2020 – Cooperatives and wider SSE enterprises respond to COVID-19 disruptions, and government measures are being put in place.
Author/Publication Info: International Labour Organization This article summarizes the cooperative, wider SSE enterprise, and government response to COVID-19 disruptions. Cooperatives, in partnership with governments, around the world are being affected by – and responding to – COVID-19 in various ways in immediate and short terms. This article covers a variety of sectors and summarizes the Read MoreRead More
“Co-Operative Governance Fit to Build Resilience in the Face of Complexity”
Author/Publication Info: International Cooperative Alliance This comprehensive publication includes several articles covering a variety of topics covering the unique ability for cooperatives to build stronger resilience in the face of complex challenges and obstacles – in particular because of their governance structures. The Table of Contents are as follows: Statement on the Cooperative Identity Foreword Read MoreRead More
2012 Keystone Development Center Cooperative Development Checklist
Author/Publication: Cathy Smith, Keystone Development Center The Keystone Development Center has a check list that we follow when working with groups forming cooperatives. Any errors are not Jerry’s but are the responsibility of KDC. It is presented in the form of questions we ask ourselves. If the answer to the question is no, the recommended Read MoreRead More
2018 Study Guide for Cooperative Principles: Fostering Racial and Economic Equity in Cooperatives
Author/Publication: Patricia Cumbie, Jade Barker, Bill Gessner, Carolee Colter and Thane Joyal, Columinate This article is a discussion guide to strengthen the relationship between the cooperative principles and fostering racial and economic equity in cooperatives. From the authors: Discussing each principle and value through the lens of racial and economic equity will provide a starting Read MoreRead More
“Supporting Women Throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response and Economic Recovery.”
Author/Publication Info: African Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank This article highlights evidence from the Africa Gender Innovation Lab and other promising research to protect the lives and livelihoods of women and girls – in diverse topics such as household, firms and farms, and adolescence – to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls, Read MoreRead More
“Agricultural Cooperatives and COVID-19 in Southeast Africa. The Role of Managerial Capital for Rural Resilience.”
Author/Publication Info: Francesconi, Nicola, Fleur Wouterse, and Dorothy Birungi Namuyiga. Sustainability 13 (3): 1046. This article hypothesizes that collective or organizational resilience is especially significant to smallholders when idiosyncratic risk coping strategies fail. By using pre- and during-shock data from agricultural cooperatives in Southeast Africa, the authors analyzed the resiliency of these smallholder-owned organizations. Many Read MoreRead More
2020 – Applying a Gender Lens to Post-Covid Economic Recoveries: A Spotlight on Women-Led Businesses in Africa
Author/Publication Info: Naoko Koyama, Madjiguene Soc, Katrina Kwan, Dalberg. For many African nations, women head up the SMEs that make up the fabric of communities and economies. This article summarizes the particular difficulties and challenges that African Women-led SMEs face and how they have responded to such obstacles. This article also provides short term and Read MoreRead More
2013 – Measuring the Benefits of Smallholder Farmer Membership in Producer-Controlled Vertical Value Chains: Survey Findings From a Development Project in East Africa.
Author/Publication Information: David John O’Brien, Lloyd Banwart, and Michael L. Cook. Poverty & Public Policy. A Global Journal of Social Security, Income, Aid, and Welfare. Vol. 5 No 4, December 2013, pp. 399-416 Why people decide to join, or not to join a cooperative? What are the benefits of membership as compared to non-membership-based organizations? Read MoreRead More
Root Capital-Applying Gender Lens to Agriculture. Farmers, Leaders and Hidden Influences in the Rural Economy.
“In this issue brief, the authors share the experience of applying a gender lens to work in smallholder agricultural finance. Through the Women in Agriculture Initiative, Root Capital has been able to better understand the areas in which women receive support (as farmers, agro-processing employees, and leaders). This work has also identified new areas for Read MoreRead More
2020 M.J. Lodiaga. The Cooperative Difference in Kenya.
The paper focuses on assessing the role of co-operative societies in empowering the women and changing the traditional powerbase in societies where they operate. It describes how women owned and managed cooperatives hold potential to empower women and to transform gender relations as a path to achieving gender-just peace goal. Peace and social well-being are Read MoreRead More