In March 2016, the Global Office of the International Cooperative 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.
This partnership has been prepared for almost a decade by the work of Cooperatives
Europe and the Cooperatives Europe Development Platform, composed by European members
active in international cooperative development.
The increasing acknowledgement of the cooperative model in EU development
policies and the recognition by the EC of Cooperatives Europe being the interlocutor on international
cooperative development paved the way for an inclusion of the cooperative model in EU
development policies, programs and projects.
Acting as partners, the regional and global offices of the ICA are driving the actions, in
collaboration with members, sectors, civil society organisations, international institutions
and the EU. These actions are organised around 8 work streams, aiming at strengthening
the ICA’s voice on international development.
The ICA-EU partnership aims to bring the cooperative model to the next level within
The 8 work streams are built around growing visibility, enhancing advocacy, sharing and
providing capacity building for members, strengthening cooperative development networking,
growing program management efficiency, establishing partnerships with other development
actors, training staff and supporting the whole with evidence from research.