IYC2012

International Cooperative Day is an annual celebration of the cooperative movement observed on the first Saturday in July, with the goal of promoting peace and a better world. This year the day was celebrated on July 6, 2013, with the theme “Cooperative enterprise remains strong in times of crisis”. To celebrate this international event, the Japan Joint Committee of Co-operatives (JJC) and Co-...

Last December, ICMIF member SURCO Seguros of Uruguay organised a national competition for school children as part of their celebrations of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives (IYC2012) and also as part of their CSR activities. The competition was called “Working together to build a better Uruguay” and school children throughout Uruguay were invited to write short stories...

Over thirty participants got a real sense of the reality of running a microinsurance operation using the unique ICMIF microinsurance simulation to translate theory into practice during a two day workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at the beginning of November. Those taking part in the workshop included insurance regulators, researchers and staff from donor organisations as well as...

Voice is ICMIF’s quarterly magazine, containing stories and news embracing the sector as well as in-depth interviews with chief executives.

From this issue:

For CEO Jens Bærentsen, Alka’s values permeate all aspects of its work. He detects, he says, a real battle of ideas in the insurance industry between cooperatives and mutuals, who operate on the basis of a common pooling of deposits...

The official closing of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives (IYC2012), “Promoting Cooperatives Beyond 2012” will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on November 19-20, 2012. The two day event will highlight the major outcomes of the year, as well as forthcoming initiatives to strengthen cooperatives beyond 2012. The event programme consists of a series...

The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Tokyo last month saw strong messages delivered on ending poverty and food scarcity, but the meetings failed to provide a concrete solution to these issues, says Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). Dame Pauline was in Tokyo at the time to attend events related to the...

Last week saw the culmination and celebratory event for the end of the UN International Year of Cooperatives with the Cooperatives United World Festival and Expo in Manchester, UK. Over 10,000 delegates attended the Festival. This was another inspirational event that brought cooperators together from over 90 countries.

One of the main attractions at the event was the “Cooperative Living...

The festivities surrounding the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives continue this week with the Co-operatives United Festival and Global Expo in Manchester, UK, which hopes to attract more than 10,00 visitors to join together and celebrate the end of this international year as declared by the UN.

From Wednesday, October 29 to Friday, November 2, 2012, this global event, organized by...

An inspirational new film on the Rochdale Pioneers will have a special gala screening during the Co-operatives United event which takes place at the end of October in Manchester, UK.

‘The Rochdale Pioneers’, starring UK actors John Henshaw and John McArdle, known for their roles in British films and TV series, has its official premiere during the Coops Utd world festival and expo. This...

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) has announced the launch of its official book, Building a Better World: 100 stories of co-operation, in commemoration of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives. The book contains 100 stories about cooperatives around the globe and will be of interest to readers both during this special year and into what is being called the “Co-...

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