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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 (...)

How cooperatives in Africa can help embrace the Sustainable Development Goals?

Cooperative from all around Africa will meet from 23 to 26 May in Casablanca at the Alliance Africa cooperative leaders Forum and Cooperative Ministerial Conference Midterm Review to deliberate on how they can address best the first global goal ‘Propelling Cooperatives in Africa to End Poverty’ through repositioning cooperatives in Africa to address issues of climate change and take advantage of the strategic partnerships in (...)

International Workers’ Day: Cooperatives’ ability to provide sustainable employment should inspire the future of work

The world of work is undergoing enormous transformations: the quality and organisation of work, the crisis of social and economic systems and the so-called 4th industrial revolution are all turning the world upside down. As enterprises which are democratically owned and managed by their workers, producers and, in some cases, also their users, cooperatives in industry and services would like to mark International Workers’ Day by reiterating once again that they can be one of the tools that will make it possible to safeguard sustainable (...)

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