Mouvement pour l’économie solidaire (MES)

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The Mouvement pour l’Économie solidaire (MES) or movement for the solidarity economy is an ongoing grouping of actors involved in an alternative, solidarity-based approach to economics. These actors support economic citizenship and assert their desire to make the economy a resource at the service of a societal project based on solidarity, sharing and reciprocity. MES was created in March 2002 in Lille, France, by networks that initially combined in June 1997 to form the Inter-Réseaux de l’Économie Solidaire.

The Movement, currently being developed, strives to bring together all organisations in the solidarity economy that are interested in a transversal, innovative and decompartmentalised space for exchanges. Since its creation it has been composed of national networks, support structures, research laboratories and regional network heads in the Solidarity Economy, united by a shared vision of the solidarity economy, which may be defined as “all production, trade, savings and consumption activities that contribute to the democratisation of the economy, ecological vigilance and social justice and that are based on citizen commitments”.

MES is a member of SSE-FRANCE, and participates in the SSE’s High Council. It also helps promote the SSE by participating in RIPESS Europe. MES is a RIPESS founder and a member of the Coordinating Committee since the outset.


First, the objective of MES is to:

– develop alternative practices in the economic and social fields.

– get everyone to agree that solidarity economy practices can no longer be discussed without asking oneself questions of a political nature.

MES, along with many other actors, wants to:

– set up an acknowledged space for the solidarity economy,

– draft policy proposals.

MES supports the development of alternative economic practices for which profitability is not the ultimate goal, and is committed to democratising the economy.

It aims to:

– promote and develop the solidarity economy by developing territory- and theme-based networks,

– capitalize on and pool experiences,

– encourage cooperation in the framework of construction of the European and international solidarity economy.

Modes of action

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

Thematic areas

  • economy
  • law and justice
  • governance
  • local territory management