This important collection of 16 papers, by the late Krishan K. Taimni, provides a complete picture of the status of cooperatives in Asia, and of the challenges they face in a rapidly changing environment.
The articles are divided into four parts, covering the response of Asian cooperatives to external threats such as globalization and the Asian financial crisis; public policies on cooperative development; the relationships between primary cooperatives and the federal structure; and cooperative support services.
The author strongly believed that independent, member-based and financially viable cooperatives have much to contribute to the social and economic environment in Asia. Every article in this compendium urges governments and cooperative leaders to carry out comprehensive reforms of the legal, institutional and administrative environment of cooperatives in this continent. The lessons learned are relevant to cooperatives in other parts of the world as well.