Working Paper No. 7 - Cooperatives in Africa:
The age of reconstruction - synthesis
of a survey in nine African countries
Many governments have adopted a pro-cooperative attitude, mirrored in updated
legislation and functioning cooperative departments. In some cases, the regulating policy may be felt as meddlesome by certain cooperative movements. While in other cases, the government is trying to restore the movement’s institutions. Cooperative movements, as well as selected cooperatives, have benefited from
donor programmes. Different types of donors have been prominent, including
northern cooperative movement agencies, bilateral agencies, UN-agencies and some NGOs. Most programmes seek to enhance institutional strength, value chain monitoring, rural access to finance and training in governance.