Communication Partners

European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB)

The European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB)  is an international non-profit organization based in Brussels. It has been the voice of co-operative banks in Europe since 1970. This organization represents, promotes and defends the common interests of its 31 members and co-operative banks in general. Its purpose is to encourage co-operation between European co-operative banks and promote co-operative values within the banking industry.

Cooperative Business New Zealand

Cooperative Business New Zealand brings together the country’s cooperatives and mutuals in a non-profit incorporated society which aims to:

  • Promote the cooperative and mutual business model;
  • Encourage and support New Zealand cooperatives and mutuals;
  • Act as representative for cooperatives and mutuals;
  • Promote discussion and cooperation with decision makers at all levels of government designed to further the interests of cooperatives and mutuals;
  • Facilitate and coordinate services, expertise and research in support of the cooperative and mutual business model;
  • Collect, verify, and publish relevant and useful information relating to cooperatives and mutuals.

Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC)

The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC), is a group of nine cooperative development organizations: ACDI/VOCA, Global Communities, Communications Cooperative International, Cooperative Resources International, HealthPartners, Land O’Lakes International Development, National Cooperative Business Association – CLUSA International, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International and the World Council of Credit Unions.

Cooperatives Europe

Cooperatives Europe is the voice of European cooperatives. On behalf of its 80 member organizations from 32 European countries across all business sectors, it promotes the cooperative business model in Europe. Its members represent 123 million individual member cooperators owning 160,000 cooperatives and employing over 5.4 million European citizens – a force for economic growth and social change.

Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association believes that co-operatives build a better world. This trade association and capacity-building organization develops, engages, educates and advocates for Ontario’s 1,300+ co-operative businesses. On Co-op is an information and resources network with a mission to lead, cultivate and connect co-operatives.

On Co-op provides its member-owners with programs, resources and networks that support their organizations and facilitate growth and opportunity. From the strong foundation provided by its membership, On Co-op builds co-op awareness and vitality, and unites the co-operative movement in Ontario.

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association is a provincial coalition of co-operatives and credit unions. We are incorporated as a community service co-operative that is working to support and promote the co-operative model for community and economic development.

Our work focuses on youth education and community involvement, co-operative development, and linking and informing the co-operative sector in Saskatchewan. We have been educating young people about co-operatives since 1928 and have over 43,000 alumni of our flagship Co-op Camp program

Coop FR

Coop FR was founded in 1968 out of a desire on the part of various families of cooperatives (agricultural cooperatives, consumer cooperatives, production cooperatives, cooperative banks, etc.) to raise awareness of cooperative values and principles and defend their interests with government authorities.

Today this representative organization is the voice of more than 23,000 cooperative organizations and their more than one million employees. Coop FR also works to promote social economy values with partners from across the movement, including mutuals, associations, and foundations.

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC)

CMC is a national, bilingual association that represents more than 18 million co-operative members from 9,000 co-operatives. CMC activities are targeted at helping co-operatives form, develop and thrive. Through advocacy with the federal government, CMC provides a knowledgeable voice to encourage national policies that strengthen the co-operative economy. CMC also supports wide-ranging research in partnership with leading research institutions and government to inform policy.

Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité (CQCM)

Founded in 1940, Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité (CQCM) is Quebec’s sectorial and regional co-operative and mutual democratic instance created to allow coops and mutuals to take on the full development of their potential.  It represents more than 3,300 collective businesses that provides 100,000 jobs, manages $246 billion in assets and cumulate close to $34 billion in revenues. These collective businesses work in many activity sectors and counts close to 8,8 million members since a lot of Quebecers hold  a membership in more than one co-operative.

Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU)

The Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) was established on August 17, 1972 in the Dominican Republic and serves as the apex trade and development organization for financial and non-financial cooperatives in the Caribbean.

The CCCU is an affiliate of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and represents the Caribbean Diaspora as part of the over 186 million members in the credit union sector.

Nationale Coöperatieve Raad (NCR)

Nationale Coöperatieve Raad (NCR), the Dutch Council for Cooperatives, acts as a center of knowledge and expertise for cooperative enterprises. At its founding in 1934, the NCR consisted mainly of members of cooperative agriculture and finance, as FrieslandCampina and Rabobank. Today, it hosts cooperatives from all sectors.

NCR is the center of the debate about cooperative enterprises in the Netherlands. It’s also the place where cooperatives meet and learn from each other. 

As a strong supporter of the cooperative model, NCR believes in its benefits. NCR stimulates professional development in the cooperatives and advises on the cooperative issues. Since 2015 NCR has started the Cooperative Academy in which board members can be educated in skill and knowledge. Thus, it strengthens the cooperative identity and provides the necessary preparation to seize opportunities and overcome the challenges ahead.

The network of NCR is its strength, in the Netherlands and abroad.

Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA)

The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA) is the provincial association for co-operatives in Alberta, and also includes among its membership community and agricultural organizations. The ACCA is a recognized leader in co-operative education and community economic development in the province, and has worked to bring the co-operative sector together at annual events and to work together on local projects. Along with a successful co-operative youth program, the ACCA is also involved in several province wide projects including using the co-operative structure to finance local business development and build strong Albertan communities.


Mutuo brings together various groups from the mutual sector to promote a better understanding of mutuals and encourage mutual approaches to business and public policy.

Through Mutuo, consumer cooperatives, mortgage institutions, mutual insurance providers, mutual assistance associations, and other similar companies work together to promote their shared interests to the government, media, and other decision makers.

International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF)

The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) is a best practice organization committed to giving its members from around the world a competitive advantage. ICMIF helps to grow its mutual and cooperative insurance member organizations by influencing global issues, creating unique networking opportunities and sharing the latest market and member intelligence. It currently represents the interests of 227 members across 70+ countries, providing “a global reach for local strength”.

Fédération québécoise des coopératives forestières (FQCF)

The Québec Federation of Forestry Cooperatives gather and represent, in shared interest areas, the totality of forest workers cooperatives, worker-shareholder cooperatives, solidarity cooperatives and producers cooperatives present in the forest sector of Québec.

To best ensure dialog amongst members and in a fashion to know well their needs, FQCF gathers cooperative representatives in different working groups on recurring or ad hoc specific topics. It also represents forest cooperatives in a numerous boards or committees of forest communities and cooperatives.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

NRECA is the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives and public power districts providing retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states. Its retail sales account for approximately 12 percent of total electricity sales in the United States.

Manitoba Cooperative Association (MCA)

The Manitoba Cooperative Association (MCA) Inc. is a provincial association of cooperative organizations, created by its' members to enhance and support the development of a united, growing and influential cooperative movement in Manitoba. On behalf of its' members, MCA serves the common and individual needs of cooperatives in the areas of development, education, youth leadership, government relations and global awareness.

National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector advocacy, education and technical assistance that helps cooperative businesses thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in more than 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women and youth. We currently work in 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP)

The International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP) aims to provide cooperative banks with an international learning forum and a business network to serve as a basis for the enhancement of their cooperative and business development.

The CIBP is seen as playing a strategic role in strengthening the cooperative practices and distinctive advantages of its member banks and in contributing to enhance the public recognition of the cooperative banks’ mission as well as their ability to move towards sustainable development.

SCOPs (Cooperative and Participative Enterprises)

Cooperative and Participative Enterprises, or SCOPs as they are known in Europe, refer to both SCOPs (production cooperatives) and SCICs (collective interest cooperatives). Like all companies, they are expected to be profitable. They are governed democratically and profits are invested first and foremost in jobs and company projects.

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada)

Co-operative House Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) is the national voice of the Canadian cooperative housing movement. Its members include over 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and other organizations across Canada. More than a quarter of a million Canadians live in housing co-ops, in every province and territory.

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

Arctic Co-operatives Limited is a service federation providing essential support services to its member-owners, the 32 active, community-based Member Co-operatives located throughout Canada’s Arctic. The primary role of this aboriginal-owned and democratically-controlled Co-operative Federation is to coordinate the resources and combined purchasing power of these multipurpose Co-ops as they work together to ensure ongoing social and economic advancement within their communities. Through its Member Co-ops, the Federation creates employment opportunities, offers training and development programs, provides benefits to members - including patronage dividends, - and leads social programs such as the Aluminium Can Recycling Program.


CICOPA is the International Organisation of industrial and service cooperatives, a sectorial organisation of the International Cooperative Alliance. CICOPA is a network of 43 national confederations and federations of industrial and service cooperatives in 28 countries which gather about 65,000 enterprises providing 3 million jobs across the world. Many of those cooperatives are worker cooperatives, namely cooperatives where the members are the staff of the enterprise, others are social and producers’ cooperatives. CICOPA has 2 regional organisations: CECOP- CICOPA Europe and CICOPA Americas.

Euro Coop

Euro Coop - the European Community of Consumer Cooperatives unites the national organizations of consumer cooperatives in 19 European countries. Founded in 1957, Euro Coop is the oldest European cooperative association. Today, it represents the interests of over 4,500 local and regional cooperatives, owned by 32 million consumers across Europe. Euro Coop members provide 500,000 jobs and operate 36,000 stores, which are Europe’s strongest retail force with an annual turnover of € 76 billion.

Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide (CCW)

Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide (CCW) is the consumer cooperative global sector organization of the International Cooperative Alliance. Its members are the national consumer cooperative associations in 27 countries, spanning 4 continents. Through their activities on national level, our members represent the economic and social needs and interests of more than 66 million individual consumer-members who all share the cooperative principles and values.

Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM)

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is the national peak body representing the co-operative and mutual models of enterprise in Australia. Formed in 2013, the BCCM is a powerful and informed voice in the Australian business community.

In Australia, there is an estimated 1700 co-operative and mutual businesses operating, representing 13.5 million memberships and accounting for 7% of the country’s GDP.

The BCCM, through its members, highlights the contribution co-operatives and mutuals make to the national economy and social development in Australia and aims to increase the awareness and growth of these models of enterprises in the economy.

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Food Processing Council of Quebec (Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ)

The Food Processing Council of Quebec is a consolidation of the strengths of the food industry which groups 80% of the annual business volume of a 24 billion dollar industry.

Its mission is to represent, promote, and defend the interests of its members vis-à-vis food processing industry, and to enhance its members’ competitive edge on the Quebec, Canadian, and foreign markets.

Singapore National Co-operative Federation

The Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) was established on 18 September 1980 to be the national voice of co-operatives in Singapore to promote and develop cooperatives as sustainable enterprises that address social and economic needs to foster a more resilient society. These social enterprises have grown to be integral social pillars that are touching lives across the Singapore society ranging from consumer retail, childcare, property development, thrift and loan, security, travel, and educational services, healthcare, aged care. This year, 2015, marks 90 years of the Singapore Co-operative Movement and it also coincides with 50 years of nation building in Singapore.


CONFCOOPERATIVE is the largest Italian umbrella cooperative association. It affiliates more than 20,000 cooperatives representing approximately 3.3 million individual members with sale figures of more than 66 billion euros, and provides jobs for over 530,000 people. Founded in 1919, it is rooted in the country through 103 regional and provincial branches. It is comprised of 9 national federations operating in the sectors of agro-food, housing, banking, fisheries, workers and production, consumer and retail, culture, tourism and sport, social solidarity and health.

BC Co-operative Association (BCCA)

The BC Co-operative Association (BCCA) leads, educates, advocates, and promotes the co-operative sector in British Columbia. The BCCA is the provincial apex association of community and enterprise co-operatives representing more than 700 BC co-operatives. The BCCA supports the development of new co-ops through advising and start-up services and works with existing co-ops to build on their successes.  The BCCA promote co-ops as powerful tools for community control over local economies and as key strategies for economic and social reform. The association works tirelessly to build a co-operative economy in BC through collaboration with members, partners, and sector supporters.

International Co-operative Alliance - Africa

The Alliance Africa formerly known as (ICA Africa) is one of the four regional offices of the International Co-operative Alliance which serves, unites and represents ICA's member organisations in Africa. It Promotes the Co-operative Movement Development in Africa; Promote and protect Co-operative Values and Principles; Facilitate the development of economic and other mutually beneficial relations between its member organizations; Promote sustainable human development and the economic and social progress of people, thereby contributing to peace and security; Promote equality between men and women in all decision-making and activities within the Co-operative Movement; and  lobby for an enabling environment for Co-operative development in Africa.

Fédération des coopératives funéraires du Québec

La Fédération des coopératives funéraires du Québec includes cooperatives from Canada, the United States, Peru, Costa Rica and France. It seeks to eliminate exploitation in funeral services by collective empowerment and support of families in every step related to death and mourning. The Federation’s member cooperatives constitute the leading network of funeral enterprises in Québec and save the member users several million dollars a year.

Health Care Co-operatives Federation of Canada (HCCFC)

Our member co-ops provide home care, mobile services, employment support for people facing multiple barriers to employment, access to culturally appropriate wellness and health services, and the full range of community outreach and integrative health and medical services to over a million Canadians. We facilitate sharing of best practices and programs developed by health co-ops across the country and internationally, exploring the new concept of budget holders co-ops and work to grow through co-operation not competition. Each co-op is unique, with its work determined by the needs and resources of its member-owners to meet the needs of their community.

International Health Cooperative Organisation (IHCO)

The IHCO is a voluntary association of consumer, provider and multistakeholders health cooperatives which seek to provide high–quality, cost–effective community health care based on freedom of choice, integration of services, and ethical working conditions.

Its objectives, as a Sectoral Organisation of the ICA, are to provide a forum for the discussion and exchange on issues of relevance to its member organizations; to provide information about the nature and role of health co–operatives to international agencies and bodies, specifically United Nations bodies, to national governments, to the media and to public opinion; to promote the development of health co–operatives and collaborate with ICA Regional Organisations, ICA Thematic Committees and other ICA Sectoral Organisations.

Buldana Urban Co-Operative Credit Society Ltd.

Buldana Urban Co-Operative Credit Society was established on June 19, 1986, in Buldana, India. At the time of establishment, account holders of the society were only in a number of two digits and now this number has grown up to six digits i.e. 750,000 Today, Buldana Urban Co-Operative Credit Society Ltd. has 374 branches in major cities across India. Total business of Buldana Urban is around $1.32 billion USD.

Buldana Urban Co-Operative Credit Society Ltd. committed to create a member-centric organization with a deep and high sense of social responsibility and to continuously leverage technology to attain world class standards of performance.

Cooperativas de las Américas

Cooperativas de las Américas is one of the four regional offices of the International Co-operative Alliance which serves, unites and represents ICA's member organisations in America. It promotes the co-operative movement development in America, as well as its values and principles. It also facilitates the development of economic and other mutually beneficial relations between its member organisations, sustainable human development and the economic and social progress of people, thereby contributing to peace and security. Furthermore, it promotes equality between men and women in all decision-making and activities within the co-operative movement while lobbying for an enabling environment for co-operative development in America. It also focuses on the promote the inclution of youth, good governance, ethics and leadership, social  balance, education. It also enables different programs to stretch leaders capability and technical programs for management in the cooperative movement. Additionally, Cooperativas de las Américas works on advocating programs to help cooperatives with their processes to improve their laws.

International Cooperative Alliance Asia-Pacific (ICA-AP)

International Cooperative Alliance Asia-Pacific (ICA-AP) Regional Office was set up in 1960 in New Delhi (India) to promote cooperative development in the region. It has 87 apex/national cooperative-organizations from 27 countries as its members. ICA-AP organizes training courses, capacity building programs, exchanges, workshops and seminars in collaboration with its members and government departments/ ministries in charge of cooperatives. ICA-AP work through its regional committees in the areas of agriculture, banking, consumer affairs, gender equality and youth cooperation, human resource development, and research. The ICA-AP established the Malaysia Business Office, in Kuala Lumpur, in 2013 to further its work on trade and business related opportunities for the cooperative movement in the region.

Coop de France

Coop de France is the national federation for France’s 2,700 farming and agri-food co-ops (ranging from VSBs to SMEs to large groups), representing 450,000 farmers and 165,000 employees. With 600 food processing subsidiaries, France’s farming co-ops make up 40% of France’s agri-food industry and 1 out of every 3 food brands. Coop de France acts as a representative of these businesses in interactions with French and European government agencies, economic decision-makers, the media and the public.


COLAC is a continental organization whose aim is to represent, finance and provide technical assistance on and for the savings and credit cooperative movement. We are a co‑op under the ownership of the Latin American savings and credit cooperative movement, managed by its owners, and fully economically and ideologically independent in design based on what the movement ought to be. We have influence over a large network of co-ops in the Latin American subcontinent, with outstanding potential owing to our more than four decades of expertise and experience in the development of savings and credit co-ops.

Panafrican Cooperative Conference

It was in 1967 that what has come to be known as the Pan African Cooperative Conference (CPC) was held in Cotonou, Benin, for the first time at the initiative of cooperative organisations, States, trade Unions with support from the Afro-American Labour Centre (CAAT). This first meeting organized was attended by representatives of eleven (11) African countries. Since then the number of member countries has risen to 20. The birth of the Pan African Co-operative Conference was thus the positive response of Africa to recommendation 127 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) of 1966 on the role of co-operative societies in developing countries.

World Council of Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high-quality and affordable financial services.

Coup de pouce

Coup de Pouce is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is committed to sustainability, community development and humanitarian aid. The organization is accredited by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the CIVICUS Alliance and an active partner of the International Cooperative Alliance, as well as the Japanese government through its embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It boasts 80 active members, more than 300 volunteers and partnerships with 5 development-oriented NGOs. It is actively involved in agriculture, the environment, healthcare, hygiene and sanitation, and offers emergency aid to conflict victims. Coup de Pouce teams lend support to some of the most vulnerable populations regardless of social status, and to international NGOs and economic operators that fight for sustainability.


Malaysian National Co-operative Movement (ANGKASA)

ANGKASA is the apex co-operative body officially recognized by the government to represent the Malaysian Co-operatives Movement at national and international level. Apex body founded by the country’s Co-operative movement in 1971, ANGKASA is responsible to unify co-operatives in Malaysia and to facilitate or assist in the development of the movement. Its objective is to unite co-operatives in Malaysia in order to protect and uphold the rights and interests of the co-operative movement; represent the co-operative movement at national and international levels; run co-operative education programs among the people of Malaysia and provide various services that were affordable for ANGKASA to help the operation and administration of co-operatives.


SOCODEVI is a network of cooperatives and mutuals that share technical and strategic expertise and knowledge with partners in the developing world.

SOCODEVI contributes to sustainable development in countries where it intervenes with the goal of empowering local communities.

To accomplish that purpose:

  • We strengthen cooperative businesses to build wealth for their members and the community.
  • We propose innovative solutions for sustainable integration of cooperative businesses into markets.
  • We strengthen the competencies and capabilities of individuals and we make available the expertise of our professionals and network for our partners.

Réseau de la coopération du travail du Québec (RÉSEAU)

Known officially as the Quebec Worker Co-operative Federation, RESEAU COOP has for mission to encourage the development of as many cooperatives significantly managed by workers, whether they are worker cooperatives, solidarity, producers or worker shareholder’s cooperatives.

RESEAU COOP operates under three main roles:

  • Be the spokesperson of labor cooperation in Quebec
  • Provide coaching and support to worker cooperatives in all development phases
  • Act as a leader to promote the sharing of expertise between cooperatives


COOPCONGO is the apex body of co-operatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

It is not only a Membership organization, but also and mostly a Service oriented body committed to the development, growth and strengthening of the co-operative societies in DRC based on international standards within the country regulations and the ICA guidelines, principles and values.

In order to fulfill its mandate, COOPCONGO plans a set of programs including: A Co-op Ressource Center, an advocacy campaign, sensitization/ mobilization, … and seek to build partnerships within and outside the country for interco-op businesses and investments.

DZ Bank

DZ BANK AG is the central institution in the cooperative financial network and serves about 900 cooperative banks, by which it is majority owned. Furthermore, it is also active as a corporate bank and has the holding function for the specialised service providers in the DZ BANK Group. Apart from DZ BANK AG, the DZ BANK Group includes leading financial services providers such as Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, Union Investment and R+V Versicherung. With its extensive financial products and services the DZ BANK Group supports the local cooperative banks in Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Capital Markets and Transaction Banking.

Canadian Credit Union Association

The Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) is the national credit union trade association, representing Canada’s credit unions, caisses populaires (outside of Quebec), and regional credit union Central organizations. CCUA is distinct in its commitment to co-operative values, and is the first, national credit union governed organization in Canada.


The Cooperative Confederation of the Argentine Republic is a third grade entity, representative of the social economy, which is involved in the everyday life of over 10 million Argentine people through its 5,000 basic entities throughout Argentina.

Founded on December 5th 1962, it represents over 60 entities from different sectors: consumption, education, health, tourism, savings and credit, production and housing, work, electric energy, telecommunication, potable water, gas networks and liquid gas, pharmacology, insurance, media and agriculture.

Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario (CCO)

The Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario (CCO) is the organization of choice for the education, promotion, consultation and the provision of advisory services to ensure sustainable development of Francophone co-operatives and social enterprises in Ontario. Founded in 1964, the CCO is based upon values such as the importance of individuals over capital, community support, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. The CCO is a provincial leader regarding the co-operative and social enterprise business models and supports the Francophone economic development. The CCO has three offices located in Ottawa, Toronto and Sudbury.

Conferencia Internacional Competitividad Cooperativa Y La Economia Digital

The Conference is an annual event of a consortion comprised of Kennesaw State University, Cenecoop R.L., Fundepos University, Cooperatives of the Americas, Confederation of Cooperatives of the Caribbean, Central America and South America, and CIFAL-Atlanta. Its main objective is the analysis, promotion, and development of integration efforts in the field of digital economy to enhance cooperative competitiveness in the Américas. In particular, we are committed to

1. Establish a process for the "adoption and implementation of digital platforms," in different sectors of the digital economy.

2. Develop a virtual universal exchange that allows interpolarity and integration of diverse digital platforms.

Ministry of Handicrafts, social economy and solidarity

The Ministry of Handicrafts, social economy and solidarity is the ministerial department in charge of the development and the implementation of government policy in the areas of handicrafts and social economy. The ministry’s mission is to:

Craft sector:

• Prepare the government strategy of handicrafts and follow up the implementation of its programs.

• ensure the Economic Animation of craft businesses.

• Establish cooperation programs to develop the sector.

• Supervision of public institutions under its jurisdiction.

Sector of the social economy:

After the annexation in 2013 of the Department of Social Economy to the Ministry, Other missions came strengthened those mentioned above:

• Develop national and regional strategies and programs to develop the sector.

•Monitor the implementation of the programs in coordination with the concerned departments.

• Encourage sector’s players by providing the advice and the needed support.

Wex Business

Wex Business organizes cooperative technical missions around the world. This is the best way to stimulate productivity in cooperatives; promoting integration and team interchange and incenting the performance of partners is a result of insightful event organization which are adequate to the objectives to attain.  We organize commercial trips, technical visits and courses for cooperative members in any part of the world. Please get in touch via the email or visit our website!ingles-home/cwba

Institutional Partners

University of Lucerne, Switzerland - Four Faculties And Specialized Research Centers

The roots of the University of Lucerne date back to 1579, when the University was founded as a theological seminar. The modern university with four faculties (theology, law, humanities and social sciences and 2016 with business administration) and full academic rights started in 2000. The University has approx. 3,000 students (42% of them female), 57 professors and 330 staff. The University features many special research centers, i.e. the Competence Center for Cooperatives at the IFU I BLI Institute of Business Law. With its contemporary architecture and its great location at the lake studying at University of Lucerne is a great experience.

American University of Nigeria, Yola, Nigeria

American University of Nigeria seeks to become a great center of learning and research for Nigeria and Africa, a catalyst for development in the entire world. AUN activities encompass to achieve mission to provide quality education to Nigeria and Africa’s future leaders in order to equip them with the skills needed to solve development issues on the continent, give them the knowledge needed to create solutions that will benefit their community, their country and the world. As a signatory of Academic Impact & Principles for Responsible Management Education, AUN supports United Nations core principles including addressing poverty.

Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives of HEC Montréal

Founded in 2014, the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives of HEC Montréal aims to understand and communicate the place and role of cooperatives in economies and societies at the international level and, in doing so, to shed more light on management practices, policies and actions to be taken in order to preserve cooperatives’ identity and further their development.

In order to respond to this mission, the Institute is founded on three pillars: the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF), the Centre for Expertise and Knowledge Transfer on the Management of Cooperatives, and the Cooperatives Gateway to promote access to knowledge.

Chaire de coopération Guy-Bernier, UQAM

The Chaire de coopération Guy-Bernier is a research chair focused on human resource management in cooperative environments. Created in 1987, its mission is to stimulate and promote reflection and discussion on cooperative values, principles and discourse, and their effect on the engagement, performance and confidence of collaborators. The performance of cooperative administrators, the management of current and potential employees and the general public’s perception of cooperatives represent a few examples of the themes of the Chair’s current research projects.

Media partners

Co-operative News

Co-operative News is the oldest cooperative newspaper in the world — and also, arguably, the oldest democratically controlled paper. It celebrated 140 years of continuous publication in September 2011.

The Co-operative Press Limited, based in the UK, publishes the printed Co-operative News (for a British audience) and manages the Global News Hub. The Press is a secondary federal cooperative society owned by other cooperative societies and sympathetic organizations.

La Presse+

La Presse+, a free-subscription digital edition for tablets, delivers a user-friendly, interactive news and information experience combining the best of print, Web, mobile applications and video. Available every morning before 5:30, 7 days a week, La Presse+ features enriched versions of every section of the La Presse print edition, plus a broad array of multimedia content. Besides the daily edition, La Presse+ also includes a breaking-news function, enabling users to say on top of the latest stories throughout the day.

Olivier Frey

Titulaire d’un doctorat en économie et spécialiste des entreprises coopératives, Olivier Frey est actuellement consultant et formateur auprès de coopératives et également professeur associé externe à l’Université de Sherbrooke (Canada).

Son blogue a pour objectif de présenter des informations (articles de presse, articles de recherche, études, etc.) sur les entreprises coopératives, que ce soit en France ou à l’étranger.

Ethical Markets Media

Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) is a micro-multinational social enterprise, Certified B Corporation, with the mission of reforming markets and metrics while helping accelerate and track the transition to the green economy worldwide with the Green Transition Scoreboard®, Transforming Finance TV Series, Principles of Ethical Biomimicry Finance® and with reports, articles, newsletters, and analysis by Hazel Henderson, editor-in-chief, on, focusing on systems thinking and best practices to raise global standards. streams original Ethical Markets productions and video gathered from around the world.

Le Soleil

Le Soleil, with the largest newsroom in Quebec City, publishes seven days a week and has a weekly readership of approximately 272,000. It also attracts more than 465,000 unique weekly visitors to its website.

Afrique Expansion

Afrique Expansion Magazine is an International business publication dedicated to the promotion of commercial exchanges and business partnerships between Canadians and Africans. To counterbalance the often negative image of Africa boasted by other publications, Afrique Expansion Magazine aims at demonstrating that Africa offers sizable economic opportunities and tremendous human resources. Afrique Expansion Magazine also promotes the new conditions into which African politics and economics evolve insuring numerous opportunities to Canadian investors. The magazine also demonstrate, to its African readers, the possibilities offered by the Canadian market (export opportunities, financing, partnerships, new technologies, etc)  While 75 % of our readers are between 35 and 54 years old, 70 % are of University Degree level.  In Africa, as in well as in Canada, they are either business leaders, professionals and/or executives in various companies as well as within International Organizations.

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail, through its newspaper, magazine, online and mobile platforms, is Canada’s foremost news media company. Each day, The Globe leads the national discussion by engaging Canadians through its award-winning coverage and analysis of news, politics, business and lifestyle.

The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, founded in 1844; Report on Business, Canada’s most influential business magazine; and, the newspaper’s online and mobile media hub, reach a combined 6 million readers every month. The Globe and Mail is proud to be the media partner for the Power of Co-operatives 2016 Summit.

Cooperative Digest Magazine

Cooperative Digest Magazine was established and published in 2005 by Richie Stephenson Konsult, a consultancy firm engaged in cooperative education, training and management.

The Global Compact International Yearbook

The Global Compact International Yearbook is a grassroot publication by participants for participants of this unique UN initiative. With more than 400.000 readers worldwide it is one of the most distributed and adopted CSR-publications. The yearbook offers in-depth information on key sustainability issues relevant to stakeholders and seeks to promote comprehensive knowledge exchange and learning in the spirit of the Global Compact principles. In this way, the publication will help to advance transparency, promote the sharing of best practices, and, perhaps most significantly, will give a strong voice to the regional and global actors that are at the heart of the initiative.


The MundoCoop is the largest communication platform specialized in the Brazilian cooperative sector.

Magazine MundoCoop - The only magazine on management, finance, people and cooperative marketing. The magazine presents clear and direct information pointing ways to achieve success, and to overcome the obstacles that lay ahead of Brazilian cooperatives. Through ideas, solutions and experiences, MundoCoop magazine provides an overview of the sector and brings success stories, practical experience and analysis that can help in growth, strengthening and conducting business.

Coop Planning - The cooperative agenda. The CoopPlanning is a reference work, indispensable to the work of industry professionals throughout the year, a multipurpose instrument of diverse content to meet the needs of cooperative members with information about the cooperative activities in the country.