Technology and Knowledge Exchange

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

DGRV

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

500 000.00

Start Year

2015

End Year

2019

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

By building demand-oriented and cooperatively organized agricultural advisory structures, the project contributes to income growth and food security in rural areas of Cambodia, and to the further development of the Cambodian cooperative sector.

Summary

The strategy of DGRV in Cambodia focuses on strengthening cooperative collaboration in agriculture with the aim to provide important growth impulses to the rural population as a whole and to farmers and small business holders in particular. The Special Initiative "ONE WORLD WITHOUT HUNGER" enables DGRV and its partners to expand their cooperation portfolio by adding another important component. The setup of cooperatively organized advisory structures support not only the development of the Cambodian cooperative sector. With its demand-driven, technically and economically oriented advisory approach, the project also contributes to improvements in food security and livelihoods in rural areas of Cambodia. Against this background, the project enables cooperatives in the province of Kampong Chhnang to offer their members agricultural extension services towards a sustainable increase in production and income generation. The main activities comprise of agricultural training and consultancy activities, supplemented by material assistance in setting up demonstration plots- / stables. Value chain and market analysis serve the development of co-operative business activities.

The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

DGRV

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

278 000.00

Start Year

2012

End Year

2020

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

The project aims to develop, up-scale and mainstream sector own control systems in order to contribute to the promotion of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and SHG federations in such a way as to realize their full potential for engaging in microfinance and sustainable livelihoods.

Summary

The Regional Project for Promoting Cooperative Self-help Organizations in Asia ​consists of project activities in 7 countries: Cambodia (DGRV country office), Myanmar (DGRV country office), Laos (DGRV country office), Vietnam (DGRV country office), Thailand, Philippines and India (partnering with APMAS).

In India DGRV in cooperation with the local partner APMAS is supporting the introduction and development of sector-own control systems (SOC) for self-help groups (SHG) and their federations. Based on the experiences and practices of German Cooperatives adapted solutions of internal control and regulation mechanisms have been elaborated and introduced in a pilot project in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile this model and model elements are been taken over by SHG structures in other parts of Andhra Pradesh and other Indian states. The activities focus on: training and consultancy for strengthening the cooperatively structured supervision association "Paryavekshan Samakhya"; capacity building and advisory services to various agencies for up scaling SOC in other States of India; consultancy in further developing and implementing self regulation systems including stabilisation systems for self-help groups.

The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

DGRV

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

833 000.00

Start Year

2012

End Year

2020

Country

Sector

Project Objectives

In Myanmar DGRV strengthens cooperative structures in agricultural areas. The overall objective is to generate growth impulses especially for the rural population, thereby contributing to improvements in food security and livelihood. 

Summary

DGRV follows a multi-level approach: The individual cooperative – i.e. at the micro-level – needs a consistent business orientation, adequate internal organization and well-trained managers and staff. In addition, the cooperative must be part of an integrated subsidiarity-based network at the meso-level in order for it to benefit from services provided by specialized central enterprises and associations, such as for training and auditing. At the macro-level, the government must create an adequate legal and regulatory framework for cooperative activities.

The Regional Project for Promoting Cooperative Self-help Organizations in Asia ​consists of project activities in 7 countries: Cambodia (DGRV country office), Myanmar (DGRV country office), Laos (DGRV country office), Vietnam (DGRV country office), Thailand, Philippines and India (partnering with APMAS).

Fields of activity in Myanmar are: Support to farmers to develop their self-help initiatives into well-functioning market-oriented cooperative structures, be it in the field of agricultural production, be it in the field of saving and credit activities; training and consultancy on topics like: role of cooperatives in market economies, set up and functioning of cooperative federations, role and establishment of cooperative audit, development of business plans and value chain assessment; awareness raising among decision makers and representatives of relevant government entities for the necessity to further develop and strengthen the cooperative sector.

The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Co-operative College

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

100 700.00

Start Year

2015

End Year

2016

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

The objective for this project is to create:

‘A strengthened and reconstructed Cooperative Movement among the Tamil Community in the North of Sri Lanka; greater awareness and support of the Coooperative Model for the Sri-Lanka diaspora communities in the UK’.

Summary

The project "Rebuilding a Cooperative Movement in northern Sri Lanka" is sponsored by Co-operatives UK since 2015   and it envisages in three core outcomes:

  • A shift from a project donor model to a collective enterprise model
  • Recognition by internal and external stakeholders in Sri Lanka and the UK of the importance of the Co-operative Model
  • A coalition of internal and external stakeholders taking the cooperative movement forward.

From these outcomes there will be three core work streams, all of which are mapped out in the project budget and include:

  • Knowledge sharing and mapping the existing situation, including events with other NGO’s on the ground such as the Swedish Cooperative Centre and the ILO.
  • Working with existing stakeholders – i.e. signposting other resources and projects; training NGOs working with cooperatives; a training session in the UK for diaspora groups on cooperatives; the possibility of promoting ‘learning representatives’ at the local level; and information on how to access funding.
  • Capacity building programmes, which will be the core of the project. The proposed list of topics (based on suggestions in Vavuniya) includes: Train the trainers  - using modern approaches; Farming as a business; Cooperative identity; Business management including finance; Specific programmes for women – leadership and for the large number of war widows; a programmes for district coop officials.

 

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Legacoop

Lead Organisation(s)

GVC – GRUPPO DI VOLONTARIATO CIVILE ONG

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

995 000.00

Start Year

2005

End Year

2008

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

To improve the socio-economic condition of communities in Dojob, Bosnia-Herzegovina, by supporting multiethnic cooperatives with microcredit programs.

Summary

Thanks to the support of the Italian Ministry, Legacoop and Boorea, GVC was able to establish 3 multiethnic agricultural cooperatives with 60 direct beneficiaries and 3 companies involved.

By providing access to microcredit, it was possible for the cooperatives to develop sustainable productive activities and improve technical and operational knowledge of the local agricultural production and market. The project included activities of construction renovation, equipment provision and sanitation and hygiene promotion and, thanks to the companies involved, access to markets with finished products.

The experts of Legacoop provided technical assistance throughout the project to all members especially through an intensive and comprehensive training course in the country, as well as a sponsored exchange visit to Italy where local cooperatives and authorities of Doboj were able to share knowledge and experiences with several Italian cooperatives. 

 

 

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Legacoop

Lead Organisation(s)

GVC – GRUPPO DI VOLONTARIATO CIVILE ONG

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

160 000.00

Start Year

2008

End Year

2009

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

To generate better conditions and strengthen the organization processes of cooperatives, with a special focus on the production chain and fair trade. 

Summary

Thanks to the campaign ‘STOP WORLD POVERTY’ GVC’s project actively strengths the production and organization capacities of local cooperatives.

In Nicaragua, the export of coffee of local cooperatives was increased and consolidated, as well as certified fair trade. Moreover, the share from export increased both for the italian cooperatives, marketing in Italy through COIND, and UCA production of ‘Transfair’. These achievements were possible thanks to a consistent training program on management and  board governance, and the creation of a national and international database of enterprises marketing agricultural products affiliated with UCA, with 1400 direct beneficiaries involved.

In Uganda, the productivity and household income of producers was increased as well as their capacity for product storage and technical knowledge. The project was able to support 1500 members of 3 cooperatives in consolidating information exchange networks, accessing new markets and self-help skills.

 

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Legacoop

Lead Organisation(s)

UNIDO/ONUDI

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

1 000 000.00

Start Year

2015

End Year

2016

Country

Region

Sector

Summary

The project aims to improve the hygienic standards of the products of small-scale fisheries in four target countries of West Africa, harmonizing their standards to those of the European Union. This will be done through capacity building activities and the reorganization of the sector, to overcome the SPS barriers that limit the possibility of the artisanal fishermen to benefit from the international integration of markets. Lega Pesca is involved in the realization of services of Technical Assistance for the training of artisanal fishermen and the competent authorities of the four countries on Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary treatment of the fish products, in view of European standards. The project includes a specific focus on strengthening the cooperative organization in the fishery sector, especially for marketing the products.

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Legacoop

Lead Organisation(s)

Haliéus (Ngo of Lega Pesca for International Cooperation Projects)

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

50 180.00

Start Year

2013

End Year

2016

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

The project aims at supporting the human development in the region through women's empowerment, the improvement of the hygienic condition, the improvement of the nutrition of children at the school of Mamiko and the development of new economic activities.

Summary

This project is the prosecution of a previous project of Haliéus in Madagascar, in the rural village of Djangoa, Ambanja district, Diana Region, North Madagascar. Thanks to this project, the local women cooperative Tsinjolavitra has been trained to set up a new service of artisanal processing of the local fishery products. The products are commercialized in the local market.

At the same time the project has built the structure of a canteen for the school Mamiko, in synergy with the structure where the women of the cooperative can process the fish products. The Cooperative has also been provided with all the material needed for starting up the new activity.

Finally, the project deals with the issue of sustainability of the fishing activities. In fact, training is going to be addressed to the local young fishermen for providing them some best practices for improving their fishing techniques (introducing selective fishing gears, fishing ban periods, fish nursery areas, etc) in terms of sustainability.

The project valorizes the expertise of the Italian fishery sector cooperatives, for providing trainings to the fishermen as well to the women on fish processing.

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Kooperationen

Lead Organisation(s)

Egen Vinding og Datter
FOEB - Fonden til Fremme af blivende Økologisk Balance)

Partners

Budget range (€)

Start Year

2010

End Year

2011

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

The overall objectives are that families in the villages of Apraponso and Bomba in Ghana can improve there housing facilities considerably by using bricks of clay - which together with the right building technique is a better building material than the present alternative: concrete bricks.

The more limited goal in this project is to demonstrate that affordable and sustainable houses can be constructed by using the transferred clay brick building technology from Denmark. When this has been demonstrated the wider use of this technology can be replicated in the villages of Apraponso and Bomba, as well as other villages.

Summary

The task in Ghana

The task in the villages of Apraponso and Bomba in Ghana is to mobilize the workforce appropriately. The overall objective of FOEB is to develop sustainable houses for as many people as possible and therefore the social angle is the top priority. It is the opinion of FOEB that this should be done with commercial technologies in order to achieve the necessary long term impact. FOEB realized in the beginning of their research that it was difficult to combine a commercial approach with a social purpose. This difficulty is deeply rooted in the vast economic differences between the villages and the larger towns. Businesses will naturally thrive in the cities, but not in the villages where the purchasing power is nearly non existent.

By providing the villages with a clay brick machine for a period of time, supported by other activities, the desired transfer of technology and know- how will be provided.

The training of the craftsmen and the apprentices (their own workforce) is important, but not enough. Several actions in the villages have to be coordinated and part of their cooperation has to be concentrated on new activities instead of preserving all the old traditions and looking passively to the development around them. That’s why the Village Committees has to be empowered.

Most importantly, the clay brick product is sustainable in any sense of the word and Ghana has this raw material at their fingertips in nearly every building area. They also  have today the capacity to run and maintain the technology transferred.

Another important part of the strategy is the demonstration houses. With these houses, the inhabitants of the villages and visitors to TAkoradi Technical Institute (TTI) can see the results for themselves. It will be easier to inform politicians and other interested parties, and it is part of the strategic plan to do that in Ghana as well as in Holbæk, Denmark.

The commercial price of a Clay Brick will be 2/3 (including the cost of investing in a machine) of the price of concrete bricks. That means that carrying through necessary projects in the villages like schools, housing, etc, will improve the quality of life in the villages in two ways: through the new housing itself and through the salary to the workers.

With a successful completion of the project, the technical “know- how” will have been achieved and affordable and improved housing using own workforce will be clarified and taken into consideration in other villages. Construction of schools helps equally girls as boys, as all children attend school in Ghana, where schools exist.

From a practical point of view, it is important to note that the clay brick machine has a capacity of 240,000 bricks per year, which is enough to serve at least 6 villages in the development phase, but here the parallel development of training in construction technology is crucial. In Mpohor Wassa East District, there is around 120 Villages.

With implementation of the project the foundation is laid for cooperation with TTI. The school will gain the capacity to carry out courses in the future, and on top of that the concept and lessons learned here is fairly easy transferred to other NGO’s and technical schools in Ghana.

With the completion of this project the foundation for our overall goal has been achieved: to implement sustainable and economical building techniques in Ghana.

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

We Effect

Lead Organisation(s)

We Effect

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

115 893.00

Start Year

2014

End Year

2017

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

The expected result is to promote Adequate Houses in Misssungwi and  Nyamagana Districts by year 2016.

Summary

The project will achieve this by promoting affordable appropriate technologies to the project participants by building their capacities  on the available technologies, savings and on other issues related to housing delivery such as land acquisition, prototype building plans e.t.c.  Artisans will be retrained and new ones trained on the same.  Further the project seeks to strengthen the capacity of the organization to develop and disseminate housing technologies, and to promote cooperative housing.

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