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AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #13 l DOBRZE FOOD COOPERATIVE l POLAND
Cooperatives Europe
aroundtheworld.coop, documentary film, food cooperative, food sovereignty, community

Based in Warsaw (Poland), the Dobrze Food Cooperative (Kooperatywa Dobrze) is offering an alternative to superstores and expensive organic food distributors through collective action. Thanks to the work of its 420 members, the cooperative is offering good quality food at fair and inclusive prices. Being sustainability and food sovereignty an important pillar within the project, the cooperative privileges seasonal and organic food produced locally.

The Dobrze Food Cooperative is building an inclusive food supply chain by directly supporting local farmers who receive fair wages (around 75% of the final price). Through the direct relations with the food suppliers, they are also fostering connections between consumers and farmers. The foundations of the cooperative rely on the regular and coordinated contribution of every member. Members volunteer three hours per month and jointly own two food stores – a third one, that will also be a cooperative social centre, will be open in the near future. This collective aspect is key for the run of the project. Little by little, they have already forged something very valuable in the city: a strong community of people working together to build an ethical and sustainable food supply chain at the same time they enjoy tasty and healthy food.

Are you ready for this full meal?
 

2020-11-06
#CoopAcademy - "The cooperative model: its contribution to the SDGs and the new economic paradigms"
Global Office
coopacademy, webinar

Participants will engage in a discussion about cooperative identity in practice; its implications for the cooperative business model, and contributions to new economic paradigms such as the circular economy, SDGs, and economy for the common good. A cooperative perspective on sustainability will be deliberated in small discussion groups.

Trainer: Sonja Novkovic

Sonja Novkovic is a Professor of Economics and Academic director of the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. She is Chair of the International Co-operative Alliance Research Committee, and a member of the NCBA Council of Economists. Her research interests are in the field of economic democracy, including labor-managed and cooperative firms. Comparative systems and social economy research lead to her contributions to research on sustainability and performance indicators from the cooperative perspective. She is a collaborator on a four year research project on co-operative governance funded by FWO - Belgium. Her co-edited volumes include Co-operatives and the World of Work (Routledge, 2019); Cooperativism and Local Development in Cuba: An agenda for Democratic Transformation (Brill, 2018); and Co-operative Governance Fit to Build Resilience in the Face of Complexity (ICA, Brussels 2015).

2020-10-28
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #12 l CASTALIA COOPERATIVE l URUGUAY
Cooperatives of the Americas
documentary film, aroundtheworld.coop, housing cooperatives

The Castalia housing cooperative offers decent housing to 47 families in the Barrio Sur district of Montevideo, Uruguay. The name of Castalia comes from Hermann Hesse’s book “The Glass Bead Game” and evokes an idealistic province which was reserved by political decision for the life of the mind. Inspired by a utopian project of harmonious coexistence and challenged by the process of gentrification, the Castalia housing aims at strengthening community links within the neighborhood and fostering social inclusion and development. Above all, it consists of a collective project that seeks to take roots in a sustainable and inclusive manner. With a high degree of housing coop-friendliness, the Uruguayan housing law facilitates access to finance with State loans that can reach 85% of the housing project's value. This is key for housing cooperatives to thrive.

Watch the full documentary film by aroundtheworld.coop to learn more about this collective project that gives the key to many families to start a personal life project within a solid community based on solidarity and mutual support.

2020-10-15
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #11 | COOPERATIVA CREANDO CONCIENCIA | ARGENTINA
Cooperatives of the Americas
documentary film, aroundtheworld.coop, circular economy, social inclusion, recycling

Creando Conciencia is a worker cooperative founded in 2005 in Argentina that recycles waste and transforms it into street furniture. Created as a response to the 2001 economic and financial crisis, cooperative members proved that it is possible to develop a successful business by including people excluded by the system and taking care of the environment. These two dimensions - social inclusion and environmental sustainability - are the core pillars of Creando Conciencia. Being a cooperative, workers democratically participate in the decision-making and good working conditions are guaranteed. Creando Conciencia proves that it is possible to achieve economic, social en environmental sustainability at local level.

2020-10-15
Tuesday Talk #9 - Coopermondo
Global Office
webinar, cooperative development, ICDP, international development

The improvement of collaboration between Cooperative Development Organizations, members of Cooperative Networks like the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP), is one of the main objectives of the ICA-EU Partnership. To achieve that, The ICDP has already identified 3 areas of work: Knowledge sharing, programming and advocacy. These “Tuesday Talks” are webinars that fall under the area of knowledge sharing and aim to inform ICDP members of each other’s areas of expertise, building on a common understanding on International Cooperative Development and to enhance collaboration.

The ninth edition of the Tuesday Talk webinars featured the work of Coopermondo and was presented by its Director, Paola Ferrara. You can see her presentation in the video above.
 

2020-08-21
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #9 | RENEWABLE ENERGY COOPERATIVES | COSTA RICA
Cooperatives of the Americas
documentary film, aroundtheworld.coop, renewable energy, energy cooperatives

The film "Renewable energy coops in Costa Rica: a fair model for a clean future" presents three rural energy cooperatives that provide sustainable economic, social, and environmental development, by distributing clean energy in all corners of the country: from the urban areas to the most remote settlements.

Being almost 90% of the consumed energy clean, Costa Rica is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2021. The three energy cooperatives produce energy from multiple renewal energy sources: hydroelectric energy (COOPELESCA), solar energy (Sector Coope Guanacaste, and COOPELESCA), and wind energy (COOPESANTOS R.L.).

These cooperatives enable an integral development of the region, which is not only promoted by empowering the economic development of the local farmers but also by the wealth distribution among the members of the cooperative.

2020-08-21
#CoopAcademy - Session 1 - ‘Cooperative Branding and Identity. Let the world know who we are’
Global Office
knowledge sharing, Cooperative branding, Cooperative identity

The Coop Academy is a new #coops4dev? capacity-building initiative consisting of a series of knowledge-sharing webinars for ICA staff members from all offices. It will help them acquire new skills and better promote the cooperative model. 

Lead by Tom Ivey from dotCoop on April 24, the first session was called ‘Cooperative Branding and Identity. Let the world know who we are’. It sought to provide the tools a co-operator needs to harness the cooperative difference, to use the cooperative identity, and to hone their branding into a simple, punchy, and effective message. Participants covered case studies that demonstrate the way that marketing and messaging have been used to create a very powerful awareness of products and global issues. As the world gets more and more online, they explored the ways that cooperatives can create a global awareness of their activities and stand out in the crowded environment of the internet.

2020-08-21
Tuesday Talk #8 - CDF Canada
Global Office
international development, cooperative development, webinar

The improvement of collaboration between Cooperative Development Organizations, members of Cooperative Networks like the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP), is one of the main objectives of the ICA-EU Partnership. To achieve that, The ICDP has already identified 3 areas of work: Knowledge sharing, programming and advocacy. These “Tuesday Talks” are webinars that fall under the area of knowledge sharing and aim to inform ICDP members of each other’s areas of expertise, building on a common understanding on International Cooperative Development and to enhance collaboration.

The eighth edition of the Tuesday Talk webinars featured the work of CDF Canada (Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada) and was presented by Frewengel Wolde-Michael, the Regional Director for Africa. You can see his presentation in the video above. Date of the meeting: 31 March 2020.

2020-08-21
Tuesday Talk #7 - Legacoop
Global Office
international development, cooperative development, webinar

The improvement of collaboration between Cooperative Development Organizations, members of Cooperative Networks like the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP), is one of the main objectives of the ICA-EU Partnership. To achieve that, The ICDP has already identified 3 areas of work: Knowledge sharing, programming and advocacy. These “Tuesday Talks” are webinars that fall under the area of knowledge sharing and aim to inform ICDP members of each other’s areas of expertise, building on a common understanding on International Cooperative Development and to enhance collaboration.

The seventh edition of Tuesday Talks featured the work of Legacoop. The organisation was represented by Stefania Marcone, Head of the Office for International Relations and European policies of Legacoop; Francesca Ottolenghi, Office for International Relations and European Policies at Legacoop and Director of Haliéus and Gabriele Verginelli, Projects Manager at Haliéus. You can see his presentation in the video above. Date of the meeting: 17 March 2020.

2020-08-21
#GYF20 - Highlights ✨
Global Office
entrepreneurship, cooperatives, training, youth, development

The #coops4dev🌍 global event Global Youth Forum Cooperative Entrepreneurship 2020 (GYF20) took place in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from 3-7 February.

Over 180 participants from 50 countries sharing a common interest in cooperative entrepreneurship attended 110 interactive training sessions, exchanged ideas and built connections with young entrepreneurs and professionals from all over the world. Participants actively worked on a Youth Agenda for Advocacy that was delivered at the end of the event.

 

 

2020-08-18
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #10 | COPPALJ | BRAZIL
Cooperatives of the Americas
documentary film, aroundtheworld.coop, women empowerment, agriculture

The COPPALJ cooperative, namely Cooperativa dos pequenos produtores agroextravistas de Lago do Junco Ltda, is located in the municipalities of Lago do Junco and Lago dos Rodrigues, in the Brazilian state of Maranhão.

The cooperative was founded in 1991, created by the babaçu breaker women and smallholder farmers to maintain the control over the babaçu palms.

Nowadays, the cooperative has 201 members located in 8 different communities where they have their own collection points.

The babaçu coconuts are collected and then transformed into babaçu oil, which is sold with an organic certification in the national and international market.

2020-08-18
3rd Africa Youth Cooperative Conference interview.
ICA Africa
#coops4dev

Moving from Ideas to Youth Empowerment: Fostering Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Education through School Cooperatives in Africa.

2020-08-18
Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs (GCE) Youth Ambassador Training Program in Africa.
ICA Africa
#coops4dev

GCE is an experimental mentoring program aiming at providing support to youth ambassadors interested in setting up a cooperative.

2020-08-18
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #6 | BOOMALLI ABORIGINAL ARTISTS COOPERATIVE | AUSTRALIA
ICA Asia and Pacific
cooperative development, artist cooperative, identity, indigenous, aboriginal

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative was established in 1987 by 10 contemporary Aboriginal artists, from language groups across Australia. They were: Euphemia Bostock, Michael Riley, Bronwyn Bancroft, Arone Meeks, Jeffrey Samuels, Tracey Moffatt, Brenda L. Croft, Fern Martens, Fiona Foley and Avril Quaill. The name "Boomalli" derives from the word for ‘to strike; to make a mark’ in the languages of the Kamilaroi, Wiradjuri and Bundjalung peoples. The aim of the original 10 members was to challenge preconceptions around urban-based Aboriginal Art. Boomalli is the longest surviving Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Australia: it has 60 members and runs Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery, a unique space in Leichhardt (Sydney), and provides opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists to sell and promote their work through exhibitions, workshops and artwork commissions.

2020-08-18
#COOPS4DEV🌍 2nd ANNIVERSARY
Global Office
anniversary, India, Annual Review Meeting

Happy birthday to us!

Ready to go back to Delhi and celebrate with the #COOPS4DEV🌍 team?

We're entering the third year of our partnership with the European Commission and we couldn't be more excited! Find out what all the offices have been up to and what are our plans for the future ⏩⏩

2020-08-18
#COOPS4DEV🌍 3rd ANNIVERSARY
Global Office
anniversary, Kenya, Annual Review Meeting

The ICA-EU Partnership for Cooperative Development enters in its 4th year with a very tight and exciting agenda. Eager to know a bit more about what was done in the 3rd year of the Partnership and what are the key priorities for the current year? If so, watch the video!

2020-08-18
Aroundtheworld.coop in the Americas
Cooperatives of the Americas
documentary film, aroundtheworld.coop, cooperative development, sustainable development, story telling

Overview of the different cooperatives the project aroundtheworld.coop is visiting across the Americas.

All the films will be launched throughout the coming months.

Stay tuned!

 

2020-08-18
General assessment on the XXI Regional Conference of the Cooperatives of the Americas
Cooperatives of the Americas
Regional Conference, sustainable development

Between the 18 and 20 November 2019, more than 1.000 cooperators from 29 countries gathered together in San José, Costa Rica within the framework of the XXI Regional Conference of the Cooperatives of the Americas. They analysed the economic and social landscape, discussed different proposals and defined common initiatives under the motto Change / Impact / Sustainability "Cooperatives, economic actors with a social and sustainable impact".

 

2020-08-18
1st Cooperative Hackathon by Cooperatives of the Americas
Cooperatives of the Americas
hackathon, innovation, youth

Within the framework of the XXI Regional Conference, the first Cooperative Hackathon engaged participants in a 24-hours competition to find solutions to a range of pre-defined problem areas.

2020-08-18
Tuesday Talk #6 - OCDC
Global Office
cooperative development, webinar, knowledge sharing, ICDP

The improvement of collaboration between Cooperative Development Organizations, members of Cooperative Networks like the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP), is one of the main objectives of the ICA-EU Partnership. To achieve that, The ICDP has already identified 3 areas of work: Knowledge sharing, programming and advocacy. These “Tuesday Talks” are webinars that fall under the area of knowledge sharing and aim to inform ICDP members of each other’s areas of expertise, building on a common understanding on International Cooperative Development and to enhance collaboration.

The sixth edition of Tuesday Talks featured the work of OCDC (U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council) presented by Paul Hazen, Executive Director.

Date of the meeting: 11 February 2020.
 

2020-08-18
Tuesday Talk #5 - Global Communities
Global Office
cooperative development, webinar, knowledge sharing, ICDP

The improvement of collaboration between Cooperative Development Organizations, members of Cooperative Networks like the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP), is one of the main objectives of the ICA-EU Partnership. To achieve that, The ICDP has already identified 3 areas of work: Knowledge sharing, programming and advocacy. These “Tuesday Talks” are webinars that fall under the area of knowledge sharing and aim to inform ICDP members of each other’s areas of expertise, building on a common understanding on International Cooperative Development and to enhance collaboration.

The fifth edition of Tuesday Talks featured the work of Global Communities presented by Tindi Sitati, Collaboration, Learning & Adaptation (CLA) Officer. You can see his presentation in the video above.

Date of the meeting: 28 January 2020.

 

2020-08-18
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #8 | UP&GO | NEW YORK, USA
Cooperatives of the Americas
cooperatives, platform cooperatives, digital economy, gig economy, migration, documentary film

Up & Go is a pro-worker platform cooperative that offers on-demand cleaning services in New York. This platform helped the workers, the majority of whom are migrant women, to earn an income 25% higher compared to the local industry average wage. All in all, it counteracts the pernicious effects of the GIG economy by promoting decent work.

 

2020-08-18
Tuesday Talk #4 - DGRV
Global Office
cooperatives, development, ICDP, knowledge, sharing, meeting, presentation, webinar

The improvement of collaboration between Cooperative Development Organizations, members of Cooperative Networks like the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP), is one of the main objectives of the ICA-EU Partnership. To achieve that, The ICDP has already identified 3 areas of work: Knowledge sharing, programming and advocacy. These “Tuesday Talks” are webinars that fall under the area of knowledge sharing and aim to inform ICDP members of each other’s areas of expertise, building on a common understanding on International Cooperative Development and to enhance collaboration.

The fourth edition of Tuesday Talks featured the work of the German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation (DGRV) presented by Korbinian März, Project Coordinator. You can see his presentation in the video above.

2020-08-18
Tuesday Talk #3 - The Co-operative College
Global Office
ICDP, international development, development, cooperative development, webinar, tuesday talk, knowledge sharing

The improvement of collaboration between Cooperative Development Organizations, members of Cooperative Networks like the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP), is one of the main objectives of the ICA-EU Partnership. To achieve that, The ICDP has already identified 3 areas of work: Knowledge sharing, programming and advocacy. These “Tuesday Talks” are webinars that fall under the area of knowledge sharing and aim to inform ICDP members of each other’s areas of expertise, building on a common understanding on International Cooperative Development and to enhance collaboration.

The third edition of Tuesday Talks featured the work of the Co-operative College presented by Dr. Sarah Alldred, International Programmes Manager for the Co-operative College. You can see her presentation in the video above.

2020-08-18
Tuesday Talk #2 - We Effect
Global Office
cooperatives, development, ICDP, knowledge, sharing, meeting, cooperative

The improvement of collaboration between Cooperative Development Organizations, members of Cooperative Networks like the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP), is one of the main objectives of the ICA-EU Partnership. To achieve that, The ICDP has already identified 3 areas of work: Knowledge sharing, programming and advocacy. These “Tuesday Talks” are webinars that fall under the area of knowledge sharing and aim to inform ICDP members of each other’s areas of expertise, building on a common understanding on International Cooperative Development and to enhance collaboration.

This second edition of Tuesday Talks featured the work of We Effect presented by M. Hans Lind, Senior Advisor on Cooperative Development at We Effect. You can see his presentation in the video above.

2020-08-18
Tuesday Talk #1 - NCBA CLUSA
Global Office
cooperative, developement, ICDP, knowledge, sharing, meeting

The improvement of collaboration between Cooperative Development Organizations, members of Cooperative Networks like the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP), is one of the main objectives of the ICA-EU Partnership. T To achieve that, The ICDP has already identified 3 areas of work: Knowledge sharing, programming, and advocacy. These “Tuesday Talks” are webinars that fall under the area of knowledge sharing and aim to inform ICDP members of each other’s areas of expertise, building on a common understanding of International Cooperative Development and to enhance collaboration.

The first edition of Tuesday Talks featured the work of NCBA CLUSA presented by Ms Camila Piniero, Technical Specialist on cooperative development for NCBA CLUSA. You can see her presentation in this video.

2020-08-18
For you, what is gender equality?
Global Office
gender, equality, session, members, women, empowerment

In the framework of the ICA Global Conference 'Cooperatives for Development' taking place in Kigali from 14-17 October 2019, and to introduce our parallel session 'Women’s empowerment at the forefront of sustainable development', we asked a question to our members: 'What is gender equality for you?'.

This session aimed at sensitizing male and female participants, including leaders and decision-makers in cooperatives, and reinforcing their ability to advance women empowerment and gender equality in the cooperative movement, with a particular focus on the following aspects: promoting an enabling environment to support women’s empowerment and gender equality within cooperatives and through cooperatives; making the cooperative business model more attractive to women, including by promoting female entrepreneurship.

The session also sought to cover a number of sub-themes in addition to the two core themes aforementioned, which could include among others: tools to support women cooperators, empowerment of young women, and benefits of gender equality for the wider community.

2020-08-18
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #7 | CHEESE BOARD COLLECTIVE | BERKELEY, USA
Cooperatives of the Americas
cooperative, usa, america, worker, food, aroundtheworld.coop

The Cheese Board Collective is a worker-owned cooperative located in Berkely, in Northern California in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. It opened as a small cheese store in 1967. In 1971, the two original owners sold their business to their employees and created a 100% worker-owned business. Over time, it has grown in size and in the number of sold products. Nowadays the Cheese Board Collective consists of a cheese store, a bakery, an espresso bar, and a pizzeria. As they say, they have never wavered from the original vision of a democratic workplace. This commitment has made it possible to constantly reinvent themselves while remaining faithful to their political vision, and their belief in good, honest food.

2020-08-18
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #5 | Koperasi MRSM Kepala Batas Berhad | MALAYSIA
ICA Asia and Pacific
aroundtheworld.coop, malaysia, cooperative, education, youth, school

The Koperasi MRSM Kepala Batas Berhad is a cooperative set up by a school to provide essential services for students, teachers and staff, such as the laundry, the cafeteria, a market shop and also a kindergarten. Profits are reinvested in activities for the students and they, at the same time, can actively take part to the cooperative life, having the opportunity to develop hard ad soft skills and to be exposed to the cooperative principles since the early age.

2020-08-18
What is #coops4dev🌍?
Global Office
partnership, #coops4dev, EU, europe

Leave it up to our project managers to explain you the added-value of cooperatives in international development and the aim of the partnership between the ICA and the European Union.

2020-08-17
“Coops 4 Decent Work” in observance of the 2019 International Day of Cooperatives
Global Office
decentwork, unitednations, SDGs

8 Jul 2019 - At a time when income inequality is rising around the world, it is good to be reminded that solutions to inequality do exist. The co-operative model is foremost among these solutions, since it contains aspects of sustainable development at its core and is based on ethical values and principles. The aim of this celebration is to increase awareness of cooperatives. The event underscores the contributions of the cooperative movement to resolving the major problems addressed by the United Nations and to strengthening and extending the partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors.

2020-08-17
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #4 | Bhabishya Nirman Sana Kishan | NEPAL
ICA Asia and Pacific
aroundtheworld.coop, nepal, finance, credit, gender, youth

The micro-finance cooperative Bhabishya Nirman Sana Kishan was created in the Dakshinkali municipality (Nepal) to revert a situation of abuse by big landlords of the region, who were offering loans to small farmers at a very high interest rate. The cooperative is also giving women and youth the opportunity to build their own future in a decent and sustainable way.

Watch the video to know more about the encouraging stories of these active and courageous cooperators.

2020-08-17
European Development Days 2019
Cooperatives Europe
EDD, europe, inequalities, EDD19

Cooperatives Europe showcased the cooperative way of addressing global inequalities during the two days of the European Development Days, on the 18th and 19th of June 2019.

Leading a session on peace-building, a brainstorming on youth empowerment and organising a session on renewable energy cooperatives, they brought together partners such as our Development Platform (CEDP) and the #coops4dev team, and many others.

2020-08-17
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #3 | COPRORIZ-Ntende | RWANDA
ICA Africa
aroundtheworld.coop, rwanda, agriculture, finance, credit

The COPRORIZ-Ntende cooperative provides many services to its more than 3.700 members, ranging from agriculture technical assistance to marketing, to support them to access credit from financial institutions, to many fundamental social services. Their vision is to build a sustainable organisation and to this purpose, they are carrying out responsible investments for the benefit of the members, including the two stars Ntende hotel, the farmers' market and the poultry farming project.

2020-08-17
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #2 | COOPERATIVE TOUDARTE | IMSOUANE, MOROCCO
ICA Africa
aroundtheworld.coop, morocco, gender, cooperative

In the cooperative Toudarte, over 100 Berber women participate in the production of biological argan oil. The cooperative not only guarantees a stable income to many families, but it also contributes to the transformation of the social role of women in the region.

2020-08-17
AROUNDTHEWORLD.COOP #1 | CASA DI ALICE | ITALY
Cooperatives Europe
aroundtheworld.coop, italy, agriculture, cooperative, integration

A documentary film on the Italian cooperative Casa di Alice (Alice’s home) and the Altri Orizzonti – Jerry Essan Masslo cooperative in Castel Volturno (Southern Italy). It presents the work of these cooperatives to boost the social and economic integration of migrants and recover confiscated lands from the mafia.

2020-08-17

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