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Inaugurated the first self-help housing co-operative in Haiti

Inaugurated the first self-help housing co-operative in Haiti

On April 14, 23 families, members of Kooperativ Lojman Men nan Men -KOLOMM- (Hand-in-Hand Housing Co-operative), received the keys to their homes from representatives of Cooperatives of the Americas, COOMEVA of Colombia, Fundasal of El Salvador, We Effect and Heifer, cooperation agencies from Sweden and the United States respectively, America Solidarity of Chile, GARR of Haiti and local authorities of Lascahobas, the commune where the new cooperative is located.

2015 Day of Co-operatives' theme is equality

2015 Day of Co-operatives’ theme is equality

The Alliance and the United Nations through COPAC (Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives) jointly appointed equality as the theme for the 2015 International Day of Co-operatives. The day’s slogan is "Choose co-operative, choose equality".

The Guatemalan cooperative movement adopted the Global Cooperative Marque and introduced its new flag

The Guatemalan cooperative movement adopted the Global Cooperative Marque and introduced its new flag

In the framework of the XXXVI Annual General Meeting held on March 26, the Guatemalan Confederation of Cooperative Federations and its affiliated federations agreed to adopt the new cooperative flag.

International Co-operative Alliance calls on co-operators to assist co-operatives devastated by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

The island of Vanuatu was devastated by Cyclone Pam, which struck the island nation on 13 March 2015, with winds of 155mph. While the entire nation was affected, co-operatives in particular were devastated and suffered immense damages in terms of building, stock and loss of income. It is estimated the losses are in the range of $180,000.

NCBA CLUSA CEO Mike Beall to testify during Senate Committee hearing on U.S. – Cuba trade

NCBA CLUSA President and CEO Mike Beall’s testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, highlighting the vital role co-ops are playing in Cuba’s emerging private sector.

Canadian legislators discuss on health co-operatives

On March 25th, the Health, Wellness and Social Services sector had the opportunity to make presentations to members of the All Party Caucus on Co-operatives of the Canadian federal government. The Caucus was formed last year in an encouraging move of co-operation among the 5 political parties represented at in the Parliament of Canada.

Mutual and cooperative insurers continue to outperform the rest of the insurance market

The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF), which represents the global mutual and cooperative insurance industry has announced new statistics confirming that the global mutual and cooperative insurance sector enjoyed another year of strong financial performance in 2013 with the publication of the Global Mutual Market Share report.

The New York Times dedicates an article to workers’ buyouts in Europe

The North American daily newspaper The New York Times has published a thorough article on business transfer to employees. It deeply analyses the story of the Editoriale Zanardi, an artisanal printing company located in Northern Italy and transformed into a ‪‎worker cooperative in 2014.

Hope for Haiti’s Caisses Populaires

Haiti’s economic future looks brighter, thanks to technology, persistence, and help from the global credit union community.

CQCM launches a strategic plan to create 20,000 jobs by 2020

As part of the days activities, the Annual General Meeting allowed the past Chair of CQCM Monique Leroux to present their new Strategic Plan for the co-operative and mutualist networks in Quebec.

Desjardins announces a number of innovations at its annual general meetings

"While remaining what we are—a cooperative financial group with strong cooperative values—we have chosen to be more innovative. We want to be even more effective so that we can continue to meet the needs of our members and clients, today and tomorrow." That’s how Monique F. Leroux, Desjardins Group’s Chair of the Board, President and CEO, today presented the company’s many recent innovations to the approximately 1,200 caisse delegates gathered at the Palais des congrès de Montréal for the Desjardins Annual General Meetings.

New study reveals “doing business with co-ops is good business”

NCBA CLUSA collaborated on the ground floor of a new report commissioned by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Cooperative Alliance Committee, which makes the business case for credit unions and co-ops to recognize-and invest in-their shared principles and vision of community economic control.

NCG Opposes Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) today expresses its strong opposition to The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which codifies the current system of voluntary labeling of GMO foods and was introduced today in U. S. Congress.

U.S. National Cooperative Bank Reaches 312 Megawatt Milestone

National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading national financial institution serving cooperatives and socially responsible organizations, has reached a major milestone by arranging approximately $370 million in new financing for customers installing environmentally-friendly solar energy systems nationwide.

MOU between NCBA CLUSA and Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives to benefit rural smallholder farmers

A memorandum of understanding between NCBA CLUSA and the Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (MUSCCO) is expected to expand access to agribusiness financing and grow smallholder farmer livelihoods in rural Malawi.

NRECA Leadership Honors Electric Cooperatives in Costa Rica

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) leadership recently honored two rural electric co-ops in Costa Rica. NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson and NRECA President Mel Coleman joined Coopelesca (Cooperativa de Electrificacion Rural de San Carlos) and Coopeguanacaste (Cooperativa de Electrificacion Rural de Guanacaste) to celebrate their respective 50th anniversaries over the weekend.

UNIMED championing sustainability as a business strategy

For UNIMED do Brasil, the largest system of medical co-operatives in the world, sustainability is an integral part of its business strategy. Throughout 2014 UNIMED has continued to focus on its Sustainability Programme, which was first introduced four year ago to promote responsible consumption of water, energy and paper among staff members.

Pope Francis calls for co-operatives to build a more honest economy

Addressing over 7,000 members of the Confederation of Italian Cooperatives, Pope Francis has expressed his support for co-operatives, as a means to achieve an “economy of honesty”. In his speech in Vatican on 28 February, the Pope suggested five actions for co-operatives to achieve their mission and challenge the current “throwaway culture”.

Spreading the cooperative word through audiovisual media: the first edition of Festcoop

FestCoop, the International Cooperative Film Festival started out as a way of bringing together people’s experiences working for cooperatives in the social and solidarity economy online, through audiovisual media. Colombia will be the first country to host the event in 2016. In June a dedicated channel will be launched online, along with further information about participating.

Co-op statistics multi-stakeholder working group launched in Turkey

A multi-stakeholder working group on co-operative statistics has been set up in Turkey. The working group will be co-ordinated by the co-operatives directorate on the Ministry of Customs and Trade and technically supported by TurkStat.

Official presentation of the Resource Guide for Training on Entrepreneurship Development of Women and Gender Equality

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2015, and during a panel and debate at the United Nations in New York, on the theme of “Co-operatives: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment”, the International Co-operative Alliance Asia and Pacific Women’s Committee presented their Resource Guide for Training on Entrepreneurship Development of Women and Gender Equality.

NCBA CLUSA to formally launch U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group at press conference

NCBA CLUSA will host a press conference next week to announce the formal launch of the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group (USCCWG), a national-level, multi-sectorial U.S. cooperative leadership group representing consumer, purchasing, worker and producer co-ops from a broad range of industries, among them agriculture, energy and finance.

2016 U.S. Federal budget proposal preserves funding for rural cooperative development

The United States Federal Budget for fiscal year 2016, released this week by U.S. President Barack Obama, not only preserves core funding for the Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) program, but also suggests a $200,000 increase over 2015 funding levels.

New measures could create a more favourable environment for Brazilian co-operative banks

Brazil’s National Monetary Council will allow co-operative banks to issue local debt notes. The council has also cut the minimum capital threshold for co-operative banks. These moves were designed to strengthen alternative financing by enabling co-operative banks to sell local debt notes and gain access to stable, long-term funding.

Mercosur’s past, present, and future ina a developing region

As well as announcing new postings and preparing for the 2015 Work Plan, CICOPA Mercosur is launching a new website with the aim of it becoming a regional reference point for the dissemination, promotion and advocacy of worker cooperatives.

U.S. Congress increases funds for international cooperative development

President Barack Obama signed the HR 83 Omnibus FY15 Spending Bill, increasing annual funding for the Cooperative Development Program (CDP) to $10.5 million, up 5 percent from the last spending bill.

United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs examines the role of co-operatives in sustainable development

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs jointly with UN Habitat co-hosted an expert group meeting and workshop to look at the experience of co-operatives in terms of sustainable development. The event took place at the UN’s headquarters in Kenya, Nairobi.

Eight construction cooperatives join up to salvage an abandoned building

Cooperating to restore the national heritage. The Red de Construcción Cooperativa (Cooperative Construction Network, in English), made up of 8 members of Argentina’s Confederación Nacional de Cooperativas de Trabajo/CNCT (National Confederation of Worker Cooperatives, in English) is renovating a building which will become the future headquarters of Argentina’s Instituto Nacional de Asociativismo y Economía social (National Institute of Associativism and Social Economy, in English).

New law will help Puerto Rican co-operatives benefit from financial help to grow their business

A new law will enable Puerto Rican co-operatives to benefit from financial help to cover development and expansion costs. Under the Law 101 of 2014, signed by Governor Alejandro García Padilla on 23 October, co-operatives will be able to receive financial assistance in order to grow their business.

“Social needs, cooperative answers”: a new campaign for the promotion of cooperatives providing community services

CICOPA, the International Organisation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives, and IHCO, the International Health Cooperative Organization, launched the campaign “Social needs, cooperative answers”, following a workshop organized in South Africa in the framework of the International Cooperative Alliance conference in 2013.

New report details microcredit expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean

Microcredit in Latin America and the Caribbean has continued its expansion of the last decade, with an increase in customers, more kinds of institutions, a wider variety of services offered to clients, and a trend toward lower interest rates, according to new data released here today by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group.

United Nations publishes first-ever Global Census on Cooperatives

Following the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives the United Nation’s Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) commissioned the first-ever Global Census on Cooperatives, the results of which were shared for the first time during the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives in Québec City, Canada.

The potential of cooperative enterprises in e-waste management

A new report by the cooperatives unit of the International Labour Organization (ILO Coop), highlights the growing problem of electronic waste. Electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) is currently the fastest growing waste stream, and it is hazardous, complex and costly to treat. Adequate e-waste recycling can contribute to an environmentally sustainable economy, but that requires immediate improvements in job quality and incomes.

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.

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)

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)

Cooperative Decade
General Assembly and Global Conference 2015
UN Global Compact

Our members anniversary

Co-operatives of the Americas sends its warmest greeting to its member organizations who are celebrating their anniversaries in April 2015.

Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico (CSMPR) was founded on 23 April 1963 and thus, it is celebrating its 52 anniversary.

Federación de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito de Honduras (FACACH) was founded on 3 April 1966 and thus, it is celebrating its 49 anniversary.

Sefired Red de Soluciones (SEFIRED) was founded on 16 April 2009 and thus, it is celebrating its 6 anniversary.

Successful cooperative stories

Natucapri (Brasil)

An innovative idea, the production of handmade soaps from goat milk through a cooperative, changed the social and economic reality of a group of women in a small village of the Brazilian state of Alagoas. 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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