Key figures

Key figures

Research overview


Responding to challenges and existing knowledge gaps facing the cooperative movement, this mapping research seeks to provide exhaustive information on cooperatives worldwide. This is achieved through a process jointly conducted by the ICA and its four regional offices – Cooperatives of the Americas, Cooperatives Europe, ICA Africa, and ICA Asia-Pacific – using a common methodology. Each office collected the input of ICA members present in the countries within its geographic area, by using the same questionnaire, and completing it with relevant national statistics, in order to obtain an accurate picture of the national situation. Mapping out cooperatives in each country provides a more precise picture of the cooperative context at national and regional levels, enhances the movement's visibility, networking, partnerships opportunities, as well as advocacy, and empowers cooperators by providing them tools for positive change.

This webpage presents a snapshot of the research results for Pakistan. For more information, you can download the full report and the highlights here.



The history of the cooperative movement in Pakistan can be understood in two phases: pre-partition from India and post-partition from India. While the pre-partition phase is dominated by British control of the cooperative movement, the post-partition phase of independent Pakistan has strengthened the cooperative movement to address its socio-economic issues. Cooperatives in Pakistan have emerged to be solutions to housing problems due to the influx of migrants and refugees post-partition, and for improvement in economic and social conditions through finance and agricultural cooperatives. 



ICA has one member from Pakistan.

  • Karachi Co-operative Housing Societies Union (KCHSU)

In Pakistan, the data collected was for the reference year 2017.


ICA member represents 24 cooperatives with 100,000 members.


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