Who we are

The Asian Solidarity Economy Council 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 of Asia.

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Our history

Advocates and practitioners of social solidarity economy (SSE) in Asia have met regularly since the 1st Asian Solidarity Economy Forum (ASEF) conducted in Manila, Philippines in October 2007. Although the Asian participants to ASEF saw the need to formalize the establishment of a continental SSE network in Asia, it was only during the 2nd ASEF held in Tokyo, Japan in November 2009 that Asian delegates to the forum reached a unanimous decision to set up an Asian SSE continental network.  

Several names were considered for the Asian continental SSE network. Finally, at the 3rd Asian Solidarity Economy Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 28 October- 2 November 2011, delegates from 20 Asian countries agreed on the name “Asian Solidarity Economy Council” (ASEC) and to join ASEC as founding members. While ASEC has an Executive Committee as its decision making body, it remained an unregistered, informal network because of certain legal restrictions on the registration of international organizations under national laws of Asian countries. On 10 February 2016, based on the decision by the ASEC Executive Committee, RIPESS Asia Sdn Bhd was formally registered as a non-profit non-governmental organization under the Society Act of Malaysia (Registry no. 964067-X). Since then, RIPESS Asia Sdn Bhd has become the formal organization of SSE advocates and practitioners in Asia.

In practice, the joint acronym “RIPESS Asia/ASEC” continues to be used in correspondence in as much as SSE advocates and practitioners in Asia have become accustomed to the acronym ‘ASEC’. Further, ASEC national chapters have been formally registered in the Philippines (2013) and Indonesia (2014).  

 What we believe in

Promoting SSE in Asia is about re-learning the cultures of Solidarity in the territories. It is revaluing the traditional norms while accepting and learning from the more modern and innovative experiences of SSE not only from Asia but across the globe.

Areas of work

Activities of RIPESS Asia/ASEC are generally aligned with the global work program of intercontinental RIPESS, classified into 5 impact areas:

  • Promotion of the SSE Global vision
  • Capacity building
  • Building relationships with international organizations and public policy advocacy
  • Communication
  • Networks and Mapping


Some Actions

Learning journeys on SSE practices in Asia

ASEC-RIPESS-Asia offers learning journeys to SSE practitioners in the continent. You can visit practitioners that work on new and innovative practices in for example the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, Korea or Malaysia. The trip will be attended by a member of the executive committee, and will not only be a sight visit but will also be an opportunity to learn about the leading trends in SSE in Asia; as this is vital in understanding the significance of the practitioners’ initiatives.

Previously in 2019, ASEC hosted an International Conference on Transformative Economy which focus on Revitalizing Rural Economy through Social Solidarity Economy, held in Jogja Indonesia.

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Promotion of the SSE Global vision

For the pas 5 years, ASEC has participated annually in the ASEAN People Forum and managed to host Transformative & Solidarity Economy (TSE) as part of the 11 convergence spaces in the ASEAN People Forum 2020 in Vietnam. Additionnally, ASEC created the SSE Academy, online conversations with other stakeholders in order to understand how they were coping with the pandemic and this new situation impacted grassroots communities.

Join us in the workshops, learn from other Asian experiences, and see what you can contribute to spread the Global Vision. 

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Although the notion of solidarity and mutual support/care are not ideas that are exotic in the Asian context, the term Social Solidarity Economy is something rather new in many Asian cultures. How better can the Asian cultures learn from the global debate and integrate the global vision, and how can Asia contribute to further enriching the Global vision.

Initiate your own South-South Triangular Cooperation in Asia

We invite SSE practitioners in the region to connect with other practitioners to further lengthen the value chain of SSE in Asia. Specifically, we want to be a hub where producers can meet vendors and manufacturers, or where traders can access ethical consumers in other countries of Asia.

If you are looking for a SSE partner in Asia, ASEC/RIPESS-Asia is the place to access!

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Building relationships with international organizations and public policy advocacy

RIPESS Asia/ASEC participates in international conferences for the purpose of networking and advocacy of favorable public policy on SSE.

It has promoted the visibility/recognition of SSE and engaged in policy advocacy with UN-ESCAP, UNTFSSE, ILO SSE Academy, ASEAN, ASEAN Foundation, ICCO Cooperation, WFTO-Asia, Global Movement of Moderates, Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute, Alliance for Responsibility in the 21st Century (AR21), and the ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC-APF).

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ASEC brings together SSE actors from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, People Republic of China, Philippines, Republic of Guinea, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.

APPEND – Alliance of Philippine Partners in Enterprise Development



Association of Social Entrepreneurs in Indonesia (AKSI)

Country: Indonesia

Bina Swadaya Foundation

Country: Indonesia


Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Binary University

Country: Malaysia


Credit Union Promotion Centre

Hongkong Chamber of Social Enterprises

Country: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China


Sam Ratulangi University

Country: Indonesia


University Kelantan Malaysia

Country: Malaysia


Yayasan Kajian Dan Pembangunan Masyarakat (YKPM)

Country: Malaysia


Yayasan Sejahtera

Country: Malaysia


China and Beyond Network (CABN)

Coalition of Socially Responsible Small & Medium Enterprises in Asia

Ethnos Asia


Family Capital Centre


Global Citizens for Sustainable Development

Pacific Asia Resource Centre

Country: Japan


World Fair Trade Organization – Asia




RIPESS Asia/ASEC has published and disseminated the following publications:  

  • Jayasooria, Denison, Quinones, Benjamin & Abdullah, Saifuddin (2015). “Fostering an ASEAN Community through Solidarity-based Community Enterprises”. Kuala Lumpur: Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
  • Quiñones, Benjamin (2015). “Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia: A South-South and triangular cooperation perspective”. Geneva: International Labour Organization.
  • Quiñones, Benjamin  (2014). “Rediscovering Social Solidarity Economy in Community-based Supply Chains”. In Philippine Journal of Social Development Vol. 6 No. 1, 2014. Quezon city: University of the Philippines College of Social Work & Community Development.
  • Jayasooria, Denison (2013). “Developments in Solidarity Economy in Asia:  Trends, Potential and Challenges”. Kuala Lumpur: Institute of Ethnic Studies, UKM.
  • Quiñones, Benjamin  (2012). “Sowing the seeds of solidarity economy: Asian Experiences” Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia: Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Binary University College.


Executive Committee


  • Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria, Chairperson (Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
  • Dr Eri Trinurini Adhi, Deputy-Chairperson (Bina Swadaya Foundation, Indonesia)
  • Mr. Kon Onn Sein, Treasurer (Executive Director, Yayasan Kajian dan Pembangunan Masyarakat)
  • Dr. Benjamin R. Quiñones, Jr. Member (University of the Philippines, College of Social Work and Community Development)
  • Mr Kumar Loganathan (Sarvodaya Action Research Centre, India)
  • Ms. Poonsap Tulaphan, Member (Homenet – Fondation for Labour and Employment Promotion, Thaïlande)
  • Mr. Shigeru Tanaka, Member (Deputy Secretary General, Pacific Asia Resource Centre)
  • Secretary : Mr James Ryan Raj and Mr Chandra Firmantoko


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If your territorial, sectorial or inter-sectorial network or initiative would like to join ASEC, you are more than welcome to join. Your membership would strengthen the visibility of your organization at continental level and would enable you to share your experience and practice with others.

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