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International Day of coops 2016
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Volume 10, Number 6, June 30, 2016
Co-ops: The original sustainable option for international development
On July 2, nations around the world will celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives, with its 2016 theme: The power to act for a sustainable future.

It doesn't get more ambitious than this: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and fix climate change - all in the next 15 years. Yet that's what world leaders committed to when they signed onto the United Nations' vision for a better world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They've made the commitment, now comes the doing.

THAT'S WHERE CO-OPS COME IN

Ibrahim Habuhazi
Rwandan farmer Ibrahim Habuhazi credits the drying and storage services and training his co-op provides for the growth of his harvest and income.

While other organizations were "discovering" sustainability, co-operatives have quietly been making it happen for decades. And nowhere more dramatically than in the sphere of international development. The co-operative business model, with its base of ethical values and principles, has sustainable development at its very core. Locally rooted and people-driven, co-operatives contribute to sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental responsibility.

Those triple bottom lines are stitched into every co-operative enterprise the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and its overseas partners build. Smallholder farmers in Rwanda, for example, are using their agriculture co-operatives to gain inputs, financial services, markets, better prices, training and technologies they cannot access as individuals. With open and voluntary membership as one their founding principles, co-operatives are helping women access resources and opportunities by expanding their participation in local and national economies. Co-operative enterprises have a unique member-owned model that allows them to make long-term commitments to fighting against climate change and its impacts. Find out how  Canadians are working through CCA to build a sustainable future with co-operative action. 

It's an exciting time in Canada with Global Affairs Canada asking Canadians to help shape its approach to international development and implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Share your views.

Join in the conversation. #intlcoopdev and #coopsday
 
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF
CO-OPERATIVES!

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