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What is Social Solidarity Economy?

Today, perhaps as never before, more people are becoming aware that capitalism has turned our lives and our planet into a commodity. A system that is environmentally unsustainable and socially unjust, and that it is not able to guarantee the happiness and dignified life conditions of all persons in any place on the planet.

Social Solidarity Economy includes a wide range of practices that span economic, social, environmental, political, communitarian or holistic dimensions.


RAESS at the Sub-regional Forum of the Social Solidarity Economy in Mauritania

On 27, 28 and 29 February, the Sub-regional Forum of the Social Solidarity Economy was held in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, in the framework of the project: "Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) among cooperatives in 4 regions of Mauritania with a gender approach". This project, financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and organised [...]

RIPESS LAC at the meeting of the CONTINENTAL ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY and the Civil Society Consultation for the 38th FAO Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

On the 26th and 27th of February, a representative of RIPESS LAC participated in Santiago de Chile in the "Assembly of the Alliance, the Nyeleni consultation and the FAO consultation" together with the member organisations of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty of the Peoples of Latin America and allied networks. Iván Curiqueo, in addition to RIPESS LAC, was also a [...]

RIPESS: FEMINIST, DIVERSE AND INTERSECTIONAL On International Women's Day we want to celebrate, as we have been doing every day for more than 25 years, equality, diversity and the idea that everything we are (our gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality,...) can make us susceptible to privilege and/or oppression.  From RIPESS we take a stand against extractivism, patriarchy, colonialism and the plundering of goods and people [...]

What is RIPESS?

RIPESS is a global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy. The member networks themselves (Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania) bring together national and sectorial networks, thus ensuring strong territorial anchoring.

The combined local and global scope gives RIPESS legitimacy to promote SSE, foster intercontinental cooperation, and advocate at different levels. RIPESS members believe in the importance of the globalisation of solidarity, and the ability to build and strengthen an economy that places people and planet at the centre of its activities.

CSA, cohousing,biocoops, recycling,, renewable energy cooperatives, food coop… What is it that allows these thousands of initiatives, this system of values that underpins the social and solidarity economy, to form a system? To create a movement? How can they be made more visible?

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