Trump’s budget blueprint sees cuts for co-ops

By Rebecca Harvey US President Donald Trump has unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget blueprint featuring a $54bn boost in defence spending while proposing huge cuts in domestic programmes – including several that are important to developing and supporting co-operatives in the US and abroad. The FY2018 budget, titled ‘America First‘, proposes $4.7bn in cuts to […]

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Palestine PM launches co-op sector strategy

By Anca Voinea Co-operatives in Palestine will be entering a new development phase with the launch of a co-operative sector strategy by prime minister Rami Hamdallah. The co-operative sector plays a key role in the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, being active in agriculture, housing, the service sector, handicraftcraft and retail. Agricultural co-operatives alone […]

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U S Prez Donald Trump urged to back co-operatives

By Anca Voinea The US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) has written to US president Donald Trump highlighting why co-ops should keep their important role in the country’s foreign policy. OCDC brings together organisations committed to promoting co-operatives and sustainable international co-operative development. Its members are ACDI/VOCA, Cooperative Resources International, Global Communities, HealthPartners, Land O’Lakes […]

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ICA A-P: Badal honoured on making it to Board

National Cooperative Federation of Nepal Chairman Keshav Prasad Badal was unanimously elected for the first time to the board of International Cooperative Alliance-Asia and Pacific. The election was held in Ashok Hotel, Delhi last month where Li Chunsheng of China, NCUI President Chandra Pal Singh Yadav of India and Ms Chitose Arai of Japan were […]

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New law for Nepalese co-operatives

By Anca Voinea Nepalese parliament is considering the country’s first new co-operative law in 25 years, with an act tabled by the Ministry of Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation last month. When it adopted a new constitution last year, Nepal recognised the role of co-ops in meeting economic objectives and sustainable development. It has more than […]

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Painting of ‘Birthplace of the Co-op” unveiled

Rebecca Harvey the deputy editor of the Co-operative News reports – a new painting of Toad Lane in Rochdale, the site of the very first co-operative food store, has been unveiled in Manchester. The birthplace of the Co-op’ by Stephen Campbell was commissioned this year by David J. Thompson, a US-based author and active co-operator, […]

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Obama backs co-ops as key in fight for food security

By Anca Voinea President Barack Obama has signed into law the Global Food Security Act, which aims help end global hunger, poverty and malnutrition. Co-operatives are mentioned in the act as key stakeholders engaged in efforts to advance global food security programs and objectives. The signing into law took place during the White House Summit […]

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Cooperators leave for Thailand

Several cooperators from India are leaving for Thailand to attend a cooperative seminar at the invitation of Thai Govt. The programme scheduled for four day is being jointly organized by ICA A-P. Due to his brother’s illness NCUI President Chandra Pal Singh Yadav had to cancel his trip and he has instead asked the Chief […]

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Give co-op its due: US Congressmen

A news outlet reports the co-chairmen of the US Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus say the Census Bureau should account for the economic role of co-op businesses in the US economy. Several parliamentarians have supported the idea. A letter signed by parliamentarians says ” Given the unique niche that cooperative businesses continue to fill in the […]

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Nepal celebrating national co-operative day

This month our neighbour and the Himalyan Kingdom Nepal is celebrating its annual National Co-operative Day, recognising the three million people affiliated with over 19,000 co-operatives around the country. Nepal has a long culture of informal community co-operatives, particularly in savings and credit associations (known as dhikuti) and in agriculture. Earlier, Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli […]

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Nepal Deputy PM inaugurates Regional Consultation of Cooperatives

The two-day Regional Consultation of South Asia Cooperatives was inaugurated on Monday by Mr Chitra Bahadur KC, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation, Nepal. He stressed on the role of cooperatives for economic development and referred to unique resilience of cooperatives in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Several luminaries present […]

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Nobel Peace Prize made from co-op gold

By Anca Voinea In 2015, the Nobel Peace Prize will be made out of gold from a Colombian co-operative. Each year the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize receives the award from the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, during a ceremony attended by King Harald V of Norway. The winner of this year’s prize […]

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