CALL FOR PARTNERS: Asia-Pacific Research on Work & Ownership in Coops

CICOPA, on a close collaboration with the ICA Asia-Pacific, will launch in May 2018 a joint research initiative on “Exploring Work & Ownership in Cooperatives”. The research main objective is to better understand the diversity of cooperative models in the industry and service sector for the Asia-Pacific region. The initiative is now launching a call for partners, and CICOPA would like to invite its members from the Asia-Pacific region to participate.

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“The SEWA Way”: a New Report with the ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) published on their website a new summary of the report “Advancing cooperation among women workers in the informal economy: The SEWA way” which aims to provide an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for cooperatives and other SSE enterprises in empowering women workers in the informal economy with a specific focus on the experience of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

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Assessing the Worldwide Contribution of Cooperatives to Healthcare

IHCO, the International Health Cooperative Organisation, published its “Cooperative Health Report 2018”  with EURICSE, the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises. The report unveils what is the contribution of cooperatives to the global health and why cooperatives are well-equipped with competitive advantages for the health sector.

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Cooperatives and the Future of Work

“The question of the future of work is above all a question of power and ownership. It is a question the cooperative movement seeks practical answers for, every day, in neighbourhoods, cities and regions”. An Opinion by Sion Whellens, Vice-president of CECOP.

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CICOPA is proud to count SEWA as its new member

CICOPA officially counts this week a new associate member from India. SEWA Federation strives to re-create itself as a professionally-run service provider, equipped to bring low-cost, high quality advisory and business services to poor women in Gujarat State’s cooperative movement.

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Cooperatives of Freelancers in Spain

The issue of “freelancers” cooperatives in Spain is a controversial one. Partly because the function and objective of worker cooperatives (democratic governance, solidarity, mutual support, cooperativization of work…) are confused with a series of false cooperatives; that only give the possibility for self-employed to invoice, paying less taxes. A legal loophole that is now in question.

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Does the future of work really belong to the youth?

On 15 November, CICOPA, the International Co-operative Alliance’s sectorial organisation for industry and services, has organised in Kuala Lumpur a workshop called “The future of work is ours!”, one of the key actions under the ongoing WE OWN IT! campaign on youth co-operative entrepreneurship.

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IVEY CASES on Business Management include a case study on worker cooperatives and CICOPA

Ivey Publishing, of the Richard Ivey School of Business Foundation, is leader in providing business case studies worldwide. The 2017 article and teaching material mention CICOPA several times, can be utilized in group work, training and teaching, and is fun! It highlights issues of growth through diversification and the need for conflict resolution tools in cooperatives in general and worker cooperatives in particular.

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Cooperative Care

In 2004 in the city of Mar del Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, a program on Domiciliary Care was created, covering the subject of elderly, disabled and chronically ill. Something new for the Argentinian society: to think about the elderly and the representation of old age.

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A unique place of dialogue and mutual learning: #SCIS2017

Hosting 35 cooperators from 9 different countries (Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Wales, United States, Japan, Sri Lanka) with a focus on communication, social farming and management, the 2017 edition confirmed the International School as a unique place of dialogue and mutual learning.

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Social farming in Italy: how the social cooperative “Un Fiore per la vita” is showing the way forward

The “Fuori di Zucca” social farm was created in 2005 in Aversa, between Caserta and Naples, as a result of the vocation and the aspirations of the members of the “Un fiore per la vita” Cooperative to continue the historic rural tradition of Campania Felix. The idea was to introduce modern farming methods and new productive activities to restore dignity and value to people through the creation of a social economy, to promote respect for the environment and to develop people’s awareness and consumption of local products.

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Worker, social and producers’ cooperatives will keep contributing to the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda

In September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, world leaders have adopted the 2030 Agenda aiming at achieving targeted Sustainable Development Goals over the next 15 years. To end poverty, promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth together with inclusive and sustainable industrialization and ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns are some of the goals. Employing 16 million people worldwide, worker, social and producers’ cooperatives express their commitment to keep contributing to the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. As enterprises based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, they have been working to achieve those goals for years now.

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