ILO's work on cooperatives in Africa

  1. News

    A new ILO training programme on activating agricultural cooperatives in the elimination of child labour piloted in Tanzania

    17 March 2020

    The new training programme was developed to strengthen the capacities of cooperatives as part of ILO’s projects on the elimination of child labour in multiple African countries.

  2. News

    Training of Trainers on Start.Coop is carried out towards building a sustainable vanilla sector in Madagascar

    26 February 2020

    Twenty trainers were trained on the Start.Coop training modules and methodologies as part of an ILO project to advance decent work and fight against child labour in the vanilla sector in Madagascar.

  3. News

    ILO COOP sends a message to the MedUp Project Peer Review Meeting in Tunis

    17 December 2019

    The message from ILO COOP Manager focused on the role of the ILO in the development of cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE) and how they can contribute to the promotion of gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

  4. News

    The Republic of Djibouti passes a law on the social and solidarity economy (SSE)

    10 December 2019

    The new law was adopted to promote the development of SSE organizations as a means of extending social protection and eradicating poverty in Djibouti.

  5. Publication

    Financial Mechanisms for Innovative Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems - Executive Summary

    14 November 2019

    This report presents the results of the “Financial Mechanisms for Innovative Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems” project, designed to foster a better understanding of the different ways in which financial resources can be made available and accessed to support the growth of social and solidarity economy (SSE) organizations and their ecosystems. The project is supported by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy of the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

  6. Publication

    Financial Mechanisms for Innovative Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems - Full Report

    14 November 2019

    This report presents the results of the “Financial Mechanisms for Innovative Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems” project, designed to foster a better understanding of the different ways in which financial resources can be made available and accessed to support the growth of social and solidarity economy (SSE) organizations and their ecosystems. The project is supported by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy of the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

  7. News

    African cooperative leaders share their observations on the 10th ILO-JCCU Study Tour

    30 October 2019

    African cooperative leaders visited Japanese cooperatives and exchanged knowledge and practices in improving members’ livelihoods and addressing various development challenges in the changing world of work.

  8. News

    ILO contributes to the Tanzanian cooperative development policy review

    27 September 2019

    The ILO provides inputs to the review of the cooperative development policy in Tanzania towards creating enabling environment for cooperatives as autonomous, member-owned, and democratically-controlled enterprises.

  9. News

    A first step towards improving working conditions of waste pickers in Senegal

    27 September 2019

    Under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the ILO is supporting an initiative to improve working conditions in the waste management sector, by helping to organize informal economy workers into cooperatives.

  10. Call for expression of interest

    Institutional and Needs Assessment of Cooperatives and Cooperative Support Organisations in the Tobacco Growing Communities in Kaoma and Nkeyema Districts Sector, Zambia

    24 September 2019

    The ILO is implementing a project “Addressing decent work deficits in the tobacco sector of Zambia”. The proposed one year project will be implemented in Kaoma and Nkeyema Districts of Western Province and will coordinate with and complement similar initiatives in Tanzania, Malawi and in Uganda, which are also working in similar projects. Building on previous ILO’s interventions, the projects will strengthen the capacities of selected farmers’ organizations to address decent work deficits including through the cooperative approach and using ILO adapted tools. Operating in most of the economic sectors where child labour and other decent work deficits are found, particularly in agriculture, cooperatives’ commitment to social responsibility can lend them naturally to play an important role to eliminate child labour and promote decent working conditions. The ILO has long drawn on the strength of the cooperative model in the fight against child labour and other decent work deficits. In this regard, the ILO is calling for proposals for consultancy services to undertake an Institutional and Needs Assessment of Cooperatives and Cooperative Support Organisations in the Tobacco Growing Communities in Kaoma and Nkeyema Districts.