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Youth Entrepreneurship
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The eDigest of the global cooperative movement
Message from the President:

Young people are part of social movements that demand human rights, caring for the planet, the end of violence, the right to education and decent work. Cooperatives can be a powerful agent of innovation in terms of sustainable production and consumption, of new forms of work organisation, of women's participation, of new forms of access to financial services, of new ways of producing and sharing renewable and clean energy. Read more

Special dossier: Youth Entrepreneurship
What happened at GYF20?

What role can youth play in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges? And how can cooperatives become a means to empower them to drive change for the better? These were some of the topics discussed at the Global Youth Forum Cooperative Entrepreneurship 2020 (GYF20) in Kuching, Sarawak, where young cooperators from around the world met between 3-7 February. Read more

Watch the GYF20 highlights video here!

Youth network announces replication programme
The ICA Youth Network will be launching a scheme to replicate existing cooperatives and create new youth cooperatives worldwide. Eight projects will be selected as part of this programme, which is being funded by a donation from the International Summit of Cooperatives.  Read more

A new website was also launched, check it out here!

Youth entrepreneurship at global level: where do cooperatives fit in?

Young people are three times more likely than adults to be jobless. More than 64 million young people are unemployed worldwide, and 145 million young workers are living in poverty. Two reports by CICOPA looked at the role of cooperatives in addressing these issues. Read more
GYF20 adopts Youth Agenda for Advocacy
Participants in the Global Youth Forum on Cooperative Entrepreneurship (Malaysia, 3-7 February 2020) set out an ambitious agenda for advocacy. Adopted at the forum, the agenda takes into account the current political discourses around the Future of Work as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more
School cooperatives in Malaysia
During their stay in Kuching participants in the Global Youth Forum had the chance to visit Tun Abang Haji Openg, a local school, which runs its own cooperatives. Schools across the country have set up cooperatives that are managed by pupils and teachers. This helps pupils learn how to run their own enterprises. ANGKASA's Hazim Halim tells us more about the country’s 2,400 school cooperatives. Read more
The global GCE community closes ties and meets at the GYF20
The Global Youth Forum Cooperative Entrepreneurship 2020 (GYF20) offered the perfect context for the talented Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs youth ambassadors to pool knowledge and skills and outline together the future of cooperative entrepreneurship. Read more
Meet Vina Vida Rempillo, GYF20 participant from the Philippines
Twenty-four year old Vina Vida had not planned a career in cooperatives. She found herself joining the cooperative movement in the Philippines three years ago and has not looked back since. We caught up with her at the Global Youth Forum Cooperative Entrepreneurship 2020. Read more
Creathon 2020: Singaporean youth pitch ideas for cooperative enterprises
The Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) held Creathon 2020, its first business challenge event for young people, on 18-19 January. Around 200 young people from across the country took part in this business challenge with two categories, secondary school students and youth in the age group of 17-35. Read more
The Global Youth Forum 2020 has been organised within the framework of the ICA-EU Partnership on international cooperative development, in collaboration with the ICA Youth Network, and was hosted by Angkasa and supported by the FNCE (Fédération Nationale des Caisses d’Epargne) and the International Summit of Cooperatives
2020: A year of anniversaries
The ICA's story: a journey back in time
The countdown has begun for the World Cooperative Congress in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, which is expected to gather around 2,000 cooperators to mark the 125th anniversary of the ICA. The Congress will be an opportunity for the global movement to celebrate an important milestone for the ICA, which was founded in August 1895 after a Cooperative Congress in London. Read more 
ICA-AP turns 60
This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the International Cooperative Alliance in the Asia-Pacific region (ICA-AP). Over the past 60 years, ICA-AP has worked to unite and represent cooperative movements in the region and globally, with the support of  members, aid agencies, and governments. ICA-AP is planning a number of celebratory events during this landmark year. Read more
ILO COOP celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020
The International Labour Organisation’s Cooperative Unit – ILO COOP – turns 100 this year. To mark its anniversary on 23 March, the unit will host a celebratory event at its library in Geneva, featuring speakers from the government, workers’ and employers’ organisations, cooperative institutions and academia. A series of reports highlighting cooperative innovations in the platform economy and in responding to the refugee crisis will also be launched at the eventRead more
Cooperative buzz
The countdown to the World Cooperative Congress begins! Read more
World Cooperative Monitor: new ranking of the largest cooperatives now available. Read more
Cooperatives make a substantial contribution to achieving the SDGs, says UN report. Read more
ICMIF members in the Philippines rally to help those affected by Taal volcano. Read more‚Äč
Call for donations to support Australian cooperatives affected by bushfires. Read more
Harmonisation of cooperative legislation can be significant boost, says BCCM. Read more
Do you remember Kigali? Read more
Latest issue of the Review of International Cooperation is out! Read more

The International Cooperative Alliance welcomed new members from Palestine, Costa Rica, Kenya, Egypt and Italy in 2020. Read more

8 March 2020: Cooperatives join global campaign for gender equality. Read more
ILO releases video about guidelines concerning Statistics of Cooperatives. Read more
.Coop story of the month
A growing cooperative in Nigeria

The latest story from looks at a successful saving and credit cooperative in Nigeria. Set up in the early 1980s, at a time when the country was in recession, Total E&P Co-op has grown from double-digit membership at inception, to 1,643 members today. Read more


New website for #Coops4Dev

The ICA-EU partnership on international cooperative development (#coops4dev) has launched a new website to celebrate its fourth anniversary. The website embeds an interactive global map that allows the user to consult the latest results of two exciting long-term research projects: a mapping of cooperative actors and a legal framework analysis. Read more

Webinars to enhance collaboration among members of the international cooperative development network
November saw the launch of a new initiative to enable members of the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP) to exchange ideas and experiences. The initiative consists of periodic webinars – known as “Tuesday Talks” - in which an ICDP member presents the organisation and its work. Read more
Second ICA-AP Meeting on Development of Cooperatives in Pacific Islands
The 2nd ICA-AP Forum on Development of Cooperatives in Pacific Islands aimed to mainstream representation from Pacific cooperatives within the ICA’s development processes. The event was organised by ICA-AP and the University of Newcastle (UoN), with support from #Coops4Dev. Read more
News from the sectors
ICMIF members adhere to Principles for Responsible Investment
A number of ICMIF members have signed up to the UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment.The six Principles for Responsible Investment are a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that offer a menu of possible actions for incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into investment practice for asset managers and asset owners. 
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News from the regions
Uruguay approves Law on Social and Solidarity Economy
On December 10 the Uruguayan Senate ratified the Social and Solidarity Economy Bill. The law provides an impetus for the creation and development of social and solidarity economy enterprises, reaffirming the importance of the cooperative movement in the co-management of public policy. The Uruguayan Confederation of Cooperative Entities has been a promoter of reflection and debate on the issue. Read more
How Swedish housing cooperatives are promoting sustainability

The Secretary General of Cooperative Housing International (CHI), Julie LaPalme, was in Stockholm to meet with two of CHI’s largest members, HSB Riksforbund and Riksbyggen. Both cooperatives prioritise environmental sustainability and have been named Most Sustainable Company in Sweden for two consecutive years. 
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14th ICA-AP Cooperative Research Conference takes place in Australia

The 14th ICA-AP Cooperative Research Conference took place as a side event within the 2nd ICA-AP Forum on Development of Cooperatives in Pacific Islands. The conference was attended by over 100 participants from 12 countries, who shared their experiences on issues related to cooperation among cooperatives and mutuals. 
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    Events Calendar 2020  
  Postponed to June   Cooperatives Europe General Assembly   Cardiff, UK  
  11-14 May   2nd Midterm Review of the Africa Ministerial Cooperative Conference (AMCCO)   Maseru, Lesotho  
  1-5 July   11th Latin American Researchers' Meeting   Medellín, Colombia  
  17 August   Cooperatives of the Americas Regional Assembly   Lima, Peru  
  4 July   International Day of Cooperatives   Global  
  11-17 December   World Cooperative Congress 2020   Seoul, Republic of Korea  
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