Publications and tools on cooperatives

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

August 2010

  1. Cooperatives and the crisis: "Our customers are also our owners"

    01 August 2010

    Cooperatives have been more resilient to the deepening global economic and jobs crisis than other sectors. Andrew Bibby reports from Sweden.

February 2010

  1. Cooperative policy and law in east and southern Africa: A review

    02 February 2010

    The objective of this paper is to conduct a comparative analysis of the policy and legal framework for cooperatives in the countries of East and Southern Africa. The benchmark for the purpose of this analysis is the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (No. 193).

  2. Cooperatives in Zanzibar: Decline and renaissance

    02 February 2010

    The history of the cooperative movement in Zanzibar and even its current structure is not well known. There is lack of literature on cooperatives on the Isles. Thus this study is very important as a pioneering examination of the cooperative movement in Zanzibar

  3. Cooperatives: The sleeping economic and social giants in Uganda

    01 February 2010

    The model of cooperatives in Tanzania mainland that has been adopted both currently and historically is outlined. It is observed that cooperatives were successful in the pre-abolition era (i.e. before 1976). Cooperatives suffered many setbacks in the post-abolition period (the period after 1982).

  4. Cooperatives in Tanzania mainland: Revival and growth

    01 February 2010

    The model of cooperatives in Tanzania mainland that has been adopted both currently and historically is outlined. It is observed that cooperatives were successful in the pre-abolition era (i.e. before 1976). Cooperatives suffered many setbacks in the post-abolition period (the period after 1982).

  5. Economic empowerment of Swazi society through cooperative development

    01 February 2010

    The paper shows that the cooperative movement in Swaziland is relatively small when compared to other African countries, and its growth has been fluctuating over the years. The decline in the number of cooperatives has been noticeable in the agricultural sector, though most of the cooperatives in the country are in this sector. Savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs) are still emerging, but they have recorded better growth than the latter.

  6. Cooperatives and development: a case of citizen economic empowerment in Botswana

    01 February 2010

    The cooperative movement in Botswana has been expected to serve a broad set of socio-economic and political objectives. The government perceives cooperatives as a means for empowering its people to own businesses and in the process acquire entrepreneurial skills that can enable them to participate in social and economic development. In Botswana, cooperatives were established by the government immediately after independence and operated within the interests of the Government, as outlined in the Cooperative Societies Law.

September 2009

  1. Fair trade - fair futures : the Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union scholarship programme for orphan and vulnerable children

    01 September 2009

    CoopAFRICA Working Paper No. 6 - with ILO/AIDS, Series on HIV/AIDS impact mitigation in the world of work – responses from the social economy

  2. Social economy approaches to mainstreaming HIV/AIDS : the case of the Kasojetua youth group

    01 September 2009

    CoopAFRICA Working Paper No. 5 - with ILO/AIDS, Series on HIV/AIDS impact mitigation in the world of work – responses from the social economy