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Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy has prepared a Position Paper that responds to concerns that the process of crafting a post-2015 development agenda and set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has so far paid insufficient attention to the role of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE).

Cooperatives' people-first approach proves effective for social and economic development

Cooperatives’ people-first approach proves effective for social and economic development

On the 2014 International Day of Cooperatives, the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) organized a panel discussion 10 July at the UN in New York to mark the contributions of cooperatives toward sustainable development efforts.

Historic first at the B20 Business Summit: Co-operative Sector at the Table

Historic first at the B20 Business Summit: Co-operative Sector at the Table

For the first time in history, the co-operative sector is represented at the B20. The appointment of Dr Andrew Crane, CEO of Australian grain co-operative CBH, is a determined step towards a more just society and a sustainable concept of growth. At the B20, Andrew Crane will advocate a better balanced type of economy where co-operative businesses counterbalance joint-stock companies, thus improving economic diversity and resiliency in times of crisis.

Co-operatives of the Americas supports the United Nations Global Compact

On June 17, Co-operatives of the Americas has communicated to the Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the signature of the United Nations Global Compact initiative promoted since 1999.

Credit Unions Add 7 Million Members in 2013

More than 7 million people worldwide joined credit unions in 2013, according to a new report from WOCCU. Nearly 208 million residents of planet Earth now belong, almost half in the United States. The 2,540 credit unions in Latin America posted the highest membership number among the world’s cooperatives, adding 3.1 million new members.

New edition of the ILO’s My.COOP online TOT course

The objective of this training of trainers (TOT) course is to enable existing and potential managers of agricultural cooperatives to identify and address major challenges that are specific to cooperatives in market-oriented agricultural development.

CUNA study reveals demographic profile of Credit Union members and non-members

The results of Credit Union National Association’s member and nonmember survey reflect growing diversity. CUNA published this article on the trend as credit unions seek to meet their membership’s increasingly diverse needs, opportunities and challenges.

Cooperatives of the Americas join international call for peace

With the escalation of military action once again conspiring against the long-sought pacification of the Middle East, Cooperatives of the Americas issued a “Cooperative Message for Peace” calling for the cessation of hostilities and offering the potential contribution of cooperativism as a tool that, by its very nature, aims at understanding, collaboration and mutual assistance between people, beyond all differences of any type.

NCBA CLUSA among organizations pushing for new U.S. global food security legislation

NCBA CLUSA joined NGO alliance InterAction and other organizations engaged in efforts to end global hunger by signing a statement this week urging Congress to introduce bipartisan legislation by September that ensures continued U.S. leadership in improving food and nutrition security.

New Global Credit Union Statistical Report Now Available

World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has released its latest Statistical Report, which provides membership and financial data from credit unions and financial cooperatives worldwide. This year’s report includes information from 56,904 credit unions serving nearly 208 million members in 103 countries.

Javier Salaberría, former CICOPA President has passed away

Javier Salaberría, CICOPA President from 2005 until 2011, sadly passed away on Saturday 26th July. Javier will remain a fundamental figure in the memories of all those who worked alongside him, as well as in the history of CICOPA and the worker cooperative movement.

NCBA CLUSA Working Group researches co-op movement in Cuba

NCBA CLUSA led a research and education trip to Cuba last week to gain a clearer picture of the cooperative movement there, which observers say is playing an increasingly significant role in the country’s push for economic reform.

CUNA Mutual Group commits $35,000 to The Cooperative Trust

CUNA Mutual Group has committed $35,000 over the next year to The Cooperative Trust to support the future of credit unions. This new sponsorship continues CUNA Mutual Group’s long-standing involvement with the Trust and will increase leagues’ efforts to engage young adults.

High Marks for U.S. Electric Co-ops in J.D. Power Study

A new J.D. Power study gives a dozen electric cooperatives above-average scores. More than 104,000 residential consumers served by 138 electric utilities nationwide responded to the 2014 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. It asked about several factors, including price, reliability and customer service.

Co-op Hot Shots 2014

Organised by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), Co-op Hot Shots is back for the third year running. Photography enthusiasts of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to enter. There are two categories to enter – Open Print and Online Fun, with over S$6,000 worth of cash prizes to be won. The competition is open to residents and non-residents of Singapore.

Cooperative sector represented at Vatican Seminar on the Global Common Good

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJP) recently convened a two-day seminar regarding the Global Common Good held at the Pontifical Academy of Science inside Vatican City on 11 and 12 July 2014. Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Cooperative Alliance, was one of the global leaders specially invited to attend the event.

NRECA CEO Hosts Youth Leadership Council

NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson welcomed members of NRECA’s Youth Leadership Council, as they returned to the nation’s capitol a month after visiting Washington, D.C., for the 50th Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

NCGA and partners raise over $50,000 for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

A collaborative program of the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is committed to teaching and promoting organics among new and upcoming farmers. The grant supports education programs for students interested in sustainable agriculture nationwide, and in an era of aging farmers, targeting the youth is crucial.

New Research from the NRECA CRN: Telecommunications: The Linchpin for Smart Grid Success

“Telecommunications: The Linchpin for Smart Grid Success,” an article published today by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Cooperative Research Network (CRN), offers lessons from the experiences of six cooperatives that upgraded their telecommunications infrastructure to support new smart grid applications.

Cooperatives as Builders of Sustainable Development

As part of the answer to the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda, CICOPA is publishing the results of the study entitled “Cooperatives as Builders of Sustainable Development”, showing the state-of-the-art of worker, social and artisans’ cooperatives in contributing to sustainable development.

Cooperatives Europe participates in Informal Meeting of EU Ministers and State Secretaries for development

On 15th July, Cooperatives Europe was invited to speak at an open dialogue event on the new role of the private sector in development. The event took place within the Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers organised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the EU Commission under the Italian Presidency of the EU Commission on 14th and 15th July in Florence, Italy.

The inaugural Annual General Meeting of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

From June 16th – 19th, co-operators from across Canada convened in Moncton, New Brunswick to take part in the 2014 Congress. The Congress marked a significant event in Canadian co-operative history: The inaugural Annual General Meeting of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC).

New York City Invests In Worker Cooperatives

On Thursday, June 26th the New York City Council will vote to approve the city’s annual budget, which contains a $1.2 million initiative to fund the development of worker cooperatives.

Co-operators pay tribute to Ian MacPherson, Canada’s co-operative historian, author, educator and advocate who passed away on past November

Co-operators pay tribute to Ian MacPherson, Canada’s co-operative historian, author, educator and advocate who passed away on past November (Anca Voinea)

Strong cooperative voice at Development Policy Forum in Lima

From 24th to 27th June, the regional seminar for Latin America of the Policy Forum in Development took place in Lima, which was organised by the EU Commission (DG DevCo) together with several Latin American civil society organisations (CSOs). The meeting aimed to bring EU development policies, programs and financial mechanisms closer to the civil society actors of the region with open discussions between institutions and CSOs.

Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all

International Co-operative Alliance press release on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives - 5th July 2014

Message by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder for International Day of Cooperatives 2014

In his message, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), noted that cooperatives reach many of the poor and excluded who are out of reach from the government, and from conventional markets for goods and services, such as smallholder farmers.

National Cooperative Bank Ranked #5 in Washington Post Top Workplaces List

National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading financial institution dedicated to providing banking solutions to cooperatives nationwide has ranked as #5 in mid-sized companies on The Washington Post Top Workplaces list.

Monique Leroux, invites you to the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives. Discover why you should attend the Summit! Mark your calendar: October 6 to 9, 2014 in Quebec City.

Monique Leroux, invites you to the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives. Discover why you should attend the Summit! Mark your calendar: October 6 to 9, 2014 in Quebec City. (International Summit of Cooperatives)

Cooperatives at the top of list of strongest lenders

According to news published by Bloomberg last week the list of the world’s strongest banks has cooperatives in the top three organizations listed. The Desjardins Group, Canada, and the Norinchukin Bank, Japan, in joint second place.

Green City Growers - The Evergreen Cooperatives are a connected group of worker-owned cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio committed to local, worker-owned job creation; sustainable, green and democratic workplaces; and community economic development

Green City Growers - The Evergreen Cooperatives are a connected group of worker-owned cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio committed to local, worker-owned job creation; sustainable, green and democratic workplaces; and community economic development (Workplace Democracy)

ILO includes cooperatives in a future Recommedation on tackling the informal economy

An amendment including cooperatives was approved this week to the “proposed conclusions” on transitions from the informal to the formal economy. This is the first step and this item will be dealt with at the current session and at the 104th Session of the Conference to be held in 2015, hopefully with the publication of a Recommendation.

IICA signs agreement to promote the development of agricultural cooperatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

An agreement signed between the Interamerican Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA) and Cooperatives of the Americas is designed to promote the participation of producers in the region’s agricultural value chains and markets.

Co-operatives of the Americas participated in the Conference: Tools to Measure Co-operative Performance and Impact

This conference was held to bring together researches and practitioners who study co-operative impact and performance in order to elevate the understanding and use of measurement tools to better describe co-operative impact. Cooperatives of the Americas presented its view on Social Responsibility and Cooperative Social Audit.

XVIII ICA Americas Regional Conference
Cooperative Decade

Our members anniversary

Co-operatives of the Americas sends its warmest greeting to its member organizations who are celebrating their anniversaries in August 2014.

Credit Union National Association, Inc. (CUNA) was founded on 10 August 1934 and thus, it is celebrating its 80 anniversary.

Asociación Colombiana de Cooperativas (ASCOOP) was founded on 6 August 1960 and thus, it is celebrating its 54 anniversary.

Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Coronel Francisco Bolognesi Limitada (CAC Bolognesi) was founded on 19 August 1970 and thus, it is celebrating its 44 anniversary.

Confederación Latinoamericana de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito (COLAC) was founded on 28 August 1970 and thus, it is celebrating its 44 anniversary.

Federación de Cajas Populares Alianza, S.C. de R.L. de CV (ALIANZA) was founded on 5 August 1982 and thus, it is celebrating its 32 anniversary.

Cooperativa Mixta Mujeres Unidas Limitada (COMIXMUL) was founded on 12 August 1991 and thus, it is celebrating its 23 anniversary.

Confederación Nacional de Cooperativas de Bolivia (CONCOBOL) was founded on 5 August 1993 and thus, it is celebrating its 21 anniversary.

Progressa Entidad Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito (Progressa) was founded on 6 August 1996 and thus, it is celebrating its 18 anniversary.

Central Nacional Unimed (CNU) was founded on 20 August 1998 and thus, it is celebrating its 16 anniversary.

Successful cooperative stories

Cooperativa Los Pinos - ACOPALP (El Salvador)

An illustrative example of how a cooperative initially dedicated to coffee production can become a true agent of local development, building houses, schools, health centers, water and electricity facilities and community amenities. Subtitled in English

Facts & figures

Cooperatives worldwide have nearly 1,000 million members and generate 100 million jobs, 20% more than multinational companies (2012)

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