Through a people-centered business model, cooperative enterprises have played a key role in international development for over 100 years, contributing to the development of an estimated 3 billion people worldwide.Working together through local, national, regional, and international structures, cooperatives build a global network across sectors ranging from small-scale to multi-national businesses. With cooperation among cooperatives and rich resources – finance, technical assistance, and human capacity – cooperatives constitute a major actor in economic, social, and human development around the world.
In 2008 Cooperatives Europe created the Cooperatives Europe Development Platform. The overall aim of the CEDP is to facilitate international cooperative development, to integrate cooperatives into development policies, and to advocate for the cooperative business model. Therefore the CEDP works jointly on international development issues, exchanges information, creates synergies, strengthens relations with EU institutions, co-ordinates development policy action at the European level, and cooperates with civil society platforms.
Currently the following organisations are member of the platform: Cera (BE), The Co-operative College (UK), DGRV (DE), Legacoop (IT), Confcooperative-Coopermondo (IT), Fédération Nationale des Cumas (FR), Kooperationen (DK), WeEffect (SE), Euro Coop (EU), Cecop-Cicopa Europe (EU).
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Cooperative Development Support
EDD21: Looking to a green and inclusive transition cooperatively driven by youth
On 15 and 16 June , Cooperatives Europe participated, under the ICA-EU Partnership on international cooperative development (#coops4dev), in the 2021 European Development Days (#EDD21), the EU paramount event on international development.
This year, EDD21 –...
The International Co-operative Alliance’s Global Conference ‘Cooperatives for Development’ took place between 14th and 17th of October in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference saw a participation of high-level international development participants such as Vandana Shiva as keynote speaker. The conference highlighted the importance of partnerships across cooperative sectors as well...
On 18th and 19th of June, Cooperatives Europe participated in the European Development Days at Tour & Taxis, in Brussels. This major gathering of international development actors in Europe brought together over 8000 participants under the theme “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind.” Cooperatives...
Click here for article ‘Policy topic – Cooperative Development Support’ Discover www.coops4dev.coop Click here for Cooperatives Europe Development Platform ICA-EU Partnership (#coops4dev) In March 2016, Cooperatives Europe together with the ICA entered into a partnership with the European Commission as part of its commitment to support the Civil Society Organisations active in international development. The partnership […]
‘The Power of Cooperation – Cooperatives Europe Key Figures 2015’. The report brings forward the impact of cooperatives across Europe, which provide more than 4.7 million jobs and have a total annual turnover of 1,005 billion Euros – more than the GDP of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden combined. Significant information with up-to-date facts and figures […]
Go to ‘Cooperatives in development’ online platform The project – ‘Cooperatives in development’ is a project lead by Cooperatives Europe and co-financed by the European Commission under the Non-State Actors (NSA) grant scheme. The project builds upon the activities of the Cooperatives Europe Development Platform (CEDP). In 2008, driven by its members’ interests in development and […]