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The Cooperative Facility for Africa - CoopAfrica - is a technical cooperation programme for the promotion of cooperative development in Africa. From the ILO Office in Dar-es-Salaam, CoopAfrica covers so far 9 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa with support of the ILO Cooperative Programme in Geneva. CoopAfrica aims at helping people to co-operate out of poverty as well as to deal with the cooperative needs such as they have been identified in CoopAfrica's preliminary research project, Research for a Cooperative Facility for Africa. Together with a wide range of international and national partners, CoopAfrica promotes an enabling legal and policy environment, effective cooperative unions and federations as well as demand-driven services for cooperatives.

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  • 8 March 2012: International Women's Day 2012 - Empower rural women, end poverty and hunger (pdf file 841Kb)
  • COOPAfrica is celebrating International Women's Day. The leaflet "Empower rural women, end poverty and hunger: the potential of African cooperatives" provides an overview of how cooperatives can help to bridge gender gaps for positive development and poverty-reduction outcomes, and of possible action points for unleashing the potential of cooperatives based on examples from initiatives in Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • Research on women's participation in cooperatives in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
    As a contribution to filling some of the knowledge gaps in relation to women’s cooperative membership, CoopAFRICA launched a research initiative jointly with the Co-operative Alliance of Kenya (CAK), the Moshi University College of Co-operative and Business Studies (MUCCoBS), and the Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA) covering Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The synthesis report of the research findings, providing an overview of the status of women’s participation in cooperatives, an assessment of the determining factors and impact of membership and a review of emerging good practices in this field.
  • 26-27 January 2012: Managing your agricultural cooperative, My.COOP
    Launch of the My.COOP training package. My.COOP is a training package and programme on the management of agricultural cooperatives. Proper management enables cooperatives to offer high quality, efficient and effective services to their members. Moreover, well managed agricultural cooperatives can also contribute to wider development issues such as food security, sustainable use of natural resources and inclusive employment creation. The objective of this training material is to enable existing and potential managers of agricultural cooperatives to identify and address major challenges that are specific to cooperatives in market oriented agricultural development. Cooperatives may find themselves stretched between (at times conflicting) members interests, business opportunities and social considerations. Within such context cooperative managers should ensure sound decision-making on service provision for services that are common to many agricultural cooperatives, including supply of farm inputs and marketing.
  • Message from ILO Director-General, Juan Somavia, on the occasion of the launch of International Year of Cooperatives
    "With the theme "Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World", the United Nations globally launched the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) on Monday 31 October 2011 in New York to promote the growth and creation of cooperatives worldwide. The Year is intended to raise public awareness of the invaluable contributions of cooperative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. ILO will play a special role in the coordination and planning of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives 2012, highlighting the strengths of the cooperative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socioeconomic development. A wide range of activities and events are planned in addition to making available policy briefs, training materials, guidelines and information materials for the ILO's constituents and other cooperative stakeholders."

ILO Recommendation 193

Cooperatives Day

International Day of Cooperatives
2 July 2011: Youth, the future of co-operative enterprise

Cooperatives Day
“Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World.”

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