Research workshop on Cooperatives for a Sustainable Transformation in Africa held in Kenya

Workshop on cooperatives for a sustainable transformation in Africa takes place in Nairobi, launching a collaborative research initiative.

News | 30 January 2024
Held in Nairobi (Kenya) in December 2023, the Cooperatives for a Sustainable Transformation in Africa (CoopStar) workshop brought together cooperative experts and researchers from 18 African countries, representatives from the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), and the Korea Federation of Community Credit Cooperatives (KFCC). Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Cooperatives in Kenya, Hon. Simon Chelugui opened the workshop. Prof. Frederick Wanyama (Maseno University – Kenya) and Prof. Patrick Develtere (KU Leuven – Belgium), co-authors of the ILO publication “Cooperating out of Poverty: The Renaissance of the African cooperative movement”, co-led the workshop.

Group photo of participants
Co-organized by the ICA and KFCC, the workshop was the first step of a research project on cooperatives in Africa. Building on the exchanges that took place during the workshop, the participants agreed to collaborate on a new book, to be published as a follow-up to the ILO-publication of 2008. This new book will focus on the contributions of cooperatives to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa and elaborate on the challenges they face in accelerating the achievement of agenda 2030.