The global COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed all our lives, causing a healthcare, economic and social crisis which has plunged the world into the deepest recession since the Second World War. The pandemic has also accentuated many of the other great global challenges that we still face including climate change, inequality and poverty.
At the 2021 ICA World Cooperative Congress, delegates will examine what cooperative identity means in practice and how different organisations strengthen, commit to and live this identity.
In Maji, a rural town in Southwestern Ethiopia, an electric cooperative is being established to make electricity accessible to local communities.
We spoke to Park Cha Hoon, President of the Council of Korean Cooperatives, to find out how the country’s cooperative sector is preparing for next year’s World Cooperative Congress. Due to take place on 1-3 December in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, the Congress will bring together cooperators from all over the world to discuss why the cooperative identity is needed now more than ever.
This month we mark the beginning of our year-long journey to Seoul, Korea, for the 33rd World Cooperative Congress to take place 1-3 December 2021.
Former Chief Executive, Midcounties
International Cooperative Alliance Board Member
The Covid-19 pandemic has struck a world already in crisis: we face growing inequality, food insecurity, uncertainty over healthcare, the threat of climate change. More than ever we need a better way to do things.
What does cooperative identity mean to you? Could you capture this in a photo? If so, we invite you to enter our #CoopSnapshot photo competition!
What does cooperative identity mean and how is it relevant today? We talked to Martin Lowery, chair of the ICA Identity Committee to explore how embracing the cooperative identity and values can help to tackle some of today’s greatest issues.
The following examples show how cooperatives in these countries have been helping their communities to cope with the pandemic, demonstrating core cooperative values of solidarity, social responsibility and caring for others.