Publications

2018

  1. Advancing cooperation among women workers in the informal economy: The SEWA way

    05 July 2018

    This report aims to provide an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for cooperatives and other SSE units in empowering women workers in the informal economy, with a specific focus on SEWA’s experience. It is based on individual interviews and focus group discussions with select cooperative leaders and members and also uses select studies presenting the forty-year experience of SEWA with cooperatives.

  2. Social Finance Working Paper #74: Financial inclusion and health

    05 July 2018

    Developing solutions that address ill health can be a triple win for clients, society and financial service providers. Keeping clients and their families healthy makes business sense, but while there is great demand for such solutions, only a few providers have focussed on tackling health challenges. This paper includes case studies and outlines the scope for financial service providers to develop holistic health solutions.

  3. Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 Cooperative contributions to SDG 15

    04 July 2018

    This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief focuses on SDG 15 – protecting and restoring land resources.

  4. Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 Cooperative contributions to SDG 6

    03 July 2018

    This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief focuses on SDG 6 – ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

  5. Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 Cooperative contributions to SDG 11

    03 July 2018

    This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief focuses on SDG 11 – making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  6. Impact Insurance Working Paper #53: Make change happen - Getting insurance providers ready to better serve low-income households

    02 July 2018

    In order to serve low-income and emerging consumers effectively, insurance providers need to make significant changes to the way they do business. Changes can include finding cost-effective ways to understand the needs of a new market segment, reaching clients through different distribution channels, managing expenses to accommodate for lower margins per policy, and building systems to tackle large volumes of transactions. Insurers may also need to make changes to how they recruit, train, incentivize and retain their staff, how they structure their organization, the technologies they use, and the partners they work with. Starting a change process for an insurer can be daunting, especially given the difficulties in making the business case to serve this market segment. Successful implementation of change requires that the process is managed carefully with a systematic approach. This paper presents a process that can be used by insurers to initiate and manage the changes required to serve low-income households. The paper presents the experiences of six partners who have tested this change process.

  7. Impact Insurance Working Paper #52: Providing insurance responsibly

    02 July 2018

    Emerging consumers have a real need for protection and insurance holds the promise to reduce their vulnerability to risks while boosting productivity. At the same time, unserved market segments are usually unfamiliar with insurance, may have low trust in this tool or struggle to understand how it works and how it can generate long-term benefits. Therefore, for insurance to have a significant social and developmental impact, these specificities need to be taken into account through a responsible insurance provision approach. But what does responsible mean? This paper explores the seven principles of responsible insurance that can guide insurance providers to make the changes needed to become more responsible. If applied to the five stages of the value chain, namely 1) product design, 2) marketing, education, and sales, 3) enrolment, renewals, and premium collection, 4) policy administration and servicing and 5) claims management, they can bring substantial long-term benefits not only to clients, but also to providers.

  8. Strengthening management capacities of agricultural cooperatives: Findings and recommendations of My.Coop implementation (2012-2017)

    29 June 2018

    The objective of this briefing note is to provide highlights on the use of My.Coop - Managing your agricultural cooperative training package during its first five years, 2012-2017. The note is based on a stocktaking exercise, which aimed to understand where, how and by whom My.Coop has been used, and provides a set of recommendations for the future use of the materials and approaches of delivery.

  9. Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 Cooperative contributions to SDG 7

    27 June 2018

    This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief focuses on SDG 7 – ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

  10. Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 Cooperative contributions to SDG 12

    20 June 2018

    This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief focuses on SDG 12 – ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.

  11. Summary report: Cooperatives’ competitiveness potential for trade in SADC countries

    14 June 2018

    The objectives of the research are to determine what opportunities exist for agricultural cooperatives to export, with what products, and to which markets from which SADC countries. The external constraints to increasing cooperative share of export markets and the ability to be competitive in the SADC, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and EU markets have been identified as critical considerations in prioritizing the products, markets and countries.

  12. Bangladesh Move towards Employment injury Insurance: The Legacy of Rana Plaza

    13 June 2018

  13. Employment injury and invalidity insurance in Malaysia – A good country practice

    13 June 2018

  14. Green Jobs in Tunisia: Measuring Methods and Model Results

    07 June 2018

    The current system of production is exponentially increasing the pressure on the environment, undermining world’s natural wealth and putting humans at risk by fuelling the negative effects of climate change. Within the context of the green growth scenarios envisaged in the Paris Agreement of 2015, this report studies the case of Tunisia and seeks to quantitatively analyse the extent of decent green jobs that currently exist in the country as well as the potential implications of such scenarios for Tunisian labour markets. Using the Input-Output (IO) economic modelling methodology, the study concludes that, assuming massive investment, the direct and indirect effects of a green jobs strategy could yield 272,000 green jobs in Tunisia by 2030.

  15. Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 Cooperative contributions to SDG 6

    24 May 2018

    This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief focuses on SDG 6 – ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

  16. Evaluation du dévelopment de l’entrepreneuriat féminin au Maroc / Assessment of the situation for women’s entrepreneurship development in Morocco

    16 May 2018

  17. Impact Insurance Working Paper #51: Financial inclusion and health

    07 May 2018

    Developing solutions that address ill health can be a triple win for clients, society and financial service providers. Keeping clients and their families healthy makes business sense, but while there is great demand for such solutions, only a few providers have focussed on tackling health challenges. Our latest paper includes case studies and outlines the scope for financial service providers to develop holistic health solutions.

  18. From Obligation to Opportunity

    07 May 2018

    A market systems analysis of working conditions in Asia's garment export industry

  19. Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 - Cooperative contributions to SDG 8

    27 April 2018

    This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief in the series focuses on SDG 8 – promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

  20. Cooperatives meeting informal economy workers' child care needs - A Joint ILO and WIEGO Initiative

    25 April 2018

    Cooperatives set up and run by workers in the informal economy are among the solutions in meeting women workers’ care needs, while also helping protect their labour rights. This report complements the ILO's previous studies with cases from Brazil, India, and Guatemala on how informal economy workers’ organizations can mobilize through cooperatives to provide child care services to their members. The case studies highlight diverse forms of child care provision and outline the varied partnerships needed to implement and sustain child care services for informal economy workers.