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3 new country reports translations available in the Cooperative Legal Framework Analysis in The Americas

11 June 2020

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.

During the month of May, the reports on cooperative legal frameworks from Saint Kitts & Nevis, Canada and Brazil were translated into Spanish. These countries join the list of countries with reports already completed and available online in their Spanish version: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay. All the countries mentioned above are also available in English as well as Jamaica.

The Haitian report is in the revision stage; while for Honduras, Curaçao and the United States, legal experts have already started writing the reports.

All completed national reports are available on the website Coops4dev.coop