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States and Markets in Co-operative Development: An Appraisal of African’s Political Economy of Organised Solidarities.

YSI State & Market WG/Pol-economy of Coops

Start time:

July 31 - August 3



Moshi Cooperative University, Moshi


Panel discussion

How to attend

See description below for application requirements


This panel presentations and roundtable of early career researchers seek to tell the story of co-operatives as bedrock of African solidarity. It captures modern co-operatives as cogent examples of organised African solidarities. As currently obtains in many African countries, co-operatives are offshoots of indigenous social solidarity initiatives with pre-colonial roots. It is on record that co-operatives played pivotal roles in pre-colonial and colonial African societies and were key instruments in anti-colonial agitations. Despite their historical significance, and to curb their relevance, colonial administrations imposed regulatory frameworks, leading to creation of dysfunctional co-operative political economies. In recent times, aims of African governments to harness co-operatives for sustainable development are encumbered by deficient legal and administrative frameworks. These anomalies persist, and perpetuates a cycle which hinders the attainment of full potential of African co-operatives. Although governance has transited from colonial administration to self-rule, dysfunctional foundations of political economy earlier laid for co-operatives remains largely intact. Thus many African governments approbate to partner co-operatives as partners for sustainable development. Conversely, the same African governments reprobate by maintaining deficient legal and administrative frameworks earlier identified. Furthermore, much of research and discussions on African co-operatives unintentionally ignores, the cogent rationality of the interface of politics and economics. This trend preserve the root causes of problems inherent in African co-operatives. Therefore, a roundtable is proposed to dissect and proffer remedial for the identified problem. This will be addressed from two perspectives: (a) appraisal of colonial and neo-colonial; and (b) Evaluation of the evolution of administrative and legal policies.

Format: This in-person event will be proceeded by an online preparatory session on the 12th of July, 2024.
Keywords: Administrative policies, Co-operative development, State-politics, Market-economics, Legal frameworks

How to apply

Prospective participants should please provide answers to the following questions in a single PDF file, and send same to [email protected] not later than 30th April, 2024.

  • First name:
  • Surname:
  • Gender:
  • Email address:
  • Institutional affiliation:
  • The city and country from where you will travel to Moshi, Tanzania:
  • Is an abstract where you are a speaker/co-speaker accepted for presentation at the main conference:
  • Are you applying for travel support from YSI:
  • If yes, please explain you reason and motivation for applying for travel support from YSI (maximum of 200 words):
  • Do you have another means of sourcing travel support outside of YSI:

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