Co-operatives in the developing world are improving the livelihoods of their members and Canadian efforts to support those co-operatives are helping them do that.
Those are just two of the findings from a comprehensive evaluation of Canadian support to co-operatives commissioned by the Canadian International Development Agency– now the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The evaluation is the first of its kind, focusing on a specific development approach rather than a project or organization and was prompted, in part, to commemorate the International Year of Co-operatives in 2012. The evaluation looked at the work of three organizations – The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), Développement International Desjardins(DID), and SOCODEVI – in three countries – Guatemala, Vietnam, and Burkina Faso. Three other countries where co-operative development has not been particularly successful – Cameroon, Honduras, and Tanzania -were chosen as “deviant case studies” in an effort to more accurately isolate those things that work, and do not work in developing successful co-operative movements.
Visit CCA’s website to read the evaluation.
-Canadian Co-operative Association
Interim Publication of Research Results
Hot off the presses! The MCDRNetwork’s first cross-project publication is ready for you to read. Readers can learn about the approaches to research, the partners involved and the progress and results of each of the projects comprising the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network. Digital link below. If you would like a hard copy, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be mailed while supplies last.
-tools that measure the co-op difference
-sector-specific research on – agriculture, renewable energy, housing, credit unions
-methodologies scan to measure social, environmental and economic impact of co-ops
-educational initiatives of co-ops
-organizational structure and co-ops across cultures
Read it online today!
New book by Dr. Rita Rhodes: http://www.thenews.coop/node/11091
“Empire and Co-operation”
Referring to the book, Mike Perry, Head of Communications at Plunkett Foundation said: “Empire and Co-operation is an important new contribution to the historical understanding of co-operative development.
He added: “Dr Rita Rhodes has plugged a significant gap in the co-operative movement’s understanding of how co-operatives were developed in the time of the British Empire. It sheds light on the important role of key individuals including Horace Plunkett, Henry Wollf and Earl Gray and key organisations such as the International Co-operative Alliance, Plunkett Foundation, UN agencies and the Co-operative College have had in building the international co-operative movement we see today.”
Child Care Co-operatives – A Research Report
Prepared for the Co-operatives Secretariat and Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
Child Care Co-operatives in Canada 2007 examines the situation of co-operative child care in Canada. Through research based on qualitative methods, including interviews with child care co-operative spokespersons and government officials, as well as the latest statistical data available, the report paints a complete portrait of co-op child care and provides an analysis of the enabling environment and possibilities for future development. The situation of co-operative child care in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States is also examined and lessons drawn for possible application in Canada.
The Co-operative Investment Plan: Examining the Impact of the CIP in Quebec and Exploring the Potential for a Canada-wide CIP