ITOESS is a multidisciplinary research team that works on innovation and technology within and for Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) organisations in Latin America, ITOESS has created collaborative partnerships SSE organisations, policy makers and universities, the close collaborative work with these partners allows ITOESS an in-depth analysis of inclusive technologies and innovation processes.


ITOESS has an interdisciplinary approach, it draws on systems engineering, economics and development studies. ITOESS is run by academics from the Catholic University of Cuenca (Ecuador) and the Development Policy and Practice Group from The Open University.


  • To contribute to the formation of SSE networks across Latin America.
  • To promote research aimed at developing and disseminating inclusive technologies.
  • To generate evidence-based inputs for the development of technological applications.
  • To enable and encourage SSE organisations to develop sustainable strategies for fairer and sustainable participation in the market.