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Cooperation among Cooperatives
Credit unions and other cooperatives share similar ownership structures and principles of service to their members. Thus, cooperatives’ leaders and media often look for mutually beneficial business collaboration across both sectors. For instance, in 2012, CUNA’s Cooperative Alliances Committee released a “Guide on how credit unions can improve their interactions with cooperatives from other sectors” that included detailed lists of possible avenues for collaboration and provided specific examples of credit union-cooperative collaboration.
Cooperative business model training guide
Think.COOP is designed for people like you who are interested in joining or starting a cooperative. During this orientation, you will analyse how supportive relationships and cooperation can help you pursue opportunities to improve your livelihood, learn about the fundamentals of a cooperative business, and understand the conditions under which the cooperative is a better way to doing business or your work. At the end of this orientation, you will be better able to decide whether the cooperative business model is right for you
material for training of co-operative trainers
In collaboration with cooperative organizations and training institutes in all regions of the world, MATCOM designs and produces material for the training of managers of cooperatives and assists in the preparation of adapted versions for use in various countries. MATCOM also provides support for improving the methodology of cooperative training and for the training of trainers
COOPERATIVE AUDIT AND CONTROL
The training provided under this package is based on a thorough analysis of the tasks and functions involved in audit and control in the context of co-operative organisation and management, as well as the systems and procedures involved in co-operative book-keeping and accounting
A WORKER'S CO~OPERATIVE: THE DECISION TO START
Service co-operatives exist to provide marketing, supply, equipment hire, credit and other such services to their members, generally independent farmers. (MATCOM's training packages for agricultural co-operatives are actually designed for this type of service co-operative.) Obviously, independent craftsmen, such as carpenters or tailors, can also form service co-operatives.
NOTES FOR THE FIELD TRAINER
The manual provides guidelines as to how to plan and carry out training activities. It discusses methods for assessing training needs and systems for organising training in the field, with particular emphasis on the use of "MATCOM Learning Elements" - special self-study booklets for staff and committee members of agricultural co-operatives
PRICE – MARKING a learning element for staff of consumer cooperatives
Of course, price-marking takes time , and money must be spent on price labels, tags and maybe special price-marking tools. Still, it is necessary to do it, and it is worthwhile. Let us talk about all the reasons for price-marking, and what it means to customers and staff.
Material and techniques for cooperatives management training
In collaboration with cooperative organizations and training institutes in all regions of the world, MATCOM designs and produces material for the training of managers of cooperatives and assists in the preparation of adapted versions for use in various countries. MATCOM also provides support for improving the methodology of cooperative training and for the training of trainers.
BASIC ECONOMICS OF A CONSUMER CO-OPERATIVE
In this Learning Element you will study the work of some co-operative shops. From their success or failure you will learn: How money is raised and used in a co-operative. Why a surplus is necessary and how it is created and used. How to increase the surplus.
EASY LETTERING FOR SIGNS AND POSTERS
You enter a nice shop. The first things that catch your attention are the attractive posters and price signs here and there in the shop. They function as "silent salesmen", and they-are very effective. If they are well made, they give quick information to the customers, and they may even "sell" the goods by themselves. We realize that these posters and signs must be very important aids for the customers and for the shop personnel.
WHAT IS A COOPERATIVE ENTERPRISE
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is an independent non-governmental organization established to unite, represent and serve cooperatives worldwide. Founded in London in 1895, it was based there until 1982 when it relocated to Geneva, Switzerland. The ICA provides a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and coordinated action for and about cooperatives
STARTING A COOPERATIVE ENTERPRISE
The purpose of this module is to provide a step by step guide for those seeking to start a new cooperative. This module is designed specifically for entrepreneurs and individuals who have adopted the cooperative as the preferred form of business structure. It is also useful for individuals such as cooperative development educators whose role is to provide education and other technical support to individuals and communities pursing the formation of a new cooperative.
Starting a cooperative
Starting a cooperative is like setting up any business, but what makes a cooperative different from other business models is that it is shaped through collective effort and group decision-making as well as a set of cooperative principles that help to guide the business. The Start.COOP modules will walk you through the process of starting and launching a cooperative in a participatory and efficient manner. Module 1 helps you in identifying the core members and the business idea, Module 2 looks into the feasibility of your business idea, Module 3 assists you in preparing the business plan and Module 4 provides guidance on the organizational set-up of your cooperative.
The facilitator’s guide
The facilitator’s guide is geared towards people who are interested in organizing and facilitating Think.COOP training. It provides guidance on planning the training and facilitation techniques and also provides step-by-step descriptions of the learning activities in the Think.Coop training guide, including key messages to be shared with participants. This guide also serves as a reference to expand on concepts and further explain topics in the Think.COOP training guide.
What is Start.COOP about
Each phase of the cooperative formation process represents a point of evaluation on whether to proceed with the establishment of a cooperative. The Start.COOP modules help the participants make the decisions with a view to increase chances of success. nThe Start.COOP modules may also be used by existing cooperatives to revitalize their operations and services/products, identify and evaluate opportunities, and update their business plans in response to changes in members’ needs and markets, legislative reforms, and many other factors.