For the past several years, the level of youth unemployment in the world has increased to alarming levels. At the same time, young people around the globe have been expressing increasing dissatisfaction about mainstream economic governance and an increasing interest for cooperatives, in a quest for more democracy and transparency. Cooperatives are a way to own and manage enterprises democratically: everyone's voice is heard and (...)
In the last year, 3 new members from around the world have joined our network, allowing us to increase our representation in the Asia – Pacific regions and in America. To nowadays, CICOPA affiliates 46 organizations in 30 countries.
On December 20-21 Turkish waste pickers and central and local government officials had the opportunity to discuss how to better streamline and modernize the solid waste management business. They attended the workshop on “Understanding the Role of Waste Pickers and their Cooperatives in Waste Management and Recycling”, organized by the International labour Organisation (ILO) and the Ministry of Customs and Trade in (...)
Young people in Nigeria are currently faced with the rising cost of college tuition and a job market which is particularly inhospitable: 15 percent of young people aged 16 to 24 are unemployed, compared to the overall unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. At the same time, interest in entrepreneurship – particularly social entrepreneurship – appears to be growing among young people. Some organizations are emerging that seek to promote (...)
The grouping among cooperatives can be achieved in different ways: it may start with simple networks and evolve towards consortia (cooperatives of cooperatives), up to larger and more closely-knit groups. They share the characteristic of being horizontal structures that reflect the democratic governance system found in individual cooperatives. The experiences of the MONDRAGON Corporation, the largest business group in the Basque (...)
At the IV Cooperative Summit of the Americas, CICOPA President Manuel Mariscal brought up the importance of “thinking and acting from a perspective of intercooperation. It is something that is lacking amongst cooperatives, and is a challenge for cooperativism as a whole”.
The cooperative movement has a lengthy tradition of creating innovative solutions based on the sixth cooperative principle: cooperation between cooperatives. One of the most important examples of this is the creation and development of national and regional institutions which support and promote the development of cooperatives through the provision of advisory services. These services, which are specific to the cooperative (...)
In Argentina many worker cooperatives are dedicated to the care, support, and reintegration of people with disabilities, addiction and psychiatric problems, and also those in conflict with the law. Expanding the social cooperative model to the care of children and old people is one of the objectives being explored through exchanges in various academic circles in Argentina. In November expert discussions were held to tackle carers’ (...)
UNESCO has added cooperatives to the list of intangible cultural assets. Cooperatives are among the sixteen new entries added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The decision was adopted by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which took place on 2 December in Ethiopia.
The book “Values – How to Bring Values to Life in your Business” written by Ed Mayo, the Secretary General of CICOPA’s member organization Co-operatives UK has been recently released. It discusses business values in general and cooperative values in particular, suggesting that the latter must form a coherent whole to be shared by their (...)
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