As people-centred businesses, cooperatives are owned and run by their members, who have an equal say in what their organisation does and how it generates and uses profits.

Cooperatives are a tried and tested model in international development and enable people around the world to take control over their livelihoods.

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

#coops4dev maps

Explore the latest key figures and cooperative legislation around the world

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Main achievements
Increased visibility

A visibility strategy and campaign to raise awareness about the identity of the cooperative model in international development

Main achievements
A historic recognition

A historic recognition within the new EU Consensus on Development, co-signed by the EU Commission, Parliament and Council; 3 strong references point out the cooperative role as key actors in the SDGs implementation

Main achievements
Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs (GCE) program

A program of mentoring young entrepreneurs and transmitting knowledge to use the cooperative model as a vehicle of entrepreneurship.

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Ongoing activities

Supported by #coops4dev?, the serial of documentary films captures the worldwide diversity of the cooperative movement and its impact on social and economic development at local level.