Réseau intercontinental de promotion de l’économie sociale solidaire
Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy
Red intercontinental de promoción de la economía social solidaria 

RIPESS’ mission is to build and promote the social solidarity economy (SSE), which takes into account the social and ethical dimension in all its economic activities. Thus the SSE aims to produce, exchange and consume goods and services that answer the economic and social needs of the local and international communities.

This social and solidarity economy values work over capital. It aims at satisfying the needs of individuals and communities rather than seeking to maximize profit or financial gains. Solidarity-based economic units rest upon a model of democratic decision-making and a participatory and transparent management system, which aims at ensuring collective ownership and responsibility for the outcomes of economic activities, as well as ongoing mobilisation and contributions to ensure their success.

The contribution of this economy is appraised by its incidence on local, national and international development, mainly, through the creation of permanent jobs, the development of new services, the enhancement of living standards, the contribution to gender equity, the protection of the environment and the creation of wealth under ethical conditions.

RIPESS is a network of continental networks that connects social and solidarity economy networks throughout the world. The continental networks (RIPESS-LAC, RIPESS-EU, RIPESS-NA, RAESS and ASEC) in turn bring together national and sectoral networks. RIPESS believes in the importance of global solidarity in order to build and strengthen an economy that puts people and planet front and center. From Lima (1997) to Quebec (2001), from Dakar (2005) to Luxembourg (2009) and Manila (2013), RIPESS organizes global forums every four years and is a nexus for learning, information sharing and international collaboration.

Relevant publications and resources

The RIPESS website gathers documents from all the global meetings since the first one held in 1997. The Declarations issued at these meetings and other documents such as the Vision paper discussed at the Manila meeting in October 2013 are particularly relevant. All documents are available in three languages (English, French and Spanish).

RIPESS endorses and supports the following two resource centres:

The SOCIOECO resource website on social solidarity economy has nearly 3000 documents of different types related to SSE, local development, food sovereignty and other subjects associated to SSE. Besides English, French and Spanish, Socioeco also has documents in Portuguese and in Italian.

The RELIESS is an international reference and networking centre that enables co-construction of public policy for the SSE by making available information on innovative and effective public policy developed for the SSE at the local, regional, national and international level, particularly policy resulting from collaborations between the public sector and actors of the SSE. The RELIESS disseminates information in English, French and Spanish.

The Social Solidarity Economy Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda are available in English, French and Spanish.

The opinion Piece: “The importance of regional approaches to UN debates,” by Daniel Tygel is available English, Spanish and French.

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