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November / December  2013 

Cooperatives providing community services, a response to social needs


Community services are a key component of economic development, sustainable employment and social cohesion in the 21st Century. Over 200 people, including Paul Singer, Secretary of State for Solidarity Economy under the Ministry of Labour and Employment of Brazil and Roberto Rodrigues, ex-President on the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), participated at the workshop Access to Community Services organised by CICOPA and IHCO in Cape Town (South Africa). Read more

A new approach to the concept of cooperative growth

Bruno Roelants, Secretary General of CICOPA, presented on 5 November in the framework of the ICA events in South Africa, the report “Cooperative Growth for the 21st Century”. It suggests a new approach to the concept of growth applied to cooperatives and how to measure it, as well as related concepts such as efficiency, development, sustainability, socio-economic and environmental impact, and the creation and distribution of general wealth. Read more

ICA events in South Africa, very intense and rich in contents for CICOPA

The International Cooperative Alliance events in South Africa, which grouped 1200 people from 88 countries, were very intense and rich in contents for CICOPA. The workshop “Access to Community Services – Social Needs, Cooperative Answers” and the launch of the report “Cooperative Growth for the 21st Century” figured prominently. Read more

Passing away of Ian MacPherson, drafter of the latest version of the cooperative principles

Dr. Ian MacPherson passed away on November 16, 2013, at the age of 74 years. He was nationally and internationally renowned as a cooperator and cooperative historian, and had nearly fifty years of service to the cooperative movement including as the founding President of the Canadian Cooperative Association. He was the author-coordinator of the 1995 International Cooperative Alliance Statement of the Cooperative Identity. Read more

CICOPA World Music Project now moving into the Cooperative Decade

Music selections for the CICOPA musical project for the promotion of the international cooperative principles, through the common language of music have been submitted. Currently the CICOPA World Music Collection is made up of 4 songs. Read more

european news section
This section has been edited by CECOP – CICOPA Europe

Commissioner Andor : “The work integration of disadvantaged people is one of the most cost-effective ways of meeting the Europe 2020"

The European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor gave a keynote speech at the Conference Cooperatives and Work Integration of Disadvantaged Persons, co-organized by the CECOP-CICOPA Europe and Confcooperative-Federsolidarietà, the largest Italian Federation of Social Cooperatives, by highlighting the key role of social cooperatives in Europe. Watch the speech of the Commissioner here. Read more

Cooperatives contribute significantly to sustainable tourism in Europe

On 4th December 2013, the more than 1,000 worker and social cooperatives from the CECOP – CICOPA Europe network involved in activities linked to tourism celebrated the European Tourism Day. The cooperative business model, which is based on values such as self-responsibility, democracy, equality and solidarity, allows to achieve a more sustainable and responsible tourism while combining economic competiveness with social and environmental needs  Read more

Cooperatives provide around 40.000 jobs to disadvantaged persons in Europe

The primary mission of several thousand cooperatives all over Europe is to provide sustainable and quality employment to those who are furthest and most excluded from the labour market and at the risk of poverty: persons with physical or mental disabilities, the long-term unemployed, migrants, minorities, ex-offenders, etc. Today, those cooperatives provide almost 40.000 jobs to disadvantaged citizens that can be found across Europe. Read more

French worker cooperatives present to young people and teachers

In a context where the French Government wishes to encourage the reconciliation of school and work and promote the social and solidarity economy in education, French worker cooperatives are promoting the cooperative model for young people. On the occasion of the Social and Solidarity Economy in November, the General Confederation of French Worker Cooperatives (CG Scop) launched the first animated video on cooperatives. Read more

Third European Fair of Enterprises and Cooperatives in Social Economy in March 2014, Bulgaria

 Since 2012, the exhibition has developed into an international event - a European forum comprising an international conference, a roundtable discussion and a European Fair.In 2013, participants in the European Fair were 90 social enterprises and cooperatives from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania and Serbia, and the number of visitors amounted to 30,000. Read more

South America news section

Argentina in the ICA Board
Ariel Guarco, President of the Cooperative Confederation of Argentina (Cooperar) and youth representative Gabriela Buffa, leader of Movilizador de Fondos Cooperativos (IMFC, Mobilizing Institute of Cooperative Funds in English), were elected on the Board of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) in Cape Town, last November.  Read more

North America news section

Sustainability Scan of cooperatives

The session on sustainability, in the framework of global cooperative movement conference in Cape Town, focused on a scan undertaken by the ICA, in collaboration with the Candian worker cooperative Sustainability Solution Group. The findings suggest there is a clear and direct relationship between sustainability and how cooperatives describe themselves. Read more

Asia news section

Philippines: the impact of the typhoon Haiyan in cooperative members

The National Confederation of Cooperatives in Philippines (NATCCO) is reporting that to date, at least 350,000 cooperative members are affected. You can contribute to help the victims of the Yolanda Typhoon through the NATCCO bank account and/or the Alliance Recovery Fund. Read more

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