Publications and tools on cooperatives

March 2013

  1. Resilience in a Downturn: The power of financial cooperatives

    20 March 2013

    This report reviews the performance of financial cooperatives, looking in particular at the aftermath of the 2007-2008 crisis and the continuing long austerity period. It explains why financial cooperatives have proven to be more resilient pointing to the specificities of the cooperative model of enterprise.

December 2012

  1. A better future for young people: What cooperatives can offer

    11 December 2012

    Information brief on cooperatives

  2. A cooperative future for people with disabilities

    04 December 2012

    This issue brief produced during the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives 2012 highlights how and why the cooperative form of enterprise can cater to the economic and social needs of persons with disabilities.

January 2012

  1. How women Fare in East African Cooperatives: The Case of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

    02 January 2012

November 2011

  1. Managing Your Agricultural Cooperative, “My.COOP”

    10 November 2011

    My.COOP is a training package published in 2011, covering managerial challenges that many agricultural cooperatives face, and based on the idea that strong cooperatives are necessary for a more equitable distribution of income, democracy, and for economic and social development

October 2011

  1. “Social and Solidarity Economy: Our common road towards Decent Work”

    24 October 2011

    In support of the Second edition of the Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, 24-28 October 2011, Montreal, Canada

January 2011

  1. Mainstreaming environmental issues in sustainable enterprises: An exploration of issues, experiences and options

    21 January 2011

    Employment Working Paper No. 75

  2. Economic and other benefits of the entreprenuers’ cooperative as a specific form of enterprise cluster

    03 January 2011

    This book presents entrepreneurs’ cooperatives - cooperatives formed by groups of entrepreneurs, independently owned businesses, tradesmen, professionals, or by municipalities and other public bodies. It shows that cooperatives have helped small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in many countries to become and remain competitive. Although this form of business clustering is not wide spread, there are signs that its development and entrepreneurship effects are gradually being considered. This study analyses the set up and the economic, social and employment benefits of entrepreneurs‘ cooperatives as well as the reasons why their use has not spread. It further indicates those features which allow for replication of the model elsewhere and concludes with a number of recommendations.

December 2010

  1. What role for labour market policies and institutions in development? Enhancing security in developing countries and emerging economies

    17 December 2010

    Employment Working Paper No. 67

October 2010

  1. “Social and Solidarity Economy: Building a Common Understanding”

    25 October 2010

    In support of the First edition of the Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, 25 -29th October 2010, ITC ILO, Turin, Italy