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  1. Publication

    ILO and Cooperatives - ILO COOP NEWS No. 4, 2012

    28 January 2013

    This issue of the COOP News includes articles on: World Food Day 2012; ILO & International Year of Cooperatives 2012; Promoting cooperatives beyond; Financial cooperatives as efficient and profitable; ILO and ICA: Over a century of collaboration; ILO interacts with cooperatives in Asia-Pacific; Cooperative reform: Egypt, Turkey, Sri Lanka; Social enterprises in Europe 2020 Strategy; Social and solidarity economy udates; ILO COOP & ACTRAV call for papers; New ILO COOP information briefs; ILO COOP in the media.

  2. Event

    ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy: an opportunity to enhance youth creativity

    The third edition of the ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy will be held in Agadir, Morocco, 8 – 12 April 2013

  3. Publication

    Impact Insurance Research Paper #28: Smallholder participation in hog insurance and willingness to pay for improved policies

    01 January 2013

    Using rural household survey data collected from Sichuan province in China, Research Paper #28 examines contributing factors to farmers' participation and their willingness to pay for improvements to the current insurance policy. The analysis shows that farmer demographic characteristics, the size of their operation, as well as their knowledge about insurance play an important role in farmers' insurance participation decisions. These results provide further insights for improving hog insurance policy design and promoting farmers' participation.

  4. Publication

    Briefing Note #15: Pathways towards greater impact: Better microinsurance models, products and processes for MFIs

    01 January 2013

    The experiences of innovative microfinance institutions (MFIs) have made it clear that they can provide risk-management services that are valuable for clients and MFIs alike. Briefing Note #15 provides a comprehensive review of the challenges and successes of microfinance institutions and offers ten key recommendations.

  5. Publication

    Impact Insurance Working Paper #19: Value-added services in health microinsurance

    01 January 2013

    Value-added services are an increasingly important component of health microinsurance. Though evidence on their impact is limited, they demonstrate potential to increase demand and improve health outcomes. This paper provides an overview of current developments, highlights the experiences of those already providing them, and points to the potential they hold.

  6. Instructional material

    Capacity building self-assessment guide for microinsurance providers

    01 January 2013

    This tool is a questionnaire to guide self assessment of institutional rationale and readiness to start microinsurance initiatives.

  7. Video

    INDIA: ILO SCORE Programme for SMEs

    19 December 2012

    This video presents the stories of a few SMEs in India who following SCORE trainings have been able to reduce the costs of doing business, boost competitiveness and most importantly enhance their market reputation by improving the social and environmental impact of their operations.

  8. Publication

    Unrecognized Waste Management Experts: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Business Development and Decent Job Creation in the Waste Sector in the Free State

    14 December 2012

    The report summarizes the findings of a study on the challenges and opportunities for small business development and decent job creation in the waste management sector. Based on research conducted in three municipalities of Free State, South Africa, the report highlights the vulnerable situation of waste pickers and makes recommendations for better waste management. The research was commissioned by the ILO Free State SME Development Initiative and conducted by the University of Western Cape and the University of Johannesburg.

  9. Publication

    A better future for young people: What cooperatives can offer

    11 December 2012

    Information brief on cooperatives

  10. Publication

    Guidelines for cooperative legislation, third revised edition

    11 December 2012

    Provides guidance on how to draft a cooperative law.