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RIPESS Network
Intercontinental network for the promotion of social solidarity economy
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Founded atLima, Peru

RIPESS promotes social solidarity economy, uniting continental movements as an alternative to capitalism.


As stated on their website[1], 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 combined global and local scope gives RIPESS legitimacy to promote SSE, foster intercontinental cooperation, and advocate at different levels. 
The inherent nature of RIPESS includes the objective of contributing to systemic, transformative change. It does this by demonstrating how much SSE contributes in terms of real answers at local level to the existing system that is clearly showing its limits. 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.

Purpose of RIPESS

The RIPESS website states the vision of the network thus[1]:

The Social Solidarity Economy is an alternative to capitalism and other authoritarian, state-dominated economic systems. In SSE ordinary people play an active role in shaping all of the dimensions of human life: economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental. SSE exists in all sectors of the economy production, finance, distribution, exchange, consumption and governance. It also aims to transform the social and economic system that includes public, private and third sectors. SSE is not only about the poor, but strives to overcome inequalities, which includes all classes of society. SSE has the ability to take the best practices that exist in our present system (such as efficiency, use of technology and knowledge) and transform them to serve the welfare of the community based on different values and goals. 

History of RIPESS

Narrative of change

Read more about the concept of narrative of change

Scope of RIPESS


Iniatives in numbers


Links to key examples

Numbers of people involved, and indirect beneficiaries

Impacts of RIPESS

Ecological impacts

Social impacts

Economic impacts

Impacts in other dimensions

Research on RIPESS