ILO's work on cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific

  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

    ApexFinCoop - Strengthening the apex organization of financial cooperatives in Nepal

    28 June 2019

    The ILO, the ITC-ILO and the FAO jointly organized a training workshop for the Nepal Federation of Savings and Credit Unions (NEFSCUN) towards promoting financial inclusion and inclusive economic development.

  3. News

    LEED+: Towards inclusive growth strategies for the conflict-affected communities in Sri Lanka

    30 May 2019

    A series of meetings and site visits were conducted to identify key future activities of the ILO's LEED+ programme.

  4. News

    ILO’s presentation at the 2nd ICA-AP Cooperative Registrars’ Forum

    25 April 2019

    The Director of the ILO Country Office for Viet Nam participated in the 2nd International Co-operative Alliance – Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP) Cooperative Registrars’ Forum held in Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam to present ILO’s work on statistics of cooperatives.

  5. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    GSEF: Promoting the social and solidarity economy for human-centred development

    28 March 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 Laurence Kwark, Secretary General of the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF), an international association of local governments and civil society networks engaged in the promotion of the SSE as a means of achieving inclusive and sustainable local development. GSEF is also one of the observers of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on SSE (UNTFSSE) that is currently chaired by the ILO.

  6. Event

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

  7. News

    ILO’s participation in the International Conference on Localizing the SDGs and Co-Constructing the Means of Implementation

    15 March 2019

    The ILO, as a chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), participated in an international conference on the role of SSE in implementing and localizing the SDGs which took place in the Republic of Korea.

  8. News

    Sri Lanka’s first ever ‘eco-recommended’ fisheries

    27 February 2019

    With the support of the ILO Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) project funded by the Australian government, two blue swimming crab fisheries in Sri Lanka become the country’s first ever ‘eco-recommended’ fisheries. The five-year collaborative efforts involved the local seafood industry, government agencies and fishery cooperatives.

  9. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    CLIMBS: Extending mutual protection and building resilience in the Philippines

    26 February 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 social and solidarity economy (SSE). On this occasion, ILO interviewed Mr Noel Raboy, President and CEO in CLIMBS, a composite insurance cooperative owned by 4,000 member cooperatives from around the Philippines.

  10. News

    Roll out of Think.Coop and Start.Coop with Cambodian agricultural cooperatives

    25 February 2019

    The Government of Cambodia strengthens agricultural cooperatives using the ILO’s training tools with a view to improving livelihoods of workers in the rural economy.