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CICOPA family keeps on growing: 4 new members have joined in 2017!

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of CICOPA, the network keeps on growing with a total of 4 members joining in the first semester of 2017. Our representation in the Asia-Pacific regions and in the Americas continues to grow as the organization incorporates new countries: Puerto Rico and India. CICOPA now affiliates 48 members in 32 countries, representing 68,000 enterprises which employ 4 million people. “We are very happy to welcome new realities to our organizations and we are looking (...)

Registrations open and program unveiled for the Social Cooperatives International School

The topics of the 3rd edition of the Social Cooperatives International School are out! To be held from 19 to 22 October 2017 in Naples (Italy), the #SCIS2017 foresees four thematic sessions and one seminar. During the sessions, the presentation of best practices will focus on the analysis of the role of cooperative groups and consortia in the life of social cooperatives, and how they promote development and partnership among cooperatives themselves and among cooperatives and non-cooperative (...)

Cooperatives: a source of inspiration for a more responsible and people-centred tourism

Over the decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening ‎diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. ‎Modern tourism is closely linked to development and encompasses a growing number ‎of new destinations, representing a key economic sector, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Today, tourism represents 10% of the global GDP and represents 1 in 11 jobs. Since the UN declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable (...)

A youth cooperative is using dinosaur tracks to attract tourists to Lesotho

The local community of Hasimone, in the Leribe District of North East Lesotho, found sets of dinosaur footprints near their community and decided to create a cooperative in 2007 to encourage people to visit these prehistoric remains. The cooperative has around twelve members, mainly young people, who provide guided tours of the footprints and produce handicrafts to sell, such as moulds of the dinosaur footprints, jewellery and (...)

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