericana de socioeconomía Solidaria – Red LASES.

BOLIVIA: Movimiento de Economía Solidaria y Comercio Justo de Bolivia

BRASIL: Fórum Brasileiro de Economia Solidária (FBES)

CHILE: Red de Economía Solidaria de Santiago

COLOMBIA: Consejo Nacional de Economía Solidaria (CONES) del Valle del Cauca; Mesa Nacional de Trabajo Cooperativo y Solidario.

CUBA: Centro de Investigaciones dela Economía Mundial- (CIEM)

ECUADOR: Gruppo Salinas 

MEXICO: Espacio ECOSOL México; Comercio Justo México

PANAMA: Instituto Cooperativo Interamericano (ICI)

PERU: Grupo Red de Economía Solidaria del Perú (GRESP)

URUGUAY: Comercio Justo Uruguay

VENEZUELA: Equipo de Formación, Información y Publicaciones – (EFIP)

LATINOAMÉRICA: Mesa de Coordinación Latinoamericana de Comercio Justo; Regional Latinoamericana dela Unión Internacionalde Trabajadores dela Alimentación, Agrícolas, Hoteles, Restaurantes, Tabaco y Afines (Rel- UITA): Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo (CLAC)


RIPESS-North America

 RIPESS-North America has four members:

Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet),

Chantier de l’économie sociale du Québec,

Groupe d’économie solidaire du Québec (GESQ)

US Solidarity Economy Network (SEN)




LIMA 1997

The first International meeting for the globalization of solidarity was held in Lima, Peru. It allowed various networks and activists of the social solidarity economy on a global scale to meet and exchange their experiences and practices on the matter. The Social Solidarity Economy was then defined as all economic activities and practices with a social finality, which contribute to build a new economic paradigm.

» See the Lima Declaration



The second meeting was held in Quebec, under the slogan “Resist and Build”. At the end of this meeting, the International Liaison Commission (ILC) was established. This is an instrument for sustainable dialogue between continents in order to induce the creation of a resisting rally against neo-liberal globalization management and strategies, and to create effective and sustainable alternatives. The ILC then decided on its first internal meeting to name the process: the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS).

» See the Quebec Declaration


DAKAR 2005

The third International Meeting on the Globalization of Solidarity was held in Dakar in 2005, under the slogan « Empowering People ». It was jointly organized by RIPESS and the Senegalese Social Solidarity Economy Group (GSESS). The meeting changed the capital of Senegal for a few days into a place of convergence for worldwide social activists and social solidarity economy public decision-makers. It was also the opportunity for Africa to share its vision of the social solidarity economy with countries of other continents.

» See the Dakar Declaration



The fourth International Meeting on the Globalization of Solidarity was held in Luxemburg in April 2009, under the slogan «Another economy exists: the innovations of the social and solidarity economy». It was jointly organized by RIPESS and the Institut européen de l’économie solidaire (INEES). The meeting allowed the participants, from all continents, to Illustrate, Debate, and make Proposals on thirteen specific themes such as public policies, responsible production and consumption, environment and food sovereignty.

» See the Lux’09 Declaration


History of the Charter/internal rules and regulations

HISTORY OF THE RIPESS CHARTER: During the 3rd Globalisation of Solidarity Meeting held in Dakar (November 2005), a first draft of the RIPESS Charter was established. The Draft version was then translated and members were asked to comment and improve. Different subsequent versions were established and the final version was adopted by the RIPESS Board of Directors in a meeting held in Montevideo, Uruguay, in October 2008.

» RIPESS Charter

» RIPESS Internal Regulations



RIPESS has had five intercontinental meetings: in 1997 in Lima Peru; in 2001 in Quebec, Canada; in 2005 in Dakar, Senegal; in 2009 in Luxembourg city, Luxembourg; and in Manila, Philippines.  These meetings bring together representatives from each continents’ networks in plenaries, workshops, and discussions.  At each meeting, participants draft joint declarations.  At the Lux ’09 meeting, participants in each thematic strand of workshops also put together summaries and proposals.