22 reports of the Analysis of Cooperative Legal Frameworks in the Americas are available on the Coops4Dev site
As of this month, Cooperatives of the Americas makes available to cooperatives the reports of Cooperative Legal Frameworks from 22 Countries
Cooperative legal frameworks differ from country to country, in some legal systems cooperatives benefit from regulations that recognize their specificities and ensure a level playing field with other types of commercial organizations while in other countries the legislation lacks a specific legal framework for cooperatives or if it exists, it is detrimental to the interests of cooperatives, thus undermining the uniqueness of the model and preventing its development and sustainability.
In 2016, the International Cooperative Alliance and the European Commission signed an international cooperation agreement which is implemented through the program “Cooperatives in development: people centered businesses, in action”#COOPS4DEV🌎; This program establishes 8 lines of action: institutional strengthening, visibility and communications, cooperative networking, capacity building for member organizations, knowledge management, project implementation, political dialogue and research.
Under the research line of action, the International Cooperative Alliance is currently implementing an analysis of cooperative legal frameworks in the 109 countries in which its 310 member organizations are distributed.
As of this month, Cooperatives of the Americas makes available to cooperatives the reports of Cooperative Legal Frameworks from: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts & Nevis and Uruguay.
The United States report is in the feedback and adjustments stage.
All completed national reports are available on the website https://coops4dev.coop/en/c4d-americas.