As people-centred businesses, cooperatives are owned and run by their members, who have an equal say in what their organisation does and how it generates and uses profits.

Cooperatives are a tried and tested model in international development and enable people around the world to take control over their livelihoods.

In March 2016, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) entered into a partnership with the European Commission (also known as #coops4dev?), ushering in a new phase of collaboration on strengthening the cooperative movement as development actors.

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Ongoing activities
Coop Academy

The Coop Academy is a capacity building initiative consisting of a series of knowledge-sharing webinars for ICA staff members from all offices.

Main achievements

The Global Youth Forum Cooperative Entrepreneurship 2020 (GYF20) took place in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from 3-7 February 2020.

Main achievements
Increased visibility

A visibility strategy and campaign to raise awareness about the identity of the cooperative model in international development.

Main achievements
A historic recognition

A historic recognition within the new EU Consensus on Development, co-signed by the EU Commission, Parliament and Council; 3 strong references point out the cooperative role as key actors in the S