ILO adapts global learning tools on cooperative development for Jordan

The ILO in Jordan has been working with cooperatives to strengthen their role in advancing decent work for Jordanian and Syrian workers employed in the country’s agricultural sector. As part of these efforts, two key ILO cooperative development learning tools have been adapted and tailored to meet Jordan’s needs.

The ILO’s Think.Coop and Start.Coop , global tools which aim to promote cooperative development, have been translated and adapted to the Jordanian context.

The tools are designed for those interested in establishing or joining a cooperative. They draw on technical content from existing materials from different ILO cooperative training tools on the basics of cooperatives. 

The adaptation of the tools involved a comprehensive process in which cooperatives in Jordan were able to feedback their input on how the tools can best be tailored to meet the country’s needs.

In June 2019, the ILO held a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for representatives of the Jordanian Cooperative Corporation (JCC), community-based organizations and cooperative members on the tools. The TOT workshop enabled participants to acquire the skills needed to train other cooperative members and farmers using the learning packages.

Following the TOT, participants conducted practical trainings for other cooperatives, particularly less active ones, on ways to identify founding members, business ideas, potential markets, human and financial resources needed, as well as on ways to develop business plans for their own cooperatives.

Awareness raising sessions for farmers using Think.Coop, were also held. These included sessions on ways to better understand the cooperative model, the advantages of collective action, the comparative advantages of different types of businesses, among other things.

Feedback and discussions from participants during the series of training sessions which were held over the past few months helped the ILO to review, adapt and translate the learning material.

The adaptation of these tools is part of wider efforts to strengthen the role of cooperatives in advancing decent work for Jordanian and Syrian workers employed in the country’s agricultural sector.

The ILO is working on translating and adapting other Coop tools that would further help build the capacities of Jordanian cooperatives. It is also working with ITC, the training arm of the ILO, to adopt an online training course in Arabic on My.Coop as part of its response to Covid-19.

The work is part of initiatives funded by the Government of the Netherland to enhance decent work and productivity in sectors employing refugees, migrant workers and vulnerable Jordanians.

In 2019, the work fell under the ILO’s Advancing Decent Work in Jordan’s Agriculture Sector: A Compliance Model project, aimed at improving the living and working conditions of agriculture workers of different nationalities.

In 2020, on-going efforts are supported by PROSPECTS - Partnership for improving Prospects for host communities and forcibly displaced persons - a global partnership which brings together the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF and the World Bank.