What does the cooperative movement look like in your country?
The mapping of cooperative actors carried out by the ICA-EU partnership (# coops4dev) is progressing steadily. Since the launch of the interactive online map, 54 countries are currently available, with more to come. Check out the map here.
By presenting the available data, the research provides co-operators and anyone with a keen interest in the co-operative movement a better picture of the co-operative context in their own country and in other countries. This knowledge can be crucial for communicating the strength of the cooperative economy, identifying networking and partnership opportunities, and for policy and advocacy efforts. Openly accessible country reports help policymakers and researchers gain easier access to data on cooperatives.
The research offers a comprehensive overview of the current situation of the cooperative movement in the countries covered, such as the number of cooperatives, members and employees, as well as historical information. Two main strategies used are the collection of statistics already available in the country and a survey of ICA member organizations. It targets a wide variety of cooperatives, regardless of their size, turnover or sector. Recent research that illustrates the size and strength of the cooperative movement around the world includes:
UK, where ICA members represent 7,063 cooperatives in the country, with a total membership of 14,008,457 and approximately 241,714 employees.
Did you know? The UK is also the birthplace of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), which was founded in London at the 1st Co-operative Congress in 1895 and is one of the only international organizations to survive both world wars.
Malaysia, where ICA members represent 14,417 cooperatives with 6,046,031 members. Co-operatives are present in Malaysia in a wide range of sectors, including consumer, service, agriculture, credit and transport.
Did you know? The first Malaysian Cooperative Congress was convened in 1966 with the aim of creating a national cooperative union to unite all cooperatives in the country. In 1971, the Second Malaysian Congress of Cooperatives approved the establishment of ANGKASA as a national cooperative union, a member of ICA today.
Kenya, where the ICA has 7 full member organizations and 1 associate member. The cooperative movement is very visible in the Kenyan economy – being present in many sectors such as agricultural production, processing and marketing, transport, housing, crafts, real estate and mining.
Did you know? In Kenya, the financial sector provides financial services to over 14 million cooperative members. The Government of Kenya also recognizes cooperatives as important vectors for achieving its long-term economic and social development goals linked to Agenda 2030.
Brazil, where the OrganizaciÃ³n de Cooperativas de Brasil (OCB) and other ICA member organizations have 6,828 cooperatives, 425,318 employees and 14,618,720 members. The main cooperative sectors in Brazil include agriculture and food, transport and banking.
Did you know? In 1902, a Swiss priest named Theodor Amstad founded Brazil’s first credit union; Sicredi Pioneira, which aimed to improve the lives of local residents, who until then did not have a bank. Based in Nova PetrÃ³polis (RS), the cooperative is still active today!
The research was carried out jointly by all ICA global and regional offices and the methodology was designed with the support of external experts from the European Institute for Cooperative and Social Enterprise Research (Euricse).
The ICA-EU Partnership for International Development (also known as # coops4dev) was signed in 2016 between the International Cooperative Alliance and the European Commission to strengthen the cooperative movement as a key player in international development.