Regional Project - Promotion of Self-help Organizations and the development and strengthening of Cooperative Structures in Africa

Start Year:
End Year:
South Africa
Burkina Faso
Budget range (€):
> 1.000.000
Services, Crafts, Industry
Agriculture and Fishery
Banking, Credit, Insurance
Type of Activity:
Consulting (i.e. advocacy, organizational, ICT, etc.)
Training and Capacity Building
Institutional Building (i.e. advocacy, etc.)
Network Building and Strengthening
Legal Framework and Policy Reform
CEDP Organisation: Lead Organisation(s):
Department of Trade and Industry (SAMAF, CIPC, SEDA) - South Africa
Cooperative Bank Development Agency (CBDA)
is’baya – eastern cape (ngo)
national association of cooperative financial institutions of south africa (nacfisa)
federation swafcu (swaziland)
swaziland association of savings and credit cooperatives - sascco
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Department of Cooperative Development – Swaziland
Ministry of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing - Lesotho
Cooperative Lesotho
lyca (lesotho)
Zambia Cooperative Federation
-Uganda Co-operative Alliance
Catholic Workers Movement (CWM)
AMPCM (Associação Moçambicana para Promoção do Cooperativismo Moderno)
Land O'Lakes
DVV International
Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES)
ministry for trade and industry (mic)-mozambique

Project Objectives

Strengthening cooperative structures in agriculture, services and finance and thereby enable the participation of economically disadvantaged groups in the economic process


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. Fields of activity are among others: - Work with pilot cooperatives - Training schemes on the topics: function of cooperative federations, cooperative audit, relevance of savings and credit cooperatives - Consultancy to cooperatives, federations, for the set-up of business an investment plans and at local level for the set-up of a system of cooperative credit banks, audit, training - Support of legal and regulatory framework.

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



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