Technology and Knowledge Exchange

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Legacoop

Lead Organisation(s)

Municipality of Trabia

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

2 157 900.00

Start Year

2017

End Year

2019

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

Testing and transferring an improved fishing tourism business model in the coastal territories of Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Albania, France and Spain as a way to diversify the income of the fishery cooperatives, while fostering the preservation of the marine ecosystem and of the traditional fishery cultural heritage in the Mediterranean.

Summary

TOURISMED aims at testing and transferring an improved fishing tourism business model in the coastal territories of Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Albania, France and Spain as a way to diversify the income of fishery cooperatives, while fostering the preservation of the marine ecosystem and of the traditional fishery cultural heritage in the Mediterranean.

Expected changes concern a more sustainable use and valorisation of marine resources, a diversification of income and a recognition of coastal traditional heritage. The project will produce a pilot test of the model and an evaluation tool to assess its replication in the Med. A training course will involve fishermen to implement the touristic itineraries in synergy with local tourism operators. The final model will be promoted by a web tool to clients willing to set up a fishing tourism business, while an interactive map of itineraries will be used to reach tourists. Protocols with public bodies and fishing associations (MoU) will be followed by policy recommendations to ensure sustainability of project’s impacts.

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Coopermondo - Confcooperative

Lead Organisation(s)

CISP - Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

3 350 000.00

Start Year

2018

End Year

2020

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

Peace, the only hope for economic and social development – PUEDES is the project, within the Trust Fund of the European Union (EU), that Coopermondo in partnership with the CISP – International Committee for the Development of Peoples, will carry out in the department Putumayo.

Project aims to generate community empowerment and to strengthen local governance for sustainable local development. The PUEDES project is carried out in the municipalities of Puerto Asis, Puerto Caicedo, Orito, Valle del Guamez, Puerto Leguizamo. Main objective is to strengthen the aspects linked to the organization of value-chain oriented by the market supply, through the identification and directly involvement of both local markets and the national and international companies interested in the products of the five common beneficiaries.

The project aims to benefit 5,000 local producers, victims of the conflict, refugees and former combatants through aninclusive approach aimed primarily at young people and women. The plan is to strengthen communities on decision-making and planning of local investment and promote the creation of small community infrastructure  for communities. The actions will be completed with the creation of an Artistic Training Center in each common beneficiary.

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Coopermondo - Confcooperative

Lead Organisation(s)

Coopermondo

Partners

Budget range (€)

Start Year

2017

End Year

2019

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

Coopermondo agrees to train at least 30 human resources of which 20 young officials of the FAIEJ, the Fund of the Ministry at the Base of Togo and 10 members of APES, designed to ensure and promote the development of the cooperative movement in Togo.

The training topics include:

Basic elements for the creation of a cooperative enterprise
Economics and corporate finance
Indicators for institutional and business performance

Key will be the transfer of know-how in terms of strategic and cooperative analysis of business risk and design of sustainable financial structures.

Also Coopermondo is committed to supporting the FAIEJ in 4 campaigns, benefiting institutions and civil society, topromote the start-up of cooperative enterprises within young people.

Type of Activity

CEDP Organisation

Cera-BRS

Lead Organisation(s)

Cera/BRS

Partners

Budget range (€)

Budget (€)

30 000.00

Start Year

2018

End Year

2020

Country

Region

Sector

Project Objectives

BRS started a partnership with the savings and credit cooperative Madfa in 2017, the ultimate objective being to improve and diversify the sources of incomes of the farmers through access to tailored financial services.
 

Summary

Together with Trias NGO, BRS helps MADFA Sacco to expand her agricultural credits to invidual smallholder farmers and farmer groups.

In 2017, BRS has facilitated a workshop about credit process resulting in an action plan to improve the risk management, the commercial performances and the client satisfaction.

In 2018, MADFA Sacco has requested BRS to provide support on BCP (business continuity management), mobile banking and cooperative governance.

 

 

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.

 

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