Key ILO resources for capacity building and training of cooperatives and other SSE enterprises

The ILO provides capacity building and training services that enable cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy (SSE) enterprises to become more competitive and sustainable in the marketplace.

Instructional material | 07 May 2018

Video presentation on key ILO training tools on cooperatives and social and solidarity economy (SSE)

Start.COOP – A participatory tool for launching a cooperative

Publication date: 2018 
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Start.COOP is a training tool for those interested in starting a cooperative in a participatory manner. Together with Think.COOP launched in January 2018 and Manage.COOP to be launched later in 2018, Start.COOP is part of the Accelerate.COOP package based on a peer-to-peer and activity-based learning methodology. Copyrighted under the Creative Commons license, Accelerate.COOP is open to anyone interested in cooperatives. It is particularly relevant for workers in the informal economy.

Think.COOP – An orientation on the cooperative business model

Publication date: 2018
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Think.COOP has been developed by the ILO as a low-cost, easy to use training module for those interested in establishing or joining a cooperative. By drawing on technical content from existing materials from different ILO cooperative training tools and peer-to-peer, activity based learning methodology from the ILO’s Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) programme, Think.COOP is a 6-hour module providing simple information on basics on the concept of cooperation, importance of relationships, and introduction to the cooperative principles and business model. To date, the Think.COOP training has been implemented in Cambodia, Myanmar, and Turkey.

My.COOP – Managing your agricultural cooperative

Publication date: 2012
- Full modules are available here on the online platform and on our website
- Check out the stock-taking brief 2012-2017
- Check out the guide for potential users
My.COOP is a training package and programme on the management of agricultural cooperatives, developed through a partnership of several organizations including the ILO, the FAO, the International Training Centre of the ILO, Agriterra, the Royal Tropical Institute and the Wageningen University and Research Centre. As of 2017, at least 59 countries and 148 organizations from around the world have participated in a My.Coop ToT course or made use of the materials. 

Promoting cooperatives: An information guide to ILO Recommendation No. 193

Publication date: 2014
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The ILO’s Recommendation 193 on the Promotion of Cooperatives was adopted in 2002 and provides an internationally agreed template for national policy. This guide will help cooperatives, governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations to know more about the Recommendation and how to use it for the development of cooperatives as a viable option for advancing sustainable development.

Guidelines for cooperative legislation, third revised edition

Publication date: 2012
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The ILO has played a key role in providing guidance and advice on the creation of enabling environments for cooperative development. In the mid-1990s it first commissioned the elaboration of guidelines for cooperative legislation to fill the gap of information on how to draft a cooperative law and policy. In 2005 a second edition was produced to provide information on two new international instruments on cooperatives – the United Nations Guidelines aimed at creating a supportive environment for the development of cooperatives, and the 2002 ILO Recommendation No. 193 on the promotion of cooperatives. This third edition has been produced to incorporate more new developments that impact how cooperative law is being developed.

The ILO Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Academy

Publication date: N/A
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The SSE Academy is an interregional training opportunity gathering practitioners and policymakers from all around the world, to share their experiences, best practices and challenges from their work in the SSE. The training seeks to provide a better understanding of the concept of SSE, discuss the relevance of SSE as a development alternative and its relation to the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda, and further build and strengthen networks of SSE practitioners. The first SSE Academy took place in Turin (Italy) in 2010. Since then, eight SSE Academies have taken place in Montreal (Canada), Agadir (Morocco), Campinas (Brazil), Johannesburg (South Africa), Puebla (Mexico), San José (Costa Rica), Seoul (South Korea) and Luxembourg city (Luxembourg). The next Academy will be held in Spain in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Training resource pack for agricultural cooperatives on the elimination of hazardous child labour

Publication date: 2009
- Book 1. Trainer’s guide
- Book 2. Training course activities for cooperatives
Developed by the ILO and the International Co-operative Alliance, this training pack helps agricultural cooperatives to learn about the problems of child labour and take actions to eliminate the worst forms of child labour, particularly hazardous child labour, in their business activities, their supply chains, and in the local areas and communities where they are based.

Project design manual: A step-by-step tool to support the development of cooperatives and other forms of self-help organizations

Publication date: 2011
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Developed in a framework of ILO Cooperative Facility for Africa (COOPAfrica), the manual provides cooperatives and other types of self-help organizations with practical guidance to formulate project proposals that are economically, socially, politically and environmentally viable.

MATCOM – Training for the management of cooperatives

Publication date: 1978-1989
- Check out the brochure
- Check out the English Modules
- Materials in CD-ROM format can be requested at ILO COOP (
MATCOM is a set of 40 trainers’ manuals and 60 learning elements covering different types of cooperatives and a wide range of technical areas. The materials were developed between 1978-1989 through the ILO MATCOM Project financed by Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.