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Action to combat climate change and its impacts – Plant a Coop Tree Competition

More than 20 co-operatives from 20 districts in Uganda participated in this year’s edition of #PlantACoopTree completion that was organized by Uhuru Institute as part of the Coop360 Initiative. Coop360 Initiative amongst other things is looking at increasing co-operative investments in green business for sustainable societies. The competition judges were

International Day of Cooperatives

In 2018, the International Day of Cooperatives is on the 7th of July. With “sustainable consumption and production of goods and services” as theme in mind, cooperators selected the 2018 International Day of Cooperatives (#CoopsDay) slogan: Sustainable societies through cooperation. Both reflect the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 12 which is ‘Responsible Consumption

The co-op model is helping young people create secure jobs

In a changing world of work, cooperatives provide security and meaningful jobs to young people, new study shows. CICOPA, the international organisation of industrial and service cooperatives, has published  a new “Global Study on Youth Cooperative Entrepreneurship”, as part of its campaign “We own it! The future of work is

Co-operators recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Jim McCrum of Rathfriland Farmer’s Co-op, Annette Heslop of Energy4All and Margaret Casely-Hayford of the Co-op Group all receive honours Three co-operators have been named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to their sectors and communities. Jim McCrum, manager and secretary for more than 30 years at

What is the state of agri co-op sectors around the world?

The International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation met to assess the sector The executive committee of the International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation met in Turkey to discuss new developments in the sector. This included continued growth in India’s dairy sector, which is set to reach to Rs 9.4tn (US$145.7bn) by 2020. The country

African cooperative development conference

The International Cooperative Alliance’s Africa Regional Office (ICA Africa) organized the Co-operative Leaders/Manager and Ministerial Conference Technical Committee (MCTC) in Maputo, Mozambique between May 27-31, 2018 on “Cooperatives for Zero Hunger in Africa ”. The conference brought together governments, cooperative movement, and other key stakeholders to discuss how cooperatives could leverage

Government fine-tuning R2.1bn SME, innovation fund

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says the department is finalising the modalities of how the recently announced R2.1 billion small business and innovation fund will be implemented. Zulu said this when she led a debate on the department’s Budget Vote in the National Assembly on Thursday. She said access

Co-op Group releases new report on its sustainability and ethical policies

The Co-op Group has released its annual review of ethics and sustainability for 2017, reporting its performance on fair tax, the environment, responsible sourcing and other issues. It says it issued the review alongside its annual report “so our members can see the full picture of our financial and ethical

Ugandan Parliament asks government for funding to revive co-operatives

The Parliament of Uganda has taken on board suggestions made by the country’s co-operative alliance and asked the government to provide funding for reviving the co-operative sector. The country’s MPs passed a budget framework paper, which included a suggestion to allocate UGS 20bn (£3992.74) for co-operatives. According to CICOPA, the

International Day of Co-operatives: Sustainable societies through co-operation

This year’s International Day of Co-operatives, on 7 July, will highlight how co-operation can lead to sustainable societies. The slogan for the day – Sustainable societies through co-operation – was chosen via a public vote following a social media campaign on Twitter. The theme was announced  at an event at