In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, cooperative in Africa region have developed measures and guidelines to cope with this pandemic.
Uganda Cooperative Alliance
Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA) is an Umbrella organization for all registered Cooperatives in Uganda. UCA in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Uganda and other stakeholders, came up with the following measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More. The Bank of Uganda also issued the following guidelines to the savings and credit cooperatives societies.
Health Partners- Uganda Office
Our Health Cooperative development team in Uganda used this Risk Communication and Community Engagement guideline to establish two-way communication to know what cooperative stakeholders need even as that changes. We’re planning an SMS campaign based on what we learn. The team developed a communication tree of cooperative board members, coordinators, care providers and member group leaders to ensure our friends can
learn what they need to know quickly and to help everyone avoid myths while maintaining mental health throughout this time.
National Alliance of Agriculture Cooperatives
The National Alliance of Agriculture Cooperatives in Uganda brief to the government of Uganda on a strategy to support the agricultural sector during & after the Covid-19 crisis. Read More.
State Department of Cooperatoive Developmment
The State Department of Cooperative Development came up with some guidance on payment of dividends and interest to members’ deposits. The Department also appointed Eng. Francis Kamande as the Chairperson to the Cooperative Coronavirus Response Committee (CCRC).
Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives
Kenya Union of Saving and Credit Cooperatives (KUSCCO) through a press release urged all saving and credit cooperative societies to continue serving their members through leveraging on available online platforms to minimize and/or avoid physical interactions.
The Cooperative Bank of Kenya
The Cooperative Bank of Kenya has donated USD 1,000,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to fight the pandemic in Kenya. The contribution is expected to support the source of critical life-saving medical supplies and equipment especially ventilators.
AWACH SACCO has taken the following actions to ensure that they can still support their members as best as possible in this unprecedented situation.
- - We have supplied the necessary kits that prevent the virus for our staff and others.
- - We are giving all our service to members except big amount of loan disbursement. But, emergency loan we are managing.
- - We have given two months grace period for loan borrowers.
- - We are facilitating withdrawal members' saving with a very short time when they asked.
- - We have given one month leave for employees who are pregnant, old aged and come from far place. But, the rest are working by shift.
- - We are following our staff how they keep their physical distance when they are giving service for our members.
- - We have facilitated transport for our employees.
- We are giving information day to day for our members and staffs about the current situation and how they protect themselves form COVID - 19 virus via our social media.
Associacao Mocambicana Para Promocao Do Cooperativismo Moderno (AMPCM) have put a sanitary gel dispenser at the entrance door, it is mandatory to wash your hands before entering! There are still only 7 cases in Mozambique but they acquired surgical gloves and masks, because they fear that they will soon be quarantined. We are expecting to see the situation evolve. We put on Facebook the corona virus prevention rules. but all this is quite insufficient. Public transport has been identified as the main source of spread in Mozambique.
Sure, this disease has affected us a lot. Life has completely changed and adjustment is difficult. Zimbabwe National Association of Housing Cooperatives (ZINAHCO), joined the other cooperative sectors at National level and had a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Cooperatives where more information was received about the disease. Topping the Agenda list was preventative measures.
After this meeting, we then disseminate the information to our members throughout the country. We also opened social groups like WhatsApp where members are encouraging and reminding each other on the rangers of this disease and the preventative measures. This is effective and is being used gainfully. We requested that Government make it priority areas, the Communities without enough water and provide water through tankers. We also encouraged our Members to observe the 21 days lockdown.
Tunisie Coop wants to help small holder farmers to sell their products and thus help cooperators and consumers in Tunisia. Read more.
L’association Acteurs Pour une Economie Solidaire au Togo (APES) in collaborations with Women and Youth for Social and Solidarity Economy (WYSSE) initiative to launched activities of the Health and Solidarity Cooperative "Dikpendi / Minodoo" that will target more than 4,500 cooperative workers in Togo. Read More.