The growing resistance to a development model that disconnects the economic from the social and environmental conditions needed for decent human life has been manifest for many years.
This resistance is important, but it is, in and of itself, insufficient. We must build the framework, networks and institutional capacity to promote and build a global economy that, while market-sensitive, elevates social solidarity to a central role and respects community and place as the crucible of meaningful participation in sustainable development.
It is this recognition that led a series of meetings beginning in Lima, Peru in 1997 and culminating in the formation of the International Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS/INPSSE). The RIPESS Secretariat is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal.
In the current phase of RIPESS' development, networking on a continental basis is a key objective. Please follow the following links for more information: