Publications and tools on cooperatives

March 2009

  1. Rural women producers and cooperatives in conflicts settings in the Arab States

    31 March 2009

    Ongoing violent conflicts accentuate the challenges that women and men face in the rural areas of Iraq, Lebanon, and the occupied Palestinian territories. The potential of cooperatives for sharing risk, pooling resources, learning together, generating income, and balancing work and family responsibilities, has yet to be actualized.

February 2009

  1. Cooperating out of poverty: The renaissance of the African cooperative movement

    02 February 2009

    This book offers an objective analysis of the state of affairs of the cooperative sector in Africa since the liberalization of the economy in the early 1990s.

  2. Cooperatives: a path to economic and social empowerment in Ethiopia

    01 February 2009

    Traditional cooperatives associations existed in Ethiopian society centuries ago in the form of iqub and idir. Iqub is an association of people having common objectives of mobilizing resources, especially finance, and distributing it to members on rotating basis. Idir is an association of people that have the objective of providing social and economic insurance for the members in the events of death, accident, damages to property, among others. In the case of funeral, Idir serves as funeral insurance where community members elect their leaders, contribute resources either in kind or in cash and support the mourning member.

January 2008

  1. Business Group Formation Empowering Women and Men in Developing Communities

    01 January 2008

    This manual helps trainers to promote group formation as a way to empower women and men in low income communities. It is designed for use in workshops to facilitate the process of group formation and development for joint production, business and/or social activities, such as buying raw materials together, sharing business premises, joint marketing and mutual assistance in coping with family emergencies.

January 2007

  1. Helping micro and small enterprises cope with HIV/AIDS - A handbook for small business associations and service providers

    01 January 2007

    This handbook attempts to respond to the needs and constraints of small and micro enterprises, formal or informal, by providing practical guidance for those who regulate, advise and support them. The objectives of the handbook are to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on micro and small enterprise owners, managers and workers and to offer policy and technical guidance to the individuals and institutions that provide support and services to small businesses.

October 2005

  1. Leadership training manual for women leaders of cooperatives

    05 October 2005

February 2005

  1. Guidelines for cooperative legislation, second revised edition

    01 February 2005

    Provides guidance on how to draft a cooperative law.

July 2001

  1. Cooperatives in Asia. From reform to reconstruction

    09 July 2001

    Comprises a collection of 16 papers 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 strucure; and cooperative support services.

April 2000

  1. Managing the cooperative difference

    18 April 2000

    A survey of the application of modern management practices in the cooperative context

October 1995

  1. Social Finance Working Paper #12: Using credit unions as conduits for micro-enterprise lending

    01 October 1995

    Latin American insights