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GSEF is open to anyone willing to resolve community and global issues through the social and solidarity economy.
GSEF looks forward to welcoming you to the global social economy network where we seek collaboration based on public-private-community partnerships for a better world.

Membership Categories

Full Membership (with voting rights)

  • Local government membership
  • Social economy network membership

Associate Membership

  • Open to any social economy-related organization wishing to actively participate in GSEF's activities

Honorary Membership

  • Offered to individuals or organizations that have made a notable contribution to diverse social economy sectors and GSEF activities. Candidates for honorary membership may be nominated by the GSEF Steering Committee and be acknowledged by the General Assembly.
* To find out more about GSEF membership, please refer to the document available in the Download of this page.

Registration and Withdrawal of Membership


Membership applications are reviewed by the GSEF Secretariat and submitted for decision to GSEF's Steering Committee. The whole registration procedure is detailed in a separate clause.


A member may withdraw its membership by informing the GSEF Secretariat in writing. The whole withdrawal procedure is detailed in a separate clause.

Warning and Disqualification

The GSEF Steering Committee may take the necessary steps to decide on the disqualification of a member if that member is harming or contravening the Vision, Mission, Objectives and the Charter of GSEF. The GSEF Steering Committee shall go through the designated formalities to disqualify the member.

Rights and Solidarity of Members


  • Every member can participate in the activities and programs of the GSEF. They can also gain access to all information, resources and records related to the GSEF.
  • To pursue individual development and achieve common goals, a member can suggest specific ways to consolidate solidarity and cooperation. Each member may also set forth their view through GSEF's various communication channels, and fully exercise their rights in accordance with the decision making process within the GSEF.


  • Every member supports and collaborates on the tasks and programs promoted by the GSEF.
  • Every member practices solidarity in the exchange of experiences, knowledge, and information needed for the development of social economy ecosystems.
  • Every member pays an annual fee to contribute to the GSEF’s fiscal self-reliance and solidarity among all members.

Membership Benefits

  • Invitation with priority in activities and programs of the GSEF (fora, workshops or trainings) 
  • Discount or waiver of the participation fee of GSEF events
  • Access to all information and records related to the GSEF
  • Use of the GSEF's communication channels such as monthly E-newsletters and social media
  • Right to suggest the main agenda of GSEF and participate in the decision-making process within the GSEF