ILO's work on cooperatives in Africa

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Document

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

    20 March 2019

  5. Event

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

  6. News

    A key step taken towards developing a social economy policy in South Africa

    28 February 2019

    A draft Green Paper on a social economy policy in South Africa presented at a national consultation conference in Sandton. In a speech to the conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder reflected on the relevance of social and solidarity economy organizations and their value-driven, human-centred approaches in addressing the challenges in the changing world of work.

  7. News

    A youth cooperative launched to develop the honey value chain in northwestern Tunisia

    26 February 2019

  8. News

    Participants’ reflections on the 9th ILO-JCCU African Cooperative Leaders’ Study Tour

    21 February 2019

    Since 2010, the ILO, through the Cooperatives Unit (COOP) and its Office for Tokyo, and the Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union (JCCU) have co-organized African Cooperative Leaders' Study Tours in Japan to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experiences and explore possible cooperation between African and Japanese cooperatives.

  9. News

    Three editions of the Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) forthcoming in 2019

    17 January 2019

  10. Press release

    Cooperatives Well Placed to Create a Viable Enterprise Model for Productivity and Income - ILO

    07 January 2019

    As part of activities under the Food Africa Project, the ILO organized a 2-week Training of Trainers Workshop using ILO’s tools and methodologies on cooperative development with a view to harnessing the potential of cooperatives to promote decent work in Agricultural value chain in Jere, Kaduna State, Nigeria.