First meeting of the Francophone Social and Solidarity Economy Network of the Americas

May 10, 2013

The Centre de la francophonie des Amériques organized a meeting in Cap Haitien, from April 30 to May 2.  Ethel Côté and Yvon Poirier represented CCEDNet, and Éric Lefebvre was there from the Chantier de l’économie sociale.

The objective of the meeting was to promote the discovery of approaches and practices that are part of the social and solidarity economy (SSE). For the Centre, the social and solidarity economy draws its strength from being at the heart of collective sustainable development practices that contribute to building a more just and equitable world.

French is the 4th most spoken language in the Americas, respectively after Spanish, English and Portuguese. For a minority group in the Americas, it turns out that the SSE can be an indispensable tool in many communities.

In addition to representatives of Quebec and Canada, there were participants from Louisiana, Guadeloupe and Haiti.

The idea of setting up a network for the exchange of information on the ESS in the Francophonie of the Americas is seen by participants as very relevant.

The Chantier de l’économie sociale and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), members of RIPESS North America, were partners of the Centre for the meeting.

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Éthel Côté and Yvon Poirier
Canadian Community Economic Development Network

Éric Lefebvre
Chantier de l’économie sociale