ILO's work on cooperatives in Africa

  1. Project

    Support to Tunisian youth through social and solidarity entrepreneurship

    26 August 2019

    The central objective of the project is to create decent jobs for young men and women in disadvantaged regions through the promotion of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) and its organizations.

  2. Cooperatives and the World of Work Series No. 12

    Waste pickers’ cooperatives and social and solidarity economy organizations

    20 August 2019

    Waste pickers make significant contributions to public health, sanitation, and the environment by promoting resource circulation and reducing the amount of landfill. However, they are often not legally recognized as workers and suffer from poor working conditions and lack of social protection. This brief highlights the role of waste pickers' cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy organizations (SSEOs) in integrating and formalizing the work of waste pickers in the recycling value chain and improving their working conditions.

  3. Call for expression of interest

    Analysis of the situation and evaluation of the needs of cooperative societies of cotton producers in Burkina Faso for the promotion of fundamental principles and rights at work

    15 August 2019

  4. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    GDA Pure Nature: Empowering rural women thorough a cheese making cooperative in Tunisia

    07 August 2019

    “Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators” is a series of interviews with co-operators from around the world with whom ILO officials have crossed paths during the course of their work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). On this occasion, ILO interviewed Ms. Rihem Bchini, President of GDA Pure Nature – an agricultural cooperative of rural women workers in Tunisia.

  5. COOP Champions

    Kerryn Krige, ILO DWT/CO-Pretoria

    22 July 2019

    COOP Champions features ILO colleagues from around the world working on cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises. It highlights their contributions, and shares highlights of their experiences, current work, and future aspirations.

  6. News

    Training of trainers on Think.Coop and Start.Coop in Comoros

    12 July 2019

  7. International Day of Cooperatives

    Message from ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International Cooperative Day 2019

    05 July 2019

    The 2019 International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on Saturday 6 July. This year, in commemoration of the ILO’s centenary, the theme is "cooperatives for decent work" which is closely linked to SDG8. On this occasion ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has issued a video message.

  8. News

    Sharing research findings on the potential of cooperatives in promoting universal health coverage

    28 June 2019

    On June 20, 2019 the ILO co-organized a meeting on the “Cooperatives for Health” initiative at the Biotech Campus in Geneva.

  9. News

    ILO organizes training of trainers on the cooperative business model towards increasing economic opportunities in the fishery sector in Mauritania

    30 May 2019

    The ToT workshop was conducted to strengthen the capacity of local institutions to support the organization of fishermen groups including cooperatives and other businesses for value-creation and marketing of fish products.

  10. Event

    10th ILO/JCCU African Cooperative Leaders' Study Tour in Japan