Encountering the Evidence: Cooperatives and Poverty Reduction in Africa.
Discussion on the contribution of cooperatives to poverty reduction in Africa has quite often been based on their potential role rather than the actual impact, partly due to the dearth of empirical studies since the early 1990s. This paper provides evidence on the contribution of cooperatives to poverty reduction in Africa. Accordingly, it demonstrates that cooperatives have significantly contributed to the mobilization and distribution of financial capital; created employment and income-generating opportunities; constituted a forum for education and training; and set up solidarity schemes to cater for unexpected expenses related to illness, social welfare, death and other socio-economic problems.
Working Paper - Wanyama, F.O., Develtere, P. & Pollet, I. (2008)
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