ILO's work on cooperatives in Africa

  1. Publication

    Enterprise future lies in cooperation - Entrepreneur Cooperatives in Africa

    01 August 2009

    This working paper draws upon a comprehensive scientific study1 that was commissioned by the International Labour Office in 2007, and seeks to analyse the features and benefits of Entrepreneur Cooperatives. It indicates those features that would allow for replication of the model in Sub-Saharan Africa and concludes with a number of strategic recommendations on the promotion of Entrepreneur Cooperatives.

  2. Publication

    Cooperating out of child labour. Harnessing the untapped potential of cooperatives and the cooperative movement to eliminate child labour

    08 July 2009

    This title has been produced as a call to action to the world cooperative movement to join hands in fighting child labour. Cooperatives and the cooperative movement have an important, but as yet unharnessed, role to play in the elimination of child labour worldwide.

  3. Publication

    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.

  4. Publication

    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.

  5. Project

    Cooperative Facility for Africa - CoopAfrica

    09 July 2008

    The Cooperative Facility for Africa - CoopAfrica is a technical cooperation programme of the ILO, under DFID funding. From its office in Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), CoopAfrica covers 9 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. CoopAfrica assists cooperatives to improve their governance, efficiency and performance in order to strengthen their capacity to create jobs, access markets, generate income, reduce poverty, provide social protection and give people a voice in society.