Publications and tools on cooperatives

January 2011

  1. Mainstreaming environmental issues in sustainable enterprises: An exploration of issues, experiences and options

    21 January 2011

    Employment Working Paper No. 75

  2. Economic and other benefits of the entreprenuers’ cooperative as a specific form of enterprise cluster

    03 January 2011

    This book presents entrepreneurs’ cooperatives - cooperatives formed by groups of entrepreneurs, independently owned businesses, tradesmen, professionals, or by municipalities and other public bodies. It shows that cooperatives have helped small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in many countries to become and remain competitive. Although this form of business clustering is not wide spread, there are signs that its development and entrepreneurship effects are gradually being considered. This study analyses the set up and the economic, social and employment benefits of entrepreneurs‘ cooperatives as well as the reasons why their use has not spread. It further indicates those features which allow for replication of the model elsewhere and concludes with a number of recommendations.

December 2010

  1. What role for labour market policies and institutions in development? Enhancing security in developing countries and emerging economies

    17 December 2010

    Employment Working Paper No. 67

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.