Coop Start-Ups

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

Worker co-op created to end food desert is ready to expand

Mandela Foods Cooperative is at the heart of efforts to bring a more equal and democratic economy to West Oakland, California. A food co-op created to offer healthy produce in an area with no grocery stores has been so successful it is doubling the size of its premises. Mandela Foods Cooperative,

51% of Nepalese women are active in co-ops: Sakya

“Cooperatives cover nearly 40 percent of districts of Nepal and these operate through agri co-ops, credit co-ops and other forms empowering women in the Himalayan country”, said Ramila Shrestha Sakya Board Member of Suchana Chautari Sanchar Society of Nepal. Sakya was speaking at the inaugural session of three day leadership

415m Africans Live on $2 Daily: ICA

The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) has disclosed that no fewer than 415 million Africans live on less than $2 daily. The Regional Director of ICA in Africa, Dr Shiyoge Sifa, who made this known in Minna, Niger State while delivering a lecture at the 5th congress and national workshop of

Big businesses urged to share lessons with SMMEs

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has challenged black successful businesses, who run mega infrastructure projects, to share their experiences with the Small, Medium-sized and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). Minister Zulu said in her three years of experience at the department, SMMEs don’t get an opportunity to be part of the

Rah-e-Roshd: The first cooperative school working to advance inclusive and quality education in Iran

Rah-e-Roshd  (“the way of growth”) is the first and largest educational cooperative in Tehran, Iran. It has educated over 2,400 students in the past three decades across its six schools. Currently the cooperative has 163 members (shareholders); over 70 per cent of whom are teachers employed at the cooperative. The

Co-op model offers innovation, Linda Yueh tells global conference

Automation and globalisation are putting pressure on the global economy despite growth in emerging countries – but the co-op model offers answers, according to economist Linda Yueh. In her keynote speech at the Global Conference of the International Co-operative Alliance, Prof Yueh said the US had suffered 40 years of wage stagnation

Ariel Guarco is elected president of the International Co-operative Alliance

Ariel Guarco from Argentina has been elected president of the International Co-operative Alliance. The election took place at the Alliance’s General Assembly, a biennial event, held this year in Malaysia. Mr Guarco is president of Cooperar, the Co-operative Confederation of Argentina, and has been a board member of the Alliance

Game Changer Project Grants two African co-ops

Tigebwa Farmers’ Co-operative Society from Uganda and the Association of Composting, Recycling and Waste Disposal (ACORAL) from Mozambique are the two primary co-operatives in Africa to have won the Game Changer Project grant from the International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation (ICAO). Each co-operative has been awarded USD $4,500 for the capitalisation

President Monique F. Leroux’s message

Dear co-operators, We are two weeks away from our Global Conference where more than 1,500 participants will be meeting in Malaysia. If you are not registered yet, I encourage you to do so quickly to enjoy the programme organised for you. We have created a programme to ensure discussions on

SA calls for greater cooperation with China on small business development

The department of small business development hopes to see small businesses and cooperatives become the biggest beneficiaries of economic co-operations between South Africa and China, its director general Edith Vries said in Guanghzou on Thursday. Addressing China’s International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (CISMEF), Vries urged greater collaboration between the two

Three million co-ops employ almost 10% of world population

There are almost three million co-ops that employ 10% of the global employed population. A report from CICOPA the international organisation of industrial and service co-operatives, looked at 156 countries, where it found there were 2,937,323 co-ops, and of that a total of 279,396,867 people employed – or 9.46% of

How Cooperatives are Driving The New Economy

International Co-operatives Day, Bloemfontein, Free State. President Jacob Zuma says through cooperatives, ordinary people have been empowered to participate in the economy and generate income while giving meaning to government’s call for radical economic transformation. The President emphasized that coops are a” worldwide movement” and they are a key intervention

Innovation in Costa Rica: co-ops using agricultural waste for cosmetics and snacks

After overproduction hit prices, Frutalcoop and Cooperoguata are producing topping, energy bars, soaps and body lotions. Two co-ops in Costa Rica have found a way to tackle agricultural waste by using it to develop new products. The project has financial backing from the country’s Higher Education Council, which includes universities

Co-operatives making a difference in Brazil

How are agricultural co-operatives making a difference in Brazil? The following article was issued by the ICA: A new report by the International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation (ICAO) looks at the state of agricultural co-ops in Brazil. The paper explores the role of the Organisation of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB) in fostering

Transforming waste into wealth

Government is looking at long term interventions that will significantly transform the waste sector, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Minister Molewa said the sector must be transformed to an extent that it makes a significant contribution to the growth of the secondary materials economy that creates jobs at every

African women look to co-ops to create leadership network

The Africa for Africa Women’s Organization marked the International Women’s Day with a conference focused on the role of co-ops and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in women’s empowerment across the continent. The event features experts, entrepreneurs and relevant ministers from Africa and representatives from global organisations. Already in its

SAMA becomes first Fairtrade-certified gold co-operative in Africa

Syanyonja Artisan Miners’ Alliance (SAMA) in Uganda has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified. The certification brings “much needed hope to impoverished communities” who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria, says Fairtrade. SAMA is

Working together for a co-operative future – nine young co-operators share their stories

A new video tells the stories of nine young co-operators from different countries across the world. The video, produced by the International Organization of Industrial and Service Co-operatives was launched on 11 November at the Global Conference of the International Co-operative Alliance. Working together for a co-operative future was created collaboratively

Malaysia to host the Alliance’s next General Assembly

The International Co-operative Alliance’s next General Assembly will take place in Malaysia. The announcement was made at the Alliance’s General Assembly in Antalya, Turkey, which brought together around 1,000 delegates from across the world. Malaysia is home to 12,000 co-operatives with over seven million members and a turnover of RM

Platinum Jubilee for Thanjavur ( INDIA) Consumers Co-op

The Thanjavur Consumers Cooperative Wholesale Stores, a cooperative institution that has impacted the daily life of all sections of society for the past 75 years, is celebrating its platinum jubilee anniversary by firming up a five-year plan to shore up its finances, according to a report from the Hindu. It

Cooperative effort used to improve Brazil’s recycling rates

SAN DIEGO — To capture used packaging before it reaches the trash bin, Brazil’s GPA SA works with stakeholders and pursues international partnerships to drive a positive impact, said Eduardo da Rocha e Souza, a sustainability leader for the major São Paulo-based retailer. During the Sustainable Brands ’15 conference in

Cooperatives donate over Rwf93m to disabled veterans

Members of cooperatives in the country have donated Rwf93.5 million to disabled former liberation fighters in recognition of their work. The donation was announced yesterday as cooperative representatives from across the country convened in Kigali to celebrate International Day of Cooperatives. The day was marked under the theme, “Choose co-operative,

Korean NongHyup joins hands with China Co-op to launch online bank in China

South Korean national agricultural cooperatives NongHyup Financial Group Inc. will launch an online bank in China jointly with its Chinese counterpart China Co-op Group Co. in the second half of this year. NongHyup (NH) Financial announced on Wednesday that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Co-op Group

Key Co-op Wins in $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Electric cooperatives scored key wins in a $1.1 trillion spending bill that, among other things, boosted Rural Utilities Service funding, sidelined the “Cadillac tax” until 2020, improved cybersecurity information sharing, and delayed federal listing of the greater sage grouse. Congress passed and President Obama signed the bill on Dec. 18

The Cooperative Training Arm of NCUI in India (NCCT) displayed remarkable resilience in 2015

NCCT-the training arm of apex cooperative body in India  NCUI exceeded its own target in cooperative training and trained more than fifty thousand participants against a target of forty thousand – a jump of ten thousand in the year 2014-15. The Council through its network comprising VAMNICOM, Pune, National Institute,

After Decades in a Food Desert, These Neighbors Are Building a $2 Million Co-op—And They Own

In my research on inspiring cooperative stories around the world i came across this wonderful initiative in America,which i am sharing with you. For nearly 20 years, the residents of this mostly African American Greensboro community had nowhere to shop for food. They tried to attract a big-box grocery store;

Sefa Funds help biz to grow

Hennie Cloete plans to set up 24 manufacturing plants to supply poor communities with renewable fuel, primarily for cooking after receiving over R9 million in funding from the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa). In May last year Cloete, the chief executive of Grocat, submitted an application for funding and a

The time is right for co-operatives to be mainstream

Our international movement entered a new period last week with the election of Monique Leroux as International Co-operative Alliance president. Pauline Green has been a strong voice for both the British and global movement from meetings with Pope Francis through to representing co-ops at the B20 meetings. Now Ms Leroux will bring