The Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) has been a member of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity (RIPESS) since 2002. Although not involved in the first two International Meetings on the Globalization of Solidarity (Lima, Peru in 1997 and Quebec City in 2001) CCEDNet played a leadership role in planning the 2005 International Meeting in Dakar, Senegal. It was at the first planning meeting for the event, in 2002, that it was decided the time was ripe to formally create RIPESS. (…)

Since 2002, CCEDNet members have been constantly involved in RIPESS. CCEDNet has had representation through membership on the Board of RIPESS: Michael Lewis (2004 and 2005), Ethel Côté (2005 to 2009) and Yvon Poirier (2013 to today). CCEDNet has also supported International Meetings, which take place every four years: 2005 (Dakar Senegal), 2009 (Schifflange, Luxemburg) and 2013 (Manila, Philippines). (…)

Community economic development has many similarities to Social Solidarity Economy. In renewing its membership, CCEDNet reaffirms its support for RIPESS’ global vision of development, putting people and planet first.