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Cooperative Leadership event

September 22, 2016

A Cooperative Leadership Event (CLE) will take place in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 26-30 September at the Malawian Institute of Management. The CLE is organised in partnership with FAO, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), OCDC, and Oxfam. During the event, leaders, managers and stakeholders of 100 Malawian cooperatives and farmer organisations (FOs) will be trained on the ‘Cooperative Life Cycle Framework’ to boost understanding and anticipate problems typically faced by these organisations as they move through their business cycle.

As well as facilitating focus group discussions, mutual learning and networking, data will be collected from participants to better understand leadership and management capacity, business performance, and the governance structure of agri-coops and FOs. The data will be used to produce a diagnostic analysis of these organisations which can be compared with similar data from other African countries. Research output will be combined with financial investments to promote and facilitate the development of public-private partnerships. 

The CLE is part of the Enhancing Cooperatives Development (EDC) initiative led by CTA and financed by the EU, the US Agency for International Development, OCDC, CIAT, the Ford Foundation and Oxfam. The goal is to contribute to the development of a new generation of market-driven and value-adding agricultural cooperatives in Africa. To do so, EDC is planning to organise nine CLEs in different sub-Saharan African countries over three years (2016-2019).This is the second CLE this year, with the previous having taken place in May, in Uganda.

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