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SSE networks commit for Local Economic Development

Meeting in Praia, Cabo Verde, on the occasion of the 4th World Forum for Local Economic Development, SSE International Forum, the Global Fund for Cities Development-FMDV, the Global Social Economy Forum-GSEF, the International Association of Investors in the Social Economy-INAISE, the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social and Solidarity Economy-RIPESS, and their regional and local interlocutors, the African Network of the Social and Solidarity Economy-RAESS, and Citi-Habitat, commit to a transformative agenda for local economic development (LED) in our territories.

The joint motto: for Inclusive, Resilient, Low Carbon and Sustainable Local Economic Development (LED), Let’s implement a Social and Solidarity Economy and Finance (EFSS) now!

For the first time, through a common text, the international networks are committed to proactive collaboration around a joint agenda, which will bring powerful actions until 2019.

“Jointly and separately, they have relays in many different countries and key sectors, and are thus in a position to propose methodologies and tools that are specific to SSEF, as well as engaging in and implementing actions to support national or local strategies of sustainable, responsible Local Economic Development in partnership with their allies and local actors.”

The Praia Manifesto takes stock of the historical cultural, institutional and legal advances that the SSEF has experienced in recent years. Economic and financial crises, climate change, new international “transformative” agreements, laws and public policies deployed by many countries, cities and regions, citizen mobilizations, the advent of new technologies, revalorization of disruptive and resilient SSEF innovations: so many factors today to achieve the metamorphosis of our systems of consumption, production, capitalization, investment, redistribution, cooperation, and thus to ‘build a society’ by and for all.

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