logo-fsm-2015Another world is possible and already exists ! On the occasion of the World Social Forum 2015, a delegation of RIPESS will travel to Tunis from 24 to 28 March for the second edition of the WSF in Tunisia. RIPESS and several members of its African, European and North American continental networks will present workshops and participate in a convergence Assembly, in collaboration with various organizations and social movements: view online the RIPESS program for the WSF.


RIPESS Workshops


Reclaiming Local Food Systems

Habitat International Coalition, URGENCI (International Network for Community Supported Agriculture) and RIPESS.

This workshop will discuss and share the links between the Right to the City platform, the food sovereignty movement, and solidarity economy. This activity will focus on enhancing local and regional food systems (city region food systems), including tangible experiences in creating better and more sustainable access to food in urban areas. Presenters will share their organizational experiences in implementing structural change in urban areas including implementing Right to the City frameworks/policy and social production of habitat, urban agriculture and Community Supported Agricultural models, Community gardens and allotments, workers coops and solidarity finance.

How to organise convergence between social movements of struggle and actors of change that are promoting solidarity economy

RIPESS Europe, Centrale nationale des employés (CNE)

Participatory debate about the necessity of convergence among those organizing the resistances. How to organize the convergences between social movements of struggle and change agents that are promoters of alternative and solidarity economy, how to better connect the forces between the South and the North.

Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) and Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

RIPESS, P’actes européens and Enda Tiers-Monde

Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) is an alternative development model with potential for building more sustainable and equitable societies in a context of multiple crises at the global level (social, economic, climatic, environmental, civilizational). Whether in the fight against poverty and inequality, for the creation of decent jobs or access to basic needs such as food, housing, health and education, initiatives resulting from people themselves and grassroots organizations are growing and connect more and more with each other.

In view of the ongoing negotiations for the definition of the Post-2015 international development agenda (United Nations negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs; 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, Addis Ababa, July 2015, COP21 on climate change in Paris, December 2015), SSE actors are actively engaged in the Post-2015 multi-stakeholders campaigns to build convergences, advance practical solutions, appropriate legal frameworks, and to obtain effective resources for SDGs implementation.

The workshop will explore various proposals from civil society and social movements, including SSE, that: are based on collaborative logic; seek territorial anchoring solutions to serve people, communities and nations; focus on ecological, resilient and sustainable practices to protect the commons; advocate for elaborating qualitative indicators to measure the added value of these initiatives, so as to contribute to articulating the implementation of SDGs around democratic and verifiable tools

Convergence Assembly


Post-2015 Agenda: what development, for whom and why?

Co-organizers:  ATTAC France, Beyond 2015, Enda Tiers-Monde, IBON International, Our World is Not for Sale, Plataforma 2015 y más, RIPESS- Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy, Social Watch

The year 2015 will be crucial to define the future of the international development agenda. From the 3rd Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July, to the final adoption by the United Nations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September to the December Conference on climate change (COP21) in Paris, the orientations and means of implementation of the approach to sustainable development that will be adopted at global level will have significant impacts on populations. The SDGs approved by consensus at the UN require a paradigm shift because they address inequalities and require developed countries to change their unsustainable production and consumption patterns. Furthermore, they reaffirm the right to social security and essential social services and promote international tax justice, among other important transformations. But the decisions have not yet been fully determined, so these promises still lack any means of implementation or a credible mechanism for monitoring and accountability. People all over the world are proposing concrete solutions and organizing themselves to build fair and sustainable economies and societies. The sustainable development agenda needs to draw on these transformational processes, echo their proposals and support them.

All social movements, social solidarity economy actors, women’s and food sovereignty movements, trade unions, human rights defenders and civil society as a whole are invited to participate in a convergence assembly to share their analyses and proposals, and exchange on positions that should be defended, identify false solutions that should be denounced and discuss strategies for moving toward greater convergence in our actions that will ensure that the decisions taken by governments meet the needs of people and planet rather than favoring the 1%.


Other recommended workshops


March 25

  • Social economy: a solidary citizens’ initiative for social change (8:30am-11am I I107-I108), Réseau tunisien de l’économie sociale, Solidarité socialiste, Forum des économistes marocains. This activity will be pursued on March 25 (11h30-14h) and March 26 (8h30-11h) (same room).
  •  CopyFair, Open Cooperativism and the Transition to a Commons Society                                   (11:30am-2pm I 103) P2P Foundation, Forum Solidarische Ökonomie, Solidarius Italia
  •  Migration and Land grabbing: how peasants suffer and what alternatives? (3pm-5:30pm I Mini AMPHI G) La Via Campesina


 March 26

  • Practical experiences of Social and Solidarity Economy: laboratories, challenges, achievements (8:30am-11am I 112) Nexus Emilia Romagna
  •  Small Scale farmer’s solutions to Climate Change (8:30am-11am I MINI AMPHI E) La Via Campesina
  •  Territorial Coaching (8:30am-11am I 109), Réseau marocain de l’économie sociale et solidaire (REMESS)
  • Social and complementary currencies for more sovereign local development (11:30am-2pm I 112), Social Currency Institute


March 27

  • Regional experiences of the Social and Solidarity Economy in Tunisia/ Conference on social and solidarity economy in Maghreb (11:30am-2pm I I103)  Plateforme tunisienne de l’ESS, Réseau marocain de l’ESS (REMESS)
  •  Alternatiba – local and concrete alternatives to fight climate change (3pm-5:30pm I AMPHI AP2 AP2), Alternatiba


March 28   

  • Popular, social and solidarity economy, a tool for social transformation and a means of promotion for popular actors – vision and analysis from a womens’ experience in Senegal (11:30am-2pm I I 109), Enda ecopole