Fair Trade & Fair Finance

50% advance payments are a key principle of Fair Trade. Fair Trade’s main objective is to promote good incomes and livelihoods for the most marginalised people and communities in the developing world. We meet Artisan Hut, Swallows, Assisi Garments, and KTS in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, who talk about just how important these 50% advance …


Bangla-Pesa – Empowering a Grassroots Economy

By changing how we think of money and development we can move from poverty to abundance. Bangla-Pesa was shown to increase local trade by 22% in only two weeks in a community of 20,000 people living in a Kenyan slum. Artwork and Animation by Bodie Shaw


The Story of Solutions

  The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal. In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy — more roads, more malls, more Stuff! — even though our health indicators are worsening, …


RIPESS intervention in the UN: Dialogue about the post-2015 Development Agenda

On September 22, the United Nations Non Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) organized a dialogue with Civil Society Networks and Social Movements, with an evaluation about the actual High Reports on the post-2015 Millenium Development Goals. The document and outcome of this UN Session will be officially delivered to all UN Member States in the Special …

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Video Manila 2013: 5th International Meeting of Social Solidarity Economy

Invitation to the 5th International Meeting of Social Solidarity Economy, to be held in Manila on October 15-18, 2013. More information at Cast: Ripess and Aicó Culturas


Voices for Social and Solidarity Economy: Towards an Alternative? by UNRISD

As interest in alternative production, finance and consumption grows in the face of global crises, UNRISD held an international conference to explore the potential and limits of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) — organizations such as cooperatives, women’s self-help groups, social enterprise and associations of informal workers that have explicit social and economic objectives, and …