Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

What is our purpose? gathers a variety of knowledge initiatives and training tools that have been developed and coordinated under the umbrella of the ICA-EU partnership (#coops4dev🌏). All the educational materials are easily accessible and ranging from open source tools to interactive resources for lifelong learning. The aim of this is to:

  • Educate, train, and inform cooperative members on various topics of their interest
  • Improve public understanding of the significance of the cooperative model
  • Engage and inspire stakeholders through cooperative experience

Knowledge initiatives and tools

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Global Youth Forum
the GYF aimed at bringing together young entrepreneurs and professionals from all around the world in order to offer them quality training sessions to improve their skills, knowledge and motivation.
Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs
The Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs (GCE) is a mentoring program for young entrepreneurs who want to start up a cooperative. The program builds on an innovative partnership between cooperative associations and youth organizations, who together support entrepreneurs in their start-up process
The YouTHink COOP (YTC🌍) is an ICA-EU Framework Partnership Agreement (#coops4dev🌍) youth focused online activity that aims at offering young entrepreneurs and professionals the opportunity to learn more from their peers and to attend trainings on important topics that can build their professional skills and knowledge.
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Coop Academy
Coop Academy is an International Cooperative Alliance -European Union Framework Partnership Agreement (#coops4dev🌍) capacity building and sharing knowledge initiative that aims at offering participants from all over the world the possibility to attend different training sessions.
Coopedia aims to gather the cooperative movement behind its collaborative aspect, giving cooperative experts the opportunity to reference their own resources and build a ‘one-stop shop’ for cooperative knowledge that may typically be scattered around different websites.

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Give the power in business to people

Cooperatives are people-centred enterprises owned, controlled, and run by the members to achieve their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations. Cooperatives bring people together in a democratic and equal way, directed by “one member, one vote” principle. Through co-ownership and inclusive governance, coops give the power in business back to people & their communities.


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Skills and knowledge for all

Developing practical skills and knowledge is important for all cooperative’s members and employees, since it will help them with their professional efficiency and capacity to adapt to new technologies and opportunities.  All trainings and education materials will be open, accessible, and available to all. Through dynamic discussions both the interaction amongst cooperative members and their engagement with other stakeholders will be increased.

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We are all innovators

Promoting and encouraging innovative thinking by putting cooperative at the centre of a challenging economic social and environmental system is our “thinking out of the box” approach. With the necessary tools, skills, and knowledge we can all be innovators and ambassadors of the cooperative model!



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What is #coops4dev🌏?

In March 2016, the International Co-operative Alliance entered into a partnership with the European Commission, ushering in a new phase of collaboration on strengthening the cooperative movement as development actors.

The ICA-EU partnership ( #coops4dev🌏)  aims to bring the cooperative model to the next level within international development policies and programs. It is built around activities focused on increasing visibility, enhancing advocacy, sharing capacity building, strengthening cooperative development networking, and supporting all these with evidence from exhaustive research.

Acting as partners, the regional and global offices of the ICA are driving the actions, in collaboration with members, civil society organisations, international institutions, and the EU.

For the past 5 years, #coops4dev🌏 team has been working on growing visibility, enhancing advocacy, sharing and providing capacity building, strengthening cooperative development networking, establishing partnerships with other stakeholders, and supporting the whole with evidence from research.

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What is the International Cooperative Alliance?

The International Cooperative Alliance is the voice of cooperatives worldwide.  

It was established in 1895 to promote the cooperative model. Today cooperative members represent at least 12% of humanity. It is the apex body representing cooperatives, which are estimated to be around 3 million worldwide, providing a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and co-ordinated action for and about cooperatives.

To implement its activities, the International Cooperative Alliance is organised with a Global Office based in Brussels, four Regional Offices (Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe), eight Global Sectoral Organisations (agriculture, banking, retail, fisheries, health, housing, insurance, and industry & services), and five Committees and Networks (gender, research, law, youth, and development).

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International Cooperative Alliance

Our regional organisation @ICAAPAC has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Economy of UAE🇦🇪 to strengthen #coops

The ministry has set the target of increasing #coops contribution to the country’s GDP from the current 1% to 5% by 2031.


ICA Asia and Pacific@ICAAPAC

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@ICAAPAC partners with the Ministry of Economy, UAE🇦🇪 @Economyae to strengthen the #cooperative sector, unlock its potential, and increase its contribution to the National GDP.
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#WeAreCoops 4

📢The official #WorldCoopCongress report 📰 is now available!

The document summarises the discussions that took place under the theme of ‘Deepening our #cooperative identity’, which initiated the #CoopIdentity Consultation process

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