GSEF is open to anyone willing to resolve community-level and global issues through the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE).
We look forward to welcoming you to the GSEF network! For detailed information about GSEF membership, please refer to the following information.

Membership Categories

Full Membership

This membership category is open to local governments and SSE networks as detailed below. A full member possesses the right to vote and is eligible to run for election.

  • The Local Government membership: open to any local autonomous entity, government, and association at both the local and national level.
  • The Social Economy Network membership:  open to any regional, national, continental, and worldwide network working in various fields of SSE, including supporting organizations and associations.

Associate Membership

Open to any local government or SSE organization wishing to actively participate in GSEF’s activities.

Honorary Membership

is given to an individual or an organization that has made a notable contribution to diverse SSE sectors and/or GSEF activities.


Partners include intergovernmental organizations, national governmental agencies, and civil society and private sector organizations working with GSEF in a broader sector including SSE and are appointed by the GSEF Steering Committee.

* If you or your organization wishes to be considered for Honorary Membership or to join as a Partner, please contact the GSEF Secretariat, for applications under these two categories have to be approved by GSEF's General Assembly and GSEF's Steering Committee respectively.

Membership Benefits and Responsibilities

Membership Benefits

  • Enjoy priority invitation to activities and programs of GSEF.
  • Bring your voice to major SSE-related conferences and events at the global level.
  • Expand your network with GSEF members and partners.
  • Enhance the visibility of your organization and activities through GSEF's communication channels.
  • Contribute to shaping the regional and global SSE-agenda as part of GSEF.
  • Benefit from discounted or waived participation fee to GSEF events.
  • Enjoy the right to participate in the decision-making process within GSEF. * 

Membership Responsibilities

  • Support and collaborate on GSEF’s projects and activities.
  • Practice solidarity in the exchange of experiences, knowledge, and information for the development of SSE ecosystems.
  • Promote the importance of collaboration and co-construction among local governments and SSE actors. 
  • Pay an annual fee to contribute to GSEF’s activities at the service of all members. **

* Applicable to full membership only
** Please refer to the section below for more information


Membership Fees

Members are required to pay an annual membership fee starting from the year immediately following the year when they become members of GSEF. Membership fees vary depending on the population and the GDP per capita of the country from which the member originates or where the duly authorized government office is based. Please find below the membership fee table (in USD).

Full Member - Local Government membership fee

Population (‘000) 0~999 1000~4999 5000~9999 10000~
GDP per capita (USD) 0~999 300 400 500 600
1000~9999 1000 1500 2000 2500
10000~14999 2000 4000 6000 8000
15000~ 4000 6000 8000 10000
Full Member – Social Economy Network membership fee
Population (‘000) 0~999 1000~4999 5000~9999 10000~
GDP per capita (USD) 0~999 50 70 80 90
1000~9999 100 130 150 180
10000~14999 200 300 400 500
15000~ 300 500 750 1000

Full Member – Regional and International SSE Network membership fee

# of countries where members are located Membership Fee
0~9 500
10~29 1000
30~49 1500
50+ 2000

Associate Member: 50% of full members' fee

Approval and Withdrawal of Membership


Membership applications are reviewed by the GSEF Secretariat and submitted for decision to the GSEF Steering Committee.


A member may withdraw its membership by informing the GSEF Secretariat in writing.

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/or the Charter of GSEF. The GSEF Steering Committee shall go through the designated formalities to disqualify the member.