Cooperatives for People-Centred Rural Development

Key issues and policy options to promote the cooperative business model in rural areas.

Cooperatives play a major self-help role in rural areas, particularly where private businesses hesitate to go and public authorities do not provide basic services. They are instrumental in providing opportunities for productive employment, as well as offering healthcare, education, potable water, improved sanitation, roads, and market access, while giving a stronger “voice” to rural groups.