The cooperative movement and the challenge of development

LAUNCHING THE COOPERATIVES REPORT AT SERENA HOTEL, KAMPALA. L-R : PROF. JOSEPHINE AHIKIRE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CBR; MR. ARTHUR LAROK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ACTIONAID; LEONARD OKELLO, UHURU INSTITUTE
a search for alternative citizens' welfare, vitality and wealth creation approaches in Uganda

In October 2012 Centre for Basic Research entered a tripartite arrangement with Action Aid International Uganda (AAIU) and The Uhuru Institute (TUI) on the revival of cooperatives in Uganda. The study sought to deepen knowledge about the historical contribution, present status and potential value of cooperatives as organic citizen platforms for independent efforts geared towards socioeconomic transformation in Uganda.

The initiative was inspired in part by a resurgent debate about their historical role, value and potential contribution to overcoming structural challenges citizens are enduring especially in the face of a forceful neo-liberal agenda that has reduced citizens to passive actors and distant recipients of help from above. The project was also done as part of a commitment to take forward outcomes from the Citizens Manifesto in which ordinary Ugandans expressed interest in a revival of cooperatives.

The study, launched on 17 April 2013, was guided by the following objectives:

  • To evaluate the existing potentials and possibilities for a new form of cooperative movement, within the current political economy framework in Uganda.
  • To take stock of factors that contributed to the collapse of the previous cooperative movement and use it as a basis for experience-informed recommendations that in future would help to avoid similar pitfalls.
  • To explore the current realities and recommend to cooperatives stakeholders the least costly entry mechanism of revival under the existing institutional framework accorded by government cooperatives policy.
  • Synthesize the positives and gap manifestations to make creative recommendations to catalyze a flexible cooperative movement to promote citizens' vitality and welfare.

Activities

Activities of the project included: field research, community dialogues seminar series and final launch of think pieces and final report.

The National Report titled ¡®The Cooperative Movement and the Challenge of Development: a Search for Alternative Wealth Creation and Citizen Vitality Approaches Uganda¡¯ was launched at Serena Hotel on 19 December 2013.

 

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