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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 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.

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Promotion of the SSE Global vision

ASEC/RIPESS-Asia aims to relearn our indigenous solidarity-based cultures that exist in Asia. Through seminars/workshops, RIPESS Asia/ASEC is engaging SSE stakeholders in Asia to contextualize the SSE ethical principles – as well as the RIPESS Global Vision – to the Asian context, and enabling participants to conceptualize a plan for promoting the SSE charter in their respective networks/countries.

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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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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It brings together 18 national and continental networks in 20 countries of Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, and 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)

The Common Wealth Network for People-Centred Development (COMMACT)


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, Chairman (Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
  • Dr. Benjamin R. Quiñones, Jr. Member (University of the Philippines, College of Social Work and Community Development)
  • Mr. Shigeru Tanaka, Member (Deputy Secretary General, Pacific Asia Resource Centre)
  • Mr. Kon Onn Sein, Treasurer (Executive Director, Yayasan Kajian dan Pembangunan Masyarakat)
  • Mr. Bambang Ismawan, Member (Founding Chairman, Bina Swadaya Foundation, Indonesia)
  • Ms. Anggraeni Irawati Hermantyo, Member (Secretary General, ASEC Indonesia)
  • Ms. Rowena Christie Plantilla, Member (Executive Director, Federation of People’s Sustainable Development Cooperatives, Philippines)
  • Dr. Boonsom Namsomboon, Member (Chairman, Homenet Thailand)
  • Ms. Poonsap Tulaphan, Member (Homenet – Fondation for Labour and Employment Promotion, Thaïlande)
  • Mr. Benito Lopulalan, Member (University of Leiden, Philippines)


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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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