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Examining Success Factors for Sustainable Rural Development through the Integrated Co-operative Model

The Canadian Co-operative Association has been supporting and refining the integrated model of rural co-operative development in Africa for more than a decade. The model involves three types of co-operative working closely together - primary producer co-operatives, secondary agricultural marketing co-operatives, and savings and credit co-operatives to serve the financial needs of both individual members and the agricultural co-operatives themselves.

Researchers speak with co-op members in Uganda

Through this project researchers will gather data in four countries - Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Canada - in order to draw conclusions about whether rural development through co-operatives works better when the co-ops are integrated, and to better understand the enabling environment needed for co-ops. Results will apply directly to CCA's programming with a goal of influencing policy in the four countries being examined.

The IDRC research project aims to gain a better understanding of how to sustainably improve livelihoods and reduce poverty in rural communities. Based on findings the project aims to improve programming in rural development both in Africa and Canada by obtaining new knowledge about integrated co-operative models. In particular, it plans to assess whether rural development through co-operatives works better when the co-ops are integrated, and if so, under what conditions this integration works best.
Total Budget:
$610,000
 
Term:
3 years

Implementing Partners:
  • CDF (The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada)
  • IDRC (International Development Research Centre )


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