Co-operatives and peace

From their early beginnings, co-operatives globally have work together to promote and sustain world peace. As conflicts dominate news headlines, Co-operative News looks at the role of co-ops...

From their early beginnings, co-operatives globally have work together to promote and sustain world peace. As conflicts dominate news headlines, Co-operative News looks at the role of co-ops and peace, in the past present and future.

  • The Co-operative College led a workshop for Sri Lankan co-operators

    The co-operatives acting as agents for peace

    Globally 1.5bn people live in countries affected by violence and conflict, and co-operatives, as people-centered enterprises, are playing an active role in promoting peace and mutual understanding. While it is difficult to measure co-operative performance in terms of peace building at global level, various case studies show that the business model can contribute to peace processes and ...

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  • The Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City are sites of key religious importance to Muslims and Jews

    The people-to-people approach to peace

    “The people-to-people peace process is important, particularly when government level processes are not enough to ensure successfully reaching an end to hostilities,” writes Rafi Goldman an economic and strategic consultant, who directs the Center for Cooperative Development of the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (AJEEC-NISPED). In 1931, Sir Horace Plunkett considered ...

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  • Co-operatives and a history of peaceful protests

    Around the world co-operatives have been pioneers of boycotts. One of the biggest was a boycott of South African goods in protest against apartheid repression and the incarceration of Nelson Mandela. “In 1977 the TUC approached the Co-operative Union seeking their support in a week long boycott of South Africa goods,” says Mervyn Wilson, principal of the Co-operative College. “Later that ...

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  • Prof Ian MacPherson put forward a proposal to create a Co-operative Initiative for Peace and Social Inclusion

    The Co-operative Initiative for Peace and Social Inclusion

    Considered by many historians as the birthplace of the modern co-operative movement, the Rochdale Pioneers Equitable Society was set up in 1844, in an attempt to provide a way to deal with economic differences and social and political tensions. Since its early beginnings, the global movement, represented by the International Co-operative Alliance, has consistently campaigned for peace, ...

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  • The programme helped Sri Lankan dairy farmers to increase milk through grants and training

    Co-operatives and peace: Sri Lanka and Rwanda

    In Sri Lanka a dairy co-operative development project joined farmers from different ethnicities including Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims. Due to the civil war, many farmers had been displaced and needed help to raise themselves out of poverty. Land O’Lakes programme helped them achieve this through dairy co-operatives. In partnership with Sri Lankan organisation, CIC Agribusiness, Land ...

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