Réseau intercontinental de promotion de l’économie sociale solidaire (Ripess-I)

Identity card

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 network combines global and local scope.

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.

Since 2013 an important international dynamics has raised around SSE, and RIPESS is fully part of it. Advocacy and ackowledgement of the importance of SSE have gained visibility, partially because of the creation of the UN inter-institutions working group on SSE. RIPESS International is one of the SSE organizations’ official observer in close cooperation with 18 UN institutions. In addition, as part of its activities to promote SSE towards international institutions, RIPESS has been accredited by UNCTAD since September 2014 and has a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since July 2016.

The network has implemented four working groups that allow for exchange of ideas and documents and on-going actions on specific themes: awareness raising and training, women and SSE, visibility and institutional recognition, inter-cooperation and networking, mapping and communication.


RIPESS-I aims to:

  • build and promote solidarity economy enhancing the social aspect in every aspect of economic activity;

  • encourage exchange and dialogue between SSE stakeholders at national, continental and inter-continental levels;

  • push forward SSE as a holistic alternative to the present economic system, in the context of today’s social, envrionment, economic and civilisation crises innovative economic initiatives for the autonomous development of our societies,

  • promote SSE, encourgae inter-continental cooperations, advocate at various levels.

RIPESS-I is committed to contribute to a systemic and transformative change, arguing in particular that SSE provides valuable responses at local level while the existing dominant system clearly shows serious limitations.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • advocacy, lobbying, influence strategy
  • training
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies
  • networking of actors

Thematic areas

  • economy
  • tools & methods
  • citizenship
  • research and social innovation
  • governance