The 20th anniversary of the Santa Maria Fair was held July 11-14 in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, providing an occasion for many activities.
One of those was the 2nd World Social Forum on the Solidarity Economy. One representative from the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) was invited to attend, which was the reason Yvon Poirier, Chair of CCEDNet’s International Committee, was there representing RIPESS North America.
The event celebrated the 10 years of the Brazilian Solidarity Economy Forum as well as the 10 years of the National Secretariat for the Solidarity Economy and 16 years of intercontinental networking for the social solidarity economy that RIPESS has facilitated.
The numerous activities were a valuable opportunity to learn more about the dynamic solidarity economy movement in Brazil. It is well established, in particular thanks to the dedication of the Brazilian Secretary of State for the Solidarity Economy, Professor Paul Singer.
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Photo (left): Yvon Poirier, Paul Singer and Brigido Simon