ILO's work on cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Event

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  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. COOP Champions

    Charles Bodwell, Enterprise Development Specialist at ILO DWT Bangkok

    11 January 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.

  10. A technical cooperation pioneer

    Working on the river of the White Lily

    24 December 2018

    During the 100 years of the ILO some extraordinary people have worked for the Organization. One of them was Peter Goullart who, during the 1950s helped develop co-operatives in several countries in Asia. He recounted his experiences in a book, ‘River of the White Lily’ published in 1965.