Cooperatives Working Group

About

How can cooperative structures help address challenges in economic development? Can they offer an alternative to neoliberal structures?

Coordinators:
Ajibola Akanji (Lead City University, Nigeria) 
Mathias Nkuhi (Moshi Co-operative University, Tanzania)
Paola Raffaelli (Lund University, Denmark)

Contact
coop[@]youngscholarsinitiative.org

Mandate

Research themes

  • Cooperative Identity.
  • Examination of the co-operative model as a tool for economic development, addressing inequality, promoting labour rights (worker, producer, farmer rights), the intersection of democracy and economics and rural development.
  • Cooperative enterprises in developed and developing world.
  • Cooperative Law.
  • Cooperatives and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
  • Cooperatives, Solidarity Economy and Environmental issues.
  • Social entreprises and SDGs.

Research Question 

  • Is the current cooperative identity adequate for sustainable development or there is need to rethink the cooperative identity?
  • Role of cooperatives in post crises (e.g. Russia Ukraine Conflicts, Covid 19 effects, etc) recovery
  • Whats the role cooperatives and solidarity economy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Artificial Intelligency revolution?
  • How do we improve cooperative research?
  • How can we make use of cooperative law to develop the cooperative movement? 
  • How can we improve the solidarity economy and cooperative model’s contribution towards achievement of SDGs?
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Projects Planned 

  • Cooperative book publication
  • Webinars and webinar series on research themes
  • Young Scholars Workshop alongside EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise will take place from 11th to 14th September 2023 in the city of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 
  • Workshop alongside Conference on Cooperatives and the Solidarity Economy 3nd Edition, South Africa
  • Cooperative Law Summer School, Croatia 2023 (Special Event for the Year)
  • Workshops alongside the ICA

Existing partnerships and cooperation 

  • Africa Cooperatives Institute of South Africa (ACI-SA)
  • Midlands State University
  • Cooperative University of Kenya
  • Platform Co-operative Consortium
  • Rwanda Institute of Cooperatives, Entrepreneurship and Microfinance
  • Moshi Cooperative University
  • Rwanda Institute of Cooperatives, Entrepreneurship and Microfinance
  • Africa Co-operative Consortium

Projects

You’re welcome to join any webinar or reading group at any time. You’re also invited to apply to present or participate in an any in-person workshop in your area. 

Upcoming 

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